Washington, DC

1200 19th Street, NW. Photo by The Baseband

“Dear PoPville,

I saw the news a couple months ago about a number (8?) of Taylor Gourmet locations opening under new ownership. Just this morning a friend posted to Instagram about a new one in her building in Dupont, and I think the old one by the White House and one in North Bethesda are back open but I’m not sure. Do you have any intel on the locations that will reopen under the original name?

Early thoughts from readers on how faithful it is to the original would be interesting too.


530 Morse Street, NE, a few moons ago

“Dear PoPville,

There’s a high pitched ringing pervading the area around Union Market. Any insight? Other complaints? Feels like some kind of torture to be honest. It is constant. Been going since last Wednesday.”

Others hearing this as well?

Ed. Note: Back in 2010 we posted “Anti-teen Noise-weapon Hits DC at Chinatown Metro”, which were then promptly removed. Then in 2016 we posted Anti Pigeon Devices Removed!! “Both make intermittent, high-pitched squeals that are piercingly loud, at least to my 30-year-old ears”. And in July we had a report of a similar noise outside Farragut West.


“Dear PoPville,

Its that time of year again! We are collecting handmade holiday cards for the residents of the Old Soldiers Home/ Armed Forces Retirement home here in DC. If you know an adult, office, child, daycare, or school that would be interested in making holiday cards to bring some joy to these individuals who have spent years or a lifetime in service to all of us, please spread the word and help us hand out a card to every retired soldier we can this holiday season. Last year we handed out over 600 hugely appreciated holiday cards from all over the country. The cards are delivered along with some hugs, singing and lots of holiday cheer. Read More


A reader writes: “the DC Fraternal Order of Police union is hosting the holiday party at the Trump Hotel this year. Sends quite the message to DC residents, no?”

From the Fraternal Order of Police’s website:

“Please join the DC Lodge #1 family for our Annual Christmas Holiday Party, a night of celebration surrounded by elegance!

Date: December 7, 2019

Time: 6pm to Midnight

Location: Trump International Hotel, 1100 Penn. Ave. NW, Washington, DC


“Dear PoPville,

There’s a bus #buslife parked in the 3500 block of 13th Street NW, looks like they rolled up the metal plates of the bus. This bus take a lot of real state parking. Should they park this in the Raymond Education Campus few blocks away? How legal is this?” Read More


Update: 12:20 pm: ” MPD reports the police activity has cleared on 12th Street between E and F Streets NW. The associated road closures are now open.”

From AlertDC:

“MPD reports 12th Street NW between E and F Streets NW is closed due to police activity. Please avoid the area.”

Readers report:

“firetrucks blocking off 12 & F NW. Hazmat suits and firemen going into a manhole??”

“This is my office building, we’ve been told it’s not a test and we aren’t allowed to leave/go into the stairwells. Hazmat everywhere.” Read More


14th and Monroe Street, NW

Last week Michael tipped us off that a liquor license application for Creole on 14th had been filed for 3365 14th Street, NW – which is the home to the coming Iron Age Korean/BBQ restaurant. Panic briefly ensued. Folks in the know said they heard that the Creole spot was really coming to the former El Tio space. The folks in the know were indeed in the know as that is exactly what’s happening. So file this as a win/win. Stay tuned for much more about Creole on 14th, which folks in the know say is very likely from the Po Boy Jim folks…as well as updates on Iron Age opening. Read More


Gallery Place-Chinatown. Photo by Erin Snyder

Thanks to Erin for sending:

“Green/Yellow single tracking + Red Line delays = a Monday commute from transit hell”

WMATA reported:

Green Line Delay: Trains are single tracking btwn Georgia Avenue & U Street due to a track condition outside Columbia Heights. Delays in both directions.”

“UPDATED: Red Line Delay: Expect delays to Shady Grove due to a signal problem outside Silver Spring.”


via google maps

Update from a reader on scene:

“We were there. The gala was going on at the Portrait Gallery – people were arriving on the red carpet.

Ed. Note: I asked ‘You heard the gunfire? How many shots were there?’

Just one, and saw people running down F From the arena. Police were there shortly after and there were three cars in front of the Gallery Place elevators when we left the sidewalk in front of Zaytinya around 7. Michelle Obama, Hilary Clinton, and many others were expected at NPG that night. The gunfire was right after Jeff Bezos walked inside.

I just checked the details – I took a photo of Bezos arriving at 5:10. It was right after that.

From MPD Sunday:

“This evening around 5:15 PM, First District officers heard the sound of a gunshot near 7th St NW and G St NW. Many officers immediately responded and found evidence of gunfire but, fortunately, no evidence that anyone had been struck. Read More


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