Dear PoP – What’s Going on next to Republic Gardens on U St, NW?

“Dear PoP,

The last few mornings, the door to the boarded-up space beside Republic Gardens on U Street, NW, has been open and there are workers in there. Any news on what’s going on in there?”

Hmm, back in June we learned that this space (the old State of the Union) located at 1357 U St, NW was slated to become Kindred Bar and Lounge. Their Web site says:

“Here’s where KINDRED Bar and Lounge comes in. My goal in launching this unique and inclusive tavern is to provide everyone with a great space and great prices. I’m not trying to get rich quick, or to open up a chain of KINDREDs across the country. What I am trying to do is simply to pool our resources to create a space that saves us money, brings us together (with inexpensive drinks!) and ultimately provides a unique space for the community — for us.”

Though the site says only 3% of donations needed have been registered so I’m not sure what the current story is. An email I sent has not been returned. There is definitely work going on in this space, has anyone else heard any details and/or rumors of what’s going on here?

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