Scott J Bennett via Facebook

Grand Central shared the sad news last night:

Adams Morgan lost one of our best today. @amsterdamfalafelshop Scott Bennett was one of the most generous, kind, and loving people we have met and was the Heartbeat of our neighborhood. You will always be felt on 18th and we love and miss you already. Our thoughts and deepest condolences are with Arianne, Dax, friends & family.”


Photo by PoPville flickr user Olaf Zerbock

See the full list of FY17 Grantee List Recipients here (PDF)

From a press release:

“Today, at the Second Annual Great Streets Conference, Mayor Bowser announced over $4.7 million in awards through the Great Streets Retail Small Business Grant. The Mayor was joined at the announcement by Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development Brian Kenner. Read More


1829 M Street, NW

Welp that’s a bummer (for many.) Back in September Amsterdam Falafel confirmed they were looking to open up another location on M Street. Sadly that deal never worked out (which I’ve confirmed with Amsterdam Falafel this morning.) The OT (original tipster) who correctly shared that Amsterdam Falafel was looking here now hears that an Indian restaurant has signed a 15 year lease. Stay tuned.


1829 M Street, NW

Last week I shared some scuttlebutt about Amsterdam Falafel potentially coming to the House of Kabob space on M Street when they close in October. While nothing is in stone I am happy to say that Amsterdam Falafel confirms that they are looking at that space. They’d also be interested in your feedback for those that work, live in the neighborhood – if they do take over the space would you like to see them have daytime and nighttime hours?


Rendering via L’Enfant Plaza

From a press release:

“L’Enfant Plaza, an office and retail mixed-use development owned and managed by The JBG Companies, is being readied for public reintroduction this summer after a series of transformative and extensive renovations invested over the past few years comes to fruition.

More than one dozen additional retail and dining tenants will open in coming months, bringing a new vibrancy to L’Enfant Plaza’s freshly repositioned and remarkably brighter shopping level. New destinations, such as Phillips Seafood, Amsterdam Falafel, and Red Robin’s Burger Works, will introduce even more options to customers who’ve embraced the enhanced L’Enfant Plaza food court, while a new and highly visible sculptural glass gateway will grant customers a plaza-level entrance to the shopping level. New soft seating, Wi-Fi access and more will foster a relaxed environment for office workers and tourists alike. Additional property transformations will deliver this fall, including lobby and other significant interior renovations in the office building located at 955 L’Enfant Plaza, which complements similar upgrades completed in 2012 to the office buildings at 470 and 490 L’Enfant Plaza.

Easily accessed from the bustling L’Enfant Plaza Metro station, the property’s growing list of office and retail tenants are also poised to benefit from a developing grand plan to enhance pedestrian appeal of the 10th Street corridor. Coupled with the recent launch on the plaza level of Bike and Roll, which offers bicycle and Segway tours and rentals, L’Enfant Plaza is enhancing one of the District’s primary crossroads.”


1830 14th Street, NW

“Dear PoPville,

Looks like significant progress has been made at Amsterdam Falafel on 14th. Any news on an opening date?”

Good news and bad news – another reader writes:

“I recently read on the website for the Shaw Dupont Citizen’s Alliance — the group behind the failed proposal for a liquor license moratorium on 14th Street — that the group has unanimously voted to protest a liquor license for the Amsterdam Falafelshop, which as you have reported is set to open at 1830 14th Street. When I contacted the owner to express my dismay and offer my support, he sounded genuinely perplexed by the decision, noting that the ANC has not only not protested but affirmatively supports the new restaurant and explaining that the only alcohol he plans on serving is Dutch beer. The protest hearing is April 9, and the owner would appreciate any letters in support of his application. In the meantime, he will open by only serving soft drinks. He’s planning a soft opening for March 23.

Apparently the SDCA is living up to its promise to protest every new liquor license application of any kind within its boundaries in response to its loss on the proposed liquor license moratorium, which is outrageous because the community could not have been more clear about its wishes. In any event, I write to invite all supporters of Amsterdam Falafelshop to either attend the ABRA protest hearing on April 9 or send letters or send letters of support.

The ABRA hearing is at 10:00 am on April 9 at the Reeves Center, 2000 14th Street NW, Fourth Floor, Washington DC 20009. Those who cannot attend the hearing in person can write ABRA in support of the applicant at [email protected], referencing Licence Number ABRA-093449.”



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