Washington, DC

by Prince Of Petworth May 19, 2017 at 10:30 am 2 Comments

715 Florida Ave, NW

From a press release:

“A&B Hospitality, the team behind Brickside Food + Drink, is pleased to announce the opening of Capo Italian Deli (715 Florida Avenue NW) on Wednesday, May 2431st. To celebrate the grand opening of Capo, the deli will offer half priced subs on opening day from 11 am to 1pm. Reminiscent of the old school, traditional Italian delis found in major metropolitans, Capo will offer an array of authentic favorites sure to satisfy every taste.

Brian Vasile, part owner of Capo is thrilled to be in the Shaw neighborhood, “We are excited to be part of one of the most vibrant neighborhoods in the city and hope to contribute in continuing the great reputation of Shaw as a food destination.”

Guests can choose to either build their own unique salads or sandwiches utilizing fresh ingredients and Boar’s Head quality meats, or order from a menu of inspired options. Hot sub options include the traditional homemade meatball parmigiana, Italian sausage and peppers, and chicken parmesan. (more…)

by Prince Of Petworth July 21, 2016 at 11:50 am 24 Comments

715 Florida Ave, NW

From an email:

“Join TAKODA this Monday, July 25th, for our Christmas in July Celebration – Featuring Great Lakes Christmas Ale!

We will be tapping a rare keg of Great Lakes Christmas Ale that we’ve been saving for this special occasion! Rated one of the best (if not THE best) Christmas Beer in the country, it’s a local TAKODA favorite as well. Hurry in – we’ve got just one keg and it won’t last long!

Chef Damian Brown will also be featuring small plates and entrees aimed at bringing back that Christmas spirit. We can’t wait for you to see what he’s cooking up! We strongly suggest that you make a reservation for this event ASAP (doors open at 5pm).”

by Prince Of Petworth March 10, 2016 at 10:39 am 14 Comments

715 Florida Ave, NW

It’s been fun watching this one go up – check out how it turned out. Quick refresher:

“Opening Date: March 11, 2016

Hours of Operation: Dinner: Monday through Saturday, from 5 PM to 11 PM; Sunday, from 5 PM to 11 PM

Bar Hours: Monday through Thursday, from 5 PM to 12 AM; Friday, from 5 PM to 3 AM; Saturday, from 12 PM to 3 AM; Sunday, from 12 PM to 11 PM

Late Night Menu: Friday and Saturday, from 11 PM to 1 AM

Brunch: Saturday and Sunday, from 11 AM to 5 PM

Menu Description: The menu at TAKODA will offer creative takes on American classics with an emphasis on what’s local and in season. Featured small plates include Rosemary Parmesan Tots, Brisket Sliders, and four types of wings – including Chef’s specialty PB&J BBQ Wings. Salads not to be missed include Grilled Romaine Caesar and Cranberry Kale. Entrée standouts include Americana staples such as Chicken & Sweet Potato Waffle, and the Pan-Seared Salmon Cakes. To end the meal on a sweet note, a collection of house made desserts will also be available including Molten Chocolate S’mores and Fried Oreos.

Beverage List: TAKODA will offer 24+ American draft beers including local favorites such as DC Brau, perennial favorites such as Bell’s Brewery, Inc., and a variety of seasonal options. Prices range from $6 to $10. An extensive whiskey collection of 50+ American whiskies will also be available including Bulleit Bourbon, Knob Creek Bourbon Whiskey, Jefferson’s Reserve Bourbon and a monthly rare acquisition. Prices for whiskies range from $7 to $35.

Capacity: The 1920’s-era brick structure, originally a Federal Life Insurance building, spans two levels. The main dining room will be situated on the second floor and will accommodate 40 guests seated with 20 additional seats at the bar. The year-round rooftop beer garden will accommodate 40-seated guests with 20 additional seats at the bar. Both rooms will be available for full or partial buyouts, and can accommodate up to 120 seated, or 240 for a standing reception.

Design: Edit Lab at Streetsense was tapped to design the space. The design scheme will offer a classic-industrial look showcasing the building’s original brick walls and wood ceiling beams. Booths and crushed velvet drapes surround a solid oak bar in the main room, set against the original brick walls of the 1922 building. A decorative tile inset in the wood flooring draws the focus to the central drink rails where patrons can enjoy the large tap lineup and whiskey selection.

The roof deck, accented with hanging and potted plants around an island bar, will overlook Florida Avenue and feature a canopy and operable windows. These removable windows will allow for year-round eating and drinking with an outdoor feel.

On both floors, the unusually broad building dimensions allow patrons to have spacious room to socialize, while retaining the graceful proportions of the historic insurance building.”

It kinda reminds me of Roofer’s Union where you walk upstairs to the 2nd floor (I believe 1st floor is still for lease) for the main dining room:



Lots more photos after the jump. (more…)

by Prince Of Petworth October 3, 2019 at 12:05 pm 0

507 7th Street, NW

Ed. Note: Originally Published October 1st.

Whoa. Hearing from a very reliable source that Iron Horse could be closing October 26th. Iron Horse opened up here back in January 2010.  Updates as we learn more.

UPDATE: Now I hear they are simply selling and will remain open. So hopefully won’t notice too many changes.

UPDATE Oct. 3rd: They ARE closing October 26th!

Washingtonian now reports:

“After a decade of arcade games and motorcycle motifs, Penn Quarter tap room Iron Horse will close on October 26. But the space won’t stay vacant for long. Owners Curt Large and Geoff Dawson of hospitality group Tinshop (Franklin Hall, Tallboy) are teaming up with Ryan Seelbach, co-owner of Shaw bars Takoda and Cortez, to bring endless summer to the space. The Boardwalk, a beach-y bar serving frozen cocktails and corn dogs, will open in early November.”

And here’s the full press release:

“TAKODA Restaurant & Beer Garden and CORTEZ Restaurant & Rooftop Bar owner Ryan Seelbach is pleased to announce the early November, 2019 anticipated opening of The Boardwalk, the 350-person Boardwalk-inspired bar & eatery located at 507 7th Street NW, Washington, DC, 20004. The Boardwalk’s name is derived from the coastal boardwalks of Ocean City, MD, Rehoboth Beach, DE, Brooklyn, NY, and Santa Monica, CA. The Boardwalk will be a welcome addition to the lively Penn Quarter and Chinatown neighborhoods. Guests can anticipate creative takes on popcorn, hot dogs, corn dogs, and cotton candy paired with an extensive draft beer list, cocktails on draft, and frozen drinks. The Boardwalk’s friendly atmosphere will also offer games such as shuffleboard, foosball, and arcade basketball. (more…)

by Prince Of Petworth April 6, 2018 at 12:45 pm 0

By: Mimi Montgomery


Photo by Beau Finley

ALL THE PRESIDENT’S MEN (AND WOMEN): The Watergate Hotel break-in happened almost 46 years ago, but living in DC makes it seem all the more present. Go on an All the President’s Men-themed tour around the city, stopping by sites connected to the actual break-in as well as those from the book and movie. Unfortunately, it’s TBD if Robert Redford will show up. (Meet at Foggy Bottom Metro Station, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., $9.95)

DIRTBAG: Dirtbag: The Legend of Fred Beckey is a documentary about a trail-blazing mountaineer who died last year at the age of 94. Come hear about his epic stories about  completing some of the most historic mountain ascents ever. Beer and wine will be provided at the event, and you can enter to win a pair of REI climbing pants. (REI, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., FREE)

FIRST FRIDAYS: It’s First Friday in Park View and Petworth tonight! Come party along Georgia Avenue with live music, food and drink, and art from the Petworth Arts Collective. Participating spots include Bravo Bar, Colony Club, Heat Da Spot Coffee Lounge, and more. (Park View and Petworth, 6 – 9 p.m., FREE)

SWEDISH JAMS: New Tide Orquestra is a Swedish group that plays a mix of chamber and baroque music (with some improve and tango thrown in for good measure, too). Come catch them tonight at the Swedish Embassy. So it’s not ABBA, but they have won a Swedish Grammy, so it’s bound to be good. (Swedish Embassy, 6:30 p.m., FREE)

MORE: Sunny Sweeney(Hill Country, 9:30 p.m., $17 – $75), Discover Amazing Peru: Dinner Reception + Art Exhibit(Embassy of Peru, 7 – 9 p.m., $70), Cub Sport with Redline Graffiti(Union Stage, 8 p.m., $13 – $15), Fifth Annual Georgetown Latin American Film Festival(Georgetown University, 7:30 p.m., FREE)


Photo by Olaf Zerbock

CHERRY BLOSSOM WINE + BEER: Everything cherry blossom has taken the city by storm, so there’s gotta be some kind of boozy festival dedicated to the blooms, too. Check out the Cherry Blossom Wine and Beer Festival for over 100 wines, craft beers, and ciders, as well as games, an artisan market, food trucks, live music, and more. If you buy a ticket, you automatically get full beer, cider, and wine spritzer pours-a win-win, no? (TK, 1 p.m., TK)

ADULT PILLOW FIGHT: This is basically like a free anger management session – the 10th annual D.C. pillow fight is today. BYOP (bring your own pillow) and meet at the park at Independence Avenue and 14thStreet to partake in the silliness. Emphasis on silliness, though – this is a fun, friendly event (with kids), so please throw your pillows around lightly. (Corner of Independence Avenue and 14thStreet NW, TK, FREE) (more…)

by Prince Of Petworth March 12, 2018 at 1:15 pm 0

1905 9th Street, NW

From a press release:


Friday, Saturday & Sunday, March 16th – 18th

From the owners of TAKODA Restaurant & Beer Garden

CORTEZ is a Baja, Mexico-inspired restaurant and rooftop tequila bar located in the heart of the vibrant Shaw and U Street neighborhoods. Our name is derived from the Sea of Cortez, the body of water separating the Baja California Peninsula from mainland Mexico. Our passion is to deliver the spectacular sights, sounds and tastes of Baja to our beloved corner of D.C. (more…)

by Prince Of Petworth November 16, 2017 at 2:30 pm 0

1905 9th Street, NW

From a press release:

TAKODA Restaurant & Beer Garden Partners Ryan Seelbach and Jeff Sunderland are pleased to announce the early March, 2018 anticipated opening of CORTEZ, the 80-seat Baja-inspired restaurant and rooftop tequila bar located at 1905 9th Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20001. CORTEZ’s name is derived from the Sea of Cortez, which is located on the eastern coast of the Baja California Peninsula. CORTEZ hopes to be a welcome addition to the lively Shaw and U Street neighborhoods. Guests can anticipate a creative take on lite Mexican fare, paired with the restaurant’s 30+ tequilas, 10+ rums, 15+ Latin-American beers, Mexican cocktails, and frozen cocktails. (more…)

by Prince Of Petworth June 7, 2016 at 11:50 am 17 Comments

BUCKEYE + BEAR - The Ballroom
Rendering of The Ballroom at BUCKEYE + BEAR.

From a press release:

“Live entertainment gets a remix this summer when BUCKEYE + BEAR, the unique new live music venue and sports bar, launches June 18 in the heart of Dupont (1730 M Street NW).

The eclectic 280-person venue features an exciting rotating weekly entertainment schedule, including multi-genre live entertainment, costume karaoke, comedy shows and trivia nights spread over two distinct spaces — The Ballroom and The Green Room. (more…)


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