Washington, DC

1306 G Street, NW

From a press release:

“The owners of Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken, Elliot Spaisman and Jeff Halpern, together with Tin Shop – a creative bar and restaurant development group founded by Geoff Dawson and Peter Bayne – announce the opening of Astro Beer Hall, a two-level beer hall and full-service coffee shop. Astro Beer Hall will be located in the Mackey’s Public House space, at 1306 G Street, NW, adjacent to the original Astro Doughnuts.

Astro Beer Hall will be an all-day counter service bar, coffee shop and restaurant serving breakfast, lunch, happy hour and dinner with an expanded menu of Astro’s beloved fried chicken and doughnuts alongside a newly developed offering of bar snacks, salads, made to order cake doughnuts and more. Read More


inside 1050 31st Street, NW courtesy CUT

From a press release:

“The newly reopened Rosewood Washington D.C. unveils an evolved version of Wolfgang Puck’s CUT, the refined steak restaurant by the celebrated master chef, and rooftop lounge, CUT Above, offering sweeping views of the city. Located in the heart of Georgetown, CUT D.C. is reflective of the culinary diversity of the Mid-Atlantic region and the historic charm of the neighborhood.

“I want this CUT to be different, one that is true to its location,” said Wolfgang Puck. “It’s important to me that CUT D.C. has its own soul that reflects just how unique the Mid-Atlantic is and how diners want to eat now. While guests will still be able to order the signature steaks they have come to love at CUT, we want to showcase the bounty of the region and create a menu that encourages sharing.”

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CUT Above_Rooftop Menu

Leading the kitchen is Executive Chef Andrew Skala, who has spent the last 13 years working alongside Wolfgang and his team at Spago Las Vegas, Wolfgang Puck at Hotel Bel-Air, and, most recently, CUT New York City. True to Wolfgang’s hallmark ethos of using only the finest and freshest ingredients, Skala has solidified relationships with farmers, ranchers, dairy farmers and fishermen from the area to source seasonal products and items such as seafood from the Chesapeake Bay and wagyu beef from Virginia. Read More


1330 19th Street, NW

From a press release:

“Buffalo Billiards, one of DC’s most iconic sports bar since 1994, will host a farewell party on August 24 from noon until close. The bittersweet occasion will celebrate 25 years of legendary memories with special Buffalo Billiards memorial t-shirts and giveaways. The event will also feature a Buffalo Billiards photo/selfie wall, music and entertainment, and special pours from Board Room Brewing Company. In July 2019, it was announced that Buffalo Billiards will close as the new landlord, WeWork, did not wish to renew the bar’s lease. Read More


1401 Pennsylvania Ave, SE. Photo by Harrison O’Neill

From the Neighborhood Restaurant Group:

“Shelter will be one of two bars in the 12,500 SF space (the other, of course, being Show of Hands). It will have many of the key design elements that one would expect from a Greg Engert beer bar: a large number of taps (50 to be exact), a temperature-controlled system, rigorous line cleaning, and extensive glassware – all important elements that ensure the beers we’re serving taste exactly as they would if the guest were to enjoy them at the brewery from which they came. With near frenetic-rotation, Greg plans to pour close to 1,000 different beers annually on draft. Read More


113 Rhode Island Ave, NW. Photo by PoPville flickr user Joe Flood

“Dear PoPville,

Help me find someplace to celebrate David Berman’s life and works tonight!?”

From Pitchfork: “David Berman, the poet and songwriter known for his projects Silver Jews and Purple Mountains, has died. Drag City confirmed the news; his cause of death has not been confirmed. He was 52 years old.”

Ed. Note: I feel like Showtime would be a good place to morn but don’t know if they’re doing anything official. Anyone hear of a proper gathering to morn a great one.


2100 Vermont Avenue, NW

From a liquor license application:

“Applicant requests an expansion of the existing licensed premises on both the first and second floors. Request to add 76 seats and standing room for 116 on the first floor, increasing total capacity to 282. Expansion also includes request for a second Summer Garden on the second floor with a capacity of 211. New interior space is also requested on the second floor, adding 27 seats and room for 25 standing, for a new total capacity of 323 on the second floor. Read More


1001 North Capitol Street, NE via Town Danceboutique

Town Danceboutique closed after 10 years in Shaw last August. By the by – this is how it looks today (on Saturday):

2000 block of 8th Street, NW

The liquor license placard for Town 2.0 says:

“New Class “C” Nightclub offering entertainment, DJ, and dancing with snack offerings. Sidewalk Cafe Endorsement with 125 seats. Total Occupancy Load of 524 with seating for 40 patrons inside premises. Entertainment will occur inside the premises only

HOURS OF OPERATION (INSIDE PREMISES AND FOR SIDEWALK CAFE) Sunday through Thursday 12pm – 4am Friday and Saturday 12pm – 5am”

Town tweeted last night: Read More


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