by Prince Of Petworth June 19, 2018 at 10:15 am 0

1362 H Street, NE via loopnet

Have you ever had a bowl of ramen and thought to yourself – you know what would go well with this? Peach flavored tobacco. Well, you my friend are in luck!!

From a press release:

“Wayne Johnson and Tony Perry got their humble start as promoters in the DC nightlife scene. Since, they’ve moved into ownership roles as partners at Saint Yves and the highly anticipated lounge Abigail, in the space “The Huxley” once occupied. Now they have their sights set on the restaurant world. (more…)

by Prince Of Petworth June 18, 2018 at 2:15 pm 0

Ed. Note: You can read about Brookland Pint’s reasoning here.

“Dear PoPville,

Anyone know why so many restaurants are still not allowing pets on their patios?

After the D.C. Council voted to repeal the ban of dogs on restaurant and bar patios last year, I thought most venues with patios would start allowing dogs. However, my wife and I have been turned away from several venues in Georgetown that have an absolute ban on all pets.

While we would understand if these venues put limitations on which pets were allowed (e.g. small well-behaved dogs only), it seems completely illogical and unreasonable to ban all pets. (more…)

by Prince Of Petworth June 18, 2018 at 12:15 pm 0

Still undecided on Initiative 77? Here’s two more perspectives – Andy Shallal and Jackie Greenbaum. First Busboys’ Shallal:

“My thoughts on Initiative 77. I have stayed out of the public conversation over concerns that whatever is said can be taken out of context and misinterpreted by either side of this debate.

If this initiative passes, which I believe it will, it will not bring about the end of the world. The sky will not fall and dark clouds will not gather over DC, however, I do believe that the City Council needs to convene a roundtable immediately, post June 19 (no matter the outcome), bringing together labor and business to find common ground toward moving away from tips as the sole source of income for restaurant tipped workers.

Moreover, each side has to understand the impact this type of legislation would have, and all sides have to agree that a compromise would have to be struck. Initiative 77 would inevitably mean a rise in labor cost and consequently an increase in operating expenses and those additional costs need to be to offset. Most businesses would have to increase prices slightly, readjust staffing or use more creative ways to compensate for the change. In either case, if this initiative passes, customers will have to get used to paying more.

Additionally, such an initiative would bring about more fairness between the Back of the House and the Front of House wages by allowing tips to be distributed more equitably to all hourly employees. Right now, it is illegal for tips to be shared by cooks, dishwashers and other non-tipped employees. Passing Initiative 77 would eventually change that.

We need to revisit how tipping culture and practice came about and look for a more equitable way for workers to get compensated that goes beyond the whim of a diner or a patron. No one should have to depend on that alone. This practice is not acceptable in any other industry and we in the restaurant business should not be the last holdouts.”

And El Chucho, Bar Charley, Little Coco’s (et al) Jackie Greenbaum:

“I’d like to weigh in on this conversation. I’m a restaurant owner, a Ward 1 resident for the past 10 years, and a lifelong liberal Democrat. I realize this is a highly charged issue, and that my comments may be discounted because I am an owner. My restaurants are small, neighborhood establishments: El Chucho in Ward 1, Bar Charley in Ward 2, and Little Coco’s in Ward 4. Each have fairly modest budgets and are the types of restaurants which will be hardest hit by Initiative 77.

The elimination of the tipped wage puts those of us who created small, full service restaurants under the existing tipped wage system in an impossible situation. If DC had eliminated the tipped wage decades ago, like California did (in the 70’s), restaurants may have adapted by now. Instead, we are being asked to shoulder a wage increase that our budgets can’t possibly sustain and our restaurants’ economic structures were never designed for.

I dread the decisions I will have to make. The payroll increases alone (disregarding other cost increases which are tied to income and payroll) represent a 26% increase in our operating costs. This exceeds our profit margins by hundreds of thousands of dollars. My solutions to meet this huge gap are all bad (from changing to counter service to price increases to service charges). But every one includes large staff cuts. Many of my employees are putting themselves through school, are single mothers or have just gotten married and are starting a family. Others have just bought a home or just signed a lease in DC to be closer to work. I am sick over what I will have to do to make ends meet.

I hear folks rather flippantly say that simple price increases will cover this, and that restaurants increase prices all the time. I don’t see this, nor is this my experience. To put price increases in perspective, in the 6 years since we opened El Chucho, we have never raised prices–except for once when we temporarily raised margarita prices by 50 cents due to the lime shortage. (more…)

by Prince Of Petworth June 17, 2018 at 10:22 pm 0

900 Florida Ave, NW

Climax closed after a major fire back in July 2016. A liquor license placard for Lucy Bar and Restaurant says:

“A New Class “C” Ethiopian restaurant, serving fresh vegetarian food. The restaurant will have 89 indoor seats and interior occupancy of 104. The licensee is requesting a 24 seat Summer Garden. Total Occupancy Load of 128. The Licensee is also requesting an Entertainment Endorsement to include Live Entertainment, both indoors and outdoors, as well as a Cover Charge, and Dancing.”


looking north towards Duffy’s


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