Washington, DC


1133 11th Street, NW

11-M closed back in October of last year. A new liquor license application for the space says:

“New Class “C” family-oriented Restaurant serving Latin American food. Sidewalk Cafe Endorsement with 52 seats. Total Occupancy Load of 40 with seating for 36 patrons inside premises.”

Eat DC reports that it is from the owners of El Sol and Mezcalero. Read More

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3513 14th Street, NW

Today’s ‘Let’s Do This’ was inspired by the soon to be closed Pho 14 in Adams Morgan (though their Columbia Heights and Van Ness locations shall remain open.) I am very firmly on team Pho Viet on 14th Street. Where’s your favorite Pho found?

Here are the previous best/let’s do this lists for – Carryouts, best Thai, best liquor stores, best Ramen, best Bars, best Indian and Pakistani, best Italian/Pizza/Deli, best Mexican/Salvadoran/Central/Cuban/Latin, best burgers/fries, best bakery/bagels, best Gyms, best Ethiopian , best Sushi, best bookstores, best movie theaters, best sports bars, best barbers and hair salons, best brunch, favorite clothing stores, favorite place to get oysters best breakfast sandwiches, best Tacos, best Farmers Markets best dumplings and best pupusas.

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Anna writes about the Capitol Hill Sweetgreen on Penn Ave:

“WHY IS IT STILL CLOSED

Cramping my style. Do you know anything? or perhaps a reader does?”

Ed. Note: I’ve written Sweetgreen for an update but haven’t heard back from them. In possible positive news I did hear that the W Street location has reopened.


624 E Street, NW

As for the Sweetgreen coming to the former Taylor Gourmet in Penn Quarter – it’s still not open yet either.

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3251 Prospect Street, NW (previously home to Morton’s)

From a press release:

“Restaurateur Hakan Ilhan is pleased to announce the mid-October anticipated opening of his new 250-seat restaurant, Brasserie Liberté, located in the heart of historic Georgetown at 3251 Prospect Street, NW, 20007. This modern 6,000-square-foot brasserie will open serving lunch, dinner, weekend brunch, and late-night services. Swatchroom, a design, art and fabrication firm based in the nation’s capital, is the design firm of record for Brasserie Liberte. Inspired by the unique confidence and influence that French culture has had internationally on design, fashion and art, the space will boast a palette of rich confident colors and globally inspired materials and fixtures. Read More

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Multiple readers sent in this Medium post by Pierrea Naketa – A Colorist, Sexist Night in D.C.’s CopyCat Co..

One reader writes:

“From the way I interpreted the article, the author’s problem isn’t with the other woman getting kicked out, it’s with how the woman was kicked out. The owner responds in the comments and it’s pretty unprofessional how he doubles down instead of apologizing.

“The bartender’s hostility was steadily increasing. He launched into a tirade screaming multiple times “YOU BLACK AND YOU UGLY BITCH! YOU BLACK AS F*** AND YOU UGLY!”

If that woman was really banned from Copycat, that’s fine. But you ask someone to leave without resorting to racist and sexist slurs. I’ve had great experiences at Copycat, but wouldn’t feel comfortable going back to a place where management thinks it’s acceptable to call women that.”

You can read the full posting from Medium here.

In the comments, CopyCat’s owner Devin Gong replied:

“I find it interesting that we failed to mention that the women we kicked out was banned from the establishment due to her punching one of my line cooks in the face last time she was in and we ended up calling the cops and established the ban.

Look, I didn’t handle it correctly because I was emotional and felt that after all these years of supporting minorities, and as a immigrant myself, it was insulting to accuse Copycat being racist. Read More

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7th and E Street, NW

Bakers & Baristas opened here back in January 2015. A liquor license placard for Bakers & Barristas posted out front now says:

“A new D Restaurant serving pastries and sandwiches. Seating Capacity of 36 and Total Occupancy Load of 36. The Restaurant will include an Entertainment Endorsement.”

Vivi’s Facebook says:

“Think you know all there is to know about pizza? Be ready for a delicious surprise! Read More

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1700 block of Columbia Road, NW

“Dear PoPville,

Hey! This is the ground floor of the AdMo apartment building on Columbia Rd across from the Line Hotel. Any hearsay about new retail or restaurant going in there?”

Last year we learned that Reveler’s Hour “brand new restaurant concept from the owners of Tail Up Goat” is coming to the ground floor space at 1777 Columbia Road NW.

STAY TUNED.

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