the notorious Dave Thomas Circle, the intersection of New York Avenue, NE, Florida Avenue, NE, and First Street, NE

Mayor Bowser dropping some big news on Friday at 8:35pm:

“An update on Dave Thomas Circle: We were informed today that the last day of operations for the Wendy’s will be next Tuesday, & they will vacate the premise by 9/30.

Onward to a less confusing and safer intersection. Grateful for the advocacy of neighbors who helped us get here.”

Let us take this opportunity one last time to admire the greatest halloween costume of last year: Read More


Justice Gilpin-Green wrote around 8:15pm: “Man at Le Diplomate standing on bars throwing bottles at everyone in the restaurant. We all thought it was a gunman when everyone started running. Police arrived, but honestly kind of worrying how long it took.

He was NOT a customer, appeared to be possibly homeless & definitely had mental health issues … but hopefully is getting the help he needs”

Thanks to Kelly for sending the video below at 8:23pm last night: Read More

The exterior of Quattro Osteria at 600 Florida Avenue NW // photo by Kimberly Kong

Ed. Note: This is the former Bistro Bohem space.

From a press release:

“On September 18, a team of D.C.-area industry veterans, Louie Hankins, Giovanni Ippolito, and Salvio Ippolito, is welcoming Washington to the grand opening of Quattro Osteria, their unique Italian experience located in the heart of Shaw at 600 Florida Avenue NW. Guests will be swept away to Italy when they step into the transformed space, formerly home to Bistro Bohem, which was renovated and designed by the team itself. The chef, who hails from Naples, Italy and has time in the kitchen of one- and two-Michelin-starred kitchens in Tuscany under his belt, is turning out a menu of small plates, fresh-made pastas, and composed plates featuring masterly-handled meat and seafood, all with time-honored Italian flavors reimagined through modern techniques. Read More


Check out the menu: ala coffee+more – Menu (PDF)

From a press release:

“The team behind Dupont Circle’s Levantine inspired ala (1320 19th Street NW) has converted part of the first floor space into ala coffee + more. A coffee shop for the neighborhood, ala coffee and more will sell pastries, teas and coffees, highlighting traditional ingredients of the Levantine region. House made coffee includes drip, espresso, Turkish and pour over versions, with additions like ground cardamom, rosehip and dried lavender leaves and Levantine flavors like orange blossom and elderflower can also be added to tea. In addition to coffee & tea, they will also offer house made bakery items like the Zaatar to my Labneh, a croissant dusted with za’atar and filled with labneh and the Halva Nice Day a caraway cinnamon dusted halva croissant, as well as scones, like Heavenly Tahini, a walnut, tahini maple scone. Read More


photo by DC Fire and EMS

Thanks to Alex for sending: “hope everyone at The Alibi is ok”

DC Fire and EMS reported:

“Update 2 Alarm Fire 200 block 2nd St NW. Aggressive firefighting by #DCsBravest inside the structure has knocked down all visible fire in the basement, 1st & 2nd floors. Hitting hotspots and checking for extension to adjacent attached structures. No injuries reported.” Read More


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