Washington, DC


438 Massachusetts Ave, NW

Check out the Opening Dinner Menu (PDF)

From a press release:

“An advertiser, a lawyer and an architect walk into a bar…

It might sound like the start of a joke, but it was actually the start of a successful DC pub. About ten years ago, Brittany Ryan (the advertiser), Matt Murphy (the lawyer), and Nick Bernel (the architect) were moonlighting from their day jobs at a Georgetown bar when their passion for the business led them to opening their first restaurant. The trio brought in Jeremy Gifford, another veteran of the same Georgetown bar fresh off of opening DC Reynolds in Petworth, as an advisor, and together they opened The Pub & The People, at the crossroads of Bloomingdale and Eckington on North Capitol Street.

The Pub, as regulars call it, was an immediate success, and has won either “Best New Bar,” “Best Neighborhood Bar,” or “Best Bar” from the Washington City Paper every year since opening in 2015. Now, that quartet is taking their winning formula across town to open Present Company Public House this weekend.

Present Company occupies an 1855 firehouse that was the oldest operating fire station in the District when it was decommissioned in 1974. The space has been redesigned with care and sensitivity to its history, adding modern touches while exposing the bones of the 19th century firehouse. Located at 438 Massachusetts Ave. NW, it straddles the line between Chinatown and Mount Vernon Square, and is just a few blocks from NoMa.

The kitchen will be headed by Executive Chef Lincoln Fuge, a Certified Sommelier originally from Nashville, who was most recently head chef at DC’s recently closed and much-loved 701. He brings with him extensive experience in upscale restaurants on both coasts — from Boston to Los Angeles — with names like Nobu and Todd English on his CV. Read More

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From the Capitals:

“The Washington Capitals and Devils Backbone Brewing Company announced today Capit-Ale India Pale Ale, an easy drinking, hoppy brew. Beginning in September, 16 oz. cans will be available for purchase at Capital One Arena through the conclusion of the 2019-20 NHL season. The beverage will also be available on draft at select retail locations in Virginia, Maryland and Washington, D.C.

Capit-Ale will be available in two can designs, launching with a can featuring the Capitals mural installation at L’Enfant Plaza, designed by the Washington, D.C., based artists BroCoLoco. The Capitals partnered with BroCoLoco and local artists to install murals across several neighbors in the Washington, D.C., region. Read More

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750 E Street, NW (back in February)

From a press release:

“Today, Matchbox announces a July 3 opening for its newest location, a 4,360-square-foot space at 750 E Street NW in Washington, D.C. The homegrown chain recently closed its original Chinatown restaurant at 713 H Street NW to welcome the Penn Quarter arrival, which is located just three blocks away and boasts a 28-seat sidewalk patio in addition to 125 seats indoors. Fueled by its investment funding from Thompson Hospitality, Matchbox will continue brand-wide growth in the region with stores slated to open in Bethesda, Md. later this summer and in Reston, Va. in early 2020. Read More

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Photo by Dr. Steve Taylor

From MPD:

“On June 22, 2019, at approximately 9:50pm, patrol officers of the Fourth District received a 911 call regarding a shooting in the 600 block of Morton St NW and the 3400 block of Georgia Avenue NW. Upon officers’ arrival, one adult male was located in an unconscious state on Morton St NW with multiple gunshot wounds. Read More

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Photo by Jess Pezley

Thanks to Jess for sending the “Vigilante sidewalk repair” update:

“Update to the Update: He’s back at it this morning! It appears that a city official ordered him to leave, so Kurt (his name is Kurt) is sweeping up the mess & packing up his stuff.”

WJLA reported last night:

“Madsen says, “Why am I here? Because this is unsafe.” Read More

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“Dear PoPville,

Tuesday at the bus stop at H & 6th NW.

FBI, GAO, and “wet floor” cones.

Wednesday:

Working in the street with a single cone for protection from traffic.

A police officer came and explained that it’s city property, not safe, etc. and he left/was removed.

Thursday (today): Read More

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