Washington, DC

Photo by PoPville flickr user angela n.

From MPD:

“On Sunday, January 26, 2020, The Chinese New Year Parade will take place in the District of Columbia. In conjunction with this event, there will be street closures that motorists should take into consideration:

The following streets will be posted as Emergency No Parking for the event from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and closed to vehicular traffic from approximately 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.: Read More


650 F Street, NW across the street from the MCI Center

BYNDfit’s website says:

“Unlike other fitness brands, BYNDfit’s founders come from the world of tech, real estate, and startups. They started the company from a common sentiment they felt every time they stepped into a gym: fitness is broken. Read More


707 6th Street, NW courtesy Tonari

From a press release:

“Celebrated Daikaya Group partners Yama Jewayni, Katsuya Fukushima, and Daisuke Utagawa are thrilled to announce the upcoming opening of their fifth restaurant in the District – ‘Tonari’ – meaning ‘next door’ or ‘neighbor’. Scheduled to open in Winter 2020, Tonari will serve as the first restaurant in Washington D.C. to showcase Japanese-style or ‘Wafu’ pasta and pizza located within the former Graffiato space directly next to Daikaya in Chinatown at 707 6th St NW, Washington, DC 20001. Read More


916 G Street, NW

The liquor license placard for Urban Roast says:

“New Retailer’s Class “C” Tavern serving prepared sandwiches, salads, soups, and fruits. Applicant is applying for a Sidewalk Cafe Endorsement with 20 seats. Total seating inside is 75with a Total Occupancy Load of 120.”

Ed. Note: Presumably they’ll also have coffee.

And right next door will be District Bowls: Read More


709 7th Street, NW

Ken reports from the front lines:

“I went in to get a few things and while I was checking out, I was chatting with the sales clerk. She told me that the store won’t actually close until June 1st and that they will continue to get shipments of items until that time, but it would mostly be clearance or other reduced items. She described it kind of like a BBB clearance center. She also said that she’s heard a lot of scuttlebutt regarding what would happen to the space, Read More


709 7th Street, NW

Earlier this week we broke the news that the Bed Bath & Beyond/World Market would be closing in Chinatown. Ed. Note: One reader hears they could remain open until April. Anyway, I’m now hearing some scuttlebutt from a very good source who says a Target may be taking the space. This is unconfirmed at the moment but I give it an 85% chance of happening. STAY TUNED.


900 7th Street, NW

Fresh on the heels of the BBB/World Market closing sales announced (as well as La Tasca closing) comes news, miraculously, of something coming to Chinatown.

Thanks to Kristen for letting us know who’s coming to the long vacant Ping Pong Dim Sum space.

Howl at the Moon’s Facebook says:

“Come sing, dance and howl as the most versatile and talented musicians perform your favorite songs from 80’s rock, 90’s pop and today’s dance hits on pianos, guitars and more in a high-energy show! Read More


709 7th Street, NW

Thanks to Kristen for sharing:

“I ran an errand to Bed Bath and Beyond in Chinatown and the cashier told me that as of today they are a “liquidation store” and that they will be closing (I didn’t get the date). I told her I didn’t know that and she said that employees had just heard today themselves. I am not heartbroken by the store closing, but I definitely feel bad for the employees, especially this time of year. Thought I would share especially after what happened with La Tasca across the street.”


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