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18th and S Street, NW

Back in October we shared the scuttlebutt (aka “the rumors”) that Northern Virginia’s beloved Pupatella would be taking over the then recently closed Rosemarys Thyme Space on 18th Street. Today news reports confirm the scuttlebutt. Washingtonian reports: “Owner and Naples native Enzo Algarme says his team is angling for a spring opening.”

See some love for the Arlington spot here and STAY TUNED for an exact opening date.

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1825 M Street, NW

From a press release:

Sign of the Whale, the DC institution known for decades as the ultimate intern hang out has closed and re-opened its doors more than a couple of times. Now under new ownership, what was once an overcrowded divey intern bar is maturing into a gathering space where those same interns, now grown professionals, and new DC residents alike can get a touch of nostalgia, grab a quality cocktail and bites and be proud to frequent.. Keeping its namesake, the new Sign of the Whale will be unveiled to the public mid-February. Owners of Nero, who have taken over Sign of the Whale, have pegged Chef Andre Holden to create a unique fusion dining experience for the concept.

Beyond the new sleek, white facade of the century-old building at 1825 M street NW will lie a chic, fully renovated cocktail lounge. The once sticky marble-top bars will now boast sophisticated copper counter tops flanked by expanded fireplaces and bistro-style seating. Upstairs, a smaller bar and cozy, lounge seating await with exclusive cocktails awaits. Beyond the freshly exposed brick where sports flags once hung, an intimate dining area with banquets and booths for more private dining will be available. In 2012, Complex Magazine named Sign of the Whale as “one of DC’s douchiest bars,” writing, “At some point you age out of guzzling liquor from a tiny plastic cup.” Owner Vik Bhalla understands just that and is ready with a craft cocktail menu that will accompany a curated wine menu. However, at Sign of the Whale, a selection of Sake will take the lead, accompanying chef Andrew’s sushi and southern comfort-fused menu. Read More

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Thanks to Rob for sending: “So Sad, Too Bad – Red Sharpie Parking Pig strikes again!

Spotted this note laying on the sidewalk on S Street near the dog park in Dupont. When I picked it up I realized this isn’t the note from yesterday, but a new one that picks up where the first one left off. Unfortunately the recipient must have ripped the top corner when they removed it.”

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courtesy Dupont Underground

From an email:

“Starting February 9, 2020, local artists will be descending into what was once an underground city street car station to launch a new Sunday arts market.

It’s worth noting that the Dupont Underground space is up for lease renewal. It’s at a pivotal moment where the city could decide to reclaim the space and sell to developers. The arts community is passionate about conserving the space as a sanctuary for local culture and for events like this new Sunday market.”

Press release: Read More

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