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previously 5th and K St, NW before Busboys moved across the street

Whoa thanks to a reader for passing on this info from the ANC 6E October Agenda email:

dLena (5th and K Streets)

As many of you know, we will be welcoming a new high-end modern Mexican restaurant to the Mt. Vernon Triangle next Spring, which will be led by two internationally-rated chefs who will bring world class experience and outstanding Mexican cuisine to our neighborhood. The restaurant will also have a tequila lounge in the basement where patrons may sample a variety of tequila and mezcal.

The owners are moving quickly to open by Spring of 2020, and have provided me with the attached concept renderings for the dining room and tequila lounge. This will be a great addition to our thriving community!

Silo Expansion Read More

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Thanks to John for sending:

“Happy Cleaners at 7th and M, across from the Mount Vernon Square Metro station is closing around the end of the month (9/28 I believe). The same couple has been running it for 25 years (6 days a week without days off it seems) and is finally retiring. They always did a great job and will be missed.”

But DRYY (garment care) coming to CityVista: Read More

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Sidney shares a letter he wrote to WMATA:

“I am writing to you about a potential health problem at the Mt. Vernon Metro Station. Every afternoon between about 3:00 pm and 7:00 pm there is an abundance of bird (I assume pigeon) droppings all over the escalators. The disturbing thing is it’s all over the handrails and I see Metro riders putting their hands in it every single day. Read More

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courtesy RASA

Ed. Note: We reported that a RASA would likely be coming to the former Taylor Gourmet space here back in early August.

From a press release:

“Celebrated ‘Fine Fast Casual’ Indian restaurant RASA (1247 First Street SE) from dynamic DC-based hospitality duo Rahul Vinod and Sahil Rahman has announced that the popular eatery will be expanding their food footprint in the DC area with the addition of two new confirmed RASA locations including one in Mount Vernon Triangle (DC) – their second to open in the District in partnership with EDENS – and another in Crystal City (VA)/National Landing in partnership with JBG SMITH – making it their first RASA location to open outside of the District. In addition Rahman and Vinod are also thrilled to announce their new partnership with legendary Washington Redskins Tight End Vernon Davis.


475 K Street, NW

Featuring 1,400 square feet, RASA at EDENS’ CityVista (475 K Street NW) is slated to open in Winter 2019. As a DC-based national retail real estate developer, owner, and operator, EDENS added RASA to their curated selection of retailer partners to further engage the community. Read More

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440 K Street, NW

Update Mr.TinDC reports Tuesday morning:

“I was just there – staff said they are actually closed for good now. Employees are packing up the store, and finishing a few service jobs (including some work on one of my bikes). Front doors are locked.”

“Hello BicycleSPACE Family & Friends-

As many of you may have heard by now, we will be moving out of our Mount Vernon Triangle shop at 440K street over the next week. While we are sad to be moving on, we will be carrying on the BicycleSPACE tradition at the Ivy City location and look forward to seeing you there & in new and exciting places in the future! Read More

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440 K Street, NW

A tipster reports:

“it looks like BicycleSPACE in downtown is closing its doors. Final day from what I heard is on Monday, Labor Day.

I know they had a shop in Adams Morgan that closed in October 2018. That makes 2 of their 3 shops closing in less than a year.”

Ed. Note: Their third location is in Ivy City. I’ve emailed for confirmation about K Street and will update when/if I hear back.

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2nd/3rd Mass. and H Street, NW

Lauren asks: “Anyone know the history on this building? On the corner of H & 2nd NW.”

We used to get this question like clockwork but were last asked back in 2015.  We’ve previously learned that this is a ventilation shaft for the 395 highway tunnel below. The artist responsible for the awesome mural, Val E. Lewton, passed away in 2015.

Others have commented that: “It’s been known unofficially for years as the Nixon Memorial.”

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