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655 New York Ave, NW photo courtesy LEON DC

From LEON:

“We’re absolutely thrilled to announce our second restaurant in DC will open on New York Avenue at 7th St NW on Thursday, August 22nd. We will see you there.”

They were originally supposed to open yesterday but I’ll allow the slight delay because they posted this super cool historical photo of the space on New York Ave: Read More

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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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655 New York Ave, NW

From a press release:

“The team behind “Naturally Fast Food” brand LEON Restaurants is excited to announce the launch of their latest menu offering, GFC – Gluten-Free Chicken Nuggets. As part of their quest to prove that fast food can be good food, the baked nuggets, are inspired by iconic fast food outlets and served with a choice of LEON ketchup, garlic aioli, chilli and tarragon mayo sauces. The nuggets were first introduced in LEON’s U.K. location nearly a year ago, last August and have been so popular the team knew bringing the dish to their U.S. locations was the right step. The GFC will be available for purchase starting on Tuesday, July 30th. Read More

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504 K Street, NW

Back in May we reported that a 7-Eleven was coming to 5th and K Street, NW.

Thanks to Eric for sending an update:

“Looks like they’re trying to compete with the “Urban Wawa” concept?

With Safeway and Chaia a block away, and Taco Bamba two blocks away, why would anyone go here for groceries or tacos?

Wish ⁦‪Ace Hardware‬⁩ came back instead!”

Rachelle Nigro, Commissioner 6E04 writes on her Facebook:

“FYI–7-11 is coming just south of 6E04 near 5th and K St. They are leasing the space that used to be the old paint store. This store will have a Laredo Taco Company which will make made to order tacos. Read More

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438 Massachusetts Ave, NW Photo by Angela Smith

Thanks to Angela for sending the new signage. Michael also reported to us:

“I ran into one of the owners of Pub and the People outside of the old Sixth Engine space and he told me the name of the new place will be ‘Present Company’. They still did not know when they would be opening.”

On behalf of many in the ‘hoood – HURRY UP!

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Suspect photo from 17th and Massachusetts Ave, SE

“Dear PoPville,

A friend of mine was sexually assaulted by a shirtless man on a bike this weekend on L St. NW between 4th and 5th. She has heard from at least one other woman who has a similar story. She has allowed me to share her story so that others can be aware: Read More

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