Washington, DC

1201 Half Street, SE

Absolutely none!! All the background on Basebowl here:

“Basebowl, a full-service ramen and fresh noodle restaurant. Named as a nod to the nearby baseball stadium, Basebowl will occupy 2,393 square feet and serve homemade Chinese and Taiwanese noodles, soup bowls, homemade dumplings with traditional bone broths for lunch, dinner and late night.” Read More


courtesy Maialino Mare (221 Tingey Street, SE)

From an email:

“I’m excited to share that Maialino Mare (corner of Tingey and Third streets SE), the highly-anticipated concept from Danny Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group (USHG) will open at the Thompson Hotel in The Yards neighborhood Wednesday, January 8! This marks USHG’s first fine-dining foray into the DC market.

The restaurant is a coastal sister to the original Maialino restaurant in New York, and will serve Roman-style seafood pastas like Bombolotti al Orto (winter greens pesto) and Bucatini All’Amatriciana (spicy tomato with guanciale and pecorino), along with hearty dishes for two such as Spigola (salt-baked sea bass), Bistecca alla Fiorentina (dry-aged Porterhouse) or the Maialino (slow-roasted suckling pig). Read More


via google maps

From MPD:

“Tonight [Sunday] around 8 PM, two victims reported being robbed in the 100 block of N Street SE. They were walking through the parking lot when four black males wearing all black clothing began to punch and kick them while demanding property. Ultimately, one suspect pointed a handgun and the victims’ cell phones were taken. First District Detectives are actively pursuing leads and surveillance video of the area to better develop who the suspects are. Anyone with information about this is encouraged to call in a tip to 202-727-9099 or send an anonymous text to 50-411.”


via google maps

From MPD:

“Police arrested an individual for Burglary of an establishment (Subway Restaurant) at 20 M St SE at around 3:29 am. An observant officer on patrol witnessed the suspect exit the restaurant near shattered glass carrying a cash register and money. The suspect dropped items and fled on foot where he was later captured. Due to the hard work of our officers the First District was able to stop a burglary in progress and recover the stolen items. Anyone with additional information regarding this incident is encouraged to call the MPD tip line at 202-727-9099 or text 50-411″


301 Water Street, SE

Thanks to all who passed on from Whaley’s:

“We are excited to share that we are passing the reins at Whaley’s to our good friends and chefs Gerald Addison and Chris Morgan, who are embarking on their first solo project after leaving critically acclaimed Maydan.

Not many folks know how our story in this business began, but Dave and Nick worked a decade ago to help begin development in The Yard’s neighborhood. And years later, they were lucky enough to open Whaley’s, their own place dedicated to our region’s rich seafood culture.

Dave and Nick are so proud of the team who worked tirelessly to create Whaley’s since the doors opened in May 2016. There are too many people to name individually but we’re proud and grateful that so many have been with us since day one. They are the lifeblood of the restaurant. Read More


“Aged Ramen Noodles from Nishiyama”

From an email:

“Please find a personal letter from Mr. Takashi Nishiyama, President of Nishiyama Seimen Co., Ltd. in Sapporo, Japan that directly addresses the recent comments made by a commenter, Joshua Hamilton, disputing the authenticity of Hatoba’s Sapporo-style ramen.

Daikaya Group partner and native of Tokyo, Japan Daisuke Utagawa wanted to take this opportunity to directly address the comment made in the recent PoPville article highlighting the opening of Hatoba, and furthermore to help educate both Joshua and readers on the history behind Sapporo ramen and Nishiyama Seimen Co., Ltd. where Daikaya Group continues to receive custom ramen noodles from of which are featured at all of their celebrated restaurants throughout the District – Daikaya, Haikan, Bantam King, and Hatoba.

In response to the following comment from Joshua Hamilton:

Having lived in Sapporo for more than ten years and make a living doing PR work for Sapporo’s most famous Ramen company, I have to say that this shops menu does not reflect Sapporo ramen authentically in any way!
Come for the real thing instead of some half baked notion of what they think it is.

“Early Days at the Nishiyama Ramen Factory”

“Dear PoPville,

My name is Takashi Nishiyama, and I am the President of Nishiyama Seimen, a noodle company based in Sapporo, Japan.

I was glad to see your recent article about the new ramen shop HATOBA, with whom our company has had the pleasure to collaborate. I was surprised, however, to see a baseless comment in response to that article. I believe it was written by a reader who is unaware of the history and traditional culture of Sapporo ramen.

The ramen that HATOBA serves is authentic Sapporo ramen, created in partnership with our company. The staff of HATOBA flew to Sapporo several times, and along with my staff, created the ramen at our company’s development office.

Sapporo ramen is a culinary culture that was born in the 1950s as a result of conversations between ramen shops in Sapporo and their customers. Miso ramen, which is now popular throughout the world, was born in 1955 in Sapporo. Read More


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