Washington, DC

New Hampshire and M Street, NW

Timing, again, feels right to remind folks of our Democracy Tree. It was planted in 2000.

“This Tree is dedicated to the more than half million veterans, taxpayers, and citizens of the District of Columbia who, despite fighting in foreign wars, paying their full measure of taxes and faithfully serving their country, continue to have no voting representation in the Congress of the United States of America.

“Taxation without Representation is Tyranny”

Foundry Democracy Project, Foundry United Methodist Church”

Here’s to hoping we are able to change the name to The 51st State Tree soonest.


rendering for 2000 Pennsylvania Ave, NW

Westbrook Partners and MRP Realty (MRP), developers and managers of commercial, residential, mixed-use and industrial real estate across the Mid-Atlantic region, along with Baltimore-based Cana Development (CANAdev), food and retail asset management experts, announce more details behind the newest restaurants coming to Western Market. The new food hall, first announced in February, will revive the original historic marketplace at 2000 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, D.C.

“We continue to be inspired by the resiliency of restaurant owners, given the current retail environment,” said Tim Hill, Vice President of Investments, MRP Realty. “At Western Market, we welcome our roster of local, small business owners who reflect the kaleidoscope of DC’s culturally-rich food scene.”

The original Western Market was constructed in 1802 as one of three original markets in Architect Pierre L’Enfant’s blueprint for the city. Located in the heart of the Foggy Bottom neighborhood adjacent to George Washington University, Western Market will feature a dynamic line up of vendors, offering both locals and visitors a modern culinary destination that reflects the diverse and resilient community of Washington, D.C.

Western Market welcomes the latest additions to the development: Read More


1143 New Hampshire Ave, NW

Thanks to Annie for reporting: “Mercy Me DC is officially open in West End. It’s inside the newly renovated version of the Wink hotel (Yours Truly). Seems like they’re doing a modified menu for now but they’re serving up Call Your Mother bagels, pastries etc and pizza starting at lunch. Can confirm it’s delicious!” Read More


1513 17th Street, NW

From Duke’s:

“It’s a very busy week at Duke’s Grocery in Dupont Circle. Today, the gastropub launches a ​Pappy Van Winkle Charity Auction​ to raise money for So Others Might Eat (SOME), opens a Spirits Shop and announces plans to grill full Memorial Day Weekend platters on the patio.

For the charity auction, donors can select the Old Rip Van Winkle 10 Year or the Van Winkle Special Reserve 12 Year. 100% of auction proceeds will be donated to SOME. Speaking of bourbon, Duke’s also opens a Spirits Shop, with kits available. For example, the Botanist Gin Martini Pack comes with two ​Stölzle ​crystal martini glasses, stainless steel shaker and deluxe stirrer. Limited edition bottles from Blanton’s, Eagle Rare and Weller are also available.

This weekend, a huge smoker takes over the front patio facing 17th Street for a traditional Memorial Day Weekend cookout. Read More


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