1648 North Capitol Street, NW courtesy The Pub and the People

From an email:

“First, last year’s Krampus Pop-Up is BACK this year in our cellar speakeasy, The Side Door. It’s a fun spin on the well-worn holiday pop-up. Everybody knows Santa, who rewards good little children with presents, but have you heard of Santa’s counterpart, Krampus, who punishes the naughty kids? In a cellar speakeasy after dark, it’s fun to be a little naughty, so we thought we’d give Krampus his due and design our holiday pop-up around him for a change! (It’s still visually a holiday theme, of course.) Here’s a sample of the new and improved holiday cocktail menu (which in total is 18 cocktails): Read More

1201 U Street, NW

Thanks to Jeff for sending: “What’s becoming of the building formerly housing Archipelago:

‘we’ve been given the opportunity to renovate a three story, 7500 square foot, corner building that will become the new headquarters for Passion City Church DC just a few doors down from The Lincoln Theatre at 1201 U St NW. This space will also serve as the new home for our bloom, Passion Kids, and Passion Students ministries starting in December!'”


425 12th Street, NW

From a press release:

“Assets from the Washington, DC landmark eatery Ollie’s Trolley, a downtown lunchtime hotspot at the base of the historic Hotel Harrington since 1989, are now up for auction at

Fans of Ollie’s Trolley can bid on more than 100 lots from the restaurant, which will close Dec. 12 as part of the Hotel Harrington sale. Available to the highest bidder are the iconic “Ollie Fries” and “Ollie Burgers” neon signs; additional Ollie’s Trolley indoor and outdoor signage; vintage and vintage-inspired décor items; trolley imagery and décor; the eatery’s signature red booth seating and padded chairs; high-end commercial kitchen equipment, and much more.

“There are many pieces of nostalgia that will strike a chord with fans looking for an item to remember Ollie’s Trolley by,” said Mitch Rotker, owner of Capital Online Auctions, which is hosting the online auction. “We also hope that the commercial kitchen equipment and classic dining fixtures can go back into the local business community to be used in area businesses and restaurants.”

Bidding on the Ollie’s Trolley auction begins closing on Dec. 14 at 11:00 am EST.

R. also reported: “Harry’s Bar’s last day is Sunday, December 3. I’m there on Friday night December 1 and it is packed.” Read More


In November the proper signage was finally posted. And now thanks to Bennett for sending:

“I was walking through Union Station yesterday (11/29) and noticed that Raising Cane’s has a “recruitment office.” I ducked inside and asked someone (who had just finished conducting an interview of an applicant) for the official opening date, and she said the grand opening should be January 9!Read More


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