Washington, DC

1201 Pennsylvania Ave, NW between 12th and 13th before opening in 2012 (previously home to Les Halles)

An employee of Del Frisco’s Grille tells us “we just got told we are shutting down in 2 weeks.”

Ed. Note: D.C. also has a Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House located in CityCenter – no word on any changes for that location.

Forbes reported on the planned sale in late September:

“The purchase price was undisclosed, and the deal is expected to close at the end of October, according to the company. Read More


“John Wall of the Wizard hangs out at Thai Chili.” inside 701 7th Street, NW via Facebook

“Dear PoPville,

My boyfriend and I ate at Thai Chili near Capital One Arena before the Caps game on October 5. We’ve eaten there sporadically before games, so the wait staff knows us. When we were there, one of the servers told us that this was their last year there and that when hockey season ended (the regular season ends in April; hopefully they’ll be playing into June), they would be leaving. Read More


507 7th Street, NW

Ed. Note: Originally Published October 1st.

Whoa. Hearing from a very reliable source that Iron Horse could be closing October 26th. Iron Horse opened up here back in January 2010.  Updates as we learn more.

UPDATE: Now I hear they are simply selling and will remain open. So hopefully won’t notice too many changes.

UPDATE Oct. 3rd: They ARE closing October 26th!

Washingtonian now reports:

“After a decade of arcade games and motorcycle motifs, Penn Quarter tap room Iron Horse will close on October 26. But the space won’t stay vacant for long. Owners Curt Large and Geoff Dawson of hospitality group Tinshop (Franklin Hall, Tallboy) are teaming up with Ryan Seelbach, co-owner of Shaw bars Takoda and Cortez, to bring endless summer to the space. The Boardwalk, a beach-y bar serving frozen cocktails and corn dogs, will open in early November.”

And here’s the full press release:

“TAKODA Restaurant & Beer Garden and CORTEZ Restaurant & Rooftop Bar owner Ryan Seelbach is pleased to announce the early November, 2019 anticipated opening of The Boardwalk, the 350-person Boardwalk-inspired bar & eatery located at 507 7th Street NW, Washington, DC, 20004. The Boardwalk’s name is derived from the coastal boardwalks of Ocean City, MD, Rehoboth Beach, DE, Brooklyn, NY, and Santa Monica, CA. The Boardwalk will be a welcome addition to the lively Penn Quarter and Chinatown neighborhoods. Guests can anticipate creative takes on popcorn, hot dogs, corn dogs, and cotton candy paired with an extensive draft beer list, cocktails on draft, and frozen drinks. The Boardwalk’s friendly atmosphere will also offer games such as shuffleboard, foosball, and arcade basketball. Read More


Anna writes about the Capitol Hill Sweetgreen on Penn Ave:


Cramping my style. Do you know anything? or perhaps a reader does?”

Ed. Note: I’ve written Sweetgreen for an update but haven’t heard back from them. In possible positive news I did hear that the W Street location has reopened.

624 E Street, NW

As for the Sweetgreen coming to the former Taylor Gourmet in Penn Quarter – it’s still not open yet either.


7th and E Street, NW

Bakers & Baristas opened here back in January 2015. A liquor license placard for Bakers & Barristas posted out front now says:

“A new D Restaurant serving pastries and sandwiches. Seating Capacity of 36 and Total Occupancy Load of 36. The Restaurant will include an Entertainment Endorsement.”

Vivi’s Facebook says:

“Think you know all there is to know about pizza? Be ready for a delicious surprise! Read More


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