Washington, DC

1914 9th Street, NW

“Dear PoPville,

I am writing to you to get some help to save Dino’s Grotto! This family owned DC restaurant makes the best farm to table Italian dishes in the city and boast an impressive wine menu! Unfortunately they are having trouble competing with big name chefs and restaurants. They are the go to Italian restaurant in Shaw/Logan circle and continually feature fresh seasonal farm ingredients in every dish. The owner Dean goes out of his way to travel to farms for locally sourced meat and vegetables while simultaneously maintaining relationships with Italian vinters to get great deals on rate Italian wines. Read More


From a press release:

“Drink Company’s latest Pop-Up Bar celebrating all things esports will open Thursday, July 18 with three distinct spaces paying tribute to the District’s burgeoning gaming community and to three of the industry’s most popular games: Overwatch, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, and NBA2K19. The pop-up will feature Drink Company’s signature over-the-top décor, open play components, and game-themed cocktails. Read More


944 Florida Avenue, NW

“Dear PoPville,

I took these photos this afternoon from the corner of Florida Avenue and W Street NW (across from the future Whole Foods). Any idea what this will be?”

This is the former home to Darnell’s/Blind Dog Cafe/Mocha Lounge. I feel like I remember posting that this was going to become a nail salon but I can’t find the post. Does that sound familiar to you guys?


From MPD:

“On June 19, 2019, at approximately 9:25pm, Fourth District members were dispatched to the 700 block of Princeton Pl. NW regarding a shooting. Upon arrival, the victim was located in an alleyway suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. The victim was transported to a local hospital, where life-saving efforts proved futile. The victim was later pronounced deceased. There is no current lookout for any suspects.

Anyone with information regarding this crime is encouraged to contact MPD at (202) 727-9099.”

and: Read More


11th and Rhode Island Ave, NW

Thanks to a tipster for sharing:

“Scuttlebutt: Liquor store on corner moving to 7th St. NW b/c rent is too high (14K). Last day is July 31st. Owner apparently looking to bring a coffee shop in.”


Ed. Note: One of my favorite headlines from back in 2011 Liquor Store at 11th and Rhode Island Ave, NW Becoming a Liquor Store.


Amazing. Thanks to a reader for sending on Saturday:

“Witnessed a girl riding a scooter in Shaw with a cat in what appears to be a purpose-built backpack.

Unclear how the cat feels about this.”

This takes me back to July 13th 2017, which was also awesome: Read More


1316 9th Street, NW

Yikes. The Washington Post reported yesterday:

“Massimo Fabbri, chef and owner of San Lorenzo Ristorante and Bar in Shaw, was arrested recently in a Delaware beach town on cocaine possession and other charges, according to a police report. Police searched both Fabbri and a female companion and allegedly found 191 grams of cocaine, with a street value of $19,100, in their possession. Authorities also allegedly found $3,201 in cash.”


Eric McNair via MPD

Ed. Note: McNair was arrested in Columbia Heights and charged with Unlawful Possession Of A Firearm, Possession Of A Large Capacity Ammunition Feeding Device, Reckless Driving, Poss W/i To Dist A Controlled Substance and more.

From MPD:

“Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division are seeking the public’s assistance in locating a suspect that escaped from police custody after receiving treatment at a hospital on Thursday, June 13, 2019, in the 2000 block of Georgia Avenue, Northwest.

Eric Corteze McNair, pictured above, Read More


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