Washington, DC

From the Mayor’s Office:

“Tthe chief executives of the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia held a joint call to discuss the coronavirus (COVID-19) response throughout the region. The call included a push for concerted effort on testing in the region, a regional framework on business impacts, and ongoing coordinated messaging to encourage residents to be good neighbors by staying at home. The Mayor and the Governors agreed to continue to advocate for more resources and leadership from the federal government to meet immediate needs like testing supplies and direct financial assistance to cities, counties and states.

They issued the following statement: Read More


About All That Smoke

Photo by Mary Nguyen Barry

Thanks to all who messaged us. Fairfax Fire/Rescue started reporting just before 10am:

“Units are on scene of a reported building fire in the 2800 block of Poag Street in the Alexandria section of Fairfax County. A second alarm has been requested.

UPDATE from Poag Street: a Fourth Alarm has been requested. PIO enroute to scene and should arrive shortly.

UPDATE Poag Street: Route 1 is shut down in both directions near the 2800 blk of Poang St in the Alexandria section. Please avoid the area. Units are working a 2-alarm fire in a 5-story building under construction. No civilian or firefighter injuries reported at this time.” Read More


Photo by PoPville flickr user Erinn Shirley


“Metro today announced that the six Blue and Yellow line stations south of Reagan National Airport–Braddock Rd, King St-Old Town, Eisenhower Ave, Huntington, Van Dorn St, and Franconia-Springfield–will reopen as scheduled Monday, September 9, with completely rebuilt platforms and several customer improvements. Read More


919 U Street, NW

From an email:

“Writing to let you know that D.C.’s favorite taqueria and beer garden is expanding this fall with the launch of El Rey Ballston. Hospitality entrepreneurs and brothers Eric and Ian Hilton are opening the second El Rey in the heart of Arlington, VA at the rapidly-expanding Ballston Exchange development (4201 Wilson Blvd) near other culinary favorites like Shake Shack, Cava, Philz Coffee, DIRT and We, the Pizza.

In addition to its signature selection of mouthwatering tacos — like al pastor, Thai shrimp, and adobo chicken — cocktails, margaritas and sangria, the new 5,000-square-foot El Rey will feature plenty of beers on draft. Read More


Photo by PoPville flickr user justinbc

From a press release:

“For nearly thirteen years, the blue light shining outside Todd Thrasher’s PX in historic Alexandria, Virginia has silently notified savvy patrons when the contemporary speakeasy was open for service. Now fully occupied across the river with his wildly popular Tiki TNT and Potomac Distilling Company, Thrasher announces that PX will not be renewing its lease, turning out the fabled light for good on July 27, 2019. Read More


4536 Lee Highway via Facebook

From an email:

“Writing to let you know that Arlington will soon have a new neighborhood bistro to call home when Cafe Colline, the latest from prolific restaurateurs (and brothers) Eric and Ian Hilton, opens this fall. Located at 4536 Lee Highway, Cafe Colline will take a few cues from its sister establishment Chez Billy Sud, the acclaimed Georgetown favorite known for its elevated-but-accessible French fare. Read More


“Dear PoPville,

Doug has crossed the River! I run a restaurant in the Courthouse area of Arlington and my host told me some Doctor asked to speak with me. Almost immediately I felt I recognized him, and it took about 30 seconds into his story about being a neighbor and a former “regular” of ours, that his assistant had his car and he left his wallet, phone and keys in there and was having trouble getting in touch with him. He said the host was nice enough to let him use the phone but he had no luck. My first response was to just say “Doug?”, to which he said, “huh?”. I asked how I could help him and he asked for some free beer, to which my response was, “that’s not going to happen, Doug”. Read More


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