Washington, DC

1230 9th Street, NW

From a press release:

“Monument Retail, the retail division of Monument Realty, announces today the signing of a long-term lease to reopen the acclaimed Eighteenth Street Lounge (ESL) in its new location in Blagden Alley.

ESL owner Farid Nouri tasked Valerie Mnayarji of Monument Retail to represent the 25-year-old brand in finding its new location, trusting her real estate expertise and DC-market knowledge. “Finding a new space for the iconic nightlife and entertainment staple, keeping in line its existing clientele while adjusting to the changes in the market was a challenge but high priority,” said Valerie Mnayarji of Monument Retail. “With its new location, nestled in a vibrant and dynamic community driven by a high-end restaurant scene, ESL will be a revamped version of its original successful concept, capitalizing on the shift towards the eastside of the district.”

The new Eighteenth Street Lounge will be located at 1230 9th Street NW. Read More


5037 Connecticut Ave, NW

From an email:

“Comet Ping Pong introduces our Spring Outdoor Music Series in our Parking Lot Pizza Garden!

Beginning May 26th and continuing into July, we will present a series of 7:00pm concerts in the Comet Ping Pong parking lot for a limited audience of pre-reserved, seated, dine-in guests. The Spring schedule features artists ranging from folk and bluegrass to indie rock and synth pop and each performance will feature a comedy opening act to be announced. Read More


From Audrey Fix Schaefer, Communications Director I.M.P., 9:30 Club, Lincoln Theatre, The Anthem, Merriweather Post Pavilion, via email:

“I.M.P., the 9:30 Club, The Anthem and Lincoln Theatre, along with Monumental Sports, sent Mayor Bowser this letter last Thursday, in which we offer up our facilities, people, and marketing resources to encourage everyone to get vaccinated, and offer a rational, safe approach: seeking permission to reopen two months after everyone eligible has had access to the vaccines.  We propose that the Mayor allow our venues to open at full capacity beginning July 1, 2021.

While her office has acknowledged receipt, we have not received a substantive response and so we are eager to hear her address this issue during this morning’s press conference. Read More


“Beginning May 1st, the indoor capacity limit for non-essential retail businesses is raised from 25% to 50% or 250 people, whichever is lower.”

From the Mayor’s Situational Update yesterday.

“The number of people who can sit together at a restaurant table is increased from 6 people to 10 people. Live music will be allowed outdoors for summer gardens, courtyard dining and sidewalk cafes controlled by the restaurants.” Read More


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