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Almost exactly a year ago we posted “Any idea why the Capitol Stones have been blocked off?”

Looks like there is finally some action, Bloomberg Government reported:

“Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) said the Capitol stones, removed from the East Portico in 1958-62 renovations, should be turned into a more formal exhibit in Rock Creek Park, where they were dumped likely in the 1970s. Norton said she’s heard from constituents who like taking their kids to the stones, which have turned into an unsanctioned attraction a short distance from a walking trail in the park.”

From the Office of Eleanor Holmes Norton:

“Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) today requested a joint meeting with the National Park Service (NPS) and the Architect of the Capitol (AOC) to discuss removal of the Capitol Stones, which were part of the original Capitol building, from Rock Creek Park. NPS recently requested the removal of the stones for safety and preservation, and some are currently being stored in an AOC facility in Ft. Meade without public access. Read More


Ed. Note: In a Pickle closed down at Eastern Market back in March.

Thanks to Jesse for sending the devastating news from Number 1 Sons:

“Hello Number 1 Sons and Daughters,

Number 1 Sons will be closing at the end of the month. Our last weekend at markets will be August 28th and 29th. Unfortunately, we’re unable to continue operating in our current space. Our final market schedule is at

Since 2012, we’ve made pickled and fermented food and drink that we’ve brought to our neighbors at farmers’ markets across the Washington DC area. Read More


1501 K Street, NW

Thanks to Jonathan for sending: “the Cosi at 15th & K NW appears to have closed. This is how I found it when I tried to stop in today for lunch (pic taken through locked door)”

Cosi’s website says this location is “CLOSED, Please visit us at our 910 17th Street NW, location”

Holy cow is the 17th Street location the last Cosi left in DC?!? There was a time


6400 Chillum Pl NW

Thanks to all who passed on the sad note from 3 Stars:

“After almost 10 years, We’re closing our doors

Thank you DMV for all of your support! Over the years you gave us the opportunity to Experiment, Help Build a Community of Beer Lovers, & Celebrate with you, and we will always have love for you!

Our taproom will be closing Sunday Night Read More


421 East Capitol Street, SE

Martin sends the sad news:

“Congress Market, my favorite neighborhood bodega, is closing its doors. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve popped in here over the nearly ten years I’ve lived on Capitol Hill, and I guarantee you I turn the corner of 5th and East Capitol and try and pop in again out of habit at least a few more times. What a loss.”


2616 Connecticut Ave, NW

“Dear PoPville,

I recently overheard a conversation inside ACE Hardware in Woodley Park. A staff member was telling a customer that the store would be closing permanently in a month or two, because it had never made a profit in its 10 year history. Say it ain’t so!”

The owners sadly confirm the coming closing: “We will be closing in August and our team members will be transferred to another one of our locations if they would like to continue to work with us.” Read More


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