Washington, DC

Back in February 2016 I officially proclaimed RAR’s Naticoke Nectar the best beer I’d been drinking. I still love it. And I still love almost everything they put out – especially their one offs. Ed. Note: Nanny O’Briens usually has the rare stuff on tap. Anyway, let’s get right to it, I don’t have a lot here but a very good source tells me that RAR Brewing has signed a lease in Navy Yard – not sure if it’s gonna be a brewpub/taproom or what not but if they are coming – this is very good news indeed! Stay tuned.

In the meantime – Navy Yard is becoming quite the beer hub with Gordon Biersch, Bardo, Bluejacket and Atlas coming too.

From RAR’s website:

“Based in Cambridge, MD on the shores of the Chesapeake Bay, local boys brewing local beers. Read More

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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

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“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

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1353 H Street, NE

Update from Rock and Roll Hotel: “December and January are notoriously slow. We have national acts confirmed that cannot yet be announced. Not sure where this rumor is coming from, but it is false and they are misinformed.

NYE 2020 goes on sale at Noon Today which was already scheduled. Our normal programming of rooftop open and 2nd floor DJs are all in place.”

As of 12:10pm they just added to their calendar:

“November 29, 2019 @ 8:00 am – January 4, 2020 @ 5:00 pm
DC Djs – 2nd Floor – Free

Rock & Roll Hotel’s legendary dance floor keeps moving and shaking with a wide range of Top 40, anthems, and dance hits brought to you by some of DC’s finest Djs! 2ND FLOOR | FREE | 10PM – 3AM | 21+”

OK, I’m not saying it’s time to freak out right now but I’m not saying stay perfectly calm either. Because this is odd. I got a tip that Rock and Roll Hotel could be closing by the end of the year. The tipster has a very good record but was only 50/50 on this. So keep that in mind. At any rate back in 2013 we first noted that the building was listed for sale. I hadn’t heard much since then. But then the tipster wrote in. And now is the curious part. Read More

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2400 18th Street, NW

Thanks to Alex for sending the scuttlebutt about Wok and Roll’s lease ending possible ending in Adams Morgan: “I heard from our regular server there. Hope he’s wrong but I don’t know why he’d make it up.” They opened their 2nd location here back in 2011. Their original location is in Chinatown at 604 H Street, NW.

Another reader reported on Friday that she heard there was a dispute over rent: Read More

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440 K Street, NW

Update Mr.TinDC reports Tuesday morning:

“I was just there – staff said they are actually closed for good now. Employees are packing up the store, and finishing a few service jobs (including some work on one of my bikes). Front doors are locked.”

“Hello BicycleSPACE Family & Friends-

As many of you may have heard by now, we will be moving out of our Mount Vernon Triangle shop at 440K street over the next week. While we are sad to be moving on, we will be carrying on the BicycleSPACE tradition at the Ivy City location and look forward to seeing you there & in new and exciting places in the future! Read More

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440 K Street, NW

A tipster reports:

“it looks like BicycleSPACE in downtown is closing its doors. Final day from what I heard is on Monday, Labor Day.

I know they had a shop in Adams Morgan that closed in October 2018. That makes 2 of their 3 shops closing in less than a year.”

Ed. Note: Their third location is in Ivy City. I’ve emailed for confirmation about K Street and will update when/if I hear back.

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