Washington, DC

4th and H Street, NE

Yesterday a reader shared word that a crab shack was coming the old Driftwood Kitchen/True Orleans space on H Street, NE. Now a tipster hears that the crab shack will likely be The Boiling Crab:

“It all began in a little Southeastern Texas town called Seadrift. With a population of just 2000, Seadrift was home to Yo’Daddy and his family of crabbers and fishermen. They labored in their boats year-round, catching oysters, crab and shrimp for the seafood industry. As toiling as the work was, every weekend the men would come home with their catch of the week to enjoy­ – they boiled crawfish and crabs, shucked raw oysters, grilled fresh fish – always with a beer in hand. Read More


4th and H Street, NE

Thanks to Colleen for sending: “there appears to be a permit and ongoing construction at the old Driftwood Kitchen/True Orleans location at 400 H Street Northeast. Driftwood Kitchen closed on New Year’s Day 2018, and the building has sat empty ever since. Word on H Street is this might be a crab shack restaurant (but don’t know for sure)!” Read More


1819 14th Street, NW

Thanks to Sara for passing on t pow’s tweet: “Confirmed El Centro on 14th Street (U Street Corridor) will not reopen. Note: El Centro Georgetown is currently still open for dine-in service at 50% capacity as well as curbside to-go and delivery.”

Ed. Note: I’ve emailed the company for their comment but have not yet received a reply.


El Centro opened up here after extensive renovations back in May 2011 (see what the space used to look before below: Read More


3704 14th Street, NW

Anthony asks: “any news on anafre and why the plastic is up?”

Anafre wrote on Wednesday: “We’re doing a little renovating so we’ll be closed this week. But you can still visit our sister spots @mezcalerodc and @elsoldc”

Another reader hears a little scuttlebutt about what could be coming: “it’s going to be a pizza place”?!?



212 7th Street, SE

“Dear PoPville,

Hoping the community might know the official status of Acqua al 2 in Eastern Market? They had been selling grocery items earlier in the pandemic and then updated their website and posted on social media that they would be temporarily closing in late June to prepare for indoor dining in July. However, their phone line is currently not in service and friends have mentioned it looks very closed and empty from the outside. Does anyone know what’s going on? I know their sister restaurants Ghibellina and Sotto closed.”

On June 25th Acqua Al 2 posted to their Facebook:

“Acqua al 2 family, friends and neighbors: Read More


1st and D Street, SE via Tortilla Coast


Oh my goodness. I too tried to call but the phone just rang without being picked up at 7:30pm anyway.

Tortilla Coast is, of course, “A Tex-Mex tradition on Capitol Hill since 1988”

Tortilla Coast closed their Logan Circle location at 15th and P St, NW back in 2017.

Updates when more is known.


1831 14th Street, NW via Immortal Beloved

Update: Kim hears, “The owner is making it a barber shop. All the barbers who worked downstairs will now be working upstairs from what I’ve heard

Update: Kim hears, “They’re making the entire space Hell’s Bottom, the barbershop. No more women’s hair.

Thanks to C and JC for sending word:

“Per stylists who work there, Immortal Beloved on 14th street is closing permanently. I remember still going to them when they were on Church Street a decade ago. What a loss.”

Ed. Note: I emailed Immortal Beloved this morning to try to get more info on timing but have not heard back yet. One email from a stylist was forwarded to me which starts:

“Dear Clients,
Unfortunately Immortal Beloved D.C. is closing permanently.”

Updates as more is known.


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