Washington, DC


709 7th Street, NW

Earlier this week we broke the news that the Bed Bath & Beyond/World Market would be closing in Chinatown. Ed. Note: One reader hears they could remain open until April. Anyway, I’m now hearing some scuttlebutt from a very good source who says a Target may be taking the space. This is unconfirmed at the moment but I give it an 85% chance of happening. STAY TUNED.

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via Pepe’s Pizza

UPDATE: Now hearing they may be coming to Montgomery County. STAY TUNED.

Not a lot to go on but a reader hears that a Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana is coming to D.C. “They have already secured a location. Do you have any additional info?”

Anyone else hearing these rumors? Any idea what neighborhood?

From the Daily Meal‘s 100 best pizzas – #1:

“Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana retains its crown as America’s finest pizzeria. This is a bucket list destination, one you’ll have to make a pilgrimage to if you want to discuss the topic of America’s best pizza with any authority.”

Check out their various locations and menus here. Anyone ever taken a taste? Read More

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Thanks to a reader for sending this rendering they found for 700 H Street, NE. First I’m hearing of this so not sure if this is still planned. The lettering is kind of small – does it look like it says delivering in 2017? Of course those dates often change but there is also a Shake Shack not too far away in Union Station. I’ll be sure to update if we learn more, STAY TUNED.

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1840 18th Street, NW

Thanks to Aaron for sending:

“I was going to drop in there on Friday after a birthday party, when I got there, they were closed before midnight. Sunday evening came, and they were still closed. It was odd. I went up to the door and they had a sign that said “Closed Gone Fishing”. I spoke with someone who works there that said they got closed down in a similar way as JRs with the liquor license expiring. I am told they closed on Wednesday and had been operating for some amount of time without a current liquor license. The person I spoke with said they may have to reapply for a liquor license from scratch because the amount of time that lapsed.” Read More

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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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