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6810 Cameron Drive, NW

From a press release:

“D.C. restaurateurs Trent Allen, Robin Webb, Chris Powers, and Josh Saltzman are back with a new flagship project at The Parks at Walter Reed. These familiar faces from The Midlands Beer Garden and Ivy & Coney are reuniting to create another beloved neighborhood establishment along the Georgia Avenue corridor.

Located in the heart of the historic campus and next to the Great Lawn and dog park, the upcoming project will revitalize the historic mechanic shop and adjacent plaza. The as-yet-unnamed concept will be a casual restaurant with a beautiful 6,000 ft² patio, designed to be a welcoming space for everyone. Read More

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4622 14th Street, NW at Crittenden

From the Bull Bar & Grill (planning on opening by the end of this month):

“Giving the community a place to feel at home continues to be tradition to the Cruz family lead by Maria who started her entrepreneurial journey in 1980’s NW Washington DC on 14th street in the Columbia Heights Neighborhood. Opening “Tienda La Union” then soon “Salon de Belleza”, Maria’s businesses did more than provide needed services; it was also representation for a community migrating to the district from Central-America, especially from her home of El Salvador. Years later, blessed by her success, “La Libertad” a restaurant and bar she added to her catalog of business ventures cemented her commitment to the area as a place where local businesses can thrive and prosper. Read More

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Thanks to a reader for sending this great update of what’s going on north of Grant Circle:

Meridian is a newly-opend upscale restaurant in bar in the neighborhood where Colorado meets Missouri & Georgia. The Washington Post’s Tom Seitsma reviewed it in this Sunday’s magazine section: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/05/08/AR2008050802517.html?sub=AR Also, here is a link directly to the restaurant: http://www.meridianrestaurant.com/welcome.html The staff is the best–I have not met a better one in DC!

Lily’s Cafe and Panini Shop (on Colorado, just north of Kennedy): Congratulations to Lily for the birth of her happy, healthy baby boy!!! The patio is now open.

1400 Longfellow Street NW, one block north of Colorado, Kennedy & 14th, has sold 9 out of 10 units and has one 1 BR left, in the year-old development.

The International Guest House on Kennedy, between 16th Street & Colorado is a great place to have guests from out of town stay–it’s very inexpensive! http://www.bedandbreakfast.com/district-of-columbia-washington-internationalguesthouse.html

Carter Barron Ampitheatre in conjunction with the Shakespeare Theater Company begins showing ‘Hamlet’ (for FREE) toward the end of the month. For details, see http://www.nps.gov/rocr/planyourvisit/cbarron.htm

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It is my pleasure to present Volume Two ( here is Vol. One if you missed it.) of Intangible Tales by local blogger Intangible Arts. Intangible Arts’ assignment for Vol. Two was to demystify Georgia Avenue. Enjoy the journey.

Georgia Avenue has become DC’s new test lab for balanced development. It’s an ambitious task, and I’m not sure it’s ever been done right.

Tricky! How to balance the new money vs. the long-time residents that are the backbone of the neighborhood, in one strip of development? Other neighborhoods have tried this and failed miserably (creating national retail hell-holes with no local flavor), and that is why we watch our little street with great interest.

I heard from one new resident that Georgia Avenue can be a damned scary place. Maybe that’s true, but a little familiarity can go a long way. When we bought our place, we didn’t have anyone to point out the neighborhood gems, and so we’ve tried to find ’em ourselves. As a result, the strip isn’t nearly as damned-scary as some might think.

And that’s the real point here: A brief tour of my home stretch of Georgia Avenue, southward from the Petworth Metro to the top of Howard University. Due to space, it’s a short list. Story continues after the jump. Read More

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