Monday, August 7, 2017

Himitsu, Timber Pizza on Bon Appetit's 50 Best New Restaurants list; Himitsu also on Eater's Top 12


Wow, our area is getting some more love from critics. Bon Appetit, which named Bad Saint the #2 best new restaurant in the country last year, has given some plaudits to two spots on Upshur this year: Timber Pizza Co. and Himitsu. They put both among the 50 best new restaurants in the country, along with other DC spot Pineapple and Pearls on Barracks Row.

Himistu also made Eater.com's 12 Best New Restaurants list, along with spots in San Francisco, Knoxville, TN and more.

Himitsu is a Japanese spot where Cappy's Crabs and Crane & Turtle were before at 828 Upshur Street NW, and Timber Pizza Co. is a former food truck with a wood-fired oven at 809 Upshur, which was formerly a small church.

Pretty awesome to see this kind of praise for more local spots. In a few weeks Bon Appetit will announce what the top restaurants are from the list.

Any favorite dishes at either spot?


Photos from their Facebook pages

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Bar and restaurant maybe in the works at 3124 Georgia




The other day I walked past 3124 Georgia Ave NW, just south of Kenyon, and it looks like a bar/resturant is going in. This place was originally planned to be Hush Restaurant and Lounge, but their liquor license was denied when the ANC thought it sounded more like a club.

There's a new permit on the window extending an earlier permit to enlarge the windows and doors for a restaurant/bar on the first floor with an office upstairs. The building is owned by the same LLC as applied for Hush's permit, so it may be the same thing.

The building is two doors down from Colony Club and the space itself is pretty big and open (though without a back door) and there looks to be a bar built.

I talked with someone who works nearby and they said the building has been under construction for some time, so maybe that work was done a while ago, but the new permit may mean progress has restarted.

This building, if you recall is a two-story building that previously had a banner on it asking people to rent it for a restaurant or bar. (See below from Google.)





First Friday on Georgia Avenue, this Friday: check out local businesses, get free wine!


First Friday on Georgia Avenue is right around the corner, this Friday, August 4. The event, organized by Georgia Avenue Thrive, features all kinds of deals at local businesses, including my favorite, a free glass of wine plus BOGO books at Walls of Books. And it's beach themed -- I like it. Here's the Facebook invite, and read on for more!
It's hot out there! Enjoy another great First Friday on Georgia Avenue, #Beachinthecity edition! We will again have almost 20 businesses (see list below) Georgia Avenue NW in Park View & Petworth. Drink, food and retail specials, live music, art and more. Mark those calendars, get into a relaxed brach mindset and stay tuned for the specials and special events for the August one. And, as always, we are partnering with our friends in Petworth Petworth Arts Collaborative. Happy Friday! 
Add your favorite "summer strut" songs to our First Friday summer playlist on Spotify by "following" the playlist and then adding them: bit.ly/2uAtLiB 
Participating businesses: ♣ Bravo Bar: TBD♣ Colony Club: Screening and ping pong tournament with a professional ping pong player, and a filmmaker who's making a documentary about him
♣ Heat Da Spot Coffee Lounge: TBD
♣ District Dogs: Water bowls along Georgia Avenue, 15% off retail
♣ Union Drinkery & SmallFry DC: $5 Painkiller (coconut & dark rum cocktail)
♣ Ana's Restaurante: TBD
♣ Walls of Books - Washington, DC: A complimentary glass of wine and + Buy 1, Get 1 on all books +buy any T-shirt (crew, v-neck, racerback, kids) and get a book free PLUS: Featuring art on display
♣ The Midlands: BoGo coupon for Monday
♣ Esencias Panameñas Restaurant & Catering
♣ Yoga Heights: Rooftop Yoga @ The Swift (3828 Georgia Ave) @6:15pm. (Sign up via App or on website)
♣ Mom 'N Pop Antiques [NEW]: 20% off & live piano music
♣ The Looking Glass Lounge: TBD
♣ DC Reynolds: BoGo
♣ Walters Sports Bar: 50% off all drinks
♣ Reliable Tavern: $6 First Friday Beach Punch
♣ Ten Tigers Parlour [NEW]: $5 Classic Daiquiri
♣ The Hilltop Bar & Restaurant (Sherman Ave): Sex On the Beach Cocktail
♣ Heat Da Spot Coffee Lounge: TBD♣ District Dogs: Water bowls along Georgia Avenue, 15% off retail♣ Union Drinkery & SmallFry DC: $5 Painkiller (coconut & dark rum cocktail)♣ Ana's Restaurante: TBD ♣ Walls of Books - Washington, DC: A complimentary glass of wine and + Buy 1, Get 1 on all books +buy any T-shirt (crew, v-neck, racerback, kids) and get a book free PLUS: Featuring art on display ♣ The Midlands: BoGo coupon for Monday♣ Esencias Panameñas Restaurant & Catering♣ Yoga Heights: Rooftop Yoga @ The Swift (3828 Georgia Ave) @6:15pm. (Sign up via App or on website) ♣ Mom 'N Pop Antiques [NEW]: 20% off & live piano music♣ The Looking Glass Lounge: TBD ♣ DC Reynolds: BoGo♣ Walters Sports Bar: 50% off all drinks♣ Reliable Tavern: $6 First Friday Beach Punch♣ Ten Tigers Parlour [NEW]: $5 Classic Daiquiri ♣ The Hilltop Bar & Restaurant (Sherman Ave): Sex On the Beach Cocktail 
Beach "activities" on The old Murry's parking lot

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Two meetings on 16th Street bus lanes today: 16th and U, 16th and Irving



If you're a frequent bus rider, you may be excited to hear that DDOT is looking into adding bus lanes to 16th Street. They're holding two events today from 4:30-7pm at 16th and Irving and 16th and U to present the project and get feedback. The events are drop-in, so no need to be there at the start.

There's also an online "open house" where you can submit feedback at 16thStreetNWBus.com.

Here's more from DDOT:
Public Events Today! 
16th Street Bus Lanes Project - Design Phase 
Upcoming Events
The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) will kick-off a series of public events for the Design Phase of the 16th Street NW Bus Lanes Project. The purpose of the project is to improve bus service and reliability on the 16th Street NW corridor. At the events, DDOT will provide an overview of the project, present roadway layouts, and gather public feedback. 
Engagement Events 
Tuesday, August 1st
4:30 pm - 7:00 pm 
Two Locations:
16th and Irving Street NW
16th and U Street NW 
Online Open House
July 27 - September 1
16thStreetNWBus.com  
In April 2016, DDOT released the 16th Street NW Transit Priority Planning Study, which resulted in a set of recommendations to be advanced to the design phase. The recommendations included peak-hour, peak direction bus lanes, bus service changes, bus stop improvements, and transit priority infrastructure. The design phase of the 16th Street NW Bus Lanes Project will use this set of recommendations to begin environmental documentation and develop preliminary engineering designs. 
The public has three opportunities to give input on this phase of the project: a public meeting, an on-site engagement event at two locations, and an online open house. All events will cover the same material and provide an opportunity for public feedback. The public meeting will be open-house style with an opportunity for participants to listen to a presentation, review the roadway layouts, and provide feedback. The engagement events will be held at two high ridership bus stops: 16th and Irving Street NW and 16th and U Street NW. The online open house will include a narrated presentation. The comment period for this phase will end on September 1, 2017 at 5:00 pm. All comments can be submitted on the website, by mail, or email. 
If you have any other questions or comments, please contact Spring Worth at spring.worth@dc.gov or 202-673-1736.
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