A new eatery is on track to bring breakfast sandwiches, tacos and ice cream sandwiches to 19th Street by the end of the month.
The new restaurant, Moxie’s, will open at 1020 19th St. NW the week of June 27, according to owner Marcus Barnett.
The menu at Moxie’s will include chipotle breakfast burritos, fish tacos with roasted pineapple slaw and Bahn Mi sandwiches, Barnett said.
“The tacos will be a pretty huge hit,” he added. “You can’t get them anywhere else.”
For dessert, diners can indulge in an array of ice cream sandwiches made with warm cookies, Barnett said.
The eatery will also add to a growing trend in D.C. restaurants: self service. Instead of walking up to a counter staffed by humans, Barnett said diners will place their orders on computerized kiosks.
“We’re one of the first completely self-serve restaurants in D.C.,” Barnett added. “Customers will be able to walk up to the kiosk, place their order on a touch screen, pick their ingredients… everything will be made in-house.”
Food photos via Facebook / Moxie’s D.C.
(Updated at 10:22 a.m.) Police closed a street downtown to investigate a suspicious package earlier this morning.
A call for a “suspicious package” came in around 9:16 a.m., authorities said. The 1900 block of M St. NW was closed for about an hour.
— DC Police Traffic (@DCPoliceTraffic) June 2, 2016
Police did not immediately say what triggered the investigation. We’ll update this story if we learn more.
A business once planned to be a 24-hour diner on 19th St. NW is no more.
Olivia’s Diner (1120 19th St. NW) has closed its doors for good, according to a sign on the front door of the business. A PoPville reader first spotted the closure.
“It is with our deepest regret, but Olivia’s Diner is now permanently closed,” the sign reads. “We will miss being a part of this neighborhood and the friends we’ve made along the way.”
Though we were unable to reach owner Thomas Marr for comment, it’s possible the restaurant fell victim to the same sagging sales that felled other nearby eateries Sophie’s Cuban, Science Club, Protein Bar, Noodles and Company, Smith and Wollensky, Melt Shop and others.
Bartenders with blowtorches will soon forge cocktails on 19th Street.
Bonfire (1132 19th St. NW) aims to open on April 18, according to the company’s general manager, Mike Herz.
“Training is full on at Bonfire, preparing for an April opening,” a Facebook update posted on Saturday reads. “You will love what we have cooking in kitchen and mixing at the bar for you!”
When the eatery opens, it will serve “cocktails from the hearth” and American fare like bone marrow tots and duck and waffles platters, representatives for the bar told the Washington City Paper in February. And every bartender will carry a blowtorch for crafting “aged spirits in stirred cocktails incorporating fire and smoke,” bar consultant Chad Spangler told the City Paper.
— Mike H – Bonfire DC (@Mikeherz101Herz) March 24, 2016
Photo via Facebook / Bonfire
Another business located along 19th Street NW has closed its doors.
Protein Bar, a Chicago-based purveyor of salads, bowls and “bar-ritos,” shuttered its location at 1011 19th St. NW over the weekend. A sign on the door of the eatery says the location is “permanently closed.”
This story was updated at 5:54 p.m. to add additional statements from the owner of Science Club.
A downtown bar known for its quirky atmosphere and scientific theme has closed its doors.
Science Club (1136 19th St. NW) staffers held a goodbye party with friends and coworkers on Saturday night, said owner Steve Maguire.
Patrons who sit outside at Nooshi during happy hour may soon be guaranteed the chance to order a drink.
The noodle- and sushi-centric restaurant at 1120 19th St. NW has applied to serve alcohol to its entire 50-person outdoor seating area, according a recent application filed with D.C.’s Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration (ABRA).
The rumors are true. Sophie’s Cuban Cuisine, a restaurant located at 1134 19th St. NW, will close by March 25, said the restaurant’s owner.
“It is with regret that we have to close on March 25,” Sophie’s Cuban Cuisine owner Marguerite Lambert told us this afternoon. “We are proud of our food and . . . have loyal customers. They have become family.”
(Updated at 4:50 p.m.) A new eatery promising tacos, ice cream sandwiches, Compass Coffee and all-day breakfast is headed for 19th Street NW.
Signage went up for Moxie’s (1020 19th St. NW) some time last week. Marcus Barnett, the restaurant’s owner, said he plans to open for business in March or April after “extensive renovations.”
The restaurant’s website also teases a few more details:
At Moxie’s, you’ll experience a casual, friendly environment with great food and a relaxing atmosphere. We have a different, modern and eclectic menu to satisfy both your naughty and nice cravings! And remember to add one of our Handcrafted Signature Sauces to your entree.
An intersection downtown will soon look a little more artistic.
Workers will install four new wooden sculptures in the small “rain gardens” on all four corners of 19th and L Streets NW this Friday and Saturday, announced the Golden Triangle BID this morning
Local artist Foon Sham will officially unveil his new wooden sculptures at 19th and L streets NW next Friday at noon. The temporary works of art were constructed from 3,700 pieces of wood and made to look like water-collecting vessels.
More information from the Golden Triangle BID press release:
“The sculptures bring natural elements to an unexpected place. They complement the function of the rain garden and contrast the busy urban intersection,” said Sham.
“Thousands of people walk by this busy intersection on a daily basis; we wanted to catch their eye with this unexpected art so they will take a moment to stop and enjoy the beautiful space. This project supports our greater goal to add visual diversity and interest to the public realm,” explains Executive Director Leona Agouridis.
The four rain gardens at 19th and L streets NW can filter tens of thousands of gallons of runoff annually by capturing rainfall and controlling the storm water overflow. They were built by the Golden Triangle BID in partnership with the District Department of Energy & Environment, with funding from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s 319 Program.
The new sculptures are not the first public art pieces in the Golden Triangle; the BID continuously adds color and texture throughout the neighborhood. Past projects include artistic lights along the Connecticut Avenue Median, art on the walls of the entrances to the Farragut North and Farragut West Metro stations, six artistic bike racks throughout the neighborhood, and most recently, light art at Murrow and Monroe Parks.
Renderings courtesy of Golden Triangle BID
The tables at Olivia’s Diner (1120 19th Street NW) are already set for tomorrow’s 11 a.m. soft opening.
A preliminary peek inside the restaurant’s dining room reveals dark wooden tables and a long marble bar. The space also features cocktail seating at the front of the restaurant and a large seating area in the back.
But don’t be fooled by the restaurant’s upscale appearance; as we reported last month, the eatery will serve fried comfort food such as wings, chicken-fried steak and burgers.
“We didn’t want a traditional diner atmosphere, but we did want traditional American food,” part-owner Thomas Marr said.
Marr owns the restaurant with his business partner and childhood friend Tri Nguyen. Both also co-own Pete’s New Haven Style Apizza.
Olivia’s will serve customers from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and until midnight on Friday and Saturday.
But Marr says the goal is to go 24 hours eventually, as long as there’s interest.
Update: Second District Police released the following information on the MPD Second District listserv about the Sunday morning gun robbery on the 1800 block of 19th Street NW:
“On Sunday, August 26, 2012, at approximately 3:00 AM , the victim was standing at the corner of 19th Street and T Street, Northwest, when two (2) suspects approached and brandished a black handgun and demanded money from the victim. The victim complied by giving the suspects money and a cell phone. The victim was not physically injured during this offense. The suspects fled the scene on foot southbound on 19th Street. Suspect #1 was described as a black male, 17-19 years of age, 5’10” skinny build, dark complexion, wearing white t-shirt and armed with a black handgun. Suspect #2 was described as a black male, 17-19 years of age, 5’7″ regular build, dark complexion, no clothing description given. The victim flagged down a police patrol car and reported the offense.
“Any citizen having information or observing a person matching the above description should immediately call police on 9-1-1 or at 202-727-9099. Additionally, information may be submitted to the TEXT TIP LINE by text messaging 50411. We also ask that the public contact us immediately if they observe any suspicious activity in their neighborhood.”
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The DC Police reported that a gun robbery occurred early this morning, August 26, at 3:07 a.m. on the 1800 block of 19th Street NW (between S and T Streets).
From the DC Police Alert: “Rob H/up gun 03:07hrs 1800 19th Street NW LOF B/M 17-19yrs 5’10” slim build white shirt armed w/handgun DO NOT TAKE ACTION CALL 911 W/EVENT #I20120430004. Sent on: 08/26 03:31″
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