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by Tim Regan — February 22, 2016 at 4:30 pm 0

Willie T’s Lobster Shack (1511 Connecticut Ave. NW) says it’s getting new digs.

A PoPville reader spotted a for-rent sign on the seafood-centric sandwich shop recently. But a visit to the shop this afternoon revealed that the store is looking to relocate, not close for good.

“We thank our loyal following for supporting this location,” reads a sign posted on the front door of the business. “We’re not down for the count. We’re reinventing and delivering even more excellence.”

According to the sign, fans of the lobster shop should “watch for a very exciting and very nearby re-opening (still in Dupont) within the next few weeks.”

by Tim Regan — January 5, 2016 at 2:45 pm 0

Vandals shattered the front door and drew a smiley face on an exterior wall at The Chickery (1300 Connecticut Ave. NW) late last night, store employees said this morning.

Who would vandalize a popular new chicken joint? According to a sign posted on the shattered door earlier today, it could be “somebody [who] must hate chicken.” But company founder and chef David Adjey thinks it might have just been drunk people.

“It doesn’t look like anyone tried to break in,” Adjey said. “People get drunk. People do silly things.”

Adjey added that Chickery employees notified authorities and shared security camera footage with police this morning.

Other than last night’s act of vandalism, Adjey said the Dupont Circle neighborhood has been overwhelmingly supportive of his company’s newest location since it opened last week.

“We’ve had lines out the door,” Adjey said. “We’ve gotten such great feedback from people in this neighborhood. It’s what everyone likes. It’s real food. It’s unpretentious.”

by Tim Regan — January 5, 2016 at 1:45 pm 1 Comment

It may eventually be possible to get burrito-sized sushi rolls down the street from Dupont Circle.

Buredo, the super-sized sushi restaurant that opened in Franklin Square in July, is considering opening a new location in the former Pinkberry space at 1213 Connecticut Ave. NW,  a representative with the company told us today. (more…)

by Jennifer Currier — December 29, 2015 at 12:30 pm 1 Comment

The Metropolitan Police Department is searching for one person of interest in a late-night Christmas Eve burglary on the 1300 block of Connecticut Avenue NW.

A surveillance camera in the establishment caught the suspect on video taking what appears to be bottles of liquor and other alcohol from a storage room.

The incident occurred around 11:30 p.m. on Thursday evening. Police did not specify if the subject in the video is also suspected of breaking and entering or if anyone else was in the establishment at the time.

This theft is being classified as a burglary in the second degree, a felony punishable by 2-15 years in prison.Christmas Eve Person of Interest (via MPD)

Crime Solvers of Washington, DC currently offers a reward of up to $1,000 to anyone who provides information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for a crime committed in the District of Columbia. Your assistance is appreciated by your community.

Anyone who can identify these individuals or who has knowledge of this incident should take no action but call police at (202) 727-9099 or text your tip to the Department’s TEXT TIP LINE to 50411.

by Tim Regan — December 9, 2015 at 12:00 pm 0

Dupont Circle residents will soon be able to sink their teeth into chicken sandwiches and meaty rotisserie chickens.

Forthcoming Canadian chicken franchise The Chickery is slated to open at 1300 Connecticut Avenue NW in the next one or two weeks, said manager Lionel Davis.

(more…)

by Tim Regan — November 16, 2015 at 8:45 am 0

(Updated at 5:12 p.m.) D.C. Police have brought charges against a woman who barricaded herself in an office building, prompting an hours-long standoff that snarled traffic downtown and in Dupont earlier this morning.

Police said they were alerted to a woman who was threatening harm to herself and others near an office building on the 1900 block of K Street NW at approximately 12:19 a.m. this morning. When officers arrived, the woman fired a gunshot, and a “barricade situation was declared.”

The standoff that followed lasted for more than 10 hours and resulted in several road closures throughout the area.

Authorities took 31-year-old Sophia Dalke of Springfield, Va., into custody after she peacefully surrendered around 10:30 a.m. today. They later charged Dalke with assault on a police officer while armed.

Police tweeted earlier this morning that the incident was not an “active shooter situation,” and that the woman in crisis was “contained.” An officer at the scene said he believed no pedestrians were in danger and that the street closures were precautionary in nature.

With few alternatives, many cars drove nearly bumper-to-bumper along Connecticut Avenue NW. Some drivers told The Washington Post they’d hardly moved after two hours of traffic.

Some commuters were even locked out of their office buildings this morning, and many were observed congregating near the intersection of 19th and L streets NW.

As one person in the crowd put it earlier this morning “this city looks like a parking lot right now.”

by Tim Regan — November 16, 2015 at 7:05 am 0

(Updated at 10:06 a.m.) A man was stabbed in the back on Connecticut Avenue NW in Dupont early this morning, said D.C. Police.

Officers rushed to the 1200 block of Connecticut Avenue NW around 2:37 a.m., a police spokesperson said.

Authorities said the man was “conscious and breathing” when he was transported to the hospital.

This story will be updated as more information is known.

by Tim Regan — October 16, 2015 at 10:15 am 0

CorePower Yoga on Connecticut

A planned CorePower Yoga appears to be one step closer to opening on Connecticut Avenue NW.

Workers covered the windows at 1150 Connecticut Avenue NW with a sign advertising the forthcoming Denver-based yoga company earlier this week.

As for what the studio might hold, the CorePower website says it’s slated to house “three large and luxurious yoga rooms, as well as a range of amenities including changing rooms with showers and private lockers.” The studio will also include a retail boutique selling “activewear and accessories.”

Though a representative from CorePower could not be reached for comment, the company’s website says the location could open by the end of fall.

by Tim Regan — September 29, 2015 at 11:40 am 1 Comment

A hotly anticipated José Andrés eatery is now open in Dupont Circle.

Beefsteak opened its doors today at 1528 Connecticut Ave. NW. Patrons were seen filing into the restaurant shortly after its 10:30 a.m. opening this morning.

Beefsteak’s signature dishes include bowls filled with veggies, grains and nuts, gazpacho and “burgers” that eschew meat for a hunky slice of tomato.

This is the second Beefsteak opening in the District. The first location opened in Foggy Bottom in March.

by Tim Regan — September 17, 2015 at 2:40 pm 0

A Dupont Circle jeweler is expanding into the space next door.

Tiny Jewel Box, located at 1147 Connecticut Ave. NW, is currently knocking down walls and building out the space next door. When the new combined location opens in November, it will span 8,000 square feet and include a grand rotunda, the company said.

Construction crews could be seen working on the next-door space this afternoon.

The new location will carry a variety of brand name watches, including timepieces from Cartier and Rolex. The location will also include a Rolex authorized repair center, a bridal salon, a collectibles shop, and a vintage heirloom boutique.

The company said it will continue to use the five floors above its ground-level retail space for office space, manufacturing, custom design and gifts.

by Tim Regan — September 11, 2015 at 11:30 am 1 Comment

Saint Yves at 1220 Connecticut Ave

The “rare bourbon” bar planned to open in Dupont Circle now has a name.

A public hearing notice posting from last week shows the bar, which seeks to open in the former Bertucci’s Restaurant space at 1220 Connecticut Avenue NW, will be called “Saint Yves.”

The space will be shared with a Cava Grill, reported Washington City Paper yesterday. Workers could be seen renovating the space earlier this morning.

ANC 2B’s commissioners discussed the forthcoming bar and its application for a tavern liquor license during a monthly meeting on Wednesday.

According to that application, the bar would serve “light fare” alongside “rare bourbons” in a space with seating for 30 and a total occupancy of 250. The bar would also host occasional events with DJs and bands.

“It’s going to be an open space,” said 2B-05 Commissioner Abigail Nichols, who met with the owners of the bar earlier this month. “It’s really not designed for eating at all. They’re planning to have food but a very simple, more hors d’oeuvres-style menu.”

In a procedure most often used to reach a settlement agreement, the ANC voted 6-0-0 to protest the bar’s liquor license application on the basis of peace, order and quiet.

by Tim Regan — September 8, 2015 at 12:45 pm 0

CorePower Yoga has plans to open a new location on Connecticut Avenue NW.

A building permit issued on Sept. 4 shows that the Denver-based yoga company seeks to transform the lower level of the former RadioShack space at 1150 Connecticut Avenue NW into a yoga studio.

The national yoga chain currently has locations in Georgetown, Glover Park and Arlington.

A representative from CorePower Yoga was not immediately available to comment on the forthcoming studio.

by Jennifer Currier — September 1, 2015 at 3:30 pm 0

Dupont Circle Francesca's

The District’s second Francesca’s location will open for business at 1143 Connecticut Avenue NW this Friday.

The women’s clothing and accessory store is planning a soft opening on Friday and a larger grand opening celebration on Saturday.

The storefront is the former home of the Godiva Chocolatier that closed its doors in June.

Store manager Erica Ragland-McCall said the grand opening will feature an outdoor tent, a raffle and a 20 percent discount on all purchases made on Saturday only. Employees will also be handing out additional coupons on Wednesday to promote the event.

On Tuesday afternoon, city employees could be seen digging up the sidewalk in front of the new store to work on the plumbing.

Ragland-McCall — who was tasked with managing the Dupont Circle location after working as a manager at the boutique chain’s Montgomery Mall location — wasn’t worried about the ongoing construction and was told it’ll be finished by Friday.

“Once it’s done, it’s going to be beautiful,” she said.

by Tim Regan — September 1, 2015 at 2:00 pm 0

Photo via Flickr.com / Elvert Barnes

Drybar fans might have to wait a little longer to get a blowout in Dupont Circle.

Though previous reports — along with a sign posted to the forthcoming location’s door — indicated that the California-based beauty chain would arrive at 1635 Connecticut Avenue NW this summer, a company representative said today the location is now on track to open sometime this fall.

Another Drybar location is also set to open at 1006 E St. NW in Penn Quarter this fall.

Exact opening dates for either location have not yet been decided, said the representative.

Photo via Flickr.com / Elvert Barnes

by Tim Regan — August 28, 2015 at 1:00 pm 0

Cell phone provider T-Mobile is trading one Connecticut Ave. NW storefront for another.

Moving crews could be seen earlier today removing boxes and retail fixtures from the T-Mobile store at 1330 Connecticut Ave. NW, and a sign on the door says the location is relocating to a space inside the office building at 1150 Connecticut Avenue NW.

The newly relocated store will open on Oct. 15.

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