(Updated at 7:18 p.m.) A new restaurant with “American food” and a rooftop seating area is in the works in Shaw.
The forthcoming eatery, dubbed 647 Rooftop, is slated to open at 647 Florida Ave. NW, according to a liquor license application recently filed with D.C.’s Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration.
The restaurant aims to serve “American food” and will also feature live music, DJs, dancing and charge a cover at the door, the application reads. As outlined in the application, the restaurant would have seats for 15 people on the roof and could span some of the building’s upper floors. Additionally, a public hearing notice says the eatery could have room for as many as 475 people, though it’s not clear exactly where.
It also looks as though 647 Rooftop could be related to next-door business Flash. Amir Yerushalmi, who is listed on the application as having previously held the nightclub’s liquor license, is one of 647 Rooftop’s managing members.
When asked about the connection, however, a representative for Flash said, “sorry, but we have no knowledge of this new business next door.”
If all goes according to plan, the forthcoming restaurant would join the ranks of nearby hangouts Takoda (715 Florida Ave. NW), 801 Restaurant and Bar (801 Florida Ave. NW) and The Dirty Goose (913 U St. NW), which all opened earlier this year with rooftop decks.
A new bar aimed at local artists and photography enthusiasts could soon develop along Florida Ave. NW.
The hangout, dubbed “The Darkroom,” is in the works at 207 Florida Ave. NW, according to a liquor license application recently filed with D.C.’s Alcoholic Beverage Administration (ABRA).
The forthcoming business will be “a venue dedicated to building community through the art of photography,” the application reads.
If all goes according to plan, the bar will feature “a working darkroom, photography studio, bar and art gallery,” and will host screenings, art shows, lectures and classes “designed to preserve the history and and explore the future of the medium.”
The Darkroom will also serve charcuterie, cheese and olives in addition to alcohol, the application notes.
We were unable to reach a representative from the business to comment on the opening. We’ll update this story if we hear back from them.
The duo behind Adams Morgan’s Grand Central is looking to open a restaurant that would serve deli sandwiches and drinks near U Street.
Brian Vasile and Andy Seligman, who also own a sports bar in Bethesda called Brickside, have plans to open a new eatery called “Capo” at 715 Florida Ave. NW, according to Linda Roth, a PR rep for the forthcoming restaurant.
Though Vasile and Seligman are still hammering out many of the details, Roth said the new concept “will not be your grandmother’s deli.” The restaurant would seat 120 people with room for 150, according to a liquor license application filed with D.C.’s Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration.
If all goes according to plan, the co-owners would open Capo next spring, Roth said.
As we reported last year, a Vietnamese restaurant called Hoa Tuc previously planned to open a restaurant in the same building, but those plans appear to have fizzled.
Hoa Tuc’s social media accounts have been inactive for nearly 10 months and we’ve been unable to reach co-owner Suzy Duong since publishing our original story.
A new eatery centered around half-smokes and aimed at millennials is slated to open near U Street next month.
Owner Andre McCain plans to open his first restaurant, HalfSmoke, at 651 Florida Ave. NW. in “early August 2016,” according to a press release.
The new eatery aims to be an “inviting, sleek neighborhood gathering place in Shaw for indulging on house-made sausages and homey side dishes,” the press release continued.
Diners will be able to order and dress half smokes, bratwursts and veggie dogs with traditional toppings like cheese, onions and relish alongside offerings like kimchi and pineapple salsa. The eatery’s menu will also include “offer house-made tater tots, mac and cheese balls, funnel cakes and milkshakes,” alongside beer, wine and cocktails according to the release.
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Members of the ANC that covers parts of U Street, Shaw, Columbia Heights and LeDroit Park threw its support behind a plan for a hotly anticipated development at 965 Florida Ave. NW.
ANC 1B unanimously voted last night to “support the request for flexibility from zoning regulations and the community benefits” for developer MRP Realty’s plan to build a 10-story mixed-use development at 965 Florida Ave. NW, which would include more than 50,000 square feet of space devoted to a Whole Foods grocery store.
The developer is seeking flexibility from D.C. zoning regulations for its ground level open space, loading zone, penthouse, lot occupancy, residential parking and a waiver of inclusionary zoning requirements.
A stretch of Georgia Avenue NW near Howard University might be a little more backed up than usual tonight, according to D.C.’s Department of Transportation.
Road crews will alternate between closing the southbound and northbound lanes of Georgia Avenue between Barry Place and Florida Avenue NW between 8 p.m. this evening and 5 a.m. tomorrow morning.
During the project, which began last night, crews will mill the existing asphalt as part of the Georgia Avenue NW Dedicated Bus Lane and Streetscape Project. The overall project is expected to be completed by May 2016, DDOT said.
Photo via Google Street View
The walk will last from 6 to 7:30 p.m. and begins at the CVS parking lot at the intersection of 7th Street and Florida Avenue NW.
During the walk, residents will also have the chance to chat and address safety concerns with employees from the Metro Police Department, Department of Behavioral Health and Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs.
This is one of several public safety walks that Nadeau has organized across Ward 1.
Photo via Facebook.com/BrianneKNadeau
Police are seeking two persons of interest filmed in connection with an armed robbery that occurred near the Cardozo Education Campus less than two weeks ago.
Police say two men robbed another man with a gun near the 1100 block of Florida Avenue NW on Aug. 22 around 2:55 a.m.
A video released today by police appears to show the alleged robbers chasing down a man and holding him at gunpoint. The two men then appear to look through the victim’s pockets before leaving the scene.
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.
Video via MPD
A new Vietnamese restaurant is on track to arrive in Shaw next spring.
The new restaurant, Hoa Tuc, will be located at 715 Florida Avenue NW and will serve contemporary versions of traditional Vietnamese dishes, says co-owner Suzy Duong.
“We will do traditional Vietnamese food in a very contemporary way, but we will still use the traditional recipes,” Duong says.
For example, Duong says the restaurant will serve clay pot fish with local rockfish or sea bass instead of the more traditional choice of catfish.
“We would like to use fresh ingredients that are local and present them in a contemporary way using local resources and available herbs and spices,” Duong adds.
Duong says the restaurant will seat 74 people and include a full bar that serves local beers, wine and cocktails.
The new eatery will be co-owned and managed by Van Pham and Jon D’Souza, and is an extension of a pre-existing Vietnamese restaurant in Ho Chi Minh City that shares the Hoa Tuc name. The owner of the Ho Chi Minh City restaurant, Kim Ha Do, will relocate to D.C. to help open the restaurant, Duong says.
“[Do] has such a proven record in Ho Chi Minh city. She is the owner of nine different restaurants,” says Duong.
The idea, she adds, is to recreate some of what made Do’s restaurants successful in Vietnam.
“We are hoping to convey the fact that it’s very warm and inviting,” Duong says. “There will be Vietnamese heritage art on the walls. We are hoping that this will turn into a local neighborhood hangout for people in the Shaw neighborhood.”
Duong also says she hopes the nearby Shay development will help bring people through the door.
“It’s lucky for us that The Shay is across the street,” she says.
Photos courtesy of Hoa Tuc
D.C. Police say a man was arrested yesterday after punching and trying to tase another man during a fight over dropped cash at a bus stop in Shaw.
Police arrested Jeffrey Birth, 34, near the 700 block of Florida Avenue NW around 4:42 p.m. yesterday.
The incident started when a man waiting for the bus dropped cash on the ground, police say. Birth allegedly tried to snatch the cash from the ground and began to argue with the man when confronted. Police say Birth then punched the man, pulled out a taser and tried to shock him with it.
A police officer near the 1900 block of 7th Street NW witnessed part of the incident and approached the bus stop. Police say Birth then tried to tase the man again before fleeing from the officer.
Birth was chased down by the officer and arrested shortly thereafter. He faces charges of assault with a dangerous weapon, simple assault, drug possession and possession of a destructive device.
The victim was not injured during the alleged assault, say police.
Information regarding Birth’s lawyer was not immediately available.
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A person was stabbed by two assailants during a robbery that occurred in Shaw early this morning, say D.C. Police.
Alert: MPD is on the scene of a confirmed stabbing at 7th and Florida ave NW//8841
— DC Police Department (@DCPoliceDept) July 13, 2015
Police say two assailants robbed then stabbed a victim at the intersection of 7th Street and Florida Avenue NW around 1:45 a.m.
The assailants fled soon after stabbing the victim, say police.
Neither D.C. Police nor D.C. Fire and EMS said whether the victim was transported to the hospital following the stabbing.
Photo via Google Street View
From Mathew Harkins. Email him at mharkins[AT]borderstan.com.
14th Street NW isn’t the only corridor in the neighborhood with new restaurants opening up. Florida Avenue has seen a share of development recently and now, it will soon be the home of Dunya Restaurant and Lounge.
Located at 801 Florida Avenue NW, this new establishment will feature Mediterranean tapas as well as high-end cocktails. The drinks will also follow the same regional inspiration as the restaurant, with beers from Spain and wines from Mediterranean.
These food and drinks are going to be served all across what is sure to be a large restaurant. Plans right now call for the ground floor, a second floor area, a rooftop bar and a summer garden. The interior is slated for 150 seating capacity and a total load of 150; the summer garden is slated to have seating for 25. Plans also include having live jazz performances for brunch.
The owner of Dunya Restaurant and Lounge is Siyamak Sadeghi, who was once the owner of both Shaw Tavern and Axis Bar and Grill. He has high hopes for this new location, which will offer a simple and relaxed atmosphere where patrons will be able to enjoy delicious foods within a space designed around Spanish aesthetics.
Dunya Restaurant and Lounge is expected to open in mid- to late-June. So when 14th Street feels a little overcrowded, too hip, or you and your friends feel like exploring the area a little bit, keep an eye out for the worldly delights of Dunya.
DC Police reported a robbery with force and violence at 3:52 am today, June 6, at Florida Avenue and V Street NW. The lookout is for two men, one carrying a baseball bat; details are below.
From the Police Alert: “ROBBERY FORCE & VIOLENCE 0352 HOURS FLORIDA AVENUE & V STREET NW LOOKOUT FOR (2) B/M’S 18-22 YEARS OF AGE, 5’11”, DARK COMPLEXION WITH FACIAL HAIR (1) CARRYING A BASEBALL BAT DO NOT TAKE ACTION CALL 911 W/EVENT I20130274405. Sent on: 06/06 04:45.”
From the DC Police Twitter feed: “Robbery F&V //Florida Ave & V ST NW //LOF (2) B/M’S 18-22 YOA, dark complexion, with facial hair (1) carrying a bat //6559.”
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DC Police reported a robbery with the use of a knife at 6:36 pm, Saturday, May 11, at 11th Street and Florida Avenue NW. The lookout is for two men; more details are below.
From DC Police Alerts: “3022 CONFIRMED A Robbery Knife_1836 hours_2300 11th St NW_LOF 2 B/M’s 1 w/blk shirt blk pants 2nd w/blue shorts and a colorful shirt DO NOT TAKE ACTION CALL 911 W/EVENT #I20130224311, Sent on: 05/11 19:37.”
From the DC Police Twitter feed: “Robbery Knife_1836 hours_2300 11th St NW_LOF 2 B/M’s 1 w/blk shirt blk pants 2nd w/blue shorts and a colorful shirt / 6365.”
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You can sign up for alerts through Alert DC and get alerts by e-mail, cell phone, pager or wireless PDA. When signing up, you can select alerts on crime, transportation, utility outages/issues, government closings, breaking news, DC-sponsored events and Amber Alerts. You can follow the DC Police on Twitter @DCPoliceDept.