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by Tim Regan — December 21, 2016 at 3:45 pm 0

Dupont Circle could get a new dance club and bar as early as next month.

The business, Saint Yves, is slated to open at 1220 Connecticut Ave. NW as soon as mid-January, according to company representative Wayne Johnson. Johnson declined to provide more information about the club but said more details would be available as it got closer to opening.

As we reported in 2015, Saint Yves will serve “light fare” alongside “rare bourbons” in a space with seating for 30 and a total occupancy of 250. The hangout will also host occasional events with DJs, bands and dancing.

The business is currently hiring “VIP hosts, cocktail service models, bartenders and all around exciting people,” a notice on its Facebook reads.

by Borderstan.com — October 5, 2016 at 10:30 am 3 Comments

A national fast food chain has plans to open a restaurant in Adams Morgan.

Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen is “coming soon” to 1742 Columbia Road NW, according to a sign posted to the business yesterday. The chicken-centric fast food chain will occupy the space that formerly held Pollo Granjero, which quietly closed in August.

Until today, the news that a Popeyes might open in the neighborhood was merely a rumor. A PoPville reader first spotted the new sign earlier today.

It’s unclear when the chicken eatery might open, and we were unable to reach a Popeyes representative for more information. We’ll update this story if we do.

by Tim Regan — September 7, 2016 at 2:30 pm 0

1739 Connecticut Ave. NW

A national business centered around waxing for men and women has plans to open a new location in Dupont.

European Wax Center’s forthcoming outpost at 1739 Connecticut Ave. NW is “opening soon,” according to a notice on the company’s website.  The space formerly held Smashburger, which closed in 2014.

A building permit filed last week with D.C.’s Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs shows how the company plans to give the storefront a makeover:

Renovate a former fast food restaurant to convert space into a new hair cutting shop including mechanical, electrical and plumbing alterations. CHANGE OF USE FROM FAST FOOD TO WAX HAIR REMOVAL

Naturally, the phrase “fast food to wax hair removal” elicited some colorful responses on Twitter yesterday afternoon:

by Alyse Mier — August 5, 2016 at 12:00 pm 0

A newly rebranded Japanese kitchen and bar has opened its doors to the public in Dupont Circle.

Rakuya — formerly known as the sushi eatery, Raku — quietly reopened at 1900 Q St. NW with a newly remodeled interior and a revamped menu last week. Though the restaurant isn’t serving lunch yet, diners can currently order from a partial dinner menu, according to partner Marcel The.

A walk through the new menu reveals Japanese inspired cuisine such as Shiokoji fried chicken with truffle parmesan mayo, braised beef tongue and bowls of ramen. The menu also includes fried skewers and inventive sushi like “fish and chips” and “wicked spicy tuna” rolls.

The restaurant’s new drink menu offers a long list of sake, wine, Japanese craft beers and cocktails.

“We’ve always wanted to do something that focuses on more specific cuisine rather than broad Asian. So we chose to specifically work with Japanese food,” The said. “It’s something we think we could do very well.”

The new eatery will begin serving lunch and an expanded dinner menu in about two weeks, The said.

by Tim Regan — June 21, 2016 at 8:30 am 0

Lemon Cuisine of India

A new Indian restaurant is set to open near Dupont Circle.

An offshoot of Richmond’s Lemon Cuisine of India will arrive in the former Crios space at 2120 P St. NW in about a month, according to an assistant manager with the company.

Signs for the forthcoming restaurant went up some time within the past week.

Lemon Cuisine of India serves a menu that includes dishes such as chicken tikka masala, lamb biryani and goat mushroom curry. The eatery was named by Style Weekly readers as Richmond’s best Indian restaurant in 2014 and 2015.

h/t to Jeff Rueckgauer for the heads up

by Tim Regan — June 9, 2016 at 10:30 am 0

Mushrooms, photo via Good Sense FarmLocals will have the chance to peek inside Park View’s new mushroom and microgreens farm this weekend.

The Perch, a new farm and community space from Good Sense Farm and Apiary owner Zachari Curtis, is slated to soft open at 3400 Georgia Ave. NW this weekend.

To celebrate its opening, the business will host a party in its new space this Sunday at 5 p.m. The party will include tours, music and drinks, according to an Eventbrite page.

“Come ready to imagine a community space and food hub right on front street,” the event post reads. “Meet and mingle other community members, artists and activists with creative ideas.”

When it opens, The Perch’s 7,200-square-foot space will be used not only to grow mushrooms and greens but also to host mushroom growing classes and community events like clothing swaps, according to the Express.

Photo via Facebook / Good Sense Farm

by Tim Regan — March 23, 2016 at 1:40 pm 0

(Updated on Monday at 9:18 a.m.: The company on Friday confirmed an opening date of April 1.)

Rice and salad bowls with falafel, hummus and other Mediterranean food are set to arrive in Dupont by April 1.

The Cava Grill at 1222 Connecticut Ave. NW is currently hiring workers ahead of its opening day.

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by Tim Regan — March 8, 2016 at 2:00 pm 0

Brick Lane

New restaurant Brick Lane will bring burgers, mac and cheese, sandwiches, steaks and tacos to 17th Street NW when it opens next week.

The eatery will open at 1636 17th St. NW on Monday, owner Salim Elalami told Borderstan yesterday evening.

“It is pretty much comfort food,” said Elalami, who added that the new restaurant will serve a diverse menu with influences from French, Spanish, Thai and American cuisines. “It’s almost like a little bistro.”

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by Tim Regan — March 3, 2016 at 10:30 am 0

A new bar and restaurant specializing in tortillas made with freshly ground corn, seven types of mole and nine Mezcal cocktails will arrive in Shaw next week.

Espita Mezcaleria will open its doors at 1250 9th St. NW on Tuesday, said founder Josh Phillips. When the eatery opens, it will serve a menu of Oaxacan-inspired tacos, salsas, ceviches and sopes.

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by Tim Regan — January 11, 2016 at 4:05 pm 0

Moxies

(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.

by Tim Regan — January 7, 2016 at 1:45 pm 0

Logan Circle locals looking for ideas on how to remodel their homes will soon have a new store to visit.

An Ann Sacks tile and stone showroom will open on Monday, Jan. 11 at 9 a.m., according to a sign posted to the front door of the business. The store is located at 1629 14th St. NW, which is adjacent to Shinola.

When the store opens later this week, shoppers will be able to view products ranging from ceramic and tiles to plumbing fixtures for bathrooms and kitchens.

by Tim Regan — December 17, 2015 at 2:00 pm 0

CorePower Yoga on ConnecticutDupont residents will be able to try out CorePower Yoga’s newest location for free tonight.

The Denver-based yoga company will open its newest location at 1150 Connecticut Avenue NW tomorrow, said studio manager Grace Lindahl. To celebrate the grand opening, prospective clients can try out the store at no charge during open classes this evening at 6 p.m.

Attendees can choose between the studio’s Sculpt and C2 classes, both of which are held at above 90 degrees Fahrenheit. Light refreshments will be provided following both classes.

“We expect there to be a lot of people,” Lindahl said via e-mail. “It’s a really great way for people to check out the studio the day before we officially open [tomorrow].”

Lindahl said participants are encouraged to bring their own mat, towel and water. The studio also will have towels and mats available to rent.

by Tim Regan — December 14, 2015 at 12:00 pm 1 Comment

The shelves are stocked, the pharmacy is full of pills and the coolers are packed with AriZona tea. CVS is coming to the Mount Vernon Triangle.

The retailer will open its newest D.C. store near the Walter E. Washington Convention Center at 655 K Street NW on Sunday, according to a sign posted to the building’s front door. Workers could be seen putting the final touches on the new store earlier today.

The new store will span 10,000 square feet, as reported on the Mount Vernon Triangle Community Improvement District blog in March.

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.

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