by May 29, 2012 at 3:00 pm 2,583 0

"DC Noodles" "Stem"

On July 1, DC Noodles will close for one year while work gets underway on JBG's Louis residential-commercial complex at 14th and U Streets NW. When owner Sak Pollert reopens he will use the space occupied by Stem to increase the size of the restaurant. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Luis Gomez. Catch his photos on Picplz and at One Photograph A Day. Follow him on Twitter @LuisGomezPhotos.

The popular U Street eatery DC Noodles will close for one year on July 1 as construction on the huge JBG Cos. project, the Louis, takes off at the southwest corner of 14th and U Streets NW. According to DC Noodles owner Sak Pollert, the restaurant has a tentative reopening date of July 1, 2013. Pollert also owns the next-door boutique, Stem, which will not reopen next year. (See Plans Unveiled for the Louis at 14th/U; Will Remake Famous Corner.)

“We will use the Stem space to increase the size of DC Noodles,” Pollert said. He also owns Rice Restaurant on 14th Street NW. Pollert said Stem’s closing sale begins Tuesday, with 40% to 60% off all merchandise. The two businesses are at 1412 U Street NW.

Utopia has already temporarily closed their doors due to construction work on the Louis. The 24/7 coffee shop has relocated to the northwest corner of 15th and U Streets NW under the name Mediterranean (former site of Love Cafe). However, Coppi’s Organic Restaurant will be able to stay open during the work. Certain buildings with historic facades, including the former El Paraiso restaurant building on 14th, the McDonald’s at the corner, and the stretch of buildings on U Street — the former 24/7, DC Noodles/Stem, Coppi’s Organic and Utopia — are being preserved and incorporated into the Louis complex.

DC Noodles Menu at Rice

Pollert said that beginning July 1 the DC Noodles menu will be available at selected times at Rice, 1608 14th Street NW. “The DC Noodles menu will be available at Rice every day for lunch, and Sunday through Thursday for dinner,” said Pollert.

“We are looking forward to reopening DC Noodles next year. We love being a part of the U Street community,” said Pollert.

The Louis will have nine floors (seven floors on the southern end of the 14th Street side) and 268 rental units, with a mix of floor plans that includes studio apartments up to two-bedroom units –and several penthouse units on the top floor. The three-level underground parking garage will have 40 spaces for retail customers and 110 units for tenants of the rental building.

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by February 24, 2012 at 1:30 pm 1,181 0

"Borderstan""Borderstan Map" covers DC’s Dupont, Logan and U Street neighborhoods.

Okay, not exactly.

But one of these prizes (including some other great choices) could be yours if you spend 3 minutes of your afternoon’ away from Pinterest and Suri’s Burn book to fill out a quick reader survey for us here at Borderstan.

You get the opportunity to win some coo free stuff, we get info that helps deliver more content that you want — what could be wrong with that?



by October 28, 2011 at 11:28 pm 1,349 0

Haiti earthquake relief, Roots of Development

Monday night fundraiser at Studio Theatre will raise funds for community-based economic initiatives in Haiti. (Photo courtesy Roots of Development)

Roots of Development is holding a Halloween night fundraising event, Under the Same Sky: An Event for Haiti, to celebrate the conclusion of its graphic design competition, Designs for Development. All proceeds from the event will go towards creating sustainable projects such as water facilities and economic initiatives in post-earthquake Haiti.

The event is at the Studio Theatre, 1501 14th Street NW, from 7 to 9 pm on Monday, October 31. Admission is $20, which includes an open bar and hors d’oeuvres. Veronneau, a DC jazz group, will entertain guests before the award announcement. The event is sponsored by three Logan Circle businesses: Rice Restaurant, Whole Foods Market and Studio Theatre.

Roots of Development is a non-profit organization that helps impoverished communities on the island of La Gonave, Haiti, obtain the resources they need to manage their own development. The organization uses an alternative approach to rural development by facilitating a process in which they listen to diverse community voices, build on the inherent strength of each, and complete community-driven projects that lead to a more sustainable future.

Haitian Ambassador Louis Harold Joseph will be on hand with other judges, including DC United’s Ben Olsen, to announce the winners. Guests will participate in the design competition by voting for the award winners in the “Pep La” (“The People”) category.

You can purchase tickets online at the Roots of Development website. You can also contact Brian Averill at [email protected] for more information.

by July 7, 2011 at 11:46 am 1,753 0

Local 16, U Street NW, Borderstan, Luis Gomez Photos

Local 16 on U Street NW is the site of Sunday’s Local Pig Roast from noon to 5 pm. It’s part of Eat Local First Week. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Laura Herman of LauraLikesThis. Laura is also a contributor over at Brightest Young Things and you can find her on Twitter @Lmhhabs.

The great thing about four-day work weeks is that they go by so quickly. I felt like I needed a weekend to recover from last weekend’s three-day July 4th  festivities, but here we are again, on the brink of another weekend: time to rinse and repeat, everyone!

Here’s my round up of where to eat, drink, party and sneak in some culture in and around Borderstan this weekend:

Thursday, July 7

  • Venus in Fur is extended at The Studio Theater and Brightest Young Things has the hook up with special discounted tickets and a happy hour tonight. Join them for drink specials (your discounted $30 ticket comes with one free drink!) from 6 to 7:45 pm before the show that starts promptly at 8. Use the promo code BYTVENUS when ordering your discounted $30 tickets, available here.

Friday, July 8

Rice restaurant, Logan Circle, 14th Street NW, Borderstan, Luis Gomez Photos

Rice on 14th Street NW and DC Noodles on U Street NW are debuting new happy hour offerings on Friday. (Luis Gomez Photos)

  • Since we’re all Sweetgreen fans here in Borderstan, you may want to venture out of the ‘hood and check out the local chain’s newest location in Foggy Bottom, which opens today at 2221 I (“Eye”) Street NW. Free salads/wraps for the first 200 people through the door; more info here.
  • New-and-improved happy hour alert! Local spots Rice Restaurant (1608 14th Street, NW ) and DC Noodles (1412 U Street, NW) are debuting new happy hour specials, including wines, sake and $4 appetizers every day from 5 to 7 pm.


by October 15, 2009 at 4:00 am 1,751 0

El Sol, at 1930 9th St NW. (Photo:Luis Gomez)

El Sol, 1930 9th St. NW. (Photo: Luis Gomez)

Rice Restaurant, at 1608 14th St NW. (Photo: Luis Gomez)

Rice Restaurant, 1608 14th St. NW. (Photo: Luis Gomez)

Solly's Tavern, at 1942 11th St NW. (Photo: Luis Gomez)

Solly’s Tavern, 1942 11th St. NW. (Photo: Luis Gomez)

El Sol is located at 1930 9th Street NW in what is known as Little Ethiopia, but the menu is Mexican-Salvadoran. The food has great reviews is has affordable prices.

Rice Restaurant, is located at 1608 14th Street NW. Always a favorite of ours. The menu is delicious with a variety of East and Southeast Asian choices… the food is beautifully presented with a very nice atmosphere. Make reservations if you are planning to go on a weekend.

Solly’s is located at 1942 11th Street NW, and it is a place to go and have a beer or three; your neighborhood bar… very laid-back atmosphere. Don’t count on getting any food there.



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