It showed up last fall with no name, a tall sculpture on the grounds of the American Art Museum/National Portrait Gallery in the 7th and G St NW corner of the property. Then the plaque appeared and we learned that this 26 2/3 foot tall piece of Cor-Ten steel is aptly named ‘Man with a Briefcase‘ and it’s by sculptor Jonathan Borofsky. The piece was created between 1987 and 1988 and it has a rusted patina along with the number 3277542 etched on one pant leg. This sequence number is his rendering of his signature.
Borofsky’s work can be very tall, in some cases hitting 100 feet tall. Other men with briefcases exist by Borofsky in Fort Worth, Texas and Minneapolis, Minnesota. We like the work as it seems to be keeping watch over our neighborhood. It also has a g-man sensibility to it which is appropriate for the nation’s capital, the seat of the Federal government and the FBI.
Pidzza is now open at 736 6th St NW in Chinatown and we stopped by to check out the food. Pidzza describes its mission is “to serve up delicious, gourmet pizza with a Turkish flare.” The restaurant is a fast casual, on demand style pizza shop that offers a preselected set of pizzas along with basic salads and a trim line of non-alcoholic drinks such as Stubborn Sodas and the 1893 Pepsi drinks. You can also assemble your own pizza with your own choice of ingredients.
We tried The Cauli (pictured below) which has chicken as the protein and roasted curried cauliflower, cherry tomatoes, and caramelized onions as the main vegetables. We tried half with the garlic cream cheese sauce and half with the tomato sauce The cream cheese sauce definitely worked better from a taste perspective.
The menu can be found here.
It’s not the closest Whole Foods to Penn Quarter. It’s not the closest grocery store to Penn Quarter as that honor belongs to the CityVista Safeway. But, it is a new Whole Foods at 600 H St NE (6th and H) and it is opening today at 9 am meaning residents have another nearby choice for epoisses cheese, natural health products, and generally good produce. We received our flyer with a few discount coupons as pictured above.
From the website:
About the Store
So Many Delish Reasons to Shop!
- Coffee and juice bar open 7am daily featuring draft nitro cold brews, lattes and teas
- Responsibly grown produce featuring an exceptional selection of local, organic and seasonal items
- Certified Master Butchers with over 1,920 hours of apprenticeship training who can expertly prepare any cut of meat you select, any way you choose
- Bakery offering scratch breads made daily using only the finest ingredients, including cage-free eggs, natural butters and unbleached, unbromated flour
- Fresh seafood from dock to door, with full traceability from farm or fishery to store
- Fresh self-serve pasta made by Severino Pasta Company
- 365 Everyday Value® and Whole Foods Market exclusive brands with over 4,400 products
Meet Some of our Local Vendors
Brainfood Homegrown – Brainfood Homegrown is a local food venture where young entrepreneurs are building a snack food business from the ground up. Led by graduates of Brainfood’s DC-based high school cooking and life skills programs, Brainfood Homegrown offers real world job experience, from idea conception and recipe testing to packaging and sales. Whole Foods Market H Street is proud to carry Brainfood Homegrown popcorn.
Oh-Mazing Granola – Stephanie Williams has always believed in preparing “from-scratch” meals for her family. When she created a granola in large clusters that was perfect for snacking on-the-go, it was such a hit with her family that she launched Oh-Mazing! Snackable Granola in 2015.
Atlas Brew Works – Founded in 2013, Atlas Brew Works is dedicated to creating well-balanced craft beers. Their award-winning beers are traditional in style, with special Atlas tweaks. The founders also emphasize sustainability in their operations, from partnering with farmers to recycle spent grains, to employing solar energy at their Ivy City headquarters.
Rise Bakery – Mike Koritko began baking gluten-free bread after being diagnosed with Celiac disease in 2004 and not finding adequate options in DC markets. He’s excited to share with you his allergen-free baked goods that don’t sacrifice taste or texture, all made in small batches with innovative recipes.
Dolcezza – In 2004, Robb and Violeta founded Dolcezza in the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington, DC with a dedication to locally-sourced ingredients. By fusing old-world production methods with modern curiosity, they create gelato that is regarded by many – including SAVEUR, Bon Appétit and the New York Times – to be among the best in the country.
H Street Lounge
Relax with friends and family or unwind after a long day at work!
- 16 taps serving craft beers and “Home Rule,” a first-to-market beer from Atlas Brew Works
- Bar featuring a raclette “melted cheese” station, and a unique artisan hot dog and sausage cart
- Wine and beer flights
- Happy Hour Specials Monday – Friday, 4-6pm
Above: Video clip from WRC Channel 4 (NBC); Below: Photos of entrance area to clock tower
Not much fanfare went off about this but we can confirm that the Old Post Office (now the Trump International Hotel) clock tower is open once more to the public. The National Park Service administers the facility with hours being Thursday to Sunday from 9 am to 5 pm; admission is free. The entrance is on the back side of the building on 12th Street NW next to the newly opened Starbucks.
The tower offers one of the best panoramic views of DC and since the Washington Monument is closed until 2019 it’s the only game in town open to the public.