Whether you support a new protected bike lane in Penn Quarter, are against it, or just don’t know, consider attending the District Department of Transportation’s second public meeting on the matter taking place this Saturday, February 6. The meeting will include an open house, a presentation, and a chance to discuss the project and offer public testimony.
The project proposes building a North/South bike lane between Florida and Constitution Avenue, somewhere between 4th and 9th Streets NW. After a research phase, five options are now being discussed, including no build.
The last meeting, in October 2015, became very contentious. Those in favor asserted the life-or-death nature of the situation for cyclists and how a lane could increase property values. Those against said their constitutional right of religious freedom would be infringed if diagonal parking on Sundays – which some church members from Maryland and Virginia use – were taken away. With no easy answer and a frustrated crowd, DDOT said it would arrange for a second meeting.
Now that the time has come, we hope to see you there, taking a stand for your neighborhood – whichever side you’re on, and for whatever reason.
Date: Saturday, February 6, 2016
Time: 12pm to 4pm (presentation at 1pm)
Location: KIPP DC WILL Academy, Auditorium
Address: 421 P St NW
More information: www.dccycletrack.com
After all the quality time indoors thanks to the snow, it was time for a getaway. We scooted off to the Inn at Little Washington (Middle and Main Street, Washington, VA) for an escape. Few foodies haven’t heard of the Inn and Chef Patrick O’Connell’s mastery of cuisine and service. However, general skepticism that somewhere so remote could really be worth the hassle of the hour plus drive had kept us away.
The setting and service of the Inn are impeccable. The decor is beautiful, but a little heavy-handed, and certainly more of what I’d expect at a manor home in the English countryside than Virginia’s hunt country. It’s worth staying overnight to get the complete experience, but at the prices, it’s probably more realistic to do a round trip drive yourself or hire a driver (the wine list is very tempting!)
Most importantly, the dinner did not disappoint and, in fact, exceeded expectations in every way. Chef O’Connell is meticulous and thoughtful in his approach to cuisine, producing dishes that are the epitome of refined while still offering guests whimsy and delight.
The Inn has also has a few lovely options for private parties, weddings and holiday parties for 30-100 people.
Although open for a few weeks now, a new wine, beer, and liquor store caught our attention as newly opened to the public. Imperial Wine & Spirits on 12th Street between F and G Streets is now open offering a selection of wine, beer, liquor, and sodas to the public. We dropped by over the weekend to check out the store and it carries the basics in all three alcohol categories. The staff was friendly to us and Imperial becomes another walkable option for Penn Quarter and downtown DC residents and workers alike seeking to stock their bar. There’s no online presence to speak of at this time so you have to visit or use the good old fashioned telephone to reach them.
Imperial Wine & Spirits
620 12th St NW
Monday to Thursday – 10 am to 8 pm
Friday – 10 am to 9 pm
Saturday and Sunday – 12 Noon to 6 pm
The National Law Enforcement Museum let us know about an event they’re hosting Wednesday, February 10, with the former D.C. Police Chief, Charles H. Ramsey, in our neighborhood at the Navy Memorial’s Burke Theatre. Ramsey was the D.C. Police Chief between 1998 and 2007.
Details are below and you can RSVP here (event is free but registration is required to attend):
Join the National Law Enforcement Museum in welcoming recently retired Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey to the Navy Memorial.
Before serving as Philadelphia’s top cop, Commissioner Ramsey was Chief of the Washington, DC police force and recently served as co-chair of the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing. Commissioner Ramsey will join National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund CEO Craig Floyd in a unique discussion of the Commissioner’s perspectives on law enforcement, his career spanning almost fifty years, and the future of policing.
Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Program: 7:00-8:30 pm
Reception at 6:00 pm
Light Hors d’ Oeuvres, Beer, and Wine
Burke Theatre at the U.S. Navy Memorial
701 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20004
Registration is required; space is limited.
We have a handful of prime commercial real estate spots that need new tenants. What do you think the neighborhood needs? If you are in the development business or know someone who is, lets plant some seeds.
Former Native Foods Cafe at Market Square (701 Penn. Ave., NW)
– how about another fast casual lunch spot for the business crowd – maybe a new BeefSteak by Jose Andres?
Former Barnes & Noble (12th and E Sts., NW)
– how about finally bringing a grocery store to the heart of downtown?
Former ESPN Zone (11th and E Sts., NW)
– how about rounding out the shopping options downtown with a mini Bloomingdales or a multi-concept home decor, clothing and restaurant place like ABC Home in NYC or Merci in Paris?
Former Azur/Menu (405 8th St., NW)
– ever since Jose Andres left, nothing has stuck for this charming vertical space. What about a new restaurant and pop-up restaurant/cooking class and co-work/restaurant incubator space?
Former Caucus Room/Social Reform (401 9th St., NW)
– Is there such a thing as too many steak restaurants? Certainly would be the easiest fit. However, we’d love to see an upscale gastropub to get our fish and chips, Sunday Roast and Premier League fixes.
Former Soho Cafe (401 9th St., NW) and neighboring former Penn Camera
– how about a small bookstore and cafe like Kramerbooks in Dupont Circle?
Send us your ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org!
The Year of the Monkey is upon us and as DC returns to normal after the major snowstorm, we’re looking ahead to the weekend’s activities. The American Art Museum (8th and G St NW) will host a free family oriented Chinese New Year’s Festival on Saturday, January 30 in the Kogod Courtyard that’s perfect for all the kids (and parents) who might have cabin fever. From the Facebook page, here’s the line up:
Enjoy a variety of activities and demonstrations throughout the day including: traditional paper cutting, painting, and sculpting by Henan Folk Artists; calligraphy demonstrations with the Confucius Institute at George Washington University; mask coloring and Chinese knot making with the Confucius Institute at George Mason University; stories with the DC Public Library; calligraphy by John Wang; watching Bei Bei on the Panda Cam; plus red paper lantern making, coloring sheets, and making monkey hand puppets.
Smithsonian American Art Museum
8th & G Streets NW, Washington, DC
Full Schedule of Events:
11:30a—12p – Lion Awakening Ceremony and Dance – Yong Han Lion Dance Troupe
12—12:15p – Lion Parade – Yong Han Lion Dance Troupe
12:15p—12:50p – Traditional Chinese Music – Henan Performance Group (China)
1:00p—1:25p – Acrobatics – Henan Performance Group
1:40p—2:15p – Traditional Chinese Music – Henan Performance Group
2:30p—2:50p – Beijing Opera – Henan Performance Group
2:50p—3:00p – Closing Dance – Yong Han Lion Dance Troupe
This program is presented in partnership with the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China.
DC is supposed to enter blizzard conditions later today through Sunday and Metro announced service suspension for tomorrow and Sunday. The DC Government has a website set up for residents to access information during the snow.
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Stay safe everyone!