Join DC Councilmember David Grosso and Washington Performing Arts Society tonight 6pm – 9pm for “Politics and Arts: A Jam Session in the Wilson Building.” (1350 Pennsylvania Ave.m, NW) According to Grosso’s web site, “the event will showcase local musicians and also provide musicians from different genres and backgrounds with an opportunity to network and share their own passion for the arts. Special performances of the night will include SynchroniCity, Roof Beams, and for an added bonus a dance selection by SerendibDance.”
The Penn Quarter Neighborhood Association is hosting its November meeting on Thursday, November 20. On the agenda is a discussion of Union Station’s Second Century plan which “will essentially create a new neighborhood center at Union Station…” Details about the meeting follow below:
Penn Quarter Neighborhood Association Breakfast Meeting Reminder
Thursday, November 20, 8:30am
801 9th Street, NW
Metro: Gallery Pl-Chinatown, exit 9th and G streets
Continental Breakfast – 8:30 – 8:50 am
Brief Announcements – 8:50 am
Speakers Following Brief Announcements
Speakers + Topic
David Zaidain for Amtrak, David Tuchmann for Akridge, and Cindy Petkac for Union Station Redevelopment Corporation Union Station’s Second Century
We will hear from the Partnership that is now planning for Union Station’s Second Century. In addition to improved circulation plans and open space, they will construct a deck over the railway tracks and create a new community of residents, office tenants, shops, restaurants, and more. David Zaidain is the Washington Union Station Master Plan Project Director, David Tuchmann is Akridge’s Vice President for Development, and Cindy Petkac is the Principal Planner for the Union Station Redevelopment Corporation
RSVP extended due to Constant Contact’s servers going down on Monday. E-mail by 9:30am, Wednesday, November 19, if you plan on attending this meeting to Jo-Ann@PennQuarter.org as it will help our host prepare.
Include the first and last names and affiliations of all people attending.
The Native Foods Cafe, a fast casual vegan eatery, opened for service on Friday, November 14 in Penn Quarter at 701 Pennsylvania Ave NW (ground floor of the south Market Square building). We stopped in over the weekend and tried the chili, the split pea soup, and a side salad of kale. All delicious!
The menu features a whole array of vegan dishes, many based on tempeh or seitan as meat replacements. The drink side of the menu includes refreshing juice based drinks, beer, and wine. This retail space has been empty for three years or more by our memory and its being filled completes the retail fill out of spaces facing the Navy Memorial. Most importantly for those who live in “lower” Penn Quarter, the Native Foods Cafe will be open from 11 am to 10 pm every day expanding the choice of fast casual eateries south of E St NW.
We officially welcome the Native Foods Cafe to Penn Quarter!
Native Foods Cafe
701 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, DC 20004
Sunday to Saturday – 11 am to 10 pm
During November 17-23 the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington (RAMW) will be holding Cocktail Week. Over 50 restaurants are participating, including these in our neighborhood. Be sure to stop by for custom-made cocktails and food pairings for one great price.
Barmini (855 E St., NW)
Carmine’s (425 7th St., NW)
Casa Luca (1099 New York Ave., NW)
Cuba Libre (801 9th St., NW)
Cure Bar and Bistro (1000 H St., NW)
Fiola (601 Pennsylvania Ave., NW)
Gordon Biersch 9th St. (900 F St., NW)
Jaleo DC (480 7th St., NW)
Occidental Grill and Seafood (1475 Pennsylvania Ave., NW)
Oyamel (401 7th St., NW)
Penn Commons (700 6th St., NW)
Ruth’s Chris Steak House Convention Center (724 9th St., NW)
Zaytinya (701 9th St., NW)
&Pizza moved into the former Freshii and Gifford’s Ice Cream space in the 1000 block of E St NW. They’re now building out at 705 H St NW between the Starbucks and the newly opened Cava Mezze. This address was once home to two Adams National Bank ATMs and a few apartments above (we suspect). It’s shown on &Pizza’s website as “Coming Soon” – we’ll keep you posted as we learn more.
Hat tip goes out to an eagle eyed, anonymous Penn Quarter Living reader for the photos! We love our readers…
We mentioned that the Concert for Valor is happening tomorrow on the National Mall beginning at 7 pm. Many roads will be closed in our neighborhood and courtesy of the Penn Quarter Neighborhood Association, find the closures summarized below. We will do the best we can to provide updates but please check primary news sources for updates going forward:
National Park Service and the U.S. Park Police Street Closures and Logistics for the Concert for Valor
Tuesday, November 11
This announcement is based on the information contained in the NPS and Park Police news release, a clarifying response to my questions from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Special Operations Division Commander, and WMATA’s website information for the event.
This is an incredibly lengthy announcement, but necessary for those needing to navigate going to the Concert for Valor or accessing Penn Quarter by vehicle from the south. My suggestion for vehicles coming from Virginia is to use Memorial, Roosevelt, or Key bridges as there may be back-ups for the Third Street tunnel via the 14th Street bridge. Though Pennsylvania Avenue will remain open, there will be no vehicular access across it from the south.
Streets Closed and Off-Limits to Vehicles beginning at 6:00am
Those closed streets that directly affect Penn Quarter are in bold for easy recognition
- Constitution Avenue, NW from Pennsylvania Avenue, NW to 18th Street, NW
- Madison Drive, NW from 3th Street, NW to 15th Street, NW
- Jefferson Drive, SW from 3rd Street, SW to 15th Street, SW
- Independence Avenue, SW from 3rd Street, SW to 17th Street, SW
- Maryland Avenue, SW from Independence Avenue, SW to 7th Street, SW
- 3rd Street from Constitution Avenue, NW to C Street, SW
- 4th Street, from Pennsylvania Avenue, NW to C Street, SW
- 6th Street, NW from Pennsylvania Avenue. NW to Constitution Avenue, NW
- 6th Street, SW from Independence Avenue, SW to C Street, SW
- 7th Street from Pennsylvania Avenue, NW to C Street, SW
- 10th Street from Pennsylvania Avenue, NW to Independence Avenue, SW
- 12th Street ramp from I-395 to Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
- 14th Street from Pennsylvania Avenue, NW south roadway to C Street, SW
- 15th Street from Pennsylvania Avenue, NW south roadway to Maine Avenue, SW
- 17th Street from C Street, NW to Independence Avenue, SW
Southbound vehicles will be permitted across Constitution Avenue on Ninth Street
Additional closures in advance of those noted above
- 4th Street from Pennsylvania Avenue, NW to C Street, SW will continue to be closed through 10:00am on Wednesday, November 12
- Madison Drive, NW from 3rd Street, NW to 4th Street, NW will be closed from 6:00am on November 10 through 10:00am on November 12
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The only Trabant rally in the U.S. will take place tomorrow, Saturday November 8, from 10 am to 4 pm in front of the International Spy Museum (800 F St NW).
What is a Trabant you ask? It’s a car made in the former East Germany (German Democratic Republic or GDR) and is often associated as a symbol of communism. Over 3 million of these mostly two stroke engine cars were made between 1957 and 1991 and tomorrow is a rare opportunity to check out this “Volkswagen” of the Eastern Bloc.