While making our regular grocery shop at Safeway this week, we noticed this signage at 450 K St. NW for a new French cafe, L’Hommage Bistro. We couldn’t find a dedicated web site, but previous reporting around the Web notes that the concept is from the owner of Alba Osteria, Hakan Ihlan, and will be a full-service and carry-out French bistro and bakery. We look forward to sharing more about the anticipated opening date soon.
The Georgetown Valet dry cleaners put up a “Coming Soon” banner announcing their intent to occupy 614 E St NW where Bo Dogs hot dogs used to be. This will be the third tenant for the space having been the Potato Valley Cafe before Bo Dogs which closed in August of 2014.
This will undoubtedly be competition for the other dry cleaner close by, Market Square Cleaners. Wash.io also sprouted in the Washington area recently as an on demand dry cleaning service. Three dry cleaning options means more choice for residents and workers alike!
Jetties, the sandwich shop that got its start on Foxhall Road in the Foxhall Village neighborhood, posted signage in the former 1791 DC Deli space on 8th Street (701 8th St NW) and its grand opening will be on April 4. 1791 DC Deli opened in August of 2006 and closed in July of 2014. This address is on the ground floor of the same building that plays host to Proof Restaurant which is on the corner of 8th and G Street.
Jetties has five locations currently and offers sandwiches, salads, and ice cream. Menus vary by location but the Foxhall location’s menu can be viewed here.
Jetties grand opening will be on Saturday, April 4 and the first 100 customers will get a free Nobadeer sandwich (per their Facebook page). Sounds delicious to us!
Brits and Anglophiles alike are donning their best fascinators this week as Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall visit DC. Aside from a White House meeting, several stops in the PQ neighborhood are included in the itinerary – the National Archives, the Shakespeare Theatre Company, and the Hay Adams Hotel. Be prepared for traffic delays, but if you’ve got the time, step out to the streets and practice your best curtsy and bow!
One of our favorite DC historical websites, Streets of Washington, provides the full run down on the history of the Masonic Temple on the northwest corner of 9th and F Streets NW. It’s one of the older surviving buildings in the downtown/Penn Quarter neighborhood and it remains in mint condition. We call it an anchor building because it can be readily identified in historic photos of the neighborhood. The building currently has a McCormick and Schmick’s (901 F St NW) restaurant on the ground floor.
By e-mail we were notified of the next Penn Quarter Neighborhood Association breakfast meeting. An RSVP by noon Friday, March 20, is requested to attend the meeting. There is no cost to attend. Please indicate if you heard of this meeting from Penn Quarter Living:
Penn Quarter Neighborhood Association Breakfast Meeting
Tuesday, March 24, 8:30am
Continental Breakfast: 8:30 – 8:55am
Brief Announcements: 9:00am
Speakers + Topic
EquityEats is a DC-based equity crowd funding platform that connects existing and potential restaurants, bars, and coffee shops with hundreds of local investors, many who never previously invested in a new business venture. Itself crowd funded by 340 DC investors, Prequel is EquityEats’ new restaurant pop-up complex in the former LivingSocial event space in Penn Quarter. Johann will tell us lots more about EquityEats and Prequel and what to anticipate at 918 F Street.
Ed. Note: We learned that Prequel exceeded its $200K funding level. A few more details follow about Prequel…
- Prequel is a five-story, 17,000-sq-ft restaurant pop-up “multiplex” opening at 918 F Street NW this spring.
- Will host up to five restaurant pop-up concepts at one time
- Will bring together the city’s most talented and promising chef-entrepreneurs under one roof
Please respond if you plan on attending this meeting as it will help our host prepare. RSVP via email to my new email address by noon Friday, March 20: Jo-Ann[at]PennQuarter.org
Include the first and last names of all those attending and their affiliations.
One of our regular PQ Living readers sent us an update regarding Monday’s ANC 2C meeting and the proposal to lease 477 H St NW to a burlesque club called Royal Jelly announced at the February ANC meeting. It was announced at the March meeting that Douglas Development no longer intends to lease the property to the company proposing the burlesque club. We’ll keep our eyes out for any further developments on the property.