The Fig & Olive restaurant opened last Friday in CityCenter DC at 934 Palmer Alley NW. A smart design allows the main dining room wall to open up and create a continuous indoor/outdoor dining space. Set on two levels, the restaurant spans 10,000 square feet and can seat over 300 diners. You can even sit on sofas while you eat (photos). Currently open for dinner service, lunch will begin on July 6 and brunch on July 11; the menus can be found here.
Sunday – Thursday: 4:00 pm – 11 pm
Friday – Saturday: 4:00 pm – 1 am
Hours after Opening for Lunch and Brunch
Sunday – Thursday: 11 am – 11 pm
Friday – Saturday: 11 am – 1 am
The District Source website provided an update that the proposed hotel at 11th and K Streets NW from the Douglas Development corporation would not have any underground parking and would rely on nearby garages and public transportation options to accommodate demand. This project is an add-on to the existing four historic mansions at the corner of 11th and K.
This corner has been left undeveloped for many years and looked derelict until a fence was erected around it sometime between September 2007 and July 2009. A large wraparound billboard is strategically placed over the face of the historic buildings as seen in the Google StreetView image above.
With the official arrival of Summer, let’s head outdoors for lunch al fresco or evening promenades. Here are a few ideas for Summer rendezvous (assuming no Armageddon-like storms like last night get in the way!)
- Screen on the Green: free, starting July 20 with North by Northwest
- Jazz in the Park: free, Fridays in the NGA Sculpture Garden
- Concerts on the Avenue: free, Navy band concerts at the Navy Memorial
- Al fresco lunch or dinner at your favorite green space, we love the National Law Enforcement Memorial (pictured to the right, E St. at 5th, NW)
- Late night snacks on the hip patio at Grand Trunk (641 Indiana Ave., NW)
— Erica F (@enviro_writer) June 15, 2015
The DC Circulator now has a new route around the National Mall offering a similar transportation service that the defunct Tourmobile used to provide albeit without the interpretive audio services. We’re eager to check it out and to point our guests from out of town to this very handy way to get around the Mall without walking long distances.
The route runs between Union Station and the Lincoln Memorial every 10 minutes and “folds” over itself on 15th Street NW in front of the Washington Monument; see the red route on this route map.
Hours are as follows:
- Winter Hours (October -March ): Weekdays 7am – 7pm; Weekends 9am- 7pm
- Summer Hours (April -September ): Weekdays 7am – 8pm; Weekends 9am – 7pm
Jose’s Gin & Tonic at China Chilcano (418 7th St., NW) is the perfect refreshment for these hot and humid days!
Penn Quarter Neighborhood Association Breakfast – Thur, June 25 (Topic: General Forum w/ CM Jack Evans)
By e-mail we were notified of the next Penn Quarter Neighborhood Association breakfast 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
Thursday, June 25, 8:30am
480 7th Street, NW
Metro: Gallery Pl-Chinatown, Exit 7th and F Streets NW
Continental Breakfast: 8:30 – 8:55am
Brief Announcements: 9:00am
Speaker begins after Announcements
Speakers + Topic
Ward 2 Councilmember Jack Evans
Jack will bring us up to date on the Council’s activities and what he sees happening that will impact us when the Council returns after the summer recess. Jack will also respond to questions and wants to hear what your concerns are.
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 Tuesday, June 23 to Jo-Ann[at]PennQuarter.org
Include the first and last names of all those attending and their affiliations.
Photo (above): Construction site on May 31, 2015
We now know which hotel nameplate will adorn the building between the Panera Bread and the Vapiano at 627 H Street NW, close to the 7th Street intersection. The new building will be branded as a Pod Hotel of which there are currently two in New York City. We’ve stayed at The Pod Hotel (51) in New York City and definitely enjoyed the shared communal spaces and affordable rates so we expect the same here in Washington DC. We first told reported on this project in June/July of last year.
- 245 rooms on 11 floors
- rooms will be 150 square feet also known as “micro-units”
- pricing will be 20% to 25% less than market rate for standard hotel rooms
- project sized at $60 million
- no parking
- two level restaurant area
- free Capital Bikeshare is made available for guests who stay at the hotel
- planned opening is late summer/early fall of 2016
The rendering below of the finished building is also available at The Pod Hotel website: