I hope your table is filled with laughter and love from friends and family. Cheers to a Happy Thanksgiving!
By e-mail we were notified of the
October December Penn Quarter Neighborhood Association breakfast meeting. It will be on Wednesday, December 2 at Cuba Libre (801 9 St NW). Yummy!!!
There is no cost to attend. Please indicate if you heard of this meeting from Penn Quarter Living:
Penn Quarter Neighborhood Association Breakfast Meeting
Wednesday, December 2, 8:30 am
801 9th Street, NW
Metro: Gallery Pl-Chinatown, exit 9th and G
Continental Breakfast: 8:30 – 8:55am
Brief Announcements: 9:00am
Speaker begins after Announcements
The architects who are designing the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library’s transformation have provided renderings of what the spaces will look and feel like after construction is complete and furnishings, books, tools, and computers are all in place. While showing these images, Richard will talk about the changes, what to anticipate, and how this will be a very different library than it is today. We will also hear of their plans for providing library services for the Penn Quarter neighborhood while the changes to the building are underway. When the transformation, which goes beyond the physical changes, is completed, the city’s central library and our neighborhood library will rival the best in the country.
Please respond if you plan on attending this meeting as it will help our host prepare.
RSVP via email by noon Monday, November 30 to Jo-Ann[at]PennQuarter.org
Include the first and last names of all those attending and their affiliations.
Photos above (left – The Dabney’s entrance; right – Peanut Butter Cake with Celery Ice Cream)
We recently had the tremendous pleasure of dining at the brand new, much-anticipated restaurant, The Dabney (122 Blagden Alley, NW). DC area native, Jeremiah Langhorne, the former Chef de Cuisine at James Beard award-winning McCrady’s in Charleston, maintains his passion for local sourcing with a menu highlighting local, seasonal and even foraged ingredients. Currently on the menu that we wish we could eat every day, the Buttermilk Biscuit with Foie Gras, the Whistle Pig Grilled Pork with Butternut Squash, and the Peanut Butter Cake with Celery Ice Cream. The ambiance, like the food, is refined rustic with Southern influences. A favorite gathering spot on warm nights will be the urban “front porch” featuring a courting bench. Be sure to make your reservations soon, this is going to be the “hot” table in town!
The Downtown Holiday Market opens Friday, November 27 and runs through Wednesday, December 23; it will be open from Noon to 8 pm daily. Vendors set up booths lining the north side of F St NW between 7th St and 9th St NW.
The newest business to open on 7th Street is cove (829 7th St NW) which bills itself as a neighborhood productivity space. Membership includes high speed Wi-Fi, no cost printing and scanning, unlimited coffee, plentiful power outlets, community events, and most importantly comfortable space to work. Think of it as a coffee shop-like, members only space with printing, conference space, and community added in as a part of the package. The Chinatown location is one of 9 DC area cove locations and members can use any location as a part of their membership fee which ranges from $59 per month to $249 per month depending on the desired privileges.
The 7th Street location covers two floors making up just over 1,400 square feet with 32 group and individual desks, a lounge section, two call boxes, one six-seat conference room, and an additional 900 square feet of event space. This address has a history of hosting startups in DC including the first one we walked by in Penn Quarter/Chinatown back in 2008 called The Map Network.
The 7th Street cove will be hosting an open house on
Tuesday Wednesday, November 18 from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm. No advance RSVP is needed and neighbors are invited to stop by to visit the space.
Last night, we finally had the chance to eat at Masseria (1340 4th St., NE), the new Chef’s tasting menu restaurant by Chef Nicholas Stefanelli (formerly at PQ favorite, Bibiana). The ambiance is a carefully curated mix of industrial chic, vintage and hipster. The urban garden is going to be a favorite retreat on warm nights. We sampled 8 dishes in total, probably about 1/3 of the menu. Apparently, there are no bad decisions to be made on this menu. From the tripe and lobster to agnolotti to veal cheek, every bite was meticulously designed and absolutely scrumptious. We have no doubt Masseria will like be named Best New Restaurant, so go now before it’s even more impossible to book!
In addition to an absolutely impeccable dinner, the cocktail is broad and interesting. Our recommendation, “I Left My Wallet In Montreal.” The charred bay leaf adds a fantastic touch to this rye whiskey drink.
The ANC 2C (Advisory Neighborhood Commission) will host November’s meeting tonight in the MLK Library (9th and G St NW) at 6:30 pm (Lower level – Room A-3). On to the full agenda as delivered to us by the Penn Quarter Neighborhood Association:
Call to Order
Approval of Agenda
Approval of October Meeting Minutes
Treasurer’s Report and Business Items
Brief Community Announcements and Presentations
1. PEPCO/Exelon Merger, Marc Battle and Donna Cooper, PEPCO
Local Events Impacting Community
1. Jingle All The Way Run 5K, Sunday, December 6, 8:30am – 11:30am. Pennsylvania Ave. NW,
3rd Street, Independence Avenue, SW, and 4th Street. Lisa Reeves, Pacers Events,
Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration Licensing
1. Trump International Hotel, 1100 Penn. Ave., NW, ABRA-100648, Retail Class “C” Hotel,
Stephen O’Brien, 202.625.7700 – A full service luxury hotel with several options for dining and alcoholic beverage service. Total seats in dining rooms/areas: 204. Total number of rooms: 263. Total occupancy: 898. Total summer garden seats: 552. Operating: 24 hours.
2. Farmers & Distillers DC, 600 Massachusetts Avenue NW, ABRA-100647, Retailer’s Class “C”
Restaurant, Stephen O’Brien, 202.625.7700. – A full service upscale casual restaurant with a bar, small micro batch and second run distilling, emphasis on all natural foods, cooking from scratch, and local sourcing. It has a distillery pub endorsement. Total seats: 325. Total occupancy: 450. Total sidewalk café seats: 65
3. Starbucks Coffee #2749, 443 7th Street, NW. ABRA 100585, Retailer’s Class “D” Restaurant,
Stephen O’Brien, 202.625.7700 – Requesting hours of Alcoholic Beverage Sales/Service. Total seats: 34. Total occupancy: 34. Total sidewalk café seats: 8
4. Starbucks Coffee #23466, 1000 H Street, NW. ABRA-100625, Retailer’s Class “D” Restaurant,
Stephen O’Brien, 202.625.7700 – A restaurant serving savory small plates and desserts, in addition to coffee; breakfast served all day. Occupancy and total seats: 24
Transportation, Zoning, and Public Space
1. Proposed Plans for Reconstruction 801 Eye Street, NW. To increase commercial space of the
building by 40,000 square feet. David Avitabile, Goulston and Storrs, 202.721.1137
2. Tadich Grill, 1001 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW. DDOT Tracking Number 10211031, Erin Sharkey,
Veritas Law Firm, firstname.lastname@example.org 202.686.7800 – Application to Occupy Public Space for the Purpose of the New Sidewalk Café.
3. Penn Quarter Sports Tavern, 639 Indiana Avenue, NW. BZA Application to expand occupied space to the third floor. Restaurant owner Mike Brand, email@example.com or Mike@dcsportstavern.com, 202.347.6666
4. Inter-City Bus Parking, 800 block of 8th Street, NW. DDOT/Public Space Committee testimony by Property Managers of 810 7th Street, NW, Wilson Senami, SGnansounou@pmg.co, 202.842.0018, and Jonya Samuel, firstname.lastname@example.org Property Managers Realty Group (PMRG)
5. The ANC has been asked to consider sending DDOT’s Director a letter requesting that the staff consult with the ANC Commissioners on proposed changes affecting residents within the ANC and present the staff’s recommendations to the ANC prior to adopting or instituting changes. Jo-Ann Neuhaus
Next meeting: Monday, December 14, 2015, 6:30pm
ANC 2C01 – John Tinpe, 2C01@anc.dc.gov
ANC 2C02 – Harold Closter, 2C02@anc.dc.gov
ANC 2C03 – Jeffrey Higgins, 2C03@anc.dc.gov