There is no cost to attend but an RSVP is requested per below. Please indicate if you heard of this meeting from Penn Quarter Living.
This meeting’s topic is a proposed new Jewish museum next to the historic Jewish synagogue being relocated to 3rd and F St NW due to the Capitol Crossing project.
Penn Quarter Neighborhood Association Breakfast Meeting
Thursday, February 23, 8:30 am
Clyde’s of Gallery Place
707 7th St NW
Metro: Gallery Pl-Chinatown
Continental Breakfast: 8:30 am – 8:50 am
Brief Announcements: 9 am
Speaker begins after Announcements
Speakers + Topic
Christiane Bauer, Curator
Samantha Abramson, Program & Outreach Manager
Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washington
The Jewish Historical Society plans to build a new museum adjacent to its historic synagogue, which will be moved to its permanent home at 3rd and F streets. The staff has been working on ideas for its core exhibition for some time, and will be seeking feedback from those at the meeting on the stories and historic artifacts they plan to exhibit. This interactive workshop will be different than the meetings we typically have, but also fun and interesting, so do come and help one of our members plan for the future.
RSVP via email by noon Tuesday, February 21 to: Jo-Ann@PennQuarter.org
Include the first and last names of all those attending and their affiliations.
The Smith, a New York based chain of restaurants, opened its first Washington DC location in Penn Quarter at 901 F St NW. We recently visited for dinner and characterize the menu as solidly American. Open for dinner up until now, the restaurant opens today for lunch and brunch going forward.
The bar area is fairly spacious with the entire 9,000 square foot restaurant lined with a white subway styled tile on the walls. While that gives it a stylish brasserie look, it makes the interior very noisy and conversation difficult when it’s crowded. We tried the calamari, the chicken pot pie, the mussels, the cavatelli pasta, and the birthday cake. All the dishes were above average in taste and preparation although pricing is also above average. Our favorites were the calamari which was lightly breaded and cooked to perfection, and the birthday cake which was richly accented with chocolate. Service was also very good.
Sunday to Wednesady – 5 to 11 pm
Thursday to Saturday – 5 pm to Midnight
Serving lunch starting February 8
Serving brunch starting February 11
Our local neighborhood’s and Washington DC’s central library, the MLK Library at 9th and G St NW, will close on Saturday, March 4, 2017 so that a major renovation project can begin. The project has been planned for some time and the first phase will entail the safe removal and disposition of all the currently library’s contents. Once that phase completes the hard hat construction and renovation begins.
The project will cost $208 million and run for 3 years until 2020. Once closed the two closest libraries to our neighborhood will be the Shaw and Northwest One libraries. DCPL will also open a Library Express location at 1990 K St NW per the Washington Post article.
The press release detailing more information is here and the fly through video is embedded/linked at the top of this post.
Yard House, a restaurant chain that describes itself as “a crossroad of food, tunes, and brews“, posted a liquor license application at 812 7th St NW, the former home of the Goethe-Institut which departed the Chinatown/Penn Quarter neighborhood in 2016.
The seating capacity is listed at 338 which is about right given the large size of the space. No opening date is noted and the closest Yard House to Washington is in Springfield, Virginia. Sample menus can be found here.