The second Monday of the month means that it’s time for the ANC 2C (Advisory Neighborhood Commission) to meet in the MLK Library on Monday, January 12 at 6:30 pm (Lower level – room #3).
The agenda typically hints at businesses that plan to open their doors in the near future among other things. Of note, the Fig and Olive is the newbie planning to open in CityCenter in Palmer Alley. On to the full agenda as delivered to us by the Penn Quarter Neighborhood Association:
Call to Order
Introduction of New ANC2C03 Commissioner Jeffrey Higgins
Approval of Agenda
Approval of December Minutes
1. Election of Chairman, Vice Chairman, Secretary-Treasurer
2. Approval for Legally Required Security Fund – $25
3. Website Proposal by Nathan Adams for Nations Builder (800 7th Street, NW | 202.459.9876)
4. Discussion on Formation of Committees: Alcohol Beverage Regulatory Licensing; Transportation
and Public Space; Noise and Public Safety; Local Events; Planning, Zoning, and Environment
Brief Community Announcements and Presentations
1. Office of Human Rights – Teresa Rainey (202.727.4559)
Transportation and Public Space
1. Third Street Tunnel Update – Shana Viera presenting (email@example.com)
2. DC Arena (Verizon Center, 601 F Street, NW) – Tracking Number 103017; Application to Occupy Public Space for the purpose of Fixtures and Billboards at the premises – Ben Hyde presenting (301.257.6810)
3. Next month DDOT’s Project Manager, Lezlie Rupert will present the Union Station to Georgetown Streetcar proposed alternatives for the Environmental Assessment
Alcoholic Beverage Licensing
1. White Apron Specialty Sandwiches – ABRA 097559, Retail Class C Restaurant – 455 11th St., NW — Notice of Public Hearing – Stephen O’Brien Presenting (202.625.7700)
2. Fig & Olive – ABA 097488, Retail Class CR – To be located at 934 Palmer Alley, NW Notice of Public Hearing – Andrew Klein Presenting (202.686,7600)
Next meeting: February 9
ANC 2C01 – John Tinpe, 2C01[at]anc.dc.gov
ANC 2C02 – Harold Closter, 2C02[at]anc.dc.gov
ANC 2C03 – Jeffrey Higgins, 2C03[at]anc.dc.gov
New window signage has gone up at the former Tangy Sweet corner spot (501 7th St., NW). What had previously seemed a seasonal closure for Tangy Sweet has become permanent. According to Washingtonian, Bakers & Baristas is the newest venture from Tangy Sweet and Red Velvet owner, Aaron Gordon. The new bakery will feature Viennese style pastries from Blue Duck Tavern pastry chef, Naomi Gallego, and chef Lindsay Meehan, as well as coffee by local roaster, Compass Coffee (which we visited today and highly recommend!). Bakers & Baristas is expected to open as early as next week and plans include, eventually, being open evenings to offer an array of decadent sweet tooth fixes.
China Chilcano, Jose Andres’ latest entrant offering chifa, opens for service today at 4 pm in Penn Quarter at 418 7th Street NW in Washington DC. We passed by the venue on Saturday night and Sunday; everything looks ready to go!
The menu features chifa, a Peruvian-Chinese hybrid cuisine, chifles, anticuchos, all native to Peru – you might call them Peruivan tapas which is a format well known by patrons of Jaleo just up the street. A ceviche bar, dim sum, Peruvian desserts, and an “extensive pisco library” are also available.
China Chilcano replaces the former Olsson’s bookstore and promised but never opened Wagamama whose retail space sat vacant for over six years since late June 2008 in a prominent part of lower Penn Quarter.
This is the third eatery to open recently in lower Penn Quarter below E Street NW filling a prominent stretch of 7th Street NW between the core intersection at 7th and H St NW and the National Mall. The other two are Native Foods Cafe and Plan B Burger Bar.
We officially welcome China Chilcano to Penn Quarter!
418 7th Street NW
Washington, DC 20004
Tuesday to Thursday – 4 pm to 11 pm
Friday and Saturday – 4 pm to 12 am
Sunday and Monday – 4 pm to 10 pm
- CityCenter opened and with it exciting new retail and dining options.
- DC darling, Rasika, honored with James Beard Award for Best Chef Mid-Atlantic. Vikram Sunderam.
- Several neighborhood favorites are honored at the 2014 Rammy Awards, including Fiola and Proof.
- The opening of the grand Marriott Marquis.
- Dozens of new restaurant and retail openings.
What was your favorite neighborhood news this year?
Looking forward to the New Year and the possibility and opportunity for Penn Quarter to continue to shine!
The Starbucks (443 7th St NW) at the corner of 7th and E St NW is undergoing renovations and will reopen shortly into January 2015 our source tells us. Follow #7thandEReno on Twitter to check in on progress – we can already see that Starbucks Reserve coffee will be available once reopened.
Formerly known as d.c. space, an alternative music performance venue, this corner spot [image NSFW] hosted many music shows and poetry readings between 1977 and 1992. This Washington Post article offers a good synopsis of what took place in this “urban frontier.” You can also check out photos from inside d.c. space here.
We spotted this Christmas tree atop the roof of The Myrene, a multiunit rowhouse condo at 703 6th St NW on the National Register of Historic Places. It’s undoubtedly the best urban Christmas tree in Penn Quarter and Chinatown we’ve seen this year!
Happy Holidays everyone! We’ll be back with a post or two next week and then it’s into 2015 we go!
Photo above: RareSweets Bakeshop desserts – now available from 7 am to 7 pm daily at 963 Palmer Alley
We have a few updates for you…as usual, lots going on in the restaurant scene.
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RareSweets Opens at CityCenter (Downtown) – RareSweets Bakeshop, a bakeshop and specialty dessert company, opened for business at 963 Palmer Alley, NW, Washington, DC, 20001 located in CityCenter. A few lines from the press release follow:
After over a year of operating a wholesale and catering business out of the food incubator Union Kitchen, and hosting various pop-ups, RareSweets’ founder and pastry chef Meredith Tomason will open her first brick-and-mortar bakeshop. The menu will offer seasonally driven layer cakes, doughnuts, coffee cakes, mini bundts, cookies, bars, biscuits, ice creams, and other heirloom American confections reimagined for a modern palate.
Tadich Grill Will Open in Q1 2015 (Penn Quarter) – A former Chef Geoff’s chef will be the executive chef at the Tadich Grill which will move into the former Ten Penh space at 1001 Pennsylvania Ave NW. The Washington Post, DC Eater, and Washingtonian have the scoop.
Jose Andres to Trump’s Hotel at the Old Post Office (Penn Quarter) – Just when you thought the Andres empire couldn’t take over more of Penn Quarter. Well, it can, as Jose Andres is named to put his stamp on the hotel’s restaurant when it opens in mid-2016.
Last Industry Takeover Night at Graffiato’s in January (Chinatown) – Graffiato’s monthly Industry Takeover Night will end in January. We’re sad to see this tradition go so make sure to get to the last one on Monday, January 5!
Variable Rate Parking Coming to Penn Quarter (Penn Quarter) – You may have seen the new parking meters being installed in Penn Quarter and Chinatown. They will allow DDOT to run a demand/variable rate metered parking program in 2015 and 2016 to see how well the system functions. The general idea is to set the parking rate high enough so that at least one space is vacant on any given block at any given time. The Washington Post has the details.
Arc’teryx Robbed, Unfortunately (Downtown) – Arc’teryx just opened on H St NW at CityCenter and was the victim of a smash and grab.