Thursday, December 14, 2017

Fast-casual pizza place Pidzza coming to old Zombie Coffee space at DCUSA

Finally, something is coming to the former Zombie Coffee and Donuts space on Irving Street in DCUSA: Pidzza, a local chain of fast-casual Mediterranean pizza places.

It looks similar to &pizza but with more Mediterranean options like cauliflower and artichokes. Sounds pretty tasty.

My friend snapped this photo the other day, so presumably they'll be opening soon. That space was Tasti D-Lite, a custard spot before it was Zombie.

Here's their main pizza menu from their site.
Ground Angus beef, tomato, onion, parsley, green pepper, garlic and spices 
Angus chopped beef, diced tomato, green pepper and shredded mozzarella cheese 
Pidzza Roll
Ground Angus beef, mushroom, caramelized onion and shredded mozzarella cheese 
The Cauli
Chicken, roasted curried cauliflower, cherry tomatoes, caramelized onion, shredded mozzarella cheese,chopped fresh chives and roasted garlic cream cheese 
Artichoke, baby spinach, jalapeño, fresh mozzarella and spinach artichoke cream 
Candied bacon, baby spinach, gruyère cheese with two sunny side up eggs.

Friday, December 8, 2017

New ice cream shop opening at 847 Upshur on Saturday: Lulabelle's Sweet Shop

Whoa! This is cool, a new ice cream shop is opening on Upshur Street this Saturday.
We are excited to announce the Grand Opening of Lulabelle’s Sweet Shop Saturday, December 9, 2017. Thanks to Petworth’s patience and its avid support of our pop-up events, we are now ready to open our doors! This Saturday, during the Upshur Street Art & Craft Fair, sweeten up your day and stop by the shop. Front of house, you’ll find a variety of candy, unique housewares, and gifts for people of all ages. In the back, we have Taharka Brothers ice cream by-the-scoop in flavors such as Grapefruit Campari Sorbet, Milk Chocolate, and Gravel Road, as well as coffee, hot chocolate, and a special peppermint drink for the opening weekend.

Our temporary hours as we adjust to being open will be 10-6 Fridays, Saturdays, & Sundays. We can’t wait to start serving up delicious treats for you all!

Lulabelle’s Sweet Shop
847 Upshur Street NW
Washington, DC 20011
@sweetlulabelle - Facebook, Instagram, Twitter

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Bar Roubaix, cycling theme bar from Hilton Bros., opens Friday; soft opening today!

Bar Roubaix, the bar in the old Acre 121 space from the folks behind Marvin, the Gibson, American Ice Company and many more, is opening this Friday, Dec. 8, with a soft opening for neighborhood folks today, Dec. 7.

A few friends got a preview last week and said they've extended the bar, and the spot is focused on a big pool table. There are also some cycling games where you ride a stationary bike against another person. They have a pan-European food menu and lots of Belgian beers.

Here's more from the Bar Roubaix folks, plus some photos and their menu:

Ian and Eric Hilton are set to open their latest production, Bar Roubaix, a cycling - centric neighborhood bar and restaurant on December 8 in Columbia Heights. Located on 1400 Irving Street, N.W. Bar Roubaix will feature an eclectic menu of craft beers, European street food and pastries. 
The concept of Bar Roubaix is inspired by the growing and vibrant cycling culture in the DMV. Named after the iconic city of Roubaix, terminus to one of the world's oldest and most iconic races of professional road cycling.

The menu focuses on the cuisine you would encounter on the streets while cycling across Europe. It’s helmed by chef Rafael Nunez formerly of Busboy and Poets, and Eatonville.
“When you’re riding through the European cities these are the food you’ll eat. From arancini of Italy, zapiekanki in Poland, to doner kabobs you see all across the continent, we want to give our guests a culinary tour of the delicious street eats of Europe.” says Arturo Zaloga, one of the designers and operator of Bar Roubaix. “ The beer program will be an eclectic rotation of cyclist favorites, like Natty Bo for the bike messengers and a fine selection of Belgians for the more discerning customer. There will be something for everyone.”  
The interior design and atheistic is inspir ed by Czech Art Nouveau painter and decorative artist, Alphone Mucha, with a mural designed and painted by local artists Justin Poppe and Joseph Orzal. It also features a pool table and a one - of - its - kind cycling arcade simulation game powered by OpenSprints software, where guests can race each other.


“We want to create a space where cycling enthusiasts can come relax over good beers and enjoy authentic street foods that will transport them to the streets that host the Tour, the Giro, or the Vue lta,” adds Zaloga.

Bar Roubaix will have plenty of parking racks and will feature a fixing station where cyclists can perform maintenance or adjustments on their ride.

A beer garden style patio will be open to guests throughout the year. The bar will ope n daily at 5 p.m. with the kitchen closing at 12 a.m., Monday through Sunday. The bar will remain open until 1 a.m. on Thursday and through 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday.

For more information, please follow the team on social media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter @RoubaixDC


New cider bar, Capitol Cider House, coming to Georgia and Shepherd; food from Union Kitchen

This is neat: there's a new cider spot coming to Georgia and Shepherd, in the vacant storefront in the Fahrenheit building (that black and red residential building.) It's called Capitol Cider House and they're aiming to open sometime in 2018.

There's an interview with the owner here at the Cider Culture blog. The spot looks very modern, and they'll have food from Union Kitchen, a food incubator, and ciders from around the region.

Here's more from ANC commissioner Zach Teutsch
The Capitol Cider House is a new, locally-owned business that will be located in the current vacant storefront of the Fahrenheit Apartment building. The new bar and restaurant will offer 12 taps showcasing ciders produced specifically within 200 miles of the Capitol Building as well as locally-sourced food. Some of the ciders available at Capitol Cider House will be produced on site by the owner, Jared Fackrell, and his team.

Settlement agreements, once executed, serve as contracts between an Alcohol and Beverage Control (ABC) licensee and the ANC. The agreement becomes a part of the business’ ABC license, and, therefore, contains additional enforceable requirements above and beyond what is typically covered under an ABC license when granted by the District’s Alcohol and Beverage Regulation Administration (ABRA). The ANC recently established a policy that it would enter into a Settlement Agreement with any new business seeking an ABC license in the neighborhood.
The settlement agreement includes verbiage about when the spot will be open:
2. Nature of the Business. The Applicant will manage and operate a CT license at the listed address. The license shall have indoor seating of not more than 46, with a Total Occupancy Load of 78 and a sidewalk cafe with 13 seats.

3. Hours of Operation and Sales. The Applicant's hours of operation shall be as follows: Sunday through Thursday 7 a.m. - 2 a.m., Friday and Saturday 7 a.m.-3 a.m.

Alcohol sales shall be limited to:
Sunday through Thursday 8 a.m. - 2 a.m., Friday and Saturday 8 a.m.-3 a.m.

Entertainment hours will be limited to:
Sunday through Thursday, 12 p.m to 10 p.m. and Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. – 12 a.m.
They're on Instagram here.

Rendering from Cider Culture, storefront image from Google Street View

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Cycling-themed Bar Roubaix opens in old Acre 121 space on Friday, Dec. 8! From Hilton Bros.: American Ice, Marvin, the Gibson etc.

UPDATE: They are opening to the public on Friday, December 8, not this Friday as I originally wrote.

Whoa, this was fast! A few months ago I wrote that Acre 121 would be replaced by a cycling-themed bar from the Hilton Brothers, who perform as Thievery Corporation and have opened a bunch of bars and restaurants in the city: 18th Street Lounge, the Gibson, American Ice Company, Ten Tigers, the Brixton, Satellite Room and more.

And now Barred in DC reports they're opening Friday, Dec. 8 as Bar Roubaix! I thought something was up, as Twitter user MrTinDC said that the Washington Area Bicycle Association was having a party there on the 13th. He also spotted a variety of bike frames out front, maybe they're building something out of town (pictured above.)

Bar Roubaix also tagged me in a tweet, saying "great beers, European street food, cycling culture." Sign me up.

Thanks to some internet sleuthing, Barred in DC found that the food may include döner kebab, spanakopita (phyllo stuffed with feta and spinach), German potato pancakes and zapiekanki, which is a French baguette with mushrooms and cheese.

They found that the chef is Rafael Nunez, formerly of Eatonville at 14th and Florida, and the GM is Arturo Zaloga, who managed the bar at Mezcalero at 14th and Spring and also worked at Marvin, El Rey and the Brixton, all Hilton-owned places.

A few months ago I talked to someone affiliated with the owners of the building, who said they plan to rejigger the interior to make it a bit more bar-friendly, as it was sort of an awkward space. They also plan to make the patio more open and patio-like, it was under a big tent before. As you can see above, they've removed that tent.
This all sounds awesome to me. Acre 121, if you recall, was southern coastal cuisine with a pretty good brunch, and before that the space was CommonWealth, a pretty tasty British gastropub from Jamie Leeds of Hank's Oyster Bar.

Roubaix is a town in northern France that's the end of the Paris-Roubaix bike race.

Here's their Facebook and Twitter.

Whoa! Colony Club owners will open a pizza restaurant next door on Georgia Avenue

This is pretty awesome news: the owners behind Colony Club, the coffee shop and bar at 3118 Georgia, will be opening a pizza restaurant next door. The City Paper has more details, it will be named after their general contractor, Sonny.

The building is a former doctor's office called MARC, I think used for methadone or other drug treatment. It's about twice as wide as Colony Club, and the City Paper says there's room for almost 200 seats. There will also be a big backyard area.

They'll have house-baked breads, sandwiches, salads and what co-owner Max Zuckerman described as "old-school New York-style sides like garlic knots and pepperoni rolls" to the CP. They'll also have beer, wine and cocktails that go well with pizza.

There's also an open space the next building up, I hope that gets turned into something soon too.

UPDATE: MARC was a former's doctor's office. My mistake.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Tree lighting, holiday happy hour and First Friday this Friday: help decorate the tree tonight or volunteer on Friday!

There's a lot of holiday fun coming up, as this Friday is not only First Friday on Georgia Avenue, where lots of local businesses have deals and freebies, it's also the annual Columbia Heights tree lighting at the Civic Plaza -- complete with a holiday happy hour at lots of local businesses.

And you can volunteer to help decorate the tree tonight (Tuesday) or for helping with the tree lighting.

The events are sponsored by District Bridges, who run Columbia Heights/Mt. Pleasant Main Street organization, and also co-manage the Georgia Avenue Main Street with Georgia Avenue Thrive.

Here's more from Jennifer Kuiper of District Bridges:
Dear Neighbors, 
I know it isn’t even December and some of us are still digesting turkey BUT if you are already in the holiday mood, here’s your chance to channel some of that good cheer by helping out District Bridges with raising up a GIANT tree and then decorating in preparation for this Friday's Tree Lighting Extravaganza! 
A special thank you to Ron & Jose from Annie's Ace Hardware - Petworth for helping get it on site (see photos). 
Come join the effort tonight at 6pm in the Columbia Heights Civic Plaza (14th and Kenyon) and then come back this Friday (Dec 1) at 6:30pm for the Tree Lighting Extravaganza! Enjoy music and holiday treats then head on back to Georgia Ave for First Friday (Holiday Edition) at neighborhood businesses. 
And don't forget celebrating Petworth Arts Collaborative's 1st Anniversary celebration as part of Petworth's First Friday! 
Happy Holidays! - Jennifer 
P.S. If you'd like to help out on Fridayfeel free to sign-up online. 
Participating businesses in Georgia Ave Thrive First Friday:
Holiday Happy Hour deals: 

  • El Tio Grill DC-House Margaritas on the rocks ONLY $6-All draft beer $4-Quesadilla grill chicken or steak $6.95-Nachos grill chicken or steak $6.95 
  • Sticky Fingers Sweets & Eats-$1.00 off hot chocolate 
  • Willow DC-Holiday Cocktail & Cookies 
  • Mola-All night happy hour at the bar 
  • Pear Plum Cafe-Extended normal happy hour-Custom special holiday cocktail 
  • Each Peach Market-Free hot drink-Promotion on holiday gifts/cookies etc., 
  • The Heights-Offering happy hour price until 10pm 
  • The Good Silver-Warm cider drinks for $5.00-Egg nog for $4.00-Until 10 pm 
  • Petworth Arts Collaborative- Happy Holiday Hour/First Fridays in Petworth Celebrating Petworth Arts Collaborative's 1st birthday.-Starting at Petworth Citizen (829 Upshur St NW) at 6pm with group photos in front of the Petworth Mural.- Music/dance party until 9pm along 800 block of Upshur St NW. 
  • The Coupe-Extended happy hour until 9pm 
  • The Wonderland Ballroom-Extended happy hour until 8pm-Two dollars off all drafts, wine and rail drinks-Serving hot cider-Entire bar will be decked out in all its holiday glory-Staff will be dressed in full wintery splendor 
  • Lou's City Bar-Spiked Cider Special 
  • Purple Patch DC-Happy hour all night including food and drink specials!-$5 draft beers & $5 House Red & White Wine-$5 Chicken Adobo Sliders-$5 Lumpia, -$0.75 Wings 
  • Beau Thai Mount Pleasant-Mulled cider cocktail “Mulling It Over” at half-price all night-Nonalcoholic mulled cider at half price all night-Specials at the bar 
  • Letena-All desserts half-price-Beer & Wine $4.00-Sides half-price 

Monday, November 27, 2017

Help beautify the neighborhood, meet neighbors, get coffee deals on Saturday

The weekly Georgia Avenue neighborhood cleanup is back, and this time there are deals on coffee and pastries from Harrar Coffee Roasters for participants. Read on!
Good morning everyone!

Georgia Avenue Thrive's next cleanup and community get-together will be this Saturday Dec. 2 at 10 am.

We'll meet at the corner of Georgia and Irving, by the Park View sign. Immediately following, volunteers will gather at Harrar Coffee & Roastery for special deals (buy one coffee, get one free, etc.!) and great conversation.

Hope to see you Saturday morning!

Email with any questions.

Something is up with Jenkins BBQ: maybe closed?

You may remember me posting a few times about Jenkins Capital BBQ, the newish spot that replaced Ruby Tuesday at 14th and Monroe in July. It was hard to find any information about them before they were open, although they now have a nice website.

But lately they haven't been open much, and I wonder if it's permanent. I walked by a few times in the last week or so and it dark and closed, and I recently got a tweet by someone who went by on Saturday and they were also closed -- kind of an odd time to close, Saturday night after a holiday. A Yelp review from Nov. 13 also says they were closed when they went by. I guess they could be closed for the holidays (or a few weeks around them) but I didn't see any sign about that.

They're closed Mondays so I haven't gotten in touch with them today, but will keep trying. I hope they stay open, but they've always been kind of mysterious to me -- it's a huge space but I've never heard anybody talk about it or seen anybody in there.

Has anybody gone? How did you like it?

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Taqueria del Barrio offering Mexican turducken, tamales for Thanksgiving, drag brunch

Well, this isn't something you see every day: Taqueria del Barrio  the Mexican spot at 821 Upshur, is offering a Mexican take on turducken, the Thanksgiving food where a turkey is stuffed with a duck that has been stuffed with a chicken. Wow. I guess in Spanish it would be a pavpatollo, or something.

Taqueria del Barrio's version, however, has turkey around a pork loin wrapped around chorizo, which sounds pretty awesome. You can buy it by the pound from now until Nov. 20, plus tamales, another Christmas staple. Might be good for Thanksgiving proper or Friendsgiving. They're also offering it in the restaurant from Nov. 24-26.

They're also doing a drag brunch on Nov. 18, which sounds fun. Read on for the details:
Drag Brunch – Saturday, November 18 
Taqueria del Barrio hosts drag brunch Saturday, November 18, with resident queen Desiree Dik hosting and performances by queens Chicki Parm and La Bella Mafia.  
Reservations are encouraged with one seating at 10am and another at 1pm. Guests can order from a fixed $25 menu including the choice of either a brunch entrée or three of Taqueria del Barrio’s signature tacos, as well as a brunch cocktail. Reserve a table by calling 202-723-0200 or visiting  
Thanksgiving at Taqueria del Barrio 
Spice up your Thanksgiving table this year, and let Taqueria del Barrio do some of the work for you in the process. Chef and owner Anna Bran-Leis is preparing a Mexican turkey roulade (her take on turducken), wrapping turkey around pork loin, which is wrapped around house-made chorizo, resulting in a savory, showstopper Thanksgiving entrée. 
The Mexican turkey roulade can be ordered in advance by phone at 202-723-0200. It is priced at $16 per pound (each pound feeds two people), and is offered alongside homemade cheese poblano tamales for $3.99 each. Orders can be placed now through Monday, November 20, and all orders will be available for pickup from the restaurant from noon to close on Wednesday, November 22.  
Although Taqueria del Barrio is closed on November 23 for the holiday, guests can also enjoy the Mexican turkey roulade as a special in the dining room Friday, November 24 through Sunday, November 26. The roulade will be $13.99 and comes with a cheese poblano tamale, as well as cranberry and orange salsa.  
Taqueria del Barrio 
821 Upshur St NWWashington, DC 20011 
Photo by Jai Williams