Friday, January 18, 2019

Belly dancing! Marrakech restaurant coming to old Walter's on Georgia now open; same as P Street Marrakech

Do you like belly dancing? A few months ago we heard that Marrakech, a Moroccan restaurant and tavern, was coming to the old Walter's Sports Bar space at 3632 Georgia Ave NW. I walked by today anf it had a now open sign. I wasn't sure if it was related to the Marrakech on P Street in Dupont that closed earlier this year and was planning to relocate. That spot was famous for its ambiance and ornate interiors (plus sitting on couches) and belly dancing shows. And now I think the new location at 3632 Georgia is in fact the same people and concept.

I found a few official documents for this restaurant with the name Abdelmjid Boucham, which was also mentioned on documents for Marrakech at 2147 P Street NW. Their liquor license also says "Live Entertainment, Dancing, and Cover Charge." The reviews of the old spot were middling, but it seems like the service declined a lot last year. Maybe that will be addressed in the new spot.

They have a website without much on it, which describes it as a Moroccan Mediterranean restaurant. Previously we heard they'll have 82 seats total, including 20 outside. I assume that would be out back.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Slim's Diner closes for good on Sunday, no word on replacement

Bad news for breakfast fans, Slim's Diner will be closing on Sunday. The spot, which faced some issues with service when it opened, has been losing money over the past two years, according to owner Paul Ruppert in an email to Petworth News.

Both DCist and Petworth News report that Ruppert, who also opened Room 11, Petworth Citizen, Upshur Street Books, Crane & Turtle and other spots in the area, will be considering what will go in the space, maybe something else from him or maybe something opened by another business (similar to how Crane & Turtle replaced Himitsu.) This is the third closure recently on Upshur Street, though Petworth News argues it's not a trend.

What would you like to see go into this space?

Friday, January 4, 2019

Wawa construction begins Jan. 7, opens spring 2019

Finally, some Wawa news! Today I got an email from a tipster that was sent by the managers of the Highland Park building where Wawa is going. They let residents know that construction will start January 7th and they are expected to open this spring.

The construction will be between 9am-5pm Monday-Friday. Hoagie time is around the corner!

As you recall, Wawa is replacing most of the retails spots around the Metro, where Potbelly, Five Guys and Pete's Apizza used to be. Tynan Coffee will remain.

Friday, December 21, 2018

300-seat restaurant coming to former Eatonville/Mulebone/Ancient Rivers space at 2121 14th

Something is finally coming to the big restaurant space at 2121 14th St NW that was formerly home of Eatonville, Mulebone and Ancient Rivers, all owned by Andy Shallal of Busboys and Poets fame. 

The new spot appears to be unnamed and has applied for a liquor license. Here are the details via Helder Gil on twitter, who posted about the application.

New ABRA license for unnamed restaurant (2121 14th St NW; ANC 1B); tavern w/American food; 300 seats (!); 40-seat summer garden; live entertainment w/dancing and cover charge

Sounds more like a nightclub or music venue, which sounds good to me. That space has been cursed ever since Eatonville closed. Eatonville was a pretty tasty southern restaurant commemorating author Zora Neale Hurston and lasted five years, Mulebone was also a southern spot that lasted less and Ancient Rivers was a Middle Eastern spot that was barely open.

I’ll try to find out more details. 

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Restaurant/beauty shop/skating rink (!?!) coming to 3630 Georgia Ave!?

This is pretty wild. The other day I walked past 3630 Georgia Avenue NW, the long vacant storefront between DC Reynolds and what used to be Walter's Sports Bar and noticed a lot of new permits in the window. They were for an incoming restaurant, beauty shop, and skating rink. Yes, a skating rink. The permits are below.

We heard earlier in the year that an Ethiopian restaurant had applied for permits for this space, so I wonder if they'll also having skating?

The place is two floors, so maybe the restaurant/skating rink is going on the first floor (and basement, if there is one?) and the beauty shop is upstairs? That's how Looking Glass is, with an upstairs beauty shop. According to the city's records, the building was sold in May to "JAMAL'S GEORGIA ROW LLC" which seems to be a misspelling of Douglas Jemal, who runs Douglas Development Co., which also owns neighboring 3628 Georgia, which is DC Reynolds.

The permit applications are all filed by 3632 Georgia Avenue LLC, which also ran the now-closed Walters Sports Bar that was next door, which is odd. The former Walters Sports Bar next door has permits in the window for what is soon to be Marrakech Moroccan restaurant.
I've reached out to Douglas Development for more info.

UPDATE: Walters was a slightly different LLC, 3632 Georgia Hospitality LLC, so they are unrelated. My mistake. It's also possible someone goofed with the skating rink permit, but we shall see.

Monday, December 3, 2018

Sundevich on Georgia Ave has closed, sandwiches available at Union Drinkery during evening hours

Sad news for sandwich fans, Sundevich has closed its location at 3212 Georgia Ave NW. Announcing on Twitter, they said the sandwiches will still available at neighboring bar Union Drinkery, which is owned by the same folks. However, they won't be available during lunch time during the week anymore, just 5-9pm Tuesday-Saturday.

I'm not too surprised, the place was pretty empty often, although quite tasty. In my opinion the sandwiches have been getting better over time too.

There are still plenty of good weekday lunch options in the area, such as the Coupe and Red Rocks on 11th and Heat da Spot, Call Your Mother and DC Reynolds on Georgia Avenue. DC Reynolds has a nice $9 sandwich, soda and side deal, for example.

The Georgetown and Shaw Sundevich locations are still open too. I've reached out to see what they plan to do with the space.

Friday, November 30, 2018

Dunkin Donuts at 14th and Fairmont has closed

Sad news for Dunkin fans, the location at 2750 14th Street NW has closed. A friend posted an Instagram story today showing it empty with no sign and a paper on the window saying this location has closed.

There are other nearby locations at Georgia & Quincy and at 14th and U.

Instagram snaps from Jason Bowers, street view image from Google

Free classical music concert at All Souls Church Dec. 5: Rachmaninoff Vespers

This sounds cool! Read on for a neat event that's free and open to everyone.

Rachmaninoff Vespers features in unique event at All Souls Church, Weds., Dec. 5

Embark on the holiday season with mystery, music, and mindfulness at a unique event on Wednesday night, December 5, at All Souls Church, 1500 Harvard Street NW at 16th Street NW.

Starting at 6:30 pm, attendees may participate in an open tea service; a walking/meditation labyrinth created with natural elements; and individual anointing/blessing with oils and herbs for those who wish to partake. 

At 7:30 pm, Sergei Rachmaninoff's iconic choral masterpiece, the All-Night Vigil (Opus 37), also known as the "Rachmaninoff Vespers," will be performed in the sanctuary by the All Souls Choir. Exquisitely rich harmonies, based on Russian Orthodox chants, have made it a cornerstone of a cappella choral music and enchanted audiences since its premiere in 1915.

Immediately after the performance, all are invited to stay for yoga nidra ("sleep yoga").

"As we approach the darkest season of the year, we invite you to kindle and nurture the light within," says Director of Music & Arts Jen Hayman. She may be contacted at for more information.

This event is free and open to the public.