Friday, March 15, 2019

Sonny's Pizza and No Kisses Bar now open on Georgia Ave; see pictures, review and menu

Sweet! Sonny's Pizza and the adjoining No Kisses cocktail bar open today. The spots, from the crew behind Colony Club, announced on Instagram that today's the day.

 I stopped by last week for their soft opening and enjoyed it. The menu consists of square pizza by the slice or a whole pie, Italian sandwiches on big focaccia bread like meatball, chicken parmesan and eggplant parm, and Italian salads and sides (garlic knots, meatballs, etc.) They also had beer, wine and cocktails. You order at the counter and sit down, and they bring it to you. There's also a small bar you can sit at.

No Kisses, which is next door down a little hallway, is also a really cool, cozy cocktail spot with interesting lighting. It kind of reminds me of the room at the end of 2001: A Space Odyssey. The ceiling lights change colors too, it was blue one day and red another. I can see it as a great date spot or quiet place for hanging with your friends.There's also a big patio with a truck that also serves as a bar.

The prices are decent - it's about $4 a slice, which are pretty thick and about $12 for a sandwich. The whole pies are about $30, which seems a little high, but they're also a good amount of food. For example, my dining companion and I got four slices, meatballs, Caesar salad and garlic knots, and we  had two or three meals worth of food each. Another day we got sandwiches for take out, and two sandwiches plus the garlic knots were enough for three of us. The sandwiches were good, and the focaccia is awesome.

Check out below for the photos and menu.

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Maple restaurant is closing March 30, to be replaced by Ossobucco Ristorante

This is too bad -- Maple, the tasty, understated Italian restaurant at 3418 11th Street NW, will be closing March 30. According to a press release from the owners, it will be replaced by another Italian spot, Ossobucco Ristorante. Maple's owners will be opening a winery in Virginia as well.
If you haven't been to Maple, check it out. They have a nice happy hour too (see below.)
Here's their full press release.
After seven years in business, Maple will close at the end of March. Our last day will be March 30. 
We are extremely grateful for all of the wonderful people who came through our doors over the years. Thank you to the staff, customers, sales reps and vendors, and fellow business owners in Columbia Heights. It has been a pleasure to be a part of this community. 
A new Italian restaurant named Ossobuco Ristorante will be taking over the space. We look forward to the opening after the new owners complete some renovations. 
We also are moving on to a new venture: opening a winery in Linden, Virginia. We hope to bottle the first vintage at SilverDog Vineyards in the coming year.

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Sonny's Pizza and No Kisses bar from Colony Club folks opening in a few days; soft opening this weekend

Pizza time! Sonny's Pizza and the adjoining No Kisses bar from the people behind Colony Club are close to opening. They sent out info for a soft opening starting Friday, and DCist reports they'll be open "within a week."

Located at 3120 Georgia Avenue NW, next door to Colony, the pizza spot will be serving up homestyle square pizza either by the slice or whole, as well as Italian favorites like garlic knots, focaccia sandwiches which look amazing (such as meatball or eggplant parmesan) and salads. We previously heard they aim for reasonable prices too. DCist reports they'll be open at 5pm daily and closed on Tuesdays.

No Kisses is a cocktail bar in the back, which includes a big back patio featuring a vintage truck that is also a bar.

Both sound pretty great. I'm excited to go. DCist has a bit more, including a brief interview with the owners.

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Rooftop pool bar, hotel planned for Atlantic Plumbing development at Florida and W

Wow, this is interesting. The folks behind the Atlantic Plumbing development are currently building a new building on Florida Avenue, just across from Duffy's. The building will have apartments, some affordable, as well as a 95 bed hotel, and most exciting to me, a rooftop pool and rooftop bar, both open to the public in the evening and on weekends.

The building is currently under construction -- you may have seen it, it has two towers with a skybridge between them. The hotel, pool and rooftop bar will go in the south tower, which sounds like it'll have some nice views. Here's more from their permit application:
During the daytime, the rooftop area will be reserved for use by hotel guests and building residents. In the evening and on weekends, the bar and lounge will become open to the public. The bar and lounge is located adjacent to the pool and roof deck, so that during the day hotel guests and building residents will be able to enjoy their drinks outside. During certain hours, roof deck and pool access will be extended to the other patrons of the bar and lounge.
They expect whoever runs the hotel, which they call "high-end", to run the bar as well. I am guessing this is something similar to the pool bars at the Capitol Skyline or Liaison Hotels.

The building(s) are 10 stories with 161 apartments, 21 of which are affordable, plus 20,000 square feet of retail, service and food and drink establishments, including a restaurant in the hotel. The same folks are also adding a rooftop bar to 2112 8th Street NW, but that's only for building residents and their guests.

Sounds pretty interesting. I'd be interested in a rooftop bar. Se below for pictures from their permit.

H/T to Urban Turf and @hgil for the heads-up.

Want to buy a hardware store? Old School Hardware is for sale

Old School Hardware in Mt. Pleasant, which has been open since 2010, is on the market. Owners Katie and Phil posted on Facebook that they're moving out of town and are looking for someone to buy the store and keep it running. Here's what they had to say:
Dear Neighbors, 
Since July of 2010, my wife Katie and I have owned Old School Hardware. We’ve been proud and honored over the years as our customers, neighbors and friends have helped us to make it one of things that makes Mt. Pleasant a special place. We have decided to pursue a new opportunity outside the DC area and will be selling the store. We’re hopeful that the next owners will share our love of this community, but also have a passion for continuing to make the store the best it can be. 
If you are interested in buying the store, we will be happy to speak with you to answer questions, to help with due diligence, etc. You can connect with me at
I've been to the store a few times and always had a good experience. There's a nice selection and friendly staff. Interested in keeping it going?

Old School Hardware is at 3219 Mt. Pleasant Street NW.

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Shawarma Hut at 3657 Georgia Avenue NW is pretty tasty

About a month ago, Shawarma Hut opened in the old Petworth Cafe space at 3657 Georgia Avenue NW, next to Reliable Tavern. It's a mostly takeout spot with Middle Eastern and Indian food, including a tandoor oven. A friend and I tried it for lunch the other day and thoroughly enjoyed it.

I got the shawarma platter which comes with two kinds of meat, rice and a salad, and he got the chicken tikka. The platter was massive (I got gyro meat and chicken) and could easily be two meals, and was quite tasty. With a soda it was $13, so not too expensive. The chicken tikka was also pretty big (also with rice and salad, plus chickpeas) though my buddy thought it was a little under-seasoned. We didn't get any sauce with it though, maybe that was the issue (make sure to ask.)

It's a pretty solid lunch option, and is also open very late, to 3am on Friday and Saturday nights -- good for a post bar snack. They deliver too via Grubhub and Seamless, and probably other services as well. They don't have a website, but here's their Yelp page.

And my favorite detail -- their logo looks like a certain pizza chain with "Hut" in the name.

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

New owner at Upshur Street Books, now Loyalty Bookstore; lots of events coming up for kids, book clubs, feminist literature, more

Upshur Street Books, the nice store on its namesake street, was recently sold to a new owner, Hannah Depp, and renamed Loyalty Bookstore.

Depp describes herself as a career bookseller and the shop plans to focus on book clubs, workshops, having more children's books, and also expanding their stationery options, as well as connecting more with Petworth Citizen's Reading Room for events like the Literary Cocktails program.  

Depp also says they've refreshed the interior and added more seating for both kids and adults, as well as interactive displays. Sounds cool.

Here's a bit more from their website:
We are aiming to be the Mid-Atlantic’s neighborhood spot for wonderful books and unique home goods, gifts, and programming. Our staff and our selection highlight the diverse voices and creatives that make our communities great. When we think about what to feature in our store we focus on how we live in our homes. We provide books and goods for the home because, well, books are home.
And there are lots of events below, check them out! They're also looking to open a Silver Spring location in addition to the Upshur Street one.

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Help a little girl find her missing doll

If you've ever been a kid (I think that would be many of us) you probably remember having a favorite toy, maybe a bear or doll or other critter. A girl recently lost hers, let's help her out. A nanny walked for a while and lost the doll along the way.
The doll should be somewhere between the Mt. Pleasant library and Petworth. Our nanny was walking (via stroller) with my daughter and one other child. They walked from the Mt. Pleasant Library down 16th Street to Irving Street to the Columbia Heights metro, and then to the Petworth metro, and finally to our house on Quincy Street.

So… our little doll could be anywhere.
If you've seen the doll, email Drew.

h/t to Petworth News

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Sonny's Pizza and No Kisses Bar on Georgia looking close to opening, now hiring

I can almost taste the pizza. Sonny's Pizza (and the adjoining No Kisses Bar) at 3120 Georgia Ave NW from the Colony Club folks are looking really close to opening. The interior looks done or nearly done and their Instagram is posting lots of pictures of pizza, wine, etc. Both spots are also hiring, so if you're interested, contact them.

I'm pretty excited for it. Eater describes it as a pizza parlor and relaxed bar with booths, and adds that No Kisses also has a big patio area. They tried some of the square pizzas last month and they sound excellent:
The menu leads with signature square-shaped pies, served by the slice or whole (ideal for three to four people). One standout is the Pesky Mario, which includes tomato, mozzarella, sausage, roasted onion, hot pepper, and pecorino. Customizable creations are also available.
There's also chicken parm on house-made bread (see below, yum), apps, salads and Italian wine.

Photos from their Instagram 

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Chili cookoff on Feb. 10 at Reliable Tavern: try chili, meet local businesses, or volunteer to help

This sounds fun! District Bridges and Georgia Avenue Thrive have organized a chili cook-off on Sunday, February 10th at Reliable Tavern, the great cocktail bar at 3655 Georgia Avenue NW. You can have a drink or snack, try a sample from the competitors and meet local businesses. Competitors include Looking Glass, Timber Pizza, Nu Vegan, DC Reynolds, Call Your Mother and Midlands. Bragging rights for local restaurants! 

They're also looking for volunteers to help with the event, if you're interested, contact Jordan Pearlstein at

Details are below:
On Sunday February 10, local restaurants will be competing for bragging rights in the Second Annual Lower Georgia Avenue Chili Cook-Off. District Bridges' Lower Georgia Ave Main Street and Georgia Avenue Thrive have organized this free event where neighbors can try samples of each dish and vote on their favorites.  
From 2:00pm to 4:00pm, Reliable Tavern will be hosting the Chili Cook-Off on the basement level (stairway entry). The featured local Lower Georgia Avenue restaurants are DC Reynolds, The Midlands, NuVegan CafĂ©, The Looking Glass Lounge, and a mash-up with Timber Pizza Company & Call Your Mother Deli. The competing chefs will each prepare a unique entry that is not available on their regular menus. A distinguished panel of judges will also be weighing in for the coveted Judges Choice Award. 
This is a family-friendly event and all ages are welcome. Chili samples will be served as long as supplies last. Purchase of alcohol requires photo ID. The event is made possible through funding support from the DC Department of Small and Local Business Development and neighborhood volunteers. Looking forward to seeing you there!

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Bar Roubaix hosting popup Cajun restaurant, Sim's Creole Kitchen

This sounds cool. Bar Roubaix at 14th and Irving is hosting a pop-up with New Orleans-inspired food, cocktails and other drinks. There's a soft opening tonight and it will run until Mardi Gras, which this year is March 5.

Read on for the full details. Bar Roubaix, if you haven't been, is the cycling themed spot that replaced Acre 121. They have pretty awesome happy hour deals and good European food, when not hosting the pop-up.


WASHINGTON, D.C. (January 23, 2019) — Bar Roubaix is throwing a month-long fete for fans of Cajun flavors, king cakes, second lines, and fleurs-de-lis, with Sim’s Creole Kitchen.  Located at 1400 Irving Street, NW, in Columbia Heights, the pop-up kitchen opens this week and will feature classic creole cuisine from the family recipes of New Orleans Chef Sim Bates.

Chef Sim’s cooking is meant to warm you up and stick to your ribs. Guests can expect Red Beans & Rice, traditional and vegetarian Jambalaya, Grilled Oysters, and of course Grandma Bates Gumbo, with small plate options throughout.

“My food is a celebration of life from my Mississippi and New Orleans roots.” says Chef Sim. “When my grandmother and mother were in the kitchen, they were like magicians to me, and I had the awesome opportunity to learn from them -- and taste every delicious creation before the rest of the family!”

Sim’s Creole Kitchen pop-up runs through Mardi Gras with beignets, brass bands, second line dances, and New Orleans cocktails and beers all making appearances.  The experience kicks off at the soft opening Wednesday night with 50% off the new menu and happy hour from open to close, and in traditional Crescent City fashion, happy hour won’t end till Fat Tuesday!  For more information, please follow the team on social media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter) @RoubaixDC.

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.