Big Spiders are Back!

Yes, the big spiders are going up again today in anticipation of Saturday’s Fall Fun Day. Each year, the Mount Vernon Triangle CID pulls out all the stops to celebrate fall in the neighborhood. Take a look at the schedule below. For the little monsters and the kids in all of us, mini-pumpkin painting will begin at 10 a.m. on the plaza.

Fall Fun Day Updated 10.10

Vida Fitness will have a Boot Camp class at 11 a.m. on the Plaza and the ever popular dog parade and costume contest begins at noon starting at Milian Park at 5th and Eye. [Read more...]

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MVT Perception Survey

The Mount Vernon Triangle Community Improvement District  is once again fielding their annual perception survey ( The MVT CID uses this info to shape their goals, plan events and work with economic development leaders. Past results have been aggregated and shared in publicly available presentations.


If you live or work in the Mount Vernon Triangle please share your thoughts and participate in the survey by Friday October 31st.

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Hello from Thais

Not just parking lots. That phrase originated as a reminder to District elected and government officials that they needed to serve the residents that now called this part of the city home. I moved to the Mount Vernon Triangle in 2006 from Austin, Texas when the neighborhood consisted of a few buildings and promises of a grocery store, restaurants, entertainment and more. Although a great deal has changed since I moved to the neighborhood and the blog began, there are still some urban growing pains yet to happen with more developments about to break ground and the community becoming more dense and vibrant. My goal for this blog is to keep to the original focus of providing a forum for Triangle neighbors to comment on topics that impact the community and to be a source of information about restaurant and retail openings and other happenings of interest.

You may notice a few new features have been added to the blog page. The Triangle blog now has a new masthead featuring the public art at 5th and K St NW. You will also have the opportunity to keep up with the area’s real estate market with the neighborhood property search tool. Over time, I plan to enrich the site by providing resources such as a listing of local services and businesses.

Let me know if you have any comments or suggestions and make sure to follow us on Twitter and Facebook. You can also now sign up to receive our blog posts by email; see the sidebar.


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A Farewell, and a New Beginning

I joined the Mount Vernon Triangle blog in the spring of 2008, about a month before moving into my condo in the neighborhood. This blog was started in January 2008 by a prospective resident who was excited that he was under contract for a studio at the Dumont Condominiums. He used the pen name of Mediocre Bad Guy (aka MBG) and created the tagline Not Just Parking Lots Anymore. I joined as a contributor three months later as I was similarly enthusiastic about my new condo purchase at Madrigal Lofts. I began writing under the name FourthandEye. As the Dumont hit hardship and went into bankruptcy MBG slowly disappeared from the scene leaving the reigns fully to me. Those first several years I averaged nearly a post of day reporting on items ranging from development news, restaurant openings, single sales moratorium and whatever was on the docket at ANC meetings. My level of posting has waned the last few years but I was always there to share and report the biggest news items in Mount Vernon Triangle.


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Alba Osteria owner to open French restaurant at 450 K

The Washington Business Journal reports that Haka Ilhan, who owns Alba Osteria, has signed a lease in the m.flats building at 450 K Street NW. The new restaurant will be named L’Hommage Bistro Francais and will have a range of offerings that include a full-service bistro, a bakery, and a cafe with grab-and-go sandwich counter at lunch. Looks like the upcoming Baked & Wired at 440K will have some baguette competition.

Rendering for L'Hommage Bistro Francais (Norris Design Studios)

Rendering for L’Hommage Bistro Francais (Norris Design Studios)

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Kushi Closes Permanently

After operating for over four years at 465 K Street NW, Kushi Izakaya ( has closed permanently.

The restaurant opened in 2010 to rave reviews back and initially garnered a nomination for James Beard Award consideration. We respected how they attempted different ideas such as the underground “grey” market and later the Kushi-Moto food truck. But operations seemed to always be treading water after that first year. A few years ago Kushi was suspended for tax reasons and earlier this year they narrowly avoided eviction. One can surmise the space (and rent) was too big for a concept that was ill-suited to pull a lunch/brunch crowd. Owner Darren Norris has plans for a revival in a much smaller space at the corner of 14th & Church Streets NW. We thank him for his service and wish him the best with his future endeavor.
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MVT Dog Day on Saturday Sept 13th

This Saturday morning is looking beautiful for our MVT’s Love Your Dog Day at the MVT FRESHFARM Market. Wagtime and Anytime K9, LLC will be at 5th & K with agility training demos at 10:30 and 11:30. In between demos, you can let your dog try out the agility equipment for free.

MVT Dog Day Flyer

Anytime K9, which provides dog walking and training, and Wagtime, which provides daycare and boarding, will have information on their services as well as fun giveaway gifts for your best friend. Both of these wonderful local companies are dedicated to supporting dog owners in DC and help provide the kind of exercise and social opportunities dogs need to stay healthy and happy.

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