On Saturday, June 1, 2013, the K Street streetscape will officially be opened with a ribbon cutting ceremony by Mayor Vincent Gray and DDOT Director Terry Bellamy. The event will be held from 12:00 noon to 4:00 p.m. (ribbon cutting at 1:30) at the intersection of 5th and K Streets, NW. The festival will celebrate the completion of the streetscape with an afternoon of music, food, fun, and arts and crafts. Restaurants will provide a Taste of the Triangle, a stage will be programmed all day, and a moon bounce, ball crawl, spin art, balloon crafter, rap artist, and other children’s activities will be available throughout the afternoon.
May 10th photo of K Street repaving
This event is organized by MVTCID and sponsored by ANC6E, m.flats – Mount Vernon Triangle, Quadrangle, The Wilkes Company, Capital View-DC Lofty, Vida Fitness, with in-kind support by DDOT, DSLBD, and DCRA.
Beginning Thursday May 16th and available through Memorial Day Weekend, Sixth Engine will bring back “The MacRib Sandwich”. Chef Paul Madrid uses a blend of 100% real Smoked Pork Shoulder and 100% real Pork Belly (grounded) to create the patty. The patty is then grilled and glazed with house made barbecue sauce then topped with red onions and house made pickles. Naturally, The MacRib is served on a sesame seed brioche bun.
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I’m not sure anyone still calls it the “Sexy Safeway” but if you are like me and you shop regularly at the “Sexy” Safeway on 5th and K, you may have noticed a few changes. The biggest physical change being the disappearance of the nut bar. Let’s be honest, it’s not a big loss. The nut bar was a waste of space and was never staffed so I’m sure the folks over at PQLiving will not be grieving long.
Safeway Nutbar gone - although signage still lingers above
I’m sure they’ll be happy to know though that Safeway will be adding more cashiers (hurray!) and other services as it transitions from being a regular Safeway to a “Premium” store. Or a “Super Sexy” Safeway if you like. The changes, including the addition of a “fruit cutter” who will cut fresh fruits for you in the store (because, you know, we can’t figure out how to cut our own fruits?) and an upgraded dairy section will roll out over the next few months. Stay tuned as we learn more about what our local Safeway has in store (pun intended) for us!
The former home of the Pathways Women’s Shelter at 4th & Mass NW had a gigantic wrap around billboard for Discover Card affixed to the facade yesterday. Pathways moved to Good Hope Rd in December 2012.
Earlier this week Capital Bikeshare installed a new 19 dock station at the southeast corner of 5th, Mass Ave and I Streets NW. The Mount Vernon Triangle now has 3 stations.
It is also now possible to get a CaBi keyfob for Daily Membership rather than Annual Membership (details).
If people randomly try to high five you this Thursday, don’t freak out. April 18th, 2013 is National High Five Day and it’s all for a good cause: to help raise money for five cancer research centers nationwide. So high five!
National High Five Day sounds like a holiday slash fundraiser a bunch of college dudes would come up with. And that’s pretty much what happened. It was invented in 2002 by a group of friends at the University of Virginia. One of the students involved was Danny Lee, whom you might know as the co-owner of Mandu
. So after you’re done high fiving your colleagues and random people on the metro, head to Mandu on K Street and give the awesome bartenders there a high five as well. In exchange, they’ll give you an even better happy hour than usual (and the happy hour at Mandu is pretty awesome to start with), with extended hours through closing and a special $5 menu that will include will include sojutinis
, dumplings, chicken wings, seafood pancakes and Korean tacos. Even better… 50% of the proceeds from that menu will go to cancer charities. Double high five. But that’s not it, 100% of sales from a special ”high five” cocktail (made with Yujacha, Hendrick’s, muddled cucumber and lime) will also go to charity. Now that sounds like $10 well spent to me… high five to that!
Come and witness the incredible live performance at Kushi Izakaya & Sushi on April 11 (Thursday) this year. As part of the National Cherry Blossom Festival, Kushi will host an extraordinary performance of Japanese drummers by Tamagawa University (Tokyo) starting at 8PM. This is Kushi’s 2nd year holding the event. The drummers are back in full force this year again.
Restaurant opens at 5:30pm. $5 Admission at the door.
In addition, the evening will feature a Cherry Blossom inspired cocktails and special buffet dinner. The All You Can Eat Buffet is $40 per person (+ Tax & Tip), the buffet hours are 5:30PM – 9:30PM. We will also have our “Kushi-Moto” Food Truck parked outside near our patio area serving warm donburi bowls and sushi rolls.
Help celebrate the Japanese culture and very special Cherry Blossoms with an evening of entertainment, cocktails and cuisine.
There will also be a sake tasting event on the same day at 5:30pm.
See more about the sake tasting event here: www.eventbrite.com/event/6090413591
The nation’s capital has served as the backdrop for many books, particularly non-fiction work on current events and biographies. But not only… our streets, monuments and landmarks have been featured in many fiction novels as well. These novels set in D.C. are the focus of a new interactive digital project that attempts to map out the literary fabric of the city.
Do you have a favourite novel set in the district? Please do share in the comments…
It finally happened… after close to two decades in the neighborhood, NPR is moving on a newer, shinier (and bigger) headquarter in nearby NoMa. Moving vans were spotted throughout the week at both NPR’s old and new headquarters. This is it. NPR is leaving us behind…
New NPR headquarters at 1111 N Capitol Street
The move was announced back in 2008 and it took just a little over 3 years to complete the new 1111 North Capitol Street NE building. NPR had been a part of the Mount Vernon Triangle landscape since 1994, long before new condos and apartment buildings turned our neighborhood into an attractive investment destination. As the media organization’s popularity (and audience) grew, so did it staff, eventually outgrowing their 635 Massachusetts Avenue NW HQ. With staff spread out in 3 different building, NPR set out to find a new home that could accommodate all 767 of its employees as well as visitors. If you’re curious to check it out, public tours are expected to resume in June.
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Good news for coffee aficionados! Throughout the month of March April (updated), there’s a new (and slightly unexpected spot) for you to get your caffeine fix: Hogo. As of today, the rum-centric bar will be turning into a coffee shop every morning thanks to Chris Vigilante and his team.
After taking over Mr. Yogato near Logan Circle and Biergarten Haus on H Street, the local roaster is popping-up in the Mount Vernon Triangle area. The partnership between Vigilante Coffee and Hogo came out of Chris’ genuine admiration in the work that Derek Brown and his team had done to elevate the cocktail to culinary status here in D.C. and the hope that the same can be achieved with coffee. In addition to a full espresso and Japanese pour-over bar, Vigilante Coffee will offer patrons free wifi so they can hang out all morning with Steve Zissou and Zombie Elvis every weekday morning from 7AM to 2PM. They will also be able to enjoy some baked goods from Whisked with their wifi and coffee. Jenna Huntsberger, who had already provided quiches for Chris’ pop-up at Mr. Yogato, will be providing locally baked pastries to go with the locally roasted coffee. This time she is expanding her offerings to include cookies (including Nutella milk cookies… reason enough to go right?), scones and quiches.
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