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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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Baked & Wired Bakery/Coffeehouse Executes Lease

bakedandwiredBack in May we had a very strong indication that the owners of popular bakery Baked & Wired had intent on signing a lease in the ground floor of the Lyric 440K apartment building. These things don’t always progress the way we hope (see: Dacha II, Ray’s Hellburger) so we are very pleased to learn from a Quadrangle/Wilkes MVTCID press release today that the lease has been executed and the bakery/coffeehouse should open in early 2015.

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Eric Ziebold to Open New Restaurant at 1015 7th Street NW

Big news this week is that Eric Ziebold has signed a lease to open a new restaurant in the former Alpertson’s furniture building at 1015 7th Street NW. Ziebold is best known for being the executive chef of the highly acclaimed CityZen restaurant in the Mandarin Oriental hotel in SW DC. Over the years Ziebold has received recognition nationally from organizations such as the James Beard Foundation and Food & Wine magazine. Years before rising to Executive Chef Ziebold gained experience at The French Laundry in Yountville, CA which has 3 Michellin stars and has been twice named best restaurant in the world.

Alpertsons building (left), Eric Ziebold (right)

Alpertsons building (left), Eric Ziebold (right)

It is estimated that the target date for opening would be Q2 of 2015. No word yet on specifics plans for the restaurant’s concept. Perhaps the chef will eventually shed some light on that topic via his @EricZiebold twitter account.

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Demolition to Begin at Former Marrakesh Site

According to last week’s permits demolition is set to begin at the former Marrakesh site at 617 New York Ave NW. The restaurant closed in September 2012 and the property was sold to Douglas Development in March 2013 for $12.75 million. The raze permit indicates Douglas Development will demolish the majority of the structure leaving only the principal historic facade and elements intact.

Marrakesh and the Midas building Douglas purchased in 2009

Marrakesh and the Midas building Douglas purchased in 2009

I would presume these buildings are part of the assemblage for the massive spec office building we reported Douglas had in the works back in 2012. But they own nearly the entirety of the block and at one point were planning both an office building and a residential building.

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Sixth Engine to Offer Summer Vacation Inspired Menu Items

Let's pretend they spelled "Vacation" right

Let’s pretend they spelled “Vacation” right

Sixth Engine will offer special road trip menu items each weekend this month. According to latest tweet from @SixthEngine The Carolinas will be their first stop on the culinary tour. You would think pulled pork would be a natural Carolinas item…

Expect future regional menu items from Southern California, Maine and the Great Lakes. Eater DC suggests the offerings will include a Double Double Animal Style, Frogmore Stew, lobster rolls, Chicago-style hot dogs and more. The regional food items will be accompanied by beers and drinks to complement the virtual vacation experience.

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WaPo: Museum Square Residents Unite to Save Building

As we’ve outlined in past postings, an offer of sale of $250 million has been put forth to the Museum Square tenants association as a means to honor the Tenants Opportunity to Purchase Act (TOPA). This number is generated by the landlord based on raze and redevelopment potential of the site at a higher density rather than what the fair market value is for the units. This story will continue to be ongoing as things develop and the media writes stories on the tenants attempts to avoid being displaced.

Museum Square Apartments at 401 K Street NW

Museum Square Apartments at 401 K Street NW

The latest is from the Washington Post and is entitled “Black, Asian residents unite to save low-income building near Chinatown.” Eye opening, but at least for me, in a way that cuts both ways.
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