Famous Brunch at Tel’veh

Our local wine bar Tel’veh at 401 Mass has a new website ( and a new serious brunch deal. All you can eat and drink from the brunch menu items for $29.99 between 11am and 3pm on Saturdays and Sundays. This pre-fixe brunch is only an option when ordered by all guests at the table/bar.

Anyone try it out yet?

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Carving Room buildout progressing

It has been nearly a year since we learned The Carving Room would be arriving to 300 Mass. Of late progress seems to be humming along on the buildout and tables and chairs can be seen in the space when the door is wide open. There is no ETA for opening yet – but it seems like the sort of news the restaurant will eventually share on their facebook page when ready to do so.

In the meantime, enjoy this article in the Washingtonian, that features quotes from owner Oded Weizmann about The Carving Room concept.

The Carving room will bring two dining styles to the 55-seat space on the outer edge of Chinatown: quick service at lunch for the office crowd, and a sit-down scene at dinner and on weekends with waiter service and a cocktail menu featuring infused liquors. The fare, and the philosophy, remains similar throughout. Homemade products are the focus, starting with the meats: pastrami, corned beef, roast lamb, turkey, and beef, which can be tucked between Lyon Bakery rye or a caraway-studded weck roll, hand-carved by the pound, or served on a Jewish charcuterie plate for dinner.

The rousing success of Wiseguys NY Pizza would seem to suggest this corner, which doesn’t teem with foot traffic, is still within easy reach of enough to residents, office workers and GU law students do brisk business if accessible price point.

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New Restaurant for old Fun Fair property

Back in May we highlighted the gutting and exterior renovation to the former Fun Fair Video space at 917 5th Street NW. Recently a few readers (Jay, Tony) sent in tips about the former GM of Shaw’s Tavern (Reza Akhavan) applying for a liquor license at the space. The application states: “New full service restaurant focusing on local farm ingredients and organic and seasonal ingredients with full bar. Occasional live music. Occupancy load is 130.

917 5th Street NW, former Fun Fair Video site

Young and Hungry reports that Akhavan “envisions a relatively small menu with half a dozen appetizers, five to six entrees, and some bar snacks. The price point for entrees will likely be between $17 and $25. There will also be 12 taps for beer plus wine and cocktails.”

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Pathways Shelter Relocates

Calvary Women’s Services has moved Pathways for Women, and it’s other program that was housed on 5th Street, into a new building. We purchased and renovated a larger building at 1217 Good Hope Road, SE.  The programs moved on November 30.  To check out our new home, check out the photos on Flickr that you can reach through our website,

The windows of the former Pathways shelter at the corner of 4th & Mass NW (317 H Street NW) have been boarded up this week.

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MVT Santa Event at 5th & K

On Thursday, November 29, the Mount Vernon Triangle Community Improvement District will hold its third annual Photos with Santa Claus event from 5:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. at the intersection of 5th and K Streets, NW. Children and those young at heart are invited to meet Kris Kringle, give him their wish list, and pose for a photo at his new workshop. All children will be given a candy cane – if they have been nice throughout the year.

Photos will be available just in time to use for holiday cards. Images taken by staff will be uploaded on the MVTCID FaceBook page, and guests are welcome to bring their own cameras to use.  This event is free and open to the public and will go on snow or shine!

If interested, follow the links to Santa event recaps from 2010 and 2011.

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