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Tommy Wells Office Hours

Ward 6 Councilmember Tommy Wells will have office hours on March 8th from 8:00-9:30am at the City Vista Busboys & Poets (1025 5th Street NW). This is an excellent opportunity to gain face time with both the Councilmember and his staff.

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February News Items

Here are a few links to newsworthy items on other blogs that relate to the neighborhood.

  • Prince of Petworth spotted a liquor license application at Mass Court for a new restaurant called The Carving Room. This will replace the void left when Caldo pulled out a few months back.
  • The Washington Business Journal recaps estimated timeframes for various DC development projects. The article puts the 5th & I project groundbreaking at Q3 2014. Not only has Donohoe scaled back the project to just hotel and retail they can’t initiate groundbreaking sooner than late 2014? The economy did tank right as the parcel was awarded in 2008 but to take six years to begin is ridiculous.
  • The Ruined Capitol shares an image from 3rd & K Streets NW circa 1890.
  • Capital Cooking reviews menu changes at Buddha Bar.

Finally, if you’d like to vote for Mount Vernon Triangle as the “Best Up and Coming Neighborhood” in the Washington City Paper “Best Of Poll” you may do so via the following:

  • Visit this link http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/bestofpoll/
  • Click under People & Places then click on “24 more” to get menu display all the categories
  • Locate the box where it says “Best Up and Coming Neighborhood” enter “Mount Vernon Triangle”.
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Nearby Walmart to Break Ground this Spring

Please welcome Cassie as a new contributor to the Triangle blog. She lives in the Meridian at 5th & Mass and will be writing under the handle MagnifyingMass.


Six Walmart stores are scheduled to open in D.C. in the next few years, and as announced in late 2010, one will be just steps away from our hood. Late last month DC Mud reported that JBG will break ground this spring for the construction of the project on the corner of New Jersey Ave and H St NW. The mixed use complex will house an 80,000 sq. foot Wal-Mart store with 300 apartments above. (editor’s note: I believe DCMud has it wrong and it is actually one block east at 1st & H)

Ward 6 Walmart Rendering

The openings of these proposed stores are with much controversy.

@OccupyWalmartDC tweets: “Walmart intends to open six big box stores in a 68-square mile city. RT if you think that’s too many. #occupydc.”

The user then tweets again: “The city government is complicit in inviting Walmart to exploit DC. Many would shop there, unwittingly undermining their own communities.”

The latter is probably true. Many will shop there. The store will be convenient, cheap, and most likely open at odd hours when other small businesses are closed.

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Sixth Engine to open Friday Feb. 10th

Update: Sixth Engine will be closed on Sunday and Monday and then will be open for both lunch and dinner beginning on Tuesday.


After visiting for a tour on Saturday I had a chance this evening to sample the menu at Sixth Engine. First thing you noticed on the menu is everything from drinks to food is priced to end with 6 cents (.06). Our table was a big fan of the specialty cocktails which are made with fresh juices. I didn’t take pics or notes about the impressions my peers had on the food as I was more in social mode than blogging mode. But I will say I loved my Beef Rossini entree. The delightful dish is tournedos of beef tenderloin, foie gras pierogies, & black truffle madeira jus. The quality of the beef cut was sublime and medium rare I requested was executed perfectly. The foie gras adds a tasty and unique dimension to the pierogies.

Beef Rossini at Sixth Engine

The Beef Rossini pictured above is courtesy of Sixth Engine’s facebook album. It would seem they are close to opening – possibly Friday. I’ll update this post when I hear something more firm.

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Sneak Peek at Sixth Engine

This blog has been tracking all the news and progress about Sixth Engine since the ownership group first applied for the liquor license in summer 2010. Along the way we learned last August that the initial plans needed to be scaled back to fit solely within the historic firehouse building due to leasing issues. Despite the setback the restaurant is still an ample sized at roughly 3900 square feet.

Sixth Engine (website | Facebook) is now on the brink of a February opening. Over the weekend Jeremy Carman was gracious enough to provide me a tour inside the restaurant at 438 Massachusetts Ave NW. I’ve included some sneak peak pictures in this post. Please keep in mind that the interior of the buildout is not yet completed nor was the space staged before my visit.

Sixth Engine exterior, red doors on left serve as main entrance

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