Tel’veh Signage

Tel’veh Wine Bar & Cafe at 401 Mass has had some visibility challenges since opening in May. The retail space is set back from the corner behind landscaping and architecturally the design of the facade seemingly tries to conceal rather than showcase the retail. Ownership has taken various measures such as window decals, sidewalk chalkboards, and flimsy signage planted into the landscaping to state their presence.

Tel'veh signage on July 29

When the licensing/permitting for the patio space goes through that should make a dramatic difference in visibility for Tel’veh as tables, chairs, and colorful umbrellas should make it more obvious to passersby that a restaurant/bar resides there. I think a colorful awning above the front entrance might make more of an impact that the tiny brown sign they recently installed.

Washingtonpost food critic Tom Sietsema was harsh on Tel’veh but otherwise reception has been positive on Yelp and the blogosphere. I myself have been four times and have enjoyed the atmosphere and service. Hopefully the lack of street level visibility can be overcome. The landlord should realize it is in their best interest for the retail space to be as prominent as possible and should support Tel’veh in this effort.

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New Jersey Ave Streetscape Meeting on July 25

A public meeting is being held to discuss the streetscape improvements planned for New Jersey Avenue NW between H and N Streets. The most major change is one to two-way traffic. While some details may have changed since the original plan – this has been in the works since 2004/2005 as part of the Mount Vernon Triangle Transportation and Public Realm Design Project.

The meeting is Wednesday July 25 from 6pm-8pm at Bible Way Church (1100 New Jersey Ave NW). I will not attend the meeting. For those who do please feel free to summarize and reply in the comments.

Meeting flyer; click to enlarge

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Travel Channel to film at Chinatown Coffee on July 24

The Travel Channel, on a mission to introduce the world to popular food trucks and quick-serve food vendors across the U.S., will be taking to the streets of DC on Tuesday, July 24 to meet and film some of DC’s favorite food truck crews.

Their final stop of the day? Chinatown Coffee Co. for a Happy Hour event with the Fojol Brothers food truck!

Join us this TUESDAY, July 24 from 6:30-8:00pm for Happy Hour drink specials – $3 beers & a great selection of wine and absinthe – and some of the best food on wheels.

The truck will be parked on the corner of 5th and H Street NW . So grab food from Fojol and bring it inside to eat, drink, and make your international TV debut!

Make sure to follow us on Twitter (@ChinatownCoffee) for event updates.

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Drink in the District event on July 28

Drink the District will be held on July 28, 2012, at 500 New York Avenue NW in Mount Vernon Triangle. There will be two sessions from 12-4 and 5-9 PM, and guest can purchase tickets to one of the sessions online for $30 (tickets will also be available at the door for $40). Guests receive unlimited tastings of all beers; entertainment and water will be provided. 10 of DC’s favorite food trucks will be on-site, but food is not included in the ticket price (sorry!). For more information and to buy tickets, go to Tickets are limited.

Drink the District appeals to this market’s existing interest in craft beer while allowing guests to sample a wide variety, including beer enthusiasts’  favorites like Flying Dog, Magic Hat, Ommegang, and New Belgium.

“As a Mount Vernon Triangle resident, this event will be one of the first celebrations that brings our community together around everyone’s favorite summer drink- an ice cold beer,” explains event producer John Leader, 23. With such accessibility and variety, Drink the District is a true community event that brings together great food, friends, and drink in a celebration of summer and beer.

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NPR Highlights ambitious MVT preservation efforts

National Public Radio Headquarters (for the time being) sits across K Street from all the construction activity of the AAMC headquarters project. The endeavor of moving five historic structures on the site to make way for excavation has generated a great deal of curiousity and fascination. Robert Siegel and Melissa Block of All Things Considered hosted an informative 8 minute segment (audio | transcript) on the transformative project with sound bytes from Expert House Movers, DC Preservation Society, Douglas Development, architect Shalom Baranes, and Kebrab Tekla – a resident who sold the townhouse he lived in for 25 years to accommodate the site assemblage.

Expert House Movers move MVT buildings on wheels (Doriane Raiman/NPR)

Hat Tip: @pency87

My favorite excerpts from the transcript:

On one building having a history as a former brothel:

BLOCK: And in the middle of the block, there were a couple of faded Grand Dames built with when this was a thriving German immigrant neighborhood; three skinny Victorian-era row houses, and most recently one of them was known to be a brothel.

TYLER ANDERSON: I just told my guys, don’t touch anything.

BLOCK: I found Tyler Anderson outside that narrow three-story house. His company was reinforcing it so it could be moved without falling apart.

ANDERSON: There were saunas and whirlpools and walk-in showers, all on every floor. It was like oh, my God.

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