Sunday, May 24, 2015

SHAW: All Purpose Pizzeria at The Colonel, More Info Available

Earlier this year The Colonel announced its three retail business's that will populate the corner of 9th and N Street's NW. Buttercream Bakeshop, which will open closest to Lost & Found on 9th Street NW, Espita Mezcaleria, which will wrap around the corner of 9th & N Street's, and All Purpose Pizzeria, which will be located in what was 'Fight Club'.
The restored 'Fight Club' on 9th Street NW is becoming a Pizzeria
 A few more pieces of information are now available for All Purpose Pizzeria....
  • The restaurant will have 94 seats (total load of 125)
  • A sidewalk cafe has been requested for 16 seats (The number of seats for the sidewalk cafe is likely restricted by space so expect a reduced number)
The hours will be...
  • Sunday through Thursday  8am to 1 am
  • Friday & Saturday  8am to 2am

Sidewalk Cafe
  • Sunday through Thursday  8am to 11pm
  • Friday & Saturday  8am t0 12am

Sidewalk space will determine the amount of cafe seating
 This is just the start of the process of opening the new restaurant, but the co-owners are experienced and know the ropes so hopefully everything will go smoothly (The Red Hen owners Michael Friedman, Michael O’Malley, and Sebastian Zutant are teaming up with Boundary Stone owners Gareth Croke and Colin McDonough to create All Purpose Pizzeria)

Friday, May 22, 2015

SHAW: 1211 10th Street NW - Work Continues / 1209 10th Street NW Goes to HPRB

10th Street NW at Blagden Alley seems to be getting its act together (maybe).  1211 10th Street is now looking like a house finally, after the developer allowed its disintegration...I still haven't seen any renderings of the final we will have to wait and see.
1211 10th Street NW front/side view
1211 10th Street NW Rear View
The adjacent 1209 10th Street NW is now planning to build a 2 - unit rowhouse - they will start the process by appearing before the Historic Preservation Review Board on May 28th (open to the public)
HPRB Application for a new 2-unit Rowhouse
Badwolfdc will follow through the process' on both of these structures

MVT: MVTCID Hosts Annual Meeting; Highlights Economic Development and Announces Public Service Award

MVT CID President, Claire Schaefer Oleksiak
The Mount Vernon Triangle Community Improvement District (MVT CID) today hosted its Annual Board and Membership Meeting. MVT CID President, Claire Schaefer Oleksiak, and members of the Executive Committee led the meeting, which was held at the Association of American Medical Colleges headquarters building at 655 K Street, NW in Washington, DC.
AAMC President and CEO, Darrell G. Kirch, MD
The annual meeting provided an opportunity for MVT CID stakeholders to network and celebrate the year's initiatives and programs. Introductory remarks were made by AAMC President and CEO, Darrell G. Kirch, MD and the keynote was given by Mayor Muriel Bowser. 
The keynote was given by Mayor Muriel Bowser
Included in the program were awards for the Mount Vernon Triangle Clean Team Ambassadors, recognition of Metropolitan Police Department Officers David Leaty and Joel Charles for their work in the community

Metropolitan Police Department Officers David Leaty and Joel Charles
and the presentation of the annual Public Service Award to Kids in the Triangle (KITT) parents’ group founder and leader, Michelle Martin. 
Congrats to Michelle Martin, who received the annual Public Service Award

Claire Schaefer Oleksiak highlights economic development in the "Triangle"
“The Mount Vernon Triangle neighborhood continues to grow and thrive as retail, residents and tenants are attracted by the central location, an array of amenities, friendly, clean and safe streets, and high quality public space and architecture,” said MVT CID President, Claire Schaefer Oleksiak. “In the coming year, I look forward to working with the Board and our stakeholders to welcome 10 new retail establishments, plan for enhanced park spaces, focus on neighborhood culture and arts, encourage strong economic development and continue to provide a clean and safe public realm of the highest quality.”
The Mount Vernon Triangle neighborhood continues to grow and makes a great place to live and to visit.You can find out more at their web or on facebook

CITYCENTERDC: New Summer Drinks at RareSweets

Delicious news from CityCenterDC where RareSweets Chef/owner Meredith Tomason will offer several cool beverages for the summer season, available this weekend, and throughout the summer:

  • Cold Brewed Chocolate, which is made by cold steeping single origin cocoa nibs in water, and will be available straight, or sweet and milky ($4);
  • Cold Brewed Mocha, a combination of cold brewed chocolate and La Colombe cold brewed coffee ($4.25), also available straight, or sweet and milky;
  • Cold Brewed Chocolate Float made with cold Brew chocolate, seltzer, and vanilla ice cream ($7.25)
  • Root Beer Float made with Thunder Beast Root beer and vanilla ice cream ($6)

RareSweets is located at CityCenterDC at 963 Palmer Alley NW, Washington, DC.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

SHAW: Bye Bye Citations - Hello Piassa !! New Ethiopian Restaurant at 9th and O Street NW

OK,, Azi's closed and transformed to African Restaurant "Citations" and now 6 months later, the space is to become Piassa, an Ethiopian Restaurant (Cuisine & Cafe).

No word on an opening, it looks like they started the transformation on Friday, last.

Azi's was a mainstay in the neighborhood for so many years, I hope that we will get that stability back with Piassa.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

SHAW: Preview - Art Installation "Symphony in DC Major"

I was privileged this week to be invited (by Roadside Development) to an advanced viewing/work in progress reception at the studio of renowned sculptor/artist and creator of the upcoming art installation titled 'Symphony in DC Major', Zachary Oxman. Presented by Roadside Development and Longview Gallery the evening provided insight into both the City Market/P Street NW art project and the Longview Gallery's exhibition of Zachary Oxman's work "Optic Symphony: Movements in Steel" that coincides with the unveiling on P Street in June.

As the recent article here related, the 120 ft by 16ft art installation features three notable figures from the Shaw neighborhood's history, Union Army Colonel Robert Gould Shaw, composer and jazz musician, and DC native Edward “Duke” Ellington and American Expressionist painter and Shaw Junior High School art teacher, Alma Thomas.   

Roadside Development (who developed City Market at O) along with Shaw Main Streets and the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities commissioned the installation

On display today two of the three major segments are near completion and the third is well on its way. My first impressions are a compilation of vibrant color, amazing 3D effect and a eye/mind boggling features.

Fighting back the temptation to 'show all', lets start with Alma Thomas - this is the one that still requires most work, but is a wonderful example of how the segments are put together.
Alma Thomas still in the work-shop
In the above photo you can see a concave polished steel (broken) circle with the central sphere that, when lit, provides the optical illusion that creates the face, in this case Alma Thomas. The lit sphere also provides the connection to the painted steel body below (in the Alma Thomas segment). 

The hands are made of multiple flat surfaces creating the 3D effect.
From this angle you can see the multiple layers that make up the 3D effect

That 3D effect is best displayed in 'Duke' Ellington's hands (below)
Below you are looking at the lit sphere on the Colonel Shaw segment, the surrounding concave polished steel is reflecting his uniform, the flag and part of his face all of which are painted on the sphere, the rest of the face provided by the painting on the front of the sphere, providing the 3D and Optical effect.

So, that is just a taste of the incredible installation that is only weeks away from its home in Shaw. The unveiling will take place on June 11th at 6pm till 8pm...Shaw residents you should make a point to attend, this is a major installation in Shaw and DC. The unveiling will take place on P Street NW, between 7th and 8th Street's at City Market.

Also it is highly recommended that you visit Zachary Oxman web site, to view his exceptional sculptures, or maybe revisit the Duke Ellington sculpture located by the Howard Theatre at T Street NW and Florida Avenue.

Following the unveiling, Longview Gallery will be holding a reception (at their 9th Street gallery) to kick off a month-long solo exhibition of Oxman’s works at the Shaw-based gallery. Badwolfdc has seen some of the works that will be exhibited (hopefully I will get the chance to preview) and I can highly recommend the exhibition, so make a point of visiting Longview Gallery.

My thanks to Roadside Development & Longview Gallery for inviting me to the preview. It really was a unique opportunity to see Mr Oxman's work, and, Thank you for bringing this amazing art installation to the Shaw neighborhood.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

SHAW: Shaw Yoga Opens on 9th Street NW / Blagden Alley

It feels that every week we are announcing a new Restaurant or Condo building along 9th Street NW and Blagden Alley. So its nice to be able to announce a new business that doesn't fall into those categories. 9th Street and Blagden Alley is a neighborhood  that offers more than just a place to drink and chow-down.
New to 9th Street, located in the same building as Lost & Found, Shaw Yoga complements the other wellness/fitness offerings now dotting the neighborhood. 

Ben Sislen of Shaw Yoga tells me; 
"Shaw Yoga welcomes all students.  Classes are held in Shaw Yoga's White Room, a studio filled with natural light in a peaceful, urban setting. For the first month we will be holding 3 – 4 classes a day, focused both in the mornings and evenings, covering all levels of practice. Shaw Yoga's teachers are energetic and knowledgeable, they are the heart and soul of our studio."
"We are excited and energized to have our doors open and our beautifully tranquil studio available to the people of Shaw and DC!"
For a limited time, $10 classes can be purchased at and redeemed through this summer.

You can follow Shaw Yoga at the following social media locations;
Facebook: Shaw Yoga

Twitter: @ShawYoga
Instagram: ShawYoga
 1240 9th Street NW (The White Room)
 Welcome to Shaw "Shaw Yoga"

Calling All DC Authors - The DC Author Festival is on the Horizon

The DC Author Festival (DCAF) is currently accepting applications from local DC authors. The deadline for applications has been extended to June 15. The event will take take place in October, at Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library at 901 G St. NW and they are hoping to get a diverse group of local authors.

DCAF is a public celebration of contemporary authors who live in Washington, DC. The festival contains vending and exhibiting tables where authors and publishers may promote or sell their works to the public, public readings by local authors, and special keynote presentations. 

There is a registration fee, but the registration fee will be donated to the DC Public Library Foundation to support the work of the library. The District of Columbia Public Library Foundation (Foundation) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that enhances DC Public Library resources and programs to promote, in all community members, literacy and a thirst for knowledge. Funds raised by the Foundation go to the sole support of the DCPL.

If you are an author, live in DC you can go and register on the website