Friday, October 31, 2014

Ditto Residential Design for 925 M Street NW Gets CDC Approval

A month ago the Badwolfdc Blog reported on an ad-hoc meeting with residents of the Blagden Alley/Naylor Court Association and Ditto Residential, to give local residents a first look at their plans for 925 M Street NW. The property is a corner of the M Street access to the Alley, and is currently a grass and concrete wasteland. Since that meeting Ditto Residential has been at a couple of CDC (Community Development Council) meetings, first to present, then to respond points from the presentation. This past Wednesday (29th October) the CDC approved the design, so the projects first hurdle is behind Ditto Residential. Next up is the presentation to the full ANC2F (11/5) and the HPRB (11/20).
The projects is for a 2 Unit Condo, that will ultimately complete the transformation of the M Street NW Alley entrance. (the opposite side will be taken up by SB-Urban's 126 Unit Apartment Complex). The building is modern in design, but, most agree, not overpowering for the historic district in Shaw. On their part, Ditto Residential has been very open with information, and willing to make adjustments from the original design, by Takoma Md based, dep. design and architecture. Below are some architectural details of the project; (click on image to make larger)
View from M Street NW
Photo Collage of M Street NW with 925 M Street highlighted in red
View from Blagden Alley
I will be tracking the approval of this project over the coming weeks, and will update this post, with content and check back here at the Badwolfdc Blog.

My thanks to Martin Ditto and his staff at Ditto Residential for the information and drawings.
Thanks also to the staff at dep. for their explanations and information on the forthcoming structure.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

$10.5 Million Dollar Renovation Complete at The Embassy Suites at Chevy Chase

Here at Badwolfdc we have followed this story since the beginning of the project, so its great to see the final product, and to tell you if you have family or friends coming to the area this is a great place for their stay.
Here's the full Press Release:
Washington, D.C. The Embassy Suites at the Chevy Chase Pavilion is now ready for its close-up. Today, the Friendship Heights hotel, owned by Clarion Partners, a leading real estate investment manager, and managed by Destination Hospitality Management, announced the completion of the multi-million dollar property renovation. 

The renovation of the 198, two-room suite property includes a newly designed open entrance, sweeping lobby, expanded restaurant and lounge, new bar, upgraded suites, renewed health club and enlarged public areas – all offering an entirely new guest stay experience. 

The completion of the Embassy Suites renovation concludes a total repositioning of Chevy Chase Pavilion by Clarion Partners.
Designed by HVS Design and Jonathan Nehmer & Associates, the new Embassy Suites at the Chevy Chase Pavilion exhibits an elegant and contemporary design aesthetic of large field graphite tile with glass and silver accents that resembles an independent boutique hotel property catering to weekday business travelers and weekend family sojourners.

The Embassy Suites’ dining and bar areas underwent a substantial transformation and the hotel launched an original drinking and dining concept that has been expanded beyond hotel guests to the public. Named after the hotel’s admired sous chef Wilfredo Benavides, who passed away last year after a courageous battle with Lou Gehrig’s disease, Willie’s Bar is a brand new 2,000-square-foot, 22-seat bar featuring more than 100 top-shelf spirits, wines and local draft and bottled beers and a newly crafted small-plates menu. An additional 50 seats, also featuring Willie’s signature cocktails and menu selections, are situated in the lounge area directly off the bar. In special remembrance and honor of Chef Willie, one percent of all bar proceeds from Willie’s Bar will go to the ALS Association – an American nonprofit organization that raises money for research and patient services related to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. On October 28, a special dedication to Mr. Benavides and his family was given by the ALS Association DC/MD/VA chapter during a grand re-opening celebration.

Hotel guests are greeted with a newly designed entrance and open lobby that is double its former size. The modernized lobby area features five new seating areas with light low-profile furnishings, a video lounge, an enclosed gas fireplace and large windows with scenic views of the Friendship Heights neighborhood. The District Boardroom – a new liquid meeting space that anchors the main lobby area with a storefront glass wall is tailored for impromptu business meetings. A water wall, a core element of the Embassy Suites brand, is located directly behind the reception desk with a new wood, steel and glass stairway as a defining feature of the hotel lobby.

The Embassy Suites Chevy Chase renovation includes an overhaul of all guest suites, which range in size from 600-800 square feet. The new design presents an upscale “at-home” residential feel incorporating the use of calm lighting, natural texture and an earth tone color scheme. The hotel also newly introduced dark chocolate wood exterior doors, modern furnishings with subtle Washington-themed décor punctuated throughout the living spaces and hardwood flooring. In partnership with the Embassy Suites Brand, two new stylish premium floors feature suites with 55” LG HD televisions, complimentary high-speed Internet service, iHome docks, Keurig coffee makers and access to the floor’s exclusive refreshment center.
“Embassy Suites Chevy Chase provides a refreshed urban atmosphere offering visitors a luxurious retreat with a delicious food and beverage option and convenient access to unmatched shopping, entertainment and dining in the national capital region,” said Jeff Brainard, area general manager. “We’re delighted with the new sophisticated feel and are eager to showcase our upgraded setting.”

Circa Lighting to Cady's Alley in Georgetown

CIRCA Lighting signs Long-term Lease in Georgetown's Cady's Alley
Boutique Lighting Retailer to Open First DC Showroom
in Georgetown’s Design District 

Washington, DCCady’s Alley is about to glisten even brighter with effervescent designer lighting. Eastbanc and Jamestown*** announced today that Circa Lighting, the boutique lighting retailer that features many designer brands, has signed a long-term lease to occupy the 2,010-squre-foot retail space at 3323 Cady’s Alley in Georgetown’s Design District. Located in the former Artist’s Proof Art Gallery space, Circa Lighting is slated to open in early 2015. This will be the company’s first location in the Washington, DC area, adding to its five existing showrooms located in the Southeast and Midwest.
Circa Lighting offers a diverse collection of handcrafted interior and exterior decorative lighting fixtures. Each showroom features signature pieces by design legends such as Ralph Lauren, Aerin Lauder, Suzanne Kasler, E.F. Chapman, Thomas O’Brien, as well as a studio line exclusive to the Circa Lighting brand. The brand offers a unique assortment of table, ceiling, wall, floor and exterior light fixtures to both members of trade and residential customer.
The Circa Lighting retail space is a prime commercial property in the heart of Cady’s Alley and will complement the prominent home goods designer brands already located in the retail corridor, including Donghia, Baker, Contemporaria, Design Within Reach, Boffi/Maxalto, Waterworks, Poggenpohl, Janus et Cie and the recently added Calligaris home store. The EastBanc and Jamestown Georgetown Renaissance portfolio also includes home furnishings retailers CB2 and West Elm with Calypso St. Barth and Steven Alan also offering habitat merchandise. 
 “The inclusion of Circa Lighting in the Cady’s Alley will complement the other upscale home brands located in the design quarter,” said Philippe Lanier, vice president of EastBanc. “We are confident that Washingtonians and the interior design community, who share a passion for great design, will embrace Circa’s collective assortment of decorative and functional lighting.”
***EastBanc and Jamestown’s Georgetown Renaissance portfolio is a unique collection of high-end retail properties in one of Washington, DC’s premier retail locations. The portfolio also includes boutique office space and 16 luxury rental apartments. Georgetown Renaissance consists of more than 300,000 square feet across 17 properties in Georgetown and one property in Alexandria, Virginia, and it includes the area commonly referred to as Cady’s Alley. The two companies are working on an additional 30,000 square feet of new leases within the portfolio.

MVT: Eye Street Cellars Tasting Schedule for Halloween - This Friday and Saturday

Eye Street Cellars continue to have regular weekly tasting' is the Tasting Schedule for this week. This weekend provides a tasty schedule, of Wine's, Beers, and Spirits,  so get over there and check it out.

From Management:
Happy Halloween!!  
Drop by this Friday evening in your finest costumes  to sample delicious wines and Halloween themed cocktails!  
And the best costume wins a prize too!!
Schedule for this week:

Friday, October 31  
5:00 - 8:00 pm 

Munia Crianza Tempranillo
Chateau Prety Beaujolais-Villages
Gran Cardiel Verdejo

Halloween Themed Cocktail  

Saturday, November 1
4:00 - 7:00 pm  

Ruffino Il Ducale Toscana
Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc
Nobilo Sauvignon Blanc

Leopold Bros. Small Batch  
New York Apple and Michigan Cherry Flavored Whiskies
American Orange Liqueur

5:00 - 7:00 pm  
Beers from Goose Island Brewery of Chicago  
The Ogden - A Belgian Style Tripel IPA / Honkers Ale  

We have an onsite Wine Consultant, Please feel free to ask any food pairing questions you may have.

Badwolfdc will continue to post the tasting schedule each week (its oh so worth a visit)


Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Asurface: a New Concept in Shopping for 'Surfaces' Opening in Colombia Heights

There is a soft opening happening in Colombia Heights on the 29th October, that will attract people looking for Tile, Glass, Terrazzo's, Cement Tiles and Wood. Asurface, a brand new concept, not only to DC but the United States as well.
 "Asurface DC is a boutique showroom incorporating the concept of a lounge; architects, designers, developers and contractors can choose their product of choice in a comfortably, implicit way. An innovative approach in providing architectural products for architects and designers interested in exploring creative solutions. Asurface eliminates the uncomfortable experience of being overwhelmed with aisles of samples and product suggestions, and replaces that with a comfortable atmosphere where guests discover the products through their own curiosity.
Incorporating the approach of a boutique or lounge, guests enter to find distinctly designed interior spaces providing comfortable seating, tables, and bars, integrating the products carried by that location. It is here where he or she will find product menus amongst magazines and may also discover subtle product samples through their own inquiry."
Rendering Courtesy Asurface

Asurface is located in Columbia Heights, at 500 Irving Street NW.  
Because of the unique shopping experience offered, please call ahead for an appointment (yes it is by  appointment only
Telephone Number is  267-346-5461

Colleen Conrad Joins Pearl Dive Oyster Palace as Executive Chef

Washington. Pearl Dive Oyster Palace is pleased to announce a new executive chef, Colleen Conrad, who joins the restaurant from its sister establishment, Republic in Takoma Park, where she worked as sous chef, alongside co-owner and executive chef Danny Wells.

Conrad, who has come up through the ranks of Black Restaurant Group, starting out as a junior sous chef at Pearl Dive, and working her way to opening sous chef at Republic, has a strong commitment to quality sourcing and letting ingredients shine on the plate. After a semester abroad immersing herself in the food culture of Seville, Spain, Conrad decided to switch academic focus and enroll in the culinary program at Johnson & Wales in Charlotte, NC.

Her food philosophy is simple: use the best quality, properly raised ingredients, and handle them with respect. She emphasizes the immense care that she and the rest of the kitchen staff have for the products they utilize, often going on staff field trips to the farms where they source their products.

Since joining Pearl Dive this fall, Conrad has worked to add her personal touch to the menu, and recently debuted several new dishes on the dinner menu, including:
  • Crispy Brussels Sprouts Salad with fall greens, pickled red onion, smoked Marcona almonds, Benton’s ham, Meyer lemon vinaigrette, Creole mustard crème fraîche ($11)
  • Coriander and Panko Crusted Fluke with jicama and apple slaw (jicama, apple, jalapeno, orange, lime, cilantro, fennel tops) fennel and sunchoke purée, roasted fall vegetables ($26)
  • Wood Grilled Market Fish with roasted cauliflower, snow peas, and seared mushrooms, served over a smoked paprika and sweet onion cream sauce, and fines herbes ($25)
  • Whole Wood Grilled Bradford Bay Farms Black Bass with confit sweet potatoes, sautéed winter greens, spicy peanut sauce ($26)
The full dinner menu can be seen here:

In the coming weeks, Conrad will be adding dishes to the restaurant’s popular brunch menu. 
Pearl Dive Oyster Palace is located at 1612 14th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20009.
Pearl Dive will now accept reservations from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., seven days a week, and also offer valet parking service Monday through Thursday 5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. and Friday through Saturday from 5:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. The cost is $12 per vehicle.

Condo's at 2030 8th Street NW Now Available for Purchase

 Washington DC – The JBG Companies and Walton Street Capital are excited to announce the commencement of sales at an iconic building in the North End of Shaw neighborhood. The mixed-use residential and retail project is located at 2030 8th Street, NW and features 62 residences offering dramatic floor-to-ceiling windows offering panoramic views of the city. Building amenities include ground floor restaurants, public and private rooftop terraces, a fitness center and a resident lounge.
The building features one and two bedroom residences with over nine-foot ceilings, and interior design finishes paying homage to the structure’s commercial past – when it served as a plumbing supply warehouse. Prices range from the upper $300s to $1.9 million. Floor plans, features and renderings are now available on the 2030 8th Street website:
Interior finishes will be a study in cool, contemporary design incorporating natural finished, hardwood floors, custom cabinetry and stainless steel appliances. Bathrooms will be appointed with floating vanities, floor to ceiling porcelain tile surrounds and full-width mirrors.
The building was designed by the New York-based firm, Morris Adjmi Architects, which has recently completed a number of prestigious projects in Tribeca, SoHo and the Gansevoort Market Historic District in New York, including the distinctive High Line Building and 837 Washington.

Residences at 2030 8th Street are being sold by McWilliams/Ballard; consultations are scheduled by appointment only through email: or by phone: 202-792-8880. For more information on the Atlantic Plumbing mixed-use residential and retail development, please visit: or on Facebook: and Twitter: @2030AP.