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Mayfair & Pine (2218 Wisconsin Ave.) is opening on July 20, according to The Washington Post’s Tom Sietsema.

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The newly expanded shopping arcade at 1815 Wisconsin Ave., next door to (and owned by) Safeway, will be home to a Noodles & Company fast food shop and one of the area’s first two locations of The Dry Bar, a blowouts-only hair salon, the DCMud blog reports. Construction of The Dry Bar is expected to begin on August 2, the blog states.

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A building permit application was filed last week for 2412 Wisconsin Ave., the once and likely future home of JP’s Night Club. The permit, if approved, would allow the construction and painting of non-load-bearing interior walls, a source at the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs tells us. There does not appear to be any plumbing work associated with the application, the source adds.

The building’s exterior shell was completed in 2010, more than two years after the strip club’s original home was destroyed in a fire.

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The family-friendly, fish-centric, English-pub-style restaurant coming to 2218 Wisconsin Ave. is recruiting front-of-house staff, according to a sign in the window. “Open call for bartenders, servers, bussers, hosts,” the sign states. Interested parties should apply in person from noon to 4 p.m. weekdays. The currently vacant building is the former home of Town Hall, which moved up the street to 2340 Wisconsin Ave. in January.

Although no opening date has been announced for the new restaurant, named Mayfair & Pine, the help-wanted sign suggests that the wait won’t be too much longer.

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The Vietnamese restaurant coming to 2317 Wisconsin Ave.—referred to in city paperwork as “District Noodles”—will be named Sprig & Sprout, co-owner Jennifer Hoang tells us. The name is a reference to the food’s presentation: “All of our dishes are served with some kind of sprig—basil, mint, cilantro—and bean sprouts,” she says. The menu is based on Vietnamese street food and uses “only the freshest and finest ingredients,” according to the restaurant’s website.

Hoang and her business partner (and fiancé) Marc Farmer have been renovating the vacant storefront, formerly home to Margarita’s Mexican restaurant, since April. The main floor will have an open kitchen and will focus on quick eats, Hoang says. Diners will order in line; then they can watch as their food is prepared for takeout, or else grab a table and wait for a runner to bring their order over. Upstairs, the vibe will be more relaxed, with table service of food and beverages, she adds. A liquor license application is pending.

The restaurant’s goal, Hoang says, is to provide traditional Vietnamese cuisine in an updated atmosphere: “Let’s be honest, almost every pho restaurant is pretty cut-and-paste. If it’s not rice paddy hat decorations, it’s fake bamboo plants. We wanted a new image. We are serving authentic and consistent dishes, but in a modern venue.”

Sprig & Sprout will have a soft opening in early September, when diners will be strongly encouraged to share their comments and suggestions to help iron out any kinks. A grand opening will follow in the fall.

For updates on the restaurant’s progress, you can “Like” its Facebook page.

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On June 25, Max’s Best Homemade Ice Cream (2416 Wisconsin Ave.) will donate 50 percent of its proceeds to the American Cancer Society in honor of the late Marsha Keshani, wife of shop owner Max and mom of daughter Neda. “Next Monday will be one year that my dear beautiful mother has left us,” Neda wrote in a message posted to the Glover Park Yahoo newsgroup. “We want to honor her and her spirit that still and will always remain with us, the community, her family and friends.”

UPDATE: “Had to stop by today to get an official report from Max,” our correspondent Laurie England wrote on Tuesday, June 26. “Not only was Monday his best Monday ever but best day ever! Neighbors even wrote checks to Max and he was still receiving them today. Plus there was a constant line of customers still coming in today!”

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The District Department of Transportation has committed to reconfiguring the dicey intersection at 37th and Tunlaw, the 73rd and Walnut blog reports. Although a DDOT flier specified that the work was to begin “on or about June 15,” a department spokesperson clarified to us that this meant planning would begin by then.

“Design plans are underway and scheduled to be completed by Labor Day,” said the spokesperson, Monica Hernandez. “We have a construction contractor lined up to start construction by September 2012.”

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Monday was the deadline for objecting to the liquor license application of District Noodles, the Vietnamese restaurant planned for the vacant storefront at 2317 Wisconsin Ave. No protest petitions were received by the deadline, says Alcoholic Beverage Control Board spokesman Bill Hager. The ABC Board will discuss the restaurant’s license application at a meeting on June 25.

District Noodles submitted its application on April 17, the first day that two new full-service restaurant licenses became available under an extension of the Glover Park liquor license moratorium. As of yesterday, no one had applied for the second available license, Hager says.

Meanwhile, the license used by Margarita’s restaurant, formerly located at 2317 Wisconsin Ave., is still idle, Hager adds. The restaurant has been closed for more than three years. At a January 11 ABC Board hearing, a board member told licensee Maria Villalta that if she weren’t making “reasonable progress” by July toward either selling the Margarita’s license or using it herself at a new restaurant, the board might cancel it. Villalta is expected to appear before the board next month to report on her progress.

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We’d heard rumors that part of 2352 Wisconsin Ave., the former home of Shade & Shutter Shack, would become a manicure shop, but now there’s proof. A building permit application filed last week for the vacant building—which is located next door to Bourbon (2348 Wisconsin Ave.)—is for “interior work for a nail salon,” a source at the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs tells us.

As previously reported, another part of the building is slated to be turned into a therapeutic massage business, if city approvals go through. Representatives of the business, Massage Escape Spa, will address Advisory Neighborhood Commission 3B at their June 14 meeting to request support for their plan.

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The St. Luke’s Mission Center (3655 Calvert St.) will host a free screening of Where the Wild Things Are on Friday, June 29 at dusk (around 9 pm). The event will be held rain or shine—if rain, they’ll show the film inside the church building—with complimentary popcorn and lemonade.

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