Archive for June, 2012

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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