Archive for January, 2013

A Glover Park reporter’s online annotation of Moby-Dick will be printed as an illustrated limited edition book, if a Liverpool professor’s Kickstarter campaign succeeds. The reporter, Margaret Guroff, annotated Moby-Dick in 2008 and published it online at powermobydick.com. Now, professor Christopher Routledge is seeking to publish the annotations as part of a reader’s edition of Moby-Dick, to be printed in time for a marathon reading of the novel to be held in Liverpool on May 4 and 5. “Publishing a fine edition of this novel has been a dream of mine for a long time, and the Power Moby-Dick version lends itself exactly to this kind of book,” Routledge writes. “We are hoping it will also prove invaluable to educators, perhaps to use alongside the website as a classroom resource.”

The professor’s campaign runs until February 1, and the books will be printed only if his goal of £7100 in pledges is reached. At this writing, the tally stood just short of £4,000. Each person who pledges £20 will receive a copy of the book. For more information or to pledge, visit kickstarter.com/projects/1531710148/a-beautiful-annotated-edition-of-moby-dick.

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We’ve been hearing rumors this week that Kavanagh’s (2400 Wisconsin Ave.) is on the verge of being sold. Now a liquor license transfer application reveals to whom. A limited liability corporation named “we are 4 partners” has applied to take over the license for the popular pizzeria. The members of the corporation are Adam Hiltebeitel, Joseph Chapman, Bryce Gerlach, and Richard A. Jones.

The application states that the switch in ownership would mean no substantial change to the area’s property values, parking, or peace and quiet. But the sample menu supplied as part of the application suggests a significant culinary shift away from Kavanagh’s simple, hearty fare. Potential dishes include bone marrow crostini with chestnuts, shallots, and lemon; charred octopus with smoked fingerlings, celery and soppressata (a dry salami); agnolotti (a kind of ravioli) with pumpkin, brown butter, and sage; and prosciutto-wrapped cod with fregola (a pasta similar to couscous), quince, roasted fennel, and salsa verde. The sample menu also lists several pizzas, including clam with bread crumbs, lemon, oregano, and four cheeses.

According to a spokesman for the Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration, the transfer application is still awaiting review by an agency licensing specialist. If it passes that, it will be presented to the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board for consideration.

An email to Kavanagh’s sent yesterday afternoon received no reply, and this evening the pizzeria’s owner could not be reached by phone, nor could the attorney for “we are 4 partners.”

UPDATED: PoPville reports that the new restaurant would be called Arcuri.

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The new Sweetgreen at 2200 Wisconsin Ave. seems to be serving its salads and fro-yo today, according to a tipster.

Meanwhile, a “for lease” sign has gone up in the basement space in the same building, which BodySmith had told us they’d be moving back into after a side door was constructed. “A week or so ago, at night the equipment and flooring were removed,” another tipster emailed us. (We work long hours across town! We love our tipsters.) “Tonight, there is a ‘For Lease’ sign on the W Street door to the BodySmith space advertising space ideal for retail showroom or personal fitness.” A representative for BodySmith confirmed to us that the gym will not be returning to Glover Park.

If you have a tip or question for us, email csctips at gmail dot com.

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2251 Wisconsin Rendering - Rear View
Glover Park Hardware and Washington Sports Club will remain open during a major revamp of their home at 2251 Wisconsin Ave., according to Gordon Nielsen of Summit Commercial Real Estate. Nielsen and business partner Guy d’Amecourt recently brokered the complex’s sale to a joint venture of Altus Realty Partners, Chesapeake Realty Partners, and Ellisdale Construction for $20.1 million.

The buyers plan to install a new glass facade and renovate the retail space, which includes a vacant storefront formerly leased by MyerEmco. In addition, they will construct an 81-unit apartment building with two levels of underground parking on land now covered by a rear parking lot. “The apartments will average 635 square feet with a mix of studios, one-bedroom and two-bedroom units looking to target young professionals,” states a press release provided by Nielsen. “The property overlooks the parkland of the Naval Observatory and Vice President’s residence.” The garage will include 97 parking spaces, Nielsen said, but he did not know how many of these would be reserved for tenants.

The image above, provided by Summit, shows the rear of the planned apartment complex; here’s another Summit image showing a side view:
2251 Wisconsin Rendering - Side View

The website of Brown Craig Turner architectural firm has more images of the planned apartment complex:

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And Chesapeake Realty Partners posted its own rendering:

2251 Wisconsin Ave

UPDATE: Construction on the facade is to begin this July, with the residential units in the rear completed by July 2014, the Georgetown Patch reports.

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The home of Glover Park Hardware and the Washington Sports Club will be renovated, and an additional building with 81 dwelling units will be constructed on the property, according to a report in the Washington Business Journal. The project at 2251 Wisconsin Ave. has garnered $39 million in financing. More details as they develop.

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“From Monday, Jan. 14 through Monday, Jan. 21, the D.C. Council is allowing some restaurants and bars to stay open 24 hours a day and serve alcohol until 4 a.m.,” The Washington Post reports. “Being authorized to stay open late doesn’t guarantee that a bar will definitely be open around the clock for a full week…. It just means an establishment can stay open later if the owner chooses, or if the place is booked for a special event.”

On the list of 154 bars approved for extended hours were four in Glover Park:

Bourbon (2348 Wisconsin Avenue, NW),
Breadsoda (2233 Wisconsin Avenue, NW),
Good Guys (2311 Wisconsin Avenue, NW), and
Mason Inn (2408 Wisconsin Avenue, NW).

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2136 Wisconsin For Sale, 1/3/13Four residential condo units at 2136 Wisconsin Ave.—the onetime home of an unlicensed party venue called Wisconsin Overlook and The Vixen—are now for sale, according to a sign on the property. A year ago, owner Seung Lim posted the same sign on the unsightly tan building, but back then he had not yet filed the appropriate paperwork to divide the building into separate units. In mid-November, that paperwork was filed, according to the Department of Housing and Community Development. Lim did not respond to our call asking the price of the units.

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