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Archive for July, 2013

CorePower Yoga, a Denver-based chain, will open a Glover Park location this fall, a tipster tells us. We don’t know the exact spot, but we hear it’s a few doors down from locally owned Yoga District (2201 Wisconsin Ave.). If you know more, tell us in the comments! We’ve got calls out to CorePower and will update this post when/if they respond.

[UPDATE: Frank Carmel reports below that a sign went up next to the new location of Einstein’s Bagels, 2233 Wisconsin Ave.]

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Earlier this month, the Board of Zoning Adjustment approved a variance that would allow a new apartment building to be constructed on Wisconsin Ave. with no dedicated parking spaces for tenants. While the plan does call for the construction of two parking spaces directly behind the building, the owners were still working on securing a legal right to access the spaces via an adjacent office parking lot.

The building, to be built on the long-vacant lot at 2140 Wisconsin Ave.—just south of W Pl.—would contain eight dwelling units. Advisory Neighborhood Commission 3B supported the developer’s application, and no one appeared at a July 9 BZA hearing to oppose it.

Though parking is painfully scarce in the area, lot owners AE Tower LLC and RE Opal LLC made a compelling case for the variance in a written statement to the board. The narrowness and location of the lot do not allow for underground parking, the statement notes, and a front curb cut would create only one or two spaces—plus potential traffic hassles as parkers backed onto busy Wisconsin Ave. The large parking lot at the rear of the building is reserved for the office complex from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays, though apartment dwellers would be able to park there after hours. The property is adjacent to several bus lines and is a few blocks from a Capital Bikeshare station.

Adding apartments, even without parking, would be preferable to leaving the lot vacant, the statement argues: “The proposed project would convert a long-vacant ‘eyesore’ property to a vibrant residential use. The design will greatly improve the appearance and character of this block.”

A building permit application is under consideration by the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs.

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Bourbon (2348 Wisconsin Ave.) marks its 10th year in business with a party from 7 to 10 p.m. tonight, July 22, at its Glover Park location, The Washington Post reports.

“Bartenders will pour free whiskey and free craft beer, while the staff passes free hors d’oeuvres,” the Post writes. “Obviously, not every drink in the house will be free, and the food will be more like snacks than a full meal…. Make sure you ask about which whiskeys are complementary before asking for a glass of, say, Parker’s Heritage and getting sticker shock when the bill arrives.”

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On July 29, Sprig & Sprout (2317 Wisconsin Ave.) will host a reservations-only dinner in its upstairs bar: its first monthly Monday Supper Club. “Enjoy 7 courses of authentic Vietnamese dishes as owner Jennifer walks you through the history and ingredients of each dish,” the Vietnamese restaurant’s website states. “This is cozy family-style comfort food meant to fill your belly, awaken your taste buds, and expand your foodie knowledge.” Here’s the menu for the July “club” meeting:

Banh Bot Loc (Steamed Transparent Shrimp & Pork Dumplings)
Sup Mang Cua (Fresh Picked Crab and Asparagus Soup)
Goi Ngo Sen (Young Lotus Stem Salad with Pork and Shrimp)
Bo Luc Lac (Sauteed Flank Steak Tips over a bed of Marinated Watercress and Pickled Onions)
Ga Kho Gung Xa (Ginger & Lemongrass Braised Chicken)
Rau Cai Lan Xao Toi (Sauteed Chinese Broccoli with Garlic)
Che Dau Xen (Chilled Sweet Mung Bean Soup)

The price for dinner is $35 per person. For reservations, call 202-333-2569; email management@sprigandsproutdc.com; or Facebook  facebook.com/SprigandSprout.

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Town Hall (2340 Wisconsin Ave.) invites dogs (and their owners) to enjoy dinner and/or drinks alfresco in the restaurant’s rear courtyard on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday nights, says managing partner Paul Holder. The patio space is accessible via the pedestrian alley between Town Hall and Chipotle (2338 Wisconsin Ave.).

Tuesday night is still half-price wine night at Town Hall, Holder adds.

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Sushi-Ko (2309 Wisconsin Ave.) has been closed since June 28 due to the expiration of its business license, but the restaurant hopes to reopen next week, its owner told The Washington Business Journal. The restaurant’s unexpected closure was first reported by Prince of Petworth.

Sushi-Ko owner Daisuke Utagawa declined to tell WBJ why the license had expired, but Najma Roberts, a spokeswoman for the D.C. Department of Health, told us that the restaurant “has a tax issue with OTR,” the Office of Taxation and Revenue. “DCRA [the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs] issued them a notice not to operate until resolved,” Roberts said.

 

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Sprig & Sprout (2317 Wisconsin Ave.) will celebrate the opening of its upstairs bar with a cocktail party from 4 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 11. Drinks will be at happy hour prices, and Vietnamese finger foods such as pork-and-shrimp eggrolls and lemongrass beef skewers will be on the house. There’s no admission charge, but space at the event is limited, so if you’d like to go, RSVP via Twitter or  Facebook, or in person at the restaurant.

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