Mercadito Ramos closed

Well this is a bummer. Mercadito Ramos, a Latin grocery store on 14th between Florida and W, was a great place to stop in for cheap produce and Latin ingredients. It appears to have completely closed about a week ago. The take out place next door closed and reopened a few blocks away a few months ago – which makes me wonder if there is development slated for the building they both resided in.

However, I haven’t heard any word on developing that address, though there are condos slated to go in the lot at 14th and Florida and of course there is the YMCA development next door at 14th and W.

U street movie series

I am still having a hard time believing that the U Street Movie Series is already starting up tonight. Tonight, weather permitting, they will be showing the short This Chair is Not Me and the feature Mr. Smith Goes to Washington at Harrison Field at 14/V. The theme this year will be movies celebrating DC.

As with last year, gates open at 7 and free popcorn will be served to the first 100 moviegoers. The movie will start at sundown. If tonight gets rained out, the movie will show on Thursday.

The full schedule for this summer is below, and while it’s nice to see more family friendly movies, I wish they had chosen some more quality features. Night at the Museum? National Treasure 2? Really?

  • June 28 (rain date June 30):  The Poodle Trainer, Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian
  • July 26 (rain date July 28):  Howard Theatre: A Century in Song, 930 F Street
  • August 23 (rain date Aug 25):  City of Cranes, National Treasure 2: Book of Secrets
  • Sept 20 (rain date Sept 22): Big Birding Day, Bag It
  • Oct (TBD):  Waiting for Superman, followed by community forum on education policy at an indoor location, TBD

Dear readers, apologies for my relative radio silence the past few weeks. My life has gotten a bit hectic. Here’s a round-up of news around the ‘hood:

  • 14thandYou reports that it the Italian Shirt Laundry, which was supposed to come to the vacant dry cleaners at 14th and Q, is no longer. It seems that the project has been abandoned because of unexpectedly high cleanup costs. Bummer – no word about what could come to the space now. The good news is, the Italian Cinema restaurant slated for further down on 14th street is still a go.
  • Prince of Petworth reports that Dodge City has applied for garden seating. No word on exactly where this garden seating will be. They’ll be opening garden seating behind the first floor bar.
  • PoP also reports that a restaurant is coming to the long vacant postal office at the corner of 14th and T (no not the one that is about to close on 14th street – this one is on T street proper). The restaurant will appropriately be named “the Post Office Bistro.” The owners describe the restaurant as a casual and relaxed bistro serving an extensive weekend brunch. They plan on sidewalk and summer garden seating.
  • And a reminder for you taco fans, El Centro D.F. – coming to 14th and S street, looks pretty poised to open by its promised Cinco de Mayo opening date.

This isn’t really the post I wanted to write, apologies for being absent – my life has been a bit crazy lately.

If you haven’t heard, there was a shooting yesterday afternoon at the corner of 14th and V. Two young men, Marquette Hunter, 19, and Devon Norace, 20, were shot in the leg/ankle area in what appears to be a drive-by-shooting that was related. Police are reportedly looking for a dark blue, late model Honda or Camry in connection with the shooting.

The area was shutdown for a few hours yesterday afternoon for the investigation, but since then everything has been reopened. I will update if more information becomes available.

El Centro D.F.

Metrocurean has the details on the taco place from Masa 14 opening on the same block on 14th street. First, a name: El Centro D.F. and second, an opening date: by Cinco de Mayo. The D.F. stands for Distrito Federal, the naming convention in chef Richard Sandoval’s home town, Mexico City. Metrocurean reminds us that El Centro D.F. will offer take-out tacos, a sit-down restaurant, and a bar or lounge in the basement.

Progress at burger spot

Thanks to reader Ron for sending this picture in. It looks like a lot of progress has been made at the forthcoming burger spot opening in the old Garden District space at 14th and S. They have benches out and seems like some work has been done on the inside. Plus they have those lights strung up. After all the trouble the place was having opening up, I’m glad to see progress. I would probably hedge my bets that they’ll be open once warmer weather is here to stay.

Construction at taqueria

It seemed like for a while nothing was happening at the forthcoming taqueria on 14th street. However, I walked by this weekend to see this, so it looks like movement is beginning again. The taqueria, from the owners of Masa 14 started construction last summer. Let’s hope it opens soon.

Bar Pilar and Raven Arts

Bar Pilar’s expansion to the second floor of their building is putting Raven Arts, which has long been on the second floor, out of a space. How cool is it that they are teaming up together to open a new art gallery across the street in the old L&N Thrift Store location.


They yet to-be-named gallery that will incorporate the a working art studio and framing business (what Raven Arts does now) and add a formal art gallery and education space. Sounds pretty cool. No expected opening date as of yet, but I’ll keep you posted.

ATMs on U Street, courtesy of @therealmarta

Some people might be excited to see ATMs put in near the Bank of America on U Street (that is their home loan office). However, on further inspection it is pretty clear to me that these are Bank of Georgetown ATMs, the bank that is opening in the Ellington’s old sales office. I got a peak at the ATMs themselves, and as a Bank of America customer – they definitely weren’t Bank of America ATMs. Bummer guys, going to have to keep on trekking to Columbia Heights or Dupont to get cash.

Perhaps you remember Bryan Weaver, the candidate for Ward 1 on the council who lost to Jim Graham. He had a great campaign video that perfectly showcases his ideas as a politician, is all around good guy and Dave Stroup, former DCist weekend editor, is asking him to run for the at-large councilmember.

If you think Bryan would be a good voice for our city, check out the Draft Weaver website – you can sign the petition, contribute money, and learn more about why Dave thinks Bryan should run. If Bryan doesn’t chose to run, the Draft Weaver campaign will return the money you donated. Dave is looking to raise $2000 by Sunday.

Bryan hasn’t thrown his hat in the race yet, but the more money raise and signatures signed the more likely he is to consider it. He’ll be making his decision some time next week.

The at-large race is in April, so if you think Bryan should be a candidate – help Draft Weaver out.

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