Live jazz at HR-57

The City Paper is reporting that HR-57 will close its 14th Street location on Saturday. Sigh. Make sure to stop in one last time to say goodbye. There is no firm opening date for their new location at H Street NE, but the owner says it should be around mid-January 2011. They will be missed. Just one more reason to visit H street more regularly.

Gutted building at La Fonda

As you can see, the interior of the old AM/PM Carryout has been completely gutted in preparation for the renovations for La Fonda (14/V). The owners of the restaurant appeared in front of ANC 1B in October to present their application for a class C restaurant license. Yeah, I realize that was awhile ago. I’ve been busy.

We learned a lot more about the establishment: the owners will do a lot of renovation, including the construction of a new facade. This will have to be approved by the Historic Preservation Review Board, as the building is an historic structure.

Also the really long hours that are on the application are apparently a typo: they don’t intend to be open from 8 am to 2 am. At first, the ANC protested the restaurant’s application because of peace, order, quiet, and parking. However, in the November meeting they removed this protest based on a voluntary agreement they had established.

No word on when they plan on opening but considering the amount of work they plan on doing, I wouldn’t imagine it’s in the immediate future.

courtesy of of drewsaunders (Flickr)

Tonight, presumptive mayor Vince Gray continues his town hall meetings in Ward 1. The meeting is at 6:30 at Carlos Rosario International Public Charter School, 1100 Harvard St. in Columbia Heights.

Looking good

I went away for the weekend and walked by this place Thursday morning (when it looked like this). Walking by Sunday afternoon, it looked like this. This is a lot of progress on the place (especially after it was considered dangerous enough to be demolished last Spring). No word on what will be coming here, but here’s the website of the architecture firm that’s fixing up the building.

9:30 club, courtesy of Kevin H. (Flickr)

This is really cool news! The 9:30 Club is starting its own record label, with Justin Jones becoming the first artist they will represent.

9:30 Club will be celebrating their new record label, along with their first release, Jones’s The Little Fox EP on September 16th. The party will feature a Jones performance. While tickets won’t be sold to the general public, you will have opportunities to get them via lottery and social media outlets.

What do you guys think? I do question if this is the right time in the music industry to launch your own label, but I’m a big fan of the 9:30 and support any venture they start.

Go Mama Go! (courtesy of NCinDC)

Go Mama Go! made the announcement that they were closing back in January at the end of March. Well it’s the end of July now and the store shows no sign of closing. For a while they were clearly clearing their inventory and had everything on sale, they even had signs on the windows saying so. But now it doesn’t appear that they are selling off their inventory at all. Of course, as I tried to load their website, it didn’t work. But I walked by Friday and they were open.

I apologize that I don’t have any information on this, bad lazy blogger, but does anyone know why they’re still open? Are they not closing? Because I would be one happy girl if they don’t close.

Desperado Burgers & Bar, coming soon

Hi all, I’m back from Charlottesville: drank some wine, saw some great architecture, ate some good food.

If you remember, we heard that Port Orleans, a burger spot was coming to the old Polly’s space, from the same owners of the Angelico’s Pizza next door. Well, there is a burger place coming but it’s going to be called Desperado Burgers & Bar. Desperado Burgers doesn’t seem to be a chain. And there will be free delivery, which will be nice.

Looks like it will be open in the next few weeks, if I were a betting type.

  • In other news, as I reported last week, there is a restaurant coming to 1819 14th street, next to Black Cat. Prince of Petworth found on the liquor license that the space will be a taqueria with a summer garden and live music.

Sneak peek into Estadio

Estadio, the Spanish pintxo and tapas bar from the owners of a U Street Girl favorite Proof, is coming to 14th and Church. Metrocurean has the ETA as Summer 2010, as early as June. By the state of affairs inside though, I’m not sure they’ll reach that June date.

For the Love of DC

I’m a big fan of ReadySetDC, I enjoy their local DC focus along with their quirky bike of the day feature, as well as their great artist interviews. Their blog isn’t the only part of their endeavor, they also want to expand beyond a blog to feature “public art projects, events + online resources.” This event, For the Love of DC, is their first foray into this part of their mission/official launch party.

This Thursday, at Long View Art Gallery, For the Love of DC will feature an art installation by No Kings Collective, music by DJ Tittsworth, Bullfight Academy, and special, secret band, as well as photography by Tracy Clayton, Paul Frederiksen, Lillian Cho, and Vincent Gallegos. First: You have to RSVP. Second: There will be $5 raffle tickets for sale – the majority of proceeds will be going to Arts for the Aging. Additionally, that $5 gives you a chance to win a new HP Envy 15 Beats Limited Edition.

This will be a wonderful event. RSVP and go.

Philly cheesesteak, you don't need to go Philly anymore

Philly cheesesteak, you don't need to go Philly anymore

Hi, all you people who have been searching for JJ’s Philly Cheesesteaks and finding my blog. There are a lot of you, so people must be excited about this place opening. I stopped in for lunch today and am here to report on the place. First of all you can see the menu on their website. Prices are $5.75 for a sandwich and a buck or two for fries or a drink. I had the Ben Franklin, aka a classic Philly cheesesteak with steak, onions, Cheeze Wiz, and provolone. It’s not a sandwich for the un-hungry. Now, let me say, I have never had a Philly cheesesteak from Philly, I am no expert. I can only tell you what I tasted: cheesy, well-seasoned, very filling. This is perfect drunk food, people (I’m sure those of you from Philly already know this).

The interior is nice, a lot of exposed brick, hardwood floors, leather chairs, minimal decorations. It was pretty empty when I went in, but for 2 pm on a

Seating at JJs Philly Cheesesteak

Seating at JJs Philly Cheesesteak

Friday at a place that hasn’t officially opened yet, I wouldn’t expect it to be much more crowded. Also, to be noted: they’re only accepting cash now. And, you can call in your order and get takeout.

They are having their official grand opening tomorrow and in celebration are having a special from 12 pm to 12 am, $1.99 sandwiches. They were handing out cards to receive the promotion, but I bet if you walked in without one you could still get it. They plan on staying open until 4 am on Saturday so this will definitely be a late night spot.

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