New restaurant coming here (courtesy of NCinDC)

 

Well this is exciting news for the 14th street corridor. Tom Sietsema reported in his weekly chat this morning that two new restaurants are coming to 14th street.  

Sietsema says Whisk Group and Abdo Development have partnered to bring Italian Shirt Laundry, at 1601 14th St. NW (at Q street) (named after the longstanding dry cleaners that used to be at the location).  Italian Shirt Laundry will be a combination pizzeria and bakery. 

The second restaurant will be Italian Cinema, at 1404 14th St., NW (between P and Rhode Island), will serve pasta, charcuterie and screen Italian films on the restaurant’s roof. 

The groups hope the restaurants will open sometime this year. Who’s excited?

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Seems like Tom has more accurate information than I do (go figure). He is reporting Cork Market will open on Friday, the 4th. He also has info about the hours: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, at least initially. Sietsema also says that the owners hope to open the space for art shows and community meetings. I’m excited! I’ll definitely be checking it out on Friday and give a full report. (Thanks to reader Kevin for the info)

Also, Vincent Gallegos has some photos up at his blog showing the setup inside the store.

Here are some bits of news that I haven’t covered on my blog just because so many things have been happening that I haven’t completely caught up:

  • Tom Sietsema broke the news that the old indoor Garden District space will become Estadio, a Spanish restaurant from the group that brought you Proof. I loved my birthday dinner at Proof so I’m pretty excited about this development.
  • MPD’s 3rd district listserv has information about a pretty scary altercation that happened at 16th and U on Sunday afternoon – a fight that started in the McDonald’s escalated to someone pulling a gun and hitting a victim with a bat before the assailant got away.
  • Tom Sietsema also reports that there is a new chef at U Street Girl favorite, Creme. Orlando Hitzig, formerly of Columbia Firehouse, will be cooking nightly specials to showcase his cooking, but no fears, Creme lovers, the fabulous shrimp and grits stay on the menu.
  • And, DCist has pictures of a contrary-flow bike lane that has been installed on 15th street from U to Massachusetts Ave.

This might become a weekly feature. Here’s a quick round-up of what’s happening in the ‘hood:

Posto

Posto

I have yet to return to Posto, after my lovely visit about a month ago. I was happy to see that Tom Sietsema gave the restaurant 2 stars in the WaPo magazine. His bones to pick with the restaurant were also mine: it’s loud and the service was a little off (on my case – over-attentiveness, on his dishes – going AWOL) – though this is common for a new restaurant. His problems with the food were with dishes I had not tasted – the more casual pizza menu. I had thought I could go in there and have a more expensive, fancy meal by eating off the bottom of the menu, or a more casual, cheap meal by eating off of the pizza menu. Looks like, according to Sietsema, the pizza menu is not worth trying.

It’s good to see the restaurant getting some deserved praise from critics. However, it’s not like the restaurant needs it to stay open: every time I’ve walked by it’s been packed (and they still don’t take reservations) and Sietsema points out “If there’s any doubt Logan Circle can use more restaurants, this newcomer disproves that notion.”