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Archive - Jul 2014


July 23rd

Masala Art Opens in Southwest

Small Bites

Already a favorite destination in Tenleytown since 2009, owner Atul Bhola opened Masala Art’s second location yesterday in Southwest (1101 4th St SW, 202.554.1101,

A much-anticipated opening for those in the neighborhood (or for Arena Stage pre-theater diners), the restaurant provides another option just north of Subway, on a block where you also can find Station 4 and Z-Burger.

Annette Nielsen has been engaged in food, farming and sustainability issues for nearly two decades. The food editor of the Hill Rag, Nielsen’s experience includes catering, teaching a range of cooking classes for adults and youth, leading farm tours and coordinating artisanal food events. She is the editor of two Adirondack Life cookbooks, and is at work on an Eastern Market cookbook. Nielsen heads up Kitchen Cabinet Events, a culinary and farm-to-fork inspired event business.  A native of the Adirondacks, and a long-time resident of both NYC and DC, she returned to Washington, DC from Washington County, NY.

The Wharf Construction Update

Minutes From July Wharf Construction Committtee

The Wharf Construction Committee met on July 2 to discuss the development of the Southwest Waterfront. After introductions were made, the floor was opened to review items on the agenda.

All community events will continue as scheduled throughout the summer and into the fall. The final scheduled event for the year will be the Parade of Lighted Boats on Saturday, December 6. All events are free of charge.

The next Southwest Community Wharf Construction meeting will be on August 6 at 5:30 p.m. at the Channel Inn.

July 17th

Reported Shooting Confirmed False

The Crime Blotter- July 16

On July 17th, Gwendolyn Crump, the Director of the Office of Communications of the MPD, released a statement confirming that the reports of a shooting occurring on the 2100 block of 13th St. NW were false. The police were lead to the scene by a phone call and they are currently investigating the case to find out where the call originated.

There were burglaries on:

·      The 3000 block of 30th St. SE at 1:00 p.m. at a residence;

The Blotter is based on the reports posted on July 17, 2014 by the MPD to the 7D Listserv

July 16th

Progress on Eastern Market Metro Park Design

There is further progress in the design of proposed improvements to the Eastern Market Metro Plaza/Park, the six parcels of publically owned land on both sides of Pennsylvania Avenue, SE, between 7th and 9th Streets, SE. Since the summer of 2013, a task force of citizens representing many groups and organizations on Capitol Hill has been meeting with a design team lead by architect Amy Weinstein, of Esocoff and Associates and landscape architect Lisa Delplace, president of Oehme von Sweden, 536 8th St, SE, to develop a plan to improve those six parcels.

200th Anniversary of the War of 1812 coming in August

It won’t be long until there is another patriotic celebration along the Row.  In August, the Navy Yard at 8th and M St, SE, is planning to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the burning of that facility-- a tactical maneuver that prevented the well-stocked Yard from falling into British hands during the War of 1812.  The original fire was quite a show and the Navy plans the 2014 re-enactment to be equally dramatic. More information coming in August. 

DDOT Grants Fund Barracks Row Improvements

Conditions along the entire 8th Street corridor will soon be improving. The District Department of Transportation just awarded a grant to Barracks Row Main Street for streetscape maintenance.  Though the exact timing on the DDOT maintenance work is still unknown, the repairs are now funded and will address the many broken pavers, missing bricks and sinkholes created by the unusual winter last year.

July 15th

Souk! Spice Market and Boulangerie to Open on 8th Street SE

Recently a lease was signed on 705 8th St SE (formerly Hello Cupcake) for Souk!

H Street Organic Market Opens Its Doors

The eagerly awaited H Street Organic Market has finally opened its doors. Its produce section is extensive, with a wide variety of fruits and vegetables. Those with dietary restrictions will be delighted by the array of lactose- and gluten-free options, particularly in the prepared frozen foods sections.  A coffee bar will be up and running shortly and will feature brews from local purveyor Swing’s Coffee (