Shaw Streets

Cause Philanthropub at 1926 9th St. NW. Photo: Ralph Brabham

Indoor Cycling Studio Opens

Off Road Indoor Cycling opened at 905 U Street NW, on Oct. 15. The state-of-the-art cycling studio features a variety of classes for anyone looking for a great workout. Off Road is the first specialized cycling studio in DC to offer virtual rides. It features bikes equipped with monitors to track workouts. In addition to offering a large variety of cycling classes, Off Road is committed to challenging students with innovative and proven fitness classes such as TRX and boxing. “We provide a place that anyone can drop in, workout, and have fun,” said Off Road’s co-owner Tammar Berger. “From triathletes to busy Washingtonians looking for a great workout that fits their hectic schedules, everyone will work up a sweat and know they got an amazing workout.” 

The studio encourages newcomers to indoor cycling to attend a $10, 30-minute introductory class. For more information about class times and pricing, visit www.offroaddc.com.

 

Marriott Marquis Construction Enters More Visible Phase

Construction of the four-star Washington Marriott Marquis, adjacent to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, between 9th and 10th and L streets and Massachusetts Avenue NW, is about to become a lot more noticeable from street level.

The 14-story hotel will have 1,175-rooms and 46 suites. Meeting space, much of it underground, will include a 30,000-square-foot grand ballroom, two 10,800-square-foot junior ballrooms, more than 53,000 square feet of meeting rooms, an 18,800-square-foot indoor event terrace and a 5,200-square-foot rooftop terrace. The hotel will incorporate the historic Samuel Gompers AFL-CIO headquarters, the “Plumbers Building,” at the corner of Massachusetts Ave. and 9th St., with its own boutique feel.  

Since groundbreaking in late 2010, the site has been abuzz with construction activity. Cranes, cement trucks, and workers have been a constant presence. Much of the work, however, has been below grade, behind construction fencing, so there has not been much for passersby to see. The Plumbers Building, used for construction office space, has remained largely untouched.

A building permit was issued in August for construction above grade. The first columns have risen behind the fence, and soon the numerous floors will tower over the streets. General contractor Hensel Phelps announced the move of all construction offices into trailers in a nearby alley on Oct. 23, making way for the start of construction activity in the historic Plumbers Building. The $520 million hotel is on schedule to open on May 1, 2014.

 

Cause Philanthropub Opens

Cause Philanthropub opened on Oct. 24, at 1926 9th St. NW. It is the product of benevolent owners Nick Vilelle and Raj Ratwani (former Peace Corps volunteers) and a team of like-minded restaurant industry veterans, including John Jarecki, Dave Pressley and executive chef Adam D. Stein, who have worked at such notable venues as the Queen Vic, the Light Horse, Eventide, Tallula and Poste.

At first glance, Shaw’s newest eatery may look like other new drinking and dining destinations in the U Street corridor. It has a beautiful, bold interior, with a menu featuring locally sourced and interesting dishes, an impressive draught and bottled beer list and innovative cocktail list. But this new establishment is decidedly different from its peers: all of its profits go not to investors but to charitable causes.

As many as six organizations will benefit from Cause’s profits each quarter. An advisory board selects the nonprofits by reviewing applications and combing through GiveWell, Charity Navigator and Catalogue for Philanthropy, organizations solely focused on evaluating nonprofit organizations.

The board will analyze prospective charities according to four criteria: the degree of sustainability of their work, the potential for scaling their solution to assist more people in need, the extent to which the organization would benefit from being featured in Cause and the organization’s appeal to customers.

The inaugural charities benefitting from Cause are Martha’s Table, Common Good City Farm and Higher Achievement.

 

Parcel 42 Presentations on Nov. 14

On Wednesday, Nov. 14, from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m., six teams will present their plans for the development of Parcel 42, the city-owned vacant lot at the northeast corner of 7th and R streets NW. The presentations will take place at the Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Library at 1630 7th Street NW.

 

Uptown Opens Upstairs Lounge on 7th Street

Uptown Ethiopian Fusion Cuisine, located at 1608 7th St. NW (formerly home to Fasil Ethiopian Restaurant), celebrated its grand opening on Sept. 6. Then, on Oct. 30, with Councilmember Tommy Wells in attendance, it celebrated the opening of its upstairs lounge. The space is ready for a future of live entertainment, including karaoke and music.


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