Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Johnny Pistolas Taqueria Opening in Adams Morgan


Carriage House had a run, but it was short. After just 16 months of operating in Adams Morgan, Carriage House is going the way of a Mexican taqueria. 

Johnny Pistolas is currently "building out" at 2333 18th St NW and hiring for cooks and other staff. A full menu is already available on their website, including a unique brunch, happy hour, and yes, Taco Tuesday (falafel tacos FTW). They've hit the ground running, having already set up a website and social media accounts. The furniture and decor of the bar (as represented on the website) look very similar to Carriage House, and I think that's a good thing: lots of wood, solid looking bar, a few lounge-y areas, and of course, patio seating. So, I hope they keep most of that as-is.

No word on an opening date, but as they are hiring key staff and not so much actually building out, just refreshing for a new look, I'm guessing sooner than later. Good luck Johnny Pistolas!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Rise Bakery, T Mobile Get Signage in Adams Morgan

There are plenty of empty retail storefronts n Adams Morgan. I mean, a lot of them. But, two spaces look to to be on the way to hosting businesses sooner than later. T Mobile appears to be opening a store at 1796 Columbia Rd NW, near 18th. This space is adjacent to what used to be the Mixtec restaurant. There is currently a T Mobile cell phone store operating less than one block away at 1775 Columbia Rd NW. 
Earlier this year, we learned that Rise, a gluten free bakery, was coming to the neighborhood. They have just installed an awning, finally replacing the old "Ink'N'This" tattoo sign at 2409 18th Street NW. The bakery is close to opening, but is dealing with permit issues per their Facebook page. Good luck Rise!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Adams Morgan Day is September 14

Adams Morgan Day Festival 2013.
My favorite DC neighborhood festival is set for September 14. Adams Morgan Day signals the start of fall here DC: football, baseball playoffs, hoodie weather, colorful trees, hot coffee from you favorite shop. At the same time, summer usually puts up a last gasp blast of heat and sunshine on this day, typically making the festival a memorable closeout to the season. And, oh yeah, it's attended by 35,000+ of your closest friends.

September 14 is a Sunday and the festival will run from Noon until 7:00 PM. Most of the action will take place on 18th Street NW between Columbia Road and Florida Ave, as usual. Organizers are bringing back the popular Dance Stage this year. It will be located at Florida and 18th and features lots  of special guests. Also, the popular Arts on Belmont returns. More details as they come, but go ahead and put this fest on your calendar. A few photos from the years:
Crowded in 2012.
Band plays in 2007.
Kids jamming for decent crowd; on site of  what is now the Marie Reed soccer field. 2008.
Arts on Belmont, 2008.
2010. Notice the construction of Jack Rose, left.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Dragon Video Billboards for Penn Quarter

More video advertising boards are being added to the area around the Verizon Center in Penn Quarter. The newest addition has been in the works for a few months, creating an inaccessible construction area on the G street pedestrian walk. This weekend, we got to see a bit of  the resulting work. 

This video board is mere feet above the heads of the average passerby, maybe 12-15 feet above ground level. Apparently there will be a dragon-like sculpture attached to the billboard, because... Chinatown? I mean, I should wait until completion to judge, but this seems to be a very strange location for a permanent video billboard and the addition of the dragon could be awesome or terrible depending on the execution.

The boards attached to the side of the Verizon Center last year were placed high up on the building, near the third floor, at the corner of 7th and F NW. The new video board is double-sided and has been placed in the busy "pedestrian walk" area. The pedestrian walk links 6th and 7th Streets NW, is home to several food-based kiosks, and leads to a mini-entertainment center featuring Bar Louis, Lucky Strike Bowling, and Regal Cinemas, among others.

I'll definitely post a photo after the billboard is complete.