Pharmacy Bar (also known as Troublemaker) could get outdoor seating soon, joining other establishments on 18th Street in Adams Morgan. The bar ownership, which recently changed hands, has applied for an unenclosed sidewalk cafe. Any restaurant or bar owners who wish to create seating on a public sidewalk must be cleared by DC DDOT. Luckily for Pharmacy (2337 18th St NW), Adams Morgan sidewalks underwent a major expansion two years ago and plenty of other establishments have already been approved for outdoor seating including: Tryst, Diner, Mellow Mushroom, Grand Central, Amsterdam Falafel, Angles, Carriage House, Millie & Al's, Jyoti, Libertine, and a bunch more. Good luck Pharmacy. Would be a cool addition to this space.
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Mediterranean Spot opened in Adams Morgan less than one year ago. Now it appears that a new restaurant is moving into this constantly changing space at 2421 18th St NW. New signage (and a complete erasure of Med Spot signage) indicate that a cheesesteak and gyro restaurant will take its place.
This retail spot has been problematic since the original tenant, Caribou Coffee, vacated in 2010. Since then, it almost became another coffee shop (never opened), then hosted a pop-up retail store for the National Cherry Blossom Festival, then became Mediterranean Spot. Let's see if Philly Cheeseteak & Gyro lasts.
Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Rachel Joyce Organic Salon recently opened in Adams Morgan. The store is located on the busy 1700 block of Columbia Rd NW at 1754, above Julia's Fashions. Rachel Joyce offers services including cut/color/styling and more. But, they caught my eye because they use cruelty-free products, which is awesome! According to their website, 100% of their products are vegan friendly and they do not use suppliers who have been involved with animal testing. Huge points in my book for those considerations.
Rachel Joyce is open 10:00 am - 4:00 pm Mon-Fri and 8:00 am - 2:00 pm on Saturday (note: hours are listed as slightly different on the FB page). Good luck Rachel Joyce Salon!
Thursday, May 15, 2014
Get ready for more outdoor movies, this time close to home! The Adams Morgan Partnership BID & Marie Reed School PTA have organized a three-movie set for May and June. The movies will begin 30 minutes after sunset (~8:30PM) on May 20, June 10, and June 24.
The location is the soccer field at Marie Reed. IT'S GORGEOUS. And I'm betting it will be an awesome venue for the movies. Marie Reed School is located at 2201 18th St NW. Here's the line up:
Wednesday, May 7, 2014
ShopHouse Southeast Asian Kitchen opened its seventh restaurant yesterday. This fast-casual, Asian themed, Chipotle spin-off is located at 710 7th Street NW near Chinatown. There are now three ShopHouse stores in DC, including the original in Dupont, and another on M Street NW in Georgetown. There is one store in Bethesda and three more in southern California. ShopHouse is very vegan friendly, just check the clearly marked menu for the veggie nuance (like, green papaya salad is not vegetarian) in sauces and toppings. The staff is great as well. Goodbye lunch money!
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Adams Morgan's Pharmacy Bar has been a bit of an oasis in the desert of sometimes undesirable imbibing locations present on 18th Street NW. After Asylum did a 180/transformation into Smoke & Barrel, Pharmacy was left as one of my personal go-to bars for friends' birthdays, know-everyone-there impromptu hang outs, and any basic no-hangups chill hangout with good people you know and love. Well, the bar isn't going away anytime soon, but it is about to be sold to new owners who will likely make changes that promise to transform it significantly. The Washington Post has a good write up here. Looking forward to seeing the changes. So dawn goes down to day. Nothing gold can stay.
Pharmacy Bar's new owners planning a name change, coffee service, a patio and new soundtrack. http://t.co/PHcOrX6spg pic.twitter.com/KZTeYA3KR4
— Fritz Hahn (@fritzhahn) May 6, 2014
Monday, March 24, 2014
Rise Gluten Free Bakery has announced its presence in Adam Morgan. The bakery is setting up shop at 2409 18th Street NW, next to Ventnor Sports Cafe. The temporary signage indicates an opening date of Summer 2014. Rise has a Facebook page that claims it would be DC's first and only gluten-free bakery.
Update: This will also be a peanut-free bakery and they will offer vegan items daily.
From their FB page:
Update: This will also be a peanut-free bakery and they will offer vegan items daily.
From their FB page:
Our culinary artists have spent over a year creating our menu, using unique blends of featherlight flours to bring you baked goods that are so delicious you won't have any idea they are gluten-free.
We are prepared to serve a daily assortment of everything from muffins and danishes to cakes, cupcakes and tarts. Our cafè will offer gourmet sandwiches on artisan bread.
We will be making menu items public one at a time as we inch closer to our grand opening, so stay tuned to keep updated on what's RISIN'!"
Monday, March 3, 2014
A local Middle Eastern + Southeast Asian restaurant looks to be opening in Adams Morgan. Signage for Z-Kabob was erected last week at 2475 18th St NW. 2475 was most recently SNAP creperie, which closed late last year.
This appears to be the same Z-Kabob already found in four locations across Maryland and Virginia. If that is indeed the case, they'll be offering a halal menu with meat kabobs, haleem, biryanis, and more, including some vegetarian options. More information as it comes.
Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Somehow, I only visited SNAP creperie (at 2475 18th St NW) once, for coffee. Although they opened the doors to this Adams Morgan store way back in summer 2010... I guess I'm just not too into crepes. And I've always been astounded how so many creperies survive in DC. SNAP even had a sister restaurant in Georgetown.
However, it appears that the Adams Morgan location is closed for good. The store went dark just before the new year and now has brown-papered windows. I will always have a sweet spot in my heart for the long-long-gone previous tenant, CD/Game Exchange. RIP CD/GAME EXCHANGE.
Next door at 2473 18th St NW, Cali Yogurt also closed before the new year. It is being replaced by Spoon, another frozen yogurt shop. Cali Yogurt opened in early 2009 and took the space of furniture store Miss Pixies (which moved to 14th St NW). No word on an opening date for Spoon.
Monday, January 6, 2014
A new year, a new bakery. To the ever changing Adams Morgan retail landscape comes a bakery, rooted in the classics. Sugar Daddy's Bakery at 2006 18th St NW is the first U.S. location for this franchised sweets shop. The other four stores are in Jordan, Lebanon, and UAE (opening soon). This building was formerly home to Bobby Lew's Saloon.
Sugar Daddy's makes and sells traditional layer cakes, cupcakes, cake balls, cookies, and all manner of pies and cheesecakes. They also offer coffee (brewed coffee + espresso drinks) and a deep selection of hot teas. They don't make vegan baked goods, unfortunately (yet?). However, they have soy milk on the coffee fixings bar, which is always a nice touch.
There is a small seating area upstairs and about 20 seats total, including the cute window seating downstairs. This place is awesome looking and just draws you in from the street with color and decor. Good luck Sugar Daddy's.
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
|1830 14th St NW, location of new Amsterdam Falafel franchise|
Amsterdam Falafelshop, the Adams Morgan make-it-your-own falafel restaurant, is opening another, franchised location on 14th St NW. The original location at 2425 18th St NW is not closing. The owners have been working on developing a franchise plan and the 14th Street store will be the third, joining two others in Somerville, MA and Annapolis, MD. The new store is at 1830 14th St NW, near Swann St. This location will be larger than the original and will also serve alcohol.
Amsterdam joins several other businesses with an Adams Morgan-Shaw crossover. Joint Custody recently moved from 18th Street to 16th and U Street NW. Meeps Vintage moved from U Street to 18th Street in 2006 and two years later Miss Pixie's Furnishings made a move from 18th and Columbia to 14th and R.
Monday, November 11, 2013
Marie Reed School in Adams Morgan opened its new soccer field last Thursday. It looks amazing! The old pitch was a ragged field of mud and uneven, splotchy grass. But, it was constantly busy with soccer, kickball, and other events. Earlier this year, the group City Soccer in the Community agreed to build a new field. City Soccer is a non-profit organization backed by the Manchester City Football Club and the Embassy of the United Arab Emirates. Check it out when you get a chance. It's made of artificial turf and it is beautiful. Even the spectator stands next the the tennis courts have been redone. Really stellar job. See more photos on the Friends of Marie Reed School & Park page.
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
The former Blockbuster Video space in Adams Morgan is finally being leased. The large space at 1805 Columbia Road NW is being filled by an urgent care facility and medical offices by MedStar PromptCare. MedStar will offer walk-in medical services as well as emergency care, but recommend that you call 911 if you are suffering from life-threatening injuries. The current PromptCare locations are open 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM on each weekday and 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM on the weekends and the Adams Morgan location should hold similar hours.
Blockbuster closed in late summer 2010 and left Mount Pleasant's Lamont Video as the only staffed movie rental store in Columbia Heights, Mount Pleasant, Adams Morgan, and Dupont. No word on MedStar's opening date.
Monday, September 9, 2013
The 35th Annual Adams Morgan Day Festival is in the books. This was my 10th, and they do start to feel the same after a while. But hey, Adams Morgan changes so much, almost daily. And I love watching people, eating good food, and listening to music. So, I will ALWAYS go back.
Is it me, or was attendance was down this year? Yes, there were crowded sidewalks, lines for food, and tall people standing in front of you while you tried to watch the music.... but.... didn't it did feel a little more.... "relaxed?" Not that decreased attendance was a bad thing; nothing wrong with a bit more elbow room.
My pie in the sky wish for next year: open container permit. HA.Yeah, not happening. But, wouldn't that be cool, to be able to walk around with an adult beverage. Anyway, here are some photos.
|18th Street NW. No cars + food + happy people + nice weather = Awesome.|
|RIP : The Reef. Just a shame.|
|"Best Named Booth" goes to....|
|There were several new vegan food stands. I was pleasantly surprised.|
|Jyoti has been doing the vegan/veggie thing for years.|
|Yes, there were some talented karaoke singers...|
|But these folks killed it.|
|And they were good, too.|
|Live painting demonstrations.|
|This one was cool.|
|Started off overcast (AND HOT).|
|Ended up sunny (AND HOT).|
|Another Adams Morgan Day helps us flip the switch from summer to fall.|
|See you in '14!|
Wednesday, August 14, 2013
Monday, August 12, 2013
|AM Day 2012|
The 2013 Adams Morgan Day will be on Sunday, September 8. This is the unofficial king of DC neighborhood festivals. OK, so that may be up for debate. But, what's not up for date is that, at 35 years, it is the longest continuously running neighborhood festival. And it regularly drawns 30,000+ visitors. This festival features A LOT of food (in restaurants and on the street), great arts scene (Arts on Belmont), local music on two main stages, and a chance to have a drink at your favorite bar while watching the first week of NFL games.
This year, there are WAY more music acts than I've ever seen! I can't list them all, but some of the highlights are: Allison Carney, Paperhaus, Side FX, Konshens, BOOMscat, Asheru, and Cecily. Here's the entire music schedule.
Thursday, July 18, 2013
Mediterraneans Spot has opened in Adams Morgan at 2421 18th Street NW. They have quite an extensive menu with over 100 items. It is also vegan friendly. They serve 10+ brick oven pizzas including a vegan pizza with mushrooms, arugula, olives, spinach, red onions, tomatoes, and pesto. In addition to vegan falafel and hummus plates, they serve other vegan favorites like baba ghannouj, grape leaves, tabbouleh, and fava beans. Cool addition to the neighborhood, although I still love Astor Mediterranean. A lot! Nothing wrong with a new veg-friendly place though. Great news.
Wednesday, July 3, 2013
Wednesday, June 19, 2013
The empty property at 2448 18th Street NW has been successfully permitted for historic preservation review, an elevator, and changes for electrical, fire, mechanical, plumbing and zoning. Jubilee Housing Inc. is the current owner and is making structural changes in order to convert the building into "6-ROOM BOARDING HOUSE ON 2ND - 4TH FLOORS & OFFICE ON 1ST FLOOR"; essentially affordable housing for low wage earners or fixed income residents.
Jubilee does great, great work and has several properties in the neighborhood already. At 6 units, the housing at 2448 is small compared to the others. Their smallest current property is 12 units and the largest is 60. The total property size of 2448 18th St NW is 3,800 square feet.