Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Adams Morgan Hotel Work Begins, Chief Ike's Closing

Can only imagine what will open in its place.
Yesterday DCist and other outlets reported that Adams Morgan bar Chief Ike's Mambo Room will close this week. I mostly knew Chief Ike's as a weekend destination for packed, sweaty dance parties, the occasional live rock show, and a chill place to watch the game with hardly any hassle. Oh yeah, and the epic patio! But, all that is going the way of every other cool spot recently -- closed for good. The last day is Saturday. WOMP.
Construction fencing and equipment. Get used to it.
Just a block away form Chief Ike's, work has finally begun converting the old First Church of Christ, Scientist into a 227 room hotel called "The Line." The property, at 1770 Euclid St NW, was just placed on the National Register of Historic Places in February, and construction began on March 3. The church part of the hotel will be converted into restaurants, retail, gym, and other hotel amenities. The majority of guest rooms will be included in a new structure being built on the south front of the church building. See older renderings here.
Songbyrd is hiring.
The folks behind the semi-mysterious music house / record cafe concept, named Songbyrd, are hiring baristas and servers. Brown construction paper went up in the windows of never-opened Z Kabob and former restaurant Federal last fall. Since then, whatever has happened inside has happened in private. Songbyrd does have a pretty active Twitter account, but so far there aren't any photos of the physical space. I'm super interested to see how this place looks when built out. Looks like we're getting closer to that day. Very cool!