Local favorite South Block is putting a smoothie bar in a former gelato shop at the corner of P Street and 14th Street NW that has served as a popular meeting place for Logan Circle for the past six years. Owner Amir Mostafavi announced on Instagram that South Block would take over the Dolcezza location there, which will mark the 11th location for the largely Northern Virginia brand, and its first standalone storefront in D.C. South Block is known for acai bowls, smoothies and cold-pressed juices.
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Changing of the guard. Excited and very fortunate to be opening our 11th @southblock location (and first standalone DC shop) in Logan Circle in the former Dolcezza spot on 14th & P st! Robb (owner of dolcezza) and I are friends... he and his business have been an amazing part of this community for years. We have big shoes to fill and I hope we do you proud! I look forward to seeing your awesome gelato in stores nationwide! I am particularly excited about this location since this is the neighborhood where I got some of my first lessons in business from my dad at a very young age. My dad opened his first video store (video 2000) just one block away on 14th and Rhode Island. I would hand out flyers in the neighborhood... (and stock groceries and his friend corner market) this was in the early 80’s. The neighborhood was much different back then. Excited to have watched this neighborhood grow and thrive.... it’s surreal and I am humbled to now have my own business here almost 30 years later! As with every location we open, our goal is to add value to the neighborhood… As we continue to build healthier communities one block of the time! Think I’ll bring my kids by to hand out some flyers when we open in early 2021! #buildingblocks #kaleyeah #oneblock
In other news...
- The luau’s over — at least until the spring — for island-style hangout Coconut Club near Union Market. Chef-owner Adam Greenberg announced the temporary closure will start Sunday, October 18:
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Hey friends, Chef Adam and Emily here with some unfortunate news. Due to circumstances outside of our control, this Sunday, October 18th will be our last service until further notice. Our plans are to close for fall and winter, with reopening plans for 2021. We hope this isn’t goodbye forever and we can come back to vacation with you soon. This past year, we have fought long and hard to stay positive, innovative, and keep the good vibes going for you all. Coconut Club has always been more than just our cool concept, it’s our community. We would be nothing without our team, our guests, our Coconut Club Crew. We want to give a huge thank you to everyone past and present who has helped us along the way. The memories of you all in this place will live on long after this is all over. That being said, let’s make this last week a good one. Come get your cocktails and bites to go, or on the patio. We will also have a market of merchandise, wine & beer so don’t miss out on that either. Thursday✨ 5:00pm-9:30pm Friday - Saturday✨ 5:00pm-10:00pm & Sunday ✨ 12:00-5:00pm Stop by and support if you can, we’d love to see you. If you’d like to support our team, we have set up a GoFundMe to give you the opportunity to say thank you. 100% of donations will go to staff directly. Thank you all for your patronage over the 1.5 years - we couldn't have done it without all of you. We can't wait to come back and give you all that needed vacation from the world. With love and gratitude, Adam, Emily & the Coconut Club team https://gf.me/u/y4uj4f
- Columbia Heights brunch spot the Coupe is on the comeback trail. Starting Monday, October 19, reopening hours are 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., for daily dine-in, outdoor seating, carryout, and delivery.
- The cavernous Capital One Arena space that formerly housed dive-y pregame spot Green Turtle will get a new life next year as a sleek sports betting venue that resembles pricey club-level lounge areas. Here’s a first look at renderings:
FIRST LOOK: @WilliamHillUS sportsbook renderings inside Capital One Arena in Washington DC. Plans to open in early 2021. Will have a radio and TV studio inside.— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) October 15, 2020
NBA fans would need to exit facility to get in during a live game, per rules. NHL fans can freely flow in and out. pic.twitter.com/WEF1mk5eqp
- Park View’s square-shaped pizza place Sonny’s Pizza jumpstarted a natural wine club this month. Monthly subscribers can select from two, three, or four bottles with tasting notes from Plant Wines, plus a free focaccia-based pie every month. Members can join any time, but today is the last day for people to get nab October’s special selection of mystery bottles.
- To celebrate 50-plus years of Bob & Edith’s Diner, a $15-off special includes two double cheeseburgers topped with bacon and an egg, two orders of fries, and two slices of any pies for $19.69 (the year the greasy spoon chain was founded).
- A Neapolitan pizzeria called A Modo Mio is replacing Joe’s Place Pizza and Pasta on Lee Highway.