The Week Ahead…& Some Photos from the Past Week

Ruta Ukrainian Restaurant will open near Eastern Market next month, a source tells CHC.  The space was formerly occupied by the short-lived Newland and before that, the long-time neighborhood favorite Montmartre. 

Dima Martseniuk, formerly an executive chef in NYC’s East Greenwich Ukrainian restaurant Veselka for more than 12 yearsn will head up the kitchen.

So what’s on the menu?  Not sure, but items from every Ukrainian restaurant menu include the national dish of Ukraine – borscht with sour cream, varenyky (Ukrainian pierogi), cabbage rolls, goulash, potato pancakes, and Kyiv-style chicken. 

The name comes for a Carpathian legend that tells that the “Red Ruta” is a yellow flower, and on the magical night of Ivana Kupala (the summer solstice) it turns flaming red for just a few minutes. The legend says that the lucky one who finds the flower and plucks it during those few minutes will find true love.

Barracks Row’s Tortuga is temporarily closed.  A source says it will reopen sometime in March rebranded as a Mexican/Latin restaurant. 

Installation of a canopy for Potomac Avenue Metro Stop appears to be scheduled for May.  According to ANC6B09 Commissioner Matt LaFortune, who is acting chair of ANC6B’s Transportation Committee, the installation should happen  following the current escalator replacement project. The construction team will gain access to the site around May 1st and the installation will likely take three weeks in total.  All work will occur at night and the team will notify adjacent properties in advance.

Sources say the long-awaited Pacci’s Trattoria on the East side of Lincoln Park at 106 13th Street, SE, is scheduled to open January 31 this week.  The building formerly housed the Park Café, Ninnella, and the Lincoln Park Kitchen and Wine Bar.  Owner Spiro Goldasis has another Pacci’s Trattoria in Silver Spring, Maryland.  You can check out that menu here:

Rewild has opened its houseplant boutique at 232 7th Street, SE, across from Eastern Market.  Here’s a photo from inside.  Rewild has outlets in Shaw and Ballston – and in the U.S. Botanic Garden.  See here:   The last occupant of the space back in the 1980s was Ainilian Gallery – an art gallery run by Capitol Hill artist Agnes Ainilian.

On Thursday, January 26, MLK Library opened a new exhibit, Emmett Till and Mamie Till-Mobley: Let the World See.  The exhibit runs through March 12.  The Library is also showing a companion exhibit, Mothers of the Movement – focusing on local Black women activists.  The exhibits platforms the advocacy of Emmett Till’s mother and the role family, community, and the Black press played in telling his story and keeping his legacy alive.  The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis is bringing this exhibit to D.C.

ICYMI – February 15 will mark the permanent closing of the Penn Quarter Regal Cinema – along with 39 other locations – after owner Cineworld filed for bankruptcy.  The bankruptcy follows precipitous decline in box office receipts owing to the covid pandemic from which the industry has not recovered.

The Week Ahead…& Some Photos from the Past Week

by Larry Janezich

Posted January 29, 2023

Monday, January 30

ANC6B’s Executive Committee will hold a virtual meeting to set the agenda for the February monthly meeting.

ANC6B will meet next on Wednesday, February 15 at 7:00pm.  The meeting will feature appointments to the ANC’s four committees as well as to the new Special Public Safety Committee and to the Southeast Library Task Force.   See here for more information:

Wednesday, February 1

ANC6C’s Planning, Zoning, and Economic Development Committee will hold a virtual meeting at 6:30pm. 

To join the meeting, go here:

The agenda was not available at press time. 

Thursday, February 2

ANC6C’s Transportation and Public Space Committee will hold a virtual meeting at 7:00pm

To join the meeting, go here:   

  • 718 3rd Street, NE. Construction Permit Application by DDOT.  Replace existing exterior metal/concrete to all metal stairs and stoop. Same location, same dimensions, and similar design.
  • The Boiling Crab – Trash Room Design Review. 

Friends of SE Library will hold their monthly in-person meeting at 5:30pm in SE Library, lower level.  Anyone wishing to join FOSEL is welcome to attend. 

Note:  Call for ANC6B Southeast Library Taskforce members:  Later this year, the Southeast library will close for extensive renovations. These renovations may take as long as two years, or  longer.  ANC6B will establish a Southeast Library Task Force to address issues related to the renovation, especially interim services and the effect of construction on the neighborhood.

In addition to the ANC commissioners, our Southeast Library Task Force will have resident members to be appointed by the ANC through their commissioners. For the foreseeable future, the task force will meet virtually, using Zoom or WebEx, so Taskforce  members will need decent Internet access.  Eventually, task-force members may need to help scout out potential neighborhood locations for interim services, though some of that work can be over the telephone.

Concerned residents are urged to join the Taskforce to help provide guidance to city officials regarding the effects of the renovation on the community.  For more information, contact: 

David Sobelsohn, Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner, ANC 6B03 at   

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  1. dcgent

    Worker at Pacci’s said Wed/Thursday to us on Saturday fwiw