Washington, D.C., is always a bustling city with breaking news, events, and openings happening every day. Here’s a roundup of the main happenings you might have missed last week in D.C.:
1. Duke’s Grocery Opens New Location In Navy Yard
The beloved D.C. restaurant Duke’s Grocery has opened its fifth location in Navy Yard. With Navy Yard marking the restaurant’s first location outside of the Northwest quadrant, the British-style gastropub’s other locations include Dupont Circle, Foggy Bottom, Woodley Park, and a special spot in the British embassy. The space itself still reflects the charm of the chain’s British theme, but with quite a few upgrades: more dining space, more seats, more televisions, and a larger bar. Read more here.
2. Read And Rant: Vent About The Books You Hate At ‘Bad Book Club’
How many times have you picked up a book just to find it was so awful you couldn’t even finish it? Or, possibly worse, you forced yourself to finish in hopes it might get better just to be crushed by disappointment and a waste of time? Then H Street’s Solid State Books has the book club for you: Bad Book Club! Bad Book Club came to fruition from a random conversation two employees—Kiara Martinez and Nissa Moody—had while working in September. “We were like, ‘It would be so good if there was a club where we could talk about books that are bad in the way that movies are bad, like a Twilight situation,’” Martinez told the Washingtonian. And so Bad Book Club was born! Read more here.
3. 10 D.C. Women-Owned Businesses To Check Out On International Women’s Day
On International Women’s Day, we celebrate “the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women.” Observed during Women’s History Month, it’s a great time to acknowledge the contributions women have made to society—and what better way to do that than to patronize some of their burgeoning businesses? So Secret D.C. rounded up some of D.C.’s local women-run businesses more than worth checking out. Read more here.
4. 10 Stunning Spots To Admire The Cherry Blossoms In D.C.
Peak bloom is predicted to hit D.C.’s Yoshino cherry blossom trees from Wednesday, March 22 through Saturday, March 25, according to the National Park Service. Peak bloom refers to the day 70% of the Yoshino cherry blossoms are open, making it the most beautiful time to peruse the paths, trails, and streets along D.C. To help make sure you can bask in the beauty of the cherry blossoms, Secret D.C. has rounded up some of the best spots to visit to take in the sights. Read more here.
5. D.C.’s First 7 P.M. Sunset Of The Year Is Sunday Night
Now that the holidays have passed and the cherry blossoms have begun to bud and bloom, the early nightfall has gotten a bit more depressing. Thankfully, the District can rejoice as its beautiful sunsets begin to occur later and later! Read more here.
6. Smithsonian’s National Zoo Bird House Reopens After Six-Year Closure
The Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute is reopening its Bird House on Monday, March 13 after a six-year closure. The Bird House will reopen to the public having completed its $69-million large-scale renovations following its January 2, 2017 closure. Visitors will be able to “migrate” through the exhibit, learning about migratory birds and “how to live bird-friendly” as birds fly freely around them. Read more here.