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by Borderstan.com — June 27, 2013 at 10:00 am 7 Comments

From David McAuley. Email him at david[AT]borderstan.com.

"Sex"

The Men’s Parties club was on the second floor of 1618 14th Street NW. (Luis Gomez Photos)

Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 2F/Logan may vote to oppose the demolition of 1618 14th Street NW, former site of the sex club, “Men Parties.”

At last night’s meeting, ANC 2F’s Community Development Committee (CDC) voted 6-0 to recommend the full ANC not support an application to DC’s Historical Preservation Review Board (HPRB) for a raze permit for the building. The demolition requires permission from the HPRB because the building is within the boundaries of the Fourteenth Street Historic District.

There was a death at the club in 2009 which led DC to file suit to close the club.

Jeff Owens appeared before the committee to plead the case of the building’s owner, Stephen Jaffe. Reports indicate Jaffe has been the owner since before the 2009 incident.

Owens said the building had been gutted and is now exposed to the elements. He also said the building’s perimeter wall is buckling and the floor joists are gone. Neighborhood residents testified the building is neglected and some windows are open permanently.

Owens also said there is a tentative plan for a new building on the site which would have retail on the first floor and apartments above.

Neighborhood residents testified the building has been an eyesore for years and there were many unsuccessful attempts by neighbors to do something about it. One neighbor brought up the owner’s responsibility for the club and the 2009 death.

“He [Jaffe] knows nothing about that,” Owens said.

Members of the committee came out strongly in favor of preserving the building.

“This is the type of case that historic preservation laws have been designed to protect,” said one committee member.

“This is an absolute case of demolition by neglect,” said another.

“It’s a contributing building,” said committee chair Walt Cain, ANC commissioner for district 02.

The matter may be next considered at the regular monthly meeting of ANC 2F. This is scheduled for Wednesday, July 10, at 7 pm, at the Washington Plaza Hotel, 10 Thomas Circle NW.

A notice that an application to raze the building had been filed first appeared at the property in April of this year.

by Borderstan.com — June 24, 2013 at 8:00 am 0

"gun robbery"

Crime news from Dupont-Logan-U Street.

DC Police reported a robbery with force and violence early Sunday, June 23, on the 1400 block of W Street NW. The robbery occurred around 4 am. No description of the suspect is available at this time.

From the Police Alert: “Robbery Force & Violence _0354 hours _1400 W Street NW _No lookout  DO NOT TAKE ACTION CALL 911 W/EVENT #. Sent on: 06/23 04:48.”

From the DC Police Twitter feed: “Robbery//1400 W Street NW// No lookout//5442″

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  • You can follow the DC Police on Twitter @DCPoliceDept.
  • You can get more information about crime in the Borderstan area through the MPD listservs for the Second and Third Districts on Yahoo! Groups.

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by Borderstan.com — June 21, 2013 at 2:00 pm 1 Comment

"Pink"

The Louis at 14 and BakeHouse come together to celebrate Pink Day. (Luis Gomez Photos)

I am sure you are wondering what this is about. Well, it is all about fun and wearing pink. Celebrate the color pink. This Sunday, June 23, The Louis at 14 and BakeHouse are all about pink they are coming together to give away free pink cupcakes and lollipops on the pinkest day of the year.

Yes, it is a fun neighborhood event, although it is a National Day. (Yes, the Louis at 14 is the JBG Cos. huge project at the southwest corner of 14th and U Streets NW.)

Sunday, “Like” the Louis at 14 on their Facebook page, get a secret code and head on to BakeHouse (1407 T Street NW) to get your choice of free cupcake or lollipop. Dress up in pink, make it fun, get your picture taken and be part of the Louis at 14 photo gallery.

by Borderstan.com — June 20, 2013 at 7:30 am 0

"gun robbery"

Crime news from Dupont-Logan-U Street.

DC Police reported a robbery with force and violence early Thursday, June 20, around 2:30 am, at 14th and W Streets NW. No description of the suspect is available at this time.

From the Police Alert: “ROBBERY FORCE & VIOLENCE 0215 HOURS 14TH & W STREET NW, NO LOOKOUT GIVEN FOR SUSPECT. DO NOT TAKE ACTION CALL 911 W/EVENT I20130301948. Sent on: 06/20 02:30.”

From the DC Police Twitter feed: “Robbery F&V //14th & W Street NW //No lookout given //6559″

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  • You can follow the DC Police on Twitter @DCPoliceDept.
  • You can get more information about crime in the Borderstan area through the MPD listservs for the Second and Third Districts on Yahoo! Groups.

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by Borderstan.com — June 14, 2013 at 8:00 am 0

From David McAuley. Email him at david[AT]borderstan.com.

"Cafe Ghana"

Cafe Ghana at 1336 14th Street NW. (Luis Gomez Photos)

The owner of Cafe Ghana asked for assistance from MPD at last week’s Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 2F/Logan Circle meeting.

After a briefing on local crime by a representative of the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD), the proprietor of the Ghana Cafe (1336 14th Street) told the committee homeless people were harassing people in front of his restaurant.

He also reported homeless people participating in oral sex at a nearby bus stop. By the time police responded, the proprietor said, the behaviors had ceased. The MPD representative pledged to work on the problem.

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by Borderstan.com — June 11, 2013 at 11:00 am 3 Comments

"14th"

A new mixed-use building is planned for 1728 14th Street NW. (Luis Gomez Photos)

The odd looking brick building at 1728 14th Street NW that used be the Granger warehouse is almost down. While the front facade looks almost normal from the street, the rear alley view tells a different story. The lot is slated to become a four-story, mixed-use retail and office space. Perseus Realty has been working on its demolition for the last couple of weeks — only the 14th Street brick facade is left.

The new building will be 35,000 square feet with the first two floors for retail and two more floors for offices.

Last year Robert Cohen, president of Perseus Realty told Borderstan, “The area is maturing and has lots of apartments and residences,” adding “Now the local population needs other services, and that is what we are hoping this renovated building will provide.” It is scheduled to be completed by the first quarter of 2014.

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by Borderstan.com — June 10, 2013 at 9:30 am 0

"Pride"

2013 Capital Pride Parade Photos. Click above for more images. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Luis Gomez. Catch his photos at One Photograph A Day. Follow him on Twitter @LuisGomezPhotos.

Check out the photos of the 2013 Capital Pride Parade on Borderstan’s Flickr page.

The 2013 Capital Pride Parade took place this past Saturday, June 8. It started at 4:30 pm and lasted until 7 pm when the Capital Pride organizers float reached the corner of 14th and R Streets NW. This was the first time that the parade traveled north on 14th Street, a testament to how popular this corridor has become.

Religious groups, politicians, bars, banks, cleaning services, neighborhood associations, school associations and more were all part of the colorful party.

Dykes on Bikes kicked off the parade. There were plenty of elected officials and political candidates in the parade as well, and lots of local businesses (large and small) as well as a plethora of organizations, local and national, not to mention sports teams — and live music to boot.

Lynda Carter, best known for her role as “Wonder Woman,” was Super Grand Marshal of the parade this year.

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by Borderstan.com — June 10, 2013 at 9:00 am 0

From Luis Gomez. Catch his photos at One Photograph A Day. Follow him on Twitter @LuisGomezPhotos.

"Bulletin"

Ted’s Bulletin on 14th Street NW. (Luis Gomez Photos)

Known for their take on classic American food (think pop tarts, milkshakes, omelets and meatloaf), at their Barracks Row location, Ted’s Bulletin keeps getting closer to opening at 1818 14th Street NW.

The new location will have a heavy emphasis on baked goods and pastries, and will even have its own entrance for the bakery counter. (Hence, I make it my business to watch the restaurant’s progress.)

Ted’s Bulletin second location will be opening at the DC District complex. The facade is almost ready and the inside details are close, too. The 14th Street location will be twice the size of the Capitol Hill location, with 170 seats in the main dining room and an additional eight to 10 seats in the café area.

The hours of the new Ted’s Bulletin will be the same as the Capitol Hill location: 7 am until 10:30 pm on weekdays and until 11:30 pm on weekends.

An opening date has not been officially set.

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by Borderstan.com — June 7, 2013 at 9:00 am 2 Comments

From David McAuley. Email him at david[AT]borderstan.com.

"Evans"

Ward  2 Councilmember Jack Evans. (Luis Gomez Photos)

DC Councilmember Jack Evans (D-Ward 2) will come back to the heart of 14th Street to announce his candidacy for DC Mayor tomorrow morning, Saturday, June 8. Then he’ll be hanging around to participate in the Capital Pride Parade, the culminating event of Capital Pride Week, according to Evans’ Facebook page.

Go ahead and get your picture taken with him – you know you want to do it.

Evans-spotting: Where to Go

Evans’ official declaration will take place at 10am in front of newly-opened Le Diplomate Restaurant at 14th and Q Streets NW. Evans has said the choice of location highlights the renaissance of the Logan Circle area.

The Capital Pride Parade will start at 4:30pm at the corner of P and 22nd Streets. It is expected to last three hours. The end point will be at R and 14th Streets.

Evans and the Local Issues

Evans has a long history of ties to the area. His most recent City Council campaign was headquartered was at 1402 14th Street NW, near the corner of Rhode Island Avenue.

In 2012, Evans opposed the proposed closing of Garrison Elementary School at 1200 S Street. In January 2013, the decision was reversed. Evans is also on record as supporting the prompt and complete renovation of the school, which is currently in search of funds in the city budget.

Well-known local landmarks like the P Street Whole Foods, the Washington Convention Center, the Watha T. Daniel Library and the future City Market at O Street in Shaw were established with Evans’ help and influence.

More recently, Evans declared his opposition to the proposed U Street liquor license moratorium in a letter to the DC Alcoholic Beverage Control Board.

Other announced candidates for DC Mayor include Councilmembers Muriel Bowser (D-Ward 4) and Tommy Wells (D-Ward 6). Current DC Mayor Vincent Gray and Councilmember David Catania are rumored to be pondering a run as well.

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by Borderstan.com — June 6, 2013 at 11:40 am 0

From David McAuley. Email him at david[AT]borderstan.com.

"Cafe"

M Bar and Cafe, possible opening June 15. (Luis Gomez Photos)

ANC 2F Reverses Decision to Block Sidewalk seating for M Cafe and Bar.

At its regular monthly meeting last night, Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 2F/Logan Circle voted to endorse an application for a sidewalk cafe by M Cafe and Bar, opening soon at the corner of 14th and R Streets. This reverses a decision made the previous week.

M Cafe and Bar: Outdoor Seating (mostly) Okay

Two weeks ago, ANC 2F’s Community Development Committee (CDC) voted to protest an application for outdoor seating by the soon-to-open M Cafe and Bar (1634 14th Street NW). Representatives of the establishment had not shown up for the committee meeting to discuss the matter.

At last night’s ANC meeting, CDC Chair Commissioner Walt Cain (district 02) confessed there had been a scheduling error. The CDC normally meets on the fourth Wednesday of the month. This is usually the last Wednesday of the month. However, there were five Wednesdays last month. M Cafe and Bar management were told to come on the last Wednesday in May – a week after the actual date of the meeting.

Given the above, a representative of M Cafe and Bar was given a chance to present directly to the full ANC, so M Cafe and Bar can go forward on its plans for outdoor seating in time for the scheduled opening in mid-June. M Cafe and Bar wants to have 51 outdoor seats in all. Of these, 20 tables will be on the 14th Street Side. Six tables will be on an elevated platform facing R Street. An awning will be placed eight feet off the ground, protruding more than six feet on both portions.

There were concerns that part of the proposed design would create a bottleneck on the 14th Street sidewalk. The ANC voted to approve M Cafe and Bar’s request for outdoor seating with a minor modification to relieve the bottleneck.

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by Borderstan.com — June 5, 2013 at 7:00 am 0

"robbery"

Crime news from Dupont-Logan-U Street.

DC Police reported a robbery with the use of a knife around 3 pm on Tuesday, June 4, at 14th and W Streets NW. The lookout is for two men; more details are below.

From DC Police Alerts: “A Robbery Knife at 14th & W Street, NW LOF 2B/M’s 5′-6’tall, 20-23 yrs, wearing blue jeans and dark shirt tattoos on neck DO NOT TAKE ACTION CALL 911 W/EVENT #075-583. Sent on: 06/04 15:20.”

From the DC Police Twitter feed: “Robbery Knife at 14th & W Street, NW LOF 2B/M’s 5′-6’tall, 20-23yrs, wearing blue jeans and dark shirt tattoos on neck #6381.”

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You can sign up for alerts through Alert DC and get alerts  by e-mail, cell phone, pager or wireless PDA. When signing up, you can select alerts on crime, transportation, utility outages/issues, government closings, breaking news, DC-sponsored events and Amber Alerts. You can follow the DC Police on Twitter @DCPoliceDept.

You can get more information about crime in the Borderstan area through the MPD listservs for the Second and Third Districts on Yahoo! Groups.

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by Borderstan.com — June 4, 2013 at 6:00 am 0

"Coffee"

Free Coffee is by Joe in DC from the Borderstan Flickr pool.

Photos of the Day are pulled from the Borderstan Reader Photos pool on Flickr.

Today’s photo, Free Coffee is by Joe in DC. The photo was taken May 22 on 14th Street.

If you don’t already have a Flickr account, you will need to sign up for one, and then join the Borderstan Reader Photos group. Already a Flickr member? Join the group! You can submit up to five photos per day in the Borderstan reader pool. We are looking for photos from DC’s Dupont, Logan and U Street neighborhoods.

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by Borderstan.com — May 31, 2013 at 6:00 am 0

"Whiskey"

Black Whiskey is by Joe in DC from the Borderstan Flickr pool.

Photos of the Day are pulled from the Borderstan Reader Photos pool on Flickr.

Today’s photo, Black Whiskey is by Joe in DC. The photo was taken May 9 on 14th Street NW.

If you don’t already have a Flickr account, you will need to sign up for one, and then join the Borderstan Reader Photos group. Already a Flickr member? Join the group! You can submit up to five photos per day in the Borderstan reader pool. We are looking for photos from DC’s Dupont, Logan and U Street neighborhoods.

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by Borderstan.com — May 20, 2013 at 12:00 pm 2 Comments

"B Too"

B Too at 1324 14th Street NW. (Lauren Jones)

From Lauren Jones. Email her at laurenjones[AT]borderstan.com

Recently opened B Too (1324 14th Street NW) brings a flavorful, modern twist of Belgian cuisine to Logan Circle. Chef and owner Bart Vandaele (you may know him from Belga Café) dedicates B Too to the hip and contemporary multicultural scene of Belgium, which is reflected in the food and eye-catching interior.

Menu items include traditional mussel bowls with flavors ranging from chorizo to lobster bisque, more playful fare like frog legs and a foie gras lollipop and beautifully grilled steak that is cooked in a Spanish influenced josper grill–the first of its kind in Washington. Pair your food with a selection from the extensive beer and wine list where Vandaele spent time to curate all of the wines himself, sometimes tasting up to 150 a day.

Country Meets City Chic

Vandaele paid full attention to the ambiance of the bi-level restaurant that, dare I say, carries a flare of European cheekiness. Think down home country meets city chic. The knowledgeable wait staff dresses in comfortable plaid and cowhides line the wall in the upstairs dining room that seats 175.

Downstairs, patrons are greeted with floor to ceiling photographs of a cow’s head and a little piggy snout. And the bathrooms… well, let’s just say they provide unique comic relief. Yet the plush leather bar stools and flower bouquets spread throughout give the space an elegant credit.

The wood for the tables and the bar has been reused and was a part of the building when it served as a locksmith shop. Vandaele also installed $60,000 worth of acoustic insulation so that guests can enjoy their dining experience without having to scream at the person across the table. Unless you choose to, of course.

B Too offers two bars, a waffle and frite bar and a chef’s table that lines the space around the open-air kitchen. Vandaele plans to incorporate new menu items weekly and introduce brunch soon. When I asked him what he thinks of the new digs he responded with “Every day is something new, something fun.” See the entire menu here.

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by Borderstan.com — May 20, 2013 at 8:00 am 0

"Piola"

Piola is ready at 2208 14th Street NW. (Luis Gomez Photos)

"Piola"

Nabil Ashi, Piola’s owner. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Luis Gomez. Catch his photos at One Photograph A Day. Follow him on Twitter @LuisGomezPhotos.

Piola has been in the works since May 2012. Finally this Monday it is happening: It will be open starting at 5 pm for dinner.

Piola had its soft opening during the weekend. Nabil Ashi, the owner of the 14th Street location, was there to greet friends and family as they were treated to Piola’s extensive menu of pizzas and Italian dishes.

Ashi says the menu will be very similar to the one found in their other locations: authentic Italian cuisine, pastas and an extensive list of pizzas served in a casual space. Piola will also serve wine and beer.

Piola’s space was design by Michiels Architecture & Partners and the Piola “in house design team” working closely together on the final product. We had a chance to talk to Maeva Michiels, senior architect of the firm, who told us that the design is based on the translation of “piola” in the ancient Italian dialect to “gathering place.” Our mission was to create an environment that becomes part of the local community in a dynamic way. The design of Piola is warm, friendly and inviting. With an emphasis on green architecture and recycled materials, the design of Piola is a mix of modern gestures such as openness, fluidity of spaces and abundant natural light combined with noble materials such as recycled wood and recycled brick. She was also in charge of the space at Table on 9th Street.

The international Italian food chain Piola, known for its pizza, is opening its second location in the area having one already in Arlington. At 2208 14th Street NW Piola is the latest opening in the corridor following Etto, Taqueria Nacional, BakeHouse, B too, Ghibellina and Black Whiskey.

"Piola"

Piola: Great pizza and Italian dishes. (Luis Gomez Photos)

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