by Tim Regan — July 2, 2015 at 12:00 pm 505 0

(Updated 5:05 p.m.) A Dupont-area kabob restaurant was earlier today ordered closed by the D.C. Department of Health after an inspection uncovered vermin on the premises.

Sacrificial Lamb Kabob and Wraps at 1704 R Street NW was closed much of today for “failing to minimize the presence of insects, rodents and other pests on the premises,” according to a DOH food establishment closure notice posted on the front door of the restaurant yesterday.

The restaurant has since reopened.

Borderstan visited the restaurant earlier this morning and spoke with a manager there. The manager confirmed the presence of rats in the store’s trash cans, but said the rats were not seen inside the restaurant.

“It’s unfair,” said the manager, who did not want to be identified. “We passed a health inspection three weeks ago.”

A DOH inspection report from June 1 did not reveal the presence of rats at the restaurant.

Still, rats lurking in trash cans are enough to temporarily close a restaurant, says DOH Spokesperson Ivan Torres.

“We have to actually observe the animals or droppings, which is evidence of their presence,” Torres says. “It can be in the trash cans if the trash cans are on the premises.”

A full report from yesterday’s inspection will be posted online next week.

by Jared Holt — July 1, 2015 at 3:00 pm 103 0

Dupont Yoga Teacher via www.facebook.com/events/1646929882192656/

Dupont residents can find inner peace for free tonight in Dupont Circle.

Amy Rizzotto, founder of MOARfit and co-founder yoga studio Yoga Heights, will lead an all-levels yoga class tonight at 6 p.m. in the park that surrounds the fountain.

“Every teacher lends their own style to these classes,” Rizzotto says. “I typically teach a pretty powerful class, but I can’t let people get away without some hard work.

Attendees should expect yoga poses, stretching and some meditation.

Though participants are encouraged to bring their own mats, Rizzotto says having one isn’t required.

“If you don’t have one on hand, you can still come and do the standing balances. It’s also just a fun place to hang out,” she says. “Don’t let a mat stop you.”

Attendees are also encouraged to bring their own water because drinking from the fountain is definitely not encouraged.

Photo via Event’s Facebook Page

by Tim Regan — June 30, 2015 at 11:20 am 180 0

Pope Francis will visit St. Matthew’s Cathedral in September, announced the Vatican today.

Pope Francis will arrive in D.C. on September 22. The next day, the pope will visit with President Obama at the White House at 9 a.m., then visit St. Matthew’s by 11:30 a.m.

At a press conference held earlier this morning, Cardinal Donald Wuerl said the historic Dupont church, located at 1725 Rhode Island Avenue NW, would prepare to host roughly 25,000 people during the pope’s visit.

Wuerl added that tickets to the event would be distributed through D.C.’s Catholic parishes.

And there will be a surprise visit by the Popemobile, confirmed Wuerl.

This is the pope’s first U.S. visit since succeeding Pope Benedict XVI in 2013.

View Pope Francis’ full U.S. itinerary here.

by Tim Regan — June 29, 2015 at 4:45 pm 1 Comment

Photo courtesy of The ChickeryDupont Circle residents salivating over anticipated new eatery The Chickery might have to wait a little longer for their chicken fix.

Canadian chicken franchise The Chickery told Borderstan today it aimed to open its location at 1300 Connecticut Avenue NW in October.

The Chickery is a fast casual roasted chicken restaurant headquartered in Toronto. The company has no U.S. locations open for business, but it says its Dupont Circle location will serve as a starting point for additional U.S. expansion.

As noted in the Washington Post, the space’s previous tenant was Black & Orange, a burger restaurant that closed after a neighboring law firm sued it for wafting and irritating cooking odors.

by Tim Regan — June 26, 2015 at 11:30 am 233 0

Good news: It just got a little easier to spot the Dupont Underground entrance.

Bad news: The underground art gallery’s opening date has been delayed.

Earlier this week, a bright red coat of paint was applied to the entrance doors and a nearby lamppost just north of Dupont Circle.

The sign was designed by D.C. branding agency Ripe, and the Sherwin Williams store at 2511 14th Street NW donated the red paint, says Dupont Underground Managing Director Braulio.

But Dupont residents might have to wait a little longer for that bright red entrance to swing open.

Though the Washington Post reported in May that the underground art space was aiming for a July opening, Agnese says the opening has been further delayed due to a snag in the permissions process.

“The timeline has been pushed back,” says Agnese. “Hiccups are an inevitable part of the development process, no matter how hard you try to avoid them.”

by Jared Holt — June 25, 2015 at 12:00 pm 229 2 Comments

Riccardi Clothier

The Dupont neighborhood will soon lose another local business.

Riccardi Clothier owner Alex Brown says his store, located at 1300 Connecticut Avenue NW, will move to its original location in Georgetown in just three days. Why? Because the rent is just too high, says Brown.

Brown has sold of Italian suits and fashion consultation from his storefront since it moved there from Georgetown five year ago.

He admits business on Connecticut has been lackluster for a while.

But Brown also says he’s glad his menswear store is moving, primarily because his going-out-of-business sale has helped him sell more suits than he’s sold in months.

And there’s another silver lining: At least the store won’t have to worry about  wayward chicken odors from when The Chickery opens next door.

by Tim Regan — June 19, 2015 at 4:05 pm 231 1 Comment


A pedestrian was struck by a car at the intersection of Massachusetts Avenue NW and Dupont Circle, say D.C. Fire and EMS officials.

The pedestrian was struck some time before 3:45 p.m. today and transported to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries, said a D.C. Fire and EMS worker on the scene.

by Tim Regan — June 19, 2015 at 1:00 pm 1 Comment

Fete de la Musique, photo via Dupont Festival

(Updated at 2:30 p.m.) Live music will fill the air around Dupont Circle during D.C.’s own Fete de la Musique celebration.

The event, organized by Alliance Francaise and Dupont Festival, coincides with the worldwide holiday that first began in Paris in 1982.

Though the celebration started in France, musicians will perform several genres of music during the all-day performance.

There will also be an area for kids with lessons on creating musical instruments, calligraphy and face painting.

Attendees are encouraged to bring their own seating and arrive early.

Here’s the full setlist for the day:

  • 11:00 a.m. Children’s songs with Gaspard
  • 11:45 a.m. Story time with Madeline
  • 12:45 p.m. Children’s songs with Gaspard
  • 1:30 p.m. French songs with Jean-Jacques
  • 2:15 p.m. French vintage songs with The Jennifer Scott Quartet
  • 3:15 p.m. Brass Band music with the Brass Connection Band
  • 4:15 p.m. Latin/Salsa music with El Clan DC
  • 5:30 p.m. French songs with Jean-Jacques
  • 6:15 p.m. Roots-rock/Americana music with Gramophonic

Photo courtesy of Dupont Festival

by Jared Holt — June 17, 2015 at 12:45 pm 0

Ralph NaderPolitical junkies near Dupont Circle will have a chance to meet consumer advocate and former presidential candidate Ralph Nader on Friday.

Nader will sign copies of his latest novel, Return to Sender: Unanswered Letters to the President, 2001-2015, from 1 to 2 p.m at Books-a-Million, located at 11 Dupont Circle NW.

Nader will deliver a short talk before the book signing, according to his Facebook page.

Dave Calvin, an employee at Books-a-Million, said a line of people will form at a sectioned-off area in the center of the store prior to Nader’s arrival, but that getting there early isn’t essential.

Photo via Facebook.com/RalphNader

by Tim Regan — June 16, 2015 at 10:15 am 0

(Updated 1:30 p.m.) People taking their lunch break on the lawn in Dupont Circle earlier today could have thought for a moment that they’d traveled through time.

That’s because Dupont Festival, in partnership with the Embassy of Ireland, staged a combination Bloomsday and Yeats Day celebration packed with people in costumes from the early 1900s, storytellers and period musicians today from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

Bloomsday — and similar holiday Yeats Day — were created to commemorate Irish literary legends James Joyce and William Butler Yeats.

The goal of today’s event, says Dupont Festival co-founder Aaron DeNu, was to recreate the atmosphere of 19th century Dublin, as is traditionally done on Bloomsday.

“[The Irish Embassy] has an incredible group of people that are going to do readings of Ulysses and musical performance today,” DeNu said. “They have some people that are going to dress up in 1900s traditional dress. It should be pretty fun.”

The event was free, and coincided with a vintage bike rally organized by BicycleSPACE.

by Tim Regan — June 15, 2015 at 3:15 pm 601 0

Firetrucks near Dupont CircleFirefighters responded to a structural fire at the Concord Condominium at 1816 New Hampshire Ave NW today around 2:17 p.m.

As of 2:43 p.m., officials tweeted that the fire was extinguished and that there were no injuries.

A firefighter on the scene said the fire was caused by a dryer fire in the basement of the building.

by Tim Regan — June 10, 2015 at 2:10 pm 266 0

Wed We Can march in 2014, Photo courtesy of Maggie Winters Photography

Wedding planning website WeddingWire will host a “mass vow renewal” atop the Embassy Row Hotel (2015 Massachusetts Ave NW) on the morning of the Pride Parade.

At 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, couples will gather on the hotel’s roof for complimentary snacks and beverages. Forty-five minutes later,  the mass ceremony, led by Pop! Wed’s officiant, Steven Gaudaen, will begin.

Kathryn Hamm, publisher of GayWeddings.com — a site that was officially acquired by WeddingWire just yesterday — was the one who conceived the idea for Saturday’s event.

“We welcome LGBTQ and heterosexual couples,” Hamm says. “Anyone who is looking for the opportunity to celebrate in Pride style.”

Hamm expects as many as 50 or more couples could show up on the day of the ceremony.

After renewing their views, couples will be able to craft their own parade-worthy “just remarried” signs with markers, poster board and wooden sticks provided by the event’s organizers.

And Hamm says not to worry about wearing a tuxedo or a wedding dress.

“This is Pride,” she says. “Come dressed colorfully and comfortably.”

Though the event is free, RSVPing ahead of time is highly encouraged.

Photo courtesy of Maggie Winters Photography

by Tim Regan — June 9, 2015 at 3:45 pm 329 1 Comment

Potomac Phil

Dupont Circle’s beloved taxidermied groundhog will make an appearance in this year’s Pride Parade.

Potomac Phil — the stuffed woodchuck that Dupont residents consult each year on Groundhog Day — will be hoisted from the top of a Pride Parade float made specially for him.

“He’ll be on top of an SUV that will be totally decorated to look like the Popemobile.” says Aaron DeNu, co-founder of Dupont Festival and the man behind the famous whistlepig.

This will be Phil’s first appearance in a Pride-related event.

“He only comes out a couple times a year,” says DeNu. “He’s a humble, unflinching prognosticator.”

by Tim Regan — June 9, 2015 at 12:00 pm 336 0

Photo courtesy of Dupont Festival

Hundreds of fans are expected to pack Dupont Circle to watch the Women’s World Cup match between the U.S. and Sweden this Friday evening.

Though kickoff starts at 8 p.m., the event, sponsored by the Swedish embassy, officially begins at 5:30 p.m. with a DJ spinning “Swedish-oriented” dance music.

The game will be shown on a large screen in the middle of Dupont Circle. Attendees should plan to bring their own seating.

Dupont Festival co-founder and event organizer Aaron DeNu says the game should be an exciting one.

“The U.S. is ranked number two in the world. Sweden is ranked number five. Two powerhouses,” DeNu says. “It’s a huge game. They’re going to be going all out.”

There’s also a good chance that live shots from the Dupont Circle viewing party could be featured during the national broadcast on Fox.

“At last year’s U.S. vs. Germany World Cup match,  [ESPN] was doing live shots of Dupont Circle during the game,” says DeNu. “All indications are that [Fox] will do that this year.”

To celebrate the occasion, local vendors will be handing out free snacks and non-alcoholic beverages to attendees.

Six Dupont-area bars will also coordinate with the event to offer World Cup-themed drink specials throughout the game. The bars are:

“We’re encouraging folks to go to the surrounding Dupont Circle bars before and after the game,” DeNu says.

Photo courtesy of Dupont Festival

by Bryan Doyle — June 9, 2015 at 9:00 am 105 0


“Our Teammate Nina” — A touching tribute to Nina Brekelmans, the Georgetown student who lost her life in the tragic Riggs Place fire last week, from the members of her running club. [Georgetown Running Club]

Metro changes — The new 7000 series of rail cars made its debut on the Red Line on Monday. Metro plans to replace the entire 1000-series, which have been in service since the system’s opening in 1976. [DCist]

Dupont Development — The St. Thomas’ Parish’s planned development project on 1772 Church Street is one step closer to approval. [DC Urban Turf]

Crime — A man has pleaded guilty to a Meridian Hill Park sexual assault that occurred in April.  Glen Green, 23, faces a possible 19-year prison sentence. [Borderstan]


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