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by Tim Regan — June 1, 2015 at 4:00 pm 0

D.C. Passport promo photo

D.C. residents can now double-fist drinks for half price at 42 bars across town.

The Passport Program is a national two-for-one drink special program available at bars such as Masa 14, Roofers Union, and Hank’s Oyster Bar.

Here’s how it works: For $20, you get a pocket-sized booklet that lists 42 local bars. Bring that booklet to any one of those bars for a two-for-one drink special. Though the deal can only be used once per bar, the booklet is valid until Sept. 7.

Check out a map of all 42 D.C. locations:

by Borderstan.com — April 11, 2013 at 12:00 pm 1 Comment

From Jane Alonso. Her passion for food and spirits leads her on frequent excursions into Borderstan’s land of bars and restaurants. Email her at jane[AT]borderstan.com

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Oysters on the half shell. (Luis Gomez Photos)

When it starts getting warmer as spring approaches, there aren’t many things as satisfying to consume than freshly shucked oysters paired with an ice-cold Martini. Head to Hank’s Oyster Bar, a Q Street mainstay since 2005, to explore how well these Mad Men-era favorites go together in the balmy weather.

Vodka or Gin?

The first order of business is to choose a Martini: vodka or gin, flavored or unflavored. If you want to let the delicate flavor of the oysters shine, it is best to go with a strong and clean classic, so choose gin or vodka “up very cold and very dry” as my Dad used to say.

I prefer the blank canvas of a smooth vodka, but the herbal floral notes of gin often draw out and highlight the unique flavors of certain types of oysters. You cannot go wrong pairing briny with briny; a dirty Martini will always partner well with the lovely saltiness of an oyster.

Just about any Martini offered at Hank’s will pair well with an oyster (not surprising that their mixologists know their customer base).  Two choices that will not fail to complement any oyster: The Vesper, consisting of two parts Plymouth Gin, one part Grey Goose Vodka, and a splash of Lillet with a lemon twist; and the Dry and Dirty: Cold River potato vodka with a splash of olive juice.

I decide to go off the path just a bit and choose one of their original Martinis, the “Cold Smoke,” which includes Ketel One vodka, a “float” of ice-cold Ardbeg scotch (a peaty Islay scotch I adore) with a flamed lemon rind.

Sample All the Oysters

The combination proves to be a perfect complement to the half-dozen oysters I order from Hank’s blackboard menu, which changes daily. The light touch of the smokiness from the scotch warms up the cold, strong vodka, but does not overwhelm or compete with the flavors of the oysters.

  • My recommendation is to sample at least one of every oyster available. The oysters will come out on a tray, along with a card listing their names.
  • As you work your way around the tray, start with a sip of the Martini, then dislodge the oyster with your fork, pick up the shell and slurp down the oyster from the wide end to suck in the juices.
  • Follow with another sip of the Martini, and wait for the flavors to mingle in your mouth. The Martini will add a wonderful zesty charge to the taste of the oysters, almost like an additional dipping sauce.
  • As you sample the oysters, you may want to consult your smartphone for some additional information on where the oysters come from and their flavor profiles (check out the Oyster Finder for a handy guide).
  • The Dragon Creek oysters on my plate turned out to have an interesting story: produced at Nomini Creek on the Eastern Shore, these oysters are hand-delivered to restaurants by the grower, Bruce Wood, who also recovers used shells and returns them to his waters, where new oyster reefs can begin to replace those that were over-harvested centuries ago.

Incidentally, my favorite oyster on this particular night was the Malpeques from Prince Edward Island — sweet and briny, almost like an ocean pickle.

While the weather is perfect for oysters and Martinis right now, don’t forget that oysters are wonderful any time of the year.  Enjoy.

The Details

  • Where Am I Going: Hanks Oyster Bar, 1624 Q Street NW.
  • When Am I Going: Weekday happy hour specials from 5 to 7 pm. Dinner service begins at 5:30 pm.
  • Paycheck Pain: Oysters on the half shell $2/each; Martinis priced at $11. Half-price oysters every night from 11 pm to midnight.
  • Say What? A lively atmosphere, but it’s not too loud for a conversation.
  • What am I eating and drinking: Oysters and Martinis! But Hank’s offers a variety of seafood and meat dishes for those who want a broader selection.

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by Borderstan.com — March 28, 2013 at 12:00 pm 0

From Rachel Nania. Check out her blog, Sear, Simmer & Stir. Follow Nania on Twitter @rnania, email her at rachel[AT]borderstan.com.

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Hanks Oyster Bar. (Luis Gomez Photos)

Hank’s had me at “all you can eat oysters.”

The annual Hank’s Oyster Fest takes place Saturday, April 13, at the restaurant’s Dupont Circle location, starting at 11 am. In addition to all-you-can-eat oysters on the half shell, diners will enjoy fried oysters, BBQ oysters, popcorn shrimp, old bay fries and onion rings. The event also includes all-you-can-drink select draft beer.

Tickets to Oyster Fest are $80 and can be purchased online; 10 percent of sales proceeds will be donated to Women Chefs & Restaurateurs.

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by Borderstan.com — December 29, 2012 at 10:00 am 0

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Borderstan: News from Dupont-Logan-U Street.

Borderstan thanks this weeks advertisers for their support. Remember to Think Local First and support local businesses in DC and the Dupont-Logan-U Street neighborhood. Get information about advertising on Borderstan.com and contact us for more information on becoming joining the list of Borderstan advertisers.

Chen Wen/Fairfax Realty: “Chen Wen has been a long time Dupont-Logan resident, having lived here since before Whole Foods was a reality. With more than 20 years of real estate experience, Wen takes pride in the fact that his clients keep coming back to him for their real estate needs.”

Washington Fine Properties: “Washington Fine Properties (WFP) is recognized as one of the most successful carriage-trade real estate firms in the United States. One hundred of the most powerful agents in the Nation’s Capital Region combine their expertise to provide unequaled brokerage services to both buyers and sellers.”

VIDA Fitness: “Start a new fitness plan or continue in your fitness journey with VIDA Fitness at any of our 5 downtown urban chic fitness clubs. Change the way you look, feel and think about fitness.” In the Borderstan area, VIDA is at 1612 U Street NW and at the Metropole, 1517 15th Street NW.

Tropicalia: “A global dance hall in the cosmopolitan village of DC located at the legendary cultural crossroads of 14th & U Streets NW”. At northeast corner of 14th and U Streets NW.

The Studio Theatre: “The Studio Theatre is dedicated to producing the best in contemporary theatre. Our restless, innovative spirit generates an uncommonly rich and diverse body of work, encompassing provocative new writing from around the world, unique special events, and inventive stagings of contemporary classics.”

Mary Snider / State Farm Insurance: “More than 20 years insurance industry experience. Personal service combined with coverage you can rely on.”

The Rutstein Group: A Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage. “In today’s market it’s important that your agent has the latest technology working for you! Drop us an email and tell us what you are looking for.” Office at 1606 17th Street NW.

Jo Ricks/City Houses: “Serving downtown buyers and sellers since 1979. This Realtor Is Not Your Average Jo.”

Rice/DC Noodles: “The Rice menu that both traditional and contemporary Thai cuisine in a very simple setting with minimal decor in the Logan Circle neighborhood. In addition, you can now order the DC Noodles menu at Rice during most of the week.” At 1608 14th Street NW, north of Q Street.

Pizza No. 17Dinner Special, Monday through Friday (Dine-in only)… any bottle of wine and two personal 8″ Pizzas for $39.95.” At 1523 17th Street NW, south of Q Street NW.

Local 16: “Happy Hour from 5 to 8 pm, Monday through Friday. $5 appetizers. $5 beer, wine, cocktails and menu.” At 1602 U Street NW, just west of 16th Street.

Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe: “Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe is DC’s only full-service restaurant and complete bar combined with an independent bookstore.” Just north of Dupont Circle at 1517 Connecticut Avenue NW.

Java House: “A neighborhood cafe where the coffee is roasted in the store. Happy Hour all day Monday through Friday with $4 beers.” Located at 1645 Q Street NW with indoor and outdoor seating.

Hank’s Oyster Bar: “Get down with the Up Bar.” Get more details. Located at 1624 Q Street NW.

Fur-Get Me Not Dog Wash: “Our mission is to provide the highest quality pet care services by treating our clients’ pets as if they were our own. Check out the company’s complete list of services, including training, boarding and dog walking. Located at 1722 Florida Avenue NW.

Floriana Restaurant: “Floriana Restaurant is about friends and family. We are an independently owned Italian bistro serving dishes made with seasonal ingredients sourced from local producers, and we pride ourselves on our menu, service and passion for food. Floriana Restaurant has received an Opentable.com Diner’s Choice Award for the past 18 months in a row.” At 1602 17th Street NW, corner of 17th and Q NW.

Fiddleheads Salon: “Trust your hair to expert care at Fiddleheads. Experience the latest cuts, styles, colors, and products at Dupont Circle’s best salon! We’ve been mentioned numerous times in Washingtonian Magazine as “The” salon for curly hair. But we know our way around a head of straight hair, too!” At 1515 17th Street NW, 2nd floor.

doris-mae fine art: “doris-mae is a curatorial project by Thomas Drymon that includes six exhibitions from September 2012 to May 2013 with painting, photography, installation, and video by artists in the Washington, DC, metro area.” At 1716 14th Street NW, 2nd floor.

Caramel: “Unique clothing and accessories for women and men featuring international, national and local designers.” At 1603 U Street NW.

Mike Brown/McEnearney Associates: “Every member of your family is important. If you and your pets are considering a move, learn more about our program today!”

BodySmith Training Gym: “Your friendly neighborhood gym… your personal training studio. Opening special.” At 1622 14th Street NW and 2200 Wisconsin Avenue NW.”

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by Borderstan.com — December 26, 2012 at 10:00 am 0

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The top business story in 2012 was one of a series (most by Tome Hay) on Hank’s Oyster Bar’s ongoing dispute with a group of neighbors and its interactions with the DC Government. (Luis Gomez Photos)

It’s that time again… a look back before we start 2013. Like last December, we will provide you with a list of the most-read stories on Borderstan by category. Today are the Top 10 from the Business section.

The web is forever, so they say. Posted stories continue to get hits a long time after originally going up on the site. As a result, some of the most-read stories for the year were sometimes published the year before — especially if they were published late the year before (not the case with any on the following list).

Top 10 Borderstan Business Stories of 2012

These lifestyle stories were Top 10 most read last year on Borderstan.com.

  1. Hank’s Forced to Shut Half of Patio; Owner Seeks Community Support (Borderstan)
  2. Plans Unveiled for the Louis at 14th/U; Will Remake Famous Corner (Gomez and Rhoades)
  3. BakeHouse’s Business Plan: Do Everything Really Well (Ashley Lusk)
  4. Owner Christopher Torres Explains Reincarnations’ Closure (Maggie Barron)
  5. Atlantic Plumbing: 375 Units and 25,000 Square Feet of Retail Space (Rachel Nania)
  6. 14th Street: Reincarnations Furnishings Closing (Luis Gomez)
  7. Mila Clothing: Zoning Variance For 14th and U Street Property? (Tom Hay)
  8. DC Noodles Closing for 1 Year; Stem Boutique Closing Doors July 1 (Luis Gomez)
  9. New Dupont Development on 17th and O Starting Construction Soon (Rachel Nania)
  10. No Hotel for 13th and U, Project Will Be Residential Says JBG  (Tom Hay)

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by Borderstan.com — December 22, 2012 at 11:00 am 0

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Borderstan: News from Dupont-Logan-U Street.

Borderstan thanks this weeks advertisers for their support. Remember to Think Local First and support local businesses in DC and the Dupont-Logan-U Street neighborhood. Get information about advertising on Borderstan.com and contact us for more information on becoming joining the list of Borderstan advertisers.

Chen Wen/Fairfax Realty: “Chen Wen has been a long time Dupont-Logan resident, having lived here since before Whole Foods was a reality. With more than 20 years of real estate experience, Wen takes pride in the fact that his clients keep coming back to him for their real estate needs.”

Washington Fine Properties: “Washington Fine Properties (WFP) is recognized as one of the most successful carriage-trade real estate firms in the United States. One hundred of the most powerful agents in the Nation’s Capital Region combine their expertise to provide unequaled brokerage services to both buyers and sellers.”

VIDA Fitness: “Start a new fitness plan or continue in your fitness journey with VIDA Fitness at any of our 5 downtown urban chic fitness clubs. Change the way you look, feel and think about fitness.” In the Borderstan area, VIDA is at 1612 U Street NW and at the Metropole, 1517 15th Street NW.

Tropicalia: “A global dance hall in the cosmopolitan village of DC located at the legendary cultural crossroads of 14th & U Streets NW”. At northeast corner of 14th and U Streets NW.

The Studio Theatre: “The Studio Theatre is dedicated to producing the best in contemporary theatre. Our restless, innovative spirit generates an uncommonly rich and diverse body of work, encompassing provocative new writing from around the world, unique special events, and inventive stagings of contemporary classics.”

Mary Snider / State Farm Insurance: “More than 20 years insurance industry experience. Personal service combined with coverage you can rely on.”

The Rutstein Group: A Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage. “In today’s market it’s important that your agent has the latest technology working for you! Drop us an email and tell us what you are looking for.” Office at 1606 17th Street NW.

Jo Ricks/City Houses: “Serving downtown buyers and sellers since 1979. This Realtor Is Not Your Average Jo.”

Rice/DC Noodles: “The Rice menu that both traditional and contemporary Thai cuisine in a very simple setting with minimal decor in the Logan Circle neighborhood. In addition, you can now order the DC Noodles menu at Rice during most of the week.” At 1608 14th Street NW, north of Q Street.

Pizza No. 17Dinner Special, Monday through Friday (Dine-in only)… any bottle of wine and two personal 8″ Pizzas for $39.95.” At 1523 17th Street NW, south of Q Street NW.

Local 16: “Happy Hour from 5 to 8 pm, Monday through Friday. $5 appetizers. $5 beer, wine, cocktails and menu.” At 1602 U Street NW, just west of 16th Street.

Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe: “Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe is DC’s only full-service restaurant and complete bar combined with an independent bookstore.” Just north of Dupont Circle at 1517 Connecticut Avenue NW.

Java House: “A neighborhood cafe where the coffee is roasted in the store. Happy Hour all day Monday through Friday with $4 beers.” Located at 1645 Q Street NW with indoor and outdoor seating.

Hank’s Oyster Bar: “Get down with the Up Bar.” Get more details. Located at 1624 Q Street NW.

Fur-Get Me Not Dog Wash: “Our mission is to provide the highest quality pet care services by treating our clients’ pets as if they were our own. Check out the company’s complete list of services, including training, boarding and dog walking. Located at 1722 Florida Avenue NW.

Floriana Restaurant: “Floriana Restaurant is about friends and family. We are an independently owned Italian bistro serving dishes made with seasonal ingredients sourced from local producers, and we pride ourselves on our menu, service and passion for food. Floriana Restaurant has received an Opentable.com Diner’s Choice Award for the past 18 months in a row.” At 1602 17th Street NW, corner of 17th and Q NW.

Fiddleheads Salon: “Trust your hair to expert care at Fiddleheads. Experience the latest cuts, styles, colors, and products at Dupont Circle’s best salon! We’ve been mentioned numerous times in Washingtonian Magazine as “The” salon for curly hair. But we know our way around a head of straight hair, too!” At 1515 17th Street NW, 2nd floor.

doris-mae fine art: “doris-mae is a curatorial project by Thomas Drymon that includes six exhibitions from September 2012 to May 2013 with painting, photography, installation, and video by artists in the Washington, DC, metro area.” At 1716 14th Street NW, 2nd floor.

Caramel: “Unique clothing and accessories for women and men featuring international, national and local designers.” At 1603 U Street NW.

Mike Brown/McEnearney Associates: “Every member of your family is important. If you and your pets are considering a move, learn more about our program today!”

BodySmith Training Gym: “Your friendly neighborhood gym… your personal training studio. Opening special.” At 1622 14th Street NW and 2200 Wisconsin Avenue NW.”

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by Borderstan.com — December 15, 2012 at 10:00 am 0

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Borderstan: News from Dupont-Logan-U Street.

Borderstan thanks this weeks advertisers for their support. Remember to Think Local First and support local businesses in DC and the Dupont-Logan-U Street neighborhood. Get information about advertising on Borderstan.com and contact us for more information on becoming joining the list of Borderstan advertisers.

Chen Wen/Fairfax Realty: “Chen Wen has been a long time Dupont-Logan resident, having lived here since before Whole Foods was a reality. With more than 20 years of real estate experience, Wen takes pride in the fact that his clients keep coming back to him for their real estate needs.”

Washington Fine Properties: “Washington Fine Properties (WFP) is recognized as one of the most successful carriage-trade real estate firms in the United States. One hundred of the most powerful agents in the Nation’s Capital Region combine their expertise to provide unequaled brokerage services to both buyers and sellers.”

VIDA Fitness: “Start a new fitness plan or continue in your fitness journey with VIDA Fitness at any of our 5 downtown urban chic fitness clubs. Change the way you look, feel and think about fitness.” In the Borderstan area, VIDA is at 1612 U Street NW and at the Metropole, 1517 15th Street NW.

Tropicalia: “A global dance hall in the cosmopolitan village of DC located at the legendary cultural crossroads of 14th & U Streets NW”. At northeast corner of 14th and U Streets NW.

The Studio Theatre: “The Studio Theatre is dedicated to producing the best in contemporary theatre. Our restless, innovative spirit generates an uncommonly rich and diverse body of work, encompassing provocative new writing from around the world, unique special events, and inventive stagings of contemporary classics.”

Mary Snider / State Farm Insurance: “More than 20 years insurance industry experience. Personal service combined with coverage you can rely on.”

The Rutstein Group: A Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage. “In today’s market it’s important that your agent has the latest technology working for you! Drop us an email and tell us what you are looking for.” Office at 1606 17th Street NW.

Jo Ricks/City Houses: “Serving downtown buyers and sellers since 1979. This Realtor Is Not Your Average Jo.”

Rice/DC Noodles: “The Rice menu that both traditional and contemporary Thai cuisine in a very simple setting with minimal decor in the Logan Circle neighborhood. In addition, you can now order the DC Noodles menu at Rice during most of the week.” At 1608 14th Street NW, north of Q Street.

Pizza No. 17Dinner Special, Monday through Friday (Dine-in only)… any bottle of wine and two personal 8″ Pizzas for $39.95.” At 1523 17th Street NW, south of Q Street NW.

Local 16: “Happy Hour from 5 to 8 pm, Monday through Friday. $5 appetizers. $5 beer, wine, cocktails and menu.” At 1602 U Street NW, just west of 16th Street.

Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe: “Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe is DC’s only full-service restaurant and complete bar combined with an independent bookstore.” Just north of Dupont Circle at 1517 Connecticut Avenue NW.

Java House: “A neighborhood cafe where the coffee is roasted in the store. Happy Hour all day Monday through Friday with $4 beers.” Located at 1645 Q Street NW with indoor and outdoor seating.

Hank’s Oyster Bar: “Get down with the Up Bar.” Get more details. Located at 1624 Q Street NW.

Fur-Get Me Not Dog Wash: “Our mission is to provide the highest quality pet care services by treating our clients’ pets as if they were our own. Check out the company’s complete list of services, including training, boarding and dog walking. Located at 1722 Florida Avenue NW.

Floriana Restaurant: “Floriana Restaurant is about friends and family. We are an independently owned Italian bistro serving dishes made with seasonal ingredients sourced from local producers, and we pride ourselves on our menu, service and passion for food. Floriana Restaurant has received an Opentable.com Diner’s Choice Award for the past 18 months in a row.” At 1602 17th Street NW, corner of 17th and Q NW.

Fiddleheads Salon: “Trust your hair to expert care at Fiddleheads. Experience the latest cuts, styles, colors, and products at Dupont Circle’s best salon! We’ve been mentioned numerous times in Washingtonian Magazine as “The” salon for curly hair. But we know our way around a head of straight hair, too!” At 1515 17th Street NW, 2nd floor.

doris-mae fine art: “doris-mae is a curatorial project by Thomas Drymon that includes six exhibitions from September 2012 to May 2013 with painting, photography, installation, and video by artists in the Washington, DC, metro area.” At 1716 14th Street NW, 2nd floor.

Caramel: “Unique clothing and accessories for women and men featuring international, national and local designers.” At 1603 U Street NW.

Mike Brown/McEnearney Associates: “Every member of your family is important. If you and your pets are considering a move, learn more about our program today!”

BodySmith Training Gym: “Your friendly neighborhood gym… your personal training studio. Opening special.” At 1622 14th Street NW and 2200 Wisconsin Avenue NW.”

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by Borderstan.com — December 8, 2012 at 10:00 am 0

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Borderstan: News from Dupont-Logan-U Street.

Borderstan thanks this weeks advertisers for their support. Remember to Think Local First and support local businesses in DC and the Dupont-Logan-U Street neighborhood. Get information about advertising on Borderstan.com and contact us for more information on becoming joining the list of Borderstan advertisers.

Chen Wen/Fairfax Realty: “Chen Wen has been a long time Dupont-Logan resident, having lived here since before Whole Foods was a reality. With more than 20 years of real estate experience, Wen takes pride in the fact that his clients keep coming back to him for their real estate needs.”

Washington Fine Properties: “Washington Fine Properties (WFP) is recognized as one of the most successful carriage-trade real estate firms in the United States. One hundred of the most powerful agents in the Nation’s Capital Region combine their expertise to provide unequaled brokerage services to both buyers and sellers.”

VIDA Fitness: “Start a new fitness plan or continue in your fitness journey with VIDA Fitness at any of our 5 downtown urban chic fitness clubs. Change the way you look, feel and think about fitness.” In the Borderstan area, VIDA is at 1612 U Street NW and at the Metropole, 1517 15th Street NW.

Tropicalia: “A global dance hall in the cosmopolitan village of DC located at the legendary cultural crossroads of 14th & U Streets NW”. At northeast corner of 14th and U Streets NW.

The Studio Theatre: “The Studio Theatre is dedicated to producing the best in contemporary theatre. Our restless, innovative spirit generates an uncommonly rich and diverse body of work, encompassing provocative new writing from around the world, unique special events, and inventive stagings of contemporary classics.”

Mary Snider / State Farm Insurance: “More than 20 years insurance industry experience. Personal service combined with coverage you can rely on.”

The Rutstein Group: A Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage. “In today’s market it’s important that your agent has the latest technology working for you! Drop us an email and tell us what you are looking for.” Office at 1606 17th Street NW.

Jo Ricks/City Houses: “Serving downtown buyers and sellers since 1979. This Realtor Is Not Your Average Jo.”

Rice/DC Noodles: “The Rice menu that both traditional and contemporary Thai cuisine in a very simple setting with minimal decor in the Logan Circle neighborhood. In addition, you can now order the DC Noodles menu at Rice during most of the week.” At 1608 14th Street NW, north of Q Street.

Pizza No. 17Dinner Special, Monday through Friday (Dine-in only)… any bottle of wine and two personal 8″ Pizzas for $39.95.” At 1523 17th Street NW, south of Q Street NW.

Local 16: “Happy Hour from 5 to 8 pm, Monday through Friday. $5 appetizers. $5 beer, wine, cocktails and menu.” At 1602 U Street NW, just west of 16th Street.

Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe: “Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe is DC’s only full-service restaurant and complete bar combined with an independent bookstore.” Just north of Dupont Circle at 1517 Connecticut Avenue NW.

Java House: “A neighborhood cafe where the coffee is roasted in the store. Happy Hour all day Monday through Friday with $4 beers.” Located at 1645 Q Street NW with indoor and outdoor seating.

Hank’s Oyster Bar: “Get down with the Up Bar.” Get more details. Located at 1624 Q Street NW.

Fur-Get Me Not Dog Wash: “Our mission is to provide the highest quality pet care services by treating our clients’ pets as if they were our own. Check out the company’s complete list of services, including training, boarding and dog walking. Located at 1722 Florida Avenue NW.

Floriana Restaurant: “Floriana Restaurant is about friends and family. We are an independently owned Italian bistro serving dishes made with seasonal ingredients sourced from local producers, and we pride ourselves on our menu, service and passion for food. Floriana Restaurant has received an Opentable.com Diner’s Choice Award for the past 18 months in a row.” At 1602 17th Street NW, corner of 17th and Q NW.

Fiddleheads Salon: “Trust your hair to expert care at Fiddleheads. Experience the latest cuts, styles, colors, and products at Dupont Circle’s best salon! We’ve been mentioned numerous times in Washingtonian Magazine as “The” salon for curly hair. But we know our way around a head of straight hair, too!” At 1515 17th Street NW, 2nd floor.

doris-mae fine art: “doris-mae is a curatorial project by Thomas Drymon that includes six exhibitions from September 2012 to May 2013 with painting, photography, installation, and video by artists in the Washington, DC, metro area.” At 1716 14th Street NW, 2nd floor.

Caramel: “Unique clothing and accessories for women and men featuring international, national and local designers.” At 1603 U Street NW.

Mike Brown/McEnearney Associates: “Every member of your family is important. If you and your pets are considering a move, learn more about our program today!”

BodySmith Training Gym: “Your friendly neighborhood gym… your personal training studio. Opening special.”  At 1622 14th Street NW and 2200 Wisconsin Avenue NW.”

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by Borderstan.com — December 1, 2012 at 10:00 am 0

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Borderstan: News from Dupont-Logan-U Street.

Borderstan thanks this weeks advertisers for their support. Remember to Think Local First and support local businesses in DC and the Dupont-Logan-U Street neighborhood. Get information about advertising on Borderstan.com and contact us for more information on becoming joining the list of Borderstan advertisers.

BodySmith Training Gym: “Your friendly neighborhood gym… your personal training studio. Opening special.”  At 1622 14th Street NW and 2200 Wisconsin Avenue NW.”

Mike Brown/McEnearney Associates: “Every member of your family is important. If you and your pets are considering a move, learn more about our program today!”

Caramel: “Unique clothing and accessories for women and men featuring international, national and local designers.” At 1603 U Street NW.

doris-mae fine art: “doris-mae is a curatorial project by Thomas Drymon that includes six exhibitions from September 2012 to May 2013 with painting, photography, installation, and video by artists in the Washington, DC, metro area.” At 1716 14th Street NW, 2nd floor.

Fiddleheads Salon: “Trust your hair to expert care at Fiddleheads. Experience the latest cuts, styles, colors, and products at Dupont Circle’s best salon! We’ve been mentioned numerous times in Washingtonian Magazine as “The” salon for curly hair. But we know our way around a head of straight hair, too!” At 1515 17th Street NW, 2nd floor.

Floriana Restaurant: “Floriana Restaurant is about friends and family. We are an independently owned Italian bistro serving dishes made with seasonal ingredients sourced from local producers, and we pride ourselves on our menu, service and passion for food. Floriana Restaurant has received an Opentable.com Diner’s Choice Award for the past 18 months in a row.” At 1602 17th Street NW, corner of 17th and Q NW.

Fur-Get Me Not Dog Wash: “Our mission is to provide the highest quality pet care services by treating our clients’ pets as if they were our own. Check out the company’s complete list of services, including training, boarding and dog walking. Located at 1722 Florida Avenue NW.

Hank’s Oyster Bar: “Get down with the Up Bar.” Get more details. Located at 1624 Q Street NW.

Java House: “A neighborhood cafe where the coffee is roasted in the store. Happy Hour all day Monday through Friday with $4 beers.” Located at 1645 Q Street NW with indoor and outdoor seating.

Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe: “Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe is DC’s only full-service restaurant and complete bar combined with an independent bookstore.” Just north of Dupont Circle at 1517 Connecticut Avenue NW.

Local 16: “Happy Hour from 5 to 8 pm, Monday through Friday. $5 appetizers. $5 beer, wine, cocktails and menu.” At 1602 U Street NW, just west of 16th Street.

Pizza No. 17Dinner Special, Monday through Friday (Dine-in only)… any bottle of wine and two personal 8″ Pizzas for $39.95.” At 1523 17th Street NW, south of Q Street NW.

Rice/DC Noodles: “The Rice menu that both traditional and contemporary Thai cuisine in a very simple setting with minimal decor in the Logan Circle neighborhood. In addition, you can now order the DC Noodles menu at Rice during most of the week.” At 1608 14th Street NW, north of Q Street.

Jo Ricks/City Houses: “Serving downtown buyers and sellers since 1979. This Realtor Is Not Your Average Jo.”

The Rutstein Group: A Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage. “In today’s market it’s important that your agent has the latest technology working for you! Drop us an email and tell us what you are looking for.” Office at 1606 17th Street NW.

Mary Snider / State Farm Insurance: “More than 20 years insurance industry experience. Personal service combined with coverage you can rely on.”

The Studio Theatre: “The Studio Theatre is dedicated to producing the best in contemporary theatre. Our restless, innovative spirit generates an uncommonly rich and diverse body of work, encompassing provocative new writing from around the world, unique special events, and inventive stagings of contemporary classics.”

Tropicalia: “A global dance hall in the cosmopolitan village of DC located at the legendary cultural crossroads of 14th & U Streets NW”. At northeast corner of 14th and U Streets NW.

VIDA Fitness: “Start a new fitness plan or continue in your fitness journey with VIDA Fitness at any of our 5 downtown urban chic fitness clubs. Change the way you look, feel and think about fitness.” In the Borderstan area, VIDA is at 1612 U Street NW and at the Metropole, 1517 15th Street NW.

Washington Fine Properties: “Washington Fine Properties (WFP) is recognized as one of the most successful carriage-trade real estate firms in the United States. One hundred of the most powerful agents in the Nation’s Capital Region combine their expertise to provide unequaled brokerage services to both buyers and sellers.”

Chen Wen/Fairfax Realty: “Chen Wen has been a long time Dupont-Logan resident, having lived here since before Whole Foods was a reality. With more than 20 years of real estate experience, Wen takes pride in the fact that his clients keep coming back to him for their real estate needs.”

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by Borderstan.com — November 24, 2012 at 10:00 am 0

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Borderstan: News from Dupont-Logan-U Street.

Borderstan thanks this weeks advertisers for their support. Remember to Think Local First and support local businesses in DC and the Dupont-Logan-U Street neighborhood. Get information about advertising on Borderstan.com and contact us for more information on becoming joining the list of Borderstan advertisers.

BodySmith Training Gym: “Your friendly neighborhood gym… your personal training studio. Opening special.”  At 1622 14th Street NW and 2200 Wisconsin Avenue NW.”

Mike Brown/McEnearney Associates: “Every member of your family is important. If you and your pets are considering a move, learn more about our program today!”

Caramel: “Unique clothing and accessories for women and men featuring international, national and local designers.” At 1603 U Street NW.

doris-mae fine art: “doris-mae is a curatorial project by Thomas Drymon that includes six exhibitions from September 2012 to May 2013 with painting, photography, installation, and video by artists in the Washington, DC, metro area.” At 1716 14th Street NW, 2nd floor.

Fiddleheads Salon: “Trust your hair to expert care at Fiddleheads. Experience the latest cuts, styles, colors, and products at Dupont Circle’s best salon! We’ve been mentioned numerous times in Washingtonian Magazine as “The” salon for curly hair. But we know our way around a head of straight hair, too!” At 1515 17th Street NW, 2nd floor.

Floriana Restaurant: “Floriana Restaurant is about friends and family. We are an independently owned Italian bistro serving dishes made with seasonal ingredients sourced from local producers, and we pride ourselves on our menu, service and passion for food. Floriana Restaurant has received an Opentable.com Diner’s Choice Award for the past 18 months in a row.” At 1602 17th Street NW, corner of 17th and Q NW.

Fur-Get Me Not Dog Wash: “Our mission is to provide the highest quality pet care services by treating our clients’ pets as if they were our own. Check out the company’s complete list of services, including training, boarding and dog walking. Located at 1722 Florida Avenue NW.

Hank’s Oyster Bar: “Get down with the Up Bar.” Get more details. Located at 1624 Q Street NW.

Java House: “A neighborhood cafe where the coffee is roasted in the store. Happy Hour all day Monday through Friday with $4 beers.” Located at 1645 Q Street NW with indoor and outdoor seating.

Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe: “Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe is DC’s only full-service restaurant and complete bar combined with an independent bookstore.” Just north of Dupont Circle at 1517 Connecticut Avenue NW.

Local 16: “Happy Hour from 5 to 8 pm, Monday through Friday. $5 appetizers. $5 beer, wine, cocktails and menu.” At 1602 U Street NW, just west of 16th Street.

Pizza No. 17Dinner Special, Monday through Friday (Dine-in only)… any bottle of wine and two personal 8″ Pizzas for $39.95.” At 1523 17th Street NW, south of Q Street NW.

Rice/DC Noodles: “The Rice menu that both traditional and contemporary Thai cuisine in a very simple setting with minimal decor in the Logan Circle neighborhood. In addition, you can now order the DC Noodles menu at Rice during most of the week.” At 1608 14th Street NW, north of Q Street.

Jo Ricks/City Houses: “Serving downtown buyers and sellers since 1979. This Realtor Is Not Your Average Jo.”

The Rutstein Group: A Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage. “In today’s market it’s important that your agent has the latest technology working for you! Drop us an email and tell us what you are looking for.” Office at 1606 17th Street NW.

Mary Snider / State Farm Insurance: “More than 20 years insurance industry experience. Personal service combined with coverage you can rely on.”

The Studio Theatre: “The Studio Theatre is dedicated to producing the best in contemporary theatre. Our restless, innovative spirit generates an uncommonly rich and diverse body of work, encompassing provocative new writing from around the world, unique special events, and inventive stagings of contemporary classics.”

Tropicalia: “A global dance hall in the cosmopolitan village of DC located at the legendary cultural crossroads of 14th & U Streets NW”. At northeast corner of 14th and U Streets NW.

VIDA Fitness: “Start a new fitness plan or continue in your fitness journey with VIDA Fitness at any of our 5 downtown urban chic fitness clubs. Change the way you look, feel and think about fitness.” In the Borderstan area, VIDA is at 1612 U Street NW and at the Metropole, 1517 15th Street NW.

Washington Fine Properties: “Washington Fine Properties (WFP) is recognized as one of the most successful carriage-trade real estate firms in the United States. One hundred of the most powerful agents in the Nation’s Capital Region combine their expertise to provide unequaled brokerage services to both buyers and sellers.”

Chen Wen/Fairfax Realty: “Chen Wen has been a long time Dupont-Logan resident, having lived here since before Whole Foods was a reality. With more than 20 years of real estate experience, Wen takes pride in the fact that his clients keep coming back to him for their real estate needs.”

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by Borderstan.com — September 13, 2012 at 1:52 pm 1 Comment

Hank’s Oyster Bar was forced to close half of its patio seating, but with the ABC Board’d decision that will change tonight. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Tom Hay. Questions for Tom? Send him an email at Tom[AT]borderstan.com. You can follow him on Twitter
@Tomonswann.

The Washington City Paper reported today that the District of Columbia Alcoholic Beverage Control Board (ABC) has ruled that Hank’s Oyster Bar did meet all three criteria for termination of the Voluntary Agreement (VA), which the Dupont Circle restaurant had been operating under since opening in 2005.

The ABC Board had first issued an order in 2010 allowing termination of the VA. That decision was appealed to the DC Court of Appeals by several of the original signatories who protested Hank’s alcohol license. The appellate court ruled in May 2012 that the ABC Board erred in their decision which prompted the Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration to shut down half of Hank’s outdoor patio, just as the busy outdoor dining season was getting underway.Hank’s has posted on their Facebook page that full patio seating will be available tonight at 1624 Q Street NW.

The most recent order by the ABC Board allows Jamie Leeds, Hank’s chef and owner, to seat the patio dining area to full capacity. The partial closure of the patio prompted an online petition in support of Leeds and came just weeks before hearings on revisions to the District’s alcohol laws. The proposed legislation limits what may be included in a VA and also further defines who has standing to protest a liquor license.

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by Borderstan.com — August 10, 2012 at 12:00 pm 0

From Jane Alonso. Her passion for food and spirits leads her on frequent excursions into Borderstan’s land of bars and restaurants. Email her at jane[AT]borderstan.com

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Oysters on the half shell. (Luis Gomez Photos)

When it gets as hot as it’s been this summer, there aren’t many things as satisfying to consume than freshly shucked oysters paired with an ice-cold Martini. I recently headed to Hank’s Oyster Bar, a Q Street mainstay since 2005, to explore how well these Mad Men-era favorites go together in the 90-degree heat.

Vodka or Gin?

The first order of business is to choose a Martini: vodka or gin, flavored or unflavored. If you want to let the delicate flavor of the oysters shine, it is best to go with a strong and clean classic, so choose gin or vodka “up very cold and very dry” as my Dad used to say.

I prefer the blank canvas of a smooth vodka, but the herbal floral notes of gin often draw out and highlight the unique flavors of certain types of oysters. You cannot go wrong pairing briny with briny; a dirty Martini will always partner well with the lovely saltiness of an oyster.

Just about any Martini offered at Hank’s will pair well with an oyster (not surprising that their mixologists know their customer base).  Two choices that will not fail to complement any oyster: The Vesper, consisting of two parts Plymouth Gin, one part Grey Goose Vodka, and a splash of Lillet with a lemon twist; and the Dry and Dirty: Cold River potato vodka with a splash of olive juice.

I decide to go off the path just a bit and choose one of their original Martinis, the “Cold Smoke,” which includes Ketel One vodka, a “float” of ice-cold Ardbeg scotch (a peaty Islay scotch I adore) with a flamed lemon rind.

Sample All the Oysters

The combination proves to be a perfect complement to the half-dozen oysters I order from Hank’s blackboard menu, which changes daily. The light touch of the smokiness from the scotch warms up the cold, strong vodka, but does not overwhelm or compete with the flavors of the oysters.

My recommendation is to sample at least one of every oyster available. The oysters will come out on a tray, along with a card listing their names. As you work your way around the tray, start with a sip of the Martini, then dislodge the oyster with your fork, pick up the shell and slurp down the oyster from the wide end to suck in the juices. Follow with another sip of the Martini, and wait for the flavors to mingle in your mouth. The Martini will add a wonderful zesty charge to the taste of the oysters, almost like an additional dipping sauce.

As you sample the oysters, you may want to consult your smartphone for some additional information on where the oysters come from and their flavor profiles. The Dragon Creek oysters on my plate turned out to have an interesting story: produced at Nomini Creek on the Eastern Shore, these oysters are hand-delivered to restaurants by the grower, Bruce Wood, who also recovers used shells and returns them to his waters, where new oyster reefs can begin to replace those that were over-harvested centuries ago. Check out the Oyster Finder for a handy guide.

Incidentally, my favorite oyster on this particular night was the Malpeques from Prince Edward Island — sweet and briny, almost like an ocean pickle.

While the weather is perfect for oysters and Martinis right now, don’t forget that oysters are best eaten in months that end with an “R” due to their spawning cycles in warmer months… and fall is just around the corner.  Enjoy.

The Details

  • Where Am I Going: Hanks Oyster Bar, 1624 Q Street NW
  • When Am I Going: Weekday happy hour specials from 5 to 7 pm. Dinner service begins at 5:30 pm.
  • Paycheck Pain: Oysters on the half shell $2/each; Martinis priced at $11. Half-price oysters every night from 11 pm to midnight.
  • Say What? A lively atmosphere, but it’s not too loud for a conversation.
  • What am I eating and drinking: Oysters and Martinis! But Hank’s offers a variety of seafood and meat dishes for those who want a broader selection.

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by Borderstan.com — August 10, 2012 at 10:00 am 0

From Rachel Nania. Check out her blog, Sear, Simmer & Stir. Follow Nania on Twitter @rnania, email her at rachel[AT]borderstan.com. 

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DC Beer Week will feature offerings at four venues in Dupont-Logan. (Luis Gomez Photos)

The time has come to celebrate beer’s growing community – and popularity – in the District. And with more than 180 separate events in the course of one week, DC Beer Week will accomplish just that.

The fourth annual DC Beer Week runs August 12 to 18, and the week will include everything from panel discussions to beer dinners, happy hours and a craft beer dinner cruise on the Potomac.

Here’s a sneak peek at what’s happening in the neighborhood:

  • Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe  on Connecticut Avenue NW (just north of Dupont Circle) will host the Third Annual Brooklyn Brawl, a beer and cheese tasting event featuring seven selections by Brooklyn Brewery. The Brawl will take place on Monday, August 13 from 6 until 10 pm. Themed flight prices are $21 or $22; the full tasting flight is $53.
  • Hank’s Oyster Bar at 1624 Q Street NW will celebrate with the Evolution Beer Dinner on Tuesday, August 14 at 7 pm. Evolution Craft Brewing Company will be on-hand to pair beers with a five-course meal. Tickets are $70. Seating is limited so please call (202) 462-4265 after 5 pm for reservations.
  • Big Hunt (1345 Connecticut Avenue NW) and ChurchKey (1337 14th Street NW) are both hosting several events throughout the week, including craft brew debut parties. For more information, visit the list of events.

For more information visit the DC Beer Week website and follow the celebration on Twitter (@DCBeerWeek).

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by Borderstan.com — August 4, 2012 at 9:58 am 0

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Borderstan: News from Dupont-Logan-U Street.

Borderstan thanks this weeks advertisers for their support. Remember to Think Local First and support local businesses in DC and the Dupont-Logan-U Street neighborhood. Get information about advertising on Borderstan.com and contact us for more information on becoming joining the list of Borderstan advertisers.

Chen Wen/Fairfax Realty: “Chen Wen has been a long time Dupont-Logan resident, having lived here since before Whole Foods was a reality. With more than 20 years of real estate experience, Wen takes pride in the fact that his clients keep coming back to him for their real estate needs.”

Washington Fine Properties: “Washington Fine Properties (WFP) is recognized as one of the most successful carriage-trade real estate firms in the United States. One hundred of the most powerful agents in the Nation’s Capital Region combine their expertise to provide unequaled brokerage services to both buyers and sellers.”

VIDA Fitness: “Start a new fitness plan or continue in your fitness journey with VIDA Fitness at any of our 5 downtown urban chic fitness clubs. Change the way you look, feel and think about fitness.” In the Borderstan area, VIDA is at 1612 U Street NW and at the Metropole, 1517 15th Street NW.

The Rutstein Group: A Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage. “In today’s market it’s important that your agent has the latest technology working for you! Drop us an email and tell us what you are looking for.” Office at 1606 17th Street NW.

Jo Ricks/City Houses: “Serving downtown buyers and sellers since 1979. This Realtor Is Not Your Average Jo.”

Rice/DC Noodles: “The Rice menu that both traditional and contemporary Thai cuisine in a very simple setting with minimal decor in the Logan Circle neighborhood. In addition, you can now order the DC Noodles menu at Rice during most of the week.” At 1608 14th Street NW, north of Q Street.

Pizza No. 17Dinner Special, Monday through Friday (Dine-in only)… any bottle of wine and two personal 8″ Pizzas for $39.95.” At 1523 17th Street NW, south of Q Street NW.

MOVA Lounge: Enjoy MOVA’s new rooftop terrace and bar and be sure to check MOVA’s list of daily specials as well as their live entertainment. At the northwest corner of 14th and W Streets NW on the 14th Street corridor.

MidCity Dog Days 13th Annual Sidewalk SaleCome out August 4th and 5th to the annual sidewalk sale and festivities on the 14th and U corridor, which are sponsored by the MidCity Business Association and businesses in the area.

Local 16: “Happy Hour from 5 to 8 pm, Monday through Friday. $5 appetizers. $5 beer, wine, cocktails and menu.” At 1602 U Street NW, just west of 16th Street.

Jack Jacobson for State Board of Education: “I look forward to serving Ward 2 on the State Board of Education in January 2013! A main goal of mine will be to work with parents and the community at large to improve our neighborhood schools in Ward 2 and to ensure that parents have confidence in the ability of our public schools to provide their children a high-quality education”

Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe: “Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe is DC’s only full-service restaurant and complete bar combined with an independent bookstore.” Just north of Dupont Circle at 1517 Connecticut Avenue NW.

Hank’s Oyster Bar: “At Hank’s Oyster Bar patrons enjoy coastal favorites and New England beach fare classics like lobster rolls, daily fish specials and meat ‘n’ two. Lightly fried items such as the popcorn shrimp and calamari and Ipswich clams balance Hank’s ice bar options which consist of a selection of raw oysters, tartar and ceviche.” At 1624 Q Street NW, just off the 17th Street corridor.

Floriana Restaurant: “Floriana Restaurant is about friends and family. We are an independently owned Italian bistro serving dishes made with seasonal ingredients sourced from local producers, and we pride ourselves on our menu, service and passion for food. Floriana Restaurant has received an Opentable.com Diner’s Choice Award for the past 18 months in a row.” At 1602 17th Street NW, corner of 17th and Q NW.

Clean Currents: “Take a stand for clean energy. Find out how to go solar at home.” Green Energy solutions with locally based Clean Currents.

The Bike Rack: The Bike Rack is a full service independent bicycle dealer at 1412 Q Street NW. “Our passion is cycling and our goal is to offer outstanding service to a wide variety of cyclists and athletes by creating a friendly and welcoming atmosphere in our shop.”

Mike Brown/McEnearney Associates: “Every member of your family is important. If you and your pets are considering a move, learn more about our program today!”

Aura Spa: “Aura Spa at VIDA Fitness is DC’s most unique urban boutique neighborhood oasis — a chic Washington, DC, neighborhood day spa for men & women.” At the Metropole, 1517 15th Street NW and the Renaissance Hotel, 999 9th Street NW.

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by Borderstan.com — August 1, 2012 at 4:00 pm 0

From Sarah Lipman. You can email her at sarah[AT]@borderstan.com.

Hank’s Oyster Bar at 1624 Q Street NW.(Luis Gomez Photos)

On Saturday, August 4, Hank’s Oyster Bar and Hula Girl Truck are joining forces to host a Hawaiian Luau. From 11 am to 3 pm, the Dupont Circle location of Hank’s will be offering Hawaiian treats such as volcano bowls, all-you-can-eat roasted suckling pigs, grilled shrimp and chicken skewers, ambrosia salad, and Hawaiian macaroni salad at 1624 Q Street NW.

Everyone will also receive a Tiki mug to fill with drinks like Maitai, Hurricane, and The Martinique.

Tickets are available for purchase online for $75 and include food, six drink tickets, and a Tiki mug. Luau attendees must be 21 or older.

The Details

  • What? Hank’s Oyster Bar & Hula Girl Truck Hawaiian Luau
  • When? Saturday, August 4, 11 am to 3 pm
  • Where? 1624 Q Street NW

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