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Spanish Inspired Mockingbird Hill Opens in Shaw


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Mockingbird Hill at 1843 7th Street NW. (Luis Gomez Photos)

The city is growing and that means the offerings for various tastes are becoming more varied. Example: Shaw gets the only sherry bar in the city. Inspired by Spanish bars, Mockingbird Hill — Ham and Sherry Bar — opened last week at 1843 7th Street NW. It is a take on  the intimate crowded bars from Europe by Derek Brown and wife Chantal Tseng. Brown comes from The Passenger and Columbia Room’s and Tseng from the Tabard Inn.

Tseng created a selection of 54 varieties of sherry that will have small bites to go along and enhance the experience – walnuts, manzanilla olives, peanuts and chocolate- are some of them. Four different types of local hams will be on the menu as well as some small plates.

If you want to learn more about sherry, Brown plans to offer sherry classes at Mockingbird Hill every Tuesday from 5 to 6 pm

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Shaw Bar Crawl: Get Your Gatsby On


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June 8: Shaw Main Streets Roaring 20’s Bar Crawl. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Mathew Harkins. Email him at mharkins[AT]borderstan.com.

You’ve read the book and you’ve seen the movie(s), so now it’s time to “Get Your Gatsby On” with the Shaw Main Streets Roaring 20’s Bar Crawl. Happening this Saturday, June 8, from 1 to 7 pm, this is a fun way to explore your local bars and restaurants while also supporting the preservation and restoration of the Shaw neighborhood.

Organized by Shaw Main Streets, they promise “an afternoon of cocktails, friends, and fun, Gatsby-style.” This is the third bar crawl that Shaw Main Streets has put together and given the theme of the crawl, they encourage period costumes, though they are definitely not required.

Where To Be And What To Expect

There are six different locations participating in this event, all located in lower central Shaw. Each will have on hand signature drinks, cocktails and food specials. There will also be raffled prizes at each stop along the way.

The venues/arrival times are:

  • 1 – 2 pm: Bar 7, 1015-1/2 7th Street, NW
  • 2 – 3 pm: Queen of Sheba, 1503 9th Street, NW
  • 3 – 4 pm: Old Dominion Brewhouse, 1219 9th Street, NW
  • 4 – 5 pm: A&D, 1314 9th Street, NW
  • 5 – 6 pm: The Passenger, 1021 7th Street, NW
  • 6 – 7 pm: Penthouse 9, 1318 9th Street, NW

Tickets are $15 in advance and $25 at the event.

Purchase tickets for the bar crawl here.

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Saturday Photos: United House of Prayer 2013 Parade


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Sweet Daddy Grace, founder of the United House of Prayer Parade lived at 11 Logan Circle NW. Click on the image for more photos of Saturday’s parade. (Luis Gomez Photos)

See more photos from Saturday’s UHOP Parade as it made its way around Logan Circle.

On Saturday, we were lucky to enjoy what has become a neighborhood tradition during Memorial Day weekend — the annual United House of Prayer for All People, always on the Saturday before Memorial Day. Starting from UHOP’s main location at 6th and M Streets NW, the parade of marchers and marching bands wound its way through the Shaw and Logan Circle neighborhoods.

The parade reached Logan Circle around noon, and the location has become a gathering spot for residents in the neighborhood to watch the parade. At  the Circle many neighbors gathered with lawn chairs while kids played and dogs sat beneath the shade trees. The parade took almost two hours to go around Logan Circle, while the bands and congregants marched their way back to UHOP.

“Sweet Daddy” Grace (photo above), the founder of the denomination lived at 11 Logan Circle NW and the church still owns the house; Cultural Tourism DC has a good write up about Grace and the history of the house.

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Developer for Shaw’s Parcel 42 Selected; 105-Unit Building Planned


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Parcel 42 is at the corner of 7th and R / 7th and Rhode Island NW. (Luis Gomez Photos)

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

The deputy mayor for Planning and Economic Development (PED) has selected the developer for Parcel 42 — a plot of land in Shaw at 7th Street NW and Rhode Island Avenue NW, and a rectangular lot at 7th and R Streets.

Several bidders met the qualifications of the previously solicited Request for Expressions of Interest, but PED selected Shaw 42 Developers, LLC, a joint venture between TenSquare and the Chapman Development Group.

The planned development includes a 105-unit residential building with ground floor retail, according to a previous profile from Urban Turf. The development will consist of studio, one-and-two-bedroom units, with room for retail.

ANC 6E-02 Commissioner Kevin Chapple says the proposal from Shaw 42 Developers was most attractive to the city because the group offers the city a 99-year ground lease. This means that after 99 years, the land and the building on Parcel 42 will revert back to the ownership and control of the city government, unless otherwise negotiated.

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Thursday: Savour Shaw at the Shaw Main Streets Gala


Rouge 24 is one of the restaurants that will feature food/drink at the Savour Shaw event. (Borderstan)

Rouge 24 is one of the restaurants that will feature food/drink at Savour Shaw. (Borderstan)

Savor the flavors of Shaw on Thursday, April 18, at the 2013 Shaw Main Streets Gala. The event, “Savour Shaw,” will take place at 7 pm at Long View Gallery (1234 9th Street NW). It will highlight the food, drink and music of the neighborhood to support the Shaw Main Streets‘ Commercial Revitalization and Historic Preservation programs.

Participating chefs and mixologists include:
  • Derek Brown, The Passenger
  • R.J. Cooper, Rogue 24
  • Frederik de Pue, Table
  • Daniel O’Brien, Seasonal Pantry
  • Tom Power-Corduroy and Ron Tanaka, Thally

Tickets are $75 and include small bites and a signature cocktail, hors d’oeuvres, live jazz music, a silent auction and admission to the gala’s after party. For more information, visit the Eventbrite page.

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Thally Will Bring Contemporary American Cuisine to Shaw


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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Thally at 1316 9th Street NW. (Luis Gomez Photos)

The 9th Street corridor NW has become a new destination for restauranteurs and  retail as the city continues to grow and develop.

Seasonal Pantry’s soon-to-be new neighbor will bring contemporary American cuisine to Shaw. Maple barman Sherman Golden and New Heights chef Ron Tanaka are joining together to bring a new restaurant venture to 1316 9th Street NW, Washingtonian reports. The restaurant, named Thally, is scheduled to open this spring.

“The idea is to create a neighborhood restaurant — like a bistro, but not with French food — that also has a great bar scene with a constantly changing selection of wines and beers on tap and in bottles,” reports Washingtonian.

Thally’s menu will change seasonally and will include locally sourced ingredients. There is no set opening date, as of yet.

Other restaurants coming to the area include Mockingbird Hill and O Street Market. Table and A&D recently opened in the neighborhood.

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Arrest Made in Attempted Carjacking, 900 Block T Street NW


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Crime news from Dupont-Logan-U Street.

A juvenile male with a knife approached a woman as she was entering her car around shortly before 4 pm Monday on the 900 block of T Street NW. He demanded her car, but fled after she called the police. The attempted carjacking occurred near the woman’s house, according to DC Police.

Police units were in the area and arrested the suspect nearby on the 1100 block of French Street NW. The woman was not injured and her car was not taken, according to DC Police.

From DC Police Alerts: “Police Alert – Armed Carjacking, UNIT 3052 CONFIRMED A Carjacking in the 900blk of T St. NW. Case closed with (1) arrest. DO NOT TAKE ACTION CALL 911 W/EVENT #I20130122764, Sent on: 03/18 19:46.”

From the DC Police Twitter feed: “Carjacking in the 900blk of T St. NW. Case closed with (1) arrest. 6972.”

Police Alerts, More Information

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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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Street Closings for Shaw’s Tavern Festival, St. Patrick’s Day Parade


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Dancers at the 2011 St. Patrick’s Day Parade. (tedeytan in the Borderstan flickr pool)

There are street closings on Sunday, March 17, for the Shaw’s Tavern St. Patrick’s Day Neighborhood Festival and the St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

Festival: According to DC Alerts, the 1800 block of 6th Street NW (6th Street between Florida Avenue and S Street) will be closed from 8 am to 4 pm for the Shaw’s Tavern Festival.

Parade: For the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, the parade will form on the National Mall and proceed westbound on Constitution Avenue NW from 7th Street to 17th Street NW, where it will disband. 7th Street will be closed between Constitution Avenue NW and Independence Avenue SW from approximately 9 am to 3 pm. Streets leading to Constitution Avenue NW will be closed during this time period.

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Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at Shaw Street Festival


From Allison Acosta. Email her at allison[AT]borderstan.com.

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Shaw’s Tavern at Florida and 6th NW is ready to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. (Luis Gomez Photos)

Looking for a good place to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in the neighborhood? This Sunday, check out the first annual Shaw’s Community St. Patrick’s Day Street Festival.

The festival, sponsored by Shaw’s Tavern, will take place on March 17 from 11 am to 5 pm on 6th Street NW between Florida Avenue and S Streets.

The festival will include an extended beer garden, including green beer and traditional Irish fare.

Entertainment will include live music by local bluegrass, Irish and jazz combos King Street Bluegrass, DC Swing! and Superior Cling, as well as Irish Step dancers from the Boyle School of Irish dancing. Check back for a schedule of events.

Bring the kids and let them explore a fun house and a rock climbing wall. A face painter, airbrush tattoo artist and balloon artist will also be on hand to amuse the little ones.

Local groups will have information booths lining the street, including Artspace DC, DC Public Library, MPD Neighborhood Watch, Howard University Hospital, Car2Go, Red Bull and local politicians.

The festival is free of charge and will be held rain or shine!

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Pool Narrowed to Three Developers for Parcel 42


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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Corner of 7th and R Streets NW. (Luis Gomez Photos)

A city-owned plot of land in Shaw at 7th Street and Rhode Island Avenue NW — dubbed Parcel 42 — is one step closer to being the neighborhood’s next big development project.

In November 2012, the DC Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED) announced that six bidders met the qualifications of the Request for Expressions of Interest. Now that pool has been narrowed down to three bidding developers.

Urban Turf reports the three candidates include a a 102-suite hotel from Baywood Hotels and Dantes Partners, an eight-story residential building from Neighborhood Development Company and a 105-unit residential building from TenSquare Group and Chapman Development.

Baywood Hotels and Dantes Partners

After ANC 2C/Shaw voted 2-1 in favor of bringing Dantes Partners’ vision to Parcel 42, the developer gave us the details on the proposed plan. The hotel will have 102 hotel suites and will feature a rooftop pool with green space, parking spaces for residents and hotel guests and a Milk and Honey grocer/market on the ground floor. Additionally, the project will include 22 subsidized housing units and will create 65 to 75 long-term jobs.

Neighborhood Development Company

Similar to Dantes Partners’ plan, the eight-story building from Neighborhood Development also features parking and a food/grocery space for ground-floor retail. Urban Turf reports that the development company submitted two plans: one with 81 one-and-two-bedroom units and another with 99 residential units. Neighborhood Development Company says the ground-floor retail (a 9,500 square-foot space) will most likely be Yes! Organic Market with outdoor seating and dining.

TenSquare Group and Chapman Development

While the plan for this team’s 105-unit residential building does call call for a specific retailer to occupy the building’s ground floor retail space, the developers say the retailer could also be a grocery or pharmacy. The team of developers say they plan to make the top floors contemporary and made from recycled materials. The seven-floor building will also include 21 units dedicated to affordable housing. The developers estimate the project will create around 15 long-term jobs.

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