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by Andrew Ramonas — October 25, 2016 at 4:30 pm 0

A man sought in the theft of a computer tower during a break-in at a Logan Circle building last week has appeared in surveillance footage, police said.

The burglary occurred on the 1300 block of 15th Street NW between about 4 and 4:45 a.m. last Wednesday, Oct. 19.

Video police distributed today in connection with the crime shows a man with a backpack walking down a hallway in a building and into a room with computer equipment.

The man eventually left the room and exited the building carrying a paper grocery bag with something in it.

Crime Solvers of Washington, DC currently offers a reward of up to $1,000 to anyone who provides information that leads to the arrest and indictment of the person or persons responsible for a crime committed in the District of Columbia. Your assistance is appreciated by your community.

Anyone who can identify these individuals or who has knowledge of this incident should take no action but call police at (202) 727-9099 or text your tip to the Department’s TEXT TIP LINE to 50411.

Video via YouTube/Metropolitan Police Department

by Tim Regan — October 25, 2016 at 3:45 pm 0


A club in the Foggy Bottom area was ordered to pay thousands of dollars in fines and temporarily suspend its liquor sales after serving alcohol to teenagers last year, according to a D.C. Alcoholic Beverage Control Board notice posted last week.

Acott Ventures LLC, the company that owns Shadow Room at 2131 K St. NW, must pay a $5,000 penalty by Dec. 19 to keep its license to serve booze, the panel ruled.

The business also will have its alcohol license suspended from Dec. 21-24, regulators ordered. But it may have to refrain from serving booze six more days if it doesn’t pay its fine on time.

Investigators received a tip from D.C. Police that Shadow Room was selling alcohol to minors, according to an ABRA case report Borderstan obtained. A club bartender sold cranberry vodkas, gin and tonics, and tequila to at least six underage patrons — some of them teens — during a special event on Sept. 13, 2015, a police report says.

The patrons told police the bar’s employees didn’t check their IDs at the door or when buying alcohol.

“MPD detectives observed six minors drinking alcoholic beverages inside the establishment,” an investigator wrote in the report. “The establishment failed to take reasonable steps to ascertain the ages of the individuals.”

A Shadow Room representative did not respond to requests for comment. We’ll update this story if we hear from them.

by Andrew Ramonas — October 25, 2016 at 2:50 pm 0

L Street NE between North Capitol and 1st streets NE (Photo via Google Maps)Motorists and cyclists soon will get the chance to try out a new two-way street in NoMa, according to a neighborhood business group.

The District Department of Transportation on Thursday is set to launch a pilot project that will allow traffic to travel in both directions on a one-way section of L Street NE between North Capitol and 1st streets NE, the NoMa Business Improvement District said in an email notice today. L Street NE is mostly a two-way road until it hits that block.

“This pilot project is being implemented by DDOT after community coordination and a thorough analysis of potential impacts,” the NoMA BID email says. “Before and during the pilot project, DDOT will collect quantitative and qualitative data and will work with the [Advisory Neighborhood Commission] and the broader community to address any concerns that may arise.”

Setting up that stretch of L Street for two-way traffic is slated to take up to two days as DDOT crews remove about 25 parking spots and make other changes to the road. During installation, motorists won’t have the ability to drive through the block.

It wasn’t immediately clear how long the pilot project will run and if the installation will begin Thursday with the launch of the study.

A DDOT representative wasn’t immediately able to provide clarification.

Photo via Google Maps

by Tim Regan — October 25, 2016 at 1:45 pm 0

The District Taco closest to Dupont Circle got a slight facelift.

The Mexican eatery at 1919 M St. NW reopened its doors yesterday around 11 a.m., the company said in a tweet:

District Taco closed its Dupont store earlier this month to install some new kitchen and HVAC equipment, according to company founder and CEO Osiris Hoil. The restaurant also got some minor touch-ups, but “nothing major,” Hoil said.

The restaurant serves a menu of tacos and burritos stuffed with ingredients like eggs, chorizo, beans and a variety of salsas.

by Borderstan Sponsor — October 25, 2016 at 1:00 pm 0

The MacallanAs readers of Borderstan, here’s your chance to learn why The Macallan is the “world’s finest single malt Scotch Whisky” and is a tremendously popular spirit among Millennials.

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You will then head to a private room for a presentation from The Macallan’s brand ambassador to learn the secrets behind the award-winning whisky.

You must register in advance for the event, and you may invite a friend. The tastings will be held in the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium at 1301 Constitution Ave. NW from Nov. 2-4.

To learn more and register, please click here.

The preceding post was sponsored by The Macallan Distillers.

by Andrew Ramonas — October 25, 2016 at 12:00 pm 0

500 block of U Street NW (Photo via Google Maps)Would-be thieves with a gun ordered a man to give up his bag in LeDroit Park last night, but decided not to take anything, police said.

The attempted armed robbery happened on the 500 block of U Street NW about 7:15 p.m. Monday.

The victim was about to go in his home just south of Howard University Hospital when two men came up to him from behind, according to authorities.

“Give me the bag,” one of the men said, while flashing a handgun, according to police.


by Tim Regan — October 25, 2016 at 10:25 am 0

Adams Morgan Apple Festival, photo via Facebook / Adams Morgan Apple Festival.jpgA celebration centered around apples and apple pie will take place in Adams Morgan this weekend.

The second annual Adams Morgan Apple Festival kicks off Saturday, Oct. 29, at 10:30 a.m., at SunTrust plaza (18th Street and Columbia Road NW), according to the event’s Facebook page.

The festival will feature an heirloom apple tasting from Licking Creek Bend Farms and an apple pie baking contest set to be “judged by a distinguished panel of media personalities and culinary experts,” organizers said. Attendees who want to submit pies for the competition must bake a minimum of three and list the pies’ ingredients to accommodate dietary restrictions.

This year’s judges are:

  • Ted Guthrie, chair of ANC 1C
  • Arianne Bennett, co-owner of Amsterdam Falafelshop
  • Laura Hayes, food editor of the Washington City Paper
  • Ward 1 D.C. Councilmember Brianne Nadeau
  • Tom Sherwood, NBC Washington reporter and media personality
  • David Hagedorn, food blogger

All proceeds from the event will help benefit the DC Arts Center.

Photo via Facebook / Adams Morgan Apple Festival

by Andrew Ramonas — October 25, 2016 at 9:00 am 0

Cisco (Photo via Smithsonian's National Zoo)

Bear Dies at National Zoo — A 23-year-old male Andean bear named Cisco died at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo Monday during an emergency veterinary exam. [WTOP]

Labor Union Launches Attack on Adams Morgan Hotel — Unite Here Local 25, which represents more than 6,500 hospitality workers, has started a digital advocacy campaign against the forthcoming Line hotel in Adams Morgan amid criticism from D.C. officials over a $46 million tax break for it. [Washington City Paper]

Unconventional Diner to Open in Shaw Next Year — David Deshaies, Central Michel Richard’s executive chef, is planning to debut his Unconventional Diner at 1211 9th St. NW this spring. [Washington Post]

Howard Celebrates Homecoming — WAMU took a look at Howard University’s homecoming festivities, which the radio station called a “party, reunion and celebration all rolled into one.” [WAMU]

Photo via Smithsonian’s National Zoo

by Tim Regan — October 24, 2016 at 5:15 pm 0

Dog Dressed as a Cat, photo via Outside the Lines Pet Photography

Local pups can dress up in funny costumes, then get their photo taken at a pet shop in Dupont this weekend.

The Cheeky Puppy (1709 Connecticut Ave. NW) is scheduled to host an open house and “Politics Is Scary” photo shoot with a professional pet photographer Saturday. Proceeds help benefit pet adoption organization Lucky Dog Animal Rescue.

Additionally, between noon and 3 p.m., all dogs in costume will be entered into the store’s social media costume contest. Whichever dog gets the most combined likes from the shop’s Facebook and Instagram pages as of 5 p.m. Sunday will be our next Borderstan Pet of the Week.

More info from The Cheeky Puppy:

Join us for a Halloween Open House on Saturday, October 29th Sponsored by Borderstan! From 12 p.m. to 3 p.m., all dogs in costume will be entered into our social media costume contest. The photo with the most combined likes from our Facebook and Instagram feeds as of 5PM on Sunday, October 30th, will be Borderstan’s Pet of the Week on Monday, October 31st.

Our Halloween Open House will also include photo sessions with Outside the Lines Pet Photography from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Have your pup photographed in costume – or in an appropriately political stance – complete with an American flag! Pre-registration is required and proceeds from the $40 session fee benefit Lucky Dog Animal Rescue.

We’ll be joined by lots of adoptable pups in need of good homes who are being fostered by Lucky Dog. We can’t wait to celebrate Halloween with you!

Photo via Outside the Lines Pet Photography

by Andrew Ramonas — October 24, 2016 at 10:00 am 0

D.C. Historic Preservation Office Backs Building Plan for SunTrust Site — The D.C. Historic Preservation Office has advised the D.C. Historic Preservation Review Board to approve PN Hoffman’s proposal to…


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