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by Tim Regan — December 7, 2016 at 4:45 pm 0

Workshop flyer via WABAThe Washington Area Bicyclist Association wants to help you stay alive while walking, biking or driving on District streets.

WABA is scheduled to host a traffic safety workshop titled “Walk, Bike or Drive… We Want You Alive” at the Mount Pleasant Library (3160 16th St. NW) on Thursday, Dec. 8, at  6:30 p.m.

The workshop will focus on Vision Zero, D.C.’s ambitious initiative aimed at ending all traffic fatalities by the year 2024.

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by Tim Regan — December 7, 2016 at 3:50 pm 0

637-t-st-nw-photo-via-google-street-viewA new restaurant and bar could soon bring Ethiopian and Thai food to a vacant building in Shaw.

The forthcoming business, dubbed “Kiss Tavern,” is currently in the works at 637 T St. NW, according to a liquor license application recently filed with D.C.’s Alcoholic Beverage Administration (ABRA).

When it opens, Kiss Tavern will serve “modern” Thai and Ethiopian dishes alongside “unique cocktails,” the application reads.

Though the District has many Thai and Ethiopian restaurants, it has few — if any — that serve both kinds of food at the same time.

The space, which once held a copy, printing and shipping business called DC Postal, has been under renovation for months.

A representative for Kiss Tavern was not immediately available to comment on the opening. We’ll update this story if we hear back from someone.

by Andrew Ramonas — December 7, 2016 at 3:15 pm 0

CleopatraCleopatra is set to become the butt of jokes from Bob Marley, Jeffrey Dahmer and other historical figures in Adams Morgan tonight.

Laugh Owens Laugh is scheduled to hold a free comedic roast of the Egyptian pharaoh at Rendezvous Lounge (2226 18th St. NW) from 8 to 10 p.m. The D.C. comedy group hosted a roast of Moses this fall.

In addition to Marley and Dahmer, Cleopatra’s roasters played by comedians are slated to include:

  • Yasser Arafat
  • Genghis Khan
  • Janis Joplin
  • Edgar Allan Poe
  • Saint Patrick

A snake, which allegedly killed her, is scheduled to host the festivities.

Roast organizer Ahmed Vallejos said the show’s comics picked which historical figures they wanted to play, regardless of any connection to Cleopatra.

“It’s a weird mix of people,” he said.

Photo via Facebook/Laugh Owens Laugh

by Tim Regan — December 7, 2016 at 1:25 pm 0

Donation flyer, photo via Golden Triangle BIDA downtown business improvement district is looking for some donations ahead of the holidays.

The Golden Triangle BID launched its “holiday drive” donation effort last month. As part of that drive, volunteers will set up donation stations at Farragut Square Park this Friday and next, Dec. 9 Dec. 16, from noon to 2 p.m.

Locals are encouraged to drop off items like towels, toiletries, cleaning supplies, hats, scarves and laundry detergent for donation. All donations will go toward Pathways to Housing D.C., the BID’s homeless outreach program.

From the BID:

This year, our Homeless Outreach Team at Pathways to Housing DC has met and assisted more than 300 people in the neighborhood, and successfully placed 15 more people into housing. Now you can help us make sure people who were recently housed have the items they need in their new homes. Donate to the Golden Triangle Holiday Drive today.

Those who want to donate can also drop off items at 25 office buildings throughout the BID’s area.

by Andrew Ramonas — December 7, 2016 at 12:00 pm 0

The 12 (or More) Beers of Christmas at The Black Squirrel (Photo via Twitter/The Black Squirrel)

An Adams Morgan bar is once again set to celebrate the holiday season with more than a dozen Christmas beers and cookies for “well-behaved boys and girls,” according to the watering hole’s owner.

The Black Squirrel at 2427 18th St. NW is scheduled to hold its seventh annual Twelve (Or More) Beers of Christmas beginning at 5 p.m. Friday, owner Amy Bowman said. The festivities are slated to continue into Saturday night.

“On the ninth day of December, your true love sent to you: five Christmas Ales, four winter warmers, nine ladies dancing, and one Black Squirrel,” she said in an email. “It is that time of year again — time to shout to the skies and have a glass, or three, of holiday cheer at The Black Squirrel.”

The beers are set to include:

• Bourbon-Barrel-Aged Great Lakes Christmas Ale (Winter Warmer, Cleveland, OH, 9%);
• Great Lakes Christmas Ale (Winter Warmer, Cleveland, OH, 7.5%);
• Bell’s Christmas Ale (Scottish Ale, Kalamazoo, MI, 5.4%);
• Blue Mountain Barrel House Blitzen (Strong Dark Ale, Afton, VA, 7%);
• Dark Horse 4 Elf (Winter Warmer, 8.75%, MI);
• The Breuery 9 ladies Dancing {Imperial Milk Stout, Placentia, CA, 11.3%);
• Peak Organic Evergreen IPA (IPA with Juniper & Spruce, Portland, ME, 7%);
• Southern Tier 2XMAS (Swedish-Style Glögg, Lakewood, NY, 8%);
• Troegs The Mad Elf (Belgian-Style Strong Dark Ale, Hershey, PA, 11%);
• Natty Greene Red Nose Winter Ale (Winter Warmer, Greensboro, NC, 6.8%);
• Rogue Santa’s Private Reserve (Amber, Newport, OR, 6%);
• Port City Tidings (Belgian Strong Pale Ale, Alexandria, VA, 7.8%);
• Smuttynose Smistletoe (Bière de Garde, Hampton, NH, 8.5%);
• Union Miracle (Weizenbock, Baltimore, MD, 7.7%);
• Sly Fox Christmas (Winter Warmer, PA 5.6%);
• Unibroue La Resolution (Strong Dark Ale, Chambly, Canada, 10%).

In addition to the brews and cookies, The Black Squirrel also is set to have a “XXXmas Burger” with turkey, bacon and cranberry aioli and a “Holy Cheesemas Burger” with beer cheese sauce.

Photo via Twitter/The Black Squirrel

by Tim Regan — December 7, 2016 at 10:00 am 1 Comment

District Anchor, Dec. 7 2016

A longtime 19th Street hangout has a new name.

Rumors, the bar and grill at 1900 M St. NW, is now called “District Anchor.” Signs advertising the new name went up recently.

Patrick Morrogh, who owns Arlington’s crab-centric eatery the Quarterdeck, took over the business earlier this year. The plan is for the newly rebranded restaurant to serve seafood under the District Anchor banner during the day and sling drinks as Rumors late into the night.

So far, however, all that’s changed is the name. The restaurant will begin to roll out changes to its menu next spring, according to general manager Paul Kolokousis.

“We plan on being a crab house for lunch and dinner and continuing our DJ, dancing and drinks for late night in the Rumors tradition,” Kolokousis said.

by Andrew Ramonas — December 7, 2016 at 9:10 am 0

Public art in NoMa

Apple to Open Store in Carnegie Library — Apple has struck a deal to open a store in the Carnegie Library at Mount Vernon Square. [Washington Business Journal]

D.C. Paid Family Leave Bill Clears Hurdle — The D.C. Council yesterday advanced legislation that would allow workers with newborn or adopted kids to take two months of paid time off through the creation of about $250 million per year in new taxes on local businesses. A final vote on the bill is set for Dec. 20. [Washington Post]

Dupont’s DGS Deli Team to Open H Street Bar Called ‘Hill Prince’ — The bar that DGS Delicatessen owners co-owners Nick and David Wiseman are opening at 1337 H St. NE will go by “Hill Prince.” It’s set to begin serving customers in January. [Washingtonian]

GGW Contributors Weigh In on Preserving ‘Historic Gas Station’ in Dupont — Greater Greater Washington contributors had mixed reactions on whether a “historic gas station” at 2200 P St. NW should interfere with news housing in Dupont Circle. [Greater Greater Washington]

by Tim Regan — December 6, 2016 at 3:50 pm 0

They call him “Mr. Holiday.”

At least eight times a year, Dupont resident Greg Nelson beautifies his 16th Street home and front yard with an absurd amount of holiday decorations. Around Easter, the house has colorful flowers and bunnies. Fourth of July means red, white and blue. Fall, naturally, brings pumpkins and scarecrows.

But Christmastime is perhaps Nelson’s favorite season. Each year on the day after Thanksgiving, he lugs candy canes, twinkling lights and Santa Clauses out of storage and into his front yard.

Setting up takes about three days, Nelson said, but creates a dazzling yuletide display that draws crowds of curious onlookers every year.

“Our electric bill goes up about 400 percent during the month of December,” he said. “It’s thousands of dollars. I don’t like to think about it.”

It’s a tradition that Nelson and his partner, Jose, have carried out for roughly a decade, and much to the delight of the surrounding neighborhood.

“We have people who come for every holiday,” Nelson said. “We have had people use it for their holiday card. We have people who’ve dropped off a bottle of wine.”

People often come by and ring the doorbell. Once, Nelson found a group of women sitting in his living room. They thought it was a hotel.

“They don’t know if it’s part of the church, if it’s an embassy,” he added. “You get people who ask, why do you do this?”

But when people do ask, Nelson responds it’s because he’s just glad to bring a smile to his neighbors’ faces.

“Life is better with a theme,” he likes to say.

Earlier today, Nelson came home from the dog park to find a note taped to his front door. The letter was from a boy who passes the house on his way to and from school. The boy, with the help of his mom, asked Nelson questions like, “where do you get your decorations?” (Ebay, post-Christmas sales at Home Depot) and “did you grow up in a house that decorated like this? (Nelson grew up in Minnesota, “where decorating for Christmas is basically a rite of passage.”)

Upon seeing the letter, Nelson said he nearly cried.

“It’s [nice] to spread some Disney pixie dust on a city that all too often takes itself too seriously,” he said. “That’s what I try to achieve.”

To keep up with the home’s latest decorations, follow Nelson on Instagram at MrHolidayDC.

by Andrew Ramonas — December 6, 2016 at 2:45 pm 0

Two men sought in an SUV break-in and theft of clothes in Mount Vernon Triangle this fall have appeared in surveillance footage, according to authorities.

The incident occurred on the 300 block of I Street NW about 5:30 p.m. Oct. 29.

Video police distributed today shows two men on bicycles stopped near a black Jeep Patriot. The men eventually reached into the vehicle through a broken window and appeared to grab a backpack.

It wasn’t clear how the window was damaged.

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 Andrew Ramonas — December 6, 2016 at 9:15 am 0

BBQ Eatery to Open in Adams Morgan This Week — Barbecue restaurant Federalist Pig from former DCity Smokehouse pitmaster Rob Sonderman is slated to open at 1654 Columbia Road NW in…

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