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SYMHM: The Weekend Roundup

by Borderstan.com — March 21, 2011 at 5:00 am 0

Standard, hamburgers, 14th Street NW, Borderstan, Luis Gomez Photos

Business must be really good: Standard at 14th and S NW ran out of food early on Sunday. The hamburger place/beer garden opened last week. All seating is outdoors at the one-time location of Garden District. (Luis Gomez Photos)

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Spring Has Sprung!

Yesterday was the first day of spring, and this weekend certainly showed it. Hopefully you were able to catch some water ice for free at Rita’s at 18th Street and Florida Avenue to celebrate (I certainly got my fill of Wild Black Cherry). You’ll also have to start thinking about where you’re going to be happy houring when it gets really nice out in a few weeks, so TBD has some suggestions for rooftop bars and restaurants, several of which are in the Borderstan area.

…And Here Come The Tourists!

And since it’s officially spring, get ready for the influx of tourists. Despite our hatred for these people who take up the entire width of the sidewalk and who don’t know how to stand to the right on an escalator, they’re here for good reason: the Cherry Blossom Festival. The big event kicks off on Saturday and continues through April 10. Whether you’ve lived in D.C. for one month or 20 years, it’s still a site to be seen — even if it means putting up with the masses.

More Moratorium?

Late last week, the Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration (ABRA) held a hearing on a request from Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 2B to keep the moratorium on liquor licenses west of Dupont Circle in place for another 60 days. The ANC 2B believes it’ll keep the noise and crime down, like it has for the past 17 years. ABRA didn’t make a decision, but they’ll have to make one soon — the moratorium’s set to expire on Wednesday. Washington City Paper has the scoop.

Local Chefs Raise Money for Japan

Hungry? Want to do some good? We Love DC tells us that 20 local businesses have started fundraising for tsunami relief. KAZ Sushi Bistro Chef Kaz Okochi, who was born and raised in Nagoya, Japan, reached out to the DC Chefs’ Club and got a series of chefs to auction off some unbelievable deals at their restaurants on eBay. The auctions will last for one to two weeks, and the winning bids will be donated to the American Red Cross.

Kids Today

Yep, more drug busts in college dorm rooms. WTOP reports on the two Georgetown students who pled guilty in February to manufacturing the illegal hallucinogen DMT. Apparently the judge suspended their six-month jail sentence and ordered probation and community service instead. What is it with kids these days?

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