SYMHM: TGIF June 17 Edition

by June 17, 2011 at 8:30 am 1,944 0

Dupont Circle, Logan Circle, U Street NW, Borderstan

News from Dupont-Logan-U Street (mostly).

From Michelle Lancaster. Talk to me on Twitter @MichLancaster.

Duplex Diner Being Sold

The owner of the 18th and U Streets NW Duplex Diner has decided to sell this little slice of diner heaven.  But don’t cry into your biscuits and gravy! He’s selling to longtime bartender, Kevin Lee, who will be briefly closing the doors to make some renovations. Check out the heartfelt announcement and the information about their renovation festivities going on June 20 to 27.

Waterfront Safeway, the Gay Slur and an Apology

DCist has the update on the saga of Waterfront Safeway’s handling of a cashier using a gay slur as customers checked out of the store. The cashier has now apologized, sort of. Can we all agree that if someone is demanding an apology, you should NOT say that, “I’m sorry if I offended you.” If people are writing about it this much, you clearly did offend them. What happened to just apologizing? And for that matter, what happened to basic decency and not resorting to hate and name calling? Also, Washington City Paper has more information and reports that Safeway says they have attempted to contact the couple directly to apologize to them.

Speaking of Respect and Ethics…

This author will admit to being a bit charmed by Bryan Weaver’s quip-laden, but serious, devoted run for the open City Council seat earlier this year. So it’s no small wonder I think his piece in Greater Greater Washington on his campaign premise – ethics —  is a damn good read. His three suggestions for improvement are on target and surprisingly simple. So why aren’t we doing them?

Brown Bag It for Summer School

The city’s schools have been derided (appropriately) for not being up to par in a number of areas. Add school lunches and basic cleanliness to the list. The Washington Examiner has a truly disgusting report on the items found in school cafeterias, which include mouse droppings, cockroaches and 60 degree yogurt. Elementary schools in D.C. had a whopping 296 violations!

On a Happier Note: Puppies!

Pride of Pets will be held this Saturday, June 18, in Dupont Circle. The annual event (this is #18) is held by PETS-DC, an organization that assists ill pet owners continue to take care of their pets. The categories are not your average dog show listings – your dog could win for least obedient! For more information on how to register, visit or read the article in MetroWeekly.

And More Happy News! Donuts for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Washington City Paper gets all gooey for donuts, and we in Borderstan are lucky enough to have two of the locations called out for superior dough slinging. U Street Music Hall has just started serving a porky version of a doughnut sandwich. ChurchKey’s famed “Luther” is one of those things that sounds just gross enough to be totally delicious. Where else do you get your donuts now that the Dunkin Donuts on 17th Street is gone? Fortunately, Dunkin is opening at 14th and U Streets NW.


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