SYMHM: TGIF July 15 Edition

by July 15, 2011 at 8:00 am 1,795 0

15th Street NW, Borderstan

15th Street NW. (Borderstan)

By Michelle Lancaster. She wants your news, follow her on Twitter @MichLancaster.

Former Mayor Takes Job in Dupont

The next big crowd you see at Shake Shack may not be the FLOTUS, but could very well be former Mayor Adrian Fenty. NBC Washington reports he’s taken a position at a boutique law firm in Dupont Circle as ‘special counsel.’ Fenty has had no shortage of positions since leaving office, NBC’s count has this newly announced position as job #6.

To Ballston or Not to Ballston…

According to Greater Greater Washington, that is not the question at all with the development of condo buildings at the intersections of 14th Street, U Street and Wallach Street. The heart of the question seems to be over the size (story wise) and the lack of a setback from the sidewalk proposed by the builders. While I’m no defender of the sedate, mass-produced concrete jungle that is Ballston, it does seem hard to believe that a six story building would create such shade issues that would warrant stopping the project.

18th and U Duplex Diner Changes Hands

I told you about the eventual exchange of keys at the Diner a bit ago, and also encouraged you to take part in their ‘celebration’ of change. Now that the transition to former bartender Kevin Lee is complete, Washington Blade snagged a great interview with Eric Hirschfield, the former owner. He documents the arduous ANC process, among other things. It’s a must-read for anyone looking to open a place in Borderstan or is just interested in how the ‘hood does business (or makes it difficult for businesses to be a business…)

Dupont Circle Hotel to Hold Summer Screenings

While I love Screen on the Green, watching movies in the August humidity is not attractive to every temperature-sensitive city dweller. This is where the Renaissance Dupont Circle Hotel and DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities come in to save your delicate self. They will hold screenings of independent films on Tuesdays. The movies will be viewed in the Lounge with a custom menu, quite the step up from your melty Subway sub out on the Mall. It just began last Tuesday, so don’t miss another!

Estadio: One-Year Anniversary

DC Eater sat down with Mark Kuller of Estadio on the occasion of their first anniversary. He discusses the renovations they had to make, how they handled the high expectations and a welcome addition to the neighborhood — their lunch menu! It’s a pretty good read and may give some insight into his next project.


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