SYMHM: October 12 Hump Day Edition

by October 12, 2011 at 8:00 am 2,178 2 Comments

Taylor Gourmet, 14th Street NW, Luis Gomez Photos

Work is progressing on Taylor Gourmet, which is going in at 1908 14th Street NW, former site of Ruff & Ready Furnishings. It will be the gourmet sandwich chain’s third store in DC. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Michelle Lancaster. Follow her and tell her your news on Twitter @MichLancaster or email her at [email protected].

Fenty Plays Rainmaker for Jack Evans

Former Mayor Adrian Fenty still has serious clout, according to the piece by DCist. While Evans has plenty of pull as an 18-year member of the Council, I am sure he still appreciated the fundraiser Fenty threw for him that added a cool $20,000 to his campaign fund. The most recent campaign finance report filed by Evans indicates no signs of slowing down on fundraising, despite the lack of an opponent so far. However, Evans may get a challenger in 32-year-old McKinsey consultant Fiona Greig, says the Georgetown Dish. Guess that fundraising effort was not in vain. If you’re a loyal Borderstan reader, though, you already heard the reasons why when we chatted with Evans.

Recap of Sweet Tea Pumpkin Pie Festival

For those of you that stayed in town and, due to Metro closures, stayed even closer to home around U Street NW, we’re looking for your take on the STPP Festival. Washington City Paper checked in on the festival and found some improvements over the June event. They had done a longer feature on the founder, Dave Mann, which is worth a peek if you’re still confused what this named-for-food-but-really-all-music festival was all about and wanted to see round two. The verdict seems to be more people and better organization with a reminder that allowing all bands to be booked that want to play isn’t always music to the ears of the attendees.

Deceased Area Resident on ‘Millionaire’

Everything about the story of the death of Benoy Chacko is mysterious, and now another layer of weirdness will descend as he will appear on a pre-taped show of “Who Wants to be a Millionaire?” Chacko was found dead on the Metro tracks outside of the Rockville station on October 1, and authorities, family and friends are still struggling to piece together the events that led to his death. As the Washington Examiner explains, the airing of the show he competed on earlier this year was one of many things he was eager to experience. It’s been a scary fall so far in DC, so please, stay safe.

Nurturing for Dupont Circle Business Available

If your local business needs some TLC, what better place than an incubator? The The Washington Post has a great piece on the Dupont Circle Business Incubator, which offers work space with all the amenities. The hope is to foster entrepreneurship and innovation in area businesses, whether they are established and growing or simply need some additional guidance. As we and other neighborhood blogs often bemoan the loss of small businesses on 14th Street NW and elsewhere, it’s important to remember that creative, thoughtful owners are right under our noses.

What’s Happening: Meat Outside of Borderstan

I have gotten some flack for hating on traipsing out of the immediate area (um, it is a neighborhood blog, y’all). But just to show some love for the MD and VA peeps out there, here are two things worth checking out. If you were without Metro service, it can be your weekend ‘staycation.’ More importantly, it involves giant turkey legs and bacon, so just go ahead and get on out there! In VA, Restaurant 3 is doing a Bacon Week (details from We Love DC) and throw some axes and eat turkey legs at the Renaissance Fair in MD (also thanks to We Love DC, who is doing a bus trip on Saturday).


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