SYMHM: Trains, Hipsters, Chefs, Moonlighters

by November 2, 2011 at 8:00 am 1,824 1 Comment

"Borderstan""15th Street NW", Marge Simspon, 15th Street NW

Halloween afternoon at 15th and P Streets NW: Just another day in the neighborhood; Marge Simpson, obviously. (Luis Gomez Photos)

Amtrak Expands WiFi

MetroWeekly reports that Amtrak is expanding free WiFi service on 12 east coast routes “just one week after confirming that it was conducting a soft launch of free WiFi service on its Northeast Regional trains?” As a result, 60% of all Amtrak passengers will have access to free WiFi.

Are H Street’s Hipster Days Numbered? Ben’s Buys Property

One just might have to venture that the H Street NE corridor’s days as DC’s next great Bohemian hangout and land of the skinny black jeans has come to an official close: Ben’s Chili Bowl has purchased property at 10th and H Streets NE. According to the Washington City Paper report, the new restaurant will not necessarily be another Chili Bowl, but something different. Crepes? Small plates? We’ll have to see.

Alexander Zeppos New Chef at Logan Tavern

P Street’s Logan Tavern has hired Alexander Zeppos as its new chef. He comes to the restaurant from Growlers in Gaithersburg, and before that he was the Executive Chef at Local 16 from 2004 to 2006. In addition, he’s held a variety of local culinary positions including Executive Sous Chef at Zaytinya, Jaleo and Ardeo. Zeppos brings a cooking style that includes American, Spanish and Greek food.

Outside Income for DC Councilmembers: Still in the News

The issue of DC Councilmembers  being able to hold outside jobs looks like an issue that isn’t going away, especially with the April primary only five months away. Councilmember Jack Evans (D-Ward 2), who represents the bulk of the Dupont-Logan area, has been under the most fire recently. The issue is his other job as an attorney at Patton Boggs and the law firm’s dealing with the city on behalf of clients.

Outside jobs are not unusual. As DCist pointed out in an earlier article, a couple of other members of the Council also had substantial earnings last year from outside jobs: “Cheh [D-Ward 3] took in $280,000 in additional income, while Evans made $190,000 and Catania [I-At Large] $120,000.” Evans is up for re-election in 2012 and it appears that fellow Georgetown resident Fiona Greig will run against Evans in the Democratic Primary. Cheh was re-elected last year, as was Catania.

For the record, members of the Council make $125,583 and the chairman makes $190,000.


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