by Borderstan.com March 28, 2013 at 12:00 pm 0

From Rachel Nania. Check out her blog, Sear, Simmer & Stir. Follow Nania on Twitter @rnania, email her at rachel[AT]borderstan.com.

"hank"

Hanks Oyster Bar. (Luis Gomez Photos)

Hank’s had me at “all you can eat oysters.”

The annual Hank’s Oyster Fest takes place Saturday, April 13, at the restaurant’s Dupont Circle location, starting at 11 am. In addition to all-you-can-eat oysters on the half shell, diners will enjoy fried oysters, BBQ oysters, popcorn shrimp, old bay fries and onion rings. The event also includes all-you-can-drink select draft beer.

Tickets to Oyster Fest are $80 and can be purchased online; 10 percent of sales proceeds will be donated to Women Chefs & Restaurateurs.

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by Borderstan.com March 28, 2013 at 11:00 am 0

From Rachel Nania. Check out her blog, Sear, Simmer & Stir. Follow Nania on Twitter @rnania, email her at rachel[AT]borderstan.com.

"14th and T"

Perseus Realty develops 1728 14th Street NW (Luis Gomez Photos)

An empty warehouse at 1728 14th Street NW will soon be turned in to a four-story, mixed-use retail and office space.

Elevation Media reports that construction on the abandoned Granger warehouse will begin in the next three weeks and will hopefully be completed by May 2014. However, unlike most developments in the area, Perseus Realty will not turn the mixed-use space into a residential building.

“The area is maturing and has lots of apartments and residences,” Robert Cohen, president of Perseus Realty told Borderstan in July. “Now the local population needs other services, and that is what we are hoping this renovated building will provide.”

Rather, the development will be used for office space. Similarly, the retail space will not be reserved for a restaurant — a trend that most mixed-use developments embrace. Perseus Realty President Bob Cohen told Elevation Media that he is “very excited” that the retail space is not a restaurant.

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by Borderstan.com March 28, 2013 at 10:00 am 0

"Weekend"

Weekend Warrior lays out local options for you. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Katie Andriulli. Email her at katie[AT]borderstan.com and follow her on Twitter @kandriulli.

In typical fashion, my body has decided to wait until the beginning of spring for me to come down with a vicious cold. While convalescing, I’ve done more crappy TV watching than usual (which is to say, a LOT). Inspired by the impending release of Jurassic Park in 3D, I even rented the sequel The Lost World, which just does not hold up (Julianne Moore’s character is supposed to be dating Jeff Goldblum?! Does not compute.)

Anyway, I may not emerge from my Dayquil-induced haze in time for the weekend, but that doesn’t mean YOU can’t have fun. Just think of me and the dinosaurs while you’re knocking ’em back.

Thursday

Pro tip: Room & Board, the massive furniture store on 14th Street, has an awesome roof deck and will even give you free bottled water if you behave yourself while browsing. Tonight from 6 to 9 pm, they’ll stay open late to play host to a fundraiser for Collective Action for Safe Spaces, an awesome DC nonprofit aimed at reducing and preventing public sexual harassment and assault. Tickets to the event, which features a set by DJ vANNIEty Kills, live music by Siné Qua Non, treats, drinks and free massages(!) are $25.

Friday

Have you always wanted to drink a beer named after Oscar the Grouch? Not really? Well, either way, you’ll get your chance at Scion tonight, where Oskar Blues Brewery will be rolling out limited edition brews (including an oSKAr the G’Rauch cask) as part of the ongoing Craft Brewers Conference.

If you’re not a Sesame Street aficionado, there are plenty of other beer events around town that will fit the bill, including a Drink Local! tap takeover at Meridian Pint featuring DMV area breweries, and an Avery Brewing Co. tap takeover at Churchkey. Check out today’s schedule for all the info.

Saturday

Most of you know Aziz Ansari from Parks and Recreation, where he plays the imminently quotable Tom Haverford. But what you may not know is that he’s as disillusioned and confused about our modern existence as you are I am. Treat yo’ self and snag a ticket for his 10 pm show tonight at DAR Constitution Hall. 

Sunday

My life hasn’t been the same since I was made aware of the existence of this photo of George W. Bush from the White House Easter Egg Roll in 2008. But there are other nice things about Easter too, like wearing pastels, spending time with family, and of course, brunch. There are a ton of options around town today, most of which still have spots available if you act quickly.

For my money though, you can’t beat Tabard Inn, whose cozy atmosphere is matched only by the insane deliciousness of their homemade donuts.

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by Borderstan.com March 28, 2013 at 9:30 am 0

From Rachel Nania. Check out her blog, Sear, Simmer & Stir. Follow Nania on Twitter @rnania, email her at rachel[AT]borderstan.com.

borderstanLogo

News from Dupont-Logan-U Street.

The candidates in the April 23 special election for a DC At-Large Council seat will be available to answer your questions tonight at the ANC 2B candidate forum. Six of the seven candidates are confirmed.

Candidates for the election include Michael Brown, Anita Bonds, Matthew Frumin, Elissa Silverman, Paul Zukerberg, Perry Redd for the Green Party and Republican Patrick Mara. The election will take place on April 23. The seat is temporarily being held by Anita Bonds; it opened up when At-Large Councilmember Phil Mendelson was elected Council chair in November.

Moderators for the evening include NBC 4’s Tom Sherwood and Mark Segraves. The meeting is open to the public and will start at 7 pm at the American College of Cardiology, 24th and N Streets NW.

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by Borderstan.com March 28, 2013 at 9:00 am 3 Comments

From Dito Sevilla. Email him at dito[AT]borderstan.com, follow him on Twitter @DitoDC.

"Food"

Food that we want to eat? (Luis Gomez Photos)

I work in a restaurant. I live above a restaurant. I eat out. Constantly.

Rather than qualify myself with a litany of reviews I’ve written, boring you with stories of experiences good, bad, and ugly, I will simply beg you, as the reader, not just of this story, but of menus everywhere to scrutinize restaurants offering any of these items and further plead with you not to order them. Each time you do, you reinforce the restaurateurs’ notion that you’re an easy, undiscerning mark.

Bon Appetite.

Hummus. I don’t care what you think. The hummus you just ordered is not fresh. It was not made in anyone’s “house.”  They doled out scoops from some 5-gallon drum of chick-pea purée, added the least virtuous olive oil they could find, and then, just to get you to notice it, added that “exotic” ingredient that made you think it was special.

Once upon a time it was “roasted” red peppers, which FYI, were also canned. Then they moved on to feta crumbles, and minced garlic, or, perhaps the “pesto” caught your eye. When that didn’t satisfy you they began including include sesame seeds, and diced apples, how innovative. Been there, done that. Every restaurant is not Lebanese Taverna. Why are you ordering hummus from a bar?

Beets. There they are, suddenly everywhere. A food nobody liked while they were growing up has taken DC’s menus by storm. A food which generally needs to be roasted, thereby defining it as a fall/winter ingredient is appearing on menus everywhere. And how do you camouflage a cheap, autumnal food, satisfying the “health conscious” yoga crowd?

That’s right, you make it small, and you serve it cold. Oh, there it is, the Beet Salad!  Oooo, look, they do it with pears, they do it with apples!  Wow. Oh, wait, look: it’s over greens with Gorgonzola. Are those figs? Oh wait, but not just roasted beets, no, no. That would be too easy to fool a gourmand like yourself; you need something drizzled over them, something to cut the canned taste of even the most expertly roasted beet, something they’d serve at the White House. Something like number three…

Honey Mustards. What a perfect complement to beets!  What a perfect complement to anything. A classic combination created by accident, or on purpose to satisfy the human desire for dynamic contrast, the sweet tangy deliciousness. The mixing of honey and mustard together was undoubtedly the work of a pot-smoking frat boy with, as food lore would often have you believe, too little in his fridge leaving him to improvise. Sure. Whatever.

The point is, this isn’t college, life is no longer a basket of chicken tenders. It is time to move beyond you starter dressings. You may choose to dip your cold pizza into a bowl of ranch, but restaurants have stopped pushing it on you. Not so with honey mustard, and it’s urban cousin, Honey Dijon, which restaurants like to keenly disguise with names that spell classy with a “k.” Menus offer, “honey glazed salmon with a Dijon reduction… wildflower & mustard seed sauce… a Sweet Mesquite, blah blah, HONEY MUSTARD. It’s cheap, it’s easy, it’s everywhere, it’s the H&M of food. Grow up.

Candied ___________. Yeah, you know nuts: walnuts, pecans, cashews… etc. Translation: “Hey, fatty, we got the food nature gave us and added a little something for ya, SUGAR.”  They sound innocent and elegant, but they’re nothing but extra calories, once again disguised as innovation. When did the “Field Green, Apple, Blue-Cheese Crumble, Candied ___________ Salad” get invented? I don’t know, but I do know why it’s still around… because you won’t let it go.

It’s barely a salad, and you know that because you’re not loosing any weight eating it. Further, as soon as Wendy’s starts serving it, you know it’s time to say goodbye. The candied nut craze is so over. Remember goat cheese and smoked salmon pizza? The candied nut is a remnant of then.

Calamari. Look, make no mistake. I will claim, until my death, that we (at Floriana) have served some of the best fried Calamari the world has ever known. Floriana herself was kind of obsessed with the whole thing, always reminding me that since every other restaurant in the neighborhood, Italian or not had it on their menus, her’s had to be the best. In her defense, it was, and might still be. I have, over the years taken a great deal of joy in ordering the disasters being served as Calamari at a number of Dupont and Logan restaurants.

I am far too much of a gentleman to name names, but one could stroll down 17th, around P, and up 14th on a tour of the worst calamari I have ever seen. Limp circles, aside a plastic ramekin of slightly warmed “marinara” as fresh as it’s journey from the jar through the kitchen to the table would allow. Calamari cut so small and breaded so heavily that it resembles a mysteriously small onion ring. Pile of calamari so enormous, served over a magenta vat of sweet and sour sauce so sweet, the entire experience is sour.

Or perhaps, worst of all, a calamari trip east. A greasy heap of squid pieces tossed in a sauce nodding to the flavors of Asia, but instead, greedily absorbing every drop of their soy-salt sauce, one bite resulting in immediate hypertension.

So next time, do yourself a favor. Order something new. If not new to you, at least new to the restaurant.

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by Borderstan.com March 28, 2013 at 8:00 am 1 Comment

From David McAuley. Email him at david[AT]borderstan.com.

"Fainting Goat"

Future site of the Fainting Goat at 1330 U Street NW. (Luis Gomez Photos)

The protest by Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 1B against the liquor license application of the aspiring proprietors of the Fainting Goat Tavern was rejected on March 21, according to public documents.

In a letter to ANC1B Commissioner Marc Morgan (ANC Secretary and commissioner for district 01), DC’s Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration (ABRA) said that the protest letter had been denied “because of failure to file a timely protest.”

No one from ANC1B appeared at the ABRA Roll Call hearing on March 25 to contest the denial. The purpose of Roll Call hearings is only to identify the parties that have standing as protestants. A separate hearing is scheduled for May 15 to discuss the substance of the protests.

ANC 1B Serves U Street Area

The Fainting Goat’s proposed location is 1330 U Street NW, the former location of Urban Essentials. A petition in support of the Fainting Goat’s liquor license application appeared on the web site Change.org on March 14. ANC1B voted to protest the application at a contentious March 7 meeting. Borderstan reported on March 18 that the ANC’s protest documents had apparently vanished on their way to ABRA.

1B-12 Commissioner Zahra Jilani in a March 22 email explained the circumstances which led to the impression that the documents had disappeared. She said, “I was told to send the letter on behalf of the commission, but that a text email was fine. I believe this was due to a miscommunication between our ANC and ABRA. I sent the letter the night before the deadline, but I was told the next day by ABRA that it was in the wrong format, which is why they told you they hadn’t received it. Once aware of this, I let the commission know and we sent it in the correct format to ABRA.”

Information on the ABRA website says that protests against liquor licenses can be faxed or emailed. All email protests must be sent as a PDF document and signed. These two methods are the only ways to officially file a protest with ABRA.

ANC1B may still appeal ABRA’s decision at the May 15 hearing. If they do, they must show “good cause” for missing the deadline to the ABC Board, according to ABRA records supervisor William Hager. He also said that, in the past, tardy petitioners had shown “good cause” in cases where inclement weather or government shutdown had occurred at petition deadlines. Hager would not speculate on whether ANC1B’s current circumstances might be considered “good cause”.

“Requests of this nature are entirely left to the discretion of the ABC Board,” Hager said in an email.

The Fainting Goat still must face two protesting groups at its May 15 hearing: the Shaw Dupont Citizens Alliance and a group of 14 residents, most of whom live on Wallach Place NW. However, if ANC 1B does not successfully appeal the rejection, the Fainting Goat may have a better chance at finally obtaining the liquor license. The law stipulates that ABRA must give “great weight” to an ANC opinion. Citizen group petitioners do not enjoy this level of influence.

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by Borderstan.com March 28, 2013 at 6:00 am 0

"U Street"

U Street is by anokarina from the Borderstan Flickr pool.

Photos of the Day are pulled from the Borderstan Reader Photos pool on Flickr.

Today’s photo, U Street is by anokarina. The photo was taken March 14.

If you don’t already have a Flickr account, you will need to sign up for one, and then join the Borderstan Reader Photos group. Already a Flickr member? Join the group! You can submit up to five photos per day in the Borderstan reader pool. We are looking for photos from DC’s Dupont, Logan and U Street neighborhoods.

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by Borderstan.com March 27, 2013 at 4:00 pm 0

From Joey Gavrilovich. Follow him on Twitter @joeygDC, email him at joey[AT]borderstan.com.

"Bocce"

Stonewall Bocce Logan Circle. (Courtesy Stonewall Bocce)

Thursday nights in Logan Circle are about to get a familiar splash of color. As the Stonewall Bocce league begins its fourth season, more than 190 registered players of the lawn game on 20 teams will be sporting their brightly colored t-shirts and filling the circle each Thursday from now until Memorial Day.

This will be the league’s biggest season in terms of both membership and charitable funds raised since Melvin Thomas and Lucy Cunningham co-founded Stonewall Bocce in 2011.

“We are now in a position to donate more than $5,000 to the winning charities,” said Thomas. Registered members pay $40 in dues at the start of the season, most of which the league collects for charitable donations at the end of the season to the top three teams’ chosen organizations. This season, Thomas reports that the teams are playing for 13 different nonprofit organizations including Food & Friends, Active Minds, Mautner Project, N Street Village and PFLAG (Metro DC).

“When Lucy and I started Stonewall Bocce we wanted to create an inclusive, low-cost, high-fun league with a philanthropic heart. We were thrilled in the first season to be able to donate $2,000 between two local LGBT and Ally friendly non-profits, Whitman Walker Clinic and SMYAL,” said Thomas.

He says word of mouth among players has helped grow the league since then, and with that, the size of charitable contributions made each year: “We feel a strong connection these non-profits and the impact they make on our community. They serve as inspirations to us as we build an inclusive and fun bocce league.”

Stonewall Bocce teams meet during the spring and fall in Logan Circle. For more information about the league, game times, and membership, please visit their website.

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by Borderstan.com March 27, 2013 at 2:00 pm 0

From Allison Acosta. Email her at allison[AT]borderstan.com.

"Artspace"

ArtSpace at 6th and S Streets NW. (Allison Acosta)

In the basement of the New Community Church at 6th and S Streets NW, ArtSpace DC has offered local residents from all walks of life the opportunity to develop their artistic talents for more than a decade.

ArtSpace’s mission is to act as a “conduit for personal and community expression, empowering participants to find their artistic voice, celebrate the beauty of the world that surrounds us and expose what needs to change with powerful visual statements.”

The church has served the Shaw community for nearly 30 years. In 1984, they purchased what was then an abandoned and dilapidated property on a block known for drug deals from the DC Government. With help from church members, neighbors, and Manna, a non-profit that renovates and builds affordable housing founded by the church’s leader, the Reverend Jim Dickerson, the property was restored and reopened to the community.

In 1999 Rachel Dickerson Brunswick, Dickerson’s daughter, returned to Washington, DC after studying the visual arts in college. Shaw community members, seeing how much their children enjoyed the arts in the church’s after school program, decided they wanted a space of their own to explore their creative sides. Artspace was opened, and volunteer artists have offered affordable classes to the community ever since.

“It really is a community-based setting, and I think that’s what appeals to a lot of people,” says Brunswick. “It’s a mix of people that we’ve always had. And the people that come around are really interesting. Everybody’s got a story.”

Maybelle Taylor Bennett has offered a popular fiber arts class from the very beginning, offering instruction in weaving on any of several looms as well as knitting and crochet. Artspace is also host to a ceramics class and offers students access to three electric potter’s wheels and a kick wheel, as well as a kiln. Artspace offers Open Studio nights on Mondays.

Spring classes are now forming. Artspace has recently added a black and white darkroom and a darkroom class begins March 21. The newest addition to the class schedule is a Toddler Open Studio Class for young children and their caregivers being offered Mondays at 10am starting April 1.

Volunteers and donations of art supplies are always welcome at ArtSpace. The space has hosted cooking classes and workshops, bookmaking classes, yoga classes, acoustic musical performances, art exhibitions, and movie screenings. You can sign up for a class of for the email list at dc.artspace[AT]gmail.com.

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by Borderstan.com March 27, 2013 at 12:00 pm 0

From Rachel Nania. Check out her blog, Sear, Simmer & Stir. Follow Nania on Twitter @rnania, email her at rachel[AT]borderstan.com.

"Thally"

Thally at 1316 9th Street NW. (Luis Gomez Photos)

The 9th Street corridor NW has become a new destination for restauranteurs and  retail as the city continues to grow and develop.

Seasonal Pantry’s soon-to-be new neighbor will bring contemporary American cuisine to Shaw. Maple barman Sherman Golden and New Heights chef Ron Tanaka are joining together to bring a new restaurant venture to 1316 9th Street NW, Washingtonian reports. The restaurant, named Thally, is scheduled to open this spring.

“The idea is to create a neighborhood restaurant — like a bistro, but not with French food — that also has a great bar scene with a constantly changing selection of wines and beers on tap and in bottles,” reports Washingtonian.

Thally’s menu will change seasonally and will include locally sourced ingredients. There is no set opening date, as of yet.

Other restaurants coming to the area include Mockingbird Hill and O Street MarketTable and A&D recently opened in the neighborhood.

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by Borderstan.com March 27, 2013 at 11:00 am 0

From Rob Fink. Follow him on Twitter @RobDFink or email him at rob[AT]borderstan.com.

"beer"

Extreme Beer Fest 2013. (Rob Fink)

I had the wonderful opportunity of attending the 10th Annual Extreme Beer Fest this past weekend in Boston. To be sure, Extreme Beer Fest exemplifies why craft beer in America (and the rest of the world, for that matter) is often beguiling and so endlessly fascinating.

Craft beer really began with a stern motivation to loosen the hegemonic control of bland industrialized lager with beers premised on flavor; beers which were complex, sharp revitalizations of by-gone styles made with conviction and personality.

With that being said, craft beer has admirably evolved over the years into a phenomenon concerned with seeking every possible alternative, whether it’s a brewing technique or ingredient, which will amplify, broaden or otherwise complicate the flavor profile of a given beer.

I would argue there are potential drawbacks to this idea, because not every experiment works.

However, when things click, it can be downright transformative. Organized by BeerAdvocate, Extreme Beer Fest seeks to gather those beers which challenge preconceived notions and possibilities for flavor.

Because the festival always brings in breweries which are not available in the DC metro area, I’ve found it a challenge deciding which particular beers are worth of mention, so I will discuss three beers from breweries who maintain plentiful selections in our area.

Firestone Walker Brewing Company

In terms of barrel-aging programs, I think Firestone Walker does it best, and their beers this year further convinced me of that. Rufus blew me away. An Imperial Red Ale infused with Brettanomyces (a type of wild yeast) and aged for five years in an Old Fitzgerald bourbon barrel, Rufus brings wild yeast funk which folds bright cherry into a wall of vanilla, coconut and charred oak.

As much as I think about food and beer pairings, I wouldn’t really know what to do with this one. In the end, I enjoyed this one all by itself in a moment of well-deserved loneliness. Thankfully, we see some of the other Firestone Walker barrel-aged gems in our area. Connecticut Avenue Wine and Liquor in Dupont Circle often has a stash of one of their anniversary beers, Sucaba, or Parabola, all of which are well worthy of exploration.

Stone Brewing Company 

Stone wears its playful arrogance on its collective sleeve, and deservedly so.  I had the chance to try a special version of their Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale with bitter chocolate and orange peel.  Substantial hop bitterness segued into orange-infused dark chocolate truffle while being pleasingly dry.  This was one of those transformative moments; a mind-boggling combination which proved to be a hit.  Stone has a longstanding history in the D.C. area, and you can get much of their portfolio at your better Borderstan beer stores.  Please be on the look out for their Imperial Russian Stout this summer.

Dogfish Head Craft Brewed Ales 

As one of the sponsors of Extreme Beer Fest, Dogfish Head takes it upon themselves to up the ante each and every year, but they’d really only be falling back on their well-deserved reputation. Out of many innovations, their Randall (a filter mechanism between the tap and faucet which can be filled with hops, spices, herbs, etc.) pushed Burton Baton (an oak-aged blend of Old Ale and Imperial IPA) through a bed of cedar surfboard shavings. It’s easy to call this crazy, but it worked and miraculously so.

Uber fresh cedar notes added a lush mouthfeel, seamlessly intertwining with the beer’s oak presence while not at all diminishing the persistence of the hop profile. Now a year round release, Burton Baton (at least the non-cedar version!) can be found at your better Borderstan beer stores.

Cheers!

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by Borderstan.com March 27, 2013 at 10:00 am 0

From Kent Barnes. Follow him on Twitter @KentBarnes, email him at kent[AT]borderstan.com.

"Bracket"

Got Bracket Blues? (Luis Gomez Photos)

Last week in the Lebodome (a.k.a. Scott Leibowitz) you learned all about how to fill out your 2013 NCAA March Madness tournament bracket. In his admirable quest to finish ahead of President Obama, he provided you with five things to remember when making your predictions for the NCAA Tournament. Well I took those five things into account, and with all due respect to Scott, it didn’t get me anywhere!

What Scott Told Me

First he told me not to over think my picks by choosing the big upset. My first rational thought was to pick Georgetown (more on this later), and in doing so I missed out on the joy ride that is Florida Gulf Coast! Not only did they become the first number 15 seed ever to advance to the Sweet 16, but they’ve also become the darlings of the tournament with their awe-inspiring alley oops and their frequent dance parties.

Scott also mentioned the importance of seeding. The higher seeds have done relatively well to this point, except in the West region of the bracket where the 9th-seeded Wichita State Shockers knocked out top ranked Gonzaga and will face off against the 12th seeded Explorers of La Salle. Nothing but red lines through my incorrect picks on that side of the bracket.

Moving on, I agreed with the idea that history isn’t important, and picked Georgetown (DC pride!) to win the championship this year. Doing so meant ignoring the fact that Georgetown was knocked out of the tournament by a double-digit seed four out of the last five years. Make it five out of six. That’s right, my bracket was eliminated from contention before the first round was over. Thanks, again, Florida Gulf Coast University.

Scott hit the nail on the head when he said “It really doesn’t matter.”  He’s right. Just because my bracket would have been better if I had simply flipped a coin for each pick doesn’t mean I can’t enjoy the rest of the tournament. Scott concluded his advice by saying, “Worst case you finish last and no one remembers it in a week.”

Wash Down Your Sorrows

Well I did finish last, and to help ensure I don’t remember it I’m going to spend the Sweet 16 enjoying food and drink specials at some of these Borderstan bars.

  • Public Bar: 1214-B 18th Street NW, $3 Miller Lites and Yuenglings, $5 Stoli/Redbull.
  • Lucky Bar: 1221 Connecticut Avenue NW, $3.50 Bud Light pints, $14 Bud Light pitchers, $4 Yuengling pints, $15 Yuengling pitchers.
  • Buffalo Billiards: 1330 19th Street NW, $3.50 Miller Lites, $3.50 Coors Lites, $15 Buckets, $4 Redd’s Apple Ale
  • The Gryphon: 1337 Connecticut Avenue NW, $5 Captain Morgan Cocktails & The Black and Stormy, among other specials.
  • The Front Page: 1333 New Hampshire Avenue NW, $3 Miller Drafts, $5 Rails, $8 RBVs.

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by Borderstan.com March 27, 2013 at 9:00 am 6 Comments

From Rachel Nania. Check out her blog, Sear, Simmer & Stir. Follow Nania on Twitter @rnania, email her at rachel[AT]borderstan.com.

"Barcelona"

Barcelona  is coming to 1622 14th Street NW, formerly BodySmith. (Luis Gomez Photos)

BodySmith’s old 14th Street NW location will soon be home to the New England-based Spanish tapas restaurant and wine bar, Barcelona.

“We chose DC because it is such an eclectic environment,” said Ria Rueda, director of marketing for Barteca Restaurant Group. “Restaurants in Washington are serving all different types of foods.”

The restaurant planned for 1622 14th Street NW, which has no set opening date or even approximation, will focus on the traditional cuisine of Spain.

“The focus will very much be on charcuterie, tapas, etc.,” said Rueda. “It will have an excellent wine program and excellent food.”

While Rueda did not have any specific details to share on the menu and wine list for the DC location, she did say that the format of the menu will be similar to Barcelona’s other locations. However, Rueda assured us that Barcelona is “not cookie cutter,” so not everything will be the same.

Other locations for Barcelona serve lunch, brunch and dinner, with a strong focus on dinner. Menu options include a variety of Spanish meats and cheeses, tapas (ranging from Kale Salad to Yellowtail Crudo, Sweetbreads a la Plancha and Spiced Beef Empanadas), paella and mixed-grill items for the table.

Plans for the 14th Street location are still in development, so information on design and space layout is not available. However, Borderstan has seen some action at the site, with a small crane and some cleaning up of the site.

“We’d rather be methodical and take our time to explore every detail,” said Rueda, who also told Borderstan that Barcelona does not have plans reach out to the press when they have a better idea of an opening date. “We’d much rather roll out slowly than stick to a hard date,” she said.

So until the mysterious opening day, we’ll be pacing outside.

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by Borderstan.com March 27, 2013 at 8:00 am 0

From Cody Telep. Follow him on Twitter @codywt, email him at cody[AT]borderstan.com.

"homicide"

Crime news from Dupont-Logan-U Street.

Twenty-six year old Alexis Pineda of Suitland, MD, was sentenced to 18 years in prison on March 15 for the 2011 shooting death of 24-year-old Jose Manuel Hernandez-Romero, according to a release from the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia. The homicide occurred March 27 at about 2:30 am at El Sauce Restaurant, 1227 11th Street NW.

Pineda shot the victim, who lived in the 1400 block of N Street NW, one time in the chest and he died hours later at a local hospital. Pineda and Hernandez-Romero had not met previously and, according to witnesses, there was no altercation prior to the shooting.

According to court documents, Pineda had been drinking before he came to El Sauce and has a history of mental illness. After the shooting, other customers and employees at El Sauce held down Pineda until police arrived.

Jaime Cruz, 31, who came to the restaurant with Pineda, tried to escape the premises with the suspect and threatened to shoot the patrons holding Pineda down. Cruz was charged with obstruction of justice in the case and was sentenced to three years in prison in October.

Pineda was also sentenced to five years of supervised release, but because of a previous immigration conviction, he will be deported to El Salvador immediately after serving his prison sentence.

According to Homicide Watch D.C., Pineda pleaded guilty to a charge of second degree murder while armed in October 2012 in advance of a scheduled trial as part of a plea agreement. Pineda could have faced a sentence of up to 26 years in prison.

The incident was the one recorded homicide in Borderstan in 2011, although a second homicide occurred just south of Borderstan.

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by Borderstan.com March 27, 2013 at 7:09 am 0

"Supreme Court"

A Mount Pleasant supporter of same-sex marriage in front of the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday. Click above for more photos. (Luis Gomez Photos)

See photos from Tuesday taken in front of the U.S. Supreme Court.

From Luis Gomez. Catch his photos at One Photograph A Day. Follow him on Twitter @LuisGomezPhotos, email him at luis[AT]bordersan.

This week  the U.S. Supreme Court is hearing oral arguments on two cases related to marriage equality in the United States. California’s Proposition 8 (officially Hollingsworth v. Perry) came before the Court yesterday.

Today justices will hear arguments on the 1996 federal Defense of Marriage Act (the case is officially United States v. Windsor). The law officially established marriage as between one man one woman for federal legal purposes; each state sets its own marriage laws.

United for Marriage has invited supporters to rally outside of the Supreme Court again today at 8:30 am.

Details and Wrap-ups

  • What happened Tuesday regarding Proposition 8? Two local LGBT publications are covering the Court proceedings this week. MetroWeekly also has a good review of what happened yesterday, and the Washington Blade has several stories on the cases.
  • Another great place to get details and summaries is at SCOTUSblog, sponsored by Bloomberg Law. You can also follow their reporters on Twitter. Here’s an end-of-day recap from one of SCOTUSblog’s reporters.
  • The New York Times’ Nate Silver has a piece on his FiveThirtyEight blog about the changing attitudes in America toward same-sex marriage (support has and is growing rapidly), and how rulings by the Supreme Court might affect future activism and support on the issue.
  • A June ruling by the justices in both cases is thought likely.

The Scene Outside

The front steps and grounds of the Supreme Court building were packed on Tuesday with supporters and opponents of same-sex marriage. Numerous people carried signs and chanted for or against what has become a historical moment for same-sex marriage.

Current State Laws

The District of Columbia is one of 10 U.S. states or jurisdictions where same-sex couples can marry; the others are Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, Maryland, Iowa and Washington. Rhode Island and New Mexico recognize out-of-state same-sex marriages. Illinois and Minnesota may pass marriage equality laws in the near future.

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