by Tim Regan August 27, 2015 at 3:40 pm 0

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A vegan restaurant by the owner of Sticky Fingers bakery is set to debut its wood-fired margarita stromboli, chocolate-espresso torta, and mushroom and spinach spanikopita next month on 14th Street NW.

HillNow, a Borderstan sibling publication, reported this afternoon that forthcoming eatery Fare Well will pop up at G by Mike Isabella (2201 14th St. NW) for dinners on Sept. 21 and 22.

The restaurant is expected to open on the H Street corridor later this year.

The pop-up’s dinner menu has a dozen items, including small plates, mains and sweets. In addition to the stromboli, torta and spanikopita, the food includes cashew and almond burrata, roasted pepper and tofu frittata strata, and berry shortcake, among other dishes.

Fare Well also will have complimentary bread and infused olive oil for customers who attend the pop-up dinners.

Locals interested in the meals can make reservations by calling G at 202-234-5015. Seating begins at 6 p.m.

Photo via Instagram/Fare Well

by Sean Meehan August 27, 2015 at 2:40 pm 0

Veuve Clicquot's champagne truck (Photo via Twitter/ Veuve Clicquot)Bar Dupont will receive a special shipment of French champagne tonight.

A traveling truck packed with Veuve Clicquot champagne will be parked at the bar’s patio at 1500 New Hampshire Avenue NW from 5-9 p.m. tonight.

Representatives from the high-end champagne brand have been touring the country and hosting patio events at bars in several cities. Bar Dupont patrons will be able to purchase $20 glasses of bubbly or $110 bottles between 5 and 9 p.m. today. For $129, customers can purchase unlimited champagne for the evening.

Bar Dupont will also be serving three specialty cocktails made with Veuve Cliquot champagne, and a food menu that includes hibiscus-infused ceviche, mini lobster rolls, and Chesapeake Bay oysters.

The Veuve Cliquot truck will stop at several downtown bars over the weekend before leaving the District.

Photo via Twitter/ Veuve Clicquot

by Tim Regan August 27, 2015 at 1:30 pm 0

Police CarA man has been arrested and charged with second-degree murder in connection with a deadly fight that occurred in Pleasant Plains last weekend.

D.C. Police announced this afternoon that 24-year-old Milkiyas Bayisa of Adelphi, Md., was arrested and charged with second-degree murder for allegedly killing 35 year-old Kassahun Abebe Edo of Irving, Texas, during a fight.

Police responded to a report of a fight on the 700 block of Fairmont Street NW on Aug. 22 at approximately 3:00 a.m. When officers arrived, they found Edo on the ground and unconscious.

Police say that during the fight, Edo was assaulted, fell to the ground and hit his head on the curb.

Though Edo was transported from the scene to a hospital, he died the next day.

by Tim Regan August 27, 2015 at 11:40 am 0

Metro bus crash at 14th and U streets NW

(Updated at 11:48 a.m.) A near-collision involving a Metro bus at the intersection of 14th and U streets NW sent at least two riders to the hospital with minor injuries earlier today.

A Metro spokesperson said a car swerved in front of a 52 bus heading southbound on 14th Street NW near the intersection around 10:30 a.m. today. To avoid a collision, the driver of the bus applied the brake suddenly, lurching several passengers forward.

D.C. Fire and EMS spokesperson Oscar Mendez said two riders were taken to the hospital with minor injuries following the near-accident. A Metro spokesperson said four riders were transported to the hospital.

Both Mendez and the Metro spokesperson said the riders were likely transported to the hospital as a precaution.

Image via D.C. Fire and EMS Twitter

by Tim Regan August 27, 2015 at 10:05 am 0

jackEvans_BorderstanJack Evans wants to take his constituents to a baseball game.

The D.C. Councilmember has put out a call for Ward 2 residents to claim up to two free tickets for an upcoming game between the Nationals and the Atlanta Braves on Sept. 3 at 7:05 p.m.

The tickets will be given away on a first-come-first-serve basis, says Sherri Kimbel, the councilmember’s director of constituent services. Kimbel adds her office plans to give away about 100 tickets.

Ward 2 residents interested in picking up a pair of free tickets should call 202-724-8058 or email Amorde Brabham at [email protected].

by Sean Meehan August 27, 2015 at 8:50 am 0

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Moving the Beach Underground — Dupont Underground director Braulio Agnese is asking artists for proposals of site-specific installations using the 650,000 plastic balls from the National Building Museum’s “Beach” exhibit. [Washington Post]

Luxury Parsonages — The conversion of a church in Mount Pleasant into 85 apartments is underway, set for completion in 2016. [Urban Turf]

Celeb-Spotting for Vegans — PETA has named Park View restaurant Woodland’s Vegan Bistro the third best vegan restaurant for celebrity-spotting, citing visits to the eatery from Kim Kardashian, Kanye West and Beyoncé. [Washingtonian]

Possible Serial Burglar — Police say that a series of burglaries in Columbia Heights and Park View may be related. [Borderstan]

by Tim Regan August 27, 2015 at 8:00 am 0

Car crash at 14th and Q NW

D.C. Fire and EMS crews took one person to the hospital after four cars collided near the intersection of 14th and Q streets NW last night.

Authorities say two SUVs and two sedans crashed into one another just before 7:22 p.m., causing several bystanders to call 911. Crews arrived on the scene by 7:25 p.m.

D.C. Fire and EMS spokesperson Oscar Mendez said that, although the crash caused no fires or triggered any airbags, one person was taken to the hospital in serious but non-life-threatening condition.

According to witness reports of the accident, emergency crews left the scene around 7:50 p.m.

Image courtesy of Nick Choate

by Sean Meehan August 26, 2015 at 4:55 pm 0

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Activist Angela Davis, revolutionary and activist Bill Ayers and “The Color Purple” author Alice Walker will help Busboys and Poets celebrate its 10th anniversary at a party in October.

The event will take place on Oct. 2 at the local chain’s Brookland location at 625 Monroe St .NE. Tickets to the celebration are available online for $45. For an extra $30, partygoers can purchase a VIP ticket, giving them entry to a pre-party reception with Walker, Davis and Jeff Zinn, the son of historian and activist Howard Zinn. The VIP reception is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m., with the main party following at 8.

The festivities will include champagne, hors d’oeuvres and music by local DJs Ayescold and Nativesun.

A spokesperson for Busboys and Poets said that more special guests will be announced in the coming weeks.

by Tim Regan August 26, 2015 at 4:25 pm 0

Thip Kao, photo via Facebook.com/ThipKaodcLaotian restaurant Thip Khao (3462 14th Street NW) will be closed for minor reservations from Aug. 31 to Sept. 3, says bar consultant and restaurant employee Jack Caminos.

During that time, workers will touch up walls, work on the restaurant’s plumbing and remove a small waiting room located at the restaurant’s entrance.

“We’re going to clean up and change a little bit of the interior,” Caminos says. “Nothing design-wise, just to make it feel a little roomier.”

Part of the reason the restaurant needs some touching up, says Caminos, has been its recent popularity. Earlier this month, the eatery was named among the Top 50 restaurants in the U.S. by Bon Appetit. Since then, Caminos says consistently huge crowds of diners have left the dining room with minor scrapes, bumps and dents.

“A lot of it comes down to touching up the paint job,” he adds.

Chef Seng Luangrath will use her time off to experiment and brainstorm ideas for a new fall menu, says Caminos.

“We’ll be experimenting with some new menu items, some new cocktail items,” he says. “But the core of the menu will still be there. Lao food is Lao food.”

And Caminos says there will be one change that customers likely can’t see: Luangrath’s son, Bobby Pradachith, will serve as the restaurant’s general manager when it reopens.

Image via Facebook.com/ThipKhaoDC

by Tim Regan August 26, 2015 at 3:00 pm 0

Dupont Circle beer hall Sauf Haus (1216 18th Street NW) is set to debut a new retractable roof by Sept. 19, says the bar’s general manager John Issa.

Currently, the bar’s top floor patio is protected only by a few moveable sheets. The new retractable roof will help protect the bar area from the elements as well as control the temperature there, Issa says.

The new roof will also contain noise coming from late night bar crowds and live music.

“This was a big motivating factor in the owners’ decision as they’re working hard to be a fun, neighborhood bar and not a late-night nuisance,” says Sauf Haus marketing and event coordinator Brittney Roberson.

Designer Adam Ford Roll-A-Cover designed the new roof, which Issa says will have cost “in the six figures” once installed. Ford has also designed retractable roofs for the Argonaut, Jack Rose, Ivy & Coney and Red Rocks on H Street.

Renderings courtesy of Sauf Haus

by Tim Regan August 26, 2015 at 1:40 pm 0

Several recent burglaries at businesses in Columbia Heights and Park View may be related, say D.C. Police.

On Aug. 9, a man wearing a ski mask threw a rock through a window at arts nonprofit BloomBars (3222 11th Street NW) and allegedly took two donation boxes and change from a swear jar. A week later, a similarly dressed man was filmed smashing a glass door and entering a business on the 3200 block of Georgia Avenue NW.

Now, Colony Club (3118 Georgia Avenue NW) and Meridian Pint (3400 11th St NW), just blocks away, say they may have been hit by the same burglar.

Colony Club co-owners Ben Heller and Max Zuckerman say a masked man broke into their business last Sunday.

“He broke in at 2:30 a.m. Sunday morning,” Heller said. “He used some sort of mallet type hammer to break through our back door, which is a glass door.”

The alleged burglar was filmed by surveillance cameras swiping a handful of beers and a bag of tools.

“There was a moment yesterday where we maybe thought it was the same person [as the BloomBars burglar],” Zuckerman said. But the mask and the grainy footage make it hard to positively identify the man, he adds.

“In terms of what he actually stole, it’s probably no more than a couple hundred dollars,” Heller says. “The main expense for us is having to replace the back door, or at least the glass on the back door.”

Meridian Pint general manager Heather Kendrick says her business was burglarized just this morning.

“At approximately 3:40 in the morning, [the burglar] smashed the window in,” Kendrick says. “He made off with some booze from here. Super infuriating.”

Meridian Pint’s surveillance cameras were rolling as the alleged burglar raided the bar and restaurant.

“To my sleuthing self, the guy looks like to be the same guy as the BloomBars thief,” she adds. “Same time, same mask, same gloves.”

The Metropolitan Police Department’s Third District Commander Jacob Kishter said that although the burglaries are “most likely related,” police are still investigating the possible link.

Surveillance videos courtesy of BloomBars, MPD and Colony Club

by Sean Meehan August 26, 2015 at 12:15 pm 0

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Vida Fitness employees and gym members will participate in a mass ice bucket challenge at the fitness club’s rooftop pool at 1612 U Street NW next Monday.

The ice bucket challenge, which went viral last August, encourages people to challenge their friends to donate to ALS research or dump a bucket of ice water on their head. Though some have criticized the challenge as a showy trend, ALS researchers say the donations it raised last year did make a difference.

The fitness club was challenged by gym member Andrea Peet, who was diagnosed with ALS at age 33.

Vida staff and members will meet at the club’s Penthouse Pool Club at 11 a.m. for the challenge. Chretien says the club is still not sure whether they will fill the pool with ice or make several buckets. Those who can’t attend the event are encouraged to donate $10 by texting “ALS” to 80077.

Chretien says the fitness club is currently looking into who they will challenge in their video.

“We don’t want to spring it on anyone without telling them first,” she said. “We’re looking at some local businesses and public figures, but we’re in the process now of figuring that out.”

Photo via Facebook/ Penthouse Pool Club

by Tim Regan August 26, 2015 at 10:25 am 0

A man was filmed smashing a glass door in connection with a burglary that occurred earlier this month in Park View.

Police say the burglary occurred on the 3200 block of Georgia Avenue NW Aug. 16 around 4:23 AM.

In a surveillance video released yesterday by police, a man in a baseball cap can be seen shattering a glass door with a small handheld object. The man then steps inside the business and runs off-camera, but returns into view and leaves the building a moment later.

One week prior on Aug. 9, an arts nonprofit roughly two blocks away was burglarized in a similar fashion.

Police did not say whether the two burglaries were connected.

Video via MPD

by Sean Meehan August 26, 2015 at 9:00 am 0

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New Apartments in Adams Morgan — The developer of a new luxury apartment building in the Florida Avenue corridor in Adams Morgan plans to begin construction this week. [Washington Business Journal]

Officer-Involved Collision — One man was hospitalized with serious but non-life-threatening injuries after a car accident involving a MPD officer at 15th and U Streets NW. [WJLA]

Central American Food Sizzling on 14th Street — Pupusas, tacos de lengua and other central American cuisine reigns supreme on 14th Street, and here’s where to find it. [DCist]

Top Brass — Busking group DuPont Brass, started by Howard University students in 2012, made DC Music Download’s list of the city’s most notable buskers. [DC Music Download]

More Development in Columbia Heights — The owner of a property at 2800 Sherman Ave. NW has applied to develop the lot into 11 two-family flats. [Curbed]

by Sean Meehan August 25, 2015 at 3:45 pm 0

The District Vocal perform at the 17th Street Festival in 2014 (Photo via Facebook/ 17th Street Festival)Local art, live music and activities for kids and pets will take over a stretch of 17th Street NW near Dupont Circle on Sept. 12 for the sixth 17th Street Festival.

The festival, which runs from noon to 6 p.m., will be similar to previous years’ festivals and will include more than 50 local artists and special zones for kids and pets.

Artists and other vendors will set up on 17th Street between P and R streets NW. Most of the vendor spots have been filled but submissions to fill the few remaining spots will be accepted until Friday.

Lee Granados, founder and co-chair of the festival, says that the festival tries to have a wide variety of art styles represented.

“We really try to push the envelope a little bit and bring in a pretty extensive variety to touch a lot of interests,” Granados said. “We have our typical traditional paintings and photography, but some of the applications I’ve seen have been for comic book graphic designers and some computer-generated work. There’s definitely a range from very contemporary to very traditional artists.”

While their parents peruse the art, children can enjoy storytelling, moon-bounces and other activities in the “kids zone” located at Stead Park on P Street. There will also be a “pet zone” sponsored by Dupont pet boutique The Cheeky Puppy.

Organizers are still finalizing entertainment for the main stage, but Granados says the festival plans to continue its annual tradition of including performances by local drag queens in the day’s entertainment. Several high-profile LGBT organizations have signed on as sponsors of the festival, including Capitol Pride and the Washington Blade newspaper.

Granados says she is also working with businesses around 17th Street to incorporate them into the celebration. The festival, which is put on by Historic Dupont Circle Main Streets, has a policy of excluding any vendors who might compete directly with area businesses.

“We have something for everyone and we hope that people come and enjoy a variety of entertainment and vendors and learn about some of the nonprofits in this area,” Granados said. “We also hope that people will support our local businesses while they’re here.”

Photo via Facebook/ 17th Street Festival

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