by Tim Regan August 25, 2015 at 3:05 pm 0

Photo courtesy of &Pizza

The &pizza location at 1250 U St. NW will close to undergo some much-needed repairs tonight at midnight.

The eatery will reopen “in the next few days” with fresh coats of paint, newly repaired fixtures and a shiny interior, says &pizza public relations representative Ashley Mason-Greene.

“They’re just doing some light sprucing up and taking care of some of the wear and tear that naturally occurs,” Mason-Green said earlier today in an e-mail.

The eatery’s windows are currently covered by signs emblazoned with the slogan “WE DO IT ALL FOR U.”

Photo courtesy of &pizza

by Tim Regan August 25, 2015 at 2:10 pm 1 Comment

The founder of a Columbia Heights arts nonprofit had plenty to curse about earlier this month.

BloomBars founder John Chambers says a thief broke into his organization’s art space at 3222 11th Street NW and stole two donation boxes and change from a swear jar on Aug. 9 around 2:25 a.m.

“He threw a rock through the window,” Chambers says. “That guy must be a pitcher or something because he really wound up.”

The organization’s surveillance cameras filmed the alleged crime.

In a video Chambers uploaded to Youtube yesterday, a man can be seen donning a ski mask and gloves, then hurling a chunk of pavement through a glass window. The man then appears to scoop up loose change from an overturned jar and nab two metal donation boxes.

“He probably made away with and three hundred dollars, and the window was about three hundred and fifty to four hundred dollars,” Chambers says. “We’re coming up onto Columbia Heights day, we need to get brochures printed and there’s a lot that needs to happen. That’s seven or eight hundred dollars we don’t have now.”

Chambers says he reported the theft to police, but hasn’t heard if any arrests were made.

A spokesperson for D.C. Police was not available to provide more information about the crime.

In the time since the burglary occurred, the chunk of cement thrown by the burglar and the window it broke have both been turned into art installations on display at the gallery.

BloomBars will launch a crowdfunding campaign to recoup some its losses later this week, Chambers says.

Video via BloomBars

by Tim Regan August 25, 2015 at 12:00 pm 0

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(Updated at 1:39 p.m.) A bar centered around “rare bourbons” may open in Dupont Circle.

A public hearing notice for a liquor license application posted recently on the ABRA website shows that the proprietors behind a new bar identified under the trade name “DVL” seek to set up shop at 1220 Connecticut Avenue NW.

According to the application, the bar would serve “light fare” alongside “rare bourbons” in a space with seating for 30 and a total occupancy of 250. The bar would also host occasional events with DJs and bands.

The bar’s owners seek to serve alcohol until 2 a.m. Sunday through Thursday and 3 a.m. on Friday and Saturday.

The bar’s listed contact, David Chung, was not immediately available to comment.

by Tim Regan August 25, 2015 at 10:30 am 1 Comment

Leave a dollar, take a tea in Dupont Circle

D.C.’s honesty just got dissed by a Bethesda-based tea brand.

As part of an unscientific quest to find the most honest cities in the country, Honest Tea set up an honor system tea stand in Dupont Circle last month. The instructions were clear: take tea, drop money in a box.

Now, the results are in: Only 94 percent of people in D.C. paid for the tea, making D.C. the 17th most-honest city in the U.S. out of 26.

To add insult to injury, Honest Tea says D.C. was the only city in which people actually stole money from the payment box, a first for the program’s history.

Despite the low ranking, our city performed on par with the national honesty average, Honest Tea says, and stiff competition from Atlanta (100 percent), Indianapolis (99 percent) and San Diego (97 percent) set the bar fairly high.

And it could have been worse: According to the results, the least honest city in the program was Providence, R.I., with 83 percent.

by Sean Meehan August 25, 2015 at 9:05 am 0


Sexual Assault Suspect May Be Uber Driver — Police say a man who may be an Uber driver sexually assaulted a woman early on Sunday in Grant Circle. [NBC Washington]

Texas Man Killed During Fight — A man from Texas was killed during a fight near Pleasant Plains over the weekend. [Borderstan]

Cafeteria Makeover — Volunteers renovated the cafeteria at Bruce-Monroe Elementary School in Park View just in time for the first day of school on Monday. [WUSA 9]

Package Protector — The Allegro condo building at 3460 14th Street NW has installed an electronic package theft prevention system. Read how it works in this Q&A. [New Columbia Heights]

by Tim Regan August 25, 2015 at 7:00 am 0

Police CarA man was killed during a fight that occurred near Pleasant Plains last weekend, say D.C. Police.

Police responded to a report of a fight on the 700 block of Fairmont Street NW on Saturday at approximately 3:00 am.  When officers arrived, they found 35 year-old Kassahun Abebe Edo of Irving, Texas, 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.

Edo was transported from the scene to a hospital, where he died on Sunday.

The Metropolitan Police Department currently offers a reward of up to $25,000 to anyone that provides information which leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for any homicide committed in the District of Columbia. Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the police at (202) 727-9099.

Additionally, anonymous information may be submitted to the department’s TEXT TIP LINE by text messaging 50411.

by Tim Regan August 24, 2015 at 4:45 pm 0


It’s time again for the Borderstan Blueprint, a smattering of interesting events around the area to help you plan for the upcoming week.

If you’d like to see your event featured, drop us a line at [email protected].


Mansion on O Street Razzle Dazzle Yard Sale
The Mansion on O Street (2020 O St. NW)
10 a.m.-7 p.m.

All five floors of the mansion on O Street will be filled with donated items for sale. Shoppers in costume get a 5 percent discount.


Women’s Equality Day Mixer with Mayor Bowser
Teddy & The Bully Bar (1200 19th St. NW)
6 p.m.-8 p.m.

Join Mayor Muriel Bowser and local organizations dedicated to gender equality for a mixer to celebrate Women’s Equality Day. Tickets available online.

Boots Riley at Busboys and Poets
Busboys and Poets (2021 14th St. NW)
6:30 p.m.

Emcee, activist and educator Boots Riley talks about him new book “Tell Homeland Security – We Are The Bomb.”


Silent Disco Dance Party: Part Two
Dupont Circle Fountain (1900 P St. NW)
8-9:30 p.m.

With Love DC hosts its second silent dance party in Dupont Circle. Download the playlist beforehand and bring headphones and dancing shoes. 

Eighties Mayhem Dance Party
Black Cat (1811 14th St. NW)
9:30 p.m.

Celebrate the end of summer with an eighties-themed dance party featuring DJs Steve EP, Killa K, Missguided and Krasty McNasty.


Soothing Sunday Yoga
Shaw (Watha T. Daniel) Library (1630 7th St. NW)
1:30 p.m.

Bring your own mat or towel to participate in a free yoga and meditation class at the Shaw library.


Comics and Cocktails
The Bier Baron Tavern (1523 22nd St. NW)
6:30 p.m.

Fantom Comics hosts its weekly night of drinks, food and fun for comic-lovers at the Bier Baron Tavern.

by Sean Meehan August 24, 2015 at 3:40 pm 0

garrison2Garrison Elementary School will hold an outdoor yoga class this Saturday to raise money for extracurricular field trips and arts events.

The yoga class will take place at the school (1200 S St. NW) from 9-10 a.m. The class is $20 and participants must register online by this Thursday to secure a spot. All those who reserve a spot will be entered to win five free classes from Shaw Yoga.

Attendants will also get free water and apple juice courtesy of Costco, granola courtesy of Michele’s Granola of Maryland, and lip balm from Fabulous Frannie.

Garrison’s Parent Teacher Organization hopes to use funds raised to support a Saturday art workshop that it plans to launch this school year in partnership with Wolf Trap.

Image courtesy of Garrison Elementary

by Tim Regan August 24, 2015 at 2:35 pm 1 Comment

Nadeau on safety walk, photo via Councilmember Brianne Nadeau will host free neighborhood watch training for residents of Ward 1 in September.

The training session will be held on Sept. 12 from at 9:30 a.m. at the Columbia Heights Educational Campus (3101 16th St NW).

During the session, residents will have the chance to learn how to start and run their own neighborhood watch groups and meet with other neighbors who are interested in local safety.

“This training is for everyone in the community; long-time residents, newcomers, business leaders,” said Nadeau in a press release today. “My dream is for Ward 1 to have the best community engagement in the District, and it starts with building connections block-by-block, complementing the work of our ANCs and community association leaders, and all those who came before us.”

In the press release, Nadeau praised D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser’s newly reintroduced firearms tip reward program.

The councilmember also called on the MPD not to revive its use of vice squads despite the recent rise in violent crime.

“The practices employed by them, which involves officers pulling up to a location and arresting a group of people, have been retired by MPD, and have been widely criticized,” Nadeau said.

“I cannot support these proposals, and I do not think they help us achieve the long term, sustained outcome we truly want for the District. When violence and drug activity were at their worst, what made the biggest difference was residents partnering with MPD, taking back their blocks and being part of the solution,” she continued.

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by Tim Regan August 24, 2015 at 12:30 pm 0

Duffy's, photo via’s is coming back.

The bar, which was heralded as D.C.’s best Nats bar by the Washington Post when it closed last November, will again serve its famous wings when it reopens at 2106 Vermont Avenue NW in mid-September.

On Saturday, the pub launched an IndieGoGo campaign seeking $150,000 to help with the reopening. Contribution perks include half-off food and drinks, credit toward future bar tabs and the chance to rent out the bar for an entire night.

Former owner Andy Duffy says he will return to serve as the pub’s general manager. Manning the ship as owner will be Casey Callister, a local film producer and longtime Duffy’s regular.

“We are going to reopen regardless of whether we hit the goal,” Duffy says. “The lease is already signed.”

Although the ownership has changed, the general feel of the bar hasn’t, says Duffy.

“There will be new furniture and some things the customers won’t even notice,” he says. “We’re going to concentrate on the wings.”

But Duffy hopes customers will take notice of one small change: the addition of fish and chips to the menu. “Casey is a huge fish and chips fan, so we’re going to do the best fish and chips in town,” he says.

For Duffy, the reopening couldn’t come soon enough. He says that when his restaurant and bar closed in November, he moved to Florida and got a job waiting tables at a Bonefish Grill.

“I was completely broke when I left,” Duffy says. “I literally didn’t have a dime to my name.”

Though he says he enjoyed not being the center of attention for a while, Duffy is eager to get back to the way things were before.

“I’ve been here for about five days now painting and renovating. I’ve been inside the place day and night,” Duffy says. “I’m full of energy and focused and ready to go. We want to start off strong on day one.”

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by Tim Regan August 24, 2015 at 11:05 am 0

Police CarD.C. Police say they arrested one person and seized two handguns following a report of gunshots near the intersection of Elm and 4th streets NW around 5:30 p.m. last night.

Commander Jacob Kishter alerted the MPD’s Third District listserv of the arrest yesterday evening. “A quick response by nearby police officers and several citizens who called 911 we were able stop the involved parties,” Kishter wrote.

Police did not identify the arrested suspect or the charges brought against them when contacted earlier this morning.

There were no injuries or reports of property damage connected to the crime, say police.

by Tim Regan August 24, 2015 at 10:15 am 0

school busA collision between a silver Kia and a school bus in Adams Morgan sent a child to the hospital earlier this morning.

The collision occurred near the intersection of 17th and Fuller streets NW, said D.C. Fire and EMS spokesman Oscar Mendez.

Mendez said that one person was sent to a nearby children’s hospital with serious but non-life-threatening injuries. It was unclear whether the person was on the bus or in the car.

The crash occurred roughly one block away from H.D. Cooke Elementary School. An employee at the school said that administration had not received any reports of a crash involving one of its buses.

D.C. Public Schools spokeswoman Michelle Lerner could not be reached for comment.

by Sean Meehan August 24, 2015 at 8:50 am 0


Take it Slow — The #SLOWDOWN campaign aimed at getting drivers to hit the brakes around area schools kicked off this morning. [NBC Washington]

Gay Film Festival Returns to Columbia Heights — The Reel Affirmations Film Festival will screen 35 LGBT-focused movies this weekend at the GALA Hispanic Theatre in Columbia Heights. [Washington Blade]

Guitar Lickin’ Good — New Petworth eatery Slash Run pairs pub food with a jukebox full of hair metal classics. [Washington Post]

Nitro To-Go — Local food delivery startup Galley will give away thousands of bottles of Compass Coffee’s nitro cold brew to some D.C. residents tomorrow. [Borderstan]

by Tim Regan August 21, 2015 at 3:50 pm 0

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Lucky residents in Shaw, Dupont Circle and elsewhere will be able to drink nitro coffee for free next week thanks to local food delivery startup Galley.

The delivery service will give away thousands of 12-ounce bottles of Compass Coffee‘s nitro cold brew to residents in Chinatown, Penn Quarter, Shaw, Mount Vernon, NoMa, Dupont Circle, Foggy Bottom and Georgetown on Tuesday starting at 1 p.m.

To enter to win a free bottle, participants must request a free coffee delivery through Galley’s iPhone app. The more requests received from a specific address, the more likely it is that participants will win free coffee.

Galley will also sell Compass nitro coffee as an add-on to any lunch order.

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by Sean Meehan August 21, 2015 at 3:00 pm 0

porchfestAdams Morgan residents and visitors are probably used to music emanating from the bars along 18th Street, but on October 3, they’ll be able to hear music coming from almost every street in the neighborhood.

That evening, musicians will play sets on stoops and porches throughout the neighborhood as part of the third annual Porch Fest.

Porch Fest is a free festival in which residents and businesses open their porches or patios to musicians to play for gathered crowds and passers-by. The festival is organized by the Adams Morgan Partnership BID and Cultural Tourism DC, a nonprofit organization that attempts to bring art and cultural events to public places throughout the city.

Participating porches will host three different musicians or bands at 3, 4:30 and 6 p.m.

Kristen Barden, executive director of the Adams Morgan Partnership BID says that they’ve already booked all of the porches for this year’s festival but are still accepting applications for musicians, who can contact organizers through their Facebook page.

“We’re about halfway there,” she said. “We need about another 15 musicians in order to have enough for all the porches.”

Barden said that the musicians already signed on play a wide range of styles and instruments. While most sets are acoustic, Barden says if the porch owner is willing to provide electricity, bands can play plugged-in sets.

“So far we have a ukelele band, an original singer-songwriter of folk music, a jazz singer, an alternative country rock band, some acoustic folk rock, a jazz pianist, a spoken-word-infused hip-hop artist and a contemporary pop vocalist who plays piano covers,” Barden said.

The Adams Morgan Partnership BID distributes free maps showing porch locations during the event from their headquarters at 1640 Columbia Rd. NW. Barden said that last year they distributed over 1,000 maps.

“Families open up their porches and we have musicians play all afternoon,” Barden said. “It’s a great way to get out and walk around the whole neighborhood.”

Photo via Facebook/Adams Morgan Porch Fest


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