Though the D.C. budget approved earlier this year called for parking meter enforcement in some areas of the city to occur from 7 a.m. to midnight, a new story by WTOP says the change in hours likely won’t take effect until next year.
When the changes do take effect, Adams Morgan and U Street will be among eight “premium demand zones,” that will have longer hours of parking enforcement and more costly meters than most other parts of the District.
The zones, which also include the National Mall, Georgetown and Penn Quarter, have meters that charge $2 per hour. Outside of the areas, meters charge 75 cents per hour and operate from 7 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
The festival, which promised to fill Adams Morgan porches with street performers this weekend, will now take place on Oct. 24 between 2 and 6 p.m.
Adams Morgan Partnership BID executive director Kristen Barden informed future attendees of the schedule change earlier this afternoon on Facebook.
“Unfortunately, the weather is not cooperating for PorchFest this Saturday,” Barden wrote.
Though it may be easy to assume the cancellation is related to the possibly forthcoming Hurricane Joaquin, Barden said that’s not entirely the case.
“The prediction is that it’s going to be a very wet weekend,” Barden said. “That forecast in itself was too much. Electricity and water just don’t mix.”
So far, the change hasn’t led to widespread performance cancellations. “There’s just one porch that won’t be able to do it on the 24th,” Barden said. “We should still have 16-17 porches.”
Photo via Facebook/Adams Morgan Porch Fest
A San Francisco-based clothing retailer is set to arrive on 14th Street.
Marine Layer, which bills itself as a “a San Francisco-based premium casual apparel brand,” is slated to open a location at 1627 14th Street NW in the “last week of October or the first week of November,” said company representative John Ferrin.
A walk through the company’s website reveals “absurdly soft” T-shirts, button-downs, sweaters, pants and accessories for men and women. Most of the company’s clothing sells for roughly $40 to $100.
“We sell through our website and our retail stores in San Francisco, LA, Portland, Seattle, Chicago, NY and Miami (and expanding),” reads a recent Craigslist job posting. “We are a fast-growing company whose success has been built on a small, passionate team that works hard and has a lot of fun.”
Mayor Muriel Bowser, Ward 1 D.C. Councilmember Brianne Nadeau and other local politicians cut ribbons at 14 Shaw- and U Street-area businesses during a “ribbon cutting roundup” organized by Shaw Main Streets earlier today.
Duffy’s Irish Pub (2106 Vermont Ave. NW) and U Scoot (1949 Vermont Ave. NW) were two of the businesses honored with a ceremony.
“We’ve been open since June, but it feels like it’s official now that they’ve come here and cut a ribbon,” U Scoot owner Andre Esser said.
Bowser was scheduled to cut ribbons during the openings, but had to cancel many appearances — including ones at U Scoot and Duffy’s — at the last minute.
Duffy’s general manager and former owner Andy Duffy laid out dozens wings in anticipation of Bowser’s arrival, but when he cut the large red ribbon, he was joined only by Nadeau, new Duffy’s owner Casey Callister and Shaw Main Streets Executive Director Alexander Padro.
As attendees left the pub with to-go boxes packed with wings, Duffy and Callister said they were just happy to be recognized, even if the mayor herself couldn’t make it.
“We’re very grateful to have that kind of support,” added Callister. “I think it shows that we care about businesses here in D.C. and our politicians care.”
Blocks away at U Scoot, Esser echoed the positivity. “It was a success,” he said. “[The mayor] wasn’t here, but it was still nice.”
Photo of Mayor Bowser via Twitter/MayorBowser
A planned sushi restaurant is one step closer to opening near Adams Morgan.
A public hearing notice for a new liquor license application appears to show that the restaurant, Sushi Ogawa, is planning to move in soon at 2100 Connecticut Avenue NW.
According to the application, the restaurant would serve “traditional Japanese sushi and washoku sushi in addition to fish and vegetables” with seating for 56 people.
PoPville noted that the forthcoming restaurant had installed a sign roughly one year ago.
The restaurant’s listed contact, Yumiko Stegner, was not immediately available to comment, but Sushi Ogawa appears to have a Twitter account advertising a fall opening.
Photo via Google Street View
D.C. Police have arrested a man they say shot and killed another man near Mount Pleasant earlier this month.
Police say Antonio Brown, 27, shot and killed Charles Welch, 25, on Sept. 19 around 7:44 p.m. Following the shooting, Welch was found in a vehicle on the 1800 block of Irving Street NW. Police said he was transported to a local hospital in critical condition, where he later died.
Police arrested Brown yesterday around 1 p.m. and charged him with first degree murder.
Information regarding Brown’s lawyer was not immediately available.
Lights Out — About 1,800 homes and businesses lost power last night near Adams Morgan and Dupont Circle. Power was restored by 11 p.m. [WUSA 9]
Synthetic Weed Into Wine — A Latin American wine bar will move into the spot where a market known for allegedly selling synthetic drugs previously closed. [Washington City Paper]
Jazzed — An alleyway between U Street and Wallach Place NW was last week named after a blues and jazz singer who died in 2004. [Washington Post]
Shake-ing With Anticipation — Shake Shack will release a new burger honoring celebri-chef Rachel Ray. The spicy sandwich, bedecked in jalapeno peppers, fried shallots and sriracha, will be sold exclusively at the company’s Dupont Circle location for a limited time next month. [Grubstreet; Eater; Washingtonian]
Outdoor Oktoberfest — Columbia Heights bar Meridian Pint will host an outdoor Oktoberfest party whether Joaquin hits D.C. or not. [Borderstan]
The festival will take place along 11th Street NW between Park Road and Monroe Street NW between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. this Saturday. That block of 11th Street will be closed to vehicle traffic during the festival.
As with any Oktoberfest celebration, beer and Bavarian grub will take center-stage, and Meridian Pint will serve 20 seasonal American beers, multiple German beers and traditional German food during the festival.
But the festival, co-hosted by the Columbia Heights Initiative, isn’t limited to beer-drinkers. Attendees can also enjoy face painting, a moon bounce, live music from a Bavarian band, a dog show and a charity dunk tank.
Meridian Pint General Manager Heather Kendrick said the Oktoberfest will go on even in the case of rain.
“At this moment, we’re waiting to hear if Tropical Storm Joaquin is going to rain on our plans, but regardless of what happens it will go on,” Kendrick said. “If it does rain, we’re going to focus on having a trop-toberfest and do our best.”
Photo via Facebook/ Meridian Pint
An Alexandria-based adult boutique founded on sex positivity is slated open a location in Adams Morgan tomorrow.
Lotus Blooms will open its doors tomorrow at 2408 18th Street NW, said marketing director Rebecca Proch.
Proch said that the opening, which was first teased in May, has been delayed by permitting issues. But she added that the store received its final approval yesterday and will be ready for shoppers during a soft opening tomorrow morning.
Lotus Blooms, based in Alexandria, sells adult accessories and apparel and hosts sex-themed education events.
Photo via Facebook.com/Lotus.BloomsVA
Get your faux industrial goggles and tiny top hats ready, Dupont Circle. A steampunk-themed bar is now open on M Street NW.
The bar, called 1831 Bar and Lounge, opened earlier this month. Its owners, brothers Jeff, Sean and Jean-Paul Chreky, are planning a grand opening event that will happen in the next few weeks.
“We don’t want to be a club or a place that gets crazy,” co-owner Jeff Chreky told Borderstan in August. “We want it to be a place where you can sit down and have a drink and something to eat.”
The bar’s menu includes salads, skewers, dips and other small plate items alongside cocktails, beer and wine.
Check out the bar’s Facebook page for food photos and drink specials.
During the parade, which begins on Oct. 24 at 1 p.m., little ones dressed in colorful costumes will walk from Logan Circle to the 1400 block of P Street NW in search of treats. With candy in hand, the tiny revelers will move on to Stead Park in search of music, dancing and games.
Volunteers will ensure parade participants traverse the route safely and happily. Those who want to help out can contact event organizer Evelyn Boyd Simmons via e-mail.
Photo via Facebook.com/LCCA.D
A hotly anticipated José Andrés eatery is now open in Dupont Circle.
Beefsteak opened its doors today at 1528 Connecticut Ave. NW. Patrons were seen filing into the restaurant shortly after its 10:30 a.m. opening this morning.
Beefsteak’s signature dishes include bowls filled with veggies, grains and nuts, gazpacho and “burgers” that eschew meat for a hunky slice of tomato.
This is the second Beefsteak opening in the District. The first location opened in Foggy Bottom in March.
Deon Hardy, 22, was arrested and accused of breaking into a car near the intersection of 13th Street and Otis Place NW around 9:37 a.m. on Sunday.
Police said they received a call that a man was breaking into a car along the block. When officers arrived and tried to approach the man, he ran and hid behind a home. Police lieutenant David Augustine described the following events in an e-mail to the Fourth District’s listserv yesterday evening.
“While officers were setting up a perimeter in the area, another good samaritan called and gave the police the location where he was hiding,” Augustine wrote. “The officers were able to stop the person and conducted an investigation. [which] revealed that the person the police had stopped broken into a vehicle and stole a bag.”
“This arrest resulted because of community members altering the police about suspicious activity in the area,” added Augustine. “This was excellent work between the officers and the community.”
Hardy’s attorney, Elise Haldane, was contacted via e-mail this morning but has not yet replied.
Public Housing, Top Dollar — The D.C. Housing Authority has been renovating and selling single-family homes in the public housing program. Many of the homes are remodeled to luxurious standards and sell for big bucks in neighborhoods like Columbia Heights. Though the Housing Authority says that selling the homes provides a steady — and rare — source of income, critics say the sales only further localized gentrification. [WAMU 88.5]
Man Stabbed in 2009 Dies of Complications This Year — A man stabbed in Shaw in 2009 died of complications related to the stabbing in June. Now, police have ruled his death a homicide. [Washington Post]
Andy At-Large? — Busboys and Poets owner Andy Shallal may enter next year’s D.C. Council member at-large race. Entering the race would pit Shallal against challenger David Garber and incumbent Vincent Orange. [Washington City Paper]
Coffeeshop Incoming — A building permit on the door of 3100 Georgia Ave. NW suggests a new coffee shop that is coming to Park View. [New Columbia Heights]
Chili for Charity — More than 20 local bands are swapping chili recipes for charity. [Borderstan]
Ready or not, it’s almost time to say goodbye to September. While you still have some of the month left, here’s how to make the most of it:
Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra
Bohemian Caverns (2001 11th St. NW)
8 & 10 p.m.
A 17-piece big band will fill the venue with a mix of classic tunes by jazz greats as well as feature some originals by band members. General admission tickets are $10.
U Street Music Hall (1115 U St. NW)
The brass band duo will be having a live performance with a slew of guest musicians. Tickets start at $10.
Jimmy Tatro: The Memoirs of a College Dropout
DC Improv (1140 Connecticut Ave. NW)
The actor and comedian whose claim to fame is YouTube channel “Life According to Jimmy” is bringing his standup routine to D.C. The show is 18+ and general admission tickets are $20.
Pink and Drink Bar Crawl
El Ray (919 U St. NW)
This kickoff event for Breast Cancer Awareness Month will take over U Street. A $20 ticket purchased in advance gets each guest a refillable mug, pink and white beads, entry to bars and a raffle entry. Participating bars will have drink and food specials as well.
3rd Annual Adams Morgan PorchFest
18th Street & Columbia Road NW
Porches and patios throughout Adams Morgan will transform into music venues. The neighborhood-wide event will give residents an opportunity to get up close and personal with an eclectic range of music and the performers behind it. The event is free, and maps with locations and performers will be available at 18th and Columbia streets NW.
No Scrubs ’90s Dance Party
9:30 Club (815 V St. NW)
DJs Will Eastman and Brian Billion will revive the days of Nirvana, Spice Girls, Boyz II Men and TLC. Guests can plan on a judgment-free jam session. Tickets are $16 and available online.
Elisabeth Egan: A Window Opens and Laura Dave: Eight Hundred Grapes
Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe (1517 Connecticut Ave. NW)
This book talk will bring together a Glamour book editor and a novelist. The event is presented with The Women’s National Book Association to celebration National Reading Group Month.
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