by Tim Regan December 31, 2015 at 12:05 pm 0


It’s almost 2016. How’d your year turn out? Did you lose 30 pounds? Did you stop smoking and start exercising more? No? Good. We didn’t, either.

Here’s what you may want to know to help ring in the new year:


  • Still don’t have New Year’s Eve squared away? You can still get in to a few of the bars listed in our New Year’s Eve guide.
  • Baltimore weirdwave composer Dan Deacon visits U Street Music Hall on Saturday.
  • Three Man Soul Machine performs at Bossa Bistro in Adams Morgan on Sunday.

Stuff you should know:

  • We’re taking the day off tomorrow to celebrate New Year’s Day. Have a safe and happy holiday.
  • Here’s how to get a free chauffeur around town tonight.
  • Metro rides are free from midnight until 3 a.m. courtesy of Miller Lite.
  • It’s the “last dance” for Mio near Thomas Circle tonight.
  • Likewise, the Dupont Circle YMCA closes for good after today.
  • The Connecticut Avenue diner closed after a reported vermin infestation is back open for business.

by Andrew Ramonas December 31, 2015 at 11:15 am 0

Luna Grill and Diner (Photo via Luna Grill and Diner)

A Dupont Circle diner is back in business after a food safety and hygiene inspector reported a “heavy infestation of vermin,” according to the D.C. Department of Health.

Luna Grill and Diner at 1301 Connecticut Ave. NW reopened yesterday afternoon after the DOH official closed it Monday. The restaurant passed a follow-up health department inspection, allowing it to begin serving customers again.

The inspector on Monday found a “gross insanitary occurrence or condition that may endanger public health including but not limited to heavy infestation of vermin,” according to the agency. But DOH has yet to provide more details about what the inspector found.


by Tim Regan December 31, 2015 at 10:00 am 0

Graffiti spoiler, photo via kken

(SPOILER ALERT: Click here to view the unblurred version of the above photo.)

Some street artists are neighborhood beautifiers. Others are provocateurs. And some — like the people behind the Gare, Voyer, and Crot graffiti tags — apparently like to spoil movies from time to time.

A Borderstan reader spotted this “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” spoiler spray painted on a discarded box spring in Shaw yesterday morning.

“It was along the Q Street bike lane just east of 7th Street,” the reader told us in an e-mail. “I rode past it and had to go back to make sure I saw what I thought I saw.”

Though little is known about the artists behind these tags, their names can be seen spray painted on walls and stuck to street signs and light poles across the area. According to local curiosity catalogue Stuck in D.C., “Gare and Voyer are two different taggers in the same crew,” and Crot is a ubiquitous artist who also goes by the handle C-ROT and Crotch Rot.

Photo courtesy of kken

by Andrew Ramonas December 31, 2015 at 9:15 am 0

Dupont Metro station escalators

Previewing Left Door Cocktails Near 14th Street – Left Door, the newest bar from The Passenger owner Tom Brown, will have hard-to-find spirits, as well as the usual liquor staples, when it opens Jan. 5 at 1345 S St. NW. “I’m always a socialist when it comes to drinking. It shouldn’t be kings and princes who get the best,” Brown said. “And I feel like cocktails are an everyday luxury.” [Washington City Paper]

Getting Ready for Kinship to Open in Shaw – Former CityZen chef Eric Ziebold’s Kinship is set to open Jan. 4 at 1015 7th St. NW. [Zagat]

Reliving 35 Years of the 9:30 Club – The Express looks back at some of the “biggest secrets” from the 9:30 Club’s 35-year history. [Express]

Test Driving a Riide Bicycle in Shaw – Christina Sturdivant tries out a Riide e-bike in Shaw for DCist. [DCist]

by Andrew Ramonas December 30, 2015 at 3:50 pm 0

The future home of The Bird (Photo via Google Maps)The owner of The Pig is hatching a poultry restaurant in Shaw.

The Bird is set to open at 1337 11th St. NW, according to a D.C. Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration notice published yesterday. It wasn’t immediately clear when the eatery is expected to open and what exactly it will offer customers when it begins operations.

Under “Nature of Operation,” the restaurant’s liquor license application with ABRA only says:


by Andrew Ramonas December 30, 2015 at 2:45 pm 0

Andrew Stuart (Photo via GoFundMe/Maria Palmer)Friends and family members of a critically ill co-owner of the High Dive in Adams Morgan are looking for money to help him cover his hospital expenses as he awaits an organ transplant.

A GoFundMe fundraiser started for Andrew Stuart this week will “help to cover the expenses to get him better, as well as necessities to help him once he is released from the hospital,” the website for donations says.

Donors have contributed more than $2,000 as of the publication of this article.


by Andrew Ramonas December 30, 2015 at 1:40 pm 0

Future home of Just Chicken (Photo via Google Maps)A 24-hour chicken restaurant might arrive on the U Street corridor as early as this winter.

Just Chicken could open within the first few months of 2016 near the east entrance to the U Street Metro station if its application for a liquor license is approved without any delays, Cynthia Simms, a representative of the eatery, told Borderstan today. It will occupy the former Bistro on U Street space at 928 U St. NW.

The restaurant is expected to serve booze and fried chicken, as well as chicken with barbecue sauce, salads and waffles, among other chicken dishes.


by Andrew Ramonas December 30, 2015 at 10:45 am 2 Comments

Three people wanted in a violent attack near Atlantic Plumbing last month have appeared on video.

The aggravated assault occurred on the 2000 block of 8th Street NW about 2 a.m. Nov. 24, police said.

Surveillance camera footage police released today in connection with the attack begins with someone brawling with the victim in a parking lot as four people look on.


by Andrew Ramonas December 30, 2015 at 9:35 am 0

"Space is the Place" by Aniekan Udofia

Meet Atlantic Plumbing’s Ramen Eatery — Haikan, the forthcoming ramen restaurant from the team behind Daikaya in Chinatown, is set to open in the spring at 805 V St. NW. The eatery will serve “Sapporo-style” Japanese noodle soup, which has a clear broth. [Washington Post]

Whole Foods’ Christmas Tree Bugs — Hundreds of bugs came out of a fresh-cut Christmas tree a Logan Circle woman bought at the Whole Foods Market on P Street NW. “I pulled the tree out of the house and when I dropped the tree to the ground hundreds of [aphids] went running across the concrete — it was terrifying,” the local said. Whole Foods workers picked up the tree from the woman’s home, gave her a refund and offered to help pay for an exterminator. [WTOP]

D.C. Food Writers Love Shaw — Several D.C. journalists, bloggers and friends of Eater told the website Shaw is 2015’s best dining neighborhood. [Eater DC]

Dupont Diner’s Vermin Problem — Luna Grill and Diner at 1301 Connecticut Ave. NW is temporarily closed after a food safety and hygiene inspector reported it had a “heavy infestation of vermin” problem. [Borderstan]

Photo via Shaw Main Streets

by Andrew Ramonas December 30, 2015 at 8:35 am 0

3100 block of Mount Pleasant Street NW (Photo via Google Maps)A man was stabbed in the leg in Mount Pleasant early this morning, police said.

The stabbing happened on the 3100 block of Mount Pleasant Street NW about 12:30 a.m.

The victim was arguing with a man when he pulled out a small knife, according to authorities. The man with the knife then stabbed the victim in the leg before fleeing.


by Jennifer Currier December 29, 2015 at 4:05 pm 0

Winter Restaurant Week 2016 (via Facebook:Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington)

The winter edition of Metropolitan Washington Restaurant Week is scheduled to return to D.C. at the end of January.

More than 200 restaurants throughout the metro area are already signed up to participate in the seven day event, during which they’ll multi-course, fixed-price lunch and dinner specials for diners. At most participating locations, lunches cost $22 and dinners cost $35.

Winter Restaurant Week is scheduled to run from Monday, Jan. 25 through Sunday, Jan. 31. The event itself is about a month away, but with nearly 60 participating restaurants in the Borderstan coverage area alone, an early start on planning and booking tables might not be a bad idea.

Here’s a complete list of participating restaurants in the coverage area, organized by neighborhood:

Adams Morgan

  • Grill from Ipanema (1858 Columbia Rd. NW)*
  • Mintwood Place (1813 Columbia Rd. NW)*
  • Perry’s Restaurant (1811 Columbia Rd. NW)*
  • Roofer’s Union (2446 18th St. NW)*

Columbia Heights

  • Acre 121 (1400 Irving St. NW)*


  • 15 Ria (1515 Rhode Island Ave. NW)
  • Barcode (1101 17th St. NW)
  • CitiesDC (1909 K St. NW)
  • Claudia’s Steakhouse (1501 K St. NW)
  • Zentan (1155 14th St. NW)
  • Lincoln (1110 Vermont Ave. NW)
  • Morton’s Steakhouse (1050 Connecticut Ave. NW)

Dupont Circle

  • Agora (1527 17th St. NW)
  • Ankara (1320 19th St. NW)
  • Beacon Bar and Grill (1615 Rhode Island Ave. NW)
  • Bistro Bistro (1727 Connecticut Ave. NW)
  • Cafe Dupont (1500 New Hampshire Ave. NW)
  • Circa at Dupont (1601 Connecticut Ave. NW)
  • Daily Grill Dupont Circle (1200 18th St. NW)
  • Dirty Martini DC (1223 Connecticut Ave. NW)
  • Edgar Bar and Kitchen (1127 Connecticut Ave. NW)
  • Ezme Restaurant (2016 P St. NW)


by Jennifer Currier December 29, 2015 at 2:15 pm 0

John Matthews Missing 12-28 (via MPD)

Police are seeking the public’s help in locating a 74-year-old man who is missing from Washington Hospital Center near Howard University and may need medical attention.

John Matthews was last seen at the hospital at 110 Irving St. NW yesterday.

Matthews is described as a black man with black hair, approximately 5-feet 6-inches tall and weighs 150 pounds. He’s also missing two fingers on each hand — the ring and middle on the right, and ring and index on the left.

He was last seen wearing blue jeans, grey slip-on shoes and a Washington Redskins beanie hat.

Police are asking the public in the area to be on the lookout for Matthews and be aware he may require medical attention.

Any information or tips about his location can be called in to 202-576-6768 or texted to 50411.

Photo via Metropolitan Police Department

by Jennifer Currier December 29, 2015 at 1:30 pm 0

Fix the Fence (via Facebook:Shaw Dog Park)After launching a fundraiser over the summer, a local nonprofit has met its goal and is now preparing to make improvements to a public space next spring.

The Shaw Dog Park Board of Directors announced via e-mail the organization has met the fundraising goal for its “Fix the Fence” campaign.

The campaign’s goal was to raise $3,000 to repair the fence that encloses the dog park at 1673 11th St. NW.

According to an update posted on its website, the organization’s project began over the summer and was halfway funded by late October. The rest was raised just before the new year.

The e-mail announcement explained the money will be used to make improvements to the fence that encloses the 15,000 square foot dog park, including fixing its gates and latches. It also set early spring as the time frame for when these repairs will begin because snow accumulation is likely to cause further damage to the fence and gates.

All the park’s operating costs — including spraying the gravel, planting new trees and installing tree boxes — are covered by fundraising efforts and donations from local dog owners and supporters.

Photo via Facebook/Shaw Dog Park

by Jennifer Currier December 29, 2015 at 12:30 pm 1 Comment

The Metropolitan Police Department is searching for one person of interest in a late-night Christmas Eve burglary on the 1300 block of Connecticut Avenue NW.

A surveillance camera in the establishment caught the suspect on video taking what appears to be bottles of liquor and other alcohol from a storage room.

The incident occurred around 11:30 p.m. on Thursday evening. Police did not specify if the subject in the video is also suspected of breaking and entering or if anyone else was in the establishment at the time.

This theft is being classified as a burglary in the second degree, a felony punishable by 2-15 years in prison.Christmas Eve Person of Interest (via MPD)

Crime Solvers of Washington, DC currently offers a reward of up to $1,000 to anyone who provides information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for a crime committed in the District of Columbia. Your assistance is appreciated by your community.

Anyone who can identify these individuals or who has knowledge of this incident should take no action but call police at (202) 727-9099 or text your tip to the Department’s TEXT TIP LINE to 50411.


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