by Tim Regan January 27, 2016 at 2:30 pm 3 Comments

Snowy spot

You dug out the parking spot, made it look nice and clean. Sure, it took 45 minutes, but you are meticulous. And now that you’ve cleared the snow, you’re ready to head out. You get in your car, turn the key, and . . .

Wait. You just spent all this time shoveling snow. What if some jerk swoops in and steals your spot when you leave? You can’t let someone else mooch off of your hard work. Maybe you should kindly but firmly mark your territory with a well-placed lawn chair, or a cone, or a milk crate or a sign. (more…)

by Andrew Ramonas January 27, 2016 at 1:30 pm 0

Columbia Heights snow (Photo via Brianne Nadeau)Locals taking advantage of the $1-per-day-parking at the DC USA retail development are getting more time to move their cars before the deal ends, Councilmember Brianne Nadeau of Ward 1 announced today.

The special parking arrangement for Columbia Heights residents went into effect Friday morning, when the District’s snow emergency started. The deal was set to end at 8:30 p.m. today, two hours after the emergency is scheduled to conclude. But now locals with cars at DC USA won’t have to begin paying the complex’s standard parking fees until after 10 p.m. tomorrow.

Nadeau noted in an email to residents:

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by Tim Regan January 27, 2016 at 12:25 pm 0

Winter Restaurant week extended logo

The winter edition of Metropolitan Washington Restaurant Week has been extended through next Wednesday.

More than 250 restaurants throughout the District originally signed up to participate in the seven-day event. Though the full list is still being updated, it seems far fewer restaurants in the Borderstan coverage area will return for another round of $22 lunches and $35 dinners.

Here’s who’s extending, organized by neighborhood:

Columbia Heights

  • Acre 121 (1400 Irving St. NW)

Downtown

  • 15 Ria (1515 Rhode Island Ave. NW)
  • CitiesDC (1909 K St. NW)
  • Lincoln (1110 Vermont Ave. NW)

Dupont Circle

  • Marrakech Restaurant (2147 P St. NW)
  • The Riggsby (1731 New Hampshire Ave. NW)
  • STK (1250 Connecticut Ave. NW)
  • Russia House (1800 Connecticut Ave. NW)

Logan Circle

  • B Too (1324 14th St. NW)

U Street/14th Street Corridor

  • Cork Wine Bar (1720 14th St. NW)
  • Al Crostino (1926 9th St. NW)
  • El Centro D.F. (1819 14th St. NW)
  • G by Mike Isabella (2201 14th St. NW)
  • Kapnos (2201 14th St. NW)
  • Nonna’s Kitchen (1212 U St. NW)
  • Provision No. 14 (2100 14th St. NW)
  • Vinoteca (1940 11th St. NW)
  • Dino’s Grotto (1914 9th St. NW)

Photo via Facebook/Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington

 

by Andrew Ramonas January 27, 2016 at 11:35 am 1 Comment

Matthew Shevlin (Photo via Instagram/Commonwealth FTGG)

A men’s clothing boutique in Adams Morgan is slated to shut down for one day later this week in remembrance of an employee who was shot to death.

Commonwealth at 1781 Florida Ave. NW won’t open Friday as workers pay tribute to Matthew Shevlin, who was killed in Shaw last week. The 37-year-old man was unconscious and suffering from a gunshot wound when police found him in his home on the 400 block of M Street NW Friday morning.

The shooting didn’t appear to be random, according to authorities. Shevlin was shot during a “home-invasion burglary of a targeted residence,” a police spokesman told The Washington Post.

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by Tim Regan January 27, 2016 at 9:55 am 0

A roof collapsed at a vacant home near Adams Morgan last night.

Rescuers responded to the incident around 6:15 p.m. Nobody was inside the home when the roof caved in, said D.C. Fire and EMS spokesman Tim Wilson. (more…)

by Andrew Ramonas January 27, 2016 at 9:00 am 0

Councilmember Brianne Nadeau of Ward 1 (center) helps Mount Pleasant residents shovel (Photo via Twitter/Brianne K. Nadeau)

Back to Work in D.C. — The federal government and D.C. schools are reopening today. Good luck digging out your car or taking the bus. [Washington Post]

Adams Morgan Bar Likely to Close — The days of Millie & Al’s at 2440 18th St. NW likely are numbered. [Washington Business Journal]

Evans on Track to Lead Metro Board — Councilmember Jack Evans of Ward 2 is expected to become Metro’s next board chairman Thursday. [Washington Post]

Adams Morgan Among Top U.S. Neighborhoods, Report Says — Adams Morgan is one the few neighborhoods in the country to be walkable, have affordable housing and offer decent schools, according to a report from real estate brokerage Redfin. [Associated Press]

Photo via Twitter/Brianne K. Nadeau

by Andrew Ramonas January 26, 2016 at 4:25 pm 0

S2 bus travels past snow on 16th Street NW

Metrobus service is slated to get closer to normal tomorrow. But buses still won’t run on some routes.

Only buses on “moderate snow routes” will operate Wednesday.

On 16th Street, only the S4 buses will have normal service. The S2 and s9 buses will take detours, and the S1 bus won’t run.

For U Street, the 90, 92 and 93 buses will operate normally. But the 96 buses will take a detour, and the X3 buses won’t go out.

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by Tim Regan January 26, 2016 at 3:45 pm 2 Comments

Dupont dump trucks

A fleet of dump trucks enlisted to haul away snow astounded and annoyed some people driving near Dupont Circle earlier today.

The haulers, hired by the District to transport slush and snow out of city streets, caused some traffic backups as they lined up on 18th and 19th streets NW, Connecticut Avenue NW and the road surrounding Dupont Circle.

Naturally, some locals took to Twitter to talk about the traffic. Here’s a snippet of what they said throughout the day: (more…)

by Andrew Ramonas January 26, 2016 at 2:30 pm 0

500 block of Gresham Place NW (Photo via Google Maps)A man with a gun robbed a Howard University student by his dormitory last night, police said.

The armed robbery happened outside The Charles R. Drew Hall on the 500 block of Gresham Place NW about 9 p.m. Monday. The dorm is at the northern end of Howard’s campus.

The student was walking near the dorm when a silver sport utility vehicle pulled up to him, according to authorities. A passenger in the SUV then hopped out and flashed a large silver handgun at the student.

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by Tim Regan January 26, 2016 at 1:30 pm 0

14th street cafe asian bistro 2There may soon be one more place on 14th Street to have a beer or a glass of wine.

14th Street Cafe Asian Bistro, which first opened at 1416 14th Street NW in July, has a liquor license application now on file with the D.C. Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration, according to a notice the agency published last week.

Neng Hsiang Wang, a representative for the restaurant, said the bistro is looking to serve beer and wine, but not cocktails.

The D.C. Alcoholic Beverage Control Board is expected to rule on the eatery’s application in the coming months.

by Andrew Ramonas January 26, 2016 at 12:40 pm 0

Snow removalLocals can start parking their cars on snow emergency routes tomorrow evening, Mayor Muriel Bowser announced this afternoon.

The snow emergency is scheduled to end at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, she said at a news conference. Since 9:30 a.m. Friday, individuals who have left cars on 16th Street NW, U Street NW and other roads have faced fines and losing their vehicles to tow trucks.

For residents who used the $1-per-day-parking at the DC USA retail development, they will have until 8:30 p.m. tomorrow to get their cars. Otherwise, they will have to start paying DC USA’s standard parking fees.

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by Tim Regan January 26, 2016 at 11:30 am 0

Jim Graham at Rock Hard SundaysFormer D.C. Councilmember Jim Graham’s new blizzard relief package involves free admission to a strip club.

Graham will tonight host a free special Tuesday edition of “Rock Hard Sunday,” the weekly male strip club act he promotes at The House (3530 Georgia Ave. NW) in Park View. The show, which normally costs $10, was cancelled last Sunday because of the blizzard. (more…)

by Andrew Ramonas January 26, 2016 at 10:30 am 0

Jimmy John's (Photo via Instagram/Jimmy John's)

The U Street corridor is getting a Jimmy John’s.

The sub and club sandwich purveyor known for its “freaky fast” delivery is slated to open at 1408 U St. NW this spring, company spokesman Nathan Louer said yesterday. The space, which is between a McDonald’s and DC Noodles, formerly housed the 24 Seven Plus deli.

The 1,234-square-foot Jimmy John’s will have seating for nine customers, according to permit data the D.C. government released last week.

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by Tim Regan January 26, 2016 at 9:05 am 0

Snow and bulldozer during Snowzilla

What’s Open? What’s Closed? — D.C. Government offices, all Metrorail stations in the District (sorry, Virginia) and D.C. Public Libraries are open. Federal government offices, the National Zoo and D.C. Public Schools are closed. [DCist]

Some Lost, Some Gained — For some D.C. business, the snowstorm meant a hit in revenue. For instance, at Ben’s Chili Bowl on U Street, business was a “sliver” of what it usually is. At other businesses, such as Glen’s Garden Market in Dupont and Shaw, the blizzard led to record sales. [Washington Post]

Fresh Coffee Coming to Dupont FreshFarm Market — Starting this Sunday, the FreshFarm Market in Dupont (1500 20th St. NW) will sell coffee beans and cups of freshly brewed coffee. [Washington Post]

Snowy Streets — 67 percent of our users told us in an unscientific poll yesterday that their streets have yet to be plowed. [Borderstan]

Poor Little Bobcat — Truly, this little bulldozer stuck in the snow at 17th and Euclid NW represents the folly of mankind. [Twitter]

by Andrew Ramonas January 25, 2016 at 4:50 pm 0

Metrobus (Photo via Twitter/WMATA)More buses are set to hit the roads tomorrow. But some routes still won’t have service.

Metrobus is restricting its service to “severe snow routes” on 16th and U streets NW, among other roads.

On 16th Street, only the S4 buses will have normal service. The S2 bus will take a detour, and the S1 and S9 buses won’t run.

For U Street, the 90, 92 and 93 buses will operate normally. But the 96 and X3 buses are out of service.

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