by Tim Regan March 29, 2016 at 4:20 pm 0

Charles Allen (Photo via Facebook/Charles Allen)Shaw locals will have yet another chance grab a cup of coffee with Ward 6 D.C. Councilmember Charles Allen later this week.

Allen is scheduled to hold his next office hours for the community at Compass Coffee (1535 7th St. NW) from 8 to 9:30 a.m. on Friday.

“Whether it’s policy or potholes, schools or public safety, small business or the Metro, Community Office Hours are a great chance to talk with Councilmember Allen about what’s on your mind,” reads an email sent to the Shaw listserv yesterday.

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by Andrew Ramonas March 29, 2016 at 2:30 pm 0

Park View signLocals are looking for some help picking up trash around Park View this weekend, according to an email from the Mayor’s Office of Community Relations & Service.

The Georgia & Lamont Public Safety Task Force is hosting its monthly cleanup Saturday. Interested Park View residents should meet at Georgia Avenue and Kenyon Street NW at 10 a.m.

Colony Club at 3118 Georgia Ave. NW is offering free coffee to each of the first 20 volunteers who spend 90 minutes assisting with the cleanup.

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by Tim Regan March 29, 2016 at 1:30 pm 0

The Nuclear Security Summit will be in town Thursday and Friday, and it might bring with it a mess for commuters.

International heads of state and government officials will convene at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center Thursday and Friday, meaning street closures, parking restrictions and even the temporary shuttering of the Mount Vernon Square/Convention Center Metro station.

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by Andrew Ramonas March 29, 2016 at 12:15 pm 0

The Manor

A Dupont Circle nightclub is getting a new look.

The Manor at 1327 Connecticut Ave. NW has received a new, Metro-inspired logo, lost its food menu and is in the process of opening up more space for clubbers as part of a rebranding effort intended to draw in more late-night revelers, general manager George Martinez told Borderstan today.

A veteran of clubs in Miami and New York, Martinez said he pushed for the changes, along with improved customer service, not long after he joined The Manor late last year. He said he didn’t get “a lot of positive feedback” from customers about the club.

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by Tim Regan March 29, 2016 at 10:00 am 0

Photo via Twitter / Roric McCorristin

Inside the Final Show at Bohemian Caverns — Here’s how local performers and patrons bid farewell to U Street’s legendary jazz club. [Washington Post]

They’re Doing Just Brine — Gordy’s Pickle Jar now sells canned brine specifically for use in cocktails. The cans are availale in four-packs at Glen’s Garden Market in Shaw and Dupont or online. [Washington City Paper]

How Logan Hardware Values Its Employees — Logan Hardware co-owner Gina Schaefer says employee benefits, a higher than average minimum wage and flexibility are key to creating an ethical, successful local business. [Washington Post]

Planned Development Garners Local Leaders’ Support — ANC 2F granted its blessing to a planned development that would bring a 28- to 33-unit residential development to 1126 9th St. NW. [UrbanTurf]

The Passenger Gears Up for May Opening — The Passenger is about two months away from coming back to Shaw, according to a tweet from the bar last night. [Borderstan]

Photo via Roric McCorristin

by Tim Regan March 29, 2016 at 9:10 am 0

Photo courtesy of Funk ParadeRare Essence, the legendary local go-go outfit billed as the “wickedest band alive,” will headline this year’s Funk Parade celebration on May 7.

“Rare Essence is gearing up to release their 15th album to coincide with the performance,” Funk Parade announced in a press release earlier this morning. “Titled ‘Turn It Up,’ the album marks not only the 40th anniversary of the band’s inception in 1976, but also a turning point in their career.”

Rare Essence fans who donate $100 to Funk Parade’s Indiegogo campaign can receive a copy of the new album, a copy of Rare Essence’s “Greatest Hits Vol. 1” and a signed poster of the “Turn It Up” album cover art by artist and muralist Aniekan Udofia.

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by Andrew Ramonas March 29, 2016 at 8:30 am 0

The Passenger (Image via The Passenger)

The Passenger is about two months away from coming back to Shaw, according to a tweet from the bar last night.

The Passenger shut down at 1017 7th St. NW last winter. Its new location at 1539 7th St. NW is set to have seating for 175 bar goers inside, 10 customers in a sidewalk cafe and 75 people in a summer garden, according to paperwork filed with the D.C. Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration.

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by Tim Regan March 28, 2016 at 5:00 pm 0

Sollys Mural on U Street

Need something to do this week? Here’s a smattering of events happening across the area through next Monday:

Wednesday

Ward 1 Trivia Night
Solly’s (1942 11th St. NW)
8 p.m.

D.C. Councilmember Brianne Nadeau and WAMU reporter Martin Austermuhle will help MC a Ward 1 trivia night. Neighbors United for D.C. Statehood, a grassroots organization that advocates for, well, D.C. Statehood, is the organizer of the event.

Thursday

Grrrl Love and Revolution: Riot Grrrl New York City
Mt. Pleasant Library
7 p.m.

In this film, Abby Moser guides audiences through the feminist punk movement Riot Grrrl in New York City, from its roots in D.C.’s punk scenes and beyond.

Friday

Community Office Hours
Compass Coffee (1535 7th St. NW)
8 a.m.

Councilmember Charles Allen of Ward 6 is scheduled to hold office hours for the community at Compass Coffee (1535 7th St. NW) from 8 to 9:30 a.m.

Girl Scout Cookie and Beer Pairing
Black Squirrel (2427 18th St. NW)
5 p.m.

Do Girl Scout cookies pair with milk and milk stouts alike? Here’s your chance to find out.

Saturday

Spring Community Workday
Marion Street Garden (1519 Marion St. NW)
10 a.m.

Gardeners will meet to clear out dead growth, fix broken structures, paint and plant. To get involved in the garden, send an email to the staff at City Blossoms.

Sunday

Fantom KidsCon
Fantom Comics (2010 P St. NW)
Noon

Workshops, kid-friendly vendors, a costume parade and special guests during this pint-sized comic book convention.

Ripe Artisanal Cheese Party 
Right Proper Brewing Company (624 T St. NW)
1 p.m.

Attendees will indulge in artisanal cheese “in every form” while sipping craft beers. Expect beer and cheese pairings, fondue, raclette  and gelato from Dolcezza.

by Andrew Ramonas March 28, 2016 at 2:35 pm 0

3000 block of Georgia Avenue NW (Photo via Google Maps)A group of men dragged a man out of a car, beat him and robbed him after he gave them a ride to Park View yesterday morning, police said.

The violent robbery occurred about 5 a.m. Sunday on the 3000 block of Georgia Avenue NW, which includes Bruce Monroe Community Park.

The driver picked up several men on the 1900 block of 9th Street NW near the U Street corridor after they agreed to pay him $30 up front and $20 after the ride, according to authorities.

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by Andrew Ramonas March 28, 2016 at 1:05 pm 0

Compass-Coffee1FINALA knife-wielding man who tried to leave a Compass Coffee in Shaw with handfuls of money from the store’s cash register this weekend was thwarted by someone who tackled him to the ground and kept him there until police arrived, according to authorities.

The armed robbery happened at the coffee shop at 1535 7th St. NW about 1:15 p.m. Saturday.

The man entered the eatery with a knife in his hand and ordered employees to give him the money in the store’s cash register, police said. A worker soon after put the register on the shop’s counter.

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by Tim Regan March 28, 2016 at 12:00 pm 0

Logan Circle’s newest eatery will bring chicken wings, oysters and “county fair” poutine  to the neighborhood as soon as next Thursday.

That’s when Veranda (1100 P St. NW) aims to reopen as The Commodore, a new neighborhood tavern developed with the help of Rebellion’s owner, Brian Westlye.

“We are shooting for Thursday April 7th for the opening,” Westlye told us this morning. “Barring any unforeseen issues, that should be a solid date.”

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by Andrew Ramonas March 28, 2016 at 10:30 am 0

Sweet Science Coffee (Photo via Facebook/Sweet Science Coffee)

A pop-up coffee bar in Adams Morgan has closed after nearly a year in business.

Sweet Science Coffee served its last cup of java at 1800 Wyoming Ave. NW Saturday, according to a post on its Facebook page. German native Sandra Wolter opened the shop in April 2015.

“We leave with a big heart cookie, a lady’s kiss cookie by Andelka – and a huge amount of fantastic feedback, love and support from people all over the city and beyond,” the post says.

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by Tim Regan March 28, 2016 at 9:30 am 0

Philz Coffee CEO

Arrivederci, Pasta Mia — The family-style pasta eatery in Adams Morgan closed its doors for good over the weekend. The eatery, which opened in 1991, was known for dispensing piles of pasta to hungry diners. [Washington Post]

Protest Held at Shaw Library — Protesters gathered at the Shaw Library this weekend to push back against the “rise of Islamophobia” after a woman was ordered by a library police officer to remove her hijab there on Wednesday. [WTOP]

Protein Bar Leaves 19th Street NW — Protein Bar, a Chicago-based purveyor of salads, bowls and “bar-ritos,” shuttered its location at 1011 19th St. NW over the weekend. A sign on the door of the eatery says the location is “permanently closed.” [Borderstan]

120-Year-Old Newspaper Collection Returned to Mt. Pleasant Library — A large bound volume of the 1896 Washington Evening Star was mysteriously returned to the Mount Pleasant Library branch last week. [Washington Post]

Dupont Cava Grill Set to Open April 1 — Cava Grill will open at 1222 Connecticut Ave. NW on April 1, the company said Friday in a press release. [Borderstan]

Philz Coffee owner Phil Jaber photo via Twitter / DCMOCRS

by Tim Regan March 28, 2016 at 8:30 am 0

Another business located along 19th Street NW has closed its doors.

Protein Bar, a Chicago-based purveyor of salads, bowls and “bar-ritos,” shuttered its location at 1011 19th St. NW over the weekend. A sign on the door of the eatery says the location is “permanently closed.”

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by Tim Regan March 25, 2016 at 5:00 pm 0

Eggstravaganza (Photo via GoFundMe/Eggstravaganza2016)

Oh yes. It’s that time again. It’s the weekend. What’s on your agenda?

Whatever you do, you should probably go outside. The National Weather Service predicts a sunny Saturday and Easter Sunday with highs in the 60s both days.

Here’s what else you need to know to make the most of your weekend:

  • Legendary U Street jazz club Bohemian Caverns is closing. Here’s how to own a piece before it disappears.
  • Employees at Miss Pixie’s (1626 14th St. NW) will hide eggs throughout the store Saturday and Sunday. “Maybe you’ll get a candy goody or maybe you’ll hit the jackpot and win $100 gift certificate to Miss Pixie’s,” reads an email from the store.
  • San Francisco-based Philz Coffee holds its grand opening celebration Saturday morning. The coffee shop is located at 1827 Adams Mill Rd. NW.
  • The Columbia Heights Community Easter Egg Hunt and Party is Saturday. During the hunt, kids young and old will search for more than 3,000 Easter eggs. The celebration will also include music, free food a raffle and games.
  • The 11th annual Easter Egg Hunt at Stead Park will take place in the park (1625 P St. NW) Saturday at 10 a.m.
  • Another Easter egg hunt, Eggstravaganza 2016, will have kids scrounging for eggs in Adams Morgan Sunday.
  • Dacha in Shaw will launch brunch service this weekend.
  • Pasta Mia, the beloved pasta restaurant that arrived in Adams Morgan in 1991, will close its doors Saturday. We first learned about the closure about two weeks ago.
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