by Tim Regan August 29, 2016 at 3:20 pm 0

Metro WifiIt’s now possible to access free wireless internet at six Metro stations across the District.

Metrorail riders have a limited amount of time to try out new Wi-Fi service at WMATA’s Metro Center, Gallery Place, Judiciary Square, Union Station, Archives and L’Enfant Plaza stations, the transit agency announced today.

For the next 45 days, commuters can log on for free while waiting for their trains.

“We are listening to our customers’ ideas about ways to improve their experience riding Metro,” Metro General Manager Wiedefeld said in a press release. “Having free access to Wi-Fi while on the platforms at Metrorail stations will allow customers to stay better connected while they travel.”

The test launch will also include a way to access Metro’s “Where’s My Train?” feature. Users will be able to launch the function from the landing page (pictured above) and tap train icons and stations for arrival times.

After the trial period ends, the service will be suspended and officials will evaluate how the program went. If all goes well, Metro could launch free Wi-Fi at all 91 of its stations at a later date.

Read more about the launch in Metro’s press release:

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by Andrew Ramonas August 29, 2016 at 2:45 pm 2 Comments

Police car lightThieves made the shotgun their weapon of choice in three separate robberies within a couple blocks of Florida Avenue NW over the weekend, according to authorities.

The armed robberies happened on the 1600 block of 4th Street NW, 100 block of S Street NW and 400 block of Q Street NW. Authorities haven’t reached the conclusion that the crimes are related, police spokeswoman Alice Kim said today.

On S Street, three men robbed a man and a woman of their iPhones and other belongings about 12:05 a.m. Saturday.

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by Andrew Ramonas August 29, 2016 at 1:25 pm 0

Cava Grill bowl (Photo via Instagram/Cava Grill)(Updated at 1:40 p.m.) Another Cava Grill actually isn’t coming to Dupont Circle.

The fast-casual eatery focused on Mediterranean food was slated to open at 1921 18th St. NW, according to a building permit the D.C. government issued Friday.

But as it turns out, the location was wrong in the paperwork, Cava spokeswoman Nikki Rappaport said in an email. The permit should have been for a Cava that is set to open in Shaw at The Shay.

Photo via Instagram/Cava Grill

by Borderstan.com August 29, 2016 at 12:00 pm 0

Our latest Pet of the Week is Dolly Parton, a 1 1/2-year-old hound mix from Rutherford County, N.C. Here’s a little bit about Ms. Parton from Rural Dogs Rescue:

Dolly is a fantastic puppy friend. Even though she only has three paws, she loves to romp with all her friends. She has lots of energy and spunk. She is VERY strong-willed. When she is done with something (walking, bathing, eating, etc.) she makes sure you know, usually by laying down wherever is most convenient for her. She does get tired pretty quickly, so walks have to be limited. Depending on her energy level, she can go 1-3 blocks without a pretty significant break. She will lay down in the middle of the street/sidewalk when she decides she’s done. She’s a snuggler and wants to be in the same room no matter what you’re doing. She likes to watch out the window and chew on her rope toy. She loves to meet new friends, dog and human alike! She is very interested in the tiny humans she comes in contact with, and will snuggle and play with the regular sized humans all day.

Those interested in adopting Dolly Parton or other pets can find more information on the City Dogs Rescue adoption page.

Want your pet to be considered for the Borderstan Pet of the Week? Email us at [email protected] with a 2-3 paragraph bio and at least three horizontal photos of your pet.

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Ready to satisfy all your pup’s needs for a healthy, fulfilled life, Anytime K9 is DC’s fastest growing pet services company! ABC-certified trainers offer private lessons for all temperaments, classes for all ages, and even agility training for the dog with boundless energy! Midday dog walkers cover the city, and with the use of the latest technology, give you real time updates on your dog’s walk status.

Ready to sign up? Get started by emailing [email protected] and visiting anytimecanine.com

by Andrew Ramonas August 29, 2016 at 10:00 am 0

The Shaw Bijou (Photo via Facebook/The Shaw Bijou)Today is the first day to book a seat at “Top Chef” contestant Kwame Onwuachi’s new fine-dining restaurant, which is set to open in Shaw this fall.

The Shaw Bijou (1544 9th St. NW) is putting dinner tickets on sale online at 10 a.m. The tickets, which are required to dine at the restaurant, are $185, without tax, tip and drinks.

Slated to open Nov. 1, the 32-seat Shaw Bijou has a “globally inspired” 17-course tasting menu, according to its Facebook page. Onwuachi, who is from New York, previously worked in the city’s Michelin-starred Eleven Madison Park and was on this past season of Bravo’s Top Chef.

Photo via Facebook/The Shaw Bijou

by Andrew Ramonas August 29, 2016 at 8:55 am 0

D.C. State Fair

Equipment Failure Briefly Knocks Out 911 System — Power boxes for the District’s 911 system somehow failed when electricity flowed into them between 11 p.m. Saturday and 1 a.m. Sunday. D.C. officials are investigating. [NBC Washington]

Haikan Ramen Eatery Opens Near 9:30 Club — Haikan, a Japanese restaurant from the owners of Daikaya and Bantam King, started serving ramen at 805 V St. NW over the weekend. [Washingtonian]

Gunshots Reported in Logan Circle — Police investigated reports that gunfire was heard near the 1300 block of Riggs Street NW about 8:30 p.m. Friday. The result of their probe wasn’t immediately clear. [MPD, Twitter/Madeline Marshall]

Post Obtains ‘Freddy Da Firetruck’ EmailsThe Washington Post obtained emails from a local who was the first to tell the D.C. government about safety issues concerning “Freddy Da Firetruck,” whose disappearance from an Adams Morgan playground was the source of much confusion last week. [Washington Post]

‘Golden Strawberries’ Wins D.C. State Fair Pot Contest — D.C. resident Sam McBee’s “Golden Strawberries” strain of cannabis won the “best bud” contest at the D.C. State Fair Sunday. [WTOP]

by Andrew Ramonas August 26, 2016 at 4:45 pm 0

Goat (Photo courtesy of D.C. State Fair)

D.C isn’t a state (yet). But that isn’t stopping locals from holding a state fair in NoMa Sunday.

If you go to check out the fair’s animals, mumbo sauce cook-off and “best bud” pot growing contest, you might want sunscreen and sunglasses. Sunny skies are expected to prevail throughout the weekend, with high temperatures in the upper 80s or lower 90s, according to the National Weather Service.

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

Photo courtesy of D.C. State Fair

by Tim Regan August 26, 2016 at 3:55 pm 0

Someone stabbed a woman in Franklin Square earlier this afternoon, according to U.S. Park Police.

The stabbing occurred inside the park, according to U.S. Park Police spokeswoman Sgt. Anna Rose. Franklin Square is a public park downtown which lies near the intersections of 14th and I and 14th and K streets NW.

The victim of the stabbing was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, Rose said. The Park Police did not give a lookout for a possible suspect.

Franklin Square was calm when a Borderstan reporter visited the scene around 3:45 p.m. Two MPD cars and a Park Police vehicle were observed at the scene.

We’ll update this story when we know more.

by Tim Regan August 26, 2016 at 3:25 pm 0

3329 Georgia Ave. NW, photo courtesy Amy SaidmanA local organization based around the art of telling tales is moving into a new home in Park View.

Story District, the storytelling and live performance group formerly known as SpeakeasyDC, is slated to open its offices at 3329 Georgia Ave. NW, according to the group’s artistic executive director, Amy Saidman. Local blog Park View D.C. first reported the news earlier this week.

The office will be located in the space between Walls of Books and forthcoming beer garden The Midlands, Saidman said.

When it opens, the new space will serve as Story District’s hub for administrative work, rehearsals, classes and auditions.

“I live in Ward 1. A lot of our programs have been grounded there,” Saidman said of the decision to move to Park View. “It’s a familiar area for me, for us and for a lot of the people that come to our stuff.”

The group will continue to perform in venues across D.C., Saidman added. Story District’s next show will occur at Town Danceboutique on Sept. 13.

Photo courtesy Amy Saidman

by Tim Regan August 26, 2016 at 2:30 pm 0

1700 U St. NW, photo via Google Street ViewA group of robbers stuck a knife to a man’s back while robbing him on the U Street corridor early this morning, according to D.C. Police.

The robbery occurred on the 1700 block of U St. NW just after midnight. The area where the crime occurred is roughly a block away from MPD’s Third District police station.

A man was walking away from his car when three people approached him from behind, according to a police report. One of the people pressed a knife to the man’s back and said, “give me all you got.” Another person from the group then went through the man’s pockets and stole his wallet.

The three thieves were last seen heading east on U Street, police said.

Authorities tweeted about the crime about an hour after it occurred:

 Photo via Google Street View

by Tim Regan August 26, 2016 at 1:15 pm 0

Art All Night 2016, poster art by Kelly TowlesA late-night celebration of local artwork, music and performance is headed to at least seven neighborhoods across the District next month.

Art All Night is scheduled to enliven the District on the night of Saturday, Sept. 24, organizers announced earlier this week.

Last year, the festival lit up the Carnegie Library, prompted dance performances at the Colombian Embassy and put a bat signal in Shaw.

This year, Art All Night is partnering with seven main street associations, including Historic Dupont Circle Main Streets, H Street Main Street and Shaw Main Streets.

Organizers shared this update on the annual art extravaganza on Wednesday:

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by Tim Regan August 26, 2016 at 12:00 pm 0

Stein hoisting competition at Saufhaus, photo by Cristi Dobrescu of CID Photos

A Dupont Circle beer hall wants to find the greatest stein holder in all of the District.

Sauf Haus (1216 18th St. NW) is slated to host a series of weekly “stein hoisting” contests next month as part of its weeks-long Oktoberfest celebration.

Starting Sept. 17, the beer hall will begin staging competitions every Wednesday and Saturday. During the boozy feats of strength, participants will order a liter of beer, hold the stein parallel to the ground and keep it there, according to the rules. The competitor who holds their stein the longest without bending their arms or spilling any beer wins.

Each winner will automatically be entered into a championship round scheduled to be held on Saturday, Oct. 1. Competitors stand to win a handful of beer-themed prizes and have their photo forever placed on the “Sauf Haus Stein Hoisting Wall of Fame,” Sauf Haus said.

Other “Sauftoberfest” events scheduled to occur between Sept. 17 and Oct. 2 include a guided tasting of 16 German beers, a “Bacon, Brats and Bier” party and a “Mr. & Miss Sauftoberfest Pageant.”

Photo by Cristi Dobrescu of CID Photos

by Tim Regan August 26, 2016 at 10:30 am 0

(Updated at 11 a.m. Aug. 30) A D.C. food safety and hygiene inspector temporarily closed a Papa John’s in Columbia Heights yesterday after finding that the pizzeria had a “heavy infestation of vermin.”

The Papa John’s at 1417 Otis Place NW can’t serve customers until further notice for “operating a food establishment with gross insanitary occurrence or condition that may endanger public health but not limited to heavy infestation of vermin,” the D.C. Department of Health said in a notice yesterday afternoon. The pizzeria also didn’t have a “certified food manager” when an inspector visited.

The agency didn’t immediately provide any further details about the closure. The DOH typically releases full reports on restaurant closures within a week of its inspections.

When reached by phone yesterday, an employee at the pizzeria said the store had an “emergency closure” after its ovens stopped working but did not elaborate. A corporate representative for Papa John’s was not immediately available to comment.

The Papa John’s reopened on Saturday, Aug. 27.

by Tim Regan August 26, 2016 at 8:55 am 0

Bird BRIEF

Sushi Burritos En Route to H Street — Sushi burrito purveyor Buredo plans to open a new shop on H Street, according to owner Mike Haddad. The business will reportedly open at 625 H St. NE in a development across from the forthcoming Whole Foods. [Washingtonian]

Crowd Gathers to Create ‘Living Emblem’ on National Mall — About 1,200 people brought the National Park Service’s arrowhead logo to life near the Washington Monument yesterday. Participants held brown, green and white umbrellas on the west side of the monument as part of an event to help commemorate the 100th anniversary of the agency’s founding in 1916. [Washington Post; DCist]

Manhattan Laundry WeWork Opens — D.C. Councilmember Brianne Nadeau helped celebrate the opening of a new coworking space in Ward 1 last night. WeWork, the company that “transforms buildings into beautiful, collaborative workspaces,” opened a space in the Manhattan Laundry building at 1348 Florida Ave. NW. [Twitter / Brianne Nadeau]

Cops Release Another Video in Fatal West End Hit-and-Run — Police have distributed a second video in connection with a hit-and-run car crash that killed a man in West End last week. [NBC Washington]

Wanna Try Shaw Bijou? That’ll Be $185 — The trendy restaurant from Kwame Onwuachi will open with a pricey 13-course tasting menu on Nov. 1. [Washington Post; Washington City Paper]

No West End Nobu Until Next Year — The famous sushi joint is coming to 2501 M St. NW, but not until 2017, a rep reportedly said. [Eater D.C.]

Every Female Statue in D.C., Mapped — Here’s a map of every single female statue in D.C. [Curbed D.C.]

How We Found Freddy — Here’s how we reported the mysterious disappearance and sad end of Walter Pierce Park’s Freddy Da Firetruck. [Washingtonian]

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