by Andrew Ramonas October 27, 2016 at 3:55 pm 2 Comments

(Updated at 4:25 p.m.) A developer has cleared a major hurdle in its quest to bring a seven-story, mixed-use building to the heart of Adams Morgan.

The District’s Historic Preservation Review Board this afternoon approved PN Hoffman’s plan to build on the SunTrust plaza and the rest of 1800 Columbia Road NW, despite significant opposition from community leaders on Adams Morgan’s Advisory Neighborhood Commission 1C.

The developer, which needed the support of HPRB in order to begin construction, can’t start demolition on the bank property right away, however. HPRB gave its endorsement under the condition that PN Hoffman works with the panel to address its design critiques, including members’ calls to create a more exciting building for such a prominent location.

“It’s so compatible [with buildings in the neighborhood’s historic district] that it almost disappears,” HPRB member Rauzia Ally said at the meeting. “I just feel like this building deserves something that stands out a lot more than what is presented here. I feel like the design of it is lackluster.”


by Andrew Ramonas October 27, 2016 at 2:05 pm 0

(Updated at 2:10 p.m.) Firefighters used a crane with a special basket to rescue an injured man from a downtown construction site this afternoon, according to the D.C. Fire and EMS Department.

The construction worker received “some sort of leg injury” about 1 p.m. in a pit where the former Washington Post building stood at 15th and L streets NW, D.C. Fire and EMS spokesman Vito Maggiolo told Borderstan.

It wasn’t immediately clear how the man was hurt. But his injuries were non-life-threatening.

After a crane hoisted the worker from the construction site and onto a street, paramedics brought him to a local hospital.

by Tim Regan October 27, 2016 at 1:15 pm 0

Dark and Stormy, photo by Paul TaylorA bar in Shaw will become a haven for maritime bandits as part of a special promotion this weekend.

Eat the Rich (1839 7th St. NW) is set to host “pirate weekend” tomorrow night through Sunday. During the themed weekend, the bar’s staffers will sling $10 drinks like “pirate’s grog,” a concoction of rum, brown sugar, lime, Jamaican bitters, and mineral water; and dark and stormy cocktails on tap.

The bar will also serve such seaworthy fare as Rice Krispy treats infused with “dark and stormy” flavors and meaty “cannonballs” made with Thai pork sausage, egg and sriracha mayo.

As an added bonus, patrons who show up dressed up as pirates will receive 15 percent off their check.

“With all the pressures of costumes and parties on Halloween, we wanted to create something easy and fun where you could dress up as a pirate and drink rum all night long,” said Paul Taylor, senior bar manager at Eat The Rich.

Photo by Paul Taylor

by Andrew Ramonas October 27, 2016 at 12:00 pm 5 Comments

3000 block of Georgia Avenue NW (Photo via Google Maps)A man was shot in his left leg and pinky finger in Park View yesterday morning, police said.

The shooting happened on the 3000 block of Georgia Avenue NW about 6 a.m. Wednesday.

The victim picked up someone in a car near 14th and P streets NW and drove the individual to Georgia Avenue and Irving Street NW, where an argument broke out between them, according to authorities. At some point, the passenger got out of the car and used a handgun to shoot the driver.

The victim then drove himself to a local hospital for treatment. It wasn’t immediately clear whether he worked for a taxi company or ride-sharing service.

Police haven’t released any suspect information.

Photo via Google Maps

by Tim Regan October 27, 2016 at 10:30 am 0

A new coworking space will open its doors to local entrepreneurs and creative types on H Street next week.

Locale Workspace is set to open at 1320B H St. NE on Monday, Oct. 31, according to company co-founder Alison Beshai.

The shared workspace will be aimed at self-employed workers such as graphic designers, writers, illustrators and photographers, Beshai said.

“We wanted to create a smaller, more intimate space that focused more on community and people in the creative industry,” she explained.

When it opens next week, the space will have free coffee, Wi-Fi and snacks for members. Memberships are sold in one-day, 10-day or month-long packages.

As an added bonus, the coworking space’s members will have exclusive access to a lunch menu from the company’s downstairs neighbor, Sally’s Middle Name, from Wednesday to Friday each week.

The new space is Locale’s second in D.C. The company’s first coworking space, located at 52 O St. NW, will be rebranded into “Locale Workroom,” a venue for private meetings, workshops and rentals.

Those interested in previewing the new coworking venue can attend a launch party there at 6 p.m. this evening.

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

Columbia Heights

SafeTrack to Bring Major Disruptions Saturday — Metro on Saturday is set to begin a new phase of its SafeTrack repairs, which will close the NoMa-Gallaudet and Fort Totten stations until Nov. 22. The District Department of Transportation is extending the Circulator’s operating hours in an effort to help commuters during the repairs. [Washington Post]

Anti-Trump Pop-Up Bar, Italian Eatery to Open in Adams Morgan — An anti-Donald Trump bar selling mezcal is set to pop up next week in the former home of Libertine (2435 18th St. NW), which closed last week. An Italian restaurant, Rosario, is slated to open in the space after the pop-up bar. [Washingtonian]

Affordable Housing Building Opens in Shaw — Shaw has a new affordable housing building named for late civil rights leader and congressional candidate Channing E. Phillips above the neighborhood’s Metro station at 1730 7th St. NW. [Washington City Paper]

Superheros Can Drink for Free at 14th Street Bar This Weekend — Black Jack and its pinball-themed bar, Tilt (1612 14th St. NW), plan to give a free drink to anyone dressed in a superhero costume this weekend as part of its pre-Halloween party. [NBC Washington]

How Shaw’s ‘Miracle on 7th Street’ Celebrates Christmas, by the Numbers — To serve the 23,790 customers it had last year, Derek Brown’s Christmas-themed “Miracle on 7th Street” pop-up bar went through 5,962 shots of nog, 360 gallons of chocolate milk for its “Francisco That’s Hard to Say” cocktail and printed 1,100 menus. The bar is set to take over Mockingbird Hill, Southern Efficiency, and Eat The Rich from Nov. 25 to Dec. 31. [Washington City Paper]

by Andrew Ramonas October 26, 2016 at 4:30 pm 0

A surveillance camera has caught a man wanted in a shooting that injured another man near Truxton Circle and NoMa last week, police said.

The attack occurred on the 1100 block of Sursum Corda Court NW about 4 a.m. last Thursday, Oct. 20. The area is surrounded by the Sursum Corda low-income housing cooperative between North Capitol and 1st streets NW.

The victim was shot multiple times, including at least once in his leg, according to authorities. He was brought to a local hospital for treatment.

Video police distributed today in connection with the crime shows a man walking and later running on a sidewalk in a residential area.

Three days later, on Sunday, Oct. 23, another person was shot near the scene of the first shooting. It isn’t clear whether the crimes are connected.

Anyone who has information regarding these cases should call police at 202-727-9099. Additionally, information may be submitted to the TEXT TIP LINE by text messaging 50411.

The Metropolitan Police Department currently offers a reward of up to $10,000 to anyone who provides information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for a violent offense committed in the District of Columbia.

Video via YouTube/Metropolitan Police Department

by Tim Regan October 26, 2016 at 3:45 pm 0

new Dupont Circle ice cream shop could start serving frozen treats in a matter of weeks.

If all goes according to plan, IcyCode (2029 P St. NW) will open to the public on Nov. 13, according to chef and store concept developer, Yuanchi You. When the store opens, it will serve ice cream rolls, a frozen Thai-style dish that has caught on in places like New York CityLos Angeles and Boston.

You, who usually goes by the name “Johnny Hong Kong,” said he plans to elevate the ice cream rolls to the “next level.”

Some of You’s specialties are cappuccino, baked Alaska, chocolate mousse and green tea mochi ice cream rolls. Other forthcoming flavors include banana split, cookies and cream and s’mores.

“We’re doing a lot of fun stuff,” You told Borderstan. “I will put a lot of my touch into it.”

You added that the shop also will switch up its menu based on ideas from patrons.

“If a lot of people request whatever flavor, we will invent something new,” he said.

Is this the beginning of a new food craze here in D.C.? You thinks so. In fact, he said, the store’s owners are currently plotting out possible future expansions.

“We’ve already started to look for a second location around the D.C. area,” You said. “I think this concept will be everywhere.”

Photos via Facebook / IcyCode

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

Odd Provisions owners Jessica Woods and Rachel Mowrer (Photo via Instagram/Odd Provisions)

A self-described “extraordinary corner market” is on track to arrive in Columbia Heights in the coming weeks.

Odd Provisions might open at 3301 11th St. NW as soon as November, co-owner Jessica Woods told Borderstan this week. But the former Room 11 general manager didn’t have an exact date yet.

Located in the former Arthur’s Grocery space, the store will have craft beer, wine, snacks, produce and other pantry goods for sale from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. every day.

Woods said she’s trying to create a unique shop with Rachel Mowrer, a fellow Room 11 alum who owns the business with her.

“We’re . . . planning to be a little different from the bigger grocery stores in the area,” Woods said.

Photo via Instagram/Odd Provisions

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

Nightmare on M Street, photo via Lindy PromotionsThousands of revelers in costumes will hit up more than a dozen bars this weekend as part of an annual Halloween bar crawl.

The 18th “Nightmare on M Street” bar crawl kicks off Saturday, Oct. 29, at noon.

“Dupont Circle is coming alive and transforming from trendy to terrifying,” reads the website for the bar crawl. “Join us for cover-free admission, top drink specials from your favorite brands, costume contests, and most importantly… NO WAITING AROUND IN LINES!”

The bar crawl caused some controversy last year after “drunk and disorderly” partygoers left garbage and vomit strewn across parts of Dupont and downtown. The event was so controversial that it even led to new ABRA regulations regarding bar crawls.

This year, the bar-hopping event will be significantly scaled down, likely due to those new regulations. Organizers are only selling 2,700 wristbands for this year’s bar crawl. Additionally, the total number of bars participating in this year’s event is about half of what it was last year.

Tickets cost between $20 and $30 and give bar crawlers discounts at the following businesses:


by Andrew Ramonas October 26, 2016 at 11:30 am 0

Valero at 420 Rhode Island Ave. NW (Photo via Google Maps)A thief held up a gas station in Shaw yesterday morning, police said.

The armed robbery happened at the Valero at 420 Rhode Island Ave. NW about 11 a.m. Tuesday.

An attendant at the gas station was working in the cashier booth when a man asked him for the price of a soda, according to authorities. The man then flashed a handgun and went into the booth.

Once inside, he dropped his gun, and the victim tried to flee. But the man got his weapon back and ordered the victim to open the cash register and the safe and get on the ground.

The victim soon after opened the cash register, but said he couldn’t get into the safe. The man with the gun eventually grabbed $350 in cash and ran away.

Police tweeted out a suspect description after the crime:

A representative of the gas station couldn’t immediately be reached for comment.

Photo via Google Maps

by Andrew Ramonas October 26, 2016 at 10:00 am 0

Dupont’s High Heel Race Celebrates 30 Years — Drag queens and other costumed revelers ran down 17th Street NW last night as part of the 30th annual High Heel Race. Borderstan co-founder Luis Gomez photographed some of the action in the slideshow above. [WTOP]

ShopHouse Eateries Likely to Close or Get New Owner — Chipotle has announced it won’t invest in ShopHouse anymore and will pursue “strategic alternatives” for the fast-casual Asian restaurant chain. ShopHouse eateries in Dupont Circle, Chinatown and other locations across the United States are likely to close or get a new owner. [Business Insider]

Park View Eatery to Host Pop-Up Noodle Shop — Khao Soi Nok Noi, a noodle-centric eatery from Chef Alex McCoy, is set to pop up at Tchoup’s Market (3301 Georgia Ave. NW) starting Nov. 2. [Washington City Paper]

Meet 14th Street’s Micro-Unit Dwellers — Residents of the Harper (1919 14th St. NW) talked to The Washington Post about what it’s like to live in apartments that are 500 square feet or less. [Washington Post]

Invite: Private Scotch Tasting — Sponsored — RSVP to raise the Macallan next week at the Mellon Auditorium. [Macallan Distillers]

Photos courtesy of Luis Gomez Photography

by Tim Regan October 26, 2016 at 8:30 am 0

New York Ave and 4th St. NE, photo via Google Street ViewSomeone behind the wheel of a U-Haul truck drove into and killed a man near Union Market early this morning.

The fatal collision happened near the intersection of New York Ave. and 4th St. NE just after midnight, according to D.C. Police.

The driver of the truck was headed west on New York Avenue when they hit someone in the road, police said. The person who was hit by the truck, a man, died at the scene.

The U-Haul driver remained on the scene, according to police.

Authorities have not yet identified the man who was struck and killed.

More information from MPD:


by Andrew Ramonas October 25, 2016 at 4:30 pm 0

A man sought in the theft of a computer tower during a break-in at a Logan Circle building last week has appeared in surveillance footage, police said.

The burglary occurred on the 1300 block of 15th Street NW between about 4 and 4:45 a.m. last Wednesday, Oct. 19.

Video police distributed today in connection with the crime shows a man with a backpack walking down a hallway in a building and into a room with computer equipment.

The man eventually left the room and exited the building carrying a paper grocery bag with something in it.

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 indictment 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.

Video via YouTube/Metropolitan Police Department

by Tim Regan October 25, 2016 at 3:45 pm 0


A club in the Foggy Bottom area was ordered to pay thousands of dollars in fines and temporarily suspend its liquor sales after serving alcohol to teenagers last year, according to a D.C. Alcoholic Beverage Control Board notice posted last week.

Acott Ventures LLC, the company that owns Shadow Room at 2131 K St. NW, must pay a $5,000 penalty by Dec. 19 to keep its license to serve booze, the panel ruled.

The business also will have its alcohol license suspended from Dec. 21-24, regulators ordered. But it may have to refrain from serving booze six more days if it doesn’t pay its fine on time.

Investigators received a tip from D.C. Police that Shadow Room was selling alcohol to minors, according to an ABRA case report Borderstan obtained. A club bartender sold cranberry vodkas, gin and tonics, and tequila to at least six underage patrons — some of them teens — during a special event on Sept. 13, 2015, a police report says.

The patrons told police the bar’s employees didn’t check their IDs at the door or when buying alcohol.

“MPD detectives observed six minors drinking alcoholic beverages inside the establishment,” an investigator wrote in the report. “The establishment failed to take reasonable steps to ascertain the ages of the individuals.”

A Shadow Room representative did not respond to requests for comment. We’ll update this story if we hear from them.


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