by Tim Regan November 28, 2016 at 3:40 pm 1 Comment

A plan to build a nine-story development at the site of a historic landmark in Dupont has drawn some criticism from D.C.’s Historic Preservation Office (HPO).

Developer Marx Realty seeks to redevelop a lot at 2200 P St. NW in order to build a new nine-story mixed-use development. The lot currently holds a Sunoco gas station that has a historic limestone building known as the Embassy Gulf Service Station, which would be moved and restored under the developer’s plan.

The proposed redevelopment would also include two stories of underground parking, the plans show.

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by Andrew Ramonas November 28, 2016 at 2:55 pm 0

Wunder Garten indoor pavillion (Photo via Instagram/Wunder Garten)

(Updated at 3:10 p.m.) Free beer is set to flow in NoMa in the coming days in celebration of a revamped bar.

Wunder Garten (1101 1st St. NE) on Wednesday is slated to have a free brew for each of the first 100 people who visit the beer garden, which now has a heated indoor pavilion, according to a Facebook event post. The grand opening party for the space also will include a DJ when it kicks off at 4 p.m.

The bar also is scheduled to host a holiday market for do-it-yourself gift givers and shoppers looking for ready-made handmade presents this weekend.

The first-ever “Holiday Make-It” market will include classes on making terrariums, notebooks and other gifts Saturday and Sunday. Visitors to the market also can buy Christmas trees and handcrafted goods.

Photo via Instagram/Wunder Garten

by Andrew Ramonas November 28, 2016 at 12:50 pm 1 Comment

2900 block of Georgia Avenue NW (Photo via Google Maps)A group of thieves wearing black ski masks robbed a man at gunpoint in Park View early on Thanksgiving, police said.

The armed robbery occurred on the 2900 block of Georgia Avenue NW about 3:30 a.m. Thursday.

The victim was walking about a block north of the Howard University campus when three masked men came up to him, according to authorities. One of the men then ordered the victim to hand over his belongings, but he declined.

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by Tim Regan November 28, 2016 at 10:50 am 1 Comment

A beloved Dupont Circle book shop now has a little more breathing room.

Kramerbooks and Afterwords Cafe (1517 Connecticut Ave. NW) unveiled its newly renovated space over the weekend. We first reported the shop was expanding into the former Willie T’s Lobster Shack space at 1511 Connecticut Ave. NW earlier this month.

The expanded space is stocked with dozens of tomes in all kinds of genres. Workers were busy putting the finishing touches on the new area when a Borderstan reported visited earlier this morning.

The shop is also adding new kinds of books, a coffee bar and more space for events, Kramerbooks owner Steve Salis told The Washington Post. Renovations are scheduled to continue at the store over the next 18 months.

“There’s so much history here,” Salis told the Post. “My goal is to bring back some of that flair and energy.”

by Tim Regan November 28, 2016 at 9:00 am 0

Church of the Pilgrims BRIEF

BBQ Joint Closes 14h Street Shop After Nine Months in Business — The 14th Street purveyor of ribs, beef sausage and smoked turkey breast is no more. BBQ Joint, which opened its location at 14th and U streets NW in February, closed up shop last night. “We couldn’t make the numbers work because the break even is so high in that neck of the woods,” owner Andrew Evans told the Washington City Paper. [Washington City Paper]

Barbecue Restaurant Planned in Columbia Heights — Out with the old, in with the new? A company called “Jenkins Capital BBQ” has plans to open a new restaurant in the former Ruby Tuesday space near 14th and Monroe streets NW. [New Columbia Heights]

Police Looking for Suspect in Attempted Rape at Downtown Hotel — D.C. Police are on the lookout for a man who assaulted, then tried to rape a woman at the Grand Hyatt Washington hotel near Metro Center. [Washington Post]

Rustik Tavern Closes in Bloomingdale — The eatery known for its brick-oven pizza and beer selection closed up shop over the weekend. [Washingtonian]

Bei Bei Undergoes Emergency Surgery — National Zoo veterinary surgeons rushed prized panda cub Bei Bei into emergency surgery last week after “a dense, masticated lemon-sized mass of bamboo” became stuck in his bowels. The surgery was a success and Bei Bei is stable and recovering, zoo staffers said. [National Zoo]

by Andrew Ramonas November 28, 2016 at 8:10 am 1 Comment

1200 block of H Street NE (Photo via Google Maps)A man was stabbed on the H Street corridor early this morning, police said.

The attack happened on the 1200 block of H Street NE about 1:30 a.m. The area includes Sticky Rice, a Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen and an AutoZone, among other businesses.

Cops found the victim on the ground with a stab wound to his abdomen, according to authorities. But he refused to provide information on his assailant.

The man was brought to a local hospital for treatment.

Police haven’t released a description of the suspect.

Photo via Google Maps

by Tim Regan November 23, 2016 at 12:30 pm 0

Thanksgiving dinner (Photo via Flickr/icoNYCa)

Thanksgiving is nearly here and D.C. is a ghost town. Hopefully, all your holiday preparations are done and you’re already relaxing.

If you’re here in D.C. this week, you’ll get some standard fall weather with a high temperatures in the low-to-upper 50s through the weekend, according to the National Weather Service. Thanksgiving could be rainy, but it’s expected to be sunny and clear this weekend, forecasters said.

As a reminder, we’re taking the holiday off. We’ll be back with local news on Monday, Nov. 28.

Here’s what else you need to know to make the most of your Thanksgiving holiday and the rest of your week:

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by Tim Regan November 23, 2016 at 11:45 am 0

Future home of Barada in Adams Morgan

A new Cuban restaurant is in the works for Adams Morgan.

The forthcoming eatery, called “Barada,” is planned to open at 2309 18th St. NW, according to a liquor license application recently filed with D.C.’s Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration.

The business will be a “full service restaurant that will offer Cuban cuisine,” managing member Eduardo Barada wrote in the application. Barada will also have seats for 124 people inside and 35 people in a summer garden area.

The eatery will occupy the space that formerly held Czars 11, the tapas bar that closed in August.

A representative for Barada was not immediately available to comment on the opening. We’ll update this story if we hear back from them.

by Tim Regan November 23, 2016 at 10:30 am 3 Comments

1200 block of W St. NWA robber put a gun to a woman’s face while stealing her car in broad daylight near U Street yesterday.

The carjacking happened on the 1200 block of W St. NW around 2:45 p.m. Tuesday afternoon, according to D.C. Police. The area where the crime occurred is two blocks from the U Street corridor.

The victim was in her car on W Street when someone opened her driver’s side door and pressed a gun to the surface of her cheek, according to a police report. The armed thief then yanked the woman out of the car and jumped behind the wheel.

Several other people  got in the vehicle before it sped down the road, police said.

The victim reported minor injuries to her face but refused medical attention at the scene.

Police tweeted descriptions of three of the suspects yesterday:

Photo via Google Street View

by Tim Regan November 23, 2016 at 8:55 am 0

Performers at Dupont Nov. 23 2016

Over 150 Bars Can Serve Alcohol Until 4 a.m. Tonight — Bars across the city are staying open late for Thanksgiving Eve tonight. [Washingtonian]

Forthcoming Truxton Circle Development Focuses on Condos — Rentals? Not anymore. The development planned at 57 N St. NW will have 110 for-sale units. [UrbanTurf]

Shaw Tree’s Demise a ‘Sign of Life’ — Learn how a 20-year-old tree’s demise is a sign that Shaw is changing for the better. [Greater Greater Washington]

Downtown Ice Cream Shop Also Makes Cheap Curry — The Hershey’s Ice Cream shop on McPherson Square also serves cheap, delicious curry, according to Washington City Paper’s food editor, Laura Hayes. [Washington City Paper]

by Tim Regan November 22, 2016 at 4:30 pm 0

Photo via Shaw Dog Park newsletterShaw residents will have a chance to get outside and work off some of that Thanksgiving turkey during a volunteer effort at the Shaw Dog Park this weekend.

The association operates the park at 1673 11th St. NW is looking for people to participate in a “big” cleanup on Sunday, Nov. 27 at 9 a.m.

“In place of our monthly hour-long clean up, on Sunday, November 27 we’ll be closing the park to dogs for a special one-time-only Big Clean to help the park get in shape for winter,” the Shaw Dog Park Association wrote in its Nov. 17 newsletter. “Help out with the standard clean-up or bring your paint brushes and help us stain and condition our tree boxes.”

Those interested in helping are instructed to leave their dogs at home, however.

Photo via Shaw Dog Park

by Tim Regan November 22, 2016 at 3:35 pm 0

A fast casual restaurant centered around quinoa bowls and semi-automated ordering is slated to start serving breakfast and lunch downtown in one week.

San Francisco-based chain Eatsa will open its first D.C. location at 1627 K St. NW on Tuesday, Nov. 29, according to a representative for the company.

Borderstan got the scoop on the forthcoming eatery in July.

Ordering works like this: Instead of talking to a cashier and moving down an assembly line Chipotle-style, customers order on tablets at kiosks or on their phones, then retrieve their food from glass door “cubbies,” all without saying a word.

The restaurant’s menu includes quinoa bowls and salads topped with ingredients such as kale, arugula, chickpeas, paneer and avocado.

by Tim Regan November 22, 2016 at 2:00 pm 0

Crooked Beat Records (Photo via Facebook/Crooked Beat Records)A longtime Adams Morgan record store that moved to Alexandria earlier this year is slated to return to the neighborhood as a pop-up shop.

Crooked Beat Records, which closed its record store at 2116 18th St. NW in May, will sell vinyl at Songbyrd Music House and Record Cafe (2477 18th St. NW) this Saturday, Nov. 26, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

“We will have around 800 to 1000 records for sale at our pop up store this Saturday,” Crooked Beat said in a Facebook post. “Please come out!”

The pop-up store will be held in conjunction with Small Business Saturday, an annual event that encourages people across the U.S. to shop at neighborhood businesses instead of national chains.

Photo via Facebook/Crooked Beat Records

by Tim Regan November 22, 2016 at 11:50 am 0

AlleyPalooza 4.0, photo via Twitter / DC MOCRSThe sound of jackhammers on pavement and shovels hitting dirt will soon be heard in alleys and side streets in all eight of the city’s wards.

Mayor Muriel Bowser and DDOT officials held a press conference in Adams Morgan yesterday to announce the latest round of “AlleyPalooza” repairs.

“We are investing in Washington, D.C.’s alleys at historic levels because they are a key part of our infrastructure and their condition is of vital importance to the health of the District,” Bowser said in a statement. “AlleyPalooza 4.0 builds on a highly successful initiative and demonstrates our commitment to ensuring that Washington, DC’s infrastructure is safe and reliable.”

The mayor’s office has allocated $15.82 million of the city’s budget this year for for alley maintenance and rehabilitation.

A full list of the alleys slated for repairs, including an interactive map that displays each alley’s status, is available online.

Photo via Twitter / DC MOCRS

by Tim Regan November 22, 2016 at 10:00 am 8 Comments

(Updated Wednesday at 5:47 p.m.) A man who was found with a self-inflicted stab wound in Thomas Circle Park yesterday morning has died.

D.C. Fire and EMS personnel received a report that a man was injured and unconscious in the park around 9:20 a.m. yesterday.

The man, identified by the Washington Post as Paul Wegerson, stabbed himself in the abdomen with a pair of scissors, according to a D.C. Police spokesman. Though paramedics rushed Wegerson to a local hospital soon after he was found, he later died from his wounds.

Wegerson, 35, worked as a director at Burson-Marsteller, a public relations and communications firm with offices about a block from Thomas Circle.

Additional photos by Samantha Moore

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