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by Tim Regan — May 2, 2016 at 10:20 am 1 Comment

An East Coast purveyor of grilled cheese sandwiches has closed its location in downtown D.C.

The Melt Shop at 1901 L St. NW is now closed, according to signs posted on the front door of the business.

“We apologize, this location is now closed,” the signs read. “Due to building construction, we need to permanently close this location. We greatly appreciate all the love and support. We hope to see you again at a future shop.”

The store opened last February.

by Tim Regan — April 29, 2016 at 3:45 pm 0

Adams MorganLocals will be able to taste their way through Adams Morgan next Tuesday.

Nearby restaurants will throw open their doors for the annual Taste of Adams Morgan celebration, an event that invites the public to “stroll, sip, and sample your way through one of DC’s most vibrant neighborhoods.”

22 eateries including Bourbon, El Tamarindo,  Madam’s Organ, Pop’s SeaBar and Roofers Union are set to highlight “their signature dishes or cocktails” starting at 5 p.m. Tuesday, according to an Eventbrite listing.

Tickets are $25 for four tastings or $40 for eight tastings.

by Tim Regan — April 28, 2016 at 3:50 pm 0

Photo via Facebook : Eat the RichA bar in Shaw will celebrate May 4, an annual unofficial annual “Star Wars” holiday, with drink specials, costumes and giveaways next week.

Eat the Rich (1839 7th St. NW) will resemble Mos Eisley Cantina between May 2 and 6 for “Star Wars Week,” the bar said yesterday in a Facebook post.

“Driven by our staff, we’re initiating our first annual Star Wars Week, May 3rd through May 6th,” the posting reads. “We’ll be featuring a special Star Wars cocktail menu, passing out schwag and dressing up as our favorite characters.”

Additionally, patrons who dress up as their favorite characters will get 10 percent off their bill, and everyone will receive “Han Solo Cup” shots on the house every time the “Mos Eisley Cantina theme” plays in the bar.

Photo via Facebook / Eat the Rich

by Borderstan.com — April 27, 2016 at 5:00 pm 1 Comment

Dupont Cosi

A Cosi near Dupont Circle is slated to close later this week, according to several people who work there.

The purveyor of sandwiches, flatbreads and salads at 1350 Connecticut Ave. NW will shutter its doors by Friday, said several employees at the eatery this afternoon. The employees did not want to provide their names for this story as they were not authorized to speak directly to the media.

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by Tim Regan — April 26, 2016 at 3:30 pm 0

1413 K St NW

Someone plans to open a new barbecue restaurant and live music venue in the space once intended to house a luxurious caviar lounge.

The owners of a new eatery called “Vieux Carre” have applied to serve alcohol at 1413 K St. NW, according to a recent filing with D.C.’s Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration (ABRA).

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by Andrew Ramonas — April 26, 2016 at 12:00 pm 1 Comment

Piassa EthioCuisine & CafeAn Ethiopian restaurant that opened in Shaw last summer is trying to put beer, wine and hard liquor on its menu.

Piassa EthioCuisine & Cafe at 1336 9th St. NW now has a liquor license application on file with the D.C. Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration, according to a notice the agency published yesterday.

Joseph Teshome, a co-owner of Piassa, told Borderstan today he is hoping to have Ethiopian beer and wine and other alcoholic beverages to complement his Ethiopian and American dishes. Operating an eatery that serves food, but not alcohol, is “not really profitable” in Shaw, he said.

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by Andrew Ramonas — April 25, 2016 at 3:05 pm 0

1920dc in 2013

A defunct restaurant can return to Shaw and serve alcohol, after its owner pays tens of thousands of dollars in fines that she racked up from running afoul with D.C. regulators, the District’s liquor board ruled last week.

Asefu Alemayehu can get back her liquor license for Yegna at 1920 9th St. NW, if she hands over $30,000 to the D.C. government to settle a case stemming from after-hours booze sales, according to an Alcoholic Beverage Control Board order.

Yegna closed in 2013 after it lost the liquor license it shared with 1920dc, a nightclub that was in the same building as Alemayehu’s restaurant. The club, which isn’t owned by Alemayehu, also shut down that year, but has continued to hold pop-up events at bars around the District.

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by Tim Regan — April 20, 2016 at 1:30 pm 0

801 18th St NW Starbucks

Starbucks hopes to serve beer and wine at four more locations just one week after it began serving booze at five of its D.C.-area coffeeshops.

The company has applied for a liquor license to serve beer at its location at 801 18th St. NW and three other shops, according to paperwork filed with the Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration this week.

If the applications are approved, the following locations would be able to serve alcohol:

  • 801 18th St. NW
  • 625 H St. NE
  • 1401 New York Ave. NW
  • 550 C St. SW

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by Andrew Ramonas — April 20, 2016 at 11:30 am 1 Comment

El Tamarindo is serving its Mexican and Salvadoran food in Adams Morgan once again after it shut down for about a month to renovate.

The restaurant at 1785 Florida Ave. NW opened last week for the first time since work to update the eatery began March 14, owner Jose Reyes told Borderstan yesterday.

After more than 34 years in business, El Tamarindo needed a new interior for its customers, he said.

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by Tim Regan — April 15, 2016 at 10:30 am 1 Comment

(Updated at 12:32 p.m.) Philly-based coffee company Saxbys Coffee is eyeing a larger space in Dupont Circle.

City officials yesterday issued a construction permit for a new Saxbys at 1330 Connecticut Ave. NW, which is the same building that currently houses the Saxbys at 1309 19th St. NW. That permit reads:

Renovation and demolition/interior fit-out for Saxbys, work to include select construction of new partitions, ceilings, finishes, mechanical, electrical and plumbing as indicated on drawings, with a max capacity load of 44 on partial of the first floor. Three loose tables with three loose chair and banquet seating, plus seven seats at counter-top.

A representative for Boston Properties, the company that owns the building at 1330 Connecticut Ave. NW, confirmed the coffee company will move “two doors down” from its current space.

A representative for Saxbys declined to comment on the opening.

by Tim Regan — April 14, 2016 at 10:45 am 0

DC Wine Fest photo via DC Wine FestWe’ve had a “CannaShow” and a chocolate festival, and now, we’re set to have a wine festival.

Reds and whites from the “best wineries” will flow in near-unlimited quantities at an art gallery in Shaw this Saturday during the spring installment of the DC Wine Fest.

Guests at the Long View Gallery (1234 9th St. NW) can sample varietals from producers such as Constellation, Muse Vineyards and Santa Margherita while nibbling on lobster rolls from Red Hook Lobster Pound, oysters from Proshuckers and rice bowls, burritos and tacos from South Meets East.

Though the $29 general admission tickets have already sold out, some $60 VIP tickets are still available.

Photo via DC Wine Fest

by Andrew Ramonas — April 13, 2016 at 11:35 am 0

Millie and Al's dancing skeleton

Time is running out to get Millie & Al’s “famous dancing skeleton” and other pieces of “history” from the now-shuttered Adams Morgan dive bar, according to an auction company.

Rasmus Auctions at 1:07 p.m. today is closing the online bidding for the more than 400 items it’s auctioning off from the bar that closed last week after 53 years at 2440 18th St. NW.

As of 11:30 a.m., a bid of $145 could make you the lucky owner of the skeleton. But you would need $900 to walk away with the Millie & Al’s sign behind the bar, which has attracted the auction’s highest bid so far.

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by Tim Regan — April 12, 2016 at 1:15 pm 0

Dim sum bar

A Chinese restaurant on 14th Street NW has changed its focus and it’s not even open yet.

The forthcoming business previously known as the “Chinese Sushi Bar and Wine Bar” and located in the former Playbill Cafe space at 1409 14th Street NW has a new theme, at least according to its newly installed banner.

“Chinese Food Cantonese Style,” the new banner reads. “Seafood Dim Sum Bar Restaurant.”

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by Tim Regan — April 8, 2016 at 3:15 pm 0

A new Cuban-themed coffee and cocktail hangout is apparently in the works near 14th Street NW.

The cafe and bar is called Colada Shop and is set to open at 1405 T St. NW “early summer 2016,” according to its website. The forthcoming business is described as “a social spot serving coffee, food, cocktails and conversation.”

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by Andrew Ramonas — April 7, 2016 at 4:30 pm 0

Starbucks at 1801 Columbia Road NW (Photo via Google Maps)Beer and wine could arrive at Starbucks locations in Adams Morgan and Shaw as soon as next week, a representative of the coffee chain told Borderstan.

The Seattle-based coffee purveyor is targeting the week of April 11 to roll out its “Starbucks Evenings” service with alcohol and small plates at its 1801 Columbia Road and 815 O St. NW stores.

In addition to the shareable snacks, the program will feature “craft beer,” along with red, white and sparkling wines by the bottle and glass, according to a sample menu.

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