by Tim Regan — May 27, 2016 at 11:30 am 2 Comments

Rumors May 2016

Rumors is in for a change.

Patrick Morrogh, who owns Arlington’s crab-centric eatery the Quarterdeck, plans to lead a new restaurant called “District Anchor” at 1900 M St. NW, according to a recent filing with the Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration (ABRA).

The restaurant will serve crabs and beer in the same space as longtime 19th Street hangout Rumors sometime this summer, according to a source familiar with the change. But Rumors won’t close, the source said. Instead, employees will serve seafood under the District Anchor banner during the day and sling drinks as Rumors late into the night.

Rumors will be renovated soon but will not close during its remodeling period, the source added.

Morrogh did not immediately respond to requests for comment. We’ll update this story if we hear from him.

by Tim Regan — May 25, 2016 at 4:45 pm 0

Pig roast photo courtesy of Dirty MartiniLocals will be able to go whole hog for free during a pig roast at Dirty Martini later this week.

The bar and lounge at 1223 Connecticut Ave. NW will host a pig roast Friday from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., according to a Facebook event post.

Bartenders will sling tiki drinks during the event, said bar representative Salaam Mufti. Portions of the roasted pig are free, Mufti said, as long as patrons buy at least one drink. The festivities will also include games of corn hole and “an overall nice BBQ type vibe,” Mufti added.

The bar hosts pig roasts on the last Friday of every month.

by Tim Regan — May 25, 2016 at 10:25 am 0

A national coffee chain is slated to invade the 14th Street corridor by Memorial Day.

Peet’s Coffee and Tea is set to open its doors at 1829 14th St. NW on Monday, according to a sign on the door of the forthcoming business.

“We will be opening on Monday,” the sign reads. “Please stop back in for Peet’s love and coffee!”

Employees at two other Peet’s locations in D.C. confirmed the opening date.

When it opens, the new Peet’s will be located on the same block as Black Cat, Ted’s Bulletin, Bar Pilar and Source. The new coffee shop will also compete for customers against the nearby Wydown, Peregrine Espresso, Slipstream and Dolcezza coffee shops.

by Tim Regan — May 24, 2016 at 2:00 pm 6 Comments

A business once planned to be a 24-hour diner on 19th St. NW is no more.

Olivia’s Diner (1120 19th St. NW) has closed its doors for good, according to a sign on the front door of the business. A PoPville reader first spotted the closure.

“It is with our deepest regret, but Olivia’s Diner is now permanently closed,” the sign reads. “We will miss being a part of this neighborhood and the friends we’ve made along the way.”

Though we were unable to reach owner Thomas Marr for comment, it’s possible the restaurant fell victim to the same sagging sales that felled other nearby eateries Sophie’s Cuban, Science Club, Protein Bar, Noodles and Company, Smith and Wollensky, Melt Shop and others.

by Tim Regan — May 23, 2016 at 10:45 am 0

Future home of Emissary at 2032 P St. NW

(Updated at 11:17 a.m.) A “European-style cafe and bar” is set to open blocks away from Dupont Circle.

The new business, Emissary, will open in the space below Dupont Circle Yoga (2032 P St. NW) “early July,” according to owner Elias Hengst, who also co-owns Sonoma Restaurant and Wine Bar and ‎Dupont Circle Yoga.

The cafe and bar will be a “European cafe meets West Coast coffee house,” Hengst said.

“Someone can have a beer, someone can have a glass of wine, you can have an espresso,” he added. “You can all share a little bit of good food. It’s a very unrushed, laid back vibe.”

The shop’s menu will include food and drinks from Counter Culture Coffee and Trickling Springs Creamery, Hengst said.

The company is currently hiring baristas, according to a job listing on DMV Coffee:


by Andrew Ramonas — May 20, 2016 at 3:55 pm 0

To say Jordan Fox likes Adams Morgan bar Blaguard is probably an understatement.

The 28-year-old woman visited the watering hole at 2003 18th St. NW every day for 28 days in a row starting April 18, as a way to say goodbye to the District.

Fox, who moved to Adams Morgan in 2012, started what she called the “#30DayBlaguardChallenge,” which she intended to complete in person before she started a new job in California. Although Fox didn’t complete her goal, she sent a friend to the bar Monday and Tuesday — the last two days of the challenge — and made appearances via FaceTime then.

Luis Aliaga, a bartender at Blaguard, said he’s never heard of anyone coming to the bar every day for as long as Fox did. But he said Blaguard has a committed following among Adams Morgan residents.

“The community in this bar is a lot of neighbors,” he said.

Here’s what Fox had to say about the challenge:


by Tim Regan — May 19, 2016 at 3:35 pm 3 Comments

Rogue in Shaw

The team behind the Fainting Goat (1330 U St. NW) has plans to open a Hong Kong themed eatery in Blagden Alley.

Fainting Goat co-owners Greg Algie and Henry Bruce plan to open the yet-to-be-named restaurant and bar with chef Nathan Beauchamp in the former Rogue space at 922 N St. NW, Algie told us this afternoon.

Algie laid out an early vision of the planned business during an ANC 2F ABRA committee meeting last night.

“We’re looking at doing a Hong Kong themed restaurant bar,” Algie said during the meeting. “Hong Kong has great a tradition of food and a European influence with the expat nightlife, so it kind of merges together.” The eatery will also include a “little cocktail bar,” Algie added.

Though the team is still hammering out the concept, Algie said the restaurant and bar could open as early as December.

“We are finalizing stuff right now,” Algie said.

by Tim Regan — May 19, 2016 at 1:30 pm 0

1413 K St NW

A New Orleans-style cocktail bar and restaurant could open on K Street as soon as “mid-June,” said the bar’s owner.

Vieux Carre is set to sling Cajun food and cocktails in the downstairs space of 1413 K Street NW by the middle of next month said the bar’s owner, Jermaine Jones. Jones shared details about the bar during an ANC 2F committee meeting last night.

The bar “will serve classic New Orleans everything, from classically appointed oysters, shrimp or sausage po boys [and] hand cut cajun fries with remoulade,” according to a marketing packet Jones handed out during the meeting.

According to a sample drink list, Vieux Carre’s bartenders will concoct New Orleans-style drinks like hurricanes, French 75s and naturally, a vieux carre cocktail made with rye, brandy, sweet vermouth, Benedictine and bitters.

The bar will also include a “sleek, lean adult atmosphere” and feature a white marble bar, a wrought iron mezzanine and a “bartenders lab,” according to the handout.

by Andrew Ramonas — May 18, 2016 at 2:50 pm 0

Lucky Buns logo (Image via Lucky Buns)(Updated at 3:10 p.m.) The Mothership space in Park View is adding another pop-up restaurant.

The hamburger-centric Lucky Buns is scheduled to open May 29 at 3301 Georgia Ave. NW, as first reported by food website Burger Days.

The restaurant, which only will operate on Sundays from noon to 9 p.m., will share space with Southeast Asian eatery Alfie’s, another pop-up spot that opened earlier this year. Ex-Duke’s Grocery chef and “Food Network Star” contestant Alex McCoy runs both of the restaurants.

At Lucky Buns, diners can expect a garlic mayo “Burger Royale” and a green chili hamburger, among other burgers at $10 or less, according to Washingtonian.

Image via Lucky Buns

by Andrew Ramonas — May 18, 2016 at 1:15 pm 1 Comment

The perfect place for American cuisine has come to Shaw, at least according to its management.

Right Spot Restaurant & Bar opened in the former Queen Makeda space at 1917 9th St. NW Friday. The restaurant, which initially was set to go by Gebena Restaurant, has seating for more than 50 diners across two floors, and room for a disc jockey in a lounge area.

All of Right Spot’s food is $20 or less, including chicken wings for $12, a hamburger for $14 and shrimp and grits for $13. It also has a breakfast burrito for $11 and french toast stuffed with an Italian-style cream cheese for $12, among other dishes for brunch on weekends.

“When you come here, you’ll get the best service, the best food and the best drink around here,” manager Lea Teguaze told Borderstan last night.

by Tim Regan — May 18, 2016 at 11:55 am 0

Kolache (Photo via Republic Kolache)(Updated at 12:13 p.m.) Republic Kolache, D.C.’s buzzy pop-up kolache shop, will sling pastries at American Ice Company (917 V St. NW) for the last time on May 28, the company announced via email this morning.

“It’s been a good run,” the “bittersweet” announcement reads. “From the wild turnout on our opening day last August, to the great fun we’ve had collaborating with guest chefs on kolache flavors, to the simple ritual of sharing kolaches and coffee with so many of you each week — getting our little kolache bakery off the ground at American Ice has been an immensely gratifying process.”

The company announced it will also end its pop-up shop at Union Market the same weekend. But the kolache company isn’t down for the count:

“We’re actively working on finding a permanent brick and mortar home for Republic Kolache,” the announcement reads. Furthermore, the company is slated to launch a late night weekend kolache pop-up at Dacha in Shaw on Friday, June 3.


by Tim Regan — May 17, 2016 at 3:50 pm 0

Bakehouse_Sign_InsideThe co-owner of a bakery near the 14th Street corridor said he plans to close the retail portion of his company as part of a “bittersweet” business decision.

BakeHouse, which opened at 1407 T St. NW in 2013, will close its doors to the public after this Sunday, the bakery’s co-owner, Niall Cooper, told us. But the business will stay put to sell its baked goods on a wholesale level, he added.

“We’ve reached the point with our wholesale business where… we had to choose which direction we could focus on,” Cooper said. “The retail is unfortunately a victim of the wholesale’s success.”

BakeHouse currently distributes to Colony Club, Tynan Cofee and Tea, both Pleasant Pops locations and the newly opened Philz stores in Adams Morgan and Navy Yard, among other places across town. Cooper said BakeHouse is also adding “new clients in the District that we’ll be announcing in the next few weeks.”

Still, Cooper said the decision to close the retail side of his business was “bittersweet.”

“We’ve been so lucky to have such amazing customers over the last three years,” he said. “And while we’ll be sad not to get to see them in our store every day, we’re glad that they will still be able to buy BakeHouse goods at coffee shops across D.C. and in Northern Virginia.”

A local business will soon set up shop in the retail storefront of 1407 T St. NW, Cooper said. Though he declined to say which one, Cooper said the business already has one brick-and-mortar location in the D.C. area.

by Andrew Ramonas — May 16, 2016 at 9:00 am 0

Buttercream Bakeshop at 1250 9th St. NW

A self-described “mighty little bakery” officially is set to start selling its breakfast pastries, cookies, cakes and other baked goods in Shaw tomorrow.

Buttercream Bakeshop is scheduled to open at 1250 9th St. NW at 7 a.m. Tuesday, according to a post the bakery published on Instagram this morning.

Led by pastry chef Tiffany MacIsaac and decorator Alexandra Mudry-Till, who both worked on baked goods for Buzz Bakery owner Neighborhood Restaurant Group, Buttercream Bakeshop’s “main event” is its cookies, cakes and confections, according to its website.

“Satisfy your mid day sweet tooth or pick up a cake or box of treats to share with friends,” its website says. “Our gourmet sweets are a delicious and thoughtful way to show you care. We like to think of cake as a required ingredient to a happy life, not just for birthdays, which only come once a year!”

by Andrew Ramonas — May 10, 2016 at 2:30 pm 0

Jrink Juicery (Photo via Instagram/Jrink Juicery)

Adams Morgan might see some “black magic,” in cold-pressed juice form, if customers of a D.C.-based juice bar chain call for it.

Jrink Juicery went to Instagram yesterday to ask its fans what they would think of an Adams Morgan location with “juices, our ‘other fun stuff’ and..*drum rolls*, outdoor seating.” The company encouraged its customers to comment on the post.

“We are debating!” the post says. “Do you or have friends that live / work in the area?”

Although some commenters suggested opening locations in other parts of the District, most of them appeared enthusiastic about the prospect of an Adams Morgan outpost.


by Tim Regan — May 10, 2016 at 1:15 pm 0

Starbucks Evenings location in Adams Morgan

Starbucks seeks to serve alcoholic beverages at yet another one of its locations in D.C.

The company applied for a liquor license to serve beer and wine at its location at 1600 K St. NW, according to paperwork filed with the Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration this week. The coffee chain also currently has pending applications to serve alcohol at several other locations across the city.

Starbucks last month rolled out its “Starbucks Evenings” service with alcohol and small plated snacks at five District locations, including on Capitol Hill and in Adams Morgan and Shaw.

But not everyone is sold on the idea of drinking something harder than coffee at Starbucks. According to Washington City Paper‘s Jessica Sidman, the whole experience is well, kind of depressing.



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