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by Andrew Ramonas — November 30, 2016 at 3:55 pm 0

1337 H St. NE (Photo via Google Maps)(Updated at 4:10 p.m.) The cousins behind Dupont Circle’s DGS Delicatessen are planning to bring a “neighborhood bar” to the H Street corridor, D.C. Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration documents show.

DGS co-owners Nick and David Wiseman are working on a watering hole at 1337 H St. NE, according to ABRA paperwork Borderstan obtained today. But the name of the bar is unclear.

Documents the Wisemans filed under a company called “Bespoke 1337” repeatedly say the spot’s name is to be determined. But one document refers to the place as “Butcher’s Word.”

The ABRA paperwork also doesn’t provide details on the bar’s menu or when it will open. Documents do say, however, that the spot will have room for nearly 200 people, including 65 seated customers. It also will provide chairs for 15 people outside.

Neither Nick nor David could immediately be reached for comment.

The space between Dangerously Delicious Pies and H Street Country Club previously spent time as an illegal funeral home and a “live, work, and studio space,” according to Washington City Paper. The building also was set to become a bar from Eric and Ian Hilton.

Photo via Google Maps

by Tim Regan — November 29, 2016 at 12:00 pm 7 Comments

Wet Dog Tavern exterior, photo courtesy of Raj Lal

A new watering hole near U Street is set to start welcoming pups and people by mid-December.

Wet Dog Tavern, a new “dog-friendly” beer garden, is set to open its doors at 2100 Vermont Ave. NW in a matter of weeks, according to general manager Raj Lal. Though the bar was originally slated to open over the summer, some construction and permitting issues have delayed that process.

When the bar finally opens, it will serve beer, wine and seasonal cocktails. The idea, Lal said, is to keep things simple and unsophisticated.

“I want to focus on producing great, balanced cocktails that patrons can connect with and really enjoy,” Lal said. “I’m a huge fan of a well-made perfect manhattan, so you can expect to see something like that offered. Perhaps a twist on a margarita and a warm cocktail or two for our winter opening.”

The bar will also pour some beers “that are being brewed for us out of a Pennsylvania brewery,” Lal added. “For the rest of the taps and bottle choices, we’ll be focusing on nationwide brews, not just the same local breweries that are commonly found around this area.”

Patrons can sip their drinks in a heated outdoor beer garden that will be large enough for about 75-100 people. The tavern’s interior will hold between 35 and 50 people, Lal added.

As the name implies, customers seated in the outdoor area can bring along their canine companions.

“We plan on having tables outside where people can bring their dogs,” Lal told us in April. “You want to walk your dog, you can bring them here.”

Photo courtesy of Raj Lal

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 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 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 21, 2016 at 2:45 pm 1 Comment

Shadow Room on K Street, Oct. 25 2016A dance club near Foggy Bottom is slated to close its doors for good at the end of the month.

Shadow Room (2131 K St. NW) will say goodbye to its patrons “at the end of November,” according to a representative for the business.

The club is slated to host a “last call” party with DJs, music and an open bar this Wednesday, Nov. 23.

The club posted a farewell message to its Facebook page yesterday:

Thanks to all those that have supported over the years and thanks to the amazing staff that has worked hard behind the scenes to make Shadow Room a D.C. destination. Come by this Wednesday if you are in town and let’s toast to almost a decade in D.C. nightlife as we say goodbye.

Though it’s unclear why the club is closing, it could be related to trouble with D.C.’s Alcoholic Beverage Control Board. Liquor regulators in October concluded Shadow Room had served several underage patrons during a special event last year, leading to a $5,000 fine and an order to temporarily suspend its license.

When asked about the closure, however, a Shadow Room representative said it “received a lucrative offer from a Saudi prince” but did not elaborate. A Borderstan reporter was unable to reach the representative for further comment.

by Tim Regan — November 21, 2016 at 2:00 pm 5 Comments

Brass Monkey/Spaghetti Garden/Peyote Cafe/Roxanne

(Updated at 2:17 p.m.) A business in Adams Morgan must pay thousands of dollars in fines and surrender its alcohol license for 30 days on charges it failed to maintain some of the records required under its alcohol license, according to D.C.’s Alcoholic Beverage Control Board.

Brass Monkey/Spaghetti Garden/Peyote Cafe/Roxanne, a group of joint businesses at 2317-2319 18th St. NW, must pay $30,000 within 90 days and serve a 30-day suspension of its license starting this Sunday, Nov. 27, according to a D.C. Alcoholic Beverage Control Board disposition published last week.

According to an ABRA case report, investigators found the bar failed to keep the records needed to prove it met its annual food sales requirement under its “class CR,” or restaurant, alcohol license. Under D.C. code, food sales must account for either $2,000 per seat or at least 45 percent of all sales during a gross annual or quarterly period. (more…)

by Tim Regan — November 18, 2016 at 12:00 pm 1 Comment

Photo via Little Miss Whiskey'sA bar on H Street plans to go whole hog during a charity feast and party this weekend.

Little Miss Whiskey’s (1104 H St. NE) is scheduled to host its second annual “Movemberfest Pig Roast” Saturday at 3 p.m. The event is set to feature an all-you-can-eat feast from Queen Vic chef Ryan Gordon and bottomless booze from local brewer DC Brau.

Attendees can fill their plates with roasted pork, slow-cooked ribs, pimento mac and cheese and jalapeno cheesy grits, then participate in a cash raffle “with hundreds of dollars in prizes.”

Tickets cost $60 per person. A portion of all proceeds go toward the Movember Foundation, a nonprofit aimed at aiding men with physical and mental health issues.

Photo courtesy of Little Miss Whiskey’s

by Tim Regan — November 15, 2016 at 4:50 pm 2 Comments

TamalFest flyerAn event billed as “part culinary fiesta, part cultural exchange” is slated to come back to Columbia Heights early next month.

Local organization Hola Cultura will bring tamales, music and dancing to the Bell Multicultural High School (3101 16th St. NW) during its second annual “TamalFest“on Sunday, Dec. 4.

During the festival, “a stellar group of local tamal makers” will dole out samples and compete to see who steams the best tamale.

Though last year’s event sold out quickly, this year’s party will be “an even bigger and better,” organizers said. Tickets cost $12 and can be purchased online.

More information from Hola Cultura:


by Tim Regan — November 15, 2016 at 12:00 pm 0

The “home of the sweet potato pie” is back in business on U Street.

Henry’s Soul Cafe reopened its location at 1704 U St. NW this morning at 11 a.m. Today’s opening marks the first time the U Street soul food eatery has served customers since it closed after a fire in 2014.

A small handful of people gathered at the restaurant this morning to place their orders for pies, fried chicken and fish, mac and cheese, ribs and cornbread.

Owner Jermaine Smith said the reopening has been “pretty good” so far.

“We’re working out some of the kinks with the new system we have,” Smith added.

Locals can start picking up Thanksgiving orders on Sunday, Nov. 20. The store is open 11 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. on Sundays.

Photos and additional reporting by Andrew Ramonas

by Tim Regan — November 14, 2016 at 3:45 pm 0

There’s a new spot for chicken tikka masala and palak paneer in Dupont Circle.

An offshoot of Richmond’s Lemon Cuisine of India opened at 2120 P St. NW earlier today. The new restaurant occupies the space once filled by Crios Modern Mexican, which closed in February.

The eatery serves Indian fare “made from scratch,” said owner and chef Gurjeet Singh.

A walk through the restaurant’s menu reveals crowd-pleasers like chicken tikka masala, palak paneer and six types of biryani. Diners can also order tandoori-roasted lamb, shrimp and several types of naan.

“I’m using my own spices that I create,” Singh said. “All made from scratch, all fresh and healthy.”

Lemon Cuisine will also serve beer, wine and cocktails as soon as it gets its liquor license, Singh added.

This is the first expansion of the Richmond Indian restaurant, but likely not the last. A Lemon Cuisine of India branch is also scheduled to open soon in Los Angeles.

by Andrew Ramonas — November 14, 2016 at 1:45 pm 0

Vietnamese Chelsea Restaurant at 1413 Park Road NW

A new place for pho noodle soups and other Vietnamese food could come to Columbia Heights within days, its owner told Borderstan yesterday.

Vietnamese Chelsea Restaurant at 1413 Park Road NW is in the process of securing all the paperwork it needs from the D.C. government to open this week, owner Andrew Nguyen said. The eatery is in the space formerly occupied by Change Inc., a nonprofit organization that left in 2014.

“I believe people will love it,” he said. “We will do very good food.”

In addition to pho, the eatery will have vermicelli and rice dishes with pork, beef, chicken, shrimp and vegatables, according to a menu shown to Borderstan. All entrees are between $12 and $14.

The restaurant won’t have alcohol for sale when it opens, however. Nguyen said he is still working to get a liquor license.

by Andrew Ramonas — November 9, 2016 at 4:30 pm 0

Vigilante Coffee Co. java from Smoked and Stacked (Photo via Twitter/Vigilante Coffee)

Chef Marjorie Meek-Bradley’s fast-casual restaurant in Shaw is set to pour free cups of java from Vigilante Coffee Co. tomorrow morning.

Smoked and Stacked (1239 9th St. NW) is scheduled to have the complimentary coffee from 8 to 10 a.m. Thursday to celebrate two months in business, according to a tweet from the eatery. The restaurant opened in September with breakfast and lunch sandwiches, as well as other food.

A cup of coffee normally costs $2.50 at Smoked and Stacked.

Photo via Twitter/Vigilante Coffee

by Andrew Ramonas — November 9, 2016 at 3:45 pm 0

Epic Philly Steaks at 1792 Columbia Road NW

A restaurant promising “epic” Philadelphia cheesesteak sandwiches is set to come to Adams Morgan in the coming weeks, an owner of the eatery told Borderstan today.

Epic Philly Steaks is slated to land at 1792 Columbia Road NW by the end of this month, co-owner Daniel Tarekegne said. The space was the former home of Mexican restaurant Mixtec, which closed in 2014 after 40 years in business.

In addition to “quality” cheesesteaks, the restaurant will have chicken wings, french fries and other food to eat there or carry out, Tarekegne said.

“We plan to make our customers happy,” he said.

Epic Philly Steaks, which will have seating for about 40 people, likely will open for lunch and dinner every day, with late-night hours on Fridays and Saturdays, Tarekegne said.

by Tim Regan — November 9, 2016 at 2:30 pm 0


A Mexican and Salvadoran restaurant in Adams Morgan is scheduled host a celebration centered around pupusas this weekend.

El Tamarindo (1785 Florida Ave. NW) will serve buy-one-get-one-free pupusas all day this Sunday, Nov. 13, according to a Facebook event page. The Salvadoran food is the eatery’s “signature dish.”

The restaurant’s pupusas come stuffed with combinations like cheese, pork, beans and chicken, according to the restaurant’s menu.

The party will also include $5 RumChata shots and a contest where patrons can use the hashtag #PupusaMoments to have a chance to get some prizes.

Photo via Facebook / El Tamarindo


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