by Andrew Ramonas — February 9, 2016 at 12:15 pm 0

Restaurant diners

D.C. restaurant owners should watch the mail for a letter from the Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration to avoid a potentially unpleasant experience.

More than 1,100 restaurants, hotels, theaters, museums, trains, boats, clubs and caterers that serve booze in the District are scheduled to receive liquor license renewal applications in the mail this week, according to ABRA. If the businesses don’t have the paperwork filled out and sent back to the agency by March 31, they face a $50-per-day fine starting April 1 and cancellation of their licenses.

“More than half of all alcoholic beverage licenses will need to be renewed by the end of next month,” ABRA director Fred Moosally said in a statement. “We strongly encourage businesses to turn in completed applications as soon as possible. This will help both business owners and the agency to avoid long lines at the end of March.”


by Andrew Ramonas — February 8, 2016 at 2:15 pm 0

Ivy and Coney's "Fat Tuesday" (Photo via Facebook/Ivy and Coney)

Peanuts aren’t all that Ivy and Coney bartenders are planning to hand out for free in Shaw tomorrow.

The Chicago- and Detroit-themed watering hole at 1537 7th St. NW is set to have complimentary Polish snacks as part of its second annual “Fat Tuesday” celebration.

In the lead up to the festivities, Ivy and Coney’s staff has made about 1,000 tiny pierogi and nearly 100 paczki, owner Josh Saltzman told Borderstan.


by Tim Regan — February 8, 2016 at 10:50 am 0

Republic Kolache at GlensSweet and savory Czech pastries might soon be headed to a neighborhood near you.

Last month, Glen’s Garden Market in Shaw added Republic Kolache to its vendor list, meaning patrons can pick up the Texan treats at 1924 8th St. NW each weekend.

According to Republic Kolache co-founder Chris Svetlik, Glen’s carries the company’s cream cheese and pecan and spiced apple flavors between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Sundays.

Kolaches will also soon be found in Union Market (1309 5th St. NE), according to Washington City Paper. Republic Kolache will sell pastries at the market between Feb. 13 and early March — and possibly even longer — the City Paper learned.

The pastries are also currently sold at American Ice Company (917 V St. NW) on Saturdays.

Photo via Instagram / Glen’s Garden Market

by Andrew Ramonas — February 8, 2016 at 8:35 am 0

Tail Up Goat

A “soulful and sophisticated” restaurant that will emphasize pasta, bread and “idiosyncratic, food-friendly tipples and soft drinks” is a day away from opening in Adams Morgan, according to its website.

Tail Up Goat from three Komi and Little Serow veterans is slated to officially begin serving diners tomorrow at 1827 Adams Mill Road NW.

The eatery is accepting reservations online for Tuesday. According to a sign posted on the restaurant’s front door this weekend:


by Tim Regan — February 5, 2016 at 8:45 am 0

Employees of the new Pret A Manger at 18th and M streets NW doled out free croissants to voucher-holding patrons to celebrate the store’s first day in business today.

Signs advertising the coffee shop were first spotted in October. The business resides in the former Caribou Coffee space.

Pret A Manger currently has nine shops in D.C., including downtown and Capitol Hill. Most of them are within a few blocks of another Pret A Manger.

by Andrew Ramonas — February 3, 2016 at 1:30 pm 0

Don Juan Restaurant in Mount PleasantA Mount Pleasant eatery is able to serve booze again following a brawl that left one of its customers hospitalized last week.

Don Juan Restaurant at 1660 Lamont St. NW finished its police-ordered liquor license suspension Monday evening, according to D.C. Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration spokeswoman Jessie Cornelius. A Borderstan editor yesterday observed customers eating inside the eatery’s main dining area, which had been closed since Thursday.

Police halted liquor sales Thursday night due to the fight, which ABRA investigated. The Alcoholic Beverage Control Board decided Monday that it wouldn’t pursue further action against Don Juan, allowing it to begin serving booze once more.


by Tim Regan — February 3, 2016 at 9:45 am 0

Look below the Salty Dog Tavern and you’ll find Dupont Circle’s newest gay bar.

The hangout, called the Woof Den Sports Bar, opened in the former basement space of the Black Fox Lounge at 1723 Connecticut Ave. NW last month, reported the Blade.

Though the Woof Den and the upstairs Salty Dog Tavern have separate entrances, they’re owned by the same person, said several employees behind the bar.

The bar has several televisions and two pool tables. According to the Blade, Woof Den “plans to coordinate bar events with the bear community in the coming months.”

Another bear-centric gay bar, Uproar, opened in Shaw last month.

by Tim Regan — February 2, 2016 at 10:30 am 0

Thomas Foolery (2029 P St. NW), which closed for a “holiday break” in December, will reopen under new ownership in the coming months, according to owner Steve Davis.

Davis said the playful hangout known for serving candy, beer floats and grilled cheese will remain closed while the new owner “[gets] his business together.” He added that, for the time being, the new owner wishes to remain anonymous. (more…)

by Andrew Ramonas — February 1, 2016 at 1:35 pm 0

A Mount Pleasant eatery is unable to sell alcohol for now following a fight that left one of its customers hospitalized last week, police said.

Don Juan Restaurant at 1660 Lamont St. NW has had its liquor license suspended since Thursday evening under a police order stemming from the brawl. The Alcoholic Beverage Control Board today is expected to decide whether the eatery can start serving booze again.

The Don Juan diner was sitting at the restaurant’s bar with his girlfriend and ordering food on Wednesday night when four to five men went up to him from behind, according to authorities. He then was punched in the head, knocking him to the ground.

The customer soon after was punched again and then kicked several times, police said. He also had chairs thrown at him, hitting him at least once.


by Tim Regan — January 28, 2016 at 1:30 pm 1 Comment

Just a few weeks ago, we reported that sushi burrito purveyor Buredo might be headed to Dupont Circle. Now, it’s official.

Buredo’s owners, Mike Haddad and Travis Elton, have signed a lease for a new location at the former Pinkberry space at 1213 Connecticut Ave. NW, according to Washington City Paper. Haddad confirmed the news with us yesterday.

“Aiming for late spring [opening], with the same menu but a few surprises in store,” Haddad said in an e-mail.

According to the City Paper, the new location will likely serve new sushi rolls, ceviche and poke bowls, and may be open as late as 3 or 4 a.m.

Sushi burrito photo via Facebook / Buredo

by Andrew Ramonas — January 28, 2016 at 7:35 am 0

Millie & Al's in Adams Morgan

Millie & Al’s isn’t ready to pour its last Jell-O shot in Adams Morgan yet, Borderstan has learned.

The 52-year-old dive bar at 2440 18th St. NW isn’t “closing anytime soon,” a bartender there told us last night. But the owner of the Adams Morgan institution has put the building that houses it up for sale, he confirmed. He declined to elaborate.

The Washington Business Journal reported earlier this week that the bar likely would shut down, noting that Millie & Al’s real estate broker said the bar’s building would be “delivered vacant.”


by Tim Regan — January 27, 2016 at 12:25 pm 0

Winter Restaurant week extended logo

The winter edition of Metropolitan Washington Restaurant Week has been extended through next Wednesday.

More than 250 restaurants throughout the District originally signed up to participate in the seven-day event. Though the full list is still being updated, it seems far fewer restaurants in the Borderstan coverage area will return for another round of $22 lunches and $35 dinners.

Here’s who’s extending, organized by neighborhood:

Columbia Heights

  • Acre 121 (1400 Irving St. NW)


  • 15 Ria (1515 Rhode Island Ave. NW)
  • CitiesDC (1909 K St. NW)
  • Lincoln (1110 Vermont Ave. NW)

Dupont Circle

  • Marrakech Restaurant (2147 P St. NW)
  • The Riggsby (1731 New Hampshire Ave. NW)
  • STK (1250 Connecticut Ave. NW)
  • Russia House (1800 Connecticut Ave. NW)

Logan Circle

  • B Too (1324 14th St. NW)

U Street/14th Street Corridor

  • Cork Wine Bar (1720 14th St. NW)
  • Al Crostino (1926 9th St. NW)
  • El Centro D.F. (1819 14th St. NW)
  • G by Mike Isabella (2201 14th St. NW)
  • Kapnos (2201 14th St. NW)
  • Nonna’s Kitchen (1212 U St. NW)
  • Provision No. 14 (2100 14th St. NW)
  • Vinoteca (1940 11th St. NW)
  • Dino’s Grotto (1914 9th St. NW)

Photo via Facebook/Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington


by Tim Regan — January 26, 2016 at 1:30 pm 0

14th street cafe asian bistro 2There may soon be one more place on 14th Street to have a beer or a glass of wine.

14th Street Cafe Asian Bistro, which first opened at 1416 14th Street NW in July, has a liquor license application now on file with the D.C. Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration, according to a notice the agency published last week.

Neng Hsiang Wang, a representative for the restaurant, said the bistro is looking to serve beer and wine, but not cocktails.

The D.C. Alcoholic Beverage Control Board is expected to rule on the eatery’s application in the coming months.

by Andrew Ramonas — January 26, 2016 at 10:30 am 0

Jimmy John's (Photo via Instagram/Jimmy John's)

The U Street corridor is getting a Jimmy John’s.

The sub and club sandwich purveyor known for its “freaky fast” delivery is slated to open at 1408 U St. NW this spring, company spokesman Nathan Louer said yesterday. The space, which is between a McDonald’s and DC Noodles, formerly housed the 24 Seven Plus deli.

The 1,234-square-foot Jimmy John’s will have seating for nine customers, according to permit data the D.C. government released last week.



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