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by Tim Regan — August 26, 2016 at 12:00 pm 0

Stein hoisting competition at Saufhaus, photo by Cristi Dobrescu of CID Photos

A Dupont Circle beer hall wants to find the greatest stein holder in all of the District.

Sauf Haus (1216 18th St. NW) is slated to host a series of weekly “stein hoisting” contests next month as part of its weeks-long Oktoberfest celebration.

Starting Sept. 17, the beer hall will begin staging competitions every Wednesday and Saturday. During the boozy feats of strength, participants will order a liter of beer, hold the stein parallel to the ground and keep it there, according to the rules. The competitor who holds their stein the longest without bending their arms or spilling any beer wins.

Each winner will automatically be entered into a championship round scheduled to be held on Saturday, Oct. 1. Competitors stand to win a handful of beer-themed prizes and have their photo forever placed on the “Sauf Haus Stein Hoisting Wall of Fame,” Sauf Haus said.

Other “Sauftoberfest” events scheduled to occur between Sept. 17 and Oct. 2 include a guided tasting of 16 German beers, a “Bacon, Brats and Bier” party and a “Mr. & Miss Sauftoberfest Pageant.”

Photo by Cristi Dobrescu of CID Photos

by Tim Regan — August 26, 2016 at 10:30 am 0

A D.C. food safety and hygiene inspector temporarily closed a Papa John’s in Columbia Heights yesterday after finding that the pizzeria had a “heavy infestation of vermin.”

The Papa John’s at 1417 Otis Place NW can’t serve customers until further notice for “operating a food establishment with gross insanitary occurrence or condition that may endanger public health but not limited to heavy infestation of vermin,” the D.C. Department of Health said in a notice yesterday afternoon. The pizzeria also didn’t have a “certified food manager” when an inspector visited.

The agency didn’t immediately provide any further details about the closure. The DOH typically releases full reports on restaurant closures within a week of its inspections.

When reached by phone yesterday, an employee at the pizzeria said the store had an “emergency closure” after its ovens stopped working but did not elaborate. A corporate representative for Papa John’s was not immediately available to comment.

by Tim Regan — August 25, 2016 at 4:00 pm 1 Comment

Ice Cream JubileeThe rumors are true. A shop known for its eclectic ice cream flavors will open a store near the 14th Street corridor.

Ice Cream Jubilee is moving into the space at 1407 T St. NW, founder Victoria Lai told us today. The store will share the space with local bakery BakeHouse, which closed the retail portion of its business in May.

“We’re really excited to be working together with them and to bring ice cream to the northwest D.C. neighborhood,” Lai said.

When the new shop opens this September, it will sell Jubilee’s menu of ice cream flavors along with “some new things,” she added.

Read more about the opening in a press release from Ice Cream Jubilee:

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by Tim Regan — August 25, 2016 at 3:25 pm 1 Comment

207 Florida Ave. NW

A new bar aimed at local artists and photography enthusiasts could soon develop along Florida Ave. NW.

The hangout, dubbed “The Darkroom,” is in the works at 207 Florida Ave. NW, according to a liquor license application recently filed with D.C.’s Alcoholic Beverage Administration (ABRA).

The forthcoming business will be “a venue dedicated to building community through the art of photography,” the application reads.

If all goes according to plan, the bar will feature “a working darkroom, photography studio, bar and art gallery,” and will host screenings, art shows, lectures and classes “designed to preserve the history and and explore the future of the medium.”

The Darkroom will also serve charcuterie, cheese and olives in addition to alcohol, the application notes.

We were unable to reach a representative from the business to comment on the opening. We’ll update this story if we hear back from them.

by Tim Regan — August 24, 2016 at 3:50 pm 0

1738 14th St NW

It looks as though a new restaurant is in the works on 14th Street.

An LLC called “Chicken and Whiskey” has plans to open a to-be-named eatery at 1738 14th St. NW, according to an application recently filed with D.C.’s Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration (ABRA).

Though little is known about the forthcoming restaurant or the LLC behind it, the application says simply it will serve “American food” and drinks.

Star Restaurant Group principals Stuart Damon, Kristopher Carr and Desmond Reilly are listed on the application as managing members behind Chicken and Whiskey, LLC. We were unable to reach them to comment on the opening.

The space at 1738 14th St. NW previously held Planet Pet, a business that closed last November but promised to reopen with a “new name [and] a new vibe.”

by Andrew Ramonas — August 24, 2016 at 10:30 am 0

Yafa Grille at 14th and I streets NW

Shawarma, falafel and pitas are slated to come to a space just outside of the east entrance to the McPherson Square Metro station in the coming weeks.

Yafa Grille is set to open at 14th and I streets NW in “mid-September,” co-owner Walt Hash told Borderstan this morning. The eatery will take over the storefront that the Lighter restaurant previously occupied next to a Five Guys Burgers and Fries.

Hash said he hopes the restaurant’s location will make it an “eye-catcher.”

“It’s a good area,” he said. “Fourteenth Street is very popular.”

The co-owner plans to keep the eatery open for lunch and dinner seven days a week, with late-night hours on Fridays and Saturdays. The restaurant also will have indoor and outdoor seating for diners as they chow down on its salads, rice bowls, stuffed pitas and platters with chicken, steak and ground chickpeas.

The eatery will be the second Yafa Grille in D.C. A Yafa Grille is at 1205 19th St. NW, too.

by Tim Regan — August 23, 2016 at 4:30 pm 0

A local bar known for its burgers and trivia nights is taking some days off for the first time in nearly 10 years to upgrade its kitchen.

Stoney’s (1433 P St. NW) will reopen tomorrow at 5 p.m. with an expanded kitchen, refinished floors and a new coat of paint, according to events and marketing director John Kelly. The bar began its “facelift” on Sunday.

The newly expanded kitchen will likely mean patrons get their burgers and wings faster, Kelly added.

“We already do great food with short ticket times, but more kitchen space, more cooking capacity will enable us to be even better,” he said.

This is the first time in about 3,581 days the bar and grill has closed its doors for an entire day, blizzards included, Kelly said.

“It’s always sad to see a streak like that end because Stoney’s prides itself on always being open for the neighborhood; during storms, on holidays, and for everyone craving some quality late-night grub,” he added. “But we also take pride in providing an excellent dining environment and speedy service, and this was a quiet window of time that we could upgrade on both counts. ”

The pub opened its P Street location at the end of 2006 after moving out of its decades-long home at 13th and L streets NW a year earlier.

by Andrew Ramonas — August 23, 2016 at 3:45 pm 0

A new destination for Vietnamese food has arrived in Adams Morgan.

Ben Tre is now open in the former Yamas Mediterranean Grill space at 2418 18th St. NW, according to a tweet today from the Adams Morgan Partnership Business Improvement District, a nonprofit organization that advocates for local businesses.

Yamas closed last month after less than a year in the neighborhood. Tony Alexis, who owned the Greek restaurant, told Borderstan that he couldn’t devote time to the eatery as he helped care for his ailing father.

by Tim Regan — August 23, 2016 at 2:35 pm 0

District residents interested in tasting dishes from forthcoming poultry-centric eatery The Bird will have only one more chance to do so before it opens in Shaw this October.

The Pig (1320 14th St. NW) is slated host two pop-up tasting events to showcase selections from its new restaurant’s menu on Sept. 17 and 18.

During the special “Taste the Bird” brunch, chef Michael Bonk will prepare a variety of fowl dishes that include a “Birdcuterie board” with capon rillettes, duck prosciutto, pheasant galantine; smoked chicken benedict; and Tennessee-style hot chicken.

Though the brunch will showcase The Bird’s menu, pork fanatics will still be able to order some of The Pig’s popular menu items during the pop-up, Bonk said.

Photo via Facebook / The Bird

by Andrew Ramonas — August 22, 2016 at 1:00 pm 0

Bottles and mugs at Left Door

Two bars in Shaw and Logan Circle are looking for your help to get in Playboy this November.

Columbia Room (124 Blagden Alley NW) and Left Door (1345 S St. NW) are among the 50 finalists for the men’s magazine’s annual “Best New Bars 2016” list. But the D.C. watering holes could rank among the top 10 U.S. bars in Playboy’s November issue, if they secure enough votes on this website (which is safe for work).

Columbia Room, which Eat the Rich and Southern Efficiency owner Derek Brown reopened earlier this year, is “far grander” than when it was in the back of the old Passenger, Playboy reports (SFW).

As for Left Door, the bar is a “hushed, bygone haven that belies the non-stop bustle outside” and has a “bordello-meets-parlor” vibe, according to the magazine (SFW). Brown’s brother, Tom, who also owns The Passenger, opened Left Door in January.

“Every year we search the U.S. for the top new places to get a good drink: the best spots where they take making a good drink seriously, but don’t take themselves too seriously,” Playboy says on its website.

Voting ends Aug. 31.

by Borderstan.com — August 22, 2016 at 10:00 am 0

Saxbys Coffee is back in Dupont Circle with complimentary small cups of cold brew today.

The Philadelphia-based chain began its first day at 1303 19th St. NW this morning. The location is two doors from its old home at 1309 19th St. NW, which closed in June.

In addition to the gratis java, the coffeehouse is giving out free travel mugs to the first 10 customers it gets every hour until 6 p.m.

Jim Hilson, co-owner and general manager of the new Saxbys, said the day has turned out “absolutely amazing” so far. The coffeehouse has had several customers who were happy to see that the shop was back in business, he said.

“We love how the cafe came out, and we’re happy to be in the neighborhood,” Hilson said.

Photos of shop’s interior courtesy of Saxbys Coffee 

by Tim Regan — August 19, 2016 at 9:00 am 1 Comment

Photo via Facebook : Radius PizzaIt looks like a Mount Pleasant pizza shop is closing its doors.

Radius Pizza, the pizzeria at 3155 Mt Pleasant St. NW, wrote in a Facebook post that today is its “last day.”

“It’s [our] last day tomorrow,” reads a photo of a sign it posted to its Facebook page yesterday. “Thanks to all [our] patrons who made us last this long.”

This isn’t the first time the shop has appeared to close. Radius temporarily locked its doors and drew its blinds in 2012 after the business changed hands. However, the pizza shop didn’t post a sign alluding to a “last day” then.

We were unable to reach the owners of Radius Pizza to confirm the closure. We’ll update this story if we hear back from them.

Photo via Facebook / Radius Pizza

by Tim Regan — August 18, 2016 at 2:15 pm 0

The head chef at one of José Andrés’ D.C. restaurants is set to cook a “summer Mexican fiesta” and hand out free samples in Farragut Square tomorrow afternoon.

Oyamel Chef Colin King will lead an outdoor cooking demonstration in the park at the intersection of K St. and Connecticut Ave. NW from noon to 2 p.m., according to a press release from the Golden Triangle BID.

Dishes prepared in the square will include bay scallop ceviche with cucumber, lime and serrano sauce; pickled red onions and mint; and sauteed local corn served with mayo and chile pequín and Guacomole, the release notes.

The Golden Triangle BID estimates there will be enough samples for roughly 50-100 people.

The cooking demonstration is part of the BID’s weekly Farragut Fridays event series. Read more about what’s planned for tomorrow in a press release from the Golden Triangle BID:

The Golden Triangle Business Improvement District (www.goldentriangledc.com) will host Chef Colin King, the head chef at José Andrés’ Oyamel Cocina Mexicana, for an outdoor cooking demonstration, Fri., Aug. 19, from Noon-2 p.m., during Farragut Fridays at Farragut Square Park (at the intersection of K St. and Connecticut Ave. NW). In the midst of Restaurant Week, people will be able to learn from Chef King as he prepares a summer Mexican fiesta from the Oyamel menu.

Chef King will showcase Oyamel’s Cayo en Aguachile, a ceviche of bay scallops with a sauce of cucumber, lime and serrano, served with fresno chiles, pickled red onions and mint, as well as the Esquites, sautéed local fresh corn served with house made mayo and chile pequín, and Guacomole. Samples will be available on a first come, first served basis.

The chef demonstration is part of Farragut Fridays, a weekly outdoor activation of one of the city’s most well-known national parks, which draws more than 39,000 visitors over the summer. Throughout the day, the Golden Triangle BID invites people to use the free Wi-Fi at Outdoor Office and enjoy a variety of pop-up events including adoptable puppies, scavenger hunts and music during lunch. The programming serves as an additional amenity for workers and tourists, as it’s occurring just a block from the White House. The complete schedule of activities can be found at goldentriangledc.com/farragutfridays.

“Bon Appetit has just named Washington, D.C., as the restaurant city of the year, and we want to do our part to celebrate the creativity and vibrancy of the hospitality sector in the neighborhood and across the region. These chef demonstrations will allow everyone to learn more about food preparation, the origins of favorite dishes, and, best of all, a chance to try them,” says Leona Agouridis, executive director, Golden Triangle BID.

A second chef demo by Kazuhiro Okochi at KAZ Sushi Bistro on 1915 I Street NW will occur Fri., Sept. 16, during Farragut Fridays.

Photos courtesy Think Good Group

by Tim Regan — August 17, 2016 at 3:30 pm 0

Tomato, photo courtesy Lisa ZechielLocals will be able to partake in some “hot and messy fun” this weekend during a gathering for tomato lovers at an urban farm in the LeDroit Park neighborhood.

The first-ever “Tomatopalooza” will kick off at Common Good City Farm (V St. NW between 2nd and 4th streets NW) this Sunday at 11 a.m., according to the event’s organizers.

During the event, attendees will gather around 100 pounds of organic tomatoes for a crash course in canning the acidic red fruit. The event will include expert instruction from Washington Post food columnist Cathy Barrow on how to preserve tomatoes, what you can make with them and which tomato varieties are the best for canning.

“It’s so easy and fun,” said Lisa Zechiel, owner of Washington’s Green Grocer, the local business helping to organize the event. “It gets people using local produce and doing things themselves. They can make thing themselves out of basic ingredients.”

And here’s a bonus: everyone who attends Tomatopalooza goes home with two pints of canned tomatoes, she said.

After the canning demonstration, attendees will sit down for a lunch of tomato sandwiches with or without bacon, salads, watermelon, drinks and Barrow’s popular slab pie, Zechiel said.

Tickets are $25. All proceeds go toward funding Good City Common Farm.

Photo courtesy Washington’s Green Grocer

by Andrew Ramonas — August 17, 2016 at 2:45 pm 0

Future home of Fasika Ethiopia Cuisine at 1924 9th St. NW

Another Ethiopian restaurant is in the works for Shaw.

Fasika Ethiopia Cuisine is slated to open at 1924 9th St. NW, according to a liquor license application notice the D.C. Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration published this week. The space is above Appioo African Bar & Grill.

The eatery will have 46 seats. But more information on the restaurant’s menu and opening date wasn’t immediately available.

It also wasn’t clear whether the restaurant has ties to a Fasika food truck and a shuttered Adams Morgan eatery, called Fasika’s.

A representative of the new Fasika wasn’t immediately available to comment.

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