by Tim Regan December 7, 2016 at 3:50 pm 0

637-t-st-nw-photo-via-google-street-viewA new restaurant and bar could soon bring Ethiopian and Thai food to a vacant building in Shaw.

The forthcoming business, dubbed “Kiss Tavern,” is currently in the works at 637 T St. NW, according to a liquor license application recently filed with D.C.’s Alcoholic Beverage Administration (ABRA).

When it opens, Kiss Tavern will serve “modern” Thai and Ethiopian dishes alongside “unique cocktails,” the application reads.

Though the District has many Thai and Ethiopian restaurants, it has few — if any — that serve both kinds of food at the same time.

The space, which once held a copy, printing and shipping business called DC Postal, has been under renovation for months.

A representative for Kiss Tavern was not immediately available to comment on the opening. We’ll update this story if we hear back from someone.

by Andrew Ramonas December 7, 2016 at 12:00 pm 1 Comment

The 12 (or More) Beers of Christmas at The Black Squirrel (Photo via Twitter/The Black Squirrel)

An Adams Morgan bar is once again set to celebrate the holiday season with more than a dozen Christmas beers and cookies for “well-behaved boys and girls,” according to the watering hole’s owner.

The Black Squirrel at 2427 18th St. NW is scheduled to hold its seventh annual Twelve (Or More) Beers of Christmas beginning at 5 p.m. Friday, owner Amy Bowman said. The festivities are slated to continue into Saturday night.

“On the ninth day of December, your true love sent to you: five Christmas Ales, four winter warmers, nine ladies dancing, and one Black Squirrel,” she said in an email. “It is that time of year again — time to shout to the skies and have a glass, or three, of holiday cheer at The Black Squirrel.”

The beers are set to include:

• Bourbon-Barrel-Aged Great Lakes Christmas Ale (Winter Warmer, Cleveland, OH, 9%);
• Great Lakes Christmas Ale (Winter Warmer, Cleveland, OH, 7.5%);
• Bell’s Christmas Ale (Scottish Ale, Kalamazoo, MI, 5.4%);
• Blue Mountain Barrel House Blitzen (Strong Dark Ale, Afton, VA, 7%);
• Dark Horse 4 Elf (Winter Warmer, 8.75%, MI);
• The Breuery 9 ladies Dancing {Imperial Milk Stout, Placentia, CA, 11.3%);
• Peak Organic Evergreen IPA (IPA with Juniper & Spruce, Portland, ME, 7%);
• Southern Tier 2XMAS (Swedish-Style Glögg, Lakewood, NY, 8%);
• Troegs The Mad Elf (Belgian-Style Strong Dark Ale, Hershey, PA, 11%);
• Natty Greene Red Nose Winter Ale (Winter Warmer, Greensboro, NC, 6.8%);
• Rogue Santa’s Private Reserve (Amber, Newport, OR, 6%);
• Port City Tidings (Belgian Strong Pale Ale, Alexandria, VA, 7.8%);
• Smuttynose Smistletoe (Bière de Garde, Hampton, NH, 8.5%);
• Union Miracle (Weizenbock, Baltimore, MD, 7.7%);
• Sly Fox Christmas (Winter Warmer, PA 5.6%);
• Unibroue La Resolution (Strong Dark Ale, Chambly, Canada, 10%).

In addition to the brews and cookies, The Black Squirrel also is set to have a “XXXmas Burger” with turkey, bacon and cranberry aioli and a “Holy Cheesemas Burger” with beer cheese sauce.

Photo via Twitter/The Black Squirrel

by Tim Regan December 7, 2016 at 10:00 am 2 Comments

District Anchor, Dec. 7 2016

A longtime 19th Street hangout has a new name.

Rumors, the bar and grill at 1900 M St. NW, is now called “District Anchor.” Signs advertising the new name went up recently.

Patrick Morrogh, who owns Arlington’s crab-centric eatery the Quarterdeck, took over the business earlier this year. The plan is for the newly rebranded restaurant to serve seafood under the District Anchor banner during the day and sling drinks as Rumors late into the night.

So far, however, all that’s changed is the name. The restaurant will begin to roll out changes to its menu next spring, according to general manager Paul Kolokousis.

“We plan on being a crab house for lunch and dinner and continuing our DJ, dancing and drinks for late night in the Rumors tradition,” Kolokousis said.

by Tim Regan December 5, 2016 at 10:25 am 0

A subterranean space on K Street is now listed as “For Rent,” but that doesn’t mean you can actually rent it.

That’s because the space, located beneath Vieux Carre at 1413 K St. NW, actually holds an “unpretentious” hidden basement bar called “For Rent.” If the theme sounds familiar, that’s because the business used to be called The Speak, the speakeasy-style hangout that was shut down last year after operating without a valid liquor license.

Though The Speak briefly reopened earlier this year, it was again shuttered over issues related to the name listed on its liquor license. Now, it looks like the bar may soon reopen within the letter of the law.

D.C. alcohol regulators will make a decision about the bar’s new name later this week on Dec. 7. If all goes according to plan, the bar would open Thursday, Dec. 8, its owners told Washingtonian.

When the business finally reopens, its bartenders will sling cocktails named after D.C. neighborhoods. For Rent will also serve meat and cheese boards alongside a short list of beer and wines.

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 8 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:

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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.

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