Sunday Service, Shorter Wait Times Coming to D.C. Streetcar — It will soon be possible to catch a streetcar on H Street all seven days of the week and every 12 minutes.The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) will reportedly announce the service expansion later today. [WAMU 88.5]
Haikan to Open Saturday at Atlantic Plumbing Near 9:30 Club — The team behind Daikaya and Bantam King is slated to open its newest restaurant in the Atlantic Plumbing development this Saturday. When the restaurant opens, diners can expect Sapporo-style ramen, mapo tofu poutine and a cocktail made to taste like wasabi peas. [Washington City Paper]
Local Business Leaders Aim to Address Gentrification on 14th Street — Five local businesspeople gathered at the Studio Theater earlier this month to discuss gentrification on 14th Street. Parts of the city, the businesspeople said, suffers from two types of two types of gentrification: cultural and economic. [Greater Greater Washington]
Tree Nearly Nails Employee of Local Pub — Watch as a tree falls near Bloomingdale’s The Pub and The People, narrowly missing an employee. [FOX 5]
2 Birds 1 Stone to Launch ‘F–K It Frosé Week’ — The 14th Street bar will tackle the trendy frozen rosé cocktail craze with a weeklong drink menu starting Monday. [Washington City Paper]
Fully animated advertisements might soon catch your eye at Metro stations across the District and the surrounding area.
A national billboard and transit ad company is working to install brand new digital displays at key stations across the city, according to Metro.
“Over the next few weeks, our partner OUTFRONT Media will be replacing some existing, static advertising dioramas in the Metrorail System with new 65″ digital panels,” said Metro representative Morgan Dye.
New video ads in the Metro. Interesting. pic.twitter.com/qteruCXxl9
— Tim Regan (@MrTimRegan) August 23, 2016
The displays, which loop video advertisements in crystal clear quality, were recently installed at seven Metro stations across the District, including Columbia Heights, Dupont Circle and McPherson Square, Dye said.
Additional digital displays are set to be installed soon at Metro’s Farragut West and Foggy Bottom stations, Dye added.
Here’s Metro’s full list of the stations included in the project’s first phase:
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.”
It looks like The Case of the Missing Firetruck is solved.
Officials with D.C.’s Department of General Services said the firetruck that disappeared from Walter Pierce Park’s playground last week wasn’t stolen. It was thrown away.
Kenneth Diggs, a spokesman for DGS, released the following statement on behalf of the DGS this afternoon:
The Department of General Services’ (DGS) Contract Services Unit responded to community requests to repair the broken equipment. It had been reported to DGS that children were being injured due to a broken plank on the fire truck. After evaluating the equipment, it was determined that the fire truck could not be repaired. In effort to err on the side of safety, the fire truck was disposed of by DGS to ensure there would be no further injury to children.
The decision to remove and dispose of the fire truck to protect children should have been communicated to community members who purchased the apparatus and to the Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR).
DGS regrets both the lack of communication to the community – specifically to those who worked together to purchase the fire truck – and DPR of the removal and disposal of the play equipment.
DGS apologizes for the communication oversight and will replace the equipment with a new fire truck in the next six to eight weeks.
Mindy Moretti, one of the neighbors who helped kick off the campaign to find the playground vehicle known around Adams Morgan as “Freddy Da Firetruck,” said the whole process has been “absolutely maddening.”
“I am completely frustrated,” she said. “The miscommunication and lack of communication really does boggle the mind.”
Still, at least the neighborhood kids get a new firetruck out of the deal, Moretti said.
“I’m going to go out and hug it when it arrives… and I might even sleep it in the first night,” she said. “Might also try to organize some sort of welcome back party for it.”
“Freddie Da Firetruck” photo courtesy Mindy Moretti
“UHF” is scheduled to get a special screening on the U Street corridor this fall with its star, “Weird Al” Yankovic, on hand to give his take on the cult classic comedy movie.
Yankovic, also known for “My Bologna,” “Amish Paradise” and other music parodies, is set to provide live commentary while the film plays at The Lincoln Theatre (1215 U St. NW) on Sunday, Oct. 30. The show, which begins at 8 p.m., also is slated to include insights from New Yorker writer Malcolm Gladwell, comedian Dave Hill and other yet-to-be-announced guests.
“If you haven’t watched UHF a million times like we have, we recommend checking it out before you come, cause we’re gonna talk over it the entire time,” a website for the event says.
The flick, which came out in 1989, is centered around a man (played by Yankovic) who changes a television station’s programming to boost its ratings. As IMDb puts it: “A local public station gets a new owner. The station becomes a hit, with all sorts of hilarious sight gags and wacky humor.”
Tickets for the event are $35.
The showing is part of the eighth annual Bentzen Ball comedy festival, which includes performances by Tig Notaro, Jon Dore and Bridget Everett around the District.
Photo via Wikimedia/Kyle Cassidy, video via YouTube/Movie Trailer Graveyard
Authorities are still on the lookout for four men connected a violent robbery and attempted sexual assault that occurred in Shaw’s Blagden Alley about two weeks ago.
The crime happened in an alley on the 900 block of M St. NW around 3 a.m. on Aug. 7.
As we reported earlier this month, a robber threw a man to the ground and punched him before patting him down for money, authorities said. When the robber found the man had no money, he told the man to perform oral sex on him. But the man called out to a bystander who came to his aid, causing the robber to run off with the man’s backpack.
Police yesterday released a video that shows four men they believe are connected to the crime. In the video, the men can be seen walking through or near Blagden Alley.
MPD is asking anyone with information regarding the crime to call them at 202-727-9099 or text the department’s tip line at 50411.
Video via MPD
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.
TaKorean to Open Location on U Street — It looks as though the Korean-Mexican restaurant has plans to bring its tacos to the U Street corridor. The company reportedly signed a lease for the spot formerly occupied by U Street Cafe. [Washington Business Journal]
Nick Cannon, Howard University Freshman? — The actor, musician and former Nickelodeon star has apparently enrolled at the historic university. “I have friends, mentors and colleagues who attended Howard University. I look forward to this new journey in my life and am excited about the possibilities ahead,” Cannon said in a statement. [Washington Post]
Adams Morgan Hostel Hopes to Modernize Concept — A new hostel in Adams Morgan hopes out-of-towners will again embrace the old business model. The High Road (1804 Belmont Road NW) aims to “provide something that a one-off Airbnb never could, and that’s a sense of community, ” a representative told UrbanTurf. The hostel offers dormitory-style sleeping quarters and private rooms alongside modern amenities. [UrbanTurf]
ShopHouse Serving Wraps in Dupont — The Chipotle spinoff now serves wraps, but only at its location at 1516 Connecticut Ave. NW. The eatery started serving the burrito-like menu items after Georgetown students started bringing their own tortillas there, according to the company’s director of concept development. [Washingtonian]
D.C. Police Nab 60-Year-Old for Anti-Semitic Graffiti — MPD has arrested a man suspected of scrawling the word “JEW” on a crosswalk in Chinatown several times over the past month. Police yesterday arrested Generoso Anthony Capodilupo, 60, and charged him with multiple counts of defacing property. [DCist]
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.
— Adams Morgan BID (@AdMoBID) August 23, 2016
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.
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
The police department’s second and third districts will host a community bike ride on Saturday, Sept. 17, at 11 a.m., police tweeted last week.
The ride — which is slated to occur rain or shine — begins at Logan Circle and takes cyclists through a three-mile course that spans the neighborhoods of Dupont and Logan.
D.C. residents who want to participate are instructed to wear a helmet and bright clothing, police said.
Updated at 2:55 p.m.: A D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) spokeswoman sent us the following statement regarding the firetruck:
The D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) was informed that there was a piece of playground equipment (the firetruck playground equipment) that could be hazardous. DPR’s Risk Management Department went to the site to inspect the equipment.
Upon arrival, they noticed the piece of equipment was not there. DPR researched internally to see if the equipment was removed and also reached out to our sister agency – Department of General Services (DGS) to see if they had removed the equipment. Neither DGS nor DPR removed the firetruck playground equipment. MPD has been notified.
Neither DPR nor DGS removes equipment without notifying the community.
DPR has contacted the vendor, which supplied the original beloved firetruck playground equipment. We are researching the cost and availability of firetruck playground equipment.
Read our original story below:
Who took the beloved firetruck equipment from Walter Pierce Park’s playground? It’s a question that’s currently perplexing locals in Adams Morgan.
The firetruck disappeared from a corner of the park sometime last week, according to neighbor Mindy Moretti:
Has anyone seen me? I went missing sometime last week (most likely Friday). I miss my home in Walter Pierce Park!!! pic.twitter.com/kv2GmKuLq4
— Mindy Moretti (@mindymoretti) August 23, 2016
The spot where the truck once sat was bare when a Borderstan reporter visited Walter Pierce earlier today.
Though it’s just a piece of playground equipment, the truck means a lot to the surrounding community, Moretti told us. Neighbors paid for and built the playground equipment in 2000, and since its installation, it’s been one of the park’s most popular attractions, she said.
“The firetruck is very much apart of our neighborhood,” Moretti added. “It was hugely popular.”
Since the truck’s disappearance, locals have scrambled to learn its whereabouts, even going so far as to jokingly photoshop its image on a milk carton.
Was the firetruck stolen? It’s possible, tweeted Jackie Stanley, outreach coordinator at the D.C. Department of General Services (DGS):
— Jackie Stanley (@JackieDGS) August 22, 2016
Despite Stanley’s tweet, D.C. Police told us today they haven’t yet received a call about the vanished vehicle.
Does Ward 1 D.C. Councilmember Brianne Nadeau know what happened to the truck? Apparently not. Though Moretti and Nadeau briefly chatted about the playground equipment today, Moretti said Nadeau didn’t have any information to share.
So, we asked Nadeau’s office. What happened? Could someone really have stolen it?
“We can’t confirm anything at this point but we’re working to get to the bottom of it and to ensure it gets returned,” a representative for the councilmember told us in response. “It’s a beloved part of the park and there are a lot of parents and kids who are interested in seeing it back in place.”
Still, Moretti said she thinks The Case of the Missing Firetruck is likely just a big miscommunication. After all, unless you’re one of Carmen Sandiego’s henchmen, it’s not an easy feat to swipe a heavy piece of playground equipment.
Even if a city agency took it in for repairs, though, a little notice would have been nice, Moretti said.
“We’re still unclear where it is, if it’s getting fixed, when it’s coming back,” she explained. “If people had just bothered to send an email, post a sign in the park, anything, that would have saved a lot of consternation, anger, angst, everything.”
And so, the mystery continues.
The agency is planning to create what it calls the “world’s largest National Park Service emblem” with participants holding brown, green and white umbrellas on the west side of the monument Thursday morning, according to a Facebook event post.
The first 1,000 people to arrive for the event between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m. will get a free T-shirt and an umbrella to celebrate the “Centennial Living Arrowhead,” which is intended to help commemorate the 100th anniversary of the agency’s founding in 1916. Assembly of the umbrella panorama is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m.
“Between a National Park Service ‘living flag’ program for the bicentennial of Fort McHenry and a video that uses choreographed umbrellas to make designs that one of the staff had seen, the idea sort of evolved over a number of conversations about how best to commemorate the centennial of the National Park Service,” NPS spokesman Mike Litterst said in an email.
Before the event is slated to end at 11 a.m., the agency will have an aerial photograph of the display taken, an NPS news release says. The photo then will go up on the National Park Service’s website and social media pages.
Photo via Facebook/National Mall and Memorial Parks
TANF Benefits Might Be Running Out for Some D.C. Residents — About 5,700 adults and 12,000 dependent children in D.C. have received help through the city’s Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program for longer than five years. Next year, however, the city might stop giving benefits to those longterm recipients. In response to the looming deadline, Ward 1 Councilmember Brianne Nadeau has sponsored a bill that would possibly extend those benefits at the city’s expense. [Washington Post]
New Condos Bring ‘Urban Rustic’ Living to Park View — A newly opened 13-unit condominium at 3542 Warder St. NW has a buzzy phrase to sell units: “urban rustic.” [Washington Post]
Wydown Owners’ H Street Coffee Bar Could Open This Fall — A new coffee shop from the owners of The Wydown on 14th Street could open on H Street as early as this fall. When the new cafe opens, it will sell pastries, coffee and small plated snacks alongside beer and wine, said to Wydown co-owner Alex McCracken. [District Cuisine]
Anti-Semitic Graffiti Returns to Chinatown Crosswalk, This Time With Swastikas — For the fifth time this month, someone has scrawled the word “Jew” onto the zodiac crosswalk in Chinatown. But here’s something new: the graffiti now apparently includes swastikas. [DCist]
New Bike Route Signs on Park Road — Shiny new bike route signs now adorn light poles on Park Road near Georgia Ave. NW. Like any newcomer to the District, it’s only a matter of time before they’re covered in an impenetrable layer of grime. [New Columbia Heights]