by Tim Regan December 20, 2016 at 1:45 pm 0

Chix_BorderstanA longtime purveyor of chicken and Latin-inspired cuisine is flying the coop near U Street.

Chix is shuttering its location at 2019 11th St. NW, the company announced today. The store’s final day will be this Friday, Dec. 23, according to a Chix employee.

The two other Chix locations in Thomas Circle and Navy Yard will remain open, and the company plans to widen its delivery radius to several new neighborhoods, including near U Street.

Chix first opened its 11th Street location in 2007. A Borderstan food reviewer praised the eatery’s “moist and subtle” chicken and “well seasoned” sweet potatoes in 2012.

by Andrew Ramonas December 20, 2016 at 12:00 pm 0

Sweetgreen (Photo via Instagram/Sweetgreen)

Sweetgreen is set to give away salad, quinoa and rice bowls downtown this week to celebrate its latest D.C. location.

The fast-casual chain’s new eatery at 888 17th St. NW is scheduled to open tomorrow with free food from 4 to 6 p.m. It also will have complimentary bowls from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday.

But the gratis meals only are available to diners who RSVP online, as local blog PoPville was first to note.

“We’d love to offer you and a friend an exclusive tasting + sneak preview of sweetgreen before we open our doors to the public,” Sweetgreen says online. “Drop in for lunch or dinner on us before our official opening. All salads + drinks will be complimentary!”

Sweetgreen has about a dozen D.C. restaurants, including outposts in Logan Circle, Dupont Circle, West End, Foggy Bottom and Navy Yard.

Photo via Instagram/Sweetgreen

by Tim Regan December 20, 2016 at 10:30 am 0

Bad Reviews event, photo via Facebook / Compass RoseLocal restauranteurs and bar owners are set to read some of their nastiest online reviews at an eatery near 14th Street tomorrow night.

Compass Rose, located at 1346 T St. NW, is scheduled to host is second “Industry Reads Bad Reviews” event Wednesday, Dec. 21, from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m.

The reading’s lineup includes many of the D.C. restaurant world’s movers and shakers: Smoked and Stacked’s Marjorie Meek-Bradley, The Passenger’s Tom Brown and Timber Pizza Company co-founder Andrew Dana, and others.

From a Facebook post about the event:

In the spirit of the popular (and purposely self-deprecating) segment “Celebrities Read Mean Tweets” from Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Compass Rose is hosting its second evening to toast the food and beverage industry’s harshest Social Media critics by taking their criticisms (reviews, tweets, Facebook posts, emails) and airing them out for everyone to hear.

We invite you to join us at Compass on December 21 after our The Compass Rose Holiday Market at 10 p.m. for “Industry Reads Bad Reviews II” with some of our favorite bar and restaurant folks performing a dramatic reading of their best (worst?) “bad” review. Service industry professionals are constantly under the scrutiny of everyone: their consumers, food critics–even one another. While constructive criticism is always welcome, we’ve all encountered the occasional review that is not based in reality, but merely a projection of simplistic negativity. Rather than allowing these blurbs of craziness to get us down, let’s reclaim the power through community and humor. We’ll laugh at ourselves and recognize that you truly can never please everyone.

Photo via Facebook / Compass Rose

by Andrew Ramonas December 20, 2016 at 9:00 am 0

Come Unto Me 14th Street BRIEF

DOH Closes 14th Street Wine Bar — The D.C. Department of Health shut down Barcelona Wine Bar (1622 14th St. NW) yesterday after an inspector found live roaches, standing water on the basement floor and no hot water. [Washingtonian]

Cops Nab Man Wanted in Logan Circle, Downtown Burglaries — Police have arrested 54-year-old Floyd Sellers of Southeast D.C. in connection with burglaries on the 1500 block of Church Street NW on Saturday, July 23, and on the 1100 block of 20th Street NW on Sunday, Dec. 11. [MPD]

City Paper Reviews U Street Corridor-Area Eatery’s Japanese SandwichWashington City Paper took a look at the Katsu Sandwich from Izakaya Seki (1117 V St. NW), calling it a “superb midday meal.” [Washington City Paper]

Borderstan to Cease Publication (Again) — We have some bad news, unfortunately. Borderstan will cease publication this Friday, Dec. 23. [Borderstan, Washingtonian, DCist, DC Inno]

by Tim Regan December 19, 2016 at 4:45 pm 0

Photo via Facebook / Pizzeria Paradiso

Borderstan Blueprint is a listing of interesting events for the week ahead across D.C. If you’d like to see your event featured, fill out our event submission form.

For more events, be sure to check out our event calendar.


6th Annual Red Theme Toy Drive Party
Eighteenth Street Lounge (1212 18th St. NW)
6-10 p.m.

Attendees can bring toys for “selected vulnerable and underserved children and families in our community.” The event includes an open bar and food.


Christmas Caroling
Dupont Circle Metro North Entrance
6-7:30 p.m.

Carolers from the nearby St. Thomas Episcopal and St. Margaret’s Episcopal churches and will sing Christmas songs outside of the Metro stop.

Give a Can, Get a Can
Pizzeria Paradiso (2003 P St. NW)
11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Patrons can trade in a can of soup for a canned beer during this event. All canned goods will be donated to local nonprofit Martha’s Table.


Special Holiday Drag Brunch
Nellie’s Sports Bar (900 U St. NW)
10:30 a.m.-3 p.m.

These two drag brunch shows will include musical entertainment, an all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet and a mimosa or bloody mary on the house.

Beyoncé Listening / Watch Party
Songbyrd Music House and Record Cafe (2477-2475 18th St. NW)
6:30-8 p.m.

The music-focused cafe is set to screen Beyoncé’s 2016 audio-visual album, “Lemonade.”


Decades (1219 Connecticut Ave. NW)
9 p.m.-2 a.m.

The “hottest holiday party in D.C.” is scheduled to kick off on Christmas Eve. The event will have three levels of music and more than a thousand people are expected to attend.

Photo via Facebook / Pizzeria Paradiso

by Andrew Ramonas December 19, 2016 at 3:50 pm 2 Comments

Police car lightA man fought off a knife-wielding would-be thief who tried to steal a bicycle with an accomplice in Shaw this past weekend, according to authorities.

The incident occurred on the 1500 block of 6th Street NW about 7:45 p.m. Sunday.

The man was smoking outside when he saw two people starting to cut the lock off a bike near P Street NW, police said. He then confronted them, and one of the individuals came at him with a kitchen knife.


by Tim Regan December 19, 2016 at 1:50 pm 0

Photo via Facebook / The AiredaleA bar in Columbia Heights is setting up its Festivus pole in anticipation of an annual holiday tradition.

The Airedale (3605 14th St. NW) is scheduled to hold its second annual “Festivus for the Rest of Us” party this Friday, Dec. 23, at 7 p.m.

For those not in the know, Festivus is a made-up secular holiday that first appeared in an episode of “Seinfeld.” The holiday falls on Dec. 23 and includes such trappings as “the airing of grievances,” “feats of strength,” “Festivus miracles” and the “Festivus pole.”

Keeping with the tradition, the bar will have a Festivus-themed menu and cocktails and holiday events. Patrons should expect to air grievances and perform feats of strength, as well, the bar said.

Photo via Facebook / The Airedale

by Andrew Ramonas December 19, 2016 at 12:20 pm 0

1400 block of 18th Street NW (Photo via Google Maps)Two men were stabbed and another man was punched during a “club-related” fight in Dupont Circle over the weekend, police said.

The violent confrontation happened on the 1400 block of 18th Street NW about 3 a.m. Sunday.

The victims and three other people were walking just east of the Dupont Circle NW traffic circle when two men approached the group and started arguing with them, according to authorities. The group eventually walked away from the two men.

But the men weren’t done with them yet.

The two men, now armed with knives, came up to the group again. The duo then stabbed two men in the group. One of the victims ended up with lacerations above his right ear. The other victim received a cut to his lower back and a puncture wound to his left shoulder.

A third victim was hit in the face, but wasn’t injured.

The suspects ran away soon after.

The two stabbing victims were treated on the scene and declined further medical attention.

Police haven’t released detailed descriptions of the suspects.

Photo via Google Maps

by December 19, 2016 at 10:30 am 17 Comments

Dupont Circle fountain, Jan. 12 2016

To our readers: we have some bad news, unfortunately. Borderstan will cease publication this Friday, Dec. 23.

Since relaunching the site in June 2015, we’ve brought you the latest local news, with original reporting about development, crime, restaurants and other happenings. We’re sorry we have to go, and we hope that we’ve helped to inform and, at times, entertain you over the past 19 months.

While we envisioned a professionally-staffed (Borderstan has two full-time co-editors) online local news publication for the dynamic mid-city neighborhoods of D.C., it has become clear our business model here is not working. Borderstan and publications like it rely on advertising sales to local businesses, and we simply have not received the traction we need to stay in business.

We’d like to thank the advertisers that did support us, including VIDA Fitness, MakeOffices, Kevin J. Wood, Price Benowitz LLP, BakeHouse, Lee Murphy of Washington Fine PropertiesSpotluck, AnytimeK9, CFS Events, DC Bocce League, Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center, Paintzen, Insomnia Escape Room and Cove. These are the companies that helped to support independent, local journalism for your community — please join us in thanking them for their business.

Borderstan’s sister websites, and Reston Now, will continue on as usual in Northern Virginia. Borderstan’s Tim Regan will be moving over to ARLnow, while Andrew Ramonas is leaving the company to pursue other opportunities.

If you have any questions, comments or musings, don’t hesitate to drop us a line via email or Twitter.

by Andrew Ramonas December 19, 2016 at 9:30 am 0

Mount Pleasant

(Updated at 3:45 p.m.)

Woman Kidnapped, Robbed in Mount Pleasant — Three men forced a woman into a van on the 1600 block of Monroe Street NW about 3:30 a.m. Sunday, assaulted her and robbed her before abandoning her near Woodley Park. [WTOP]

Cava Grill to Open in Shaw This Week — Cava Grill is set to arrive at 1921 8th St. NW Tuesday, with free servings of its fast-casual Mediterranean food from 5 to 8 p.m. [Washington City Paper]

Fire Breaks Out in Shaw — A fire erupted inside an apartment near 8th Street and Rhode Island Avenue NW yesterday. No injures were reported. [Twitter/D.C. Fire and EMS]

Wydown Coffee Bar Comes to H Street — The Wydown Coffee Bar made its debut at 600 H St. NE Saturday. [Twitter/The Wydown]

City Tap House to Open in Dupont —  City Tap House is slated to replace STK at 1250 Connecticut Ave. NW. STK closed over the weekend. [Bisnow]

by Andrew Ramonas December 16, 2016 at 3:45 pm 0

Logan Circle statue in winter

An ice scraper and an umbrella might come in handy this weekend.

A winter weather advisory is in effect from midnight Friday to 9 a.m. Saturday with sleet and freezing rain expected to come into the area, creating icy roads, according to the National Weather Service. The temperature Saturday eventually is expected to rise from the 20s to the 40s, turning the precipitation into rain.

On Sunday, the high temperature could reach the upper 50s. But showers are in the forecast.

Here’s what else you need to know to make the most of your weekend:


by Tim Regan December 16, 2016 at 2:25 pm 0

Thanks Obama Sign vandalized, photo courtesy of the Adams Morgan BIDTwo weeks ago, the kiosk near 18th Street and Columbia Road NW became a chalkboard where locals could leave messages for outgoing president Obama. Now, the sign may have to be taken down for a deep cleaning.

Someone vandalized the sign with red nail polish earlier this week, according to the Adams Morgan BID. The organization tweeted about the vandalization Wednesday.

“Suppose it was bound to happen eventually,” the BID tweeted. “Some genius decided to leave a note in red nail polish.”

Though the group is brushing up on its “nail polish removal tactics,” a representative said the sign may have to be removed soon for cleaning.

by Andrew Ramonas December 16, 2016 at 1:45 pm 0

Winter Restaurant Week (Image via Twitter/Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington)

Specially priced meals are scheduled to come to D.C. restaurants again this winter.

About four dozen eateries in the Borderstan coverage area are set to take part in the Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington’s Restaurant Week from Monday, Jan. 30, to Sunday, Feb. 5. The restaurants are slated to serve lunches and brunches for $22 and dinners for $35 from prix fixe menus.

The eateries include:


by Tim Regan December 16, 2016 at 12:15 pm 0

Photo via Facebook / Snow Day Bar CrawlDaytime revelers are planning to “drink ’til there’s snow tomorrow” at 11 Dupont Circle bars Saturday afternoon.

The planned festivities are part of this year’s “Snow Day Bar Crawl,” scheduled to take place Saturday, Dec. 17, from 2 to 10 p.m.

Tickets start at $40 and include a color-changing cup, drink specials and “an awesome crowd of snowbunnies to crawl the streets with,” organizers said.

The following bars are signed up to participate in the pub crawl:

  • Blackfinn
  • Front Page
  • Recessions
  • District Anchor
  • Dirty Martini
  • Public Bar
    Bottom Line
  • 1831 Bar and Lounge
  • Decades
  • Sign of the Whale

Photo via Snow Day Bar Crawl

by Andrew Ramonas December 16, 2016 at 10:45 am 0

DC Holiday Toyapalooza (Photo via Facebook/The Blaguard)

Giving a toy to a child in need can get visitors to an Adams Morgan bar a free beer tonight.

The Blaguard at 2003 18th St. NW is scheduled to host a “DC Holiday Toyapalooza” from 6 to 10 p.m., according to a Facebook event post. The toy drive benefits Communities In Schools of the Nation’s Capital, a nonprofit organization that works to stop local kids from dropping out of school.

“Bring a toy and get a free local beer,” the Facebook post says. “It’s that easy!”

Atlas Brew Works, DC Brau, 3 Stars and Port City will have 16 brews available to drink.

The beer list is slated to include:

-Town & Country
-La Saison De Brett
-Dance of Days
-Silent Neighbor

3 Stars
-Rasp Dissonance
-Starsky and Dutch
-Nectar of the Bogs

DC Brau
-Alpha Domina Mellis
-Stone of Arbroath
-Brau Pils

Port City
-Optimal Wit aged in bourbon barrels

“Celebrate the holidays with your favorite DC Breweries and help ensure every child has a great holiday season,” the Facebook post says.

Photo via Facebook/The Blaguard


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