by Tim Regan — May 26, 2016 at 9:00 am 0

U Street art BRIEF

Town Intends to Stay Put — Town Danceboutique, the popular gay club near the Atlantic Plumbing development, does not intend to close despite the sale of its building. “This sale was not a surprise to us and we have a great relationship with our new landlord who is excited to have us as their tenant,” the club said in a statement. “We also enjoy solid lease terms and we intend and fully expect to be throwing parties in our current location for years to come.” [DCist]

See Inside the Obamas’ Kalorama Home — This 8,200-square-foot mansion in Kalorama is where the Obamas will live. Here’s your chance to virtually step foot inside. [Washingtonian]

MPD Not Growing — 851 D.C. police officers have retired, resigned, were terminated, or died since 2014, and cops are continually walking away from the job, the City Paper reports. But why? Money, the increasing difficulty of the job and competition from other cities are to blame, say current and former members of the police force.  [Washington City Paper]

New Speed Camera on Irving St. NW — Heads up, Park View drivers. There’s a new speed camera in town. [Park View, D.C.]

by Tim Regan — May 25, 2016 at 4:45 pm 0

Pig roast photo courtesy of Dirty MartiniLocals will be able to go whole hog for free during a pig roast at Dirty Martini later this week.

The bar and lounge at 1223 Connecticut Ave. NW will host a pig roast Friday from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., according to a Facebook event post.

Bartenders will sling tiki drinks during the event, said bar representative Salaam Mufti. Portions of the roasted pig are free, Mufti said, as long as patrons buy at least one drink. The festivities will also include games of corn hole and “an overall nice BBQ type vibe,” Mufti added.

The bar hosts pig roasts on the last Friday of every month.

by Andrew Ramonas — May 25, 2016 at 3:55 pm 0

The Westin Washington, D.C. City Center at 1400 M St. NW

A man slipped into a downtown hotel room and got into bed with a woman without her permission as she slept early yesterday morning, police said.

The encounter occurred in The Westin Washington, D.C. City Center at 1400 M St. NW about 1:15 a.m. Tuesday.

The man didn’t force his way into the room before he laid next to the sleeping woman, according to authorities. But it wasn’t clear how he got in.

The victim awoke when the man started to rub and touch her right arm. The woman began to tussle with the man soon after, and he eventually left the room.

Morris Sherman, 38, was arrested in connection with the incident and charged with burglary.

Emily Barth, a lawyer who is representing him, wasn’t immediately available to comment.

A Westin representative didn’t have an immediate comment.

by Tim Regan — May 25, 2016 at 2:35 pm 0

Photo via Facebook :Columbia Heights initiativeA Columbia Heights nonprofit is inviting neighbors to clean up, then cook out in the neighborhood tonight.

Locals will meet at the office of the Columbia Heights Initiative (3400 11th St. NW) this evening at 5:30 p.m. to help beautify the surrounding streets. The cleanup will be followed by a cookout where neighbors can socialize and eat together.

“Join us for our monthly community clean ups,” reads a volunteer page. “Following each clean up will be a hangout where volunteers can spend time getting to know each other and building community.”

Click here to volunteer.

Photo via Facebook / Columbia Heights Initiative

by Tim Regan — May 25, 2016 at 1:35 pm 0

House catches fire in Shaw May 28

(Updated at 2:06 p.m.) A house under construction caught fire in Shaw this afternoon.

Authorities received a call for smoke billowing out of a three-story rowhome on the 900 block of Westminster St. NW at approximately 1:16 p.m. today, D.C. Fire and EMS spokesman Oscar Mendez said.

Dozens of firefighters rushed to the the scene at 1:18 p.m. and are currently working to douse the fire, which started in the attic of the building.

Nobody was injured during the blaze, said D.C. Fire and EMS spokesman Vito Maggiolo.

“It looks like [firefighters] have a handle on it,” Maggiolo added.

Authorities said the fire was accidental.

by Andrew Ramonas — May 25, 2016 at 12:30 pm 0

(Updated Friday at 5:11 p.m. with video of the incident. See above.) A man threatened to shoot a worker at a Columbia Heights restaurant in an attempted robbery yesterday afternoon, police said.

The incident happened in the IHOP on the 1400 block of Irving Street NW about 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.

The would-be thief made his threat with a handwritten note on a takeaway menu he gave to the IHOP employee, police said.

“This is a robbery,” the note said, according to authorities. “Don’t say sh-t, or I will blow your f–king brains out.”

But the man never showed a weapon and ran away after the worker said the cash register was empty.


by Tim Regan — May 25, 2016 at 10:25 am 0

A national coffee chain is slated to invade the 14th Street corridor by Memorial Day.

Peet’s Coffee and Tea is set to open its doors at 1829 14th St. NW on Monday, according to a sign on the door of the forthcoming business.

“We will be opening on Monday,” the sign reads. “Please stop back in for Peet’s love and coffee!”

Employees at two other Peet’s locations in D.C. confirmed the opening date.

When it opens, the new Peet’s will be located on the same block as Black Cat, Ted’s Bulletin, Bar Pilar and Source. The new coffee shop will also compete for customers against the nearby Wydown, Peregrine Espresso, Slipstream and Dolcezza coffee shops.

by Tim Regan — May 25, 2016 at 8:50 am 0

Dupont fountain birds BRIEF

Obama in Kalorama — It appears as though the Obamas are moving to the Kalorama neighborhood. Although it wasn’t immediately clear which house the first family might buy, there are plenty of lavish homes to choose from. [DCist; Washingtonian]

Developer Buys Land Near Atlantic Plumbing — An apartment developer apparently has plans for four parcels of land between V St. and Florida Ave. NW. An affiliate of Jefferson Apartment Group reportedly purchased the land — which includes the building that houses Town Danceboutique — for $25 million. [Washington Business Journal]

Noodle Pudding Pop-up Headed to Union Market — Toli Moli, which in March whipped up Burmese dessert drinks at Thip Khao, will pop up in Union Market starting June 1. [Washington City Paper]

Metro to Share News About Violent Crime — Metro will now notify the public about violent crimes on the day they happen. The decision comes after outcry over news of a rape on the Red Line was not shared with the public for more than a month. [Washington Post]

by Tim Regan — May 24, 2016 at 7:30 pm 0

Logan Circle Lululemon, photo via Google Street View(Updated at 11:46 a.m.) A man who claimed to have a knife robbed a Lululemon Athletica store in Logan Circle yesterday evening, according to D.C. Police.

The crime occurred at the store (1461 P St. NW) just before 6 p.m. yesterday evening, authorities said. An employee at that location said the store was closed but would not comment further when reached by phone last night.

According to a police report we obtained this morning, a man entered the store and asked about getting a job there. He then walked over to the sales counter and wrote something on a yellow post-it note, the report said.

“This is a robbery. Don’t say sh-t,” the note read, according to police.

The man then walked behind the counter and asked a woman who worked there to open the cash register. When the employee said she didn’t know how, the man replied that he had a knife and “will cut you.” He also told the employee that he would kill her if she called police.

The man stole a cash box from the register as well as an iPhone and a driver’s license before fleeing the store, police said.

According to a DC Alert notice, police were on the lookout for a person described as:

B/M, 5’10”, 175 lbs., wearing a white sweatshirt and blue jeans.

The suspect was last spotted buying a Gatorade at the VIDA Fitness on 17th St. NW, according to police.

Photo via Google Street View

by Andrew Ramonas — May 24, 2016 at 4:30 pm 0

Ghostbusters (Image via Wikimedia/Columbia Pictures)“Ghostbusters,” “Back to the Future” and other flicks are scheduled to get alfresco showings in Mount Vernon Square this summer.

Washington City Paper and Events DC are set to host an outdoor movie series with four films on the Carnegie Library grounds (801 K St. NW) from July 19 to Aug. 9, according to a representative for the organizers. The free screenings will begin at dusk.

The movies include:

  • “Ghostbusters” on July 19.
  • “Bridesmaids” on July 30.
  • “Back to the Future” on Aug. 2.
  • “The Princess Bride” on Aug. 9.

Image via Wikimedia/Columbia Pictures

by Andrew Ramonas — May 24, 2016 at 3:30 pm 0

A Shaw bar that had an assault last week can’t serve booze for now after D.C. regulators suspended its liquor license yesterday, according to District officials.

Karma Lounge and Bar at 1936 9th St. NW is barred from selling alcohol indefinitely, according to D.C. Alcoholic Beverage Control Board notices posted on its windows. But the panel is scheduled to hold a hearing to review its decision Thursday.

The suspension came after D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier last Thursday ordered Karma closed until the board could make a determination on whether to suspend the bar’s alcohol license, held by a man named Terfneh Kahsay, according to ABRA documents.

Kahsay owned the bar’s previous occupant, Salina Restaurant, which was the scene of a homicide in 2010. But he never transferred the liquor license to Efrem Alazar, who bought the business in November and started calling it Karma.

Borderstan’s efforts to reach a Karma representative for comment weren’t immediately successful.


by Tim Regan — May 24, 2016 at 2:00 pm 6 Comments

A business once planned to be a 24-hour diner on 19th St. NW is no more.

Olivia’s Diner (1120 19th St. NW) has closed its doors for good, according to a sign on the front door of the business. A PoPville reader first spotted the closure.

“It is with our deepest regret, but Olivia’s Diner is now permanently closed,” the sign reads. “We will miss being a part of this neighborhood and the friends we’ve made along the way.”

Though we were unable to reach owner Thomas Marr for comment, it’s possible the restaurant fell victim to the same sagging sales that felled other nearby eateries Sophie’s Cuban, Science Club, Protein Bar, Noodles and Company, Smith and Wollensky, Melt Shop and others.

by Tim Regan — May 24, 2016 at 1:30 pm 1 Comment

John_Fanning_BorderstanA longstanding member of Logan Circle’s ANC has been chosen to help represent the District during the upcoming Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.

John Fanning, who serves as chair of ANC 2F, will likely head to the convention in July with a list of other delegates that includes D.C. Councilmembers Jack Evans and Brianne Nadeau, according to the preliminary election results from the May 21 D.C. Democratic Pre-Primary Qualifying Caucus.

“It’s an honor to have been selected by the voters in Wards 1, 2 ,6 and 8… and to represent them at the Democratic National Convention,” Fanning told us via email.

Fanning, along with Evans, Nadeau and other local figures, have pledged as delegates to cast a vote for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

But getting elected wasn’t easy. According to Metro Weekly, Fanning and 59 other delegate hopefuls faced an election where “the methods of selection are so oblique, the process so tangled, it’s no wonder the average voter is clueless.”


by Andrew Ramonas — May 24, 2016 at 12:00 pm 0

"S is for Shaw" advertising Walter E. Washington Convention Center

Shaw has earned some national recognition for the efforts of a neighborhood business group to help revitalize the community, while preserving the area’s historic character.

Shaw Main Streets yesterday picked up a 2016 “Great American Main Street Award” for its work to create what it calls a “sustainable, self-sufficient business district” along the 7th and 9th Street commercial corridors. In addition to Shaw Main Streets, similar organizations in Orlando, Fla., and Dahlonega, Ga., received the honor from the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s National Main Street Center at a conference in Milwaukee.

“Shaw’s transformation in the last 13 years has been truly remarkable,” National Main Street Center president and CEO Patrice Frey said in a statement. “To bring the neighborhood back from the devastating 1968 riots and the decades of disinvestment that followed while infusing the district’s historic character with new energy and resources, is a tremendous testament to Shaw Main Street’s effective leadership.”

Alexander M. Padro, the executive director of Shaw Main Streets, said Monday was a “great day” for the neighborhood, highlighting the benefits of the new City Market at O development, the restored Howard Theatre and the revamped Wonder Bread factory work space.

“The award recognizes the dedicated work of hundreds of volunteers and the support of the community and the city as a whole in revitalizing our commercial corridors and some of the nation’s most important African American landmarks,” he said in a statement. “Now we have yet another reason to be proud as we live, work, shop, play and pray in the neighborhood where D.C. comes together.”

Shaw is the third community in the District to get the Great American Main Street Award since the National Main Street Center started bestowing the honor in 1995. The other D.C. winners were H Street in 2013 and Barracks Row in 2005.

by Tim Regan — May 24, 2016 at 10:30 am 0

Dupont Chillers update sign

Two stations on Metro’s Red Line will likely be hotter than normal again this summer.

The Dupont Circle and Farragut North stations will begin the hot season without air conditioning thanks to broken pieces of equipment known as “chillers,” WMATA said earlier this month.

“Both Dupont Circle and Farragut North stations are cooled by a common chiller plant that is located in the median of Connecticut Avenue opposite the Farragut North L Street entrance,” read a press release. “Delivery of chilled air to the stations has been disrupted by a leak in the underground line that runs between the chiller plant and the stations.”

In order to fix the problem, Metro will dig up a portion of Connecticut Avenue and repair that leaky line. Though the transit agency has said the chillers could come back online as soon as July, we all know Metro has an issue with unexpected delays.

So, we want to know: do you think Metro will actually fix these chillers by July, or are we in for a red hot summer on the Red Line?


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