by Borderstan.com June 14, 2013 at 2:00 pm 0

From Mathew Harkins. Email him at mharkins[AT]borderstan.com.

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Outdoor seating opening today at Maddy’s Taproom. (Luis Gomez Photos)

As we first reported here a few weeks ago, Maddy’s Taproom is finally opening up their outdoor seating area today. The barriers delineating the dining area from the sidewalk were installed earlier this week, followed by brand new tables and chairs.

As previously noted, this outdoor area is located on the L Street side of the location at 13th and L Street. The tables and chairs being set out will be able to accommodate 50 customers. If all goes well, the outdoor seating may eventually expand onto 13th Street, opening up the ability to serve another 45 customers.

With these two areas in place, Maddy’s will double the seating capacity and get you out into the sunlight while enjoying some of the 40 beers on tap and the “Texican” food it has become known for.

What To Expect Outside

As previously reported, the new outdoor areas will be operating from 11 am until midnight, seven days a week. The menus will remain the same both for inside and outside seating and, very importantly, you’ll still be able to enjoy happy hour pricing while basking in the sun. And don’t forget that this new outdoor area is dog-friendly, so you don’t have to feel bad about leaving your dog at home when you’re heading out for a drink or a bite to eat.

It’s not likely that Maddy’s had your dad in mind when setting today as the opening day for the outdoor seating, but with Father’s Day right around the corner, this makes for a great outdoor brunch location.

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by Borderstan.com May 28, 2013 at 11:30 am 0

From Mathew Harkins. Email him at mharkins[AT]borderstan.com.

"Maddy"

Maddy’s Taproom at 13th and L Streets NW. (Luis Gomez Photos)

Maddy’s Taproom, recently anointed one of the best brunch locations in Borderstan, has a surprise in store for old and new patrons. Likely beginning this week, Maddy’s will officially be opening up the first phase of a new outdoor seating area. On the L Street side of this corner bar, there will be brand new tables and chairs to accommodate 50 customers.

After a month or two, there are plans to set out seating for another 45 customers on the 13th Street side of the establishment. With these two areas in place, Maddy’s will double the seating capacity and get you out into the sunlight while enjoying some of the 40 beers on tap and the “Texican” food it has become known for.

What To Expect Outside

The new outdoor areas will be operating from 11 am until midnight, seven days a week. You’ll still be able to order food off the same menu, enjoy the same brunch and get the same happy hour prices that you already do inside. Maybe most importantly though, the new outdoor areas will be dog friendly, complete with water bowls for your thirsty canine friends.

To keep things even more interesting, Maddy’s will be featuring special events in the new outdoor areas, like scotch and cigar nights. There is no set date yet for when these events will begin, but expect to hear about the first one sometime in the near future.

Maddy’s In Borderstan

Maddy’s Taproom, located at 1100 13th Street NW, opened this past October as an offshoot of Maddy’s Bar and Grill in Dupont Circle. Since then, it has become one of the most popular places to head to for a beer at the southern end of Borderstan. Staked out amongst Au Bon Pain, Dominos Pizza and Quiznos, Maddy’s is one of only a handful of places in this corporate area conducive to good post-work happy hours as well as settling in and getting to know the friendly and helpful bartenders.

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by Borderstan.com September 18, 2012 at 8:00 am 1,239 0

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Meridian Charter School will show off its renovations. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Rachel Nania. Check out her blog, Sear, Simmer & Stir. Follow Nania on Twitter @rnania, email her at rachel[AT]borderstan.com.

On Wednesday, September 19, Meridian Public Charter School will open its brand new doors to the community during an open house celebration at the school’s new 13th and V Street NW location from 11 am to noon.

For about a year, Meridian has been renovating the 1890s-era Harrison school building in the heart of the U Street NW neighborhood. The $16 million project includes state-of-the-art instructional spaces, an enclosed playground and a 12,000 square-foot addition with a cafeteria, multipurpose room, and media room for the charter school’s 530 local students. Meridian’s former building was a 1930s Manhattan Laundry building on Florida Avenue NW.

“The old building served us well when we started out more than a decade ago, but now we need more space and specialized facilities to reach the next academic level,” said Chris Siddall, a strategy and operations consultant who serves on the Boards and building steering committees at Washington Latin and Meridian Public Charter School. “We could have found a good building for our students in another part of the city, but waited until the right one to come along so we could keep serving the community we grew up with.”

Meridian’s grand opening celebration will include a few speeches from school leaders, music and readings from the students and some words from some of DC’s leading political and education figures. Mayor Vincent Gray, Councilmember Jim Graham, School Board Member Patrick Mara and Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton are expected to attend the opening event.

“With a lease of up to 50 years, Meridian will become a long term anchor for our thriving community,” said Siddall. “U Street has become an education hub with several related non-profits, community-based lenders focused on schools, after-school programs and traditional public and charter schools. I look forward to even closer collaboration with this community to meet the needs of the neighborhood, as well as the broader District.”

Meridian (2120 13th Street NW) is a co-educational elementary and middle school starting at early childhood and continuing through the eighth grade. For more information on the event, or to RSVP to the opening, contact Maggie Yue at [email protected].

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by Borderstan.com September 4, 2012 at 10:00 am 1,458 2 Comments

From Rachel Nania. Check out her blog, Sear, Simmer & Stir. Follow Nania on Twitter @rnania, email her at rachel[AT]borderstan.com.

The JBG Cos. has announced a proposal for a $600,000 community benefits package that will accompany it’s upcoming residential-retail complex at the southwest corner of 13th and U Streets NW.

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The residential-retail complex coming to 13th and NW. (Courtesy JBG Cos.)

Representatives from JBG discussed the benefits package with community members at an open meeting on August 23. Until earlier this year, JBG was considering a hotel for the site, which was met with community resistance

The JBG Cos. is also the leading developer on the Louis at 14th and U as well as other projects in the area, including The District apartments at 14th and S, an unnamed project at 8th and Florida NW and another planned for the “Atlantic Plumbing” lots near the 9:30 Club.

Use of Funds

JBG recently enlisted a task force of various community members to help develop a plan for the distribution of the funds. The benefits will “deliver” when JBG gets its certificate of occupancy for the site.

  • Mitigate construction impacts to neighbors, $100,000: This allowance would help the neighbors on the north side of Wallach Place (immediately behind the project) improve their fences or garage doors and provide 24/7 access to the alley during construction.
  •  Provide public space improvements, $50,000: To be used for improving the street-scape along 13th Street NW (between U Street and the alley) and the plaza at the Starbucks on the southeast corner of 13th and U Streets.
  • Mitigate traffic and parking impacts on the existing neighborhood, $125,000: This money will be spent on creating a management plan to asses the impact of the development on neighborhood parking and traffic. This allotment will also be used to offer Metro, Zipcar and/or Capital Bikeshare benefits to building residents and to potentially fund a Capital Bikeshare station at the southwest corner of 13th and U Streets NW.
  • Fund community education and/or recreational facilities and programs: $250,000: The largest component of the package will go towards funding new equipment and improvements at the Harrison Recreation Center, funding after-school programs through local nonprofits, offsetting the budget shortfall at Meridian Public Charter School, renovating the field at Garrison Elementary and providing improvements at St. Augustine School.
  • Assist in the creation of a Business Improvement District (BID), $75,000.
  • In addition to the $600,000 in benefits listed above, the building will dedicate 9 percent of the units as affordable housing.

 Stay tuned to Borderstan.com for more information and further developments on the proposed funding.

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