by Andrew Ramonas October 5, 2016 at 4:45 pm 1 Comment

A coffeehouse on the 14th street corridor now is serving beer, wine and cocktails, along with its java.

The Wydown Coffee Bar at 1924 14th St. NW began offering the booze last month, after working since last year to get a liquor license.

General manager Nazia Khan added in an email today:

*The Wydown’s new menu features 8 wines, 3 beers, and 4 craft cocktails.

*Beer, wine, and mimosas are available starting at 9am and cocktails are available starting at 4pm daily. We have extended hours to remain open until 8:30 Sunday through Thursday, and 10:30pm on Friday and Saturday. Coffee and espresso will remain available at all times.

*The cocktails are made from fresh, made-in-house ingredients, including a gin and house tonic, an old fashioned with house coffee bitters and cascara syrup, and a seasonal punch with gin, fresh pineapple syrup, oleo saccharum, lemon and Moroccan mint tea.

*The wine offerings include white, red, rose, and sparkling options. We are particularly enjoying the Evodia, a full bodied, fruity garnacha from Spain and the peachy, medium bodied White Hall Viognier, from a local Virginia vineyard.

Photos courtesy of Nazia Khan

by Andrew Ramonas September 30, 2016 at 12:30 pm 0

Future home of J. Crew Men's Shop at 1618 14th St. NW (Photo courtesy of Luis Gomez Photos)

(Updated at 4:05 p.m.) J. Crew is scheduled to start selling men’s clothing in an infamous Logan Circle building in the coming months.

The retailer’s Men’s Shop is slated to open at 1618 14th St. NW in November, according to signs spotted on the forthcoming store’s windows today. The 14th Street building once was known for its “men’s parties” sex club events, which came to an end after a man died there in 2009.

The new signage features a man with a suit and a tie hammering a nail near text that says, “Caution: Gentlemen at Work.”

The clothing chain announced last October it would open a shop in Logan Circle. It started to look for people to work there in March.

J. Crew also is planning to put in a Madewell women’s clothing store on 14th Street. It isn’t clear when or exactly where that store will open.

A J. Crew representative wasn’t immediately available to comment.

Photo courtesy of Luis Gomez Photos

by Andrew Ramonas September 30, 2016 at 11:30 am 0

Salt & Sundry plants (Photo via Instagram/Salt & Sundry)

A new shop specializing in cacti, succulents and stationary is set to replace Salt & Sundry near the 14th Street corridor in the coming months.

Little Leaf from Salt & Sundry owner Amanda McClements is slated to land at 1401 S St. NW this winter, according to an online announcement. Salt & Sundry, which has occupied the storefront since 2014, is scheduled to move to a larger space in The Mission building at 1625 14th St. NW when Little Leaf arrives.

“Salt & Sundry’s little sister will give us more space to share the things we love — cacti and succulents, great quality stationery, desk accessories, handcrafted ceramics and more,” the announcement says. “We’re excited to grow and continue supporting makers and artists — both in DC and beyond.”

Salt & Sundry, which sells candles, bar supplies, dishes and other home goods, has one other store in Union Market. That location opened in 2012.

Photo via Instagram/Salt & Sundry

by Andrew Ramonas September 29, 2016 at 8:55 am 0

Madewell bag (Photo via Instagram/Madewell)The 14th Street corridor is set to get a Madewell.

It wasn’t immediately clear when or exactly where the women’s clothing store from J. Crew will open. But J. Crew last week posted job openings for a new Madewell on 14th Street NW in the 20009 zip code, which includes Logan Circle.

An eagle-eyed blogger tweeted about the forthcoming shop today, saying it appeared to be taking over the former Timothy Paul space at 1529 14th St. NW.

A Madewell representative didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

Madewell will have two stores in the District, with the addition of a 14th Street location. The retailer’s only D.C. shop is in Georgetown right now.

J. Crew also is slated to open a men’s store at 1618 14th St. NW in a building once known for  “wrestling club” and “men’s parties” sex club events.

That shop started looking for workers in March. But it isn’t clear when the store will arrive.

Photo via Instagram/Madewell

by Tim Regan August 22, 2016 at 2:30 pm 0

1500 R St. NW, photo via Street ViewA group of thieves held two people at gunpoint and robbed them near 14th Street over the weekend, according to D.C. Police.

The robbery happened on the 1500 block of R St. NW just after 3 a.m. Saturday. The area where the crime occurred is a little more than a block from the busy 14th Street corridor.

A man and a woman were walking west on R Street when three people walked out of an alley and approached them, according to a police report. One of those people pulled out a silver handgun, pointed it at the man’s head and demanded the duo hand over their property.

The man and the woman put up their hands, prompting two of the robbers to go through the victims’ pockets. The thieves took an iPhone, $110, a wallet and a passport before heading east on R Street, the police report noted.

Authorities did not release a description of the suspected robbers.

Photo via Google Street View

by Andrew Ramonas August 12, 2016 at 9:50 am 0

(Updated at 10:05 a.m.) A 14th Street eatery known for its ice cream and coffee is set to resume business today after a short closure.

Love n’ Faith Community Cafe at 2424 14th St. NW is slated to unlock its doors again at noon, according to a tweet from the restaurant this morning.

Last night, a handwritten note on a marker board near the front door of the restaurant said the eatery was “closed until further notice.” This morning, no one picked up the phone at the eatery, which normally opens at 7 a.m.

“We apologize for any inconvenience,” the marker board message said.

Founded in 2014, the cafe specializes in homemade ice cream, locally roasted coffee, desserts, salads, turkey chili and panini sandwiches, according to its website.

by Alyse Mier July 20, 2016 at 4:50 pm 0

Avid tomato eaters will have a chance to indulge their taste buds in a series of dishes with the fruit on the 14th Street corridor next week.

Cafe Saint-Ex (1847 14th St. NW) is hosting its inaugural “Tomato Week” from Monday until next Sunday, July 31. Diners will have the option to order from a special menu with a variety of tomato-based dishes, Cafe Saint-Ex general manager Zeina Badran said.

“We wanted to highlight the seasonality and the freshness,” she said. “Most people don’t know that we do a lot of farm-to-table and use a lot of locally grown produce. There is nothing better than heirloom, or locally grown tomatoes.”


by Andrew Ramonas July 19, 2016 at 1:15 pm 2 Comments

14th and U-streets NW (Photo via Google Maps)A man flashed a gun at a driver in a road rage confrontation near 14th and U streets NW over the weekend, according to a police report Borderstan obtained today.

The incident happened on the 1900 block of 14th Street NW about 4 a.m. Sunday.

The victim was changing lanes as he approached U Street when another driver pulled up alongside him, authorities said. The new arrival, who had is car window down, then asked the victim what he was doing.

The victim said he moved into another lane.


by Andrew Ramonas July 8, 2016 at 11:30 am 2 Comments

(Updated at 11:45 a.m.) A men’s clothing store on the 14th Street corridor is shutting down.

Starting today, Universal Gear is having a closing sale at all of its shops, including its location at 1919 14th St. NW, according to an email sent to its customers this morning.

It wasn’t immediately clear when the D.C. shop’s last day of business will be. But the sale will continue “until every item is sold,” the email says.

“We thank you for your support and friendship during our 23 years of business and have enjoyed being a part of the DC and NY communities,” the email says. “We look forward to seeing you during our closing sale.”

by Andrew Ramonas June 20, 2016 at 2:40 pm 0

Police car lightA thief knocked a man unconscious in a robbery on the 14th Street corridor over the weekend, police said.

The violent robbery happened on the 1900 block of 14th Street NW about 3:30 a.m. Sunday.

The victim and another man were walking in an alley near the SoulCycle and Trader Joe’s in the area when three men approached them, police said.

“Hey, how are you doing?” one of the men asked the victims before one of his accomplices punched the victims, according to authorities.


by Tim Regan May 16, 2016 at 10:15 pm 0

Police_Cruiser(Updated at 8:24 a.m. Tuesday) A man stabbed another man multiple times near the 14th Street corridor late last night, according to D.C. Police.

Police said the crime occurred on the 1300 block of S Street NW around 9:40 p.m. last night.

“Officers were in the 1300 block of S St. NW when they heard a commotion in the block,” wrote Randy Griffin, a police captain, in an email to the Third District listserv. “The officers investigated and found a victim suffering from multiple lacerations. The officers were able to apprehend the suspect and placed the suspect under arrest.”

Griffin continued: “My gratitude is extended to the officers that were exactly where they needed to be at the appropriate moment for the sake of the victim, the suspect, and the neighboring citizens.”

Police have not yet released the suspect’s name.

We’ll update this story as we know more.

by Andrew Ramonas December 9, 2015 at 11:00 am 0

EatonvilleEatonville’s days are numbered on the 14th Street corridor as its owner prepares to transform the Southern restaurant into a “new and exciting venue” early next year, a representative of the eatery announced yesterday.

According to a Facebook post titled “A New Chapter for Eatonville Restaurant,” the eatery at 2121 14th St. NW is set to close for a “makeover” in late January. Owner Andy Shallal then is slated to usher in a “fresh new menu, an extensive beverage program and our signature Food and Folklore series with guest chefs, authors and folklorists” in February, the post says.

Further details on the changes to the restaurant are expected to emerge in the coming weeks, the post adds.


by Andrew Ramonas December 3, 2015 at 3:40 pm 0

Two clothing retailers on the 14th Street corridor have been burglarized multiple times since last month, workers at the shops told Borderstan today.

A burglar or burglars hit Universal Gear at 1919 14th St. NW and Filson at 1534 14th St. NW twice during the past few weeks, taking coats each time. The total value of the stolen goods wasn’t clear.

At Universal Gear, which sells designer men’s clothing, a thief or thieves broke through windows on Nov. 8 and Dec. 1, grabbing “a lot” of winter coats, said Yeme Mengistu, the store’s director of operations.

A video police released today in connection with the Dec. 1 burglary shows someone throwing something at the shop’s window to shatter it. The person then climbed through the broken window and reemerged with coats about 2:30 a.m.

At Filson, which is owned by luxury retailer Shinola, a burglar or burglars struck on Nov. 21 and less than a week later on Thanksgiving, said Emilie Ptaszynski, a store employee. The thief or thieves broke in through Filson’s front door both times.

The store is planning to make its doorframe sturdier, Ptaszynski said. But for now, the door is boarded up.

“I think with the right doorframe, we’ll be fine,” she said.

by Andrew Ramonas November 9, 2015 at 2:50 pm 0


Candlelit indoor cycling set to the beat of “rocking music” is scheduled to arrive on the 14th Street corridor this week, SoulCycle announced today.

SoulCycle is slated to open a location Thursday in the former DTLR space at 1935 14th St. NW. The spinning studio will have 56 stationary bicycles, retail space and locker rooms with showers and USB ports for cyclists who sign up for its 45-minute workouts.

“We can’t wait for you to check it out,” SoulCycle said in an email to its D.C. cyclists this morning.

The 14th Street studio will be SoulCycle’s fourth outpost in the District. It also has locations in Georgetown, Mount Vernon Square and West End.

by June 26, 2013 at 8:00 am 0


14th and V NW: From AM-PM Carry Out to Diego. (Luis Gomez Photos)

One more restaurant opening on the 14th Street corridor will be happening this summer. Diego will join the latest opening of Piola, Taqueria Nacional, bar di Bari and Kapnos (the last one now scheduled for July 5).

We have been looking at the transformation of the AM-PM Carry Out to Diego at the northwest corner of 14th and V Streets NW; Eatonville and Busboys & Poets  are already at that intersection. Now, after months of dealing with city permits and a lengthy renovation process, the Tex Mex restaurant NW restaurant is gearing up, probably for a late summer opening. Diego is owned by brothers Tony and Michael Askarinam, proprietors of Dupont Italian Kitchen on 17th Street NW.

With two levels, outdoor seating and a Tex-Mex menu it will be hard to wait for it.  Missy Frederick at Eater DC has more details.

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