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by Tim Regan — August 27, 2015 at 3:40 pm 129 0

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A vegan restaurant by the owner of Sticky Fingers bakery is set to debut its wood-fired margarita stromboli, chocolate-espresso torta, and mushroom and spinach spanikopita next month on 14th Street NW.

HillNow, a Borderstan sibling publication, reported this afternoon that forthcoming eatery Fare Well will pop up at G by Mike Isabella (2201 14th St. NW) for dinners on Sept. 21 and 22.

The restaurant is expected to open on the H Street corridor later this year.

The pop-up’s dinner menu has a dozen items, including small plates, mains and sweets. In addition to the stromboli, torta and spanikopita, the food includes cashew and almond burrata, roasted pepper and tofu frittata strata, and berry shortcake, among other dishes.

Fare Well also will have complimentary bread and infused olive oil for customers who attend the pop-up dinners.

Locals interested in the meals can make reservations by calling G at 202-234-5015. Seating begins at 6 p.m.

Photo via Instagram/Fare Well

by Tim Regan — August 27, 2015 at 11:40 am 491 0

Metro bus crash at 14th and U streets NW

(Updated at 11:48 a.m.) A near-collision involving a Metro bus at the intersection of 14th and U streets NW sent at least two riders to the hospital with minor injuries earlier today.

A Metro spokesperson said a car swerved in front of a 52 bus heading southbound on 14th Street NW near the intersection around 10:30 a.m. today. To avoid a collision, the driver of the bus applied the brake suddenly, lurching several passengers forward.

D.C. Fire and EMS spokesperson Oscar Mendez said two riders were taken to the hospital with minor injuries following the near-accident. A Metro spokesperson said four riders were transported to the hospital.

Both Mendez and the Metro spokesperson said the riders were likely transported to the hospital as a precaution.

Image via D.C. Fire and EMS Twitter

by Tim Regan — August 27, 2015 at 8:00 am 356 0

Car crash at 14th and Q NW

D.C. Fire and EMS crews took one person to the hospital after four cars collided near the intersection of 14th and Q streets NW last night.

Authorities say two SUVs and two sedans crashed into one another just before 7:22 p.m., causing several bystanders to call 911. Crews arrived on the scene by 7:25 p.m.

D.C. Fire and EMS spokesperson Oscar Mendez said that, although the crash caused no fires or triggered any airbags, one person was taken to the hospital in serious but non-life-threatening condition.

According to witness reports of the accident, emergency crews left the scene around 7:50 p.m.

Image courtesy of Nick Choate

by Sean Meehan — August 26, 2015 at 4:55 pm 103 0

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Activist Angela Davis, revolutionary and activist Bill Ayers and “The Color Purple” author Alice Walker will help Busboys and Poets celebrate its 10th anniversary at a party in October.

The event will take place on Oct. 2 at the local chain’s Brookland location at 625 Monroe St .NE. Tickets to the celebration are available online for $45. For an extra $30, partygoers can purchase a VIP ticket, giving them entry to a pre-party reception with Walker, Davis and Jeff Zinn, the son of historian and activist Howard Zinn. The VIP reception is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m., with the main party following at 8.

The festivities will include champagne, hors d’oeuvres and music by local DJs Ayescold and Nativesun.

A spokesperson for Busboys and Poets said that more special guests will be announced in the coming weeks.

by Tim Regan — August 20, 2015 at 2:05 pm 437 0

Passenger Menu

We now know a little more of what to expect from the hotly anticipated new 14th Street NW cocktail bar being opened by Tom Brown of The Passenger and Hogo fame.

Brown handed out a sample menu for his new bar, Left Door (1345 S Street NW), during an ANC 1B ABR committee meeting held at the Thurgood Marshall Center last night.

If the sample menu is any indication of things to come, future patrons should expect drinks such as Manhattans made with barrel-aged vermouth and Canadian rye whiskey; vesper cocktails made with potato vodka, gin and two types of aperitif wines; and a $55 spin on a French 75 cocktail made with vintage champagne, aged rye whiskey, lemon and honey.

The bar will also likely serve wine by the glass — including Cristal champagne — and bar snacks like roasted nuts, marinated olives and pickled vegetables.

Brown teased the new bar in the Washington Post in April.

“It’s more of an adult cocktail bar,” Brown told the Post. “We’re focusing on the total guest experience, with high-end audio, not just drinks. It’s going to be a respite from the craziness of U Street.”

Brown said at last night’s meeting he hopes to open Left Door by October.

by Tim Regan — August 20, 2015 at 9:50 am 6,649 1 Comment

Barcelona, photo via Street View(Updated at 3:20 p.m.) A masked man was arrested last night while waving a knife and threatening patrons at popular 14th Street NW bar and restaurant Barcelona.

Police say Akintola Olowofoyeku was arrested around 12:41 a.m. this morning after he entered the eatery wearing a ski mask and holding a knife. It was unclear whether Olowofoyeku was attempting to rob patrons or the restaurant itself, say police.

Erick Sanchez says he was dining with friends at the restaurant after 11 p.m. when the masked man started pounding on the windows.

“This guy creeped up by the window in a ski mask and banged on the glass,” Sanchez says. “Our waitress started running toward the back and then the guy bolted in.”

Sanchez says the man then pulled out a knife and darted toward the bar and cash registers, but was apprehended by a bartender.

“He pulled out a knife when a bartender came from behind him and knocked him out [with a] clean blow the head,” says Sanchez.

Police say that two people held the alleged robber down while they waited for officers to arrive.

“It was definitely scary and a good amount of folks just fled the place,” Sanchez says.

Alex Curley, Barcelona’s area director, says the bartender who punched the would-be robber would rather not comment on what happened.

Though Curley didn’t witness the incident, he said he reviewed camera footage and spoke with employees who were there to get a sense of what happened.

“It was crazy,” Curely says. “We’ve never seen anything like this happen before. This is an awesome neighborhood, so it was like, what the hell is this?”

Some people are already calling the bartender a hero, Curley says.

“He acted on complete instinct. He saw that people were in danger, he saw that something was wrong, and he acted on his own personal instinct,” says Curley. “In that light … he is a hero. We averted what could have been bad.”

This afternoon, Sanchez started a “Give the Hero at Barcelona a Tip” IndieGoGo page to collect money for the bartender.

“I hope we can give him a nice little token of our appreciation,” Sanchez says.

Photo via Google Street View

by Tim Regan — August 19, 2015 at 2:35 pm 103 0

Cove in Columbia Heights, photo courtesy of Cove

A new coworking space has opened in Columbia Heights.

Cove announced today it opened a new location in the Tivoli Theatre building at 3343 14th St. NW.

Employees and guests celebrated the grand opening with breakfast.

The new, two-floor location has two four-seat conference rooms, two call boxes and is located near the Columbia Heights Metro station.

Cove is a company frequently used by small businesses and freelance workers. Its business model is based on selling membership access to spaces where workers can use Wi-Fi, desks, electrical outlets and conference spaces.

Photo courtesy of Cove

by Tim Regan — August 11, 2015 at 2:30 pm 457 0

7-Eleven on 14th Street NW

A controversial petition launched to protest the opening of a 14th Street NW 7-Eleven store was successful, says its creator.

The Change.org petition originally called for residents to rise up against a new 7-Eleven convenience store coming to the ground floor of the Solea condo building at 2300 14th Street NW.

Ezra Weinblatt, who lives in the condo and originally filed the petition, told Borderstan in July he was “not impressed by the processed and sugary foods that they sell,” and hoped “to get enough support behind the opposition to … demonstrate that the neighborhood would rather have a more local bodega, clothier or anything else.”

Though 300 people went on to sign Weinblatt’s petition, not all of the feedback it garnered was positive. CityLab’s Kriston Capps wrote in July that the petition smacked of “crypto-classism.”

And yesterday, PoPville declared that the petition had failed because it couldn’t prevent the embattled 7-Eleven from posting its permits on the window and moving forward with renovations.

While Weinblatt acknowledges that the petition failed to stop the new 7-Eleven, he says his petition was ultimately a success.

“It wasn’t a failure,” says Weinblatt. “We wanted to raise awareness that the community objected to another insipid corporate fast food type establishment.”

“Given that there are only 50 units in the building and over 300 people from every race and class in the neighborhood signed the petition, the effort was successful,” he says.

One thing Weinblatt says he didn’t anticipate is that his original petition would be so controversial.

“I had no idea I would have so many detractors,” Weinblatt says. “I thought this was a slam dunk. The petition was accused of being classist. It couldn’t be anything further from the truth.”

“There’s such an epidemic with obesity. It’s sad,” Weinblatt adds. “I don’t know exactly how people who think they’re defending the underdog when they’re supporting food and lifestyle choices that are actually oppressive to them.”

Now that the 7-Eleven has moved closer to opening, will Weinblatt boycott it?

“I’m not going to support it for the first 6 months,” Weinblatt says. “But I wouldn’t rule it out [later]. It’s not going to stay open because I buy a bottle of water once every six months.”

by Tim Regan — August 7, 2015 at 4:30 pm 535 0

Popular U Street eatery Bistro La Bonne has quietly returned with a new location and a new name.

Though the restaurant reportedly closed its U Street NW location in May, Owner Daniel Labonne says he reopened the restaurant at 2436 14th Street NW under the name La Bonne Bistro in June.

Sudhouse now occupies the bistro’s old space on U Street.

Despite the new location and name, Labonne says the menu, its staff and atmosphere are similar to how they were before.

La Bonne Bistro shares its new space with another former U Street restaurant, Creme.

by Tim Regan — August 2, 2015 at 6:15 pm 4,759 0

Police Car(Updated at 7:46 p.m.) A man was forced into a van at gunpoint and sexually assaulted in Columbia Heights on Friday night, D.C. Police say.

According to police, a man was walking near 14th Street and Parkwood Place NW around 8 p.m. when he was approached by another man holding a gun. Police say the gun-wielding man then forced the victim into a white van and sexually assaulted him.

Police are currently on the lookout for two men. One suspect is described as “Hispanic,” six-foot-one to six-foot-two inches tall, 22 to 27 years of age, slim with short, black curly hair and was last seen wearing an orange shirt and grey sweat pants.

The other is described as having a “light complexion,” heavyset and 17 to 19 years of age.

At least five other men of unknown descriptions were also involved, say police.

Anyone who has information regarding this case should call police at 202-727-9099.  Additionally, information may be submitted to the TEXT TIP LINE by text messaging 50411.

DC Crime Solvers currently offers a reward of up to $1,000 to anyone who provides information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for an assault committed in the District of Columbia.

by Tim Regan — July 30, 2015 at 1:45 pm 112 0

14th and R streets NW, Shinola

Luxury brand Shinola announced today it will open its long-awaited 14th Street store on September 3.

Shinola is a high-end retailer that sells upscale — and pricey — leather goods, bicycles, watches and other accessories.

The 5,000-square-foot-store, located at 1631 14th Street NW, will “stay as true to the original build as possible, keeping the original black and white travertine floor, moulded ceiling and additional details from the era alongside traditional Shinola fixtures,” according to a press release.

Though the press release mentions the building’s original use as a Studebaker showroom, it does not mention the building’s most recent role as the Central Union Mission shelter.

Shinola’s temporary shop at 1534 14th Street NW will be occupied by Shinola’s sister brand, Filson.

by Tim Regan — July 24, 2015 at 10:30 am 214 0

D.C. Police are seeking the public’s help in identifying two men connected to a violent robbery that occurred in a 14th Street NW alley last month.

According police, a man was robbed and beaten in an alley by three people on June 26 around 2:05 a.m.

In a video released yesterday by police, two male persons of interest are shown driving up to, entering and mulling about a convenience store.

Police are seeking information regarding the two men.

Crime Solvers of Washington, DC currently offers a reward of up to $1,000 to anyone who provides information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for a crime committed in the District of Columbia. Your assistance is appreciated by your community.

Anyone who can identify these individuals or who has knowledge of this incident should take no action but call police at (202) 727-9099 or text your tip to the Department’s TEXT TIP LINE at 50411.

Video via MPD

by Jared Holt — July 21, 2015 at 2:45 pm 110 1 Comment

Bar Pilar

A 14th Street NW bar will celebrate the 116th birthday of Earnest Hemingway the way the famous writer might have.

Bar Pilar, located at 1833 14th Street NW, will serve a special menu of Hemingway’s favorite meals and libations tonight starting at 5 p.m.

According to Pilar’s menu, Hemingway enjoyed noshing on pickled mushrooms, chilled cucumber soup, lobster salad and rabbit stew.

Bartenders will pour five different tropical and rum-based cocktails such as the “Hemingway Daiquiri,” an absinthe-based drink called “Death in the Afternoon” and two different rum slushies.

Is this really what Hemingway liked to eat and drink?

“Hemingway once said, ‘The best way to find out if you can trust somebody is to trust them,'” said Melissa Gold, a PR rep for Bar Pilar, in an e-mail. “Trust us.”

Bar Pilar will also screen movies based on Hemingway novels on both of its floors.

Image via Facebook.com/BarPilar

by Tim Regan — July 9, 2015 at 1:40 pm 296 0

(Updated at 2:19 p.m.) An apartment fire closed the 1400 block of U Street NW earlier this afternoon, say D.C. Fire and EMS officials.

Fire crews crowded around the Portner Place Apartments, located at 1449 U Street NW, around 1:29 p.m. today.

Eyewitnesses on the scene say they first noticed black smoke coming from the top floor of the building, but that they don’t know what caused the fire.

Firefighters were seen earlier breaking windows at the top of the building. presumably to gain access to the floor.

D.C. Fire and EMS spokesperson Oscar Mendez told a Borderstan reporter that fire officials originally received a report for an apartment fire on the second floor of the building.

According to Mendez, the fire crew extinguished the small blaze in less than two minutes.

D.C. Fire and EMS reported no injuries related to the fire.

Firetruck photo via D.C. Fire and EMS Twitter

by Tim Regan — July 9, 2015 at 1:30 pm 2,027 19 Comments

14th Street and Florida Avenue NW

(Updated at 1:49 p.m. Friday with correct photo) A group of residents has launched a petition to block the possible addition of a new 7-Eleven store at 2300 14th Street NW.

“We are happily satisfied with the neighborhood retail services today such as: Streets, Smucker Farms, Yes Organic, CVS and Trader Joe’s, yet we are very concerned about [7-Eleven] entering our neighborhood,” reads the Change.org petition.

“We believe that [7-Eleven] will diminish and detract from our neighborhood, nor do we see it adding any value to our lives,” it continues.

Ezra Weinblatt, who filed the petition last night, says he and other residents at the nearby Solea condo building caught wind of the possible 7-Eleven coming to 2300 14th Street NW earlier this week.

Jim Dennin, the real estate broker for the property at 2300 14th Street NW, said he “could neither confirm nor deny” a 7-Eleven was coming to the property.

“We’re hoping to get enough support behind the opposition to compel them and demonstrate that the neighborhood would rather have a more local bodega, clothier or anything else,” Weinblatt says.

Among Weinblatt’s main concerns are the type of products sold at 7-Eleven.

“We not impressed by the processed and sugary foods that they sell,” adds Weinblatt. “The community is already served. It doesn’t fill a niche. We’re all concerned about the image that it brings.”

But doesn’t CVS sell the same kind of sugary foods?

“Well, CVS is already here,” says Weinblatt. “Everything that 7-Eleven sells is already being sold by every other business here.”

Though he didn’t include it in his petition, Weinblatt says he’s also concerned about people congregating in front of the possible store late at night.

“People hanging out at four in the morning on a street corner are not looking to pick up trash. They’re looking for trouble. We don’t want trouble.”

Weinblatt’s next step is to take the petition to his local commissioners at ANC 1B.

“We’re totally happy to see the landlord make money,” says Weinblatt. “We just want to see the community’s interests taken into that as well.”

Photo via Google Street View

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