Congrats, Logan Circle, you’re getting a La-Z-Boy. And an Ann Sacks showroom. And a new clothing retailer from San Francisco. Hot dang, look at ’em. Look at all those stores!
The La-Z-Boy, an apparent purveyor of “American craftsmanship,” appears nearly ready to open at 1334 14th Street NW. Oh son!
But wait, there’s more: An Ann Sacks tile and stone showroom is slated to open soon a few blocks away at 1629 14th St. NW, and San Francisco clothing retailer Marine Layer is planned for the next door space later this month or early next month. Hoo boy!
Just look at all these stores ready to open. Look at ’em. Look at ’em!
Ann Sacks photo via Facebook.com/AnnSacksDC
A 7-Eleven store that sparked a community petition opposing its existence will open tomorrow.
The store, located at 2300 14th Street NW, will serve as host for a “grand opening celebration” commemorating its successful opening.
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 us 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.”
Much to Weinblatt’s dismay, the petition caused an outcry among those who felt it smacked of crypto-classism.
“I had no idea I would have so many detractors,” Weinblatt said in August. “I thought this was a slam dunk. The petition was accused of being classist. It couldn’t be anything further from the truth.”
Come tomorrow, will Weinblatt be able to resist the siren song of supersized sodas and cheesy stuffed Doritos?
“I’m not going to support it for the first 6 months,” Weinblatt added. “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.”
A piece of Logan Circle’s seedier past is changing for good.
Construction crews could be seen dismantling most of the building that once held the “men’s parties” sex club at 1618 14th Street NW yesterday afternoon. Though a black tarp obscured some of the work, a quick peek behind revealed that most of the building’s interior had already been gutted. Only the building’s façade that faces Corcoran Street NW remains.
It was immediately unclear what the purpose of the work was. In February, the Washington Business Journal reported that the building’s owner was issued a permit to rebuild and repair the bottom third of the building’s façade.
The building, once known for housing the infamous “wrestling club” and “men’s parties” events, has been the talk of the neighborhood for years. A man died there in 2009, prompting the city to file suit to shut it down. After the building’s owners decided to raze it in 2013, ANC 2F debated preserving the building before ultimately granting a conditional demolition endorsement one year later.
The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) will break ground on new sidewalk repairs and upgrades in Logan Circle next month.
Workers will perform the maintenance on Nov. 2 on 14th Street NW from Rhode Island Ave. to N St. NW as part of the department’s city-wide Americans with Disability Act Compliance Program.
Forthcoming improvements include the correction of drainage issues, repairs and installation of porous flexible paving.
DDOT says the work will be conducted from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. each day of the week except Sunday.
(Updated at 3:32 p.m.) D.C. Police have identified the suspect and victim in last night’s deadly shooting at 14th and V streets NW.
Police said 29-year-old Raphael Antonio Roy of Northwest, D.C. shot and killed 29-year-old Delany Christopher Epps of Northeast, D.C. around 8:25 p.m.
Roy was arrested last night charged with first degree murder while armed. Matthew Davies, Roy’s lawyer, couldn’t immediately be reached for comment.
Police are still investigating the shooting.
The Metropolitan Police Department currently offers a reward of up to $25,000 to anyone that provides information which leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for any homicide committed in the District of Columbia.
Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the police at (202) 727-9099. Additionally, anonymous information may be submitted to the department’s TEXT TIP LINE by text messaging 50411.
Photo courtesy of Nick Veach
(Updated at 8:17 a.m. Thursday; police have identified the victim and the shooter.)
A man was shot near 14th and V streets NW last night, said D.C. Police.
The man was transported from the scene to an area hospital, where he later died.
Police added that a person was arrested in connection with the shooting but that the investigation is still ongoing.
Andrew Ramonas, who lives near the intersection and edits Borderstan’s sibling publication Hill Now, said he heard a series of gunshots around 8:30 p.m. yesterday evening.
Reader Matt Abbruzzese tweeted that he heard five or six gunshots and then saw a man lying on the ground.
— Matt Abbruzzese (@MattAbbruzzese) September 23, 2015
This story will be updated with more details as they are available.
Photo courtesy of Nick Veach
An imperiled Logan Circle business could receive a historic status.
Washington City Paper reported last week that Barrel House Liquor — known around the neighborhood for its iconic barrel-shaped facade at 1341 14th St. NW — is being forced to move next door due to rising rent. Though the liquor store will live on, what might happen to the big barrel is unknown.
Or maybe not. At least, not if Logan Circle’s ANC 2F can help it. The neighborhood commission is currently discussing applying for a historic status for the building’s facade, which would make it difficult for future tenants to modify or remove it.
Commissioner Pepin Tuma, 2F-03, is the one leading the effort.
“I first heard that M.G. [whose full name is Mesfun Ghebrelul] would be moving last Thursday. I heard that the landlord was doubling their rent every lease term, which is unfortunate,” said Tuma. “He’s been a great neighbor. They’ve won the Logan Circle Community Association award several times. I’ve been shopping there almost 17 years.”
Tuma and his fellow 2F commissioners plan to hear public comments regarding giving the building a historic status during a community development meeting at the National City Christian Church (5 Thomas Circle NW) next Thursday at 7 p.m.
“We want to hear if this is something that the community wants to stay,” Tuma said. “I personally want it. Everyone I’ve talked to wants it. But that’s the first step, that making sure this is representative of the greater community.”
The neighborhood commission will also hear from members of the public during its general ANC meeting in the first week in October.
Provided the ANC reaches a consensus, Tuma said it will move forward with applying for the historic status, preferably with the property owner’s blessing.
“Because the property owner is part of the community, we would like to have a situation where everyone is moving toward the end result,” Tuma said. “We are going to do it. I hope the property owner signs on.”
But Tuma added that it’s not necessary to have the landlord’s approval before applying for the status.
“I think that there really is a desire among the community and the commission to preserve the history of Logan Circle. That’s why we live there,” said Tuma. “Whether it’s a building built in 1893 or Barrel House, the beauty of Logan Circle is everything that it was and everything that it will be.”
(Updated at 9:22 a.m. Wednesday) A man was stabbed on the 2100 block of 14th Street NW this evening, said D.C. Police.
3D Stabbing in the 2100 block of 14th Street NW. No Lookout. pic.twitter.com/gGWBte27yh
— DC Police Department (@DCPoliceDept) September 15, 2015
Police added that the victim was involved in an argument at a nearby basketball court, which may have led to the stabbing.
The man was “conscious and breathing” on the scene and was transported to the hospital for treatment, said police.
Photo via Street View
(Updated at 7:29 a.m.) A car fire closed both lanes on the 1500 block of 14th Street NW earlier today, say D.C. Police.
Traffic Advisory/Vehicle Fire in the 1500 blk of 14th St NW/Street Closure on 14th from P to Q St NW.
— DC Police Traffic (@DCPoliceTraffic) September 3, 2015
Police say the scene was cleared around 7:30 a.m.
Image via Google Street View
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.
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
(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
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.
14th St, NW from P St to R St, NW both directions are closed due to a 4-car vehicle accident pic.twitter.com/S8KOJH5RdC
— DC Police Department (@DCPoliceDept) August 26, 2015
According to witness reports of the accident, emergency crews left the scene around 7:50 p.m.
Image courtesy of Nick Choate
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.
A spokesperson for Busboys and Poets said that more special guests will be announced in the coming weeks.
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.
(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