by Tim Regan August 16, 2016 at 11:40 am 0

A long-awaited distillery pub will open near the intersection of 14th and U streets NW next week.

District Distilling Company (1414 U St. NW) is slated to open Friday, Aug. 26, according to a press release.

The new business will merge “a state-of-the-art craft distillery [and] retail store on the first floor, and a full-service kitchen [and] bar with seating for 140 guests on the second floor,” the release said.

Diners can expect to find “seasonal American dishes” and vodka, gin, white rum and bourbon made onsite. A walk through the company’s dinner menu reveals grilled rockfish, crispy skin suckling pig and cast iron steak.

District Distilling Company will also offer distillery tours starting next month, the company said.

More information from a press release:

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by Tim Regan August 9, 2016 at 2:55 pm 0

Beat the Streets (Photo via Facebook/Beat the Streets DC)D.C. Police officers are set to throw a party with free food, fun, games and school supplies on 14th Street this week.

MPD’s final “Beat the Streets” event of the summer is scheduled to take place at the Rita Bright Family and Youth Center (near 14th St. and Clifton Terrace NW) Thursday from noon to 7 p.m., according to an event flyer.

The festivities are part of an annual summer series of events meant to help boys and girls avoid crime and other illegal activities.

Police officers will hand out school supplies to everyone who wants them during the event. The party will also include “food, fun, music [and] love,” according to the event’s organizers.

Past “Beat the Streets” celebrations have had a rock climbing wall, a moon bounce and other games and activities. The events also generally feature information and handouts on safety and local services.

Local R&B outfit “Prophecy Entertainment Music Group” is slated to play at the event, according to a Facebook event post.

Photo via Facebook/Beat the Streets DC

by Courtney Brown August 8, 2016 at 2:45 pm 0

Saint Ex Burger, photo courtesy Saint ExOnly one restaurant in the 14th Street corridor makes the best burgers, and this weekend locals can put it to a vote.

The inaugural 14th Street Burger Battle Royale is set to take place at Cafe Saint-Ex (1847 14th St. NW) on Sunday, Aug. 14 from 4-8 p.m., according to the event’s organizers.

Chefs from Saint-Ex, Matchbox and Garden District are slated to compete against each other to determine which which restaurant can claim the “burger bragging rights.”

“We have this awesome patio and we just wanted to do something that was a bit focused on the neighborhood,” said Saint-Ex general manager Zeina Badran. “One of the owners of Saint-Ex came up with the idea. It kind of just sprung from there.”

Tickets are $15 at the door and include three burgers and a starter beer from 3 Stars Brewing Company. Attendees can also buy additional burgers and beers.

Badran said she expects about 200 people to show up for the cooking competition. The only thing that will stop customers from getting in on the event is if Cafe Saint-Ex fills up and runs out of room for people, she added.

Members of the public will vote on their favorite burger at the end of the event. Badran said she wasn’t sure which restaurant is likely to win the contest because each restaurant has “been in the neighborhood for a long time” and are “known for great burgers.”

The winning restaurant will donate a portion of the event’s proceeds to a charity of its choosing. And in the end, Badran said, “it might just come down to which charity locals want to pick.”

Photo courtesy Cafe Saint-Ex

by Alyse Mier August 4, 2016 at 3:55 pm 0

(Updated at 4:10 p.m.) A subterranean watering hole with a jukebox and cans of beer is set to arrive in Logan Circle this month.

Kingfisher is slated to open in the vacant space underneath Sav On Liquor at 1414 14th St. NW as early as this week, c0-owner Daniel Williams said.

“We’re shooting to be the new, sort of cool, chill neighborhood spot,” said Williams, who also helped open Iron Horse in Penn Quarter. “We’re going for that middle ground between a chic trendy bar and a dive bar.”

The space is expected to house 65 people, making for a “cozy, comfortable environment,” he added. The bar also will have daily happy hour specials, including shot and beer deals.

“We’re not trying to be this spot that does super fancy cocktails,” Williams said. “This street has plenty of them, so we don’t necessarily feel like we need to fill that role.”

In addition to drinks, bar goers can snack on free popcorn, watch old movies and listen to the jukebox, which will have a music library curated by customers, he said.

Williams said he hopes Kingfisher will become like a second home for locals.

“Fourteenth Street has a lot of cool spots,” he said. “We just felt there was room for one more.”

by Alyse Mier August 3, 2016 at 10:55 am 1 Comment

OutWrite Festival, photo courtesy of OutWrite Festival

Members and allies of the District’s LGBTQ community will flock to the 14th and U street corridors this weekend for an annual celebration of queer literature.

The OutWrite Book Festival returns to the D.C. Center (2000 14th St. NW) for its sixth year on Aug. 5-7.

“This year, we have more than 60 different authors and panelists who are participating throughout the festival,” said OutWrite co-chair Dave Ring.

The free event will kick off Friday night with the launch of a new book, “Love Unites Us: Winning the Freedom To Marry in America.” The book chronicles some of the people behind Obergefell v. Hoges, the landmark Supreme Court case that gave same-sex couples the right to marry in the U.S.

“After the readings with the contributors to the book, we are having a panel with a diverse group of community members and looking at the what direction queer activism has gone in since the wake of marriage equality hearing,” Ring said.

Jim Obergefell, the main plaintiff from that case, is expected attend Friday’s reading and panel discussion, Ring added.

On Saturday, about 30 LGBTQ authors and exhibitors will sell books inside the center, Ring said. Other events planned for that day include workshops, open mic events, discussions and book readings, including a presentation by Dicción Queer, a Latino queer bilingual writing group.

The festival will wrap up Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.with additional workshops that cover topics like “working with agents to applying a queer lens to afro futurism,” Ring said.

Photo courtesy of OutWrite Festival

by Borderstan.com July 19, 2016 at 10:30 am 0

Police van(Updated at 11:09 a.m.) D.C. police are investigating a possible violent crime at a 14th Street apartment building.

Cops were called to the View 14 apartment complex (2303 14th St. NW) around 2:30 p.m. Monday to assist D.C. Fire and EMS personnel on an injury call.

Police tell us that a man inside a sixth floor apartment suffered cuts to his feet and ankles. Though the man’s injuries were not life-threatening, the apartment was covered in an “insurmountable amount of blood,” according to a police report we obtained. Additionally, one resident reported there was blood all over a hallway and an elevator.

Police said the man’s injuries “appeared to have come from another person” but did not identify any suspects or a motive in the possible crime.

Authorities are still investigating the matter.

by Tim Regan July 14, 2016 at 3:20 pm 1 Comment

(Updated at 4:56 p.m.) The presidential motorcade rolled down 14th Street this afternoon as President Obama headed to the site of his latest town hall meeting.

Obama is holding a town hall meeting hosted by Disney’s television networks at the Studio Theatre (1501 14th St. NW) this afternoon. The town hall meeting is titled “The President and The People: A National Conversation” and is scheduled to air nationwide on ESPN and ABC tonight at 8 p.m.

The meeting will focus on racial issues, justice, policing and gun violence.

A crowd of people eager to catch a glimpse of the president lined the sidewalks as police shut down streets just before 2:30 p.m. this afternoon. Obama’s motorcade arrived just before 3 p.m. to cheers from the crowd, but the president stayed out of view.

14th Street between Rhode Island Ave. to about Q St. NW were closed for nearly an hour and a half today. The roads reopened just before 5 p.m.

Photos by Alyse Mier

by Tim Regan July 6, 2016 at 10:00 am 0

Timothy Paul, photo via FacebookA longtime local business says it’s leaving the 14th Street corridor.

Timothy Paul, the home decor showroom and store at 1529 14th St. NW, is slated to close at the end of next month, according to an email the store’s owners sent to customers earlier this morning.

“It is with a heavy heart and considerable contemplation that I write this announcement to say Mia and I have made the decision to close our 14th Street showroom after thirteen years,” wrote store owner and namesake Timothy Paul in the email, which was forwarded to us by a reader.

“The rigors and energy required to run and operate a store of this size seven days a week have caused us to reflect on our personal lives, our children, family and friends,” Paul continues. “We both felt it was time for a change.”

The Timothy Paul showroom in Fairfax will remain open. The 14th Street showroom will conclude its time along the corridor with a sale, Paul added.

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by Alyse Mier June 28, 2016 at 3:30 pm 0

Die Die Die, photo by Ben Johnson

An “improvised slasher movie” is on its way to a 14th Street theater.

The Washington Improv Theater will resurrect its horror flick parody “Die! Die! Die!” at Source (1835 14th St. NW) as part of its upcoming “Summer Camp” series of shows.

The show follows a group of teens spending their summer in the isolated Camp Crystal Lake. Naturally, the campers make typical horror movie mistakes like having sex and experimenting with drugs and are picked off one-by-one by a costumed killer. By the show’s end, only one camper lives to see the true identity of the murderer — or not, said Dan Miller, WIT’s external relations director. This is improv, after all.

“Sometimes we decide to flip the script and the sole survivor ends up dying,” Miller said. “There’s really no guaranteed happy ending.”

But this is not a graphic slasher flick, Miller added. “There’s never any blood or gore,” he explained. “We will tell you there is somebody whose guts are spilling out, but all you see is them making strange faces.”

The show is often just as much of a surprise for the actors as it is for the audience, Miller added.

“You step on stage and don’t know if you’re the killer or the first person to die,” said Miller, “We figure it out with the audience. Once we do, we own it.”

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by Alyse Mier June 27, 2016 at 1:55 pm 0

A Chinese restaurant with dim sum and fresh seafood is slated to open its doors on 14th Street next week.

Da Hong Pao Restaurant & Bar will arrive at 1409 14th St. NW some time next week, according to an employee with the restaurant.

“Grand opening next week,” reads a sign on the front door of the business. “Serving traditional Cantonese style dishes, fresh seafood and dim sum.”

When the new restaurant opens, it will include a large dining room and bar area alongside four fish tanks near the entrance.

The business has been in the works, off and on, for roughly two years.

by Courtney Brown June 20, 2016 at 10:45 am 0

(Correction: Though the block party is free to attend, the food is not free. We’ve updated this story to reflect that.)

A Detroit-based retailer of high-end goods will hold a party with food and music this weekend.

Shinola is scheduled to host a party “inspired by the classic American summer” in the Whitman-Walker parking lot across from 1631 14th St. NW this Saturday from 3 to 8 p.m., the company said in a press release.

During the event, attendees can munch on snacks from the Dog Tag Bakery and bring their pets along for the festivities, organizers said. The party will also feature free activities and other “seasonal treats.”

Michigan band Greensky Bluegrass is slated to perform during the party along with local group Howard Gospel Choir.

Shinola will also sell tote bags in collaboration with FEED during the event to benefit Forgotten Harvest, a Detroit nonprofit that feeds children and families in need.

by Tim Regan June 17, 2016 at 10:00 am 2 Comments

Nadeau on safety walk, photo via acebook.com/BrianneKNadeau(Correction: This article originally stated that a crime meeting would take place Friday, June 24. The meeting will actually take place on Friday, July 22. We’ve corrected the article.) Ward 1 D.C. Councilmember Brianne Nadeau is speaking out about several recent violent crimes in Columbia Heights.

The Councilmember penned a statement to her constituents yesterday addressing several violent crimes in the area, including the shooting death of a man on 14th Street and a separate shooting nearby that injured two men later that day. Nadeau also addressed the recent incident where a police officer was assaulted at the Columbia Heights Metro.

“I know many Ward 1 residents are concerned about these incidents, whether you live, work, visit or commute through Columbia Heights,” Nadeau wrote. “As a resident of Columbia Heights on 14th Street myself, I understand how upsetting this is.”

Nadeau continued: “Much of what we’ve seen in recent years in DC is basic disagreements that turn deadly because of guns,” she said. “Something as minor as one person accidentally bumping into the other gets violent. One of them has a gun. The other ends up dead. These are the things that keep me up at night.”

Nadeau will meet with locals next Monday from 6-8 p.m. at Calabash Tea and Tonic (1847 7th St. NW) and Friday, July 22, from 8-10 a.m. at Tynan Coffee (1400 Irving St. NW) to discuss crime or other concerns.

Read Nadeau’s full statement below:

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by Tim Regan June 10, 2016 at 11:25 pm 2 Comments

Police car light(Updated at 12:36 p.m. Saturday) Two people were shot near the busy 14th Street corridor late last night, according to D.C. Police

The shooting occurred on the 1300 block of Riggs St. NW at 11:10 p.m., according to authorities.

A man and a woman were walking along Riggs Street when they were struck by bullets from an unknown direction, according to a police report we obtained today.

The woman was shot in the left side of her back and the man was shot in the right forearm, authorities said in the report. Both were taken to the hospital for treatment, according to the report.

The suspects — who police said are unknown — are presumed to have fled the scene. Police did not provide a lookout for any suspects.

Additionally, someone stabbed a man near the Walter E. Washington Convention Center early this morning, according to police.

Authorities said a man was involved in an “altercation about an Uber” on the 900 block of Massachusetts Ave. NW just after 2 a.m. last night when someone stabbed him.

The man was conscious when police arrived on the scene.

Police did not provide details on who may have stabbed the man.

File photo

by Tim Regan June 6, 2016 at 3:30 pm 0

A new pizza restaurant is set to open on 14th Street NW by the end of the month.

Philadelphia’s Pizzeria Vetri will open its doors at 2221 14th St. NW on June 24, the company announced on Facebook last week.

“D.C. we’re coming at ya!” the post reads. “Pizzeria Vetri DC opening June 24th.”

The pizza place — which was acquired by retail chain Urban Outfitters last November — will likely serve the company’s standard menu of pizzas, salads and booze. Pizzas include salsiccia pies topped with sausage and roasted fennel and the marinara, which is bedecked in oregano, crushed tomatoes, garlic and olive oil.

Pizza photo via Facebook / Pizzeria Vetri; h/t to the ever watchful U Street Buzz

by Tim Regan June 3, 2016 at 2:40 pm 0

Whitman-Walker Rendering

The plan to redevelop Whitman-Walker Health’s former home at 14th and R streets NW has won the approval of the Historic Preservation Review Board (HPRB).

The board’s members yesterday voted unanimously to approve the plan, which includes the preservation of the center’s original Elizabeth Taylor Center at 1701 14th St. NW as well as a new mixed-use development that would span 155,000 square feet and six stories.

Logan Circle’s ANC 2F last month voted to support the project. John Fanning, who chairs ANC 2F, testified in support of the new development.

“Whitman Walker has been an integral part of our community for many years,” Fanning told the HPRB. “I think they did an outstanding job.”

Though the board’s members had a few suggestions regarding the building’s materials and the roof of the original Elizabeth Taylor Center, they seemed in their comments mostly pleased by the current design.

Construction on the development will likely begin late next year, according to a press release from Whitman-Walker Health, and could be completed as early as 2020.

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