by Andrew Ramonas — February 11, 2016 at 2:55 pm 0

Treat Yo' Self (Or Someone Else) Holiday Pop Up (Photo via Facebook/One Love Massive)Locals looking for a Valentine’s Day gift for a loved one, or themselves, can hit a pop-up market with D.C. vendors in Adams Morgan tonight.

The “Treat Yo’ Self (Or Someone Else) Holiday Pop Up” is scheduled for 6 to 9 p.m. at Mellow Mushroom (2436 18th St. NW).

The market is slated to have more than a dozen businesses selling items made in D.C. The confirmed vendors include candymaker Undone Chocolate, clothier DC As FCK and health and beauty company Capital Naturals, among others.


by Tim Regan — February 10, 2016 at 11:00 am 0

Tortas from Torta Cocina, photo courtesy of

In a move that’s sure to confuse fans of the ubiquitous “Taco Tuesday,” Songbyrd Record Cafe has made its torta pop-up a permanent fixture on Mondays.

Former Big Bear chef and current Cocina Tortas owner Quinten Frye will prepare Mexican Tortas, finger foods and desserts at Songbyrd Record  Cafe (2477 18th St. NW) every Monday from 5-10 p.m.

“Cocina Tortas proved to be such a hit that Songbyrd and Quinten will now team up weekly,” reads a press release. (more…)

by Tim Regan — February 9, 2016 at 3:40 pm 0

The Super Bowl commercial that had Mike Tyson singing the Michael and Son jingle also starred some local talent: a bartender from Madam’s Organ (2461 18th St. NW).

Sam Crossed, who works at the Adams Morgan bar and moonlights as a real-life professional boxer, is the man laid out by Iron Mike in the 30-second advertisement.

“It’s almost like I hit the lottery, honestly,” Crossed said of his big role. (more…)

by Andrew Ramonas — February 8, 2016 at 4:15 pm 0

1600 block of Euclid Street NW (Photo via Google Maps)(Updated at 10:15 a.m. on Tuesday) A man was stabbed in the chest in Adams Morgan yesterday afternoon, police said.

The stabbing, which authorities said may have been gang-related, occurred near 16th and Euclid streets NW about 3:50 p.m. The area is just west of Meridian Hill Park.

The 18-year-old victim also sustained a head wound during the attack and was conscious when he was taken to the hospital, according to the police report.


by Andrew Ramonas — February 8, 2016 at 11:45 am 1 Comment

2200 block of Champlain Street NW (Photo via Google Maps)A thief with a mask flashed two guns at a woman and robbed her in Adams Morgan over the weekend, police said.

The armed robbery happened on the 2220 block of Champlain Street NW about 3:45 a.m. Saturday.

The victim and another woman were walking under the Marie Reed Aquatic Center breezeway when a car with five men drove near them, according to authorities. Soon after, one of the men got out of the car and pulled out two handguns.


by Andrew Ramonas — February 8, 2016 at 8:35 am 0

Tail Up Goat

A “soulful and sophisticated” restaurant that will emphasize pasta, bread and “idiosyncratic, food-friendly tipples and soft drinks” is a day away from opening in Adams Morgan, according to its website.

Tail Up Goat from three Komi and Little Serow veterans is slated to officially begin serving diners tomorrow at 1827 Adams Mill Road NW.

The eatery is accepting reservations online for Tuesday. According to a sign posted on the restaurant’s front door this weekend:


by Andrew Ramonas — February 5, 2016 at 1:15 pm 0

Washington Gas truck (Photo via Flickr/DiamondBack Truck Covers)A Washington Gas crew responded quickly to a natural gas leak near Meridian Hill Park during last month’s blizzard and kept the area safe, a company spokesman said today in response to a community leader’s highly critical account of the utility’s work.

Commissioner JonMarc Buffa of the Adams Morgan Advisory Neighborhood Commission on Wednesday blasted Washington Gas for a lack of public notification about the Jan. 24 leak near 16th and Belmont streets NW and for what he considered a slow response by the company to resolve the problem. Locals “smoking on 16th Street could have blown themselves up,” he said then.

Jim Monroe, a Washington Gas spokesman, told Borderstan in an email that his company took the leak seriously and worked hard to fix it quickly and safely.

“Washington Gas responded quickly to this incident, one that occurred during an unprecedented winter storm, and took immediate action to ensure the safety of the area,” Monroe said. “Washington Gas personnel stayed on site to ensure safety until the pipeline repair was completed.”


by Andrew Ramonas — February 4, 2016 at 10:40 am 1 Comment

Beekman Place Gatehouse (Photo via Google Maps)(Updated at 12:55 p.m. Friday) Anyone smoking outside near Meridian Hill Park during last month’s blizzard was extremely lucky to have made it through the storm unscathed, an Adams Morgan community leader said last night.

Natural gas started leaking near 16th and Belmont streets NW on Jan. 24, filling the nearby Beekman Place gatehouse with fumes and making it “uninhabitable,” Advisory Neighborhood Commission 1C commissioner JonMarc Buffa said. Washington Gas workers didn’t get the leak fixed until Jan. 26, helping eliminate a gas odor that locals could smell from Florida Avenue to Crescent Place NW, he said.

“Folks walking down the street smoking on 16th Street could have blown themselves up,” Buffa told residents at an ANC meeting.


by Andrew Ramonas — January 28, 2016 at 7:35 am 0

Millie & Al's in Adams Morgan

Millie & Al’s isn’t ready to pour its last Jell-O shot in Adams Morgan yet, Borderstan has learned.

The 52-year-old dive bar at 2440 18th St. NW isn’t “closing anytime soon,” a bartender there told us last night. But the owner of the Adams Morgan institution has put the building that houses it up for sale, he confirmed. He declined to elaborate.

The Washington Business Journal reported earlier this week that the bar likely would shut down, noting that Millie & Al’s real estate broker said the bar’s building would be “delivered vacant.”


by Andrew Ramonas — January 27, 2016 at 3:30 pm 0

1815 Adams Mill Road NW (Photo via Google Maps)A man with a knife threatened to kill a worker whom he blamed for not getting a job in Adams Morgan yesterday, police said.

The attempted stabbing happened at 1815 Adams Mills Road NW about 1:30 a.m. Tuesday. But the incident didn’t involve an employee of Southern Hospitality, which rents space at that address, restaurant owner Anthony Lupo said. Rather, a contractor working on the Adams Mill building was caught in the dispute, he said.

The worker was inside when a man came in through the back door, according to authorities. The man then flashed a knife, saying he would kill the worker.


by Andrew Ramonas — January 27, 2016 at 11:35 am 1 Comment

Matthew Shevlin (Photo via Instagram/Commonwealth FTGG)

A men’s clothing boutique in Adams Morgan is slated to shut down for one day later this week in remembrance of an employee who was shot to death.

Commonwealth at 1781 Florida Ave. NW won’t open Friday as workers pay tribute to Matthew Shevlin, who was killed in Shaw last week. The 37-year-old man was unconscious and suffering from a gunshot wound when police found him in his home on the 400 block of M Street NW Friday morning.

The shooting didn’t appear to be random, according to authorities. Shevlin was shot during a “home-invasion burglary of a targeted residence,” a police spokesman told The Washington Post.


by Tim Regan — January 27, 2016 at 9:55 am 0

A roof collapsed at a vacant home near Adams Morgan last night.

Rescuers responded to the incident around 6:15 p.m. Nobody was inside the home when the roof caved in, said D.C. Fire and EMS spokesman Tim Wilson. (more…)

by Andrew Ramonas — January 20, 2016 at 3:50 pm 0

Future home of Adams Morgan Ace Hardware

Adams Morgan is scheduled to get an Ace Hardware store by mid-February, its owner told Borderstan today.

The shop is slated to open at 1704 Columbia Road NW the week of Feb. 15, owner Gina Schaefer said.

The store received its shelving units this morning, and workers are getting ready to fill them with at least 20,000 items in the coming weeks, she said.


by Andrew Ramonas — January 20, 2016 at 3:00 pm 0

Adams Morgan

(Updated at 6:25 p.m. Thursday) A 48-year-old man charged with assault this month soon might lose the ability to move freely about Adams Morgan.

ANC 1C, the advisory neighborhood commission that represents Adams Morgan, is slated to vote next month on whether it should encourage prosecutors to pursue a stay-away order for George Pridgen. The man last week was charged in connection with an attack that caused “significant bodily injury,” according to online D.C. court records.

Prigden was arrested on Jan. 10 on suspicion of punching a 65-year-old man in the nose near 18th Street and Columbia Road NW, police said.


by Andrew Ramonas — January 19, 2016 at 12:30 pm 2 Comments

Yamas Mediterranean Grill in Adams Morgan

A local purveyor of “healthy, home-cooked” Greek food has opened its newest location in Adams Morgan, the restaurant’s owner told Borderstan today.

Yamas Mediterranean Grill began serving diners gyros, lamb burgers and other dishes at 2418 18th St. NW Saturday, owner Tony Alexis said. The location in the former Shawarma Spot space is the chain’s third eatery, after restaurants at 1946 New Hampshire Ave. NW and in Bethesda.

“Our customers can expect a healthy, home-cooked meal with lots of meat and vegetarian choices to build their meal just what they like it,” Alexis said in an email.



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