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by Tim Regan — December 1, 2016 at 8:15 am 1 Comment

Update at 6 p.m. — The store reopened after another health inspection this afternoon, employees said. Inspectors found mice droppings there earlier today, according to NBC Washington.

Read our original story below:

A national grocery chain in Adams Morgan is closed for now after a food safety and hygiene inspector reported finding evidence of pests there yesterday, according to the D.C. Department of Health.

The Safeway at 1747 Columbia Road NW currently can’t serve customers for “failing to minimize the presence of insects, rodents and other pests on the premises,” the DOH said in a notice yesterday.

Security guards turned people away at the store’s front doors last night, according to one person who tried to shop there.

Workers were seen cleaning inside the Safeway when a Borderstan reporter visited earlier this morning. One employee said they hope to reopen the supermarket later today but declined to comment further.

This isn’t the first Adams Morgan business closed by health inspectors in recent months. The health department shuttered neighborhood deli So’s Your Mom (1831 Columbia Road NW) in October and Pop’s SeaBar (1817 Columbia Rd. NW) in September. Both restaurants reopened soon after the closures.

The DOH didn’t immediately provide any further details about the closure. The agency typically releases full reports on closures within a week or two of its inspections.

Photos and additional reporting by Andrew Ramonas

by Tim Regan — November 23, 2016 at 11:45 am 0

Future home of Barada in Adams Morgan

A new Cuban restaurant is in the works for Adams Morgan.

The forthcoming eatery, called “Barada,” is planned to open at 2309 18th St. NW, according to a liquor license application recently filed with D.C.’s Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration.

The business will be a “full service restaurant that will offer Cuban cuisine,” managing member Eduardo Barada wrote in the application. Barada will also have seats for 124 people inside and 35 people in a summer garden area.

The eatery will occupy the space that formerly held Czars 11, the tapas bar that closed in August.

A representative for Barada was not immediately available to comment on the opening. We’ll update this story if we hear back from them.

by Tim Regan — November 22, 2016 at 2:00 pm 0

Crooked Beat Records (Photo via Facebook/Crooked Beat Records)A longtime Adams Morgan record store that moved to Alexandria earlier this year is slated to return to the neighborhood as a pop-up shop.

Crooked Beat Records, which closed its record store at 2116 18th St. NW in May, will sell vinyl at Songbyrd Music House and Record Cafe (2477 18th St. NW) this Saturday, Nov. 26, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

“We will have around 800 to 1000 records for sale at our pop up store this Saturday,” Crooked Beat said in a Facebook post. “Please come out!”

The pop-up store will be held in conjunction with Small Business Saturday, an annual event that encourages people across the U.S. to shop at neighborhood businesses instead of national chains.

Photo via Facebook/Crooked Beat Records

by Tim Regan — November 21, 2016 at 2:00 pm 5 Comments

Brass Monkey/Spaghetti Garden/Peyote Cafe/Roxanne

(Updated at 2:17 p.m.) A business in Adams Morgan must pay thousands of dollars in fines and surrender its alcohol license for 30 days on charges it failed to maintain some of the records required under its alcohol license, according to D.C.’s Alcoholic Beverage Control Board.

Brass Monkey/Spaghetti Garden/Peyote Cafe/Roxanne, a group of joint businesses at 2317-2319 18th St. NW, must pay $30,000 within 90 days and serve a 30-day suspension of its license starting this Sunday, Nov. 27, according to a D.C. Alcoholic Beverage Control Board disposition published last week.

According to an ABRA case report, investigators found the bar failed to keep the records needed to prove it met its annual food sales requirement under its “class CR,” or restaurant, alcohol license. Under D.C. code, food sales must account for either $2,000 per seat or at least 45 percent of all sales during a gross annual or quarterly period. (more…)

by Octavia Silva — November 21, 2016 at 10:40 am 2 Comments

Photo via Facebook / Songbyrd Music HouseAn upcoming comedy show in Adams Morgan is set to help fund the local Black Lives Matter chapter.

The benefit, organized by the local comedy producers with Laugh Owens Laugh, is scheduled to kick off at the Songbyrd Music House and Record Cafe (2477-2475 18th St. NW) at 8 p.m. Tuesday night.

Local comedians such as Natalie McGill, Paris Sashay and Haywood Turnipseed, Jr. will perform during the event, according to Ahmed Vallejos, one of the show’s organizers. The show will also have musicians Antonia and Sean Barna and storytellers Jessica Murphy Garrett, Dee Ahmed and Nick Baskerville.

The goal of the fundraiser is to “raise a lot of money for a great cause and let people have a space where they have fun without any of the worry of the outside world,” Vallejos told us.

“Philando Castile was murdered and I remember I had a conversation… about wanting to give back to the incredible Black Lives Matter movement and weren’t sure how,” Vallejos said. “We brainstormed and came up with this fundraiser. We just couldn’t sit back and do nothing anymore.”

Attendees can also drop cash into a donation bucket during the event. All proceeds will go toward the activist group.

Photo via Facebook / Songbyrd Music House

by Andrew Ramonas — November 9, 2016 at 3:45 pm 0

Epic Philly Steaks at 1792 Columbia Road NW

A restaurant promising “epic” Philadelphia cheesesteak sandwiches is set to come to Adams Morgan in the coming weeks, an owner of the eatery told Borderstan today.

Epic Philly Steaks is slated to land at 1792 Columbia Road NW by the end of this month, co-owner Daniel Tarekegne said. The space was the former home of Mexican restaurant Mixtec, which closed in 2014 after 40 years in business.

In addition to “quality” cheesesteaks, the restaurant will have chicken wings, french fries and other food to eat there or carry out, Tarekegne said.

“We plan to make our customers happy,” he said.

Epic Philly Steaks, which will have seating for about 40 people, likely will open for lunch and dinner every day, with late-night hours on Fridays and Saturdays, Tarekegne said.

by Tim Regan — November 9, 2016 at 2:30 pm 0


A Mexican and Salvadoran restaurant in Adams Morgan is scheduled host a celebration centered around pupusas this weekend.

El Tamarindo (1785 Florida Ave. NW) will serve buy-one-get-one-free pupusas all day this Sunday, Nov. 13, according to a Facebook event page. The Salvadoran food is the eatery’s “signature dish.”

The restaurant’s pupusas come stuffed with combinations like cheese, pork, beans and chicken, according to the restaurant’s menu.

The party will also include $5 RumChata shots and a contest where patrons can use the hashtag #PupusaMoments to have a chance to get some prizes.

Photo via Facebook / El Tamarindo

by Andrew Ramonas — November 7, 2016 at 2:45 pm 0

Marble Alley (Image via Facebook/Marble Alley)A bar that a former Jack Rose Dining Saloon beverage director is bringing to Adams Morgan is slated to try out some of its cocktails in Dupont Circle later this month.

Trevor Frye’s Marble Alley is scheduled to serve drinks with sherry, whiskey, Chartreuse and other liquor at Hank’s Oyster Bar (1624 Q St. NW) Sunday, Nov. 20, from 8 p.m. to 12 a.m., the forthcoming bar announced on Facebook over the weekend.

The booze is set to include:

Marble Alley cocktails (Image via Facebook/Marble Alley)


The event at Hank’s will be Marble Alley’s second research and development night. Marble Alley previously tested some cocktails at the restaurant in September.

Marble Alley is slated to open with a deli in the former Bardia’s New Orleans Cafe at 2412 18th St. NW in February, according to the Washington City Paper.

Images via Facebook/Marble Alley

by Andrew Ramonas — November 3, 2016 at 3:55 pm 5 Comments

Rendering of residential building proposed for Meridian International Center property (Image via ANC 1C/Perkins Eastman)

(Updated at 5 p.m.) Community leaders in Adams Morgan have shot down a development team’s revised proposal to bring a nine-story residential building to a historic property just west of Meridian Hill Park.

Advisory Neighborhood Commission 1C last night voted 6-1, with one abstention, to urge the District’s Historic Preservation Review Board to oppose a plan to redevelop the Meridian International Center grounds on 16th Street NW between Belmont Street and Crescent Place NW. The site includes the Meridian and White-Meyer houses, which were built between 1912 and 1919.

Designed by Jefferson Memorial architect John Russell Pope, the mansions won’t disappear under the proposal by Streetscape Partners and Westbrook Partners. Rather, a 110-unit residential complex would take over a parking area and other open land on the property.

The development team presented the plan at an ANC 1C meeting yesterday after more than a year working on alterations to a previous proposal that failed to win the commission’s approval and drew concerns from HPRB and locals over its size, among other issues.


by Andrew Ramonas — November 3, 2016 at 1:30 pm 0

1700 block of Euclid Street NW (Photo via Google Maps)A group of thieves beat up and robbed a man in Adams Morgan early this morning, sending him to the hospital, police said.

The violent robbery happened on the 1700 block of Euclid Street NW about 1 a.m. today.

The victim was walking to a bus stop about a block west of Meridian Hill Park when three men came up to him, according to authorities. The men then hit the victim in his face, knocking him down.

Once the man was on the ground, the beating continued until the men grabbed the victim’s money and some of his other belongings and fled.


by Andrew Ramonas — November 2, 2016 at 3:45 pm 1 Comment

A District food safety and hygiene inspector found a vermin problem at a French eatery in Adams Morgan, the D.C. Department of Health announced last night.

L’Enfant Cafe & Bar at 2000 18th St. NW had a “gross insanitary occurrence or condition that may endanger public health . . . including but not limited to heavy infestation of vermin,” according to DOH.

It wasn’t immediately clear when the DOH official visited the restaurant and if, or for how long, the inspector required it to shut down. Typically, inspectors put up closure notices on the doors of restaurants when they uncover major vermin issues, which the agency will detail in public reports in the days after the discoveries are made.

But the full public report isn’t out yet and nothing from the agency was on display outside L’Enfant Cafe & Bar today. Only a restaurant printout saying it was “Closed for Maintenance” was attached to the door. The sign added, “Join us for Dinner at Our Sister Restaurant Red White and Basil,” which is at 1781 Florida Ave. NW.

Representatives of DOH and L’Enfant Cafe & Bar didn’t immediately return requests for comment.

by Andrew Ramonas — October 27, 2016 at 3:55 pm 2 Comments

(Updated at 4:25 p.m.) A developer has cleared a major hurdle in its quest to bring a seven-story, mixed-use building to the heart of Adams Morgan.

The District’s Historic Preservation Review Board this afternoon approved PN Hoffman’s plan to build on the SunTrust plaza and the rest of 1800 Columbia Road NW, despite significant opposition from community leaders on Adams Morgan’s Advisory Neighborhood Commission 1C.

The developer, which needed the support of HPRB in order to begin construction, can’t start demolition on the bank property right away, however. HPRB gave its endorsement under the condition that PN Hoffman works with the panel to address its design critiques, including members’ calls to create a more exciting building for such a prominent location.

“It’s so compatible [with buildings in the neighborhood’s historic district] that it almost disappears,” HPRB member Rauzia Ally said at the meeting. “I just feel like this building deserves something that stands out a lot more than what is presented here. I feel like the design of it is lackluster.”


by Tim Regan — October 25, 2016 at 10:25 am 0

Adams Morgan Apple Festival, photo via Facebook / Adams Morgan Apple Festival.jpgA celebration centered around apples and apple pie will take place in Adams Morgan this weekend.

The second annual Adams Morgan Apple Festival kicks off Saturday, Oct. 29, at 10:30 a.m., at SunTrust plaza (18th Street and Columbia Road NW), according to the event’s Facebook page.

The festival will feature an heirloom apple tasting from Licking Creek Bend Farms and an apple pie baking contest set to be “judged by a distinguished panel of media personalities and culinary experts,” organizers said. Attendees who want to submit pies for the competition must bake a minimum of three and list the pies’ ingredients to accommodate dietary restrictions.

This year’s judges are:

  • Ted Guthrie, chair of ANC 1C
  • Arianne Bennett, co-owner of Amsterdam Falafelshop
  • Laura Hayes, food editor of the Washington City Paper
  • Ward 1 D.C. Councilmember Brianne Nadeau
  • Tom Sherwood, NBC Washington reporter and media personality
  • David Hagedorn, food blogger

All proceeds from the event will help benefit the DC Arts Center.

Photo via Facebook / Adams Morgan Apple Festival

by Tim Regan — October 20, 2016 at 9:35 am 1 Comment

A deli in Adams Morgan is closed for now after a food safety and hygiene inspector reported finding evidence of pests there, according to the D.C. Department of Health.

So’s Your Mom (1831 Columbia Rd NW) can’t serve customers until further notice for “failing to minimize the presence of insects, rodents and other pests on the premises,” the DOH said in a notice yesterday.

Owner Yiduk Kim said an inspector visited the eatery yesterday and “found evidence of mice.”

“We’ve never been closed,” he told Borderstan. “The exterminator has stopped by. He’s done everything.”

Kim said he hopes to reopen as soon as the health department gives his restaurant the go-ahead.

“I’m just waiting for the inspector to call me,” Kim said. “I don’t know. The D.C. government is very strict.”

This isn’t the first restaurant on that block recently closed by the DOH. Pop’s SeaBar (1817 Columbia Rd. NW) was shuttered last month after health inspectors found evidence of rodents there. The bar reopened soon after its closure, however.

The DOH didn’t immediately provide any further details about the closure. The agency typically releases full reports on restaurant closures within a week or two of its inspections.

Photos by Andrew Ramonas

by Andrew Ramonas — October 19, 2016 at 1:00 pm 2 Comments

Life of Riley (Photo via Facebook/Life of Riley)

Pampered pooches are set to have the opportunity to sleep like a president, or at least like a first family’s dog, at a high-end pet hotel coming to Adams Morgan next year.

Boutique pet care business Life of Riley is planning to open a dog daycare and hotel with a “presidential suite” at 2222 18th St. NW in March, said Paul Abbott, who owns the D.C.-area company with his wife, Laura. The space most recently was home to Sawah Diner.

The Abbotts haven’t finalized plans for the suite. But the room and all of the hotel’s other suites will be “very fancy,” Paul Abbot told Borderstan today. At its only location in Rockville, Md., Life of Riley has suites with heated floors, Italian marble and crystal chandeliers, ranging from $65 to $95 per night.

“We will go all out on the fit out of all our suites,” he said.

In addition to boarding dogs, Life of Riley will provide grooming and a chauffeur service, which brings canines to and from their homes.

Abbott said he and his wife are “very eager” to expand to the District.

“We will be meticulously planning the most efficient design, layout and materials to use in the Adams Morgan property to best serve the community,” he said. “We will ensure our Adams Morgan location is homely, safe, clean, and staffed with professional and personable dog lovers.”

Photo via Facebook/Life of Riley


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