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by Andrew Ramonas — April 21, 2016 at 1:25 pm 9 Comments

Adams Morgan community leaders last night moved one step closer to officially registering their opposition to a property developer’s proposal to revamp a large plaza in the heart of the neighborhood.

At a heated meeting filled with cheers and even some singing, an Advisory Neighborhood Commission 1C committee backed a recommendation to formally notify D.C. officials of its resistance to PN Hoffman’s plans to build on the SunTrust plaza and the rest of 1800 Columbia Road NW.

The panel’s non-binding guidance argues that the D.C. government-backed “Adams Morgan Vision Framework” doesn’t support the developer’s plan for the plaza as part of a new mixed-use development. The framework calls for the privately owned plaza to serve as a “functional community gathering space” to host events, according to the committee’s recommendation.

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by Andrew Ramonas — April 20, 2016 at 11:30 am 1 Comment

El Tamarindo is serving its Mexican and Salvadoran food in Adams Morgan once again after it shut down for about a month to renovate.

The restaurant at 1785 Florida Ave. NW opened last week for the first time since work to update the eatery began March 14, owner Jose Reyes told Borderstan yesterday.

After more than 34 years in business, El Tamarindo needed a new interior for its customers, he said.

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by Andrew Ramonas — April 19, 2016 at 2:40 pm 0

Adams Morgan Summer Concert Series performance (Photo via Facebook/Adams Morgan Summer Concert Series)

The opportunity to pick up a Hula-Hoop and “shake your groove thang” to the beat of live music is coming back to an Adams Morgan plaza next month, according to a community organization.

The Adams Morgan Partnership Business Improvement District’s Adams Morgan Summer Concert Series is scheduled to kick off at the BB&T Bank plaza at 18th Street and Columbia Road NW on Saturday, May 7. The free, family-friendly music performances, which run from 5-7 p.m., also are set for most Saturdays in May and June, weather permitting.

During the shows, bottles of bubbles and a dozen Hula-Hoops are slated to be available for children, as well as adults.

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by Andrew Ramonas — April 17, 2016 at 12:20 pm 1 Comment

Police car lightA 35-year-old man was killed and another man was injured in a shooting in Adams Morgan early this morning, according to authorities.

The double shooting happened on the 2500 block of 17th Street NW about 3:15 a.m. The block is about two blocks west of Meridian Hill Park.

Police responding to a report of gunshots in the area found Jayvon Marshman of Southeast D.C. dead on the scene. Cops also located a second man with a non-life-threatening gunshot wound. He was brought to a local hospital for treatment.

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by Andrew Ramonas — April 15, 2016 at 2:50 pm 0

Cookie's Corner at 1970 2nd St NW (Photo via Google Maps)A man with a gun robbed a corner store in LeDroit Park last night, police said.

The armed robber hit Cookie’s Corner at 1970 2nd St. NW  about 9 p.m. Thursday. The shop is about two blocks east of Howard University’s campus.

The man entered the store with a gun and ordered a Cookie’s employee to give him money from a cash register, according to authorities. He then grabbed all the paper money from the register, as well as the worker’s cellphone, before fleeing.

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by Andrew Ramonas — April 15, 2016 at 12:00 pm 2 Comments

1400 block of Harvard Street NW (Photo via Google Maps)The driver of a car hit a woman in Columbia Heights multiple times before she ended up on the hood of the vehicle earlier this week, police said.

The assault happened on the 1400 block of Harvard Street NW about 8:45 a.m. Wednesday. The area is about two blocks south of the DC USA retail development.

The victim was arguing with the driver when the motorist tried to drive away, according to authorities. In the process of leaving, the driver struck the woman three times before she got onto the car’s hood.

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by Andrew Ramonas — April 13, 2016 at 11:35 am 0

Millie and Al's dancing skeleton

Time is running out to get Millie & Al’s “famous dancing skeleton” and other pieces of “history” from the now-shuttered Adams Morgan dive bar, according to an auction company.

Rasmus Auctions at 1:07 p.m. today is closing the online bidding for the more than 400 items it’s auctioning off from the bar that closed last week after 53 years at 2440 18th St. NW.

As of 11:30 a.m., a bid of $145 could make you the lucky owner of the skeleton. But you would need $900 to walk away with the Millie & Al’s sign behind the bar, which has attracted the auction’s highest bid so far.

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by Andrew Ramonas — April 11, 2016 at 9:45 am 32 Comments

The latest proposal from a property developer looking to build on a large Adams Morgan plaza has failed to win over a key community leader who has pushed to keep much of the outdoor space open to the public.

PN Hoffman on Friday released updated renderings of a seven-story mixed-used building it plans to construct on the SunTrust property at 1800 Columbia Road NW. Although the new design leaves more outdoor space than an earlier proposal, Advisory Neighborhood Commission 1C member Billy Simpson wrote in an email to locals that the developer “need[s] to do better.”

“The project is located within the Washington Heights Historic District which raises a number of concerns about the scale of the proposal under the Historic Preservation Guidelines,” said Simpson, whose district includes the SunTrust property. “And while the revised plans preserve a small plaza, that space will be used primarily by PN Hoffman’s own commercial tenant, and does not leave adequate room to host Adams Morgan’s weekly farmers market or the other community uses to which the space is put from time to time.”

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by Andrew Ramonas — April 7, 2016 at 4:30 pm 0

Starbucks at 1801 Columbia Road NW (Photo via Google Maps)Beer and wine could arrive at Starbucks locations in Adams Morgan and Shaw as soon as next week, a representative of the coffee chain told Borderstan.

The Seattle-based coffee purveyor is targeting the week of April 11 to roll out its “Starbucks Evenings” service with alcohol and small plates at its 1801 Columbia Road and 815 O St. NW stores.

In addition to the shareable snacks, the program will feature “craft beer,” along with red, white and sparkling wines by the bottle and glass, according to a sample menu.

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by Andrew Ramonas — April 7, 2016 at 12:25 pm 1 Comment

Future home of the Line hotel in Adams Morgan

A labor union that has peppered Adams Morgan mailboxes with postcards critical of a forthcoming neighborhood hotel has received a tongue-lashing from a community leader, who called its campaign “highly inaccurate and highly disparaging” last night.

Billy Simpson, a member of Advisory Neighborhood Commission 1C, told locals at a community meeting he was “quite angered” by the mailings from Unite Here Local 25, which represents hotel workers in the D.C. area. The union is battling the owner of the future Line hotel at 1780 Columbia Road NW, Sydell Group, which won’t let workers unionize there.

The union’s most recent postcards stated that the hotel “seeks to bypass [the] full community process for [a] liquor license” and encouraged locals to attend yesterday’s meeting to “stand up and tell developers they need to #respectadamsmorgan.”

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by Tim Regan — April 6, 2016 at 3:55 pm 0

Screenshot from BizBuySell.comWe often write about local businesses opening or closing. What we don’t usually cover are the transactions in between — like when a business is sold to a new owner — even though business sales are quite common.

Our sister publication ARLnow.com took a look through the Arlington listings of a major business broker marketplace and found some interesting — and mysterious — listings. And it inspired us to do some digging this afternoon.

Though the businesses often go unnamed in these listings, there are details that provide clues as to which business it may be. (Full disclosure: we can’t be 100 percent sure that all listings are up to date.)

Anyway, we thumbed through the D.C. listings earlier today and highlighted some of what we found. Here are just some of the interesting local businesses that are currently listed on the site:

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by Andrew Ramonas — March 28, 2016 at 10:30 am 0

Sweet Science Coffee (Photo via Facebook/Sweet Science Coffee)

A pop-up coffee bar in Adams Morgan has closed after nearly a year in business.

Sweet Science Coffee served its last cup of java at 1800 Wyoming Ave. NW Saturday, according to a post on its Facebook page. German native Sandra Wolter opened the shop in April 2015.

“We leave with a big heart cookie, a lady’s kiss cookie by Andelka – and a huge amount of fantastic feedback, love and support from people all over the city and beyond,” the post says.

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