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by Tim Regan — July 19, 2016 at 4:45 pm 2 Comments

Photo via Facebook : Doner BistroA German restaurant and bar will say “auf wiedersehen” to Adams Morgan at the end of the month, but not before one last party.

Doner Bistro (1654 Columbia Rd. NW) will shut its doors on Aug. 1, the restaurant announced on Facebook today.

In memory of its four years in Adams Morgan, the beer house will throw an “Astra La Vista Party” with dollar Astra beers on Sunday, July 31.

Naturally, the business reassured its longtime fans with a German saying. “Everything has an end,” the company wrote on Facebook. “only the sausage has two.”

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by Alyse Mier — July 18, 2016 at 12:25 pm 0

(Updated at 1:38 p.m.) An Adams Morgan hemp shop has shut down for now following a water main break that flooded the store.

Capitol Hemp at 1770 Columbia Road NW hasn’t opened since muddy water poured into the shop about 2:30 a.m. yesterday. The store might not start selling at least some of its bongs, vaporizers and hemp products until Wednesday or Thursday, general manager John Brassfield said.

“I received the phone call from Alan Amsterdam, one of our owners, yesterday morning informing me that the store had been flooded,” Brassfield said. “So I put on my shoes and rushed over to the store.”


by Alyse Mier — July 14, 2016 at 2:35 pm 0

A longtime art gallery in Adams Morgan will showcase hundreds of works from local artists as part of an annual show that runs through the end of August.

More than two dozen emerging artists visited the DC Arts Center (2438 18th St. NW) yesterday and paid $15 to secure a space on the gallery wall as part of the annual exhibition called 1460 Wallmountables.

Executive Artistic Director B. Stanley said the event regularly attracts dozens of artists from around the District.

“Over the last 10 years, people have really taken it seriously and show something of quality and show it well,” Stanley said.

The local art is displayed across the gallery’s walls and includes photographs, paintings and other mediums. There is no curation or selection process. If an artist pays the $15, their work goes on the wall. As the gallery’s slogan goes, “if it fits, it shows.” And it’s worth it, Stanley said.

“In my 22 years working here what surprises me is just how much quality work is out there that we don’t get to see,” said Stanley.

Artists come and display “a lot of high quality work that doesn’t get shown anywhere else,” Stanley said. “It’s usually political, esoteric or silly.”


by Tim Regan — July 12, 2016 at 3:50 pm 3 Comments

Photo via Facebook : Adams Morgan DayLocals who enjoyed last year’s scaled-down Adams Morgan Day are in for a treat. The street festival will again bring music, food and entertainment to the sidewalks along 18th Street on Sept. 11, organizers have announced.

Though much has yet to be decided about this year’s festival, co-organizer Carol Miller said the event will keep last year’s “mellow” vibe.

“We had probably 10-15,000 people last year. It was very scaled down,” Miller said. “It’s no longer the huge regional festival… and we’re purposefully keeping it that way.”

The festival was temporarily canceled last year amid financial woes but was resurrected by neighbors as a scaled-back version of the annual extravaganza that once drew tens of thousands of people to the neighborhood.

This year, attendees can expect sidewalks packed with artists, games and activities, all centered around Adams Morgan businesses. The event will also bring “a few fun unique surprises,” Miller said, and live music at a to-be-announced outdoor location

“It builds such good trust between the business owners and the community and exposes their businesses to more community members,” Miller said.

Like last year, the festival will no longer close any streets, and will remain “less crowded and crazy” than pre-2015 festivals, Miller said.

Songbyrd Music House and Record Cafe is among the Adams Morgan businesses participating in this year’s event.

“We have taken a role in helping plan and program the music on last year’s community driven Admo Day and are doing the same for this year’s event,” said Alisha Edmonson, co-owner of Songbyrd Music House, in an email to Borderstan. “We think the day is a great opportunity to showcase our neighborhood’s great outdoor, public spaces and also drive people to explore our variety of businesses.”

Other Adams Morgan businesses slated to participate this year are Roofers Union, Bedrock Billiards and Grand Central.

Locals interested in volunteering in this year’s Adams Morgan Day are encouraged to attend a planning meeting tomorrow night at Songbyrd (2475-2477 18th St. NW). The meeting begins at 8 p.m.

Photo via Facebook / Adams Morgan Day

by Andrew Ramonas — July 11, 2016 at 2:15 pm 11 Comments

Plaza at 1800 Columbia Road NW

A plaza in the heart of Adams Morgan has found itself at the center of a battle over what’s best for the neighborhood.

On one side, PN Hoffman and some residents are pushing to take away at least some of the open space at 1800 Columbia Road NW to construct a mixed-use building. On the other side, some locals unhappy with the developer’s plan say they are fighting for “an improved, green, inviting safe public space that remains public as it is now.”

But what do you call the plaza? That issue is up for debate, too.

The spot, which doesn’t have an official name, is often referred to by PN Hoffman representatives, community leaders and other individuals as the “SunTrust plaza,” in reference to the bank on the property. We also have used that name for the site in our stories on Borderstan.

The “Save Our Plaza” group fighting against the developer has begun to call it “Reparations Plaza,” however. Vikram Surya Chiruvolu, a local behind the Save Our Plaza campaign, told us that the name came after he said he learned that progressive bankers and Adams Morgan residents collaborated in the 1970s to create the open space as part of “reparations” to local African Americans he said had difficulties getting loans.

We’ve also heard “Pigeon Plaza” used as a name for the place as well.

So, what name should the plaza have? You can weigh in through the poll and in the comments.


by Andrew Ramonas — July 8, 2016 at 3:55 pm 18 Comments

SunTrust plaza

Locals are meeting at the SunTrust plaza in Adams Morgan this weekend as part of a campaign to “save” the site for the community, according to an organizer.

Adams Morgan residents with the “Save Our Plaza” group are set to host a public forum on the spot at 1800 Columbia Road NW tomorrow to share information about PN Hoffman’s plan for it, 39-year-old organizer Vikram Surya Chiruvolu told Borderstan. The developer is looking to build a mixed-use building on the site and eliminate at least some of the open space currently there, angering some locals.

The gathering will come on the heels of Advisory Neighborhood Commission 1C’s votes against the developer’s proposal in May and Historic Preservation Review Board members’ vocal frustration about the plan last month. Members of both panels expressed concern about the aesthetics and size of the proposed building, which some of them said was too large for the property.

“After the recent ANC & HPRB victories opposing this development, we felt the time was right to hold space to bring together community and to each share what we know to this point,” Chiruvolu said in an email. “It’s not going to be fancy — just neighbors gathering and sharing and connecting in a public space.”


by Octavia Silva — July 8, 2016 at 1:20 pm 0

Ahmed Vallejos (Photo courtesy of Ahmed Vallejos)Q&A with a Local Comedian is a frequent column that profiles funny people across the city. Want to be featured? Know someone who ought to be on here? Drop us a line.

I’ve met Ahmed Vallejos a couple of times, but one of the first was at a show he was running at the Handsome Cock on U Street. It was called the Switcheroo, where the first half of the show involved comics performing their own stand-up and for the second half of the show, each comic had to imitate the styles of famous comedians. I thought that was such a good idea and he plays a huge part in developing and putting on shows with a unique premise, adding to the increasingly abundant local stand-up scene.

We chatted about a few things, including some of the shows he’s currently working on.


by Alyse Mier — July 7, 2016 at 3:05 pm 1 Comment

Photo courtesy of Black SquirrelLocals will be able to toast the pornography industry during a tongue-in-cheek event in Adams Morgan tomorrow night.

The Black Squirrel (2427 18th St. NW) is scheduled to host its first ever “panty party” to celebrate National Porn Day tomorrow night from 4-7 p.m.

The happy hour will include food specials such as the aptly named Kim Kardashian burger, which wedges two beef patties between “you-have-to-be-kidding buns.”

The event will also include beer and giveaways of nylon panties, Bowman said.

Black Squirrel owner Amy Bowman said the idea first came about during a conversation about the names of different craft beers.

“I was talking to some women in the hospitality industry and we started talking about some of the ridiculous names that beers have,” Bowman said. “It’s clearly misogynistic and they’re named by men who didn’t get laid in high school.”

The event will showcase some of the worst offenders, such as Burley Oak’s “Just the Tip,” Elysian’s “Men’s Room Red” and Sixpoint’s “Sweet Action.”

“I thought maybe we could have some fun with this and just make fun of them,” Bowman said.

Photo courtesy of Black Squirrel

by Tim Regan — July 3, 2016 at 10:00 pm 0

A row house in Adams Morgan caught fire earlier this evening, according to D.C. Fire and EMS.

The fire broke out inside a three-story home on the 1800 block of Calvert St. NW, authorities said. The fire was so large that some locals reported seeing smoke and flames from blocks away.

“Update Calvert St. Aggressive interior firefighting knocked down heavy fire,” a later tweet read. “Exposing hidden fire. No injuries ATT”

Authorities did not say how the fire started.

Image and videos via Twitter / D.C. Fire and EMS

by Courtney Brown — June 30, 2016 at 1:25 pm 0


Locals likely are only days away from having the chance to grab a bottle of Clean Me Up, Cheer Me Up or other cold-pressed juices in Adams Morgan.

Jrink Juicery, a D.C.-based juice bar chain, is slated to open at 1800 Wyoming Ave. NW Wednesday, the company announced on Twitter yesterday. The space previously held the Sweet Science Coffee shop, which closed in March.

The cold-pressed juice company asked customers last month whether Adams Morgan should become the home of its sixth store. Jrink currently has locations in Dupont Circle and Shaw, among other places in the D.C. area.

Support for an Adams Morgan outpost was strong on social media.

“Best week ever! Joining mint & now you guys coming! Adams Morgan is Fire-emojiFINAL” one person said on Instagram.

“Can’t wait to check it out!!!!!” someone else added.

In an Instagram post last month, Jrink said its fans can expect juices, outdoor seating and “other fun stuff” in Adams Morgan.

by Andrew Ramonas — June 29, 2016 at 12:00 pm 0

2000 block of Columbia Road NW (Photo via Google Maps)A thief knocked a man into a fence and robbed him in Adams Morgan yesterday afternoon, police said.

The violent robbery happened just north of the Washington Hilton on the 2000 block of Columbia Road NW about 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.

The victim was trying to open an apartment building door in the area when a man came up to him from behind, according to authorities. The new arrival then pushed the victim into a fence.

The attacker soon after took $100, credit cards and other items from the victim and fled.

The victim declined medical attention.

Police haven’t released a detailed description of the suspect.

Photo via Google Maps

by Tim Regan — June 23, 2016 at 4:20 pm 0

Susp pack 2 June 23

(Updated at 4:30 p.m.) Police closed several roads in Adams Morgan to investigate a suspicious package earlier today.

Authorities closed Champlain St. between Kalorama Rd. and Florida Ave. NW just before 3 p.m. today. The streets were reopened a little less than two hours later.

Police did not say what led to the investigation.

by Alyse Mier — June 23, 2016 at 3:50 pm 4 Comments

PN Hoffman's rendering for SunTrust site as of June 5, 2016 (Image via ANC 1C/PN Hoffman)

Members of the District’s Historic Preservation Review Board have voiced their dissatisfaction with a developer’s proposal to construct a mixed-use building with a pedestrian plaza in the heart of Adams Morgan.

The officials said at a meeting today that PN Hoffman’s updated redevelopment plan for the SunTrust property at 1800 Columbia Road NW has problems with aesthetic and size, echoing concerns from within the Adams Morgan community.

“The facade is too disjointed, especially along the south,” HPRB member Graham Davidson said. “The 18th Street side is truly a problem, and the building is still far too big in comparison to the other buildings along the street.”

Board members advised developers to downsize the windows, change the building’s look from modern to “masonry” to complement the surrounding buildings, make the plaza area more inviting and include signage commemorating the history and significance of the property, which once was the home of the Knickerbocker and Ambassador theaters.


by Andrew Ramonas — June 20, 2016 at 2:40 pm 0

Police car lightA thief knocked a man unconscious in a robbery on the 14th Street corridor over the weekend, police said.

The violent robbery happened on the 1900 block of 14th Street NW about 3:30 a.m. Sunday.

The victim and another man were walking in an alley near the SoulCycle and Trader Joe’s in the area when three men approached them, police said.

“Hey, how are you doing?” one of the men asked the victims before one of his accomplices punched the victims, according to authorities.


by Andrew Ramonas — June 20, 2016 at 8:05 am 0

Pepco power outage map on June 20, 2016 (Image via Pepco)(Updated at 10:09 a.m.) Power has been restored to the nearly 600 Pepco customers that were without electricity in and near southern Adams Morgan early this morning.

The outage, which began yesterday afternoon, affected 586 customers in an area centered around U and Vernon streets NW between 18th and 19th streets NW, a Pepco map showed.

Drivers couldn’t travel in either direction on 18th and 19th streets, according to an alert the D.C. government sent out about 7:45 a.m.

Image via Pepco


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