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by Tim Regan — January 4, 2016 at 8:55 am 0

There’s a new destination for tapas in Adams Morgan.

The new restaurant, called Czars 11, opened in the former Pi Pizzeria space at 2309 18th St. NW last Wednesday.

According to its Facebook page, the new eatery “features tastes from around the world,” with dishes influenced by American, Greek, Middle Eastern and Spanish cuisine.

Food and interior photos via Twitter / czars11dc

by Tim Regan — December 21, 2015 at 12:30 pm 0

Andrew StuartThe co-owner of the High Dive (2337 18th St. NW), who is currently in the hospital awaiting an organ donation, is in “good spirits,” according to the bar’s other owner.

High Dive co-owner Tristan Magee announced last week that friend and business partner, Andrew Stuart, was critically ill and in need of an organ donation. Though Magee previously said he “didn’t think [Stuart] was going to make it,” he’s now more optimistic about his business partner’s condition.

“I saw Andrew yesterday and he was drastically different from the person I saw last time,” Magee told us this morning. “He’s awake and coherent, and seems to be in pretty good spirits, actually … after seeing him yesterday, I think he’s going to get through this.”

Magee previously has declined to disclose exact details of his business partner’s illness out of respect for Stuart’s family.

Though Magee cautioned that Stuart “is not out of the woods” until he receives a transplant, he added that “his sense of humor is unscathed, and knowing Andrew, that’s whats going to get himself through this.”

Magee said that since he shared the news about Stuart’s illness last week, the neighborhood has come forward to offer condolences and support.

“The whole Adams Morgan community has been really supportive,” said Magee. “I know that means a lot to not only Andrew and his family, but me as well.”

Photo via Facebook / High Dive

by Tim Regan — December 21, 2015 at 8:45 am 0

D.C. Police over the weekend announced the arrest of a man suspected of breaking into businesses in Columbia Heights, Mount Pleasant and Adams Morgan.

Authorities say Jerry Kibler Jr., 45, broke into buildings on 13th Street, 14th Street, 18th Street and Lanier Place in a burglary spree that began on Nov. 10.

In one instance, Kibler allegedly shattered a window and snagged an empty cash drawer from Flying Fish Coffee and Tea (3064 Mount Pleasant St. NW). During another burglary, police said Kibler stole $230 in cash, an Amazon Kindle, a Samsung cell phone and Newport cigarettes from the Uptown Mart at 2701 14th St. NW.

Kibler was charged with 11 counts of burglary, police said, but the investigation is ongoing. Authorities are asking anyone with more information about the case to call them at 202-727-9099.

Information on Kibler’s lawyer was not immediately available.

by Tim Regan — December 17, 2015 at 4:30 pm 0

Adams Morgan Starbucks

The Starbucks at 1801 Columbia Rd. NW in Adams Morgan is on track to serve beer and wine by January, said employees at the store this afternoon.

Regulators with D.C.’s Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) board approved the Adams Morgan coffee shop’s liquor license application yesterday.

Filed in October, the liquor license application was part of a push to serve beer and wine at 10 Starbucks locations across the District.

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by Tim Regan — December 17, 2015 at 2:20 pm 0

(Updated at 1:32 p.m. Friday) A dead person found behind a building in one of the busiest parts of Adams Morgan has been identified as a missing Reston teenager.

The person — later confirmed by The Washington Post to be college student Paul McGuinness Jr. — was found dead yesterday at the bottom of a stairwell on the 2400 block of 18th St. NW in Adams Morgan.

McGuinness, 19, was last seen about 1:30 a.m. Wednesday at Madam’s Organ, which is adjacent to the scene of yesterday’s investigation.

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by Andrew Ramonas — December 17, 2015 at 12:00 pm 0

Tryst now can brag that it has the “best” holiday display in Adams Morgan.

The coffeehouse at 2459 18th St. NW was the top vote-getter in the inaugural “Lights of Adams Morgan” contest, co-organizer John Zottoli announced last night. Throughout December, Zottoli and co-organizer Robert Turner II collected locals’ votes for the top holiday displays in the neighborhood.

The competition also had eight other winners and runners up (pictured above in the photo gallery):

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by Andrew Ramonas — December 16, 2015 at 12:30 pm 0

1723-1725 Columbia Road NW (Photo via Google Maps)An Italian restaurant is set to use at least part of the space that the now-shuttered Chief Ike’s Mambo Room occupied in Adams Morgan, according to a notice the D.C. Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration published yesterday.

Villa Tuscana is slated to open at 1723 Columbia Road NW, which is one of the two addresses the defunct dive bar claimed in Adams Morgan. (Chief Ike’s official address was next door at 1725 Columbia Road NW.)

It wasn’t immediately clear when the Italian restaurant is expected to open and what exactly it will offer diners when it begins operations.

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by Andrew Ramonas — December 15, 2015 at 1:00 pm 0

Apples at Adams Morgan Farmers Market (Photo via Instagram/lickingcreekbendfarm)

Adams Morgan and Mount Pleasant are set this weekend to lose their weekly farmers markets for the winter.

The markets at 3210 Mount Pleasant St. NW and the intersection of 18th Street and Columbia Road NW are scheduled to end their 2015 season Saturday.

The Mount Pleasant Farmers Market is scheduled to run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., while the Adams Morgan Farmers Market is slated to go from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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by Tim Regan — December 14, 2015 at 2:10 pm 1 Comment

Andrew StuartA co-owner of the High Dive (2337 18th St. NW) in Adams Morgan is critically ill and in need of an organ transplant, says the bar’s other owner.

High Dive co-owner Tristan Magee broke the news about his longtime friend and business partner, Andrew Stuart, on the bar’s Facebook page yesterday.

“My dear friend and co-founder of the bar, Andrew Stuart is very ill right now, so the bar will not be opening tonight,” Magee wrote last night. “I will be there tomorrow though if you want to talk to me about what’s going on with Andrew. Please send good thoughts his way.”

Magee told us earlier today that, while he didn’t want to disclose exact details out of respect for Stuart’s family, Stuart is hospitalized in critical condition and “in really bad shape.”

Though the bar was closed last night, Magee said “the plan now is for the bar to be open.”

“I fully intend to carry on Andrew’s dream of running this bar, no matter what happens with Andrew,” Magee said. “I know he would kill me if I closed the High Dive. I love this place. They would have to drag me out of here kicking and screaming.”

Magee released this statement to Borderstan earlier today:

He’s been an incredibly supportive and dear friend to me personally for over 15 years, and it’s just been a joy opening this bar with him. It’s a dream that we’ve had since we were practically kids, and for him to have been able to see that realized is huge for me. He’s just such a unique guy. I can’t imagine the world without him. I know that in just the short time that we’ve been open, he’s become something of a fixture in Adams Morgan and has provided a lot of people with some really memorable nights out, which is what he loves doing the most.

We all appreciate the outpouring of support and are praying for Andrew’s recovery.

Photo via Facebook / TheHighDiveDC

by Tim Regan — December 11, 2015 at 2:00 pm 0

Hinckley PotteryThis may be your last chance to pick up a holiday gift from Hinckley Pottery (707 Kalorama Rd. NW) before it moves to Georgetown.

The longtime Adams Morgan pottery shop will hold its last annual holiday sale in the neighborhood this Sunday from noon to 5 p.m., then each day between Dec. 15 and 23.

During the sale, the store will sell pots, plates, platters, teapots, mugs, bowls and an assortment of other clay vessels.

The 25-year-old pottery shop will move to Blues Alley in Georgetown in February, according to its website.

The pottery shop was forced to find a new home after its landlord, nonprofit Mary’s Center, decided not to renew the shop’s lease in order to take over the space, reported the Washington Business Journal in February.

by Andrew Ramonas — December 11, 2015 at 8:30 am 0

Dan's Cafe

The rumors aren’t true: Dan’s Cafe in Adams Morgan is open for business.

Owner Clinnie Dickens still is unlocking the door to his beloved dive bar at 2315 18th St. NW on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7 p.m., he confirmed last night, officially dispelling gossip on PoPville that the watering hole he has run since 1965 was done for.

The bar, known for its cheap drinks and squirt-bottle booze, is doing fine after 50 years in operation, said its 81-year-old owner. (Dan’s Cafe also is in good shape with the D.C. Alcoholic Beverage Control Board after the panel last week decided not to take action against it in a case involving allegations that an employee of the bar assaulted a customer.)

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by Andrew Ramonas — December 10, 2015 at 4:50 pm 0

Donburi food truck (Photo via Facebook/donburidc)

Donburi in Adams Morgan is preparing to enter the food truck business.

The Japanese rice bowl purveyor put on Facebook this month photos and a video of a truck it acquired. The eatery’s most recent post includes shots of the vehicle parked inside a building. The Facebook entry notes that the truck is a “work in progress.”

The food truck is expected to begin operations in February, an employee of the restaurant said today. But further details about it weren’t immediately available.

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by Andrew Ramonas — December 8, 2015 at 3:00 pm 2 Comments

Adams Morgan Coffee Shop (Photo via Google Maps)Adams Morgan might get another spot to drink booze next year.

Adams Morgan Restaurant & Coffee at 2204 18th St. NW has a liquor license application now on file with the D.C. Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration, according to a notice the agency published today.

A representative of the coffee shop wasn’t immediately available to comment.

The D.C. Alcoholic Beverage Control Board is expected to rule on the eatery’s application in the coming months.

Photo via Google Maps

by Andrew Ramonas — December 8, 2015 at 10:55 am 0

1700 block of Columbia Road NW (Photo via Google Maps)An assailant with a knife threatened to kill a man and his family during an encounter on an Adams Morgan street last night after the victim didn’t give the attacker money, police said.

The incident happened on the 1700 block of Columbia Road NW about 6:45 p.m. The block includes a Safeway, CVS Pharmacy and other retailers.

The victim was outside in the area when the attacker asked him for money, according to authorities. The man told the assailant he didn’t have any money.

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by Andrew Ramonas — December 3, 2015 at 10:35 am 4 Comments

S2 bus(Updated at 3:45 p.m.) Public transit improvement plans to bring bus-only lanes to 16th Street NW have received a significant boost.

Community leaders in Adams Morgan last night endorsed a proposal that would add temporary bus lanes to the road in an effort to fight the overcrowding and erratic service that often plague the S1, S2, S4 and S9 lines.

ANC 1C commissioners last night voted 6-1 in support of a resolution that encourages the District Department of Transportation to operate the special lanes from Arkansas Avenue to H Street NW during the morning and evening rush hours.

DDOT is studying plans that would let buses and cars share 16th Street as they do now, create bus lanes from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. on weekdays or have rush-hour bus-only areas from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on weekdays.

“I think [bus service] is an absolutely important part of our life as a city,” said ANC 1C chairman Billy Simpson, who voted in support of the commission’s resolution.

In addition to the lanes, the legislation also called on DDOT to implement systems that would allow bus riders to pay their fares before boarding and would optimize traffic lights for buses in an attempt to make commuting smoother for passengers, among other recommendations.

JonMarc Buffa, who was the only ANC 1C member to vote against the resolution, tried to encourage his fellow commissioners to endorse a plan that would have asked DDOT to focus on off-board payment, traffic light optimization and other service improvement proposals, but not bus lanes. Beekman Place condo owners at 16th and Belmont streets NW and Buffa, whose district includes the area, in October urged DDOT not to remove lanes for normal car traffic, expressing concern for locals who aren’t bus commuters.

“It’s been clear that DDOT is in love with bus lanes,” Buffa said. “It’s the equivalent of their great white whale. They are Ahab.”

The agency is expected to complete its study of transit fixes and alternatives by January.

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