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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

by Andrew Ramonas — October 19, 2016 at 9:50 am 0

Adams Morgan Fright Night (Photo via Facebook/Adams Morgan BID)

The original “Ghostbusters,” “Beetlejuice” or another movie with spooky characters could get a free outdoor showing in Adams Morgan next week.

The Adams Morgan Partnership Business Improvement District is scheduled to have a movie screening during its family-friendly “Adams Morgan Fright Night” at Kalorama Park (1875 Columbia Road NW) on Thursday, Oct. 27.

The organization is letting locals vote online on which film should play. In addition to “Ghostbusters” (1984) and “Beetlejuice” (1988), the movies include “Hocus Pocus” (1993) and “The Addams Family” (1991).

The event, which is set to run from 6 to 9 p.m., also is slated to include a costume contest.

Photo via Facebook/Adams Morgan BID

by Andrew Ramonas — October 18, 2016 at 2:30 pm 0

Hudson & Crane expansion construction (Photo via Facebook/Hudson & Crane)

(Updated at 2:40 p.m.) A self-described “urban design studio” that sells furniture and home accessories in Adams Morgan is getting bigger.

Hudson & Crane at 1781 Florida Ave. NW is set to expand into the former And Beige space next door by December, the shop posted on its Facebook page yesterday. And Beige closed earlier this year.

The enlargement will give Hudson & Crane about 2,500 square feet, about 1,100 more square feet than it has now, store spokesman David Hoffman said in an email.

“We’re expanding in part because of the opportunity that came up when And Beige closed but also because of the incredibly positive reception we’ve received from the Adams Morgan/U Street corridor, and DC at large,” Hoffman said. “We’ve built up an incredibly loyal base of both residential and commercial clients who have amplified our business through their own word of mouth and interior design services we’ve provided for them as well as the every day walk ins.”

The store opened in 2014.

Photo via Facebook/Hudson & Crane

by Tim Regan — October 18, 2016 at 1:15 pm 0

2016 Pie Fest flyerAmateur bakers and pie-lovers are set meet at an Adams Morgan bar this weekend for an annual pie party.

The fifth “Pie Fest” kicks off at Bourbon (2321 18th St. NW) this Sunday at 1 p.m., organizers said in a press release.

“How does it work? Bring a homemade pie to compete for prizes, or just come to eat and be merry,” the release reads.

Attendees can gorge themselves on pie, then vote for their favorites in the following categories: apple, fruit, nuts, chocolate, savory, “piepourri.” The winners of each category will receive prizes, organizers said.

Tickets cost $15 for competitors and $25 for eaters. All proceeds from the event will go toward the Jayna Troxel Murray Foundation.

Photo courtesy of Pie Fest

by Andrew Ramonas — October 17, 2016 at 2:45 pm 0

Entrance to alley on the 1200 block of 18th Street NW (Photo via Google Maps)Three thieves with a “pointed object” robbed a man who was urinating in a Dupont Circle alley this past weekend, police said.

The robbery occurred on the 1200 block of 18th Street NW about 3 a.m. Sunday.

The victim was relieving himself behind a building about three blocks south of the Dupont Circle NW traffic circle after visiting a nightclub, according to authorities. Two men and another person then came up to him and put a unknown pointed object to his back.


by Andrew Ramonas — October 17, 2016 at 1:15 pm 3 Comments

Dupont Circle MetroOpponents of plans to permanently cut Metro’s evening operating hours for train service won’t let the change happen without a fight this week.

Locals, including members of the D.C. business community, are encouraging supporters of late-night weekend trains to contact the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, which is holding a hearing and open house on its proposals at its headquarters Thursday.

The open house is scheduled for noon to 9 p.m. at 600 5th St. NW, while the hearing set for 12:30 to 10 p.m.

WMATA is considering four plans to adjust its operating hours in an effort to better maintain Metro’s infrastructure. According to the transit authority, the plans include:


by Andrew Ramonas — October 14, 2016 at 10:30 am 1 Comment

Different Pizza at at 1764 Columbia Road NW

Locals now can try Different Pizza in Adams Morgan.

The pizza shop opened at 1764 Columbia Road NW on Tuesday, co-owner Wilfredo Martinez told Borderstan yesterday. The eatery replaced the O’Tasty Chinese restaurant, which closed earlier this year.

Martinez said business is on an upward trend over the past few days.

“It’s steadily growing,” he said.

Different Pizza has pizza, chicken wings, sub sandwiches, calzones and other food for customers to eat there, carry out or order for delivery.

Pizza prices range from $3.95 for jumbo slices to $17.99 for 16-inch “gourmet” pies, including bacon cheeseburger and barbecue chicken offerings, according to a menu.

Calzones with cheese, steak, chicken and other fillings are $8.95 to $9.95. Subs, which are 8 inches long, include Italian cold cut, steak and pepper and meatball sandwiches for $6.45.

Wings — in mild, hot, extra hot, BBQ, spicy BBQ and honey BBQ sauces — are $7.50 for 10 pieces, $14.95 for 20 pieces and $20.95 for 30 pieces.

“It’s fresh” food, Martinez said.

by Tim Regan — October 13, 2016 at 3:45 pm 4 Comments

Two employees of Cleveland Park’s Cactus Cantina have plans to open a new dining spot in Adams Morgan.

The eatery, dubbed “Alfresco Tap and Grill,” could soon come together on a plot of land at 2009 18th St. NW, according to Cindy Sanchez, one of the forthcoming restaurant’s managing partners. As we reported last week, that land is currently being used as a parking lot for Cactus Cantina’s sister restaurant, Lauriol Plaza.

“Alfresco will be a full service restaurant that will provide its patrons with an indoor and outdoor garden experience and will feature a menu based on American comfort food, such as burgers, sandwiches, pizza, steaks and gourmet specials,” Sanchez told Borderstan. “We will also serve an array of craft beer on tap, creative cocktails and great wines.”

According to plans filed with D.C.’s Historic Preservation Review Board last month, Alfresco Tap and Grill would be located inside a new building.

“We are excited to go heavy on the fresco with a large outdoor garden and patio, an outdoor terrace and a rooftop vegetable and herb garden,” Sanchez explained.

Though it’s unclear when workers might break ground on the new building, Sanchez said the company is set to “start the lengthy permitting process soon and construction would start shortly after that.”

by Andrew Ramonas — October 11, 2016 at 1:15 pm 0

Beer and pumpkin (Photo via Twitter/The Black Squirrel)For one Adams Morgan bar owner, the beginning of autumn doesn’t signal the resurrection of the Starbucks PSL, but rather the return of a boozier, pumpkin-filled celebration.

The Black Squirrel at 2427 18th St. NW is set to hold its Eighth Annual Smashing Pumpkin Beer Fest with 14 pumpkin beers and other food made with the gourd Friday, starting at 5 p.m., owner Amy Bowman said.

Along with pumpkin soup, pumpkin veggie burgers and pumpkin mac and cheese, the menu includes:


by Tim Regan — October 11, 2016 at 10:30 am 0

Insomnia Cookies at at 2318 18th St. NWAdams Morgan’s new late-night cookie shop is scheduled to give away warm cookies to celebrate the opening of the company’s 100th store.

Patrons who visit Insomnia Cookies (2318 18th St. NW) on Oct. 24 can get a “free traditional cookie” with any purchase, the company said in a press release.

“We couldn’t have made it to 100 stores without the efforts of our team members and the immense loyalty of our fans across the country,” said David Lasus, the company’s chief operating officer, in a statement. “What better way to celebrate the occasion than by giving away free cookies.”

The shop, which offers delivery, closes at 3 a.m. Sundays through Wednesdays and 4 a.m. Thursdays through Saturdays. It opens at 9 a.m. on weekdays and 11 a.m. on weekends.

Founded in 2003, Insomnia Cookies has locations in more than 30 states, including Colorado, Illinois and New York, in addition to Pennsylvania.

by Tim Regan — October 10, 2016 at 2:00 pm 2 Comments

2300 block of Champlain St. NW, photo via Google Street ViewA man fought off a group of burglars after they broke into an Adams Morgan home early yesterday morning.

The violent burglary happened at a residence on the 2300 block of Champlain St. NW around 2:30 a.m. Sunday, according to D.C. Police.

A woman was in the rear of a home when someone rang the doorbell, police said. When the woman opened her front door, she saw a man standing outside. Without warning, the man told her to “get back in the house” and “give me your money” while forcing his way inside.

During the scuffle, three other people emerged from hiding and tried to enter the home, prompting the woman to scream the name of a man who was sleeping in another room, according to police. The woman also hit the “panic” button on her home alarm system as she fought to push the intruders back through the front door.

The man awoke upon hearing the woman’s screams and rushed toward the commotion, police said. One of the burglars then pointed a handgun at the man in an apparent attempt to ward him off. But the weapon didn’t seem to faze the man, who charged the gun-wielding burglar and began to fight with him.

Though the burglar pistol-whipped the man in the head several times during the fight, the intruders eventually ran from the home without stealing anything, authorities said.

Police put out the following alert shortly after the crime occurred:

Alert: Burglary at 0239 hrs in the 2300 block of Champlain Street NW. Lookout for 4 B/M S-1 LIGHT SKINNED S-2 THRU S-4 DARK COMPLECTED
Sent to 3rd District (PSA 301-308) Alert DC

Photo via Google Street View

by Andrew Ramonas — October 7, 2016 at 10:30 am 48 Comments

(Updated at 8:40 a.m. Oct. 14) Elected officials representing Adams Morgan this week unanimously approved a non-binding resolution that opposes the most recent attempt by a developer to construct a mixed-use building in the heart of the neighborhood.

Advisory Neighborhood Commission 1C’s 6-0 vote on the measure Wednesday night came after a meeting in which almost all the locals in attendance criticized PN Hoffman’s plan to build on the SunTrust plaza and the rest of 1800 Columbia Road NW. D.C. agencies reviewing the developer’s proposal are mandated to give “great weight” to the resolution.

In an effort to address previous concerns from ANC 1C, the developer’s representatives at the meeting showed off new renderings that lowered sections of the building on 18th Street to five stories, reduced the development’s height by five feet and bulked up the front of the structure, cutting the size of its proposed plaza by five feet.

“It’s just too damn big for 18th Street,” ANC 1C chairman Ted Guthrie said.

A Borderstan story about the vote drew several comments that were supportive of PN Hoffman.

“[T]his is a very divided issue and at worst, the NIMBYS against this are an actual minority,” one commenter wrote under the alias “A.”


by Andrew Ramonas — October 6, 2016 at 4:30 pm 0

Adams Morgan Day 2016 (Photo via Facebook/Adams Morgan Day)

Loved Adams Morgan Day last month? Hated it? The festival’s organizers want to know.

The Adams Morgan Community Alliance, an all-volunteer group of Adams Morgan residents and business owners who set up the annual event this year, have created an online survey for locals to share their thoughts on the festival, which began in 1978.

Questions include: “What was your overall impression of the event?” and “What would you like to see in 2017?”

“Your input on this year’s Adams Morgan Day and what you would like to see next year is very important,” the survey website says.

Adams Morgan Day had sidewalks and open spaces around the neighborhood filled with bands, artists and local businesses on Sept. 11. Carol Miller, who helped set up the festival, told Borderstan earlier this year that organizers aimed for a community-focused event with a “mellow” vibe.

The festival, which once drew tens of thousands of people to the neighborhood and shut down 18th Street NW, was temporarily canceled in 2015 amid financial woes. But Adams Morgan residents kept it alive by creating a scaled-back version of the extravaganza.

Photo via Facebook/Adams Morgan Day


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