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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 3 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

by Andrew Ramonas — June 19, 2016 at 11:30 am 0

1700 block of Columbia Road NW (Photo via Google Maps)Someone stabbed a man in Adams Morgan early this morning, police said.

The stabbing happened on the 1700 block of Columbia Road NW about 3:30 a.m. The block includes a Safeway, CVS Pharmacy and other businesses.

The victim, who was conscious after the attack, was brought to a local hospital for treatment.

Authorities haven’t released any suspect information.

Photo via Google Maps

by Tim Regan — June 17, 2016 at 1:45 pm 1 Comment

Rainbow flag at Bourbon, photo via Facebook : Bourbon Adams MorganLGBTQ activists and allies will tonight hold a rally to replace a rainbow flag that was vandalized at an Adams Morgan bar last weekend.

Someone set fire to a rainbow flag outside of Bourbon (2321 18th St. NW) on Sunday, owner James Patrick Woods told the Washington Blade yesterday. The flag-burning occurred on the same day that someone spray painted the words “down with the gay agenda” on a sidewalk in Dupont.

Locals Morgan Tepper — who also goes by DJ Lisa Frank — and Legba Carrefour will hold a “gay-in” at the bar and replace the flag at 8 p.m. tonight. During the event, queer activists and allies will present Woods with a new rainbow flag in an act of solidarity and support.

“The main goal of this is to be make people feel OK and not be scared,” Tepper said. “When you get scared, it’s very detrimental to a community.”

Attendees are encouraged to “be a little more affectionate than usual” during the event, Tepper said, in order to make their presence known.

“You can burn down a flag… but it doesn’t mean the gay community is going to go away,” Tepper said. “We’re not going to be afraid of you.” She added that “thoughts and prayers are not enough. We need physical action.”

Following the event, Tepper and other DJs will spin tunes inside the bar.

Photo via Facebook / Bourbon Adams Morgan

by Tim Regan — June 17, 2016 at 11:00 am 1 Comment

Lotus Blooms in Adams Morgan

An adult boutique centered around sex positivity has closed its doors in Adams Morgan.

Lotus Blooms (located 2408 18th St. NW) was forced to shutter roughly two weeks ago after it ran into “legal issues,” according to store manager and education coordinator Teal Dye. The location opened last September.

“It was a very hard decision that we had to make due to legal issues,” according to a statement Dye shared with us earlier today. “We’ll miss our 18th Street home and the Adams Morgan community that welcomed us so warmly.”

The adult boutique currently has one store in Alexandria.

Read the full statement below:


by Andrew Ramonas — June 16, 2016 at 12:10 pm 0

(Updated at 12:50 p.m. Friday) Italian food is set to return to the former Pasta Mia space in Adams Morgan this summer.

Osteria Al Volo from D.C. pasta maker Cucina Al Volo is slated to open at 1790 Columbia Road NW in early August, said Tuscan native Daniele Catalani, who owns the business with his nephew, Matteo. Pasta Mia closed in March after 25 years in business.

“It’s high quality fresh pasta of course and Italian cooking classes,” Daniele said in an email to Borderstan.

Cucina Al Volo, which Daniele and Matteo founded last year, makes pasta using ingredients from local farmers and sells it at Union Market and at farmers markets at 14th and U streets NW and in Bloomingdale, according to its Facebook page.

“There’s a lot of demand for good food, but there’s not a lot of people providing it,” Matteo told The Washington Post earlier this year. “We have a purpose here.”

Local blog PoPville earlier this week was the first to note “scuttlebutt” about Cucina Al Volo opening a restaurant in Adams Morgan.

Photo of pasta via Facebook/Cucina Al Volo

by Andrew Ramonas — June 15, 2016 at 3:45 pm 0

1300 block of 12th Street NW (Photo via Google Maps)Two gun-wielding thieves shot at a man they robbed in Logan Circle early this morning, police said.

The armed robbery happened on the 1300 block of 12th Street NW about 2:30 a.m.

The victim was walking about two blocks southeast of the Logan Circle NW traffic circle when two men came up to him from behind and flashed handguns, police said.

“I need money,” one of the men told the victim, according to authorities.


by Andrew Ramonas — June 9, 2016 at 12:15 pm 4 Comments

The newest proposal to redevelop a building and pedestrian plaza in the heart of Adams Morgan has failed to win over a key community leader.

Billy Simpson, a member of Advisory Neighborhood Commission 1C, told Borderstan yesterday that he still was unsatisfied with property developer PN Hoffman’s plan to build a mixed-use building on the SunTrust site at 1800 Columbia Road NW. Updated construction plans PN Hoffman released this week do not address his concerns about the size of the building and the space set aside for a plaza, among other issues, he said.

Simpson in May joined other ANC commissioners in approving three non-binding resolutions that detailed “significant issues” with height and scale, noted that the proposed building “significantly undermines the long-established set-back and the plaza” and raised other concerns about the project.

“The revised plans fail to address the core issues articulated in ANC 1C’s resolutions,” he said.


by Andrew Ramonas — June 8, 2016 at 2:35 pm 0

1600 block of Kalorama Road NW (Photo via Google Maps)An intoxicated man armed with a knife and a paint scraper attacked his roommate in Adams Morgan early yesterday morning, leaving the individual with “significant injuries to his head,” police said.

The assault happened in a home on the 1600 block of Kalorama Road NW about 3 a.m. Tuesday. The block includes the Adams Morgan Harris Teeter grocery store.

The attacker was arguing with the victim about a guest staying at their place when the assailant came at him with a knife and then a paint scraper, injuring him, according to authorities.

The victim tried to use a mattress to shield himself. But his roommate stabbed around and through it with the knife.

The assailant eventually left, after changing his clothes.

The victim was brought to a local hospital for treatment.

Police haven’t released a suspect description.

Photo via Google Maps

by Courtney Brown — June 7, 2016 at 11:50 am 0

Ababa Ethiopian Restaurant at 2106 18th St. NW

(Updated at 7:50 a.m. Wednesday) Marinated raw beef, flaky pastries with chicken and other Ethiopian dishes now are coming out of the kitchen in a former Mexican eatery in Adams Morgan.

Ababa Ethiopian Restaurant opened in the former Casa Oaxaca space at 2106 18th St. NW today, with a deal for locals. Adams Morgan residents can get 20 percent off menu items for a month, owner Alem Kassaye said.

In addition to the raw beef called kitfo and the savory pastries known as sambussa, other food on the menu includes gomen besiga (Ethiopian beef and collard greens) and misser alicha (Ethiopian lentils).

“I’m excited about the neighborhood,” Kassaye said. “The people have been nice and helpful.”

The restaurant, which also occupies the space once used by Ethiopian eatery Addis Ababa, is open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily.

by Andrew Ramonas — June 3, 2016 at 12:40 pm 0

"The Mother of All Yard Sales" participant map (Image courtesy of Josh Gibson)Bargain hunters in search of clothes, housewares and home decor might have some luck in the Adams Morgan area this weekend.

About 40 yard sales in Adams Morgan and Lanier Heights are slated for the annual “The Mother of All Yard Sales” Saturday.

The sales, which center around Biltmore Street and Lanier Place NW, are set to start between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. and end between noon and 3 p.m. (Click on the map to the left to see all the participants.)

Tryst (2459 18th St. NW), Urban Dwell (1837 Columbia Road NW) and other area businesses also will have specials for yard sale shoppers who show this image.



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