by Andrew Ramonas August 9, 2016 at 4:40 pm 0

Declaration (Photo via Declaration)A pizza restaurant near the 9:30 Club is in the process of getting the D.C. government’s blessing to serve its pies, along with its cocktails, outside.

Declaration at 807 V St. NW now has an application for a “summer garden” on file with the D.C. Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration, according to a notice the agency published this week. The outdoor space would have seating for 18 diners, the paperwork says.

Under the application, Declaration’s customers could eat their “Roger Sherman” meatball pizzas and sip their “Independence Mule” drinks as they have done inside the eatery since it opened this past winter.

“It would be an extension of our restaurant,” Declaration manager Tammy Vodinh said.

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

Photo via Declaration

by Tim Regan July 18, 2016 at 1:55 pm 0

Tasty Burger is set to open at 2108 8th St. NW this month

A Boston eatery known for its burgers, fries and shakes will open near the 9:30 Club later this week.

Tasty Burger is set to open in the Atlantic Plumbing development at 2108 8th St. NW this Thursday, the company announced this afternoon.

When it opens, the new burger joint will serve burgers, shakes, hot dogs and chicken nuggets. Tasty Burger’s menu will also include mumbo dipping sauce and a gin rickey cocktail, two culinary items rumored to have been invented here in D.C.

“I don’t want people thinking… this is a Boston place coming to D.C. because that’s not who we are,” Tasty Burger owner David DuBois told us last month. “We’re a neighborhood restaurant group wherever we are. That’s just who we are.”

Read more from a Tasty Burger press release:


by Tim Regan June 2, 2016 at 3:55 pm 0

(Updated at 4:06 p.m.) Photographs of local murals and paintings of Metro cars adorn the walls. D.C.-inspired food and drinks fill out the menu. Is this a Boston-based burger chain or a local restaurant? Well, maybe both, said Tasty Burger owner David DuBois.

“This is about our investment in Shaw,” DuBois said while giving us a tour of the forthcoming burger joint. “This was the neighborhood we felt most acclimated to, that we felt like Tasty fit the best in,” DuBois said.

When Tasty Burger arrives at the Atlantic Plumbing development (2108 8th St. NW) some time later this month, it will not only bring with it burgers and fries, but a “comfortable” local feel, both in its food and in its design, DuBois said.

The location’s menu will include mumbo dipping sauce and a gin rickey cocktail, two culinary items rumored to have been invented here in D.C.

And the eatery’s design is a testament to its owner’s attention to detail. Photos and paintings meant to invoke Shaw — things like iconic buildings, murals, Duke Ellington sheet music — adorn the walls.  And little touches like a one-of-a-kind painted steer skull, roomy booths, a foosball table and a custom-made Coke bottle chandelier help put people at ease, DuBois said.

“I don’t want people thinking… this is a Boston place coming to D.C. because that’s not who we are,” he explained. “We’re a neighborhood restaurant group wherever we are. That’s just who we are.”

DuBois — who even rents the apartment above the restaurant — also hopes to make D.C.’s only Tasty Burger totally unique, much like the neighborhood itself.

“We’re here. This is our neighborhood now,” he said. “There’s nothing like this anywhere but here.”

by Andrew Ramonas March 24, 2016 at 4:45 pm 2 Comments

The “heaviest Japanese human being in history” and other sumo wrestlers are set to duke it out in an empty lot near the U Street corridor next month, according to an event representative.

The 600-pound Yama and two other champions of the Japanese wrestling sport are scheduled to meet for “Sumo-Sized Sunday” on April 3 at 945 Florida Ave. NW, spokeswoman Ashley Arias told Borderstan today. The event, slated for 11 a.m to 2 p.m., is the main contribution of the nearby Shay and Atlantic Plumbing developments to the District’s cherry blossom festivities.

“We wanted to just do something a little different,” Arias said.


by Andrew Ramonas December 30, 2015 at 10:45 am 2 Comments

Three people wanted in a violent attack near Atlantic Plumbing last month have appeared on video.

The aggravated assault occurred on the 2000 block of 8th Street NW about 2 a.m. Nov. 24, police said.

Surveillance camera footage police released today in connection with the attack begins with someone brawling with the victim in a parking lot as four people look on.


by Andrew Ramonas December 15, 2015 at 3:00 pm 0

Bazaar Spices (Photo via Twitter/Bazaar Spices)

A “full-service” spice shop is set to begin scooping out personalized flavor concoctions and more than 100 ready-made blends in Atlantic Plumbing within a few weeks, its owners told Borderstan today.

Bazaar Spices is slated to expand its offerings at its Union Market stand with a 625-square-foot space at 2130 8th St. NW during the first week of January, owners Ivan Fitzgerald and Monica Grover said.

“At Atlantic Plumbing, we will continue to offer our high level of customer service that we really take great pride in providing and the really deep, rare and eclectic collection of spices, botanicals, beans, rice, lentils and other specialty items,” they said in an email. “We will have more room so we plan on adding even more unique goodies.”


by Andrew Ramonas December 1, 2015 at 10:35 am 0

Roger Sherman pizza (Photo via Declaration)

(Updated at 10:45 a.m.) A gourmet pizzeria focused on local and organic ingredients is slated to arrive near the U Street corridor with a side of American history within a few weeks, according to a new post on the restaurant’s website.

Declaration is scheduled to open at 807 V St. NW in the Atlantic Plumbing complex in “late December,” the eatery’s management team wrote in the update online yesterday.

Owned by restaurateur Alan G. Popovsky of the presidentially themed Lincoln and Teddy & the Bully Bar in D.C., Declaration will be a “farm-to-table” restaurant with ingredients from the “region’s most eco-friendly farms” as a tribute to the founding of the United States, according to the eatery’s website.

The food includes a meatball pizza called the “Roger Sherman” and a basil pesto pie dubbed the “Francis Hopkinson,” which are named after signers of the Declaration of Independence. The restaurant also will have beer, wine and cocktails, including an “Independence Mule” and a “Freedom Punch.”

“Many of our pizzas and fresh dishes pay tribute to the Revolutionary era and the spirit of 1776, including dishes named for our founding fathers,” Declaration’s management team wrote online. “Enjoy a little history with your meal!”

Photo via Declaration

by Tim Regan November 13, 2015 at 11:30 am 5 Comments

Atlantic Plumbing renderings(Updated at 12:29 p.m.) Have you heard the news? Shaw isn’t just Shaw anymore.

Earlier this week, “a healthy mix of journalists, tastemakers and culture vultures” gathered atop the newly opened Atlantic Plumbing Company building at 8th and V streets NW to raise their glasses and toast the official unveiling of a new neighborhood, “North End of Shaw.”

But what is North End Shaw, anyway — besides a hashtag and an unused Twitter account? Much like its ever-growing older brother Shaw, the area seems to have loosely defined edges.

If you’re Atlantic Plumbing, North End Shaw is a “bustling epicenter of creativity” and a neighborhood that’s “transforming into one of Washington D.C.’s hottest destinations.”

If you’re Washingtonian, it’s “a made-up neighborhood name that [developers are] using to distinguish their new development.” (Which is kind of the norm around here, points out Topher Mathews, who runs Georgetown Metropolitan.)

So, let’s put it up to a vote. What do you think? Is “North End Shaw” a valid neighborhood name? Do you think it should be called something else? Weigh in by voting in the poll and telling us what you think in the comments.

Photo via JGB

by Sean Meehan October 15, 2015 at 11:40 am 0

Six screens will light at Landmark Theatre’s Atlantic Plumbing Cinema near the U Street for the first time ever tonight. The theater chain celebrated the opening with a glitzy — and dimly lit — party last night.

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser and Councilmembers Brianne Nadeau (Ward 1) and Vincent Orange (At-Large) were among the high-profile guests at the party at the 10,000 square-foot theater located on the ground floor of the new Atlantic Plumbing apartment building at 807 V St. NW.

Guests at the invitation-only event ate popcorn and sipped kettle corn-flavored old fashioneds while exploring the cinema. The theater is decked out with a full bar and patio seating, and moviegoers will be able to bring drinks from the bar into their theater.

Landmark CEO Ted Mundorff gave Bowser a tour of the theater and commented that the theater’s opening shows how much the U Street area has changed over the past decade and will draw even more people to the area.

Want to catch a flick? All six of the cinema’s screens will show “Steve Jobs” tonight starting at 8 p.m.

by Tim Regan October 5, 2015 at 11:15 am 0

Photo via will soon be possible to catch a film without straying too far from U Street.

Landmark Theatres — which also operates the E Street and Bethesda Row cinemas here in D.C. — announced today its anticipated new Atlantic Plumbing Cinema (807 V St. NW) will open next Thursday, Oct. 15.

The new cinema’s theaters will be decked out with plush leather seats, large screens, digital projection and Dolby 7.1 surround sound. Like at the theater chain’s other locations, patrons will be able to order food, cocktails, wine and craft beers to enjoy during the show.

On its first day open, all six of the theater’s screens will show Steve Jobs starting at 8 p.m. Showtimes and ticket prices will be available on the Atlantic Plumbing Cinema website.

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by Tim Regan October 5, 2015 at 10:50 am 0

Tasty BurgerA Boston burger chain is one step closer to opening its first D.C. location.

A public hearing notice for a new liquor license application shows that Tasty Burger is moving forward with its plans to set up shop in the forthcoming Atlantic Plumbing development at 2108 8th St. NW.

According to the application, the eatery seeks to serve burgers, fries, hot dogs and shakes in addition to alcoholic drinks. The restaurant would seat 56 people indoors and 29 people in an outdoor summer garden, and seeks to provide “occasional acoustical music and similar live entertainment.”

Though details regarding when the burger chain would open are sparse, Eater reported in August that Tasty Burger fans will have to wait until at least this winter to get their fix.

by May 6, 2013 at 11:00 am 0

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A rendering of Atlantic Plumbing project. (Courtesy of JBG Cos.)

Construction may start in July on the Atlantic Plumbing Building project by JBG Companies and Walton Street Capital. The project will bring three residential buildings and more than 25,000 square feet of retail space to 8th and V Streets NW, near the 9:30 Club.

The project includes retail space dedicated to local artists, luxury “green” amenities and streetscape improvements.

The addresses for the three sites are:

  • 807 V Street NW and 2112 8th Street NW
  • 2030 8th Street NW
  • 933-945 Florida Avenue NW

JBG representatives recently gave an update on the project and expect to receive raze permits for the buildings at 2030 8th Street, 807 V Street and 2112 8th Street next week. They will start demolition as soon as possible.  JBG hasn’t yet selected a general contractor but once they have they will be  meeting with all surrounding neighbors to discuss construction traffic control plans, construction mobilization and staging-delivery plans, pedestrian pathways, parking, security, etc.

The parking garage access was moved to 8th Street due to pedestrian safety and possible traffic backups mid-block on V Street NW.

The project will tie in with the 9:30 Club and other neighbors, “targeting more artistic/cultural uses including a possible small theater, as well as a café or restaurant,” said James Nozar from JBG Cos. in an interview given to Borderstan last year.

by October 22, 2012 at 8:00 am 3,825 1 Comment

"Atlantic Plumbing"

Atlantic Plumbing will bring three new apartment buildings and more than 25,000 square feet of retail to 8th Street NW. (Image courtesy of JBG).

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JBG Companies and Walton Street Capital are currently working on the Atlantic Plumbing development project, which will bring three buildings of residences and more than 25,000 square feet of retail space to 8th and V Streets NW, the area by the 9:30 Club. The project includes retail space dedicated to local artists, luxury “green” amenities and streetscape improvements.

The addresses for the three sites are:

  • 807 V Street NW and 2112 8th Street NW
  • 2030 8th Street NW
  • 933-945 Florida Avenue NW

Construction on the first two sites is expected to start early next year (Spring 2013) and finish in late 2014.

“We have not determined whether the project will deliver as apartments or condos, or split between the two buildings,” said James Nozar of JBG Companies.

“That decision will be based on market conditions as we get closer to delivery. However, we are building both buildings to such a high-level of design that we could make that determination very near the time of delivery of the buildings without impacting the project’s schedule.”

In addition to 375 living units, the Atlantic Plumbing project’s first two sites will also deliver approximately 25,000 square feet of combined ground-floor retail space.

"Atlantic Plumbing"

A rendering of Atlantic Plumbing. (Courtesy of JBG)

“We’re targeting more artistic/cultural uses including a possible small theater, as well as a café or restaurant,” said Nozar. “There will be approximately eight ground-floor studio spaces of approximately 500 square feet each that will be discounted and targeted to artists and other creative users, subject to them being open during certain hours in order to activate the streetscape and provide a haven for arts-related uses.”

Atlantic Plumbing will also have a large setback along V Street NW to allow for a small plaza and outdoor dining uses. This space will also accommodate the evening lines from the project’s neighbor, the 9:30 Club.

According to Nozar, it’s too early to project price-points for the living spaces; these will be set closer to completion of the project. The project plans to include units that range from 500 square-foot junior one bedrooms, to 1,400 square foot two-plus bedroom units.

Atlantic Plumbing will also dedicate approximately 10 percent of the units as affordable housing units to those earning at or below 80 percent of the Area Median Income, per DC’s Inclusionary Housing policy.

The designers of the project include Morris Adjmi, who will be leading the design of the exterior and interiors. Morris is teamed with local architect Eric Colbert & Associates, the Architect of Record.

Currently planned amenities for the project, include:

  • State-of-the art fitness center with stretching and yoga/spin area
  • Lounge area with bar, living room and home theater
  • Large landscaped garden
  • Private rooftop vegetable garden plots
  • Rooftop pool with panoramic city views from 110 feet in the air
  • Rooftop flume pools
  • Rooftop bar and commercial kitchen for food classes and resident use
  • Rooftop kitchenettes/BBQs with private seating areas
  • Outdoor rooftop movie screening area
  • Rooftop living room with fire pit
  • Significant green roof and an eight-story vertical garden
  • Programming of artist studios at the ground level
  • Private bike storage rooms
  • Electric car charging stations
  • Significant streetscape improvements, including plazas and landscaping along 8th & V Streets

JBG has an email address for those interested in the artist studio spaces: APArtistStudios[AT]


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