From Rachel Nania. Check out her blog, Sear, Simmer & Stir. Follow Nania on Twitter @rnania, email her at rachel[AT]borderstan.com.
Bier Baron (1523 22nd Street NW) is well-known throughout the area for its impressive collection of beer. But now the Dupont Circle watering hole is adding another accomplishment to its list: live entertainment.
Bier Baron’s entertainment section seats 240 customers and has a stage that can accommodate a variety of acts, such as live music, theater and burlesque.
However, the new venue especially hopes to “fill a gap in DC metro area by offering a priority for local bands,” and the tavern plans to book a variety of musical acts, including americana, acoustic, latino alternative, jazz, blues and rock.
For a list of already scheduled events, visit the Bier Baron website.
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Alleged Corruption at DC ABC Board…
After one member of the Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) Board, Mital Gandhi, resigned — citing a conflict of interest — a full investigation was launched into Chairman Charles Brodsky. As WTOP reports, the allegations are that Brodsky used his position to influence other businesses for his financial gain. He refutes the charges and says that Gandhi is ethically challenged. Mayor Vincent Gray has asked “D.C. Office of Boards and Commissions Chairman Ronald R. Collins to investigate the allegations against Brodsky,” according to WTOP.
Speaking of Alcohol, Bier Baron Has Draft Beer Downstairs Finally!
The Bier Baron, formerly known as the Brickskeller, finally has taps downstairs! The The Washington Post has the full recap of the 28 drafts now available in the main basement area. I have yet to make it over to compare its new menu and draft offerings, but this may have pushed me over the edge. Who’s joining me?
Woman Dies in Apartment Building Fire at 1731 Street NW
A Dupont Circle woman died Sunday night after a fire in her four-story apartment building at 1731 S Street NW. WUSA-Channel 9 reports that “Investigators believe the fire may have been caused by improperly discarded smoking materials.” In addition, “materials collected by a possible hoarder made it difficult for firefighters to reach the blaze and extinguish it,” according to Channel 9. The building is located between 17th and 18th Streets.
New Rules: Is Your Condo Building “Desirable” to Lenders?
WTOP has a story with a headline that’s probably a bit scary for the Borderstan area: New rules make condo buying trickier. WTOP-103.5 says “The Federal Housing Administration is requiring condos to be what they call “re-certified” in order to offer mortgages”and that “The FHA looks into things like renter-to-owner ratios, and delinquencies on condo fee payments to see if the building is eligible for one of their loans.” Builder has some easy-to-read specifics on the new rules.