by Tim Regan December 2, 2016 at 8:55 am 0

Nativity Scene at Garden District Dec. 2

Vacant Dupont Rowhomes Prompt Complaints From Neighbors — A group of long-vacant properties along 21st St. NW has some people who live nearby upset. Squatters have taken up residence in the buildings, neighbors say, and although an investment group acquired the buildings last year, the company has allowed them to fall into disrepair. “Besides the whole safety implications, it’s kind of an eyesore on the neighborhood,” one neighbor told the City Paper. “You can go three or five blocks in literally any direction–you won’t see anything like that.” [Washington City Paper]

Affordable Housing Planned at Shaw’s Parcel 42 — A development group is slated to turn the parcel of land at 7th St. and Rhode Island Ave. NW into “The Ellis,” a rental with two- and three-bedroom apartments. Thirty percent of those units will reportedly be affordable. [Washington Post]

Bacaro Wine Bar Nixes Plan to Open in Shaw — The planned wine bar is no longer opening in Shaw’s CityMarket at O development. Why? The landlord has filed a lawsuit against it. [Washingtonian]

Shaw Bijou’s Bar Now Takes Walk-Ins — You don’t need a reservation to order cocktails and tasting menu dishes at Shaw Bijou’s bar. [Washington City Paper]

by Tim Regan December 1, 2016 at 9:00 am 0

Cuban Embassy Dec. 1

Cops Nab Possible Suspect in Fatal Shooting of Ben’s Chili Bowl Cook — Someone fatally shot a Ben’s Chili Bowl cook during a carjacking outside the Anacostia Metro station about nine years ago. Now, D.C. Police have arrested the person who may have committed the crime. [Washington Post]

K Street Basement Bar Poised to Reopen — The bar under Vieux Carre (1413 K St. NW) is getting ready to open its doors again. The hangout formerly known as The Speak will reopen under the name The Rent on Dec. 8, its owners said. The speakeasy-style bar was infamously shut down last year for being a little too authentic. [Washingtonian]

Developer Plans Apartments at Union Market — Edens, an active Union Market developer, has filed plans to build a new development that would hose 130-150 apartments at 1300 4th St. NE. [UrbanTurf]

Time for 14th Street Express Bus Service? — WMATA suggested adding express buses to 14th Street NW four years ago, but the plan has yet to come to fruition. [Greater Greater Washington]

Marjorie Meek-Bradley to Leave Roofer’s Union and Ripple — The “Top Chef” finalist says she wants to focus on her Shaw business, Smoked and Stacked. [Washington Post]

by Tim Regan November 30, 2016 at 9:00 am 0

Rainy Day at Dupont Metro

Trader Joe’s to Open Store Near Union Market — The grocery chain reportedly has signed a lease for a building under development at 1240 4th St. NE. If all goes according to plan, the new store would open in the second half of next year. [Bisnow; DCist]

Downtown Eatery Vidalia to Close Dec. 15 — The Southern restaurant at 1990 M St. NW is slated to close Dec. 15, according to its owner. The space will be turned into “Honeysuckle,” a new “American regional” restaurant from a former Vidalia chef. [Washington Post]

From Monkey King to Tiger Fork — The Hong Kong themed eatery slated to open in the former Rogue space at 922 N St. NW restaurant won’t be called Monkey King after all. Why? The restaurant’s former name was too similar to a Texas noodle joint. Instead, owner Greg Algie said he’ll name his forthcoming restaurant Tiger Fork. [Washington City Paper]

‘Hitler Was a Hero’ Scrawled on Shaw Sidewalk — Someone wrote “Hitler was a hero” in orange chalk on a sidewalk in Shaw recently. The message was washed off by about noon yesterday. [DCist]

Bad Saint Scores Another Good Review — This time from the New York Times. Guess those lines won’t be getting shorter any time soon? [New York Times]

by Tim Regan November 29, 2016 at 9:05 am 0

Barrel House Liquors, Sept. 25 2015

Logan Circle’s “Barrel House” Could Be Redeveloped — A developer has plans to redevelop the former home of Barrel House Liquors at 1341 14th St. NW into a seven-story mixed-use building. Will the barrel stay put? According to property owner Eric Meyers, the big barrel will be incorporated into the final design. [UrbanTurf; DCist]

Trump ‘Welcome’ at Ben’s Chili Bowl — President-elect Donald Trump is welcome to stuff himself silly with cheese fries and half-smokes at Ben’s Chili Bowl, says co-founder Virginia Ali. You know, when he’s not threatening to strip Americans of their citizenship for legally protesting. [TMZ]

Odd Provisions Corner Store to Open in Columbia Heights This Week — Odd Provisions, a self-described “extraordinary corner market,” is slated to open in Columbia Heights this Friday, Dec. 2. [Washingtonian]

Bei Bei is A-OK — The giant panda is doing well after his emergency surgery last week. [Washington Post]

by Tim Regan November 28, 2016 at 9:00 am 0

Church of the Pilgrims BRIEF

BBQ Joint Closes 14h Street Shop After Nine Months in Business — The 14th Street purveyor of ribs, beef sausage and smoked turkey breast is no more. BBQ Joint, which opened its location at 14th and U streets NW in February, closed up shop last night. “We couldn’t make the numbers work because the break even is so high in that neck of the woods,” owner Andrew Evans told the Washington City Paper. [Washington City Paper]

Barbecue Restaurant Planned in Columbia Heights — Out with the old, in with the new? A company called “Jenkins Capital BBQ” has plans to open a new restaurant in the former Ruby Tuesday space near 14th and Monroe streets NW. [New Columbia Heights]

Police Looking for Suspect in Attempted Rape at Downtown Hotel — D.C. Police are on the lookout for a man who assaulted, then tried to rape a woman at the Grand Hyatt Washington hotel near Metro Center. [Washington Post]

Rustik Tavern Closes in Bloomingdale — The eatery known for its brick-oven pizza and beer selection closed up shop over the weekend. [Washingtonian]

Bei Bei Undergoes Emergency Surgery — National Zoo veterinary surgeons rushed prized panda cub Bei Bei into emergency surgery last week after “a dense, masticated lemon-sized mass of bamboo” became stuck in his bowels. The surgery was a success and Bei Bei is stable and recovering, zoo staffers said. [National Zoo]

by Tim Regan November 23, 2016 at 8:55 am 0

Performers at Dupont Nov. 23 2016

Over 150 Bars Can Serve Alcohol Until 4 a.m. Tonight — Bars across the city are staying open late for Thanksgiving Eve tonight. [Washingtonian]

Forthcoming Truxton Circle Development Focuses on Condos — Rentals? Not anymore. The development planned at 57 N St. NW will have 110 for-sale units. [UrbanTurf]

Shaw Tree’s Demise a ‘Sign of Life’ — Learn how a 20-year-old tree’s demise is a sign that Shaw is changing for the better. [Greater Greater Washington]

Downtown Ice Cream Shop Also Makes Cheap Curry — The Hershey’s Ice Cream shop on McPherson Square also serves cheap, delicious curry, according to Washington City Paper’s food editor, Laura Hayes. [Washington City Paper]

by Tim Regan November 22, 2016 at 8:55 am 0

Bei Bei Photo courtesy of the National Zoo

Police Arrest One After Shots Fired in Columbia Heights — D.C. Police arrested one person after gunshots were reported in Columbia Heights last night. Nobody was injured in the gunfire, police said. [Washington Post]

Hotel to Replace Former 19th Street Steakhouse — An AC Hotel is slated to open in the former Smith and Wollensky space on 19th St. NW. The steakhouse closed in March. [Washington Business Journal]

Vegan-Friendly Juice Bar Coming to H Street — Turning Natural, a vegan juice joint and cafe, has plans to open a new location at 1380 H St. NE. [The X2 Bus]

Bei Bei Gets Bigger — The National Zoo’s prized panda isn’t so little anymore. The cub now weighs 90 pounds and has a “voracious appetite” for bamboo, apples and biscuits, zoo workers said. [National Zoo]

Photo courtesy of Smithsonian’s National Zoo

by Tim Regan November 21, 2016 at 9:00 am 0

Fall leaves in Dupont

New Approach in SunTrust Plaza Fight — Opponents of developer PN Hoffman’s planned 51-unit condo building at SunTrust plaza in Adams Morgan are now arguing that a “four-decade-old agreement between the former owner of the land and the community prevents the plaza from ever being anything but a plaza.” In essence, the group is claiming something similar to squatter’s rights. [WAMU 88.5]

&pizza Co-Founder Takes Over Kramerbooks  After 40 years in business, the Dupont bookstore has a new owner: &pizza co-founder Steve Salis. As we first reported earlier this month, the shop is expanding into the former Willie T’s Lobster Shack space next door. [Washington Post]

Longtime Shaw Residents Offer Advice to Newcomers as Neighborhood Changes — Shaw is changing. High-rise apartments are springing up. Rent is rising. Now, longtime residents, some who have lived there for decades, are offering up advice to the younger and, often naive newcomers. [Washington Post]

Garden District Turning Into ‘Bavarian Christmas Market’ — This Friday, the outdoor beer garden will turn into a Christmas-themed bar with hot cider, mulled wine and eggnog shots. [Washington City Paper]

Room 11’s Daytime Cafe to Close Dec. 31 — No more coffee, breakfast, and lunch on weekdays after Dec. 31, the Columbia Heights bar says. Paisley Fig, the restaurant’s in-house bakery, is slated to open in the former Heller’s Bakery space in Mount Pleasant next summer. [Washingtonian]

by Tim Regan November 18, 2016 at 9:15 am 0

Close-up shot of art on 19th Street

How the Seth Rich Murder Became Fodder for Conspiracy Theories — The mystery surrounding the July murder of DNC employee Seth Rich has become a rallying point for Trump supporters with conspiracy theories. How exactly did that happen? [Washington City Paper]

16th Street Traffic Lights Optimized for Buses — A new “transit signal priority” feature means buses on the 16th Street corridor now hit green lights more often. [Greater Greater Washington]

Officer Who Arrested Teen in Columbia Heights Leaves Metro Transit Police — Andy Vinh, the officer who arrested a young woman after she refused to throw away a lollipop and a bag of chips at the Columbia Heights Metro stop last month, is no longer the department. It’s unclear, however, whether he resigned or was fired. [Washington Post]

Jewish Protesters Demand Trump Fire Steve Bannon — Protesters rallied near Farragut Square yesterday to demand that president-elect Donald Trump fire his chief strategist, Steve Bannon. [DCist]

by Tim Regan November 17, 2016 at 9:00 am 0

Hippo statue near GWU

Chinatown Crosswalk Again Defaced — Someone once again scrawled a racist message on a crosswalk in Chinatown. The phrases “MOP HEAD” and “no pork” were written on the sidewalk sometime over the weekend. In August, police arrested a man for repeatedly writing the word “JEW” on the crosswalk over the summer. [DCist]

Cocktail Joint to Open in Former Dickson Wine Bar Space — A new bar called Five to One will soon occupy the basement level at 903 U St. NW. The bar will carry cocktails, beer, wine and maybe even some beef jerky. [Washington City Paper]

Anti-Deportation Protesters Confront Mayor Bowser — A meeting between people protesting the president-elect’s deportation plans and D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser got heated Tuesday night. The demonstrators gathered outside of the Mount Pleasant Library to ask Bowser to reaffirm the District’s status as a sanctuary city. [DCist; Washington City Paper]

by Tim Regan November 16, 2016 at 9:15 am 1 Comment

Thomas Circle STOCK

Man in Wheelchair Dies of Apparent Hypothermia in Columbia Heights — A woman walking her dogs in Columbia Heights on Sunday discovered a man in a wheelchair who appeared to have died of hypothermia. [Washington City Paper]

SunTrust Plaza Developer Tweaks Design — The company behind the contentious SunTrust plaza redevelopment has slightly changed the overall design. The newly updated plans will be presented tonight at a committee meeting of Adams Morgan’s ANC 1C. [UrbanTurf]

Thousands of Students Protest Trump — High school and college students across the District walked out of class and protested in front of the Trump International Hotel yesterday. [NBC Washington; GW Hatchet]

by Tim Regan November 15, 2016 at 9:00 am 0

U Street sign BRIEF

Bike Lanes Could Soon Stretch From Columbia Heights to Brookland — A new plan from DDOT could make it a lot safer for cyclists to pedal between two D.C. neighborhoods. The city agency recently ended its crosstown multimodal transportation study, which looked at how to improve transit in a swath of Northwest and Northeast. [Greater Greater Washington]

Video Art Enlivens Georgia Avenue —  A new video art project is putting people who live along Georgia Ave. NW in the spotlight. Over the next week, “video portraits” of the locals will be projected onto buildings throughout the area. [Park View D.C.]

Inside the Fallout Shelter Under Adams Morgan — An old fallout shelter lies under the Adams Bilingual School in Adams Morgan, but it probably won’t do any good in the (hopefully unlikely) event of a nuclear attack. [Washington City Paper]

Explore Park View During Unofficial Bar Crawl — The neighborhood now has enough watering holes for its very own unofficial bar crawl. [Washington Post]

by Tim Regan November 14, 2016 at 9:00 am 0


Mixed-Use Development Planned in Shaw — Roadside Development and Dantes Partners have plans to build a new mixed-use development at 8th and O streets NW. The building will include residential units and and 8,000 square feet devoted to “non-residential uses.” [Washington City Paper]

Hundreds Across D.C. Protest Trump — A throng of protesters marched down 14th Street this weekend to protest the election of Donald Trump as president. Marchers snaked down city streets throughout the District before converging on the Trump International Hotel. [Washington Post]

Bikeshare Takes Bigger Role in Local Transit — While Metro flounders, Bikeshare grows more ubiquitous. [Washington Post]

‘Million Woman March’ Planned on Inauguration Day — Feminists are coming to tell Trump what they think of him the day after he’s officially sworn in as president. [DCist]

by Tim Regan November 10, 2016 at 9:00 am 0


Anti-Trump Protestors March Down U Street — A crowd of people chanting “no Trump, no KKK, no fascist USA,” marched from the African-American Civil War Memorial on U Street to the newly opened Trump International Hotel last night. The demonstrations happened as people gathered across the country to protest Tuesday’s election results. [DCist; Washington Post]

Johnny’s Half-Shell Scores ‘Excellent’ Review — Washington Post food critic Tom Sietsema gave high marks to the newly reopened seafood restaurant. [Washington Post]

Busboys and Poets Owner Reacts to Trump by Canceling His Post Subscription  Andy Shallal said yesterday in a blog post he plans to drop his subscription to the Washington Post to protest the election of Donald Trump. Huh? [Washingtonian]

Plans Filed for New Shaw Development — A development group seeks to build an 80-unit residence at 1336 8th St. NW. [UrbanTurf]

by Andrew Ramonas November 9, 2016 at 9:00 am 0

Election Day voting at the Columbia Heights Educational Campus

D.C. Voters Back Statehood, Reelect Councilmembers — District voters have endorsed a ballot initiative in support of statehood and kept at-large councilmembers Robert White and David Grosso, as well as Councilmember Jack Evans of Ward 2, in office. [WTOP]

Cops Nab Man Wanted in Dupont Shooting — Northwest D.C. resident Anthony Willie Robinson, 24, was arrested in connection with the Oct. 15 shooting of a man on the 1500 block of 22nd Street NW. The victim had non-life-threatening injuries. [MPD]

Developer Seeks Help to Finance Possible H Street Hotel — Jair Lynch Real Estate Partners is looking for buyers or partners to help redevelop 609 H St. NE, which might get a boutique AC Hotel by Marriott. [Washington Business Journal]

Councilmember Allen to Hold Office Hours in Mount Vernon Triangle Tonight — Councilmember Charles Allen of Ward 6 is scheduled to meet with locals over beer at Baked Joint (440 K St. NW) today from 6 to 8 p.m. [Office of Councilmember Charles Allen]


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