by Tim Regan November 8, 2016 at 8:50 am 0

Long Lines at the Polls — It’s Election Day, and thousands of D.C. residents lined up across the city to vote early this morning. At Logan Circle’s Garrison Elementary, one reader reported spotting about 200 people. The line to vote at Banneker was a block long around 7:45 a.m. today, ANC 1B commissioner Brian Footer said. At 15th Street Presbyterian Church (1701 15th St. NW), one reader told us he waited more than an hour to vote. Locals who want to find their polling place can do so on the D.C. Board of Elections website.

Election Day Specials at Local Bars and Restaurants —  After you vote, if you’re still looking for something to do, plenty of local bars and restaurants are hosting election day deals and freebies. [DCist]

Grand Jury Investigation Launched in Police Shooting — The police-involved shooting death of Terrence Sterling has prompted a grand jury investigation. A D.C. Police officer shot and killed Sterling near the intersection of 3rd and M streets NW early on the morning of Sept. 11. [Fox 5]

Washington Post to Open Pop-up Election Shop — The newspaper will sell single copies of its Election 2016 print issue at a temporary retail space in the Post headquarters building on Franklin Square. The shop will open tomorrow and sell newspapers through Friday, Nov. 11. [Washingtonian]

Colada Shop to Open in January — The Cuban-themed coffee shop will reportedly open at 1405 T St. NW on Jan. 26, 2017. [Eater D.C.]

H Street Pizzeria to Reopen Soon — Citi Pizza is coming back to H Street. The shop is slated to reopen in weeks with a facelift. [District Cuisine]

by Andrew Ramonas November 7, 2016 at 9:00 am 0

Fall in Logan Circle (Photo via Twitter/Lynn Hoverman)

Post Food Critic Leaves Shaw Bijou HungryWashington Post food critic Tom Sietsema was looking for pizza after he left the new Shaw Bijou, which charges at least $185 per diner. Although he spoke positively of some of the restaurant’s food, Sietsema said he and his co-diners left “less than sated.” [Washington Post]

Union Market-Area Buildings Get Historic Designation — Florida Avenue Market’s 74-building “core,” which surrounds the Union Market food hall, is now a historic district. [UrbanTurf]

Group Plans Columbia Heights Night — Community organization the Columbia Heights Initiative is set to host its inaugural Columbia Heights Night Dec. 2 with “A Taste of Columbia Heights” and live entertainment. [New Columbia Heights]

H Street Eatery Now Serves Breakfast — Pow Pow (1253 H St. NE) has started selling $5 egg rolls with scrambled eggs, cheddar cheese and steak, pulled pork or black beans. [District Cuisine]

Photo via Twitter/Lynn Hoverman

by Tim Regan November 4, 2016 at 8:55 am 0

Humanity's Throne in Dupont

Gunshots Reported Near Meridian Hill Park — Several people who live near Meridian Hill Park told Borderstan they heard gunshots around 10:15 p.m. last night. Police were spotted looking for shell casings in the area. Nobody was wounded by the gunfire, authorities said. [Twitter]

Beer Garden Test-Opens in Park View — The Midlands, a long-awaited Park View beer garden, opened its doors to customers as part of a test run last night. [New Columbia Heights]

‘Dwell Time’ Up at African-American History Museum — Visitors are reportedly spending up to six hours at a time walking through the museum. [WAMU]

‘Humans of ShopHouse’ — These people ate at Chipotle’s Southeast Asian fast casual eatery. They apparently like the meatballs. [Washington City Paper]

by Tim Regan November 3, 2016 at 8:55 am 0

Statues on R St. NW

D.C. Picks Plan for Shaw’s Parcel 42 —  The District’s Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development has chosen a team of companies to develop Parcel 42, the vacant lot at 7th St. and Rhode Island Ave. NW. The proposal includes a seven-story mixed-use development with retail and residential units and a public park. [Washington Business Journal]

‘Co-Living Space’ Sparks Truxton Circle Drama — The construction of a new “co-living” development in Truxton Circle has created discontent among some longtime residents who view the project as a bad fit for the neighborhood. [Washington City Paper]

‘Updated’ Jewish Deli to Open in Chinatown Next Week — On Rye, an “updated” Jewish deli, will bring Reuben sandwiches and matzoh ball soup to 740 6th St. NW on Nov. 11. [Washington Post]

Metro Officer Accused of Assaulting Women Put on Leave — The Metro officer who allegedly assaulted two women at the Dupont Circle Metro station last Saturday night has been put on administrative leave. [WUSA9]

Soupergirl Debuts Soup ‘Cleanse’ — The local soup chain now sells “Souper Cleanse” kits designed to do whatever it is crash cleanse diets do. [Washington City Paper]

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

Performers at Dupont Metro station, Nov. 2, 2016

‘Highly Unlikely’ Adams Morgan Hotel Will Meet Tax Break Requirements — The developers behind The Line hotel in Adams Morgan still haven’t met hiring requirements necessary for a $46 million tax break, and it’s “highly unlikely” they will, a District agency says. [Washington City Paper]

Logan Circle Gastropub Plans New Brunch Menu — It will soon be possible to order “fatboy fantasy” and “squirrel kicker” sandwiches at The Commodore in Logan Circle. [Washington City Paper]

NoMa Park Plans Unveiled — The new park coming to NoMa has a final design with a lawn and a children’s play area. The park will also have a cafe located around two pedestrian walkways. [Greater Greater Washington]

Virtual Reality Tour Visits Union Market — A new pop-up from Facebook lets locals try on Samsung’s Gear VR headset. The tour will run outside of Union Market from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m., through Saturday. [DCist]

Is D.C. Real Estate in the Twilight Zone? — This $619,000 “fixer-upper” in Columbia Heights might be evidence we’re living in an alternate reality. [Washingtonian]

by Tim Regan November 1, 2016 at 8:45 am 0

Faux voting signs at Trader Joe's on 14th Street

House Catches Fire in Shaw — The roof of a house on the 1900 block of 6th St. NW caught fire late last night. Nobody was injured during the fire, authorities said. [Twitter / D.C. Fire and EMS]

Yuengling Boycott Intensifies — As many as 21 bars have stopped serving the Pennsylvania brewery’s beer after one of the company’s executives endorsed Donald Trump for president. [DCist]

Sally’s Middle Name Ditches No-Tip Policy — The H Street restaurant and bar will no longer add an 18 percent service charge to every bill. [Washington City Paper]

H Street Mexican Restaurant Reportedly Looks to Expand — Taqueria and Rosticeria Fresca (701 H St. NE) appears to have plans to take over the building behind the restaurant. [District Cuisine]

by Tim Regan October 31, 2016 at 9:10 am 0

noma-pumpkin-photo-via-noma-bid

Death of Former Putin Aide at Dupont Hotel Ruled Accidental — Mikhail Y. Lesin, the Russian ad executive who was found dead at Dupont Circle Hotel last November, died of a fall after days of “excessive” drinking, according to D.C. Police and the District’s chief medical examiner. [Washington Post]

Shaw Bijou Opens Tomorrow — The hotly anticipated restaurant from “Top Chef” finalist Kwame Onwuachi will start slinging $185 tasting menus tomorrow. [Washingtonian]

Metro’s Biggest SafeTrack Phase Began Today — Thousands of commuters had their first taste of Metro’s newest and largest SafeTrack repair project this morning. For the next 25 days, no trains will run between Metro’s Fort Totten and NoMa stations. [Washington Post]

D.C. Fire and EMS Battles Blazes — Four fires broke out across the Northwestern part of D.C. over the weekend. The fires — located in Shaw, Columbia Heights, Bloomingdale and Logan Circle — were quickly extinguished. Nobody was injured in the fires, authorities said.

Half-Smoke Symbolism — The ubiquitous D.C. sausage represents a city in flux, according to one CityLab writer. [CityLab]

Photo via NoMa BID

by Andrew Ramonas October 28, 2016 at 9:00 am 0

All Souls Church at 16th and Harvard streets NW

D.C. Gay Bars Boycott Yuengling Over Trump — JR.’s Bar and Grill in Dupont Circle, Number Nine in Logan Circle and other D.C. gay bars have stopped serving Yuengling after D.G. Yuengling & Son owner Dick Yuengling told Eric Trump that Yuengling’s “guys are behind your father.” [Washington Blade]

Chef Leaves The Shaw Bijou Before Opening — Michael Ellish has stepped down as The Shaw Bijou’s executive sous chef to become the executive chef at Barrel on Capitol Hill. The Shaw Bijou is set to open Nov. 1. [Washington City Paper]

Whole Foods Stocks Booze from Truxton Circle Cidery — Four ciders from Anxo Cidery & Pintxos Bar in Truxton Circle are now for sale at D.C. Whole Foods Market locations. [Washingtonian]

H Street’s Rock & Roll Hotel Gives Some the Creeps — Workers at the Rock & Roll Hotel have reported paranormal activity at the music venue, which was once a funeral parlor. [Washington City Paper]

by Andrew Ramonas October 27, 2016 at 9:00 am 0

Columbia Heights

SafeTrack to Bring Major Disruptions Saturday — Metro on Saturday is set to begin a new phase of its SafeTrack repairs, which will close the NoMa-Gallaudet and Fort Totten stations until Nov. 22. The District Department of Transportation is extending the Circulator’s operating hours in an effort to help commuters during the repairs. [Washington Post]

Anti-Trump Pop-Up Bar, Italian Eatery to Open in Adams Morgan — An anti-Donald Trump bar selling mezcal is set to pop up next week in the former home of Libertine (2435 18th St. NW), which closed last week. An Italian restaurant, Rosario, is slated to open in the space after the pop-up bar. [Washingtonian]

Affordable Housing Building Opens in Shaw — Shaw has a new affordable housing building named for late civil rights leader and congressional candidate Channing E. Phillips above the neighborhood’s Metro station at 1730 7th St. NW. [Washington City Paper]

Superheros Can Drink for Free at 14th Street Bar This Weekend — Black Jack and its pinball-themed bar, Tilt (1612 14th St. NW), plan to give a free drink to anyone dressed in a superhero costume this weekend as part of its pre-Halloween party. [NBC Washington]

How Shaw’s ‘Miracle on 7th Street’ Celebrates Christmas, by the Numbers — To serve the 23,790 customers it had last year, Derek Brown’s Christmas-themed “Miracle on 7th Street” pop-up bar went through 5,962 shots of nog, 360 gallons of chocolate milk for its “Francisco That’s Hard to Say” cocktail and printed 1,100 menus. The bar is set to take over Mockingbird Hill, Southern Efficiency, and Eat The Rich from Nov. 25 to Dec. 31. [Washington City Paper]

by Andrew Ramonas October 26, 2016 at 10:00 am 0

Dupont’s High Heel Race Celebrates 30 Years — Drag queens and other costumed revelers ran down 17th Street NW last night as part of the 30th annual High Heel Race. Borderstan co-founder Luis Gomez photographed some of the action in the slideshow above. [WTOP]

ShopHouse Eateries Likely to Close or Get New Owner — Chipotle has announced it won’t invest in ShopHouse anymore and will pursue “strategic alternatives” for the fast-casual Asian restaurant chain. ShopHouse eateries in Dupont Circle, Chinatown and other locations across the United States are likely to close or get a new owner. [Business Insider]

Park View Eatery to Host Pop-Up Noodle Shop — Khao Soi Nok Noi, a noodle-centric eatery from Chef Alex McCoy, is set to pop up at Tchoup’s Market (3301 Georgia Ave. NW) starting Nov. 2. [Washington City Paper]

Meet 14th Street’s Micro-Unit Dwellers — Residents of the Harper (1919 14th St. NW) talked to The Washington Post about what it’s like to live in apartments that are 500 square feet or less. [Washington Post]

Invite: Private Scotch Tasting — Sponsored — RSVP to raise the Macallan next week at the Mellon Auditorium. [Macallan Distillers]

Photos courtesy of Luis Gomez Photography

by Andrew Ramonas October 25, 2016 at 9:00 am 0

Cisco (Photo via Smithsonian's National Zoo)

Bear Dies at National Zoo — A 23-year-old male Andean bear named Cisco died at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo Monday during an emergency veterinary exam. [WTOP]

Labor Union Launches Attack on Adams Morgan Hotel — Unite Here Local 25, which represents more than 6,500 hospitality workers, has started a digital advocacy campaign against the forthcoming Line hotel in Adams Morgan amid criticism from D.C. officials over a $46 million tax break for it. [Washington City Paper]

Unconventional Diner to Open in Shaw Next Year — David Deshaies, Central Michel Richard’s executive chef, is planning to debut his Unconventional Diner at 1211 9th St. NW this spring. [Washington Post]

Howard Celebrates Homecoming — WAMU took a look at Howard University’s homecoming festivities, which the radio station called a “party, reunion and celebration all rolled into one.” [WAMU]

Photo via Smithsonian’s National Zoo

by Andrew Ramonas October 24, 2016 at 10:00 am 0

Adams Morgan

D.C. Historic Preservation Office Backs Building Plan for SunTrust Site — The D.C. Historic Preservation Office has advised the D.C. Historic Preservation Review Board to approve PN Hoffman’s proposal to construct a mixed-use building on the SunTrust property at 1800 Columbia Road NW. HPRB is scheduled to vote Thursday on the developer’s plan, which didn’t get the support of Adams Morgan’s Advisory Neighborhood Commission 1C. [UrbanTurf]

Early Voting Begins in D.C. — D.C. residents now can cast their ballots for the 2016 general election at the Old Council Chambers at One Judiciary Square (441 4th St. NW) from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. until Nov. 4. Other early voting centers will open around the District Saturday. [NBC Washington]

Bus Riders Create Group to Lobby for 14th Street Express Buses — Public transit users have joined together to form the “14th Street Bus Riders Alliance” to advocate for express buses on the road. [Petworth News]

A Peek Inside H Street’s ApolloWashingtonian takes a look inside the H Street corridor’s new Apollo building, which will have apartments for rent, a Whole Foods, a Wydown Coffee Bar and a Daily Rider bicycle shop. [Washingtonian]

Bloomingdale Resident Reports Spooky Happenings in Home — A Bloomingdale resident has reported hearing unexplained footsteps and finding her dream catcher mysteriously damaged in her home, which a neighbor said sits on an old cemetery. [WAMU]

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

Hot donuts at Dupont Krispy Kreme

Police Investigate Shaw Gunshots — Someone fired a gun near the 1300 block of 7th St. NW around 9 p.m. last night, according to D.C. Police. Authorities did not locate a victim but found shell casings in the area, said MPD Lieutenant John M. Hedgecock. [D.C. Police]

Blagden Alley’s Last Artist — Bill Warrell, 63, is Blagden Alley’s last remaining artist. Now, he’s being priced out of the neighborhood once known for its underground art community. [Washington City Paper]

Bye, Bao Bao — One of the National Zoo’s most popular giant pandas is moving to China. Bao Bao, who was born in 2013, is being sent away in winter 2017 as part of a breeding agreement the D.C. zoo has with a wildlife conservation group in China. [Washington Post; DCist; WAMU]

MLK Library Transformed in New Renderings — The District’s Martin Luther King Jr. Library could have a slide, an in-house coffee shop and a green roof as soon as 2020. [DCist]

Deadspin Visits Ben’s Chili Bowl — Deadspin’s new video series, Foodspin, tackled Ben’s Chili Bowl this week. [Facebook / Deadspin]

by Tim Regan October 20, 2016 at 8:55 am 0

Le Diplomate, Oct. 19 2016

‘Power Dining’ in D.C. — Unsurprisingly, D.C.’s rich and powerful residents like to eat at places like Le Diplomate in Logan Circle and Fiola Mare in Georgetown. [New York Times]

Actually, Though, ‘Power Dining’ Isn’t Real — The thing is, the District’s big shots have to eat somewhere. And, as it turns out, they like to eat good food. To quote Washingtonian’s Jessica Sidman: “Of course politicians and pundits are dining at Fiola Mare and Le Diplomate. Anyone who gives a damn about food in D.C. is also eating there. There’s no grand conspiracy that brings ‘important’ people to the same bowls of pasta.” [Washingtonian]

Metro Transit Officers Take Teen Down Over Chips — A Metro Transit Police officer brought a young black woman to the ground at Columbia Heights Metro station Tuesday afternoon. Why? She apparently refused to put away a bag of chips. [DCist]

‘Tis the Season for Christmas Bars — All three of Derek Brown’s Shaw bars (Mockingbird Hill, Southern Efficiency, and Eat the Rich) will transform into the Christmas-themed “Miracle on Seventh Street” starting on Friday, Nov. 25. [Washingtonian]

Man Arrested in Fatal Columbia Heights Shooting — D.C. Police have arrested and charged Daryl Thompson, 27, in connection with two shootings that occurred in Southeast and Columbia Heights earlier this year. [Washington Post]

Downtown BID Looks to Levy Residential Buildings — Residential units might soon be asked to join the Downtown D.C. business improvement district. [Washington Business Journal]

by Tim Regan October 19, 2016 at 9:00 am 0

STOCK One Hour Cleaning in Dupont

Cops Nab Man Suspected of Firing Gun Downtown — D.C. Police have arrested a man who allegedly fired a gun several times near Franklin Square last week. Though nobody was injured in the incident, several people ducked for cover when shots rang out. [Washington Post]

Restaurant Nora Chef Retiring — Organic food pioneer Nora Poullion announced yesterday she plans to retire and sell her eponymous restaurant at 2132 Florida Ave. NW. [Washington Post; DCistEater D.C.]

REI to Open Huge Store in NoMa Friday — Here’s your chance to take one final look inside. [UrbanTurf; Washington Business Journal]

How the Sausage Gets Made — The half-smokes at Ben’s Chili Bowl come from a meat processing plant in West Baltimore. [Baltimore Sun]

What to Expect From The Line in Adams Morgan — When Adams Morgan’s newest hotel finally opens its doors next year, it will bring with it several restaurants from Erik Bruner-Yang of Maketto and Spike Gjerde of Baltimore’s Woodberry Kitchen. Here’s what’s in store. [Washington Post]

RIP, Old Bear — A geriatric bear at the National Zoo has died. Workers euthanized Hana, a 21-year-old sloth bear, yesterday. [National Zoo]

Erik Bruner-Yang Creating Salad for Sweetgreen — Patrons at the fast casual salad eatery will soon be able to order a salad created by Maketto’s Erik Bruner-Yang. The salad will include roasted chicken, tofu, wild rice and ginger slaw, among other ingredients. [Washingtonian]

Stuffed Chicken Returned to Crisp Kitchen + Bar — The Bloomingdale restaurant’s stolen chicken mascot has returned. [Eater D.C.]

Columbia Room Among Playboy’s ‘Best Bars’ — Playboy readers have named the newly reopened bar among the top 10 bars in the U.S. (This link is safe for work.) [Playboy]

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