by December 23, 2016 at 11:00 am 17 Comments

Dupont Fountain at 4:30 p.m.

Dear Borderstan readers:

It’s time to say goodbye again.

After 19 months of covering local news, Borderstan will cease publication today and for the foreseeable future.

We’ve had some great times together, haven’t we? Since relaunching the site last year, co-editors Tim Regan and Andrew Ramonas have written about the good, the bad and the odd things that happen around the District.

Going forward, we will archive our old stories on this site. That way, you can still read about the time we found out Guy Fieri was coming to Dupont Circle or the story of when local alcohol regulators fined Madam’s Organ for a drummer’s fart.

To all our friends and readers, thank you for making this possible. We’ve had a blast, and we hope to see you around the neighborhood soon!

Andrew Ramonas and Tim Regan
Borderstan co-editors

by May 20, 2016 at 10:30 am 0

Sudhouse Hooch Room

Like discounted drinks and food? Like a free Borderstan T-shirt? Like the work of co-editors Andrew Ramonas and Tim Regan?

Borderstan has some good news.

We’ve reserved the Hooch Room on the upper floor of Sudhouse (1340 U St. NW) for a Borderstan community happy hour on Thursday, June 9, from 5 to 8 p.m.

Join Ramonas and Regan for $3 beers, $6 Moscow mules, $3 orders of sweet potato bacon fries and $6 veggie burgers. We’ll also have Borderstan T-shirts for the first 15 people who show up.

This is an open invite. But we’d really appreciate it if you RSVP ahead of time.

If you have any questions, let us know by emailing or tweeting at us.

Hope to see you there!

by Tim Regan December 28, 2015 at 11:00 am 3 Comments

It was a big year here at Borderstan. It was also a big year in our neighborhoods. Restaurant openings, restaurant closures, crimes, fires, weirdness — the news never stops.

But what did you read? Here’s a look back at some of our most popular stories of 2015:

Madam’s Organ “fart fine” 

Adams Morgan blues bar Madam’s Organ was fined $500 in June for leaving its windows open while a live band played there in 2014. Regulators said the Adams Morgan bar was fined specifically for violating a settlement agreement brokered in 2008. But why were the windows open in the first place? Madam’s Organ’s owner, Bill Duggan, said a band’s drummer “opened the window to let [a] fart out.”

Though Duggan tried to push back against the fine in July, he ultimately did pay up.

Man shot in head in Adams Morgan

A man was shot in the head on a busy street in Adams Morgan in August. Though little was known about the shooting after it occurred, dozens of witnesses came forward to describe the harrowing crime.

The victim survived the attack, said police at an Adams Morgan ANC meeting in September. The investigation is still ongoing.

When Guy Fieri comes to town

D.C. erupted into a frenzy when we broke the news that Guy Fieri was coming to town in October. Where would he go? What would he eat? Would he ramp his signature red convertible?

Though his visit was shrouded in mystery, we eventually caught wind that the mucho grande food fan would end up wolfing down bread, cheese and meat at Bub and Pop’s on M Street.

Street artist defaces Ben’s Chili Bowl mural

A street artist going by the name “Smear Leader” affixed the grinning visage of Kim Jong Un on top of the Bill Cosby mural at Ben’s Chili Bowl on U Street in October.

The news sparked a larger debate: Was this an act of artistic defiance or vandalism? In an online poll we conducted, 46 percent of you backed the artist’s decision to deface the mural.

Former site of “men’s parties” sex club becoming a J. Crew men’s store

In a poetic twist, J. Crew appears to have its sights set on opening a location in a Logan Circle building that once held the infamous “men’s parties” sex club. Though the company has tentatively set a May opening date, the building still appears to be in the early stages of a full rehabilitation.

Bartender saves the day at wine and tapas bar on 14th Street

When a masked man started waving a knife at Barcelona on 14th Street in August, one quick-thinking bartender saved the day by knocking the would-be robber out.

The Islander says goodbye to U Street

Longtime family-owned Caribbean restaurant and lounge The Islander left U Street in July, and many locals were sad to see it go.

“The soul of DC is dying everywhere and being replaced with boring $500K condos,” wrote one Borderstan commenter. “Hats off to the owner and staff for serving our community for so long,” wrote another.

Faux speakeasy really nails the theme

A faux speakeasy called The Speak was shut down in November for too closely resembling a real speakeasy. According to regulators, the bar was selling alcohol without a valid liquor license.

Photo via Facebook / Madam’s Organ

by December 14, 2015 at 4:30 pm 0

Sudhouse Hooch Room

Borderstan is hosting a reader happy hour at Sudhouse (1340 U St. NW) tomorrow. You should come.

Here’s why:

  • Borderstan co-editors Tim “Slam Dunk” Regan and Andrew “Just Crazy ‘Bout Scooping” Ramonas will be there from 5 to 8 p.m. — so you know it will be a party.
  • Beer will cost $3, while Moscow mules will go for $6.
  • Sweet potato bacon fries are $3 and veggie burgers are $6.
  • We have the Sudhouse’s upper floor, a.ka. the “Hooch Room,” all to ourselves.
  • There is a pool table to settle neighborhood disputes through friendly games of billiards.

Though this is an open invite, we’d really appreciate it if you RSVP’ed ahead of time. And if you have any questions, let us know by e-mailing or tweeting at us.

See you tomorrow!

by December 1, 2015 at 4:50 pm 0

Sudhouse Hooch Room

Who needs an excuse to go to another happy hour?

Uh, we do. That’s why we’ve reserved the upper floor of Sudhouse (1340 U St. NW) for a Borderstan reader happy hour on Tuesday Dec. 15 at 5 p.m.

Join Borderstan co-editors Tim “Slam Dunk” Regan and Andrew “Just Crazy ‘Bout Scooping” Ramonas for drink and food specials between 5 and 8 p.m. Happy hour prices include $3 beers, $6 Moscow mules, $3 orders of sweet potato bacon fries and $6 veggie burgers.

Attendees will also be able to play pool and board games or bask in the warm glow of two TVs.

Though this is an open invite, we’d really appreciate it if you RSVP’ed ahead of time. And if you have any questions, let us know by e-mailing or tweeting at us.

Hope to see you there!

by Tim Regan October 9, 2015 at 3:45 pm 0

Taste of DC (Facebook:Taste of DC)

Amazing! The weekend is back by popular demand. Here’s a roundup of what to expect this weekend in and around the Borderstan coverage area:


  • Taste of D.C. 2015 comes to Pennsylvania Avenue. During the food fest, guests will have the chance to sample food from across the District while enjoying live entertainment on multiple stages. Oh, and there’s a Ben’s Chili Bowl eat-off.
  • Chefs from the Matchbox at 1901 14th Street NW will staff the chef demo table at the14th and U Farmers Market this weekend.
  • Dogs in dirndls will descend on Dupont.
  • A spooky-scary comedy show materializes at the DC Arts Center tonight and tomorrow.
  • Six women gonna get real funny at the Velvet Lounge on U Street.

Stuff you should know:

Photo via Facebook/Taste of DC

by Tim Regan September 14, 2015 at 10:15 am 0

Crowds braved the wet weather and flocked to the annual 17th Street Festival this Saturday. And although some left with soaked shirts and soggy socks, it’s safe to assume all had a good time.

From Drag City Divas to dozens of vendors, here’s what went down at this year’s 17th Street Festival.

Crowd and band photos courtesy of Luis Gomez

by Tim Regan June 11, 2015 at 1:40 pm 0

Pride Parade 2013

We’ve had a big couple of weeks here at Borderstan. And we’re about to have a big weekend.

We’re happy to announce that we’ll have a spot in this year’s Pride Parade on Saturday. We’ll have plenty of staffers on hand to pass out some nifty new Borderstan T-shirts.

Check out the parade map here, and you can follow us on Twitter if you want our location. Looking forward to seeing you on Saturday!

by Tim Regan June 1, 2015 at 9:00 am 4 Comments

Good morning. Borderstan is back.

We probably look a little different than you remember. That’s because, in April, Local News Now LLC, the publisher of, acquired Borderstan from founders Matt Rhoades and Luis Gomez. Since then, we’ve worked with Matt and Luis to map out how we can build upon what locals loved about the site the first time around.

And based on what we’ve come up with, we think you’ll be pleased.

Moving forward, we plan to cover everything Matt and Luis did well, from arts and entertainment, crime and politics, to local businesses and dining. We’ll also add to that mix up-to-date breaking neighborhood news coverage in a large swath of Northwest D.C., which includes the areas around Dupont Circle and Logan Circle, up to U Street, Adams Morgan and Columbia Heights.

Our site editor is Tim Regan, who has covered local news, restaurants, oddities and the arts for Washington Post Express, Washington City Paper and Thrillist, among others. He’ll occasionally be assisted by Andrew Ramonas, the editor of our sister site, Hill Now, Local News Now managing editor Bryan Doyle and a stable of stalwart freelance contributors.

Have a suggestion? Want to contribute? Drop us a line at [email protected]. Or, if you have an idea for a story we should write, call our tip line at 202-930-3546 to leave a message about what’s going on in your neighborhood. Be sure to connect with us on Twitter and Facebook, and check back with us frequently. We’ll be updating the site daily.

by May 7, 2015 at 12:45 pm 0

-06.01-DuPont-webres-37 will be back before you know it, delivering comprehensive neighborhood news coverage of Dupont Circle, Logan Circle, the U Street area — and now Columbia Heights.

We’ll relaunch Monday, June 1 with editor Tim Regan at the helm. Tim has covered local news, restaurants, oddities and the arts for Washington Post Express, Washington City Paper and Thrillist, among others. Most recently, he was assistant editor of two magazines on the housing market and home renovation, ProSales and Remodeling.

Local News Now LLC, the publisher of, acquired earlier this year from founders Matt Rhoades and Luis Gomez, as we announced last month. In the meantime, we’ve been working with Matt and Luis to map out how we can build upon what locals loved about the site the first time around, from August 2008 to June 2013.

You can expect up-to-the minute, community-based reporting on breaking news, development, restaurants and more, in the areas Borderstan previously covered. As part of the relaunch, we’ll cover Columbia Heights, too.

Questions, comments, scoops or inquiries about becoming contributor? We can be reached at [email protected].

by June 28, 2013 at 2:00 pm 25 Comments


The eyes of Borderstan: Our great contributors, past and present.

It’s time for us at Borderstan to say thank you and goodbye for now. This is our last planned post on, although the site will remain live for several months.

This was a difficult decision to make. We have enjoyed covering one of Washington’s great neighborhoods: the Dupont-Logan-U Street area. When we first went live in August 2008, we had no idea that Borderstan would grow to where it is today.

We were thrilled to have met so many of the great people in this neighborhood and to write about the changes occurring in our city.

From everyone involved with we want to say thank you to our readers and advertisers. We will always remember the support we received from the community and locally owned businesses.

To our volunteer contributors, we cannot begin to thank you enough — and this includes the wonderful photographers who shared their photographs in our Flickr group. Even though some of you moved on before today’s final post and may not be listed on our contributor’s page, your hard work and dedication are remembered. We couldn’t have done it without you.

Luis Gomez and Matt Rhoades, co-founders

It has been a pleasure to bring you the neighborhood news.

by June 28, 2013 at 8:00 am 1 Comment


What did you miss during the past week on the great big Internet? (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Willis Shawver. Follow him on Twitter at @WShawver or email him at Willis[AT]

The Internet is a big place and you can’t be expected to see everything. Don’t worry: Borderstan Missing Links are here to help. We’ve collected some highlights from the past week that you might have missed. Enjoy.

The District

  • Museum of National History scores its first full Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton. (DCist)
  • Nearly 400 koi fish were stolen from a pond in an industrial park in Herndon, VA. (CBSLocal)
  • City of Alexandria passes ordinance that allows bicyclists to ride on sidewalks. (WAMU)
  • Michigan Congressman proposes bill that would eliminate all traffic cameras in the District. (DCist)
  • DC Council votes to lower the sale tax from 6% to %5.75. Lowest level since 2009. (Washington Times)
  • The Rolling Stones zing President Obama over NSA wiretaps during DC concert. (Washington Post)
  • Skateboarding legend Tony Hawk donates first skateboard to Smithsonian. (WJLA)
  • Mayor Gray prioritizes education spending with $92 million in projected local revenue. (BizJournal)

DC Housing

  • For only 2.6 million you could have this old DC engine station. Fire poll included. (Estately)
  • DC Chief Financial Officer forecasts an end to the city’s population growth. (CityPaper)
  • The Atlantic Plumbing Supply Company building next to the 9:30 Club is no more. (Price of Petworth)

Popular Culture

  • Kinda racist? No worries. Paula Dean’s cookbook jumps to #1 on Amazon best sellers list. (BuzzFeed)
  • A map of the United States that shows the most famous company brand from each state. (DesignTaxi)
  • Have you been wondering what actor Rick Moranis has been up to? Wonder no more. (HeebMag)


  • PETA ranks Nats Park as the third most vegetarian-friendly stadium in MLB. (Washington Post)
  • Joe Theismann interested in replacing Sam Huff on the Redskins radio broadcasts. (NBC Sports)
  • Not satisfied with free burritos for life, Bryce Harper scores some free Cap’n Crunch. (Washington Post)
  • With the third pick in the NBA Draft, the Wizards select Otto Porter Jr. from Georgetown. (SBNation)
  • Every single shot Lebron James made during game 7 of the NBA Finals in one GIF. (DeadSpin)
  • Don’t hate on the mullet. Rendon’s hair sparks Nationals rallying call. (Washington Post)

Random Picks of the Week

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by June 21, 2013 at 11:00 am 0


What did you miss during the past week on the great big Internet? (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Willis Shawver. Follow him on Twitter at @WShawver or email him at Willis[AT]

The Internet is a big place and you can’t be expected to see everything. Don’t worry: Borderstan Missing Links are here to help. We’ve collected some highlights from the past week that you might have missed. Enjoy.

The District

  • Hank, the new sloth bear cub at the National Zoo, made his public debut this week. (DCist)
  • More than 10,000 students were suspended this past academic year in DC public schools. (WAMU)
  • Old NPR headquarters building in Chinatown succumbs to the wrecking ball. (Prince of Petworth)
  • Another Shake Shack is set to open in Penn Quarter. I love me some Shake Shack. (DCist)
  • Fairfax County schools working with sleep specialists to study school start times. (WAMU)
  • Sometimes bag searches on the Metro aren’t always optional. (GreaterGreaterWashington)
  • First child of 19, Josh Duggar takes a job with conservative lobbying firm in the District. (DCist)
  • That trip out to Tysons Corner Mall will have to wait. Silver line opening delayed till January. (NBC4)

DC Housing

  • Shepherd Park and Petworth are the two hottest housing neighborhoods in DC right now. (BizJournals)
  • Owners of Meridian Hill Baptist Church in Mt. Pleasant hope to turn it into a 70-unit condo. (UrbanTurf)
  • I’m shocked! Real estate in Georgetown is getting more expensive. (Georgetown Metropolitan)
  • If you have an opinion about the redevelopment of Walter Reed, let them know. (WalterReedTomorrow)
  • Study finds that DC renters can save almost 30% by sharing an apartment with a roommate. (UrbanTurf)
  • A look at the ten buildings that changed Washington, DC. (Parchment)

Popular Culture

  • A video of all the “OOHS” in Saved by the Bell. Lots of kissing and AC Slater dancing. (Shortlist)
  • North West. A quadrant in Washington, DC and a Kardashian. (DailyMail)
  • The 10 greatest sitcom characters that were introduced late in show’s run. (UPROXX)


  • Alexander Ovechkin has three MPV trophies … and zero Stanley Cups. (Sports Illustrated)
  • Bryce Harper modeling underwear. Why haven’t you clicked the link yet? (Washington Post)
  • Don’t expect the Wizards to revert back to the Bullets nickname anytime soon. (Washington Times)
  • How well do you know the MLB rulebook? Take this quiz to find out how little you do. (ESPN)
  • John Wall has been busy this offseason. At the tattoo parlor. (Washington Post)

Random Picks of the Week

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by June 21, 2013 at 10:00 am 0

From Scott Leibowitz. Find Scott on Twitter @Lebodome. Email him at [email protected].


Always keep on moving as you do a bar crawl. (Luis Gomez Photos)

One of the major advantages of living in a condensed city like good ol’ Washington is the proximity from one activity to the next.

In many of our hometowns the restaurants and bars are located on two blocks next to each other and the selection is limited. However, in the Borderstan area we are spoiled to having a great selection of upscale watering holes to first-class dive bars.

This type of set up leaves DC ripe for a time honored tradition of both college students and young professionals looking to lose an entire day; bar-crawls.

For those that have done one before, you know that a bar-crawl is no ordinary weekend plan. It takes preparation, execution, and a strong desire to make it to the next bar. I have participated in a few in my day.

Here are some tried and true tips for getting the most out of any city bar-crawl

Prepare Wisely

  1. Usually each crawl has a map and the deals available at each place. I recommend not making an exact travel plan but having a general idea in the direction you think you can do the most damage.
  2. The point of the crawl is to explore and walk around so go to areas with high concentrations of participating bars.
  3. Also if you want to pre-game, go on the lighter side, as you have a whole day to drink.

Mid-Way Fill Up

  1. At some point you and your crew will get quite hungry and won’t be able to concentrate. For me last week, this hit my party right near Shake Shack and man did it hit the spot.
  2. Be warned though that if you fill up too much, it could dampen team morale and call for an early exit. I recommend something like Amsterdam Fries for the just right feeling.

One Hour, Tops

  1. The point of the crawl is to go to as many places as you possibly can in one night. Don’t get stuck in a bar longer than hour. Keep the body moving and avoid learning any bartender’s name.
  2. One last, small tip, always use the bathroom of the place you are in and don’t put it off for the next bar. You never know what could happen between locations.

The Bourbon Bash is this Saturday so gather your buddies, sign up, and prepare for what should be a very fun Saturday in Borderstan.

This column first ran October 31, 2012.

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by June 18, 2013 at 9:00 am 0

From Mathew Harkins. Email him at mharkins[AT]


Martha’s Table on 14th Street NW. (Luis Gomez Photos)

There’s a lot to be thankful for in our community. Borderstan is home to some wonderful development projects, from new condos and apartment buildings to new supermarkets to a seemingly unending supply of new restaurants, bars and cafes.

There are a lot things being offered in the neighborhood, so why not carve a little time out of your day to give something back?

Along with all those great things mentioned above in the neighborhood, there are some great venues for volunteering here in Borderstan.

N Street Village

N Street Village, located on N Street between 14th Street and Vermont Avenue, is a facility designed to help homeless and low-income women in our neighborhood through supportive services and housing. NSV takes a broad, holistic approach in assisting these women as they face a number of challenges that vary from individual to individual, including homelessness, addiction, mental illness and more.

A selection of the volunteer opportunities at NSV includes: tutoring, preparing and serving meals, maintaining the courtyard garden, helping with fundraising and much more. To find out more about these opportunities and to apply to volunteer, head over to the NSV Volunteer page.

Common Good City Farm

Since there’s no better way to state it than what’s already on their website, Common Good City Farm’s mission “is to grow food, educate, and help low-income DC community members meet their food needs.” Located just outside the Borderstan area near V and 4th Streets, CGCF is exactly what it sounds like: a small farm in the middle of the city that teaches residents and students about food production, healthy eating and environmental sustainability.

Just last year, they CGCF “provided over 6,300 pounds of fresh vegetables to low-income families.” There are many ways to help, including donations, dropping off scraps for composting and volunteering on the farm itself. See their Get Involved page as well as their Volunteer page for more information.

Martha’s Table

Located on 14th Street between V and W Streets, Martha’s Table uses education, nutrition and family support services to address poverty and issues stemming from poverty. Some of their volunteering opportunities include preparing food, tutoring children and staffing their mobile soup kitchen. You can find out more about these opportunities and fill out a volunteer application on their Volunteer Opportunities page.

Other Organizations

  • Bread for the City – “The mission of Bread for the City is to provide vulnerable residents of Washington, DC, with comprehensive services, including food, clothing, medical care, and legal and social services, in an atmosphere of dignity and respect.”
  • SOME (So Others Might Eat) – “An interfaith, community-based organization that exists to help the poor and homeless of our nation’s capital. We meet the immediate daily needs of the people we serve with food, clothing, and health care.”
  • DC Central Kitchen – “Through job training, healthy food distribution, and local farm partnerships, DC Central Kitchen offers path-breaking solutions to poverty, hunger, and poor health.”
  • Church of the Ascension and Saint Agnes – A local church, located on Massachusetts Avenue between 13th and 12th Streets, with a handful of programs that reach out to the neighborhood through blood drives, partnering with other institutions (like NSV), working with local seniors and the disabled, and more.

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