by Tim Regan August 12, 2015 at 2:30 pm 1 Comment

Atlantic Plumbing building, photo via JGBThe Neighborhood Restaurant Group is one step closer to opening a new restaurant at the Atlantic Plumbing development (2112 8th Street Northwest) near the 9:30 Club and U Street corridor.

A new document from ABRA reveals the restaurant group, which also owns Birch & Barley, ChurchKey and several other local restaurants, has applied for a Class C liquor license for its new restaurant, Hazel.

Neighborhood Restaurant Group’s director of public relations, Megan Bailey, confirmed that the new restaurant will arrive in the “late fall.”

“Hazel will open in the Atlantic Plumbing development in D.C.’s Shaw neighborhood,” she told Borderstan via e-mail.

The restaurant, a concept by former Tallula chef Rob Rubba, will feature a 38-seat dining room, a 38-seat patio and a 16 seat bar connected to the patio.

“Rob’s menu will feature his style of progressive American cuisine, combining flavors from around the world with traditional and contemporary techniques to create dishes that are refined, distinctive and satisfying,” Bailey said. “Complementing the menu will be a beverage program from Greg Engert, Jeff Faile and Brent Kroll.”

Photo via JGB

by Tim Regan August 6, 2015 at 2:00 pm 0

Churchkey, photo via

Popular Logan Circle beer bar ChurchKey  (1337 14th Street NW) will devote all 55 of its taps to local beers next Thursday at 4 p.m. in celebration of DC Beer Week.

The event represents the “largest single tapping of D.C. craft brews ever,” says ChurchKey.

Greg Engert, beer director at the Neighborhood Restaurant Group, which owns ChurchKey, says the idea to pour 55 local beers had been on his mind for a while.

“The idea for a total tap takeover had been increasingly insistent, and when I started reviewing the releases of the 6 independent D.C. brewers we would come to feature, it all started to become a palpable possibility,” he says.

Engert adds that attendees should expect hard-to-find beers and one-time batches alongside old favorites. “There will be no shortage of rare and special brews on tap,” says Engert.

Among the beers served will be 3 Stars Brewing Company’s wine barrel-aged saison, Harvester of Sorrows, DC Brau’s On the Wings of Armageddon and Right Proper’s botanically-laced farmhouse ales Alice and Diamonds, Fur Coat, Champagne.

Here’s the complete list of all 55 beers being poured:

  • 3 Stars Above the Clouds
  • 3 Stars Citra & Lemon Peel Saison
  • 3 Stars Cognitive Dissonance
  • 3 Stars Desolation
  • 3 Stars Ghost IPA
  • 3 Stars Harvester of Sorrow
  • 3 Stars Peppercorn Saison
  • 3 Stars Peppercorn Saison – Cherries (Cask)
  • 3 Stars Pandemic
  • 3 Stars Southern Belle
  • Atlas District Common
  • Atlas Home Rule
  • Atlas NSFW
  • Atlas Ponzi
  • Atlas Ponzi – Simcoe & Citra (Cask)
  • Atlas Pumpernickel Stout
  • Atlas Rowdy
  • Atlas The 1500 South Cap Lager
  • Bluejacket Forbidden Planet
  • Bluejacket Goldfinch
  • Bluejacket Judge Ruby
  • Bluejacket Lost Weekend
  • Bluejacket Lost Weekend – Citra (Cask)
  • Bluejacket Red Wine Barrel-Aged Swirl
  • Bluejacket Rheinard de Vos
  • Bluejacket Sub Rosa
  • Bluejacket The Jam
  • Bluejacket Triple Smoke Barrel-Aged The Wake
  • Bluejacket Wallflower
  • Bluejacket Whiskey Barrel-Aged Double Mexican Radio
  • DC Brau El Hefe Speaks
  • DC Brau Pils
  • DC Brau Penn Quarter Porter
  • DC Brau Citrocity
  • DC Brau On the Wings of Armageddon
  • DC Brau On the Wings of Armageddon (Cask)
  • DC Brau On the Wings of Armageddon – Apricots & Grapefruit (Cask)
  • DC Brau Solar Abyss
  • DC Brau The Citizen
  • DC Brau The Corruption
  • DC Brau The Corruption (Nitro)
  • DC Brau The Public
  • Hellbender Bare Bones Kolsch
  • Hellbender Chazzwazzer IPA
  • Hellbender DC Solidarity Brew: Red, White & Gluten
  • Hellbender Ella KPA
  • Hellbende Red Line
  • Hellbender Rum Barrel-Aged Red Line
  • Hellbender Southern Torrent Saison
  • Hellbender & Lost Rhino Dunkelweiss
  • Right Proper Alice
  • Right Proper Comrade
  • Right Proper Diamonds Fur Coat Champagne
  • Right Proper Lifehouse
  • Right Proper Lookaftering

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by January 16, 2013 at 2:00 pm 0


Churchkey will host a Brewers Ball during Inauguration Weekend. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Rachel Nania. Check out her blog, Sear, Simmer & Stir. Follow Nania on Twitter @rnania, email her at rachel[AT] 

It’s finally here. The weekend District residents both cheer (drinks, patriotism, friends, holiday weekend) and fear (traffic, tourists, restricted parking). If you can’t make it down to the presidential ceremonies this weekend (or maybe your invitation to the Inaugural Ball got “lost in the mail,”) there are plenty of other ways to celebrate… mainly, in a bar.

Check out what the following bars have planned for Inauguration Weekend:

  • Ben’s Next Door (1211 U Street NW) will host a series of events to celebrate the inauguration. A Friday kick-off party (January 18) will feature drink specials and a DJ; Saturday (January 19) will focus on service – Ben’s will collect children’s books for donation, starting at 11 am; and Monday will heat-up with an inaugural brunch, starting at 11 am. For more information, visit the website.
  • Cafe Saint Ex (1847 14th Street NW) tweeted #fourmorebeers on January 15. Clearly, the local neighborhood spot is gearing up for a boozy weekend. Stop by for a taste of what’s on tap, including suds from Chocolate City.
  • ChurchKey (1337 14th Street NW) is hosting an Inaugural Brewers Ball on Monday, January 21, where gusts will be in the company of Allagash Brewing Company, Fullsteam, Schlafly Beer, Smuttynose, DC Brau, Star Hill and others. For more information on time and tickets, contact Churchkey.
  • Old Ebbitt Grill (675 15th Street NW) is a presidential dining house. No really. Like presidents actually eat there. Established in 1856, Old Ebbitt was a favorite of Presidents Grant, Cleveland, Harding and Theodore Roosevelt. It’s location (steps away from the White House) is the perfect spot to watch the weekend’s festivities.

Ben’s Next Door rings in another four years (Luis Gomez Photos)

  • P.O.V at the W Hotel (515 15th Street NW) has some of the city’s best views and tasty, swanky cocktails. Need we say more? The bar is open regular hours through Sunday, but you need a reservation to get in on Monday.
  • Bar Pilar (1833 14th Street NW) will serve beer-focused, politically named cocktails January 16 through Inauguration Day.  For more information, call 202-265-1751.
  • Boqueria (1837 M Street NW) will serve an American-inspired menu along with plenty of classic American libations through January 22. Boqueria will also have unlimited drinks and tapas on Saturday and Sunday for $35.
  • The newly renovated Nick’s Riverside Grill (on the Georgetown Waterfront) will serve up classy cocktails and spin tunes from 9 pm until 2 am. Come dressed to impress. Tickets are $15.

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by October 24, 2012 at 10:00 am 2,390 1 Comment


Snallygaster brings beers to DC this fall. (Photo credit: Brian Hussein Stanton)

From Rob Fink. Follow him on Twitter @RobDFink or email him at rob[AT]

On a beautifully crisp Saturday afternoon, clear rays of sun shone over Yards Park, east of Nationals stadium. The Neighborhood Restaurant Group, (owner of Borderstan’s Churchkey and Birch and Barley, and the group’s forthcoming brewery Bluejacket) picked the perfect fall day to host Snallygaster, a true beer festival.

Beer styles that exemplify the autumn season (which I’ve written about here and here and here), such as Oktoberfests, Pumpkin Ales and Fresh or wet-hop beers were free flowing. Attendees also sought to quell their hunger with items such as the standard yet extraordinary Churchkey tater tots or more unusual fare such as fried pig tail. I, however, indulged with an old-fashioned roasted turkey leg.


A variety of food was served at this year’s Snallygaster beer festival. (Photo credit: Brian Hussein Stanton)


To say that Snallygaster provided enough competent beer choices would be a gross understatement. Because of my predisposition towards beers with substantial hop character, the inimitable Founders Harvest Ale, served on cask, was an obvious first choice. Once my hand had warmed the beer somewhat, an aroma of peach and sweet melon virtually leaped out of the glass. Couple that with the sting of pine needles washed with grapefruit (some of the world’s best hoppy beers exhibit this character) and I had the perfect accompaniment to the pleasant briskness of the autumn air; it was one of those ephemeral moments worthy of thorough enjoyment.

After my first beer, I had trouble picking my next target – this is not a bad problem to have. Fresh D.C. upstarts 3 Stars Brewing provided the other pleasant surprise in the hop category. The brand’s eponymous Harvest Ale proved to be on equal footing with the Founders example. Brewed exclusively with Citra hops, this 6.6 percent aromatic behemoth burst with tropical fruit sweetness and musky grass with a pleasingly dry finish; most definitely a beer which I would like to have more of.


Having too many beer choices is a good problem. (Photo credit: Brian Hussein Stanton)

As of this writing, this to-be-cherished local tipple can be found in Borderstan on draft at the venerable Pizzeria Paradiso at 2003 P Street NW.  Perhaps this speaks to the quality of the event, but after making my beer selection, I had another other, equally “good” problem – that of complete relaxation.

My final beer choice transported me back to Munich. Mad Fox Brewing Company and Bluejacket had just released a collaborative Weizenbock (much in the vein of this beer, in my opinion) dubbed “Mad Jacket,” and it did not disappoint.

Tangy sourdough from the malted wheat seamlessly combined with banana-laden esters, along with just enough body and heft to help me finish out the day. Perhaps Bluejacket could make a full production run of this gem once they open in early 2013? Either way, Snallygaster was a wonderful way to spend a beautiful fall Saturday afternoon and already got me thinking about how to prepare for next year’s festivities.

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by August 20, 2012 at 6:00 am 1,381 0

"Weekend Remnant"

“Weeken Remnant” is by Joe in DC from the Borderstan Flickr pool.

Photos of the Day are pulled from the Borderstan Reader Photos pool on Flickr.

Today’s photo, “Weekend Remnant” was taken by Joe in DC. “Don’t tell anyone but ChurchKey on a Sunday afternoon is a surprisingly mellow place to get a late brunch.” ChurcKey is on 14th Street NW, just south of Rhode Island Avenue.

If you don’t already have a Flickr account, you will need to sign up for one, and then join the Borderstan Reader Photos group. Already a Flickr member? Join the group! You can submit up to five photos per day in the Borderstan reader pool. We are looking for photos from DC’s Dupont, Logan and U Street neighborhoods.

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by July 3, 2012 at 1:00 pm 1,242 0

"Churckey bar on 14th Street in DC"

The July 10 Hello Craft event is at Churchkey on 14th Street NW. (Photo from Lauren_PM in the Borderstan Flickr pool)

From Rachel Nania. Check out her blog, Sear, Simmer & Stir. Follow Nania on Twitter @rnania, email her at rachel[AT]

Featured image by Alejandra Owens.

If you’re looking to take your talented knitting skills and Paper Source-endued love for letterpress outside the walls of your apartment, then look no further.

Hello Craft, a local non-profit trade association dedicated to the advancement of independent crafters and the handmade crafting movement, is throwing a launch party to celebrate its new book, “Handmade to Sell: Hello Craft’s Guide to Owning, Running and Growing Your Crafty Biz.”

And what’s more crafty than commemorating a crafting book with craft beers? True to its style, Hello Craft will host its party at Churchkey, 1337 14th Street NW, on July 10 from 6:30to 8:30 pm.

Guests are invited to enjoy some brews, finger foods, author signings and some fun prizes. RSVPs are not required, but are very much encouraged.

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by September 7, 2011 at 8:00 am 2,137 0

Pearl Dive, Jeff Black, 14th Street NW, Logan Circle, Borderstan

Pearl Dive Oyster Bar on 14th Street NW will host a pre-opening diabetes benefit Saturday, September 10.

From Michelle Lancaster. You can follow her and tell her your news on Twitter @MichLancaster. Email her at [email protected].

It’s Good to Be Hungry and Live in Borderstan

We Love DC lays out September’s greatest hits in food, and a whole mess of them are in the neighborhood. On September 10, ChurchKey is hosting a jazz benefit from 2 to 6 pm featuring North Coast Brewing Company beers and live jazz. Admission is free, but donations are encouraged. Then head down the street to Pearl Dive Oyster Bar‘s pre-opening charity cocktail party, which begins at 6 pm and benefits diabetes. Give your gut a break until September 15, when Ping Pong Dim Sum hosts their grand opening with tickets starting at $35.

But Not Great in Disasters

The Washington Post notes in the opinion section that no one has the authority to evacuate the District. Comforting news, I am sure, to those who shook in office buildings on Tuesday and then fought over sandbags on Friday. It seems the answer may be Speaker of the House John Boehner, which should concern residents for a few reasons. Chief among them is the tendency of the controlling party in Congress to use DC as a guinea pig when it suits them and a whipping boy when it doesn’t. Can someone please figure this out and let us know?

Gone but Not Over: Sulaimon Brown

Sulaimon Brown has an unfulfilled subpoena order to produce documents, and on September 15 he will return to court to defend himself. So, as DCist reports, even though the DC Council wrapped up their investigation, it appears we are not rid of this embarrassing ethics flap.

Oh, and the Fully Loaded Saga Continues

It took over $12,000 to break Kwame Brown’s ‘fully loaded’ lease with his Lincoln Navigator. Washington City Paper reports that this brings the total paid for the barely-used vehicle to nearly $15,000. Oh, and that total only covers the second vehicle — not the first Navigator that he rejected. It would be really terrible to have to make budget cuts while paying for a car… oh, wait.

Chuck Brown & the National Symphony

I am pretty bummed I missed this, to be honest. This is a good time to note that SYMHM stands for ‘stuff you might have missed.’ Anyways, Chuck Brown, the godfather of go-go, joined the National Symphony for a Labor Day concert over the weekend. Thanks to the good video work of WUSA 9, you can relive a small part of the magic.

by January 24, 2011 at 5:00 am 1,508 0

Level One Cobalt 17th Street NW Luis Gomez Photos

How cold was it Saturday night? Entrance to Level One Restaurant and Colbalt, 17th and R Streets NW. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Mike Kohn. Got a tip? Send Mike an email.

You Better Watch Out, You Better Not Cry

I’ll tell you why: Walmart is coming to town. Washington City Paper reports that the department store giant received the highest endorsement when Michelle Obama gave her stamp of approval. Apparently the White House and its advisors think that Walmart will “step…up as leaders to take this country to a healthier place.” Do you agree? Think it’s a good move for the District?


by October 29, 2009 at 4:00 am 2,214 0


Birch & Bailey and ChurchKey, 1337 14th St. NW. (Photo: Luis Gomez Photos)


Asian-Latin fusion: Masa 14, 1825 14th St. NW. (Photo: Luis Gomez Photos)


Teaism, 2009 R St. NW. (Photo: Luis Gomez)

Birch & Barley and ChurchKey at 1337 14th Street NW are two new additions to the 14th Street corridor of restaurants and bars. Birch & Barley offers what sounds like as a delicious menu in the high-priced range. Both of these places offer an extensive list of beers. We are still waiting to go. Let us know what you think.

Masa 14 is at 1825 14th Street NW and is another new addition to the neighborhood, offering Latin-Asian inspired cuisine in small plate offerings. Ever since its soft opening last week the place has been full every night (I walk by regularly). It is beautiful inside and I was able to photograph it last Sunday. Reservations are recommended. Again, we are still waiting to go; let us know what you think if you have already been.

Teaism at 2009 R Street NW is a favorite around the neighborhood with a nice selection of teas and wonderful food. Perfect for a weekend brunch with a great and fast service–I had a very good meal last Sunday.


by October 23, 2009 at 7:52 am 1,696 2 Comments

The Sexist at the Washington City Paper has the latest info on “Men’s Parties” at 1618 14th Street NW. You will find the sign amusing.

The Washington Business Journal reports that two-thirds of the units at the Metropole, 15th and P NW, are sold.

14th & You has two good postings on new 14th Street restaurants, including some great interior photos: Sneak Preview: Birch & Barley and ChurchKey and Masa 14 open for business.


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