(Updated at 5:12 p.m.) D.C. Police have brought charges against a woman who barricaded herself in an office building, prompting an hours-long standoff that snarled traffic downtown and in Dupont earlier this morning.
Police said they were alerted to a woman who was threatening harm to herself and others near an office building on the 1900 block of K Street NW at approximately 12:19 a.m. this morning. When officers arrived, the woman fired a gunshot, and a “barricade situation was declared.”
The standoff that followed lasted for more than 10 hours and resulted in several road closures throughout the area.
Authorities took 31-year-old Sophia Dalke of Springfield, Va., into custody after she peacefully surrendered around 10:30 a.m. today. They later charged Dalke with assault on a police officer while armed.
Police tweeted earlier this morning that the incident was not an “active shooter situation,” and that the woman in crisis was “contained.” An officer at the scene said he believed no pedestrians were in danger and that the street closures were precautionary in nature.
Police activity at 19th & K Sts NW – barricaded person in mental health crisis. Traffic closures in area.
— DC Police Department (@DCPoliceDept) November 16, 2015
With few alternatives, many cars drove nearly bumper-to-bumper along Connecticut Avenue NW. Some drivers told The Washington Post they’d hardly moved after two hours of traffic.
Some commuters were even locked out of their office buildings this morning, and many were observed congregating near the intersection of 19th and L streets NW.
As one person in the crowd put it earlier this morning “this city looks like a parking lot right now.”
2D is working a confirmed stabbing 1200 Connecticut ave NW
— DC Police Department (@DCPoliceDept) November 16, 2015
(Updated at 10:06 a.m.) A man was stabbed in the back on Connecticut Avenue NW in Dupont early this morning, said D.C. Police.
Officers rushed to the 1200 block of Connecticut Avenue NW around 2:37 a.m., a police spokesperson said.
Authorities said the man was “conscious and breathing” when he was transported to the hospital.
This story will be updated as more information is known.
A planned CorePower Yoga appears to be one step closer to opening on Connecticut Avenue NW.
Workers covered the windows at 1150 Connecticut Avenue NW with a sign advertising the forthcoming Denver-based yoga company earlier this week.
As for what the studio might hold, the CorePower website says it’s slated to house “three large and luxurious yoga rooms, as well as a range of amenities including changing rooms with showers and private lockers.” The studio will also include a retail boutique selling “activewear and accessories.”
Though a representative from CorePower could not be reached for comment, the company’s website says the location could open by the end of fall.
A hotly anticipated José Andrés eatery is now open in Dupont Circle.
Beefsteak opened its doors today at 1528 Connecticut Ave. NW. Patrons were seen filing into the restaurant shortly after its 10:30 a.m. opening this morning.
Beefsteak’s signature dishes include bowls filled with veggies, grains and nuts, gazpacho and “burgers” that eschew meat for a hunky slice of tomato.
This is the second Beefsteak opening in the District. The first location opened in Foggy Bottom in March.
A Dupont Circle jeweler is expanding into the space next door.
Tiny Jewel Box, located at 1147 Connecticut Ave. NW, is currently knocking down walls and building out the space next door. When the new combined location opens in November, it will span 8,000 square feet and include a grand rotunda, the company said.
Construction crews could be seen working on the next-door space this afternoon.
The new location will carry a variety of brand name watches, including timepieces from Cartier and Rolex. The location will also include a Rolex authorized repair center, a bridal salon, a collectibles shop, and a vintage heirloom boutique.
The company said it will continue to use the five floors above its ground-level retail space for office space, manufacturing, custom design and gifts.
The “rare bourbon” bar planned to open in Dupont Circle now has a name.
A public hearing notice posting from last week shows the bar, which seeks to open in the former Bertucci’s Restaurant space at 1220 Connecticut Avenue NW, will be called “Saint Yves.”
The space will be shared with a Cava Grill, reported Washington City Paper yesterday. Workers could be seen renovating the space earlier this morning.
ANC 2B’s commissioners discussed the forthcoming bar and its application for a tavern liquor license during a monthly meeting on Wednesday.
According to that application, the bar would serve “light fare” alongside “rare bourbons” in a space with seating for 30 and a total occupancy of 250. The bar would also host occasional events with DJs and bands.
“It’s going to be an open space,” said 2B-05 Commissioner Abigail Nichols, who met with the owners of the bar earlier this month. “It’s really not designed for eating at all. They’re planning to have food but a very simple, more hors d’oeuvres-style menu.”
In a procedure most often used to reach a settlement agreement, the ANC voted 6-0-0 to protest the bar’s liquor license application on the basis of peace, order and quiet.
CorePower Yoga has plans to open a new location on Connecticut Avenue NW.
A building permit issued on Sept. 4 shows that the Denver-based yoga company seeks to transform the lower level of the former RadioShack space at 1150 Connecticut Avenue NW into a yoga studio.
The national yoga chain currently has locations in Georgetown, Glover Park and Arlington.
A representative from CorePower Yoga was not immediately available to comment on the forthcoming studio.
The District’s second Francesca’s location will open for business at 1143 Connecticut Avenue NW this Friday.
The women’s clothing and accessory store is planning a soft opening on Friday and a larger grand opening celebration on Saturday.
The storefront is the former home of the Godiva Chocolatier that closed its doors in June.
Store manager Erica Ragland-McCall said the grand opening will feature an outdoor tent, a raffle and a 20 percent discount on all purchases made on Saturday only. Employees will also be handing out additional coupons on Wednesday to promote the event.
On Tuesday afternoon, city employees could be seen digging up the sidewalk in front of the new store to work on the plumbing.
Ragland-McCall — who was tasked with managing the Dupont Circle location after working as a manager at the boutique chain’s Montgomery Mall location — wasn’t worried about the ongoing construction and was told it’ll be finished by Friday.
“Once it’s done, it’s going to be beautiful,” she said.
Drybar fans might have to wait a little longer to get a blowout in Dupont Circle.
Though previous reports — along with a sign posted to the forthcoming location’s door — indicated that the California-based beauty chain would arrive at 1635 Connecticut Avenue NW this summer, a company representative said today the location is now on track to open sometime this fall.
Another Drybar location is also set to open at 1006 E St. NW in Penn Quarter this fall.
Exact opening dates for either location have not yet been decided, said the representative.
Photo via Flickr.com / Elvert Barnes
Cell phone provider T-Mobile is trading one Connecticut Ave. NW storefront for another.
Moving crews could be seen earlier today removing boxes and retail fixtures from the T-Mobile store at 1330 Connecticut Ave. NW, and a sign on the door says the location is relocating to a space inside the office building at 1150 Connecticut Avenue NW.
The newly relocated store will open on Oct. 15.
Italian restaurant Odeon Cafe (1714 Connecticut Ave. NW) is changing its name and its menu.
Odeon’s general manager, Ben Triano, says the restaurant will become Madrid, a Spanish eatery with tapas, paella and a sangria bar, after the Labor Day holiday.
Last night, the eatery unveiled a portion of its new menu during a tasting party. The menu — which Triano stresses is just a taste of things to come — included fried calamari and paprika aioli, puff pastries stuffed with pepper marmalade and chorizo and a smattering of Spanish wines.
Triano says that the restaurant will be closed during the second week of September to train staffers, switch up the menu and finalize the interior renovations.
“We’re going to close for one week and reveal the final touch-ups,” Triano says. “We’re very excited.”
(Updated at 1:39 p.m.) A bar centered around “rare bourbons” may open in Dupont Circle.
A public hearing notice for a liquor license application posted recently on the ABRA website shows that the proprietors behind a new bar identified under the trade name “DVL” seek to set up shop at 1220 Connecticut Avenue NW.
According to the application, the bar would serve “light fare” alongside “rare bourbons” in a space with seating for 30 and a total occupancy of 250. The bar would also host occasional events with DJs and bands.
The bar’s owners seek to serve alcohol until 2 a.m. Sunday through Thursday and 3 a.m. on Friday and Saturday.
The bar’s listed contact, David Chung, was not immediately available to comment.
A medical marijuana dispensary is set to open soon near Dupont Circle.
The National Holistic Healing Center will open its doors at 1718 Connecticut Ave. NW at the end of the month, says owner Chanda Macias.
Macias, a cell biology specialist who has worked at Howard University since 2007, says that the center will provide organic marijuana, edibles and educational workshops for local patients with medical marijuana prescriptions. She also has plans for workshops on gardening, cooking and holistic healing, which will cover which strains of marijuana best treat specific ailments.
The business, located in the basement of the office building at 1718 Connecticut Ave, is still under construction. When open, Marcias says it will include a main store stocked with several strains of marijuana and various edible or marijuana-infused products as well as a classroom space for workshops.
The opening date has not been set, but Macias says they are planning for a grand opening event once the construction is complete.
Macias says she has been working to get the dispensary approved for over a year.
Dupont Circle’s ANC 2B unanimously endorsed her application in a letter to the District Department of Health last May. After several rounds of scrutiny from the DOH, Macias says that the center got its final approval last month.
A man was arrested after D.C. Police say he violently beat another man to the point of unconsciousness in Dupont Circle early Monday morning.
Police arrested Michael Medley, 32, on allegations that he assaulted a man near the 1200 block of Connecticut Avenue NW around 2:25 a.m. on Monday.
During the assault, say police, Medley punched another man in the face, causing him to lose consciousness and fall to the ground. Police say Medley then kicked the man repeatedly while he was incapacitated.
Police arrested Medley on charges of assault with significant bodily injury soon after the alleged beating took place.
The victim of the assault was taken to the hospital from the scene with serious but non-life-threatening injuries, said D.C. Fire and EMS spokesperson Oscar Mendez.
A lawyer for Medley wasn’t immediately available to comment.
A local business will close soon in Dupont Circle.
Pazyryk Gallery (1327 Connecticut Ave. NW) will close “in a few months,” an employee said over the phone earlier today.
The carpet and rug store lost its lease, according to a sign in the shop window. The employee did not specify what that means.
From now until it closes, the store will offer discounts on select rugs.