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by Andrew Ramonas December 20, 2016 at 12:00 pm 0

Sweetgreen (Photo via Instagram/Sweetgreen)

Sweetgreen is set to give away salad, quinoa and rice bowls downtown this week to celebrate its latest D.C. location.

The fast-casual chain’s new eatery at 888 17th St. NW is scheduled to open tomorrow with free food from 4 to 6 p.m. It also will have complimentary bowls from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday.

But the gratis meals only are available to diners who RSVP online, as local blog PoPville was first to note.

“We’d love to offer you and a friend an exclusive tasting + sneak preview of sweetgreen before we open our doors to the public,” Sweetgreen says online. “Drop in for lunch or dinner on us before our official opening. All salads + drinks will be complimentary!”

Sweetgreen has about a dozen D.C. restaurants, including outposts in Logan Circle, Dupont Circle, West End, Foggy Bottom and Navy Yard.

Photo via Instagram/Sweetgreen

by Tim Regan December 14, 2016 at 12:00 pm 0

K Street Cove closed, photo courtesy of Elayne Burke

Update at 9:23 a.m. Thursday — Cove sent us the following statement:

Yes, unfortunately I can confirm the sad news that cove K St has been closed. This summer, we made a series of improvements to coves across the city — upgraded workstations, more call boxes, and separate focused and social sections for different kinds of work styles — and ultimately decided that we didn’t think we could bring our K St location up to our standard for the best member experience possible.

The good news is that cove members in the area are well-supported by our South Dupont location that sits just 3 blocks away, as well as our other locations in the 14th St, Chinatown, Columbia Heights and Eastern Market neighborhoods. We’ve learned a tremendous amount from operating our first downtown location and its closing will enable us to focus on future growth and locations that deliver the full member experience. We are excited to extend cove’s offering to new neighborhoods and communities in 2017.

Read our original story below:

Co-working startup Cove appears to be scaling back its operations in D.C.

The company abruptly closed its location at 1990 K St. NW Monday. A sign on the front door of the business read, “Cove K St. is closed.”

The co-working space also no longer appears on the company’s list of locations. Workers were spotted moving things out of the space earlier today, a reader told Borderstan.

Cove’s locations on 14th Street and in Dupont, Columbia Heights, Chinatown and Capitol Hill are still listed as open on the company’s website.

We were unable to reach a Cove representative for more infromation. We’ll update this story if we do.

Photo courtesy of Elayne Burke

by Andrew Ramonas December 12, 2016 at 8:25 am 0

1100 block of 13th Street NW (Photo via Google Maps)Someone shot a man after a car driver clipped him downtown early this morning, police said.

The shooting happened on the 1100 block of 13th Street NW about 2:30 a.m. today.

The victim was standing by his friend’s car about a block north of Franklin Square when the motorist drove by him, hitting the man with a side view mirror, according to authorities. The man then turned to confront the driver and heard multiple gunshots.

A bullet hit the victim in his right arm. The motorist drove away soon after.

The condition of the victim wasn’t immediately clear.

Police did not release a suspect description. But they described the motorist’s car in a tweet:

Photo via Google Maps

by Tim Regan December 7, 2016 at 10:00 am 2 Comments

District Anchor, Dec. 7 2016

A longtime 19th Street hangout has a new name.

Rumors, the bar and grill at 1900 M St. NW, is now called “District Anchor.” Signs advertising the new name went up recently.

Patrick Morrogh, who owns Arlington’s crab-centric eatery the Quarterdeck, took over the business earlier this year. The plan is for the newly rebranded restaurant to serve seafood under the District Anchor banner during the day and sling drinks as Rumors late into the night.

So far, however, all that’s changed is the name. The restaurant will begin to roll out changes to its menu next spring, according to general manager Paul Kolokousis.

“We plan on being a crab house for lunch and dinner and continuing our DJ, dancing and drinks for late night in the Rumors tradition,” Kolokousis said.

by Tim Regan December 5, 2016 at 10:25 am 0

A subterranean space on K Street is now listed as “For Rent,” but that doesn’t mean you can actually rent it.

That’s because the space, located beneath Vieux Carre at 1413 K St. NW, actually holds an “unpretentious” hidden basement bar called “For Rent.” If the theme sounds familiar, that’s because the business used to be called The Speak, the speakeasy-style hangout that was shut down last year after operating without a valid liquor license.

Though The Speak briefly reopened earlier this year, it was again shuttered over issues related to the name listed on its liquor license. Now, it looks like the bar may soon reopen within the letter of the law.

D.C. alcohol regulators will make a decision about the bar’s new name later this week on Dec. 7. If all goes according to plan, the bar would open Thursday, Dec. 8, its owners told Washingtonian.

When the business finally reopens, its bartenders will sling cocktails named after D.C. neighborhoods. For Rent will also serve meat and cheese boards alongside a short list of beer and wines.

by Andrew Ramonas December 1, 2016 at 3:45 pm 3 Comments

A group of masked men with a gun wanted in a robbery at a U Street corridor liquor store this week have appeared on film, according to authorities.

The armed robbery occurred in Benmoll at 1700 U St. NW about 11:15 a.m. Tuesday.

Video police released yesterday shows three men wearing masks, blue gloves and dark clothing with hoods hopping out of a white minivan in front of the shop. The trio then went into the store, and one of them pulled out a gun.

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by Andrew Ramonas November 28, 2016 at 12:50 pm 1 Comment

2900 block of Georgia Avenue NW (Photo via Google Maps)A group of thieves wearing black ski masks robbed a man at gunpoint in Park View early on Thanksgiving, police said.

The armed robbery occurred on the 2900 block of Georgia Avenue NW about 3:30 a.m. Thursday.

The victim was walking about a block north of the Howard University campus when three masked men came up to him, according to authorities. One of the men then ordered the victim to hand over his belongings, but he declined.

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by Tim Regan November 22, 2016 at 3:35 pm 0

A fast casual restaurant centered around quinoa bowls and semi-automated ordering is slated to start serving breakfast and lunch downtown in one week.

San Francisco-based chain Eatsa will open its first D.C. location at 1627 K St. NW on Tuesday, Nov. 29, according to a representative for the company.

Borderstan got the scoop on the forthcoming eatery in July.

Ordering works like this: Instead of talking to a cashier and moving down an assembly line Chipotle-style, customers order on tablets at kiosks or on their phones, then retrieve their food from glass door “cubbies,” all without saying a word.

The restaurant’s menu includes quinoa bowls and salads topped with ingredients such as kale, arugula, chickpeas, paneer and avocado.

by Andrew Ramonas November 10, 2016 at 10:15 am 0

Food & Friends' Slice of Life (Image via Food & Friends)Visitors to Farragut Square can try some apple and pumpkin pies for free and help raise money to feed members of the D.C. community with major health problems today.

Food & Friends, which delivers free meals to people with AIDS, cancer and other serious illnesses, is set to hand out the complimentary dessert as part of its 10th Annual Slice of Life Thanksgiving pie sale. Representatives of the nonprofit organization are scheduled to set up near K and 17th streets NW from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

In addition to eating pie, passersby can learn how to buy them from Food & Friends. With each pie sale, the organization is able to provide a full day of meals for a person in need.

The pies cost between $28 and $45, according to the organization’s Slice of Life website.

“The 10th Annual Slice of Life Thanksgiving pie sale is a simple and delicious way for members of the public to support Food & Friends’ large-scale effort to deliver 1 million healthy meals this year to those in the community living with life-challenging illnesses,” according to a statement from Food & Friends. “The goal this year is to sell 9,000 pies.”

Image via Food & Friends

by Tim Regan November 8, 2016 at 1:10 pm 0

(Updated at 2 p.m.) A construction worker was injured after falling about 20 feet downtown.

The incident happened on the 1100 block of 15th St. NW some time around 12:30 p.m. today.

A man was working at the construction site when he was hit with a beam and fell below grade, D.C. Fire and EMS spokesman Doug Buchanan said. The worker’s injuries are non-life-threatening and he was conscious at the scene.

This isn’t the first time firefighters have come to the rescue of someone at this construction site. A man injured his leg and had to be rescued there last month.

by Andrew Ramonas November 4, 2016 at 10:45 am 0

Streetcar on H Street NED.C. and federal officials this month are set to hear from members of the public about what they think about creating a downtown streetcar line that would connect Union Station to Georgetown.

The District Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration and Federal Transit Administration are scheduled to host a public meeting on Thursday, Nov. 17, to discuss the environmental and cultural effects of expanding the 2.4-mile stretch of streetcar tracks in Northeast to Northwest.

The project could extend the streetcar line by 3.3 miles from 3rd Street NE to 33rd Street NW, mostly centered on or near K Street.

The discussion, which is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. at Pinstripes (1064 Wisconsin Ave. NW), will come six months after D.C. and federal officials last held a community meeting on the potential streetcar expansion. The gathering in May was the first time in about two years that officials met with the public about the project.

After years of delays and setbacks, the District’s new streetcars started picking up passengers for the first time along H Street and Benning Road NE in February.

It’s unclear when a line to Georgetown would open. But officials plan to release an environmental assessment report on the possible streetcar extension in the summer next year.

by Tim Regan November 3, 2016 at 2:20 pm 0

The downtown lunch crowd has a new destination for burnt ends, pulled pork and ribs.

Fat Pete’s BBQ opened a new eatery at 801 18th St. earlier this week, according to the company’s Twitter account. The Golden Triangle BID also tweeted about the opening:

A walk through the restaurant’s menu reveals burnt ends, pulled pork, racks of ribs, smoked turkey and sides like baked beans, collard greens and cornbread. Other menu items include smoked salmon, coleslaw, watermelon slices and Mississippi mud pie.

Fat Pete’s also slathers its meat in six kinds of regionally inspired barbecue sauces in varieties like sweet, spicy, vinegar and mustard.

The company’s original location opened in Cleveland Park roughly two years ago, and there might be more Fat Pete’s on the way, the restaurant says.

“We’ll hopefully have 10-15 restaurants in the next couple of years,” company chef Howard “Hondo” Greenberg told Washington City Paper in August.

by Andrew Ramonas November 3, 2016 at 9:30 am 0

Crime tape (Photo via Flickr/nullvalue)A 57-year-old man has died from injuries he received when a motorist hit him downtown this spring, D.C. police announced today.

Dwayne Lee Flythe of Accokeek, Md., was pronounced dead yesterday, almost six months after the driver of a Honda crashed into him May 7 on the 1600 block of K St. NW.

The man was crossing the road about 10 p.m. that day when the motorist struck him near the double yellow line. The driver didn’t receive any injuries and stayed on the scene following the collision.

Flythe was brought to a local hospital in critical condition.

The investigation into the crash is ongoing.

The Metropolitan Police Department is asking anyone with information about this case to call the police at 202-727-9099. Additionally, anonymous information may be submitted to the departments TEXT TIP LINE by text messaging 50411.

Photo via Flickr/nullvalue

by Tim Regan November 2, 2016 at 11:00 am 0

Juice Joint downtown

A local eatery known for its vegetarian and vegan fare is no longer serving customers, at least for now.

Juice Joint Cafe (1025 Vermont Ave. NW) wasn’t open when a Borderstan reporter visited during normal business hours yesterday afternoon. Rumors of the eatery’s closure first appeared on local blog PoPville yesterday morning.

Whether the cafe is temporarily or permanently closed is unclear. The eatery’s phone line was recently disconnected and online requests for comment have gone unanswered.

Despite the uncertainty, an employee at next-door restaurant Bozzelli’s said they were sure Juice Joint closed for good some time during the day last Tuesday.

We’ll update this story if we hear back from the cafe’s owners.

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