by Tim Regan May 12, 2016 at 1:40 pm 0

At least four drag queens are set to battle one another in simulated song in Adams Morgan tomorrow.

Duplex Diner (2004 18th St. NW) is set to host the “Queens for a Cure Lip Sync Battle” tomorrow night at 9 p.m. During the event, Jalah Nicole, Shaunda Leer, Desiree dik and Goldie DuCraix will perform two songs each as they battle for lip sync supremacy.

“Which queen will reign supreme?” reads a Facebook post for the competition. “Come and witness for yourselves. Your Friday evening will ‘rule!'”

The event will also feature drink specials and music until midnight.

Though there’s a $10 donation at the door, all proceeds from this event go toward The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, according to organzier Vanessa McDonald.

by Borderstan.com May 17, 2013 at 10:29 am 0

Friday: Breakfast Club Remix party at Duplex. (David Claypool/Kalorama photography)

Friday: Breakfast Club Remix party at Duplex. (David Claypool/Kalorama photography)

Adam and Khelan are back this Friday. Together they will once again celebrate the BreakfastClub kids. Get ready for great music and to remember tunes that you had forgotten.

The 8th BreakfastClub event is this Friday, May 17, and the mixes will be on. There is no cover and drink specials include $3 champagne cocktails and $7 orange squeezes — much better than slurping the milk from your sugary Ghost Busters cereal.

The party starts at 9 pm at Duplex Diner, 18th and U Streets NW. To get into the mood a little early, check out Khelan European Vacation mix and the newest mix from Adam.

For more information, visit the event’s Facebook page.

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by Borderstan.com April 18, 2013 at 2:00 pm 0

Friday: Breakfast Club Remix party at Duplex. (David Claypool/Kalorama photography)

Friday: Breakfast Club Remix party at Duplex Diner. (David Claypool/Kalorama photography)

Adam and Khelan are back this Friday. Together they will once again celebrate the BreakfastClub kids. Get ready for great music and to remember tunes that you had forgotten.

The 7th BreakfastClub event is this Friday, April 19, and the mixes will be on. There is no cover and drink specials include $3 champagne cocktails and $7 orange squeezes — much better than slurping the milk from your sugary Ghost Busters cereal.

The party starts at 9 pm at Duplex Diner, 18th and U Streets NW. To get into the mood a little early, check out the preview mixes from Adam and Khelan.

For more information, visit the event’s Facebook page.

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by Borderstan.com February 14, 2013 at 11:00 am 0

"Breakfast"

Adam Koussari-Amin and Khelan Bhatia remixing the 80s. (David Claypool/Kalorama Photography)

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

The guys from BreakfastClub are bringing the 80s back again this week.

Join DJs Adam Koussari-Amin and Khelan Bhatia on Friday, February 15, at Duplex Diner for an 80s Remix Dance Party. Just like they’ve done in the past, the duo will spin new wave, synthpop, one-hit wonders and 80’s hits (and remixes). Guest DJ Della Volla will join for the evening.

There is no cover, but there are plenty of drink specials to be had, including $3 champagne drinks and $7 orange squeezes.

The party starts at 9 pm. For more information, visit the Facebook event page.

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by Borderstan.com January 16, 2013 at 4:00 pm 0

"Breakfast"

Adam Koussari-Amin and Khelan Bhatia remixing the ’80s. (David Claypool/Kalorama Photography)

From Luis Gomez. Catch his photos at One Photograph A Day. Follow him on Twitter @LuisGomezPhotos.

If you are ready to “hear your body talk,” head on over to Duplex Diner on Friday, January 18 for BreakfastClub’s “Let’s Get Physical” ’80s dance party.

DJs  Khelan Bhatia and Adam Koussari-Amin will spin all of your 80s favorites while you indulge in $3 champagne drinks and $7 orange squeezes.

There is no cover. The party starts at 9 pm at 2004 18th Street NW. Leotards and leg warmers are encouraged.

Remember to wear your lycra pants, headbands, leg warmers, and leotards, ’cause, “we wanna hear your body talk… your body talk.”

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by Borderstan.com November 29, 2012 at 11:00 am 0

"Breakfast"

Adam Koussari-Amin and Khelan Bhatia remixing the ’80s. (David Claypool/Kalorama Photography)

From Luis Gomez. Catch his photos at One Photograph A Day. Follow him on Twitter @LuisGomezPhotos.

Adam and Khelan are doing it again. The Breakfast Club Remix Dance Party is on again at The Duplex Diner, this Friday, November 30, from 9 pm to 2 am.  Travel back in time and enjoy all that ’80s music with this Dance Party.

“Being bad feels pretty good, huh?”

The boys say: “You don’t need to bring your mixtapes of recorded songs from the radio; we will be playing more new wave, synthpop, one-hit wonders and 80’s hits (and remixes) than your average John Hughes movie soundtrack.”

The Duplex Diner, will be serving outrageous drink specials, including $3 champagne drinks and $7 Orange Squeezes. All for NO COVER!

If you want to check if your friends are going look here. And unlike the film’s stars, you don’t have to sit through morning detention to experience the party.

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by Borderstan.com October 5, 2012 at 11:00 am 1,012 0

"Duplex"

Duplex diner to offer bunch. (Luis Gomez Photos)

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

Let’s face it, DC is a city that loves brunch. (We even have resident “bitches” who tell us how to do it!) And now, the city has one more brunch spot to add to the list. This Saturday, Duplex Diner (2004 18th Street NW) will start offering brunch from 11 am until 3 pm.

Here’s what to expect on the menu:

  • Homemade buttermilk doughnut holes with a bourbon glaze
  • A brunch burger, topped with a fried egg
  • A shrimp, goat cheese and arugula omelette (among other  varieties)
  • Southern eggs benedict with fried green tomato, goat cheese, and hollandaise on top of a biscuit
Duplex Diner will also have brunch champagne specials ($3 per glass or $20 for a pitcher). For more information, or to check-out the menu, visit Duplex Diner’s website.

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by Borderstan.com September 27, 2012 at 1:00 pm 1,181 0

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

"BreakfastClub"

Khelan Bhatia. (David Claypool/Kalorama Photography)

"BreakfastClub"

Adam Koussari-Amin. (David Claypool/Kalorama Photography)

This Friday, September 28, D.J.s Khelan Bhatia (Borderstan’s very own) and Adam Koussari-Amin will pay homage to one of the 1980s’ most classic high school films while reliving the music of the decade with “BreakfastClub: An ’80s Remix Dance Party.” And unlike the film’s stars, you don’t have to sit through morning detention to experience the party.

The duo will be playing new wave, synthpop, one-hit wonders and ’80s hits (and remixes) at the Duplex Diner (2004 18th Street NW) starting at 9 pm. Drink specials include $3 champagne drinks and $7 Orange Squeezes; there is no cover for the evening.

Parachute pants and leg warmers are encouraged.

For more information on BreakfastClub, visit the event’s Facebook page.

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by Borderstan.com August 8, 2011 at 8:00 am 0

Duplex Diner, U Street NW, Luis Gomez Photos

The Duplex Diner has reopened after some renovations and with a new owner. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Mike Kohn. Got some news for Mike? Drop him an email or find him on Twitter @mike_kohn.

Duplex Diner Reopens!

If you remember, Duplex Diner, the famed diner at 18th and U Streets NW, was sold to longtime bartender Kevin Lee, who closed it a little while back to make some minor renovations. Well, with a cute announcement on the home page of their website and a full article from the Washington City Paper, the diner is up and running. Lee is working on updating the menu to give it more of a southern twist. Look out for the official grand opening in a few weeks.

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by Borderstan.com June 17, 2011 at 8:30 am 1,084 0

Dupont Circle, Logan Circle, U Street NW, Borderstan

News from Dupont-Logan-U Street (mostly).

From Michelle Lancaster. Talk to me on Twitter @MichLancaster.

Duplex Diner Being Sold

The owner of the 18th and U Streets NW Duplex Diner has decided to sell this little slice of diner heaven.  But don’t cry into your biscuits and gravy! He’s selling to longtime bartender, Kevin Lee, who will be briefly closing the doors to make some renovations. Check out the heartfelt announcement and the information about their renovation festivities going on June 20 to 27.

Waterfront Safeway, the Gay Slur and an Apology

DCist has the update on the saga of Waterfront Safeway’s handling of a cashier using a gay slur as customers checked out of the store. The cashier has now apologized, sort of. Can we all agree that if someone is demanding an apology, you should NOT say that, “I’m sorry if I offended you.” If people are writing about it this much, you clearly did offend them. What happened to just apologizing? And for that matter, what happened to basic decency and not resorting to hate and name calling? Also, Washington City Paper has more information and reports that Safeway says they have attempted to contact the couple directly to apologize to them.

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by Borderstan.com October 26, 2010 at 9:36 am 1,058 1 Comment

17th Street High Heel Race Luis Gomez Photos

Runners dash for the Church Street finish line at the 2009 High Heel Race on 17th Street NW. (Luis Gomez Photos).

Duplex Diner patrons will have the luxury of sitting down and sipping a cocktail while watching the Tuesday-night festivities on 17th Street NW — from the peace and quiet of the restaurant at 18th and Florida NW.

Diner owner Eric Hirshfield is offering a live video feed of the annual High Heel Race, including the pre-race fun, starting at 8:30 pm. Look for videographer Josh Siegel on 17th Street — he’ll be wearing the “Broadcasting Live to Duplex Diner T-Shirt.” Race time is at 9 pm.

17th Street High Heel Race Luis Gomez Photos

17th Street NW during the 2008 High Heel Race parade. (Luis Gomez Photos)

VIP Passes Help Cover Costs

Another option is the VIP tented standing area for 50 ticket holders at the Church Street finish line. Get more details and tickets at Historic Dupont Circle Main Streets (HDCMS) website. HDCMS is a sponsor of the event, sharing costs and providing a clean up crew after the event. Your $40 ticket cost helps defray the cost associated with the High Heel Race.

Race Details

The event is sponsored by the Historic Dupont Circle Main Streets (HDCMS) program and JR’s Bar and Grill. You can purchase a VIP pass for the tented area at Church Street; proceeds benefi HDCMS — see details below. JR’s is the creator of the annual event, with the first race in 1986 — the year JR’s opened.

The Annual High Heel Race is always held the Tuesday before Halloween (unless it falls on the 31st, of course). While the race takes place at 9 pm, the two-or-so hours leading up to the race are the best part of the evening. Police block of 17th Street from S down to P and the parade of costumes — runners and non-runners alike — is the best amusement in town.

The race — which does begins on time — is a short sprint from S down to Church, about 1/5 of a mile. So, don’t’ be late or you’ll miss it.

by Borderstan.com October 7, 2010 at 11:11 pm 1,274 0

(Courtesy of The Trevor Project.)

From Berrak Sarikaya

DC is a town always brimming with happy hours, concerts, dance parties and benefits, especially on weekends. Let’s make this one special and come together as a community on Friday night at 18th & U Duplex Diner to support The Trevor Project.

Your $10 donation at the door will go directly to the project and you will receive discounted rail drinks all night, courtesy of Duplex Diner. The evening is titled, “We Made It – A Fundraiser for LGBTQ Youth (The Trevor Project).”

Not familiar with The Trevor Project? The Trevor Project is a nonprofit endeavor established to promote acceptance of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth, and to aid in suicide prevention among that group.

It’s possible that you saw Ellen DeGeneres’s video message before you even heard about the “It Gets Better” project. DeGeneres’s video became viral following yet another tragic suicide of a teen who was a victim of cyber bullying. In addition to Ellen DeGeneres’s message, celebrities are speaking out to raise awareness of cyber bullying and bullying of gay teens.

In the new PSA spot, “It Gets Better,” celebrities encourage teens to reach out to The Trevor Project. Videos are being added to the “It Gets Better” project daily from people all across the country, whether they were bullied or not at one point in their lives. There are even former bullies apologizing, telling LGBTQ youth that It Gets Better.

Full details about Friday’s benefit at Duplex Diner are here.

  • What:We Made It – A Fundraiser for LGBTQ Youth (The Trevor Project).”
  • Location: 18th & U Duplex Diner, 2004 18th St. NW
  • Date: Friday, October 8
  • Time: 7 to 10 pm (After HHHH at Donovan House and before Siren at APEX)
  • $10 Donation includes discounted rail drinks and a souvenir The Trevor Project button.

If you cannot attend, we encourage you to make a donation to The Trevor Project online.

by Borderstan.com March 5, 2009 at 7:54 pm 0

The Duplex Diner is on 18th Street NW just north of U/Florida. (Image: Duplex Diner Web site.)

The Duplex Diner is on 18th Street NW just north of U/Florida. (Image: Duplex Diner Web site.)

NBC-Channel 4 has the story about a burglar who tried to rob Duplex Diner at 2004 18th Street NW after entering through the rooftop hatch.

  • The good news: Police caught the burglar.
  • The bad news: Police do not think this guy is responsible for the string of Dupont-area of home burglaries through rooftops.
  • The story’s wild twist: The Duplex Diner owner was across the street having a drink and saw the burlar enter the diner!
  • The quote: “[The hatch] hasn’t been used since a drag queen dropped down through it during our 10th anniversary,” said owner Eric Hirshfield.
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