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by Borderstan.com — September 29, 2016 at 12:35 pm 1 Comment

Rat (Photo via Flickr / JansCanon)Watch out, rats. The D.C. Department of Health and the National Park Service are gunning for you.

The District and federal agencies plan to launch a citywide offensive against rodents occupying NPS territory this Saturday.

“The National Park Service is committed to ensuring safe, positive experiences for visitors in all of our parks, and this agreement with the D.C. Department of Health provides us better tools to control the rodent population,” NPS National Capital regional director Robert Vogel said in a statement.

The partnership will help ensure parks see rat-abatement crews more often, according to the National Park Service. DOH will come up with recommendations to make parkland less welcoming to the vermin, too.


by Tim Regan — September 23, 2016 at 1:15 pm 1 Comment

You have until Tuesday to buy a blended drink at Dupont’s Smoothie King. The national chain’s location at 1621 Connecticut Ave. NW is closing up shop.

“It is with heavy hearts to let you know that Smoothie King Dupont location will be closing its doors,” a sign in front of the business reads. “Our last day of operation ends on the 27th of September at 12:00 a.m. midnight.”

When asked why the location is closing, an employee at the store uttered one word: “rent.”

The smoothie shop opened its doors seven years ago. A PoPville reader first spotted the closure.

by Tim Regan — September 20, 2016 at 11:15 am 0

A Dupont deli may have served its last sandwich after its landlord forced it out this morning.

My Way Gourmet Deli (1730 Connecticut Ave. NW) closed its doors some time before 9:30 a.m. today after an eviction from the shop’s landlord, DL Management.

Many of the deli’s belongings were piled up on the sidewalk in front of the business and a worker was busy changing the shop’s locks when a Borderstan reporter visited earlier today. Several U.S. Marshals Service officers were also spotted aiding in the eviction.

“They’ve been here about a year, a little bit over, and I guess they just ran into financial troubles,” said Ana Pedroso, an employee of DL Management.

Pedroso explained that the deli will stay closed until it at least pays its back rent, but she added that’s not likely to happen.

“The landlord still has a choice on if she wants to [allow them to reopen],” Pedroso said. “We don’t really want to go through this same process a second time.”

by Borderstan.com — September 16, 2016 at 3:55 pm 0

Amsterdam Falafelshop sandwich (Photo via Facebook/Amsterdam Falafelshop)

Dupont Circle might get a new place for falafel sandwiches and fries.

Amsterdam Falafelshop is “exploring” the possibility of opening a location at 1829 M St. NW, president and CEO Arianne Bennett told Borderstan. House of Kabob, which currently occupies the space, is closing, a worker there said. But the restaurant’s departure date wasn’t clear.

Local blog PoPville first reported rumors yesterday that Amsterdam Falafelshop is replacing House of Kabob. In March, a “very good source” told the blog that House of Kabob would shut down in October.

Founded in 2004 in Adams Morgan, Amsterdam Falafelshop has seven locations across the country.

Photo via Facebook/Amsterdam Falafelshop

by Tim Regan — September 15, 2016 at 4:30 pm 0


It looks as though a recently closed Dupont Circle photo gallery will be replaced by a shop that repairs, buys and sells phones.

The Claude Taylor Photography gallery at 1627 Connecticut Ave. NW closed two weeks ago. Owner and gallery namesake Claude Taylor opened the store in 1998, according to an Exposed DC post.

The dozens of framed photographs that once lined the shop’s windows are gone. Now, a drab white banner hangs in the blue storefront’s window:




Down the street, photo supply shop Embassy Camera is also slated to leave the neighborhood on Sept. 17. But that store will reopen at 1225 I St. NW “on or about” Oct. 15, its owners said.

It’s unclear whether that store’s former home, too, will become a phone repair shop.

by Tim Regan — September 14, 2016 at 3:45 pm 2 Comments

(Updated at 12:25 p.m. Thursday) Local Pagans are scheduled to gather in Dupont Circle this weekend for an annual event that brings “magic, mystery, and celebration” to the neighborhood.

Close to 100 Pagans from area orders and sects are expected to meet in Dupont Circle this Sunday at 10 a.m. for Pagan Pride Day, according to Angela Raincatcher, spokeswoman for the event.

This year’s meeting is slated to include a lecture on the Celtic goddess Brigid from author Courtney Webber, a course on building altars from local folk healer and shaman Richael Faithful and a Wiccan harvest ritual where members of Connect DC will bless a bounty of food before donating it to local charity So Others Might Eat.

“It’s a great event for catching up with other pagans and Earth-based spiritual people in the D.C. area,” Raincatcher said.

The event will also include live jams from “whimsical folk” band Sofeya and the Puffins and booths from a smattering of local Pagan groups.

“If you are new to the area, or new to paganism, D.C. Pagan Pride provides a safe, comfortable place to learn about the community here,” Raincatcher said. “All are welcome.”

by Tim Regan — September 13, 2016 at 10:35 am 0

Dupont Circle’s brave little urban tomato plant is no more.

Someone recently removed the plant from a crack in the sidewalk where it grew near the intersection of Connecticut Ave. and S St. NW.

Dupont ANC commissioner Amy Johnson tipped us off to the potential “vegicide” on Sunday:

“Somebody chopped it down at the root!” reader and part-time tomato grower Russ Tisinger said in an email yesterday. “Makes me so angry.”

The plant — which spawned a popular local Reddit thread last week — was nearly as tall as the trash can next to it and was dotted with small yellow flowers and a handful of unripened green fruit.

And now it is gone. A visit to the site yesterday revealed someone appears to have cut the plant off at the stem.

Who could have removed the plant, and why? Given the plant’s popularity, it’s possible someone destroyed it for nefarious reasons. It’s also possible a city worker threw it away, as was the case with Freddie Da Firetruck.

A representative for the D.C. Department of Public Works, the city agency that oversees many of the city’s trash cans, said the District is looking into whether one of its workers may have chucked the plant.

by Tim Regan — September 10, 2016 at 8:25 am 0

Police car light(Updated at 2:37 p.m.) Someone shot and injured a man on a street near several Dupont Circle bars early Saturday morning, according to D.C. Police.

Police said 27-year-old Ryan Demtric Matthews assaulted two people and shot a man in the chest outside of a business on the 1300 block of Connecticut Ave. NW around 3:20 a.m. Saturday morning.

The area where the shooting occurred is home to several bars and restaurants such as Madhatter, The Manor and The Big Hunt. A video posted to Twitter early Saturday morning appears to show a somewhat chaotic scene following the crime.

The shooting victim was rushed to a local hospital where he is currently listed in critical but stable condition, police said.

Police arrested Matthews after a brief chase and charged him with assault with intent to kill while armed, carrying a pistol without a license, possession of an unregistered firearm, possession of unregistered ammunition and two counts of simple assault.

by Tim Regan — September 9, 2016 at 11:50 am 1 Comment


First, the craze hit New York City. Then Los Angeles. Boston came next.

Now, it looks as though a new business plans to bring a trendy ice cream treat to a storefront just blocks away from Dupont Circle.

Signage for a new business called “Icy Code” went up recently at 2029 P St. NW, the space that formerly held Thomas Foolery. According to the sign, the business will sling decadent “ice cream rolls.”

What are ice cream rolls, anyway? Paste Magazine describes the forthcoming craze like this:

This mounting trend started tiptoeing into the States last year by way of Southeast Asia — not just Thailand, but also Malaysia, Cambodia and the Philippines, where the treat is often sold by street vendors. To make it, a still-liquid ice cream base is poured onto a tray cooled to around -23 degrees Celsius; fruit, cookies, candies are cut (loudly) in with a couple of spatulas that resemble putty knives. Then the whole thing is smoothed into a wafer-y sheet to freeze up quick, and scraped into tubes.

A building permit issued Sept. 2 says the owners plan to renovate the space and add a wall. We’ll update this story if we learn more about when the new business might open.

by Tim Regan — September 9, 2016 at 10:00 am 0

D.C. Police are on the lookout for a group of women who may had the munchies so bad they allegedly stole about $150 in snacks from a 7-Eleven convenience store in Dupont.

A dozen women filed into the 7-Eleven at 1645 Connecticut Ave. NW just before 2 a.m. on Aug. 12, according to a police report. Once inside, some of the women grabbed chips, drinks and other snacks before bolting from the shop without paying. Though one of the store’s cashiers tried to stop them, the women ran away with roughly $150 worth of snacks and drinks, authorities said.

A new police video appears to show the moment the mass theft occurred. In the video, a group of happy, smiling women can be seen walking into the convenience store. Several of the women appear to stare directly into the camera as they walk past; one woman even seems to fix her hair while gazing into the camera. Then, seemingly without warning, the women make a break for it.

Authorities are asking anyone with information about the women in the video to contact them by calling 202-727-9099 or texting tips to 50411.

by Tim Regan — September 8, 2016 at 10:20 am 1 Comment

In the words of Jurassic Park’s Dr. Ian Malcolm, “life, uh, finds a way.”

In this case, a tomato plant found a way to grow from a crack in a sidewalk near the intersection of Connecticut Ave. and S St. NW in Dupont Circle. A local Reddit user first spotted the “respectably sized tomato plant” yesterday.

A visit to the spot today revealed a tomato plant nearly as tall as the trash can next to it. Several small yellow flowers and a handful of unripened green fruit could be seen hanging from the plant’s stem.

Russ Tisinger, who works in an office nearby, stopped to take a photo of the “amazing” plant earlier this morning.

“It’s definitely a healthy tomato plant,” Tisinger remarked. “It’s got lots of blossoms. It’s already got fruit on it, it looks like four tomatoes.”

And Tisinger would know: he’s been unsuccessfully trying to grow tomatoes on the balcony of his office for a while.

“I can’t even get them to produce while this hardy tomato plant, on its own, without anyone’s help, is just growing in the sidewalk,” he said. “It’s incredible.”

by Tim Regan — September 7, 2016 at 2:30 pm 0

1739 Connecticut Ave. NW

A national business centered around waxing for men and women has plans to open a new location in Dupont.

European Wax Center’s forthcoming outpost at 1739 Connecticut Ave. NW is “opening soon,” according to a notice on the company’s website.  The space formerly held Smashburger, which closed in 2014.

A building permit filed last week with D.C.’s Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs shows how the company plans to give the storefront a makeover:

Renovate a former fast food restaurant to convert space into a new hair cutting shop including mechanical, electrical and plumbing alterations. CHANGE OF USE FROM FAST FOOD TO WAX HAIR REMOVAL

Naturally, the phrase “fast food to wax hair removal” elicited some colorful responses on Twitter yesterday afternoon:

by Andrew Ramonas — September 6, 2016 at 1:45 pm 1 Comment

Pet photography (Photo via Facebook/The Cheeky Puppy)Local dogs and cats can sit for back-to-school-themed photos in Dupont Circle this weekend for charity.

The Cheeky Puppy at 1709 Connecticut Ave. NW is scheduled to have the photo shoot with a professional pet photographer Saturday, according to a Facebook event page. The session with Outside The Lines Pet Photography is $40, which includes a mounted photograph. All proceeds go to pet adoption organization Lucky Dog Animal Rescue.

As of 1:40 p.m. today, eight sittings with the photographer still were available. Pet owners can reserve a time slot online.

Photo via Facebook/The Cheeky Puppy

by Andrew Ramonas — September 2, 2016 at 10:40 am 0

Panera Bread at at 1350 Connecticut Ave. NW (Photo via Google Maps)A Dupont sandwich shop is closed today after some pipes broke in its building and flooded the eatery, a manager of the restaurant told Borderstan this morning.

The Panera Bread at 1350 Connecticut Ave. NW can’t serve customers for now as workers fix the pipes and clean up the water, manager Sara Bubois said.

The manager said she expects the eatery to reopen Saturday.

Photo via Google Maps


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