by Tim Regan — October 21, 2016 at 3:40 pm 2 Comments

A new residential building could soon occupy a currently empty lot on 17th St. NW in Dupont.

Developer CAS Riegler seeks to build a a new three-story building on the vacant lot at 1500 17th St. NW, according to plans shared with Borderstan. The building would hold two residential units and include a penthouse and basement, the plans show.

A representative of the developer revealed the company’s plans during a Dupont Circle ANC meeting last Thursday. Though the neighborhood commission supported the plans, its members recommended several design changes to “better incorporate this project into the historic character of Dupont Circle.”

“The project as proposed feels somewhat out of place and has a very sharp — almost jarring — contrast into its historic context,” the commission wrote in its resolution.

Recommended changes include redesigning the building to include different materials, making the windows on the east elevation smaller and moving the penthouse west so it doesn’t appear as large from P Street.

CAS Riegler is slated to present its plans to the Historic Preservation Review Board later this month or early next month.

h/t ANC 2B commissioner John Kupcinski

by Andrew Ramonas — October 21, 2016 at 2:30 pm 0

1600 block of Swann Street NW (Photo via Google Maps)A thief knocked down a man and robbed him about two blocks south of U Street NW in Dupont Circle last night, police said.

The robbery happened on the 1600 block of Swann Street NW about 10 p.m. Thursday.

The victim was walking in the area when a man came up to him after possibly following him from the 1800 block of 17th Street NW, according to authorities. The man then pushed the victim into some bushes, causing him to fall.

The attacker soon after grabbed about $120 from the victim’s wallet and fled.

Police described the suspect as a:

B/M [black male] about 50-55 years of age, dark complected, clean shavened with black short hair. S-1 [suspect one] was wearing a pink polo short sleeve shirt and dark colored shorts.

Photo via Google Maps

by Tim Regan — October 20, 2016 at 2:25 pm 0

The Dupont Z-Burger recently featured in a viral video is closed temporarily while its owner makes some adjustments to the restaurant.

Z-Burger (2157 P St. NW) is hiring new management and staff and undergoing some renovations, according to owner Peter Tabibian.

“We’re going to change the concept a little,” Tabibian said. “We’re going to get the place nice and renovated and cleaned up.”

The changes come less than a week after a viral video showed a rat scurrying across a table inside of the restaurant. D.C. Department of Health inspectors noted “evidence of rodents… outside of the food establishment” but saw no live rats when they visited the restaurant Monday.

Tabibian said that’s not why he temporarily shuttered the restaurant, however.

“I momentarily closed it… but not because of the health department or anything,” he said.

In addition to the renovations and new employees, Tabibian is now the store’s sole owner. The restaurant was previously owned by a group of partners, he said.

When the Z-Burger reopens, it will have a few new menu additions, including breakfast items, Tabibian said.

“I’m going to reopen that place,” he added. “I just want to get some training done and make sure everything is perfect with it.”

by Tim Regan — October 19, 2016 at 2:30 pm 4 Comments

(Updated at 4:06 p.m.) A new business is slated to start selling leather journals and custom notebooks from a storefront in Dupont Circle.

Online store Jenni Bick Custom Journals is set to open a new brick-and-mortar location at 1300 Connecticut Ave. NW this December, according to co-owner Robby Bick. The new shop will occupy the space that formerly held Riccardi Clothier, which moved to Georgetown last June.

When the store opens, it will sell a variety of handmade journals, albums, notebooks and sketchbooks bound in leather and other materials, Bick said. The store will also carry items from larger manufacturers such as Moleskine and Epica.

“We’ll have far and away the best selection of journals, photo albums and sketchbooks that you’ll be able to find, certainly in the area, but probably anywhere,” Bick said.

Additionally, the store will carry pens, cards, and stationery, and will have a hand-operated embossing machine for custom orders, he added.

Bick, who lives in Martha’s Vineyard with his wife and company co-owner, Jenni, is no stranger to living and working in D.C. In the ’90s, he operated Adams Morgan bookstore Bick’s Books. He’s also managed or worked at a number of book and record stores in the District over the years.

For the Bicks, the new store will serve as a kind of homecoming.

“Both Jenni and I grew up here, and for family reasons, wanted to return,” Bick said. “My first job was in my Uncle’s book and record store at 1342 Connecticut Avenue, the same block we are moving into, back in 1969.”

by Tim Regan — October 19, 2016 at 10:45 am 1 Comment

A huge mixed-use development could rise from the site of a historic landmark in Dupont Circle.

Developer Marx Realty seeks to redevelop a lot at 2200 P St. NW in order to build a new nine-story mixed-use development, according to plans shared with Borderstan today. The lot currently holds a Sunoco gas station that has a historic limestone building known as the Embassy Gulf Service Station.

As first reported by UrbanTurf, the developer looks to move the historic landmark to make way for its 34-unit development. The historic building would be restored and turned into a space for retail, the plans show. The development would also include two stories of underground parking.

More about the planned project, which is slated to go before D.C.’s Commission of Fine Arts tomorrow:

The proposed development is comprised of approximately 59,000 gross square feet above grade with approximately 20,000 gross square feet of below grade parking. The program includes approximately 56,000 sf of residential equating to approximately 34 units and 3,000 sf of retail space.

The site is currently developed with a one-story, neoclassical gas station built of limestone and completed in 1936 for the Gulf Oil Corporation. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is a contributing structure to the Dupont Circle Historic District.

The applicant proposes to relocate the structure on the site and build an attached nine-story residential building. The gas station interior will be renovated for retail use and the exterior, which is largely intact, will be restored. The site will be remediated and underground storage tanks will be removed.

h/t ANC 2B commissioner Daniel Warwick

by Tim Regan — October 18, 2016 at 3:45 pm 4 Comments

(Updated 4:50 p.m.) A video of a large rodent scurrying around inside a Dupont burger restaurant is making the rounds online.

The video, posted above, shows a rat running across a table inside the Dupont Z-Burger (2157 P St. NW) while a crowd of off-camera onlookers shouts and shrieks.

“This is f—–g disgusting,” says one person.

“We need the health inspector!” and “are you serious?” two other people shout.


by Tim Regan — October 17, 2016 at 3:45 pm 0

Stead Park Recreation Center

(Updated at 4:38 p.m.) A popular public park in Dupont could get a bigger, more modern recreation center.

Community organization Friends of Stead Park has asked the District to allocate funds in its 2018 fiscal year budget to upgrade and expand the recreation center inside of the park at 1625 P St. NW.

As it currently stands, the recreation center can only hold about 25 people at a time. The building is also not ADA accessible.

An expanded recreation center would give locals a larger indoor space for meetings and activities, said Kishan Putta, vice president of the Friends of Stead Park. The expansion would also allow for the creation of an affordable childcare program at Stead Park.

“The current space is very old and very small,” Putta told Borderstan. “It was actually deemed by the city to be unsafe for holding a toddler play program.”

So far, the idea has garnered the support of Dupont’s ANC 2B and Ward 2 D.C. Councilmember Jack Evans.

The organization’s next step would be to partner with the D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation to solicit input from park users and community groups and work on possible designs.

If all goes according to plan, construction could tentatively begin as soon as winter or spring in 2018, Putta said.

by Andrew Ramonas — October 17, 2016 at 2:45 pm 0

Entrance to alley on the 1200 block of 18th Street NW (Photo via Google Maps)Three thieves with a “pointed object” robbed a man who was urinating in a Dupont Circle alley this past weekend, police said.

The robbery occurred on the 1200 block of 18th Street NW about 3 a.m. Sunday.

The victim was relieving himself behind a building about three blocks south of the Dupont Circle NW traffic circle after visiting a nightclub, according to authorities. Two men and another person then came up to him and put a unknown pointed object to his back.


by Andrew Ramonas — October 17, 2016 at 10:35 am 0

1500 block of 22nd Street NW (Photo via Google Maps)A man was shot in Dupont Circle over the weekend, police said.

The shooting happened on the 1500 block of 22nd Street NW about 3 a.m. Saturday.

The victim was in his car about three blocks west of the Dupont Circle NW traffic circle near Rock Creek when he saw a group of people arguing nearby, according to authorities. He then got out, and somebody with a handgun shot him in the neck.

The shooter fled soon after.

The victim was brought to a local hospital for treatment.

Police said the suspect has the nickname of “Ant.” But they didn’t release any other information about the individual.

Photo via Google Maps

by Andrew Ramonas — October 12, 2016 at 3:30 pm 2 Comments

A1300 block of 19th Street NW (Photo via Google Maps) thief put a man in a choke hold while his accomplice repeatedly punched the victim during a robbery in Dupont Circle last night, police said.

The robbers struck on the 1300 block of 19th Street NW about 8:30 p.m. Tuesday.

The victim was walking about a block south of the Dupont Circle NW traffic circle when two men approached him, according to authorities.


by Tim Regan — October 11, 2016 at 4:50 pm 0

Dogtoberfest, photo via Facebook / Glen's Garden MarketAn annual outdoor celebration will bring dogs, beer, German food and costumes to the Glen’s Garden Market in Dupont this weekend.

Glen’s Garden Market (2001 S St. NW) will host its third annual “Dogtoberfest” this Saturday from 3-7 p.m., according to an event listing. The event is free to attend.

Maryland brewer Flying Dog Brewery is slated to bring seasonal brews, pumpkin ales and other beers, a Glen’s employee said. The market will also serve German fare like beer soup and cabbage.

True to its name, “Dogtoberfest” will also feature a dog costume competition where pups can dress up in lederhosen and funny hats.

Photo via Glen’s Garden Market

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


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