D.C.’s “Krampusnacht” festivities kick off at Gallery O on H (1354 H St. NE) this Saturday at 5 p.m.
The event is centered around the mythical Krampus, a cloven, horned monster that punishes naughty children around Christmas each year. Legend has it that the Krampus appears alongside Saint Nicholas to shake chains, flick its tongue and cart off misbehaving children in a sack it wears on its back.
This year’s Krampusnacht celebration will include a charity benefit, live musical performances and of course, the big Krampus march down H Street.
More on the event from the Krampusnacht Facebook page:
A new coworking space will open its doors to local entrepreneurs and creative types on H Street next week.
Locale Workspace is set to open at 1320B H St. NE on Monday, Oct. 31, according to company co-founder Alison Beshai.
The shared workspace will be aimed at self-employed workers such as graphic designers, writers, illustrators and photographers, Beshai said.
“We wanted to create a smaller, more intimate space that focused more on community and people in the creative industry,” she explained.
When it opens next week, the space will have free coffee, Wi-Fi and snacks for members. Memberships are sold in one-day, 10-day or month-long packages.
As an added bonus, the coworking space’s members will have exclusive access to a lunch menu from the company’s downstairs neighbor, Sally’s Middle Name, from Wednesday to Friday each week.
The new space is Locale’s second in D.C. The company’s first coworking space, located at 52 O St. NW, will be rebranded into “Locale Workroom,” a venue for private meetings, workshops and rentals.
Those interested in previewing the new coworking venue can attend a launch party there at 6 p.m. this evening.
A large number of cars parked near H Street were vandalized with spray paint over the weekend, according to D.C. Police and D.C. Councilmember Charles Allen.
Vandals tagged parked cars in the area of 4th, 5th, and 7th streets between H and G streets NE and also near 6th and L streets NE over the weekend, authorities told us today. At least some of the cars were spray painted with vulgar words, as seen in a photo ANC 6C Commissioner Mark Eckenwiler shared with Borderstan yesterday.
Though it was unclear exactly what time the vandals struck, police received several calls for spray painted cars yesterday morning, said spokeswoman Karimah Bilal.
Ward 6 D.C. Councilmember Charles Allen called the vandalism “very frustrating” in a tweet yesterday:
Very frustrating. Saw about 5 blocks worth of cars tagged w/ spray paint this am. ~50 cars or so. Near 700 blk L St NE & blks of 7th St NE.
— Charles Allen (@CharlesAllenW6) July 31, 2016
Police are still currently investigating the crimes.
Photo courtesy of ANC 6C Commissioner Mark Eckenwiler
Mayor Muriel Bowser and other VIPs today helped begin demolition on what is set to become one of the H Street corridor’s largest developments to date, but not without some opposition.
As Bowser and business leaders heralded the redevelopment of the H Street Connection at 901 H St. NE, about a dozen demonstrators stood outside a fence surrounding the property, voicing their frustration about the site’s future to the people inside the gated area.
“If black lives matter, why did you have me escorted from your office?” one woman yelled at Bowser.
Added another protester: “I don’t need a mic to voice my opinion.”
The shouts came soon after the mayor used an excavator to rip into the old strip mall and touted the work the D.C. government and businesses have done to revitalize the H Street corridor.
A U Street landmark has expanded to H Street.
Hundreds of people descended on the H Street corridor today to revel in half smokes and go-go music for the grand opening of the new Ben’s Chili Bowl, reported Borderstan’s sister site HillNow.
Virginia Ali, who opened the original Ben’s on U Street NW with her late husband in 1958, cut the ribbon to open the restaurant at 1001 H St. NE this morning with the help of Mayor Muriel Bowser, Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton and others.
Ali said opening a restaurant on H Street signifies the neighborhood’s turnaround since riots devastated the area after the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. in 1968.
“This area had a downturn after the riots in 1968,” she told Hill Now. “Now it’s in the process of growing, and we’re very happy to be a part of that growth. We’re here to serve a community, to support a community and we anticipate the community here will support us as well.”
Prior to the ribbon cutting, Bowser, Norton, Councilman Charles Allen of Ward 6 and other local officials applauded the Ali family’s focus on local business and community.
“This is a small, family-owned business whose owners call D.C. home and care about what happens here,” Bowser said. “This is a small business who saw other opportunities on H Street and said, ‘Ben’s Chili Bowl needs to be there.'”
Norton said she was excited that H Street not only got a Ben’s, but that they also got a chance to dance along with the go-go music of the Chuck Brown Band before and after the speeches.
“H Street was the heart and is the heart of this community, but it did not arrive until today because only today did it get a Ben’s,” Norton said. “Everybody here knows there will never be enough Ben’s for D.C.”
Inside, the restaurant is filled with mustard-yellow and ketchup-red decorations, a long bar, a handful of booths and a wall of well-known celebrities who have visited the restaurant. Comedian Bill Cosby, who has close ties to the Ben’s chain and helped open its Rosslyn location, didn’t appear among the photos.
Cosby, who has faced allegations that he sexually assaulted women, was in a photo on the wall before the eatery opened, the Washington Post reported. But the photo wasn’t there today.
A line to enter the restaurant began to form at 9 a.m. Mattie Callaham, who lives near the eatery, had the first spot in the line.
“I’ve been going to the U Street one for over 20 years,” Callaham said. “Since I live in this neighborhood, I could walk here, and it wouldn’t be no problem. I just can’t wait to get one of those hot dogs.”
Ben’s Chili Bowl is a DC institution, so is it a compliment or sacrilege to open the “DC Chili Bowl” on H Street NE? What if you were a former employee and Ben Ali’s family was planning on also opening an H Street outpost?
Well, we’re about to find out, as Anthony Holman plans to serve up chili with a few tweaks and variations from the Ben’s standard. Fried onions, kosher dogs, sauerkraut and cornbread are a few of those distinctions and it’s hard to find much fault with them (or maybe I’m just hungry).
The WTOP story is fairly polite in the comments from each side on the difference of opinion and what led to Holman’s departure from Ben’s to catering while he waits to open his new place… yet there is a simmering bit of spice behind each phrase. The idea of tinkering with a longtime institution rarely goes down easily to fans and families of the original, so it will be interesting to see what the public has to say about the new venture.
You can see the beef starting on Twitter, a little bit, at DC Chili Bowl’s Twitter feed.