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by Tim Regan — August 6, 2015 at 2:00 pm 212 0

Churchkey, photo via Facebook.com/churchkeydc

Popular Logan Circle beer bar ChurchKey  (1337 14th Street NW) will devote all 55 of its taps to local beers next Thursday at 4 p.m. in celebration of DC Beer Week.

The event represents the “largest single tapping of D.C. craft brews ever,” says ChurchKey.

Greg Engert, beer director at the Neighborhood Restaurant Group, which owns ChurchKey, says the idea to pour 55 local beers had been on his mind for a while.

“The idea for a total tap takeover had been increasingly insistent, and when I started reviewing the releases of the 6 independent D.C. brewers we would come to feature, it all started to become a palpable possibility,” he says.

Engert adds that attendees should expect hard-to-find beers and one-time batches alongside old favorites. “There will be no shortage of rare and special brews on tap,” says Engert.

Among the beers served will be 3 Stars Brewing Company’s wine barrel-aged saison, Harvester of Sorrows, DC Brau’s On the Wings of Armageddon and Right Proper’s botanically-laced farmhouse ales Alice and Diamonds, Fur Coat, Champagne.

Here’s the complete list of all 55 beers being poured:

  • 3 Stars Above the Clouds
  • 3 Stars Citra & Lemon Peel Saison
  • 3 Stars Cognitive Dissonance
  • 3 Stars Desolation
  • 3 Stars Ghost IPA
  • 3 Stars Harvester of Sorrow
  • 3 Stars Peppercorn Saison
  • 3 Stars Peppercorn Saison – Cherries (Cask)
  • 3 Stars Pandemic
  • 3 Stars Southern Belle
  • Atlas District Common
  • Atlas Home Rule
  • Atlas NSFW
  • Atlas Ponzi
  • Atlas Ponzi – Simcoe & Citra (Cask)
  • Atlas Pumpernickel Stout
  • Atlas Rowdy
  • Atlas The 1500 South Cap Lager
  • Bluejacket Forbidden Planet
  • Bluejacket Goldfinch
  • Bluejacket Judge Ruby
  • Bluejacket Lost Weekend
  • Bluejacket Lost Weekend – Citra (Cask)
  • Bluejacket Red Wine Barrel-Aged Swirl
  • Bluejacket Rheinard de Vos
  • Bluejacket Sub Rosa
  • Bluejacket The Jam
  • Bluejacket Triple Smoke Barrel-Aged The Wake
  • Bluejacket Wallflower
  • Bluejacket Whiskey Barrel-Aged Double Mexican Radio
  • DC Brau El Hefe Speaks
  • DC Brau Pils
  • DC Brau Penn Quarter Porter
  • DC Brau Citrocity
  • DC Brau On the Wings of Armageddon
  • DC Brau On the Wings of Armageddon (Cask)
  • DC Brau On the Wings of Armageddon – Apricots & Grapefruit (Cask)
  • DC Brau Solar Abyss
  • DC Brau The Citizen
  • DC Brau The Corruption
  • DC Brau The Corruption (Nitro)
  • DC Brau The Public
  • Hellbender Bare Bones Kolsch
  • Hellbender Chazzwazzer IPA
  • Hellbender DC Solidarity Brew: Red, White & Gluten
  • Hellbender Ella KPA
  • Hellbende Red Line
  • Hellbender Rum Barrel-Aged Red Line
  • Hellbender Southern Torrent Saison
  • Hellbender & Lost Rhino Dunkelweiss
  • Right Proper Alice
  • Right Proper Comrade
  • Right Proper Diamonds Fur Coat Champagne
  • Right Proper Lifehouse
  • Right Proper Lookaftering

Photo via Facebook.com/churchkeydc

by Tim Regan — July 29, 2015 at 4:30 pm 239 0

Magic Bullet, Image via Upshur Books

Borderstan residents can now pick up a copy of the latest issue of D.C.’s free comic book newspaper, Magic Bullet.

The paper is organized and edited by small press comic book collective DC Conspiracy and features one-page comics and illustrations from dozens of locally sourced contributors.

This is the semi-annual newspaper’s 11th issue since it was created in 2010.

Copies can be found at the following Borderstan-area locations:

Adams Morgan

  • Crooked Beat Records (2116 18th Street NW)
  • Idle Time Books (2467 18th Street Northwest)
  • Red Onion Records (1901 18th Street NW)
  • Smash Records (2314 18th Street NW, 2nd Floor)
  • Songbyrd (2475 18th Street NW)
  • The Potter’s House (1658 Columbia Road NW)
  • Tryst (2459 18th Street NW)

Columbia Heights

  • Coffy Cafe (3310 14th Street NW)
  • Flying Fish Coffee and Tea (3064 Mt Pleasant Street NW)
  • Palace 5ive (2216 14th Street NW)
  • The Coupe (3415 11th Street NW)
  • Blind Dog Cafe (944 Florida Avenue NW)*

Dupont Circle

  • Fantom Comics (2010 P Street NW)

Logan Circle

  • Miss Pixie’s (1626 14th Street NW)
  • Peregrine Espresso (1718 14th Street NW)
  • Som Records (1843 14th Street NW)*
  • The Coffee Bar (1201 S Street NW)*

Petworth

  • Upshur Books (827 Upshur Street NW)

U Street

  • Ben’s Chili Bowl (1213 U Street NW)
  • Big Planet Comics (1520 U Street NW)
  • Joint Custody (1530 U Street NW)

Image via Upshur Street Books

*Denotes a business that was lumped in with its closest neighborhood for clarity

by Daniel Levitt — July 24, 2015 at 4:00 pm 224 0

A new Chinese restaurant will soon open in Logan Circle.

14th Cafe (1416 14th Street NW) will open on the corner of 14th and P Streets NW in the former Carry Out Deli space, Washington City Paper first reported this morning.

The new eatery will serve predominantly Chinese food with some Korean dishes included on the menu.

When visited by Borderstan earlier today, 14th Cafe owner Lin Pin said her new restaurant will open “hopefully Friday” of next week. She added that she picked Logan Circle for its large population of young residents.

by Jared Holt — July 21, 2015 at 2:45 pm 110 1 Comment

Bar Pilar

A 14th Street NW bar will celebrate the 116th birthday of Earnest Hemingway the way the famous writer might have.

Bar Pilar, located at 1833 14th Street NW, will serve a special menu of Hemingway’s favorite meals and libations tonight starting at 5 p.m.

According to Pilar’s menu, Hemingway enjoyed noshing on pickled mushrooms, chilled cucumber soup, lobster salad and rabbit stew.

Bartenders will pour five different tropical and rum-based cocktails such as the “Hemingway Daiquiri,” an absinthe-based drink called “Death in the Afternoon” and two different rum slushies.

Is this really what Hemingway liked to eat and drink?

“Hemingway once said, ‘The best way to find out if you can trust somebody is to trust them,'” said Melissa Gold, a PR rep for Bar Pilar, in an e-mail. “Trust us.”

Bar Pilar will also screen movies based on Hemingway novels on both of its floors.

Image via Facebook.com/BarPilar

by Tim Regan — July 20, 2015 at 3:00 pm 883 1 Comment

Police CarD.C. Police officials say they’ve arrested 30 men since cracking down on prostitution in parts of Shaw, Logan Circle and Dupont on July 14.

All of the arrests were made in the area between 9th and 17th and L and N streets NW, and police say the arrested men have all been charged with solicitation of prostitution.

According to police, this is an ongoing operation that “will continue to focus on the prostitution complaints in this area.”

Earlier this month, police conducted an operation in the 1100 block of K Street NW that resulted in eight prostitution-related arrests.

by Jared Holt — July 16, 2015 at 11:15 am 948 0

Logan CircleA group of four teenagers violently robbed a boy near Logan Circle yesterday.

The boy, who is in his early teens, was walking on R Street NW around 5:30 p.m. when one of the suspects approached him. The boy said, “Excuse me,” and then the suspect tackled him and attempted to rob him, police said.

The three other suspects then joined the attacker when the victim fled toward Logan Circle, authorities said.

The group caught up with the boy on the 1300 block of P Street NW. They then circled him, emptied his pockets and stole his property, police said.

Officers patrolled the area, found all four suspects and arrested them in connection with the robbery.

by Tim Regan — July 2, 2015 at 10:10 am 335 1 Comment

A suspected package thief was caught on camera last week in the Logan Circle neighborhood.

In a video released by D.C. police earlier this morning, a man can be seen walking up to a home and retrieving a package from the doorstep. The man then sits down at a nearby table and waits for approximately 38 seconds before standing up and walking away with the package.

Police confirm a theft was reported at a residence on the 1200 block of S Street NW last Wednesday at approximately 4:24 p.m.

Crime Solvers of Washington, D.C., currently offers a reward of up to $1,000 to anyone who provides information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for a crime committed in the District of Columbia. Your assistance is appreciated by your community.

Anyone who can identify these individuals or who has knowledge of this incident should take no action but call police at (202) 727-9099 or text your tip to the Department’s TEXT TIP LINE to 50411.

Video via MPD

by Tim Regan — June 12, 2015 at 9:05 am 104 0

STOCK-20Money, Money, Money — Logan Circle ranks among the top 100 most expensive neighborhoods in the nation, according to a new report by apartment listing service Zumper. [Washington Business Journal]

Hot Hot Heat — It’s going to be hot out there this weekend. So hot, in fact, that the National Weather Service issued a heat advisory through 8 p.m. this evening. With humidity factored in, it may feel like 100 degrees or hotter. Stay cool and drink lots of water. [Capital Weather Gang]

Pearl Dive Prepares Picnics — Pearl Dive is now accepting orders for 4th of July picnic packages. $35 nabs you six pieces of fried chicken, three jalapeno corn muffins, spicy cole slaw, potato salad, three blueberry streusel pies, a tablecloth, and Greenware eco-friendly utensils. [BadWolf DC]

Sorry, Second State — Multiple sources in the know say Second State on M Street closed for good yesterday. [Borderstan]

ANC 1A Loudly Opposes Noise Regulation — Commissioners for ANC 1A voted Wednesday night 8 to 0 in opposition to the Nightlife Regulation Amendment Act of 2015. [Borderstan]

by Bryan Doyle — June 3, 2015 at 5:00 pm 109 0

Thomas Circle

On the first Wednesday of every month, Advisory Neighborhood Committee 2F meets at the Washington Plaza Hotel on Thomas Circle.  The agenda for tonight’s meeting is posted on the ANC’s website. This reporter will be in attendance.

The ANC, which is comprised of the areas around Logan Circle and Scott Circle, makes up a large part of what became known as the original Borderstan — an area couched around two police districts whose residents came together to push for more police coordination in 2007.

As noted by the founders of the original Borderstan, ANC’s are a critical part of local governance in Washington D.C. We will continue to cover the work of different ANCs in our coverage area for the months to come.



ANC2F

Commissioners: John Fanning (Chair), Kate Gordon, Karin Berry, Pepin Tuma,, Jim Lamare, Charlie Bengal, Kevin Sylvester, Kevin Deeley.

Neighborhoods: Logan Circle, Scott Circle, parts of Mt. Vernon and McPherson Square areas.

D.C. Council Member: Jack Evans, Ward 2.

Meeting Location:  Varies. Check the ANC website for an agenda with location information.

Meeting Time: 7 p.m. on the first Wednesday night of every month.

by Tim Regan — June 1, 2015 at 9:00 am 112 4 Comments

Good morning. Borderstan is back.

We probably look a little different than you remember. That’s because, in April, Local News Now LLC, the publisher of ARLnow.com, acquired Borderstan from founders Matt Rhoades and Luis Gomez. Since then, we’ve worked with Matt and Luis to map out how we can build upon what locals loved about the site the first time around.

And based on what we’ve come up with, we think you’ll be pleased.

Moving forward, we plan to cover everything Matt and Luis did well, from arts and entertainment, crime and politics, to local businesses and dining. We’ll also add to that mix up-to-date breaking neighborhood news coverage in a large swath of Northwest D.C., which includes the areas around Dupont Circle and Logan Circle, up to U Street, Adams Morgan and Columbia Heights.

Our site editor is Tim Regan, who has covered local news, restaurants, oddities and the arts for Washington Post Express, Washington City Paper and Thrillist, among others. He’ll occasionally be assisted by Andrew Ramonas, the editor of our sister site, Hill Now, Local News Now managing editor Bryan Doyle and a stable of stalwart freelance contributors.

Have a suggestion? Want to contribute? Drop us a line at [email protected]. Or, if you have an idea for a story we should write, call our tip line at 202-930-3546 to leave a message about what’s going on in your neighborhood. Be sure to connect with us on Twitter and Facebook, and check back with us frequently. We’ll be updating the site daily.

by Borderstan.com — May 7, 2015 at 12:45 pm 0

Dupont Circle fountain, turned on for the season May 7, 2015

Borderstan.com will be back before you know it, delivering comprehensive neighborhood news coverage of Dupont Circle, Logan Circle, the U Street area — and now Columbia Heights.

We’ll relaunch Monday, June 1 with editor Tim Regan at the helm. Tim has covered local news, restaurants, oddities and the arts for Washington Post Express, Washington City Paper and Thrillist, among others. Most recently, he was assistant editor of two magazines on the housing market and home renovation, ProSales and Remodeling.

Local News Now LLC, the publisher of ARLnow.com, acquired Borderstan.com earlier this year from founders Matt Rhoades and Luis Gomez, as we announced last month. In the meantime, we’ve been working with Matt and Luis to map out how we can build upon what locals loved about the site the first time around, from August 2008 to June 2013.

You can expect up-to-the minute, community-based reporting on breaking news, development, restaurants and more, in the areas Borderstan previously covered. As part of the relaunch, we’ll cover Columbia Heights, too.

Questions, comments, scoops or inquiries about becoming contributor? We can be reached at [email protected].

by Borderstan.com — June 28, 2013 at 2:00 pm 25 Comments

"Borderstan"

The eyes of Borderstan: Our great contributors, past and present.

It’s time for us at Borderstan to say thank you and goodbye for now. This is our last planned post on Borderstan.com, although the site will remain live for several months.

This was a difficult decision to make. We have enjoyed covering one of Washington’s great neighborhoods: the Dupont-Logan-U Street area. When we first went live in August 2008, we had no idea that Borderstan would grow to where it is today.

We were thrilled to have met so many of the great people in this neighborhood and to write about the changes occurring in our city.

From everyone involved with Borderstan.com we want to say thank you to our readers and advertisers. We will always remember the support we received from the community and locally owned businesses.

To our volunteer contributors, we cannot begin to thank you enough — and this includes the wonderful photographers who shared their photographs in our Flickr group. Even though some of you moved on before today’s final post and may not be listed on our contributor’s page, your hard work and dedication are remembered. We couldn’t have done it without you.

Luis Gomez and Matt Rhoades, co-founders

It has been a pleasure to bring you the neighborhood news.

by Borderstan.com — June 24, 2013 at 12:00 pm 0

"Logan Circle"

Logan Circle Heritage Trail. (Courtesy)

If you want to support the Logan Circle Heritage Trail here is your opportunity. On Wednesday, June 26, Whole Foods Market on P Street will donate 5% of the store’s net sales.

At the same time, Logan Circle Community Association (LCCA) volunteers and Heritage Trail partners from Cultural Tourism DC will be at Whole Foods to tell customers about the new trail.

Two-and-a-half years in the making, the 15 signs that will mark the walking trail have been finalized and should be in the ground by the beginning of July at the latest. The trail will officially open on Saturday, July 13. There will be a public opening ceremony in the early afternoon in Logan Circle. After some time to explore the trail itself, a celebratory event will take place at the Studio Theater (1501 14th Street NW) from 5 to 7 pm. Local politicians, dignitaries and celebrities are expected to attend.

Stops on the Trail

The trail will have 15 stops in all, starting at the Jewish Community Center and ending at the Studio Theater. Other stops will include:

The Details

  • What: Support Logan Circle Heritage Trail. Whole Foods Market will donate 5% of its net sales.
  • When: Wednesday June 26, from 8 am to 10:30 pm
  • Where: Whole Foods Market, 1440 P Street NW

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by Borderstan.com — June 10, 2013 at 10:00 am 0

From David McAuley. Email him at david[AT]borderstan.com.

"Development"

Site of proposed apartments on 1400 block of Church street NW. (Luis GOmez Photos)

At its regular monthly meeting Wednesday night, Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 2F/Logan Circle voted on an unusual residential development on Church Street

The full ANC concurred with last month’s Community Development Committee recommendation to support the application by Brook Rose Development for zoning relief on its proposed development at 1456, 1458 and 1460 Church Street NW. The new apartment buildings, as planned, will contain 37 rental units. The size of each unit will be 250 to 400 square feet, and will rent for $1800 to $2000 per month.

An unusual aspect of the development is that tenants will be required by the terms of their lease to refrain from applying for a Residential Parking Permit (RPP). Applying for an RPP will be grounds for termination of the lease.

It is possible to get information about RPP applications from the DC government through a Freedom of Information act request. Otherwise, DC authorities were “reluctant” to give out this information.

Commissioner John Fanning, 2F-04, had concerns about the monitoring, reporting, oversight and enforcement of this part of the lease agreement.

“I think that we need to have some clearer oversight,” Fanning said.

Commissioner Cain said the developers had promised to report to the ANC on a quarterly basis, and might be open to more frequent reporting if asked. Cain also said there was no enforcement mechanism.

“We’re just going to take their word for it,” Fanning concluded.

There was a discussion of the limits of ANC authority to make and enforce agreements, and also the future of parking regulation in the light of planned changes in DC zoning regulations that will essentially eliminate the requirement for parking in new construction.

The final vote was 7-0 in favor of support the application for zoning relief, with Fanning abstaining.

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by Borderstan.com — June 10, 2013 at 9:30 am 0

"Pride"

2013 Capital Pride Parade Photos. Click above for more images. (Luis Gomez Photos)

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

Check out the photos of the 2013 Capital Pride Parade on Borderstan’s Flickr page.

The 2013 Capital Pride Parade took place this past Saturday, June 8. It started at 4:30 pm and lasted until 7 pm when the Capital Pride organizers float reached the corner of 14th and R Streets NW. This was the first time that the parade traveled north on 14th Street, a testament to how popular this corridor has become.

Religious groups, politicians, bars, banks, cleaning services, neighborhood associations, school associations and more were all part of the colorful party.

Dykes on Bikes kicked off the parade. There were plenty of elected officials and political candidates in the parade as well, and lots of local businesses (large and small) as well as a plethora of organizations, local and national, not to mention sports teams — and live music to boot.

Lynda Carter, best known for her role as “Wonder Woman,” was Super Grand Marshal of the parade this year.

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