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by Andrew Ramonas — February 11, 2016 at 11:45 am 0

8th and O streets NW (Photo via Google Maps)Two men robbed someone at knifepoint in Shaw this morning, police said.

The armed robbery happened near 8th and O streets NW about 9:15 a.m. The CityMarket at O development, which includes a Giant Food and the Convivial restaurant, is at the intersection.

Authorities are looking for:

2 B/M in mid 20s, wearing all black. #1-is 6′ and wearing a brown/blue/red scarf. LS SB on 1300 blk of 8th St NW.

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by Andrew Ramonas — February 8, 2016 at 11:45 am 1 Comment

2200 block of Champlain Street NW (Photo via Google Maps)A thief with a mask flashed two guns at a woman and robbed her in Adams Morgan over the weekend, police said.

The armed robbery happened on the 2220 block of Champlain Street NW about 3:45 a.m. Saturday.

The victim and another woman were walking under the Marie Reed Aquatic Center breezeway when a car with five men drove near them, according to authorities. Soon after, one of the men got out of the car and pulled out two handguns.

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by Andrew Ramonas — February 3, 2016 at 9:55 pm 0

Firefighters rushed to the scene of a blaze that sent flames whipping out of a Logan Circle apartment building tonight.

The fire was reported in a fifth floor apartment in a building on the 1200 block of M Street NW, the D.C. Fire Fighters Association tweeted about 9:30 p.m. By 9:55 p.m., firefighters had extinguished the blaze, D.C. Fire and EMS tweeted.

A firefighter was hospitalized with minor injuries. Paramedics were evaluating three other people as of 9:55 p.m.

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by Tim Regan — February 3, 2016 at 12:30 pm 2 Comments

Who needs an exterminator when you’ve got a hungry hawk?

This ravenous raptor was spotted perched on a tree at the corner of 15th and Corcoran streets NW. Though it’s not clear what the bird was chowing down on, it’s probably safe to assume it was a pigeon, squirrel, rat or other urban critter.

Contrary to what you might think, spotting a metropolitan owl, hawk, eagle or other bird of prey isn’t exactly rare. Still, seeing a big bird gobbling up bloody bits on a tree branch in the middle of a city is an exciting experience.

Got any wildlife photos? Send them our way via Twitter or email.

Photos by Luis Gomez

by Tim Regan — January 26, 2016 at 1:30 pm 0

14th street cafe asian bistro 2There may soon be one more place on 14th Street to have a beer or a glass of wine.

14th Street Cafe Asian Bistro, which first opened at 1416 14th Street NW in July, has a liquor license application now on file with the D.C. Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration, according to a notice the agency published last week.

Neng Hsiang Wang, a representative for the restaurant, said the bistro is looking to serve beer and wine, but not cocktails.

The D.C. Alcoholic Beverage Control Board is expected to rule on the eatery’s application in the coming months.

by Andrew Ramonas — January 23, 2016 at 11:45 am 0

Logan Hardware on Jan. 23, 2016

There are a few places where you can get a hot meal or stock up on blizzard supplies in Logan Circle, for now. But if you want food from a major grocery store, you’re out of luck.

Ted’s Bulletin (1818 14th St. NW), Commissary (1443 P St. NW), Logan Tavern (1423 P St. NW) and 14th St. Cafe Asian Bistro (1416 14th St. NW) are among the few restaurants in Logan Circle serving food so far today.

Logan Hardware (1734 14th St. NW), a CVS Pharmacy (1418 P St. NW) and a 7-Eleven (14th Street and Rhode Island Avenue NW) are open, too. A Sunoco (1442 U St. NW) is selling food and other supplies as well, but no gas.

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by Tim Regan — January 11, 2016 at 10:00 am 1 Comment

Pitango Gelato

Though Pitango Gelato closed its location at 1451 P Street NW last week, the company’s CEO is plotting a comeback in Logan Circle.

“Basically our lease was up, we moved our equipment out and we are looking for a larger location,” Pitango Gelato CEO Noah Dan told us. “We are in discussions a with few landlords in the area, but nothing is ready for announcement yet.”

Though Dan said the company’s gelato sales “remain strong,” he added that the location “took a hit on the beverage sales in [the] recent year” and was disadvantaged by its limited seating.

When asked whether the frozen dessert shop felt the heat from nearby Dolcezza (1418 14th St. NW), Dan had this to say: “People know the difference between our product and a factory dipping store.”

Where do you think Pitango Gelato should open its next store? Weigh in by leaving a comment below.

by Tim Regan — January 7, 2016 at 1:45 pm 0

Logan Circle locals looking for ideas on how to remodel their homes will soon have a new store to visit.

An Ann Sacks tile and stone showroom will open on Monday, Jan. 11 at 9 a.m., according to a sign posted to the front door of the business. The store is located at 1629 14th St. NW, which is adjacent to Shinola.

When the store opens later this week, shoppers will be able to view products ranging from ceramic and tiles to plumbing fixtures for bathrooms and kitchens.

by Tim Regan — January 6, 2016 at 3:30 pm 1 Comment

Forget speakeasy-style bars that hearken back to prohibition days. Tom Brown, the purveyor behind Left Door (1345 S Street NW), wants to go even farther back in time.

Brown shared his vision shortly shortly before he opened bar’s doors to the public for the first time last night.

“I’ve been to several speakeasy style bars, and I really like that, but what I wanted to do was something that hearkens back before that to the silver age of cocktails,” Brown said. “We have a lot of Victorian decor in here.”

Bartenders sling cocktails like sazeracs made with armagnac, absinthe and a variety of house-made bitters alongside drinks like “Make it a Mule,” a take on a Moscow Mule that swaps vodka for Maker’s Mark. And of course, there’s a $100 cocktail called the French 95 and made with 20-year-old Pappy Van Winkle bourbon, Cristal, lemon juice and honey.

Patrons can also order a multitude of teas at the bar — a skill Brown said he picked up while observing the kitchen at Slipstream — and light snacks like cheese, nuts and olives.

For Brown — whose widely popular bar The Passenger closed nearly one year ago — last night’s opening was slightly poetic.

“It feels really nice [to open],” Brown said. “On New Year’s Eve, we opened for friends and family so we could see what the space looked like with people in it without the pressure. It was cool because I was opening a bar exactly one year after I closed a bar.”

Left Door won’t be Brown’s only encore. The bar owner plans to reopen The Passenger in Shaw later this year.

by Tim Regan — December 8, 2015 at 1:55 pm 0

Benito's Place

A new place belonging to someone named Benito is coming together in Logan Circle.

The forthcoming restaurant, which is located at 1437 11th Street NW, will serve American food, said a worker inside the store earlier today. The worker did not know when the new restaurant might open.

PoPville reported a restaurant was slated to open in that space roughly one year ago.

by Tim Regan — December 7, 2015 at 3:00 pm 1 Comment

Bigger is better, or at least that’s what the purveyors behind Logan Circle’s newest gay bar want you to think.

Trade, a new bar from Number Nine and Town Danceboutique owners John Guggenmos, Chachi Boyle and Ed Bailey will open its doors tonight at 1410 14th St. at 5 p.m.

Every day from opening until 10 p.m., the bar will sell regularly priced cocktails in 16 ounce pint glasses during a promotion it calls “huge happy hour.” But patrons looking for a happy hour drink menu won’t find one, said manager Aaron Riggins. In fact, they won’t find a list of drinks at all.

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by Tim Regan — November 17, 2015 at 11:30 am 0

MakeOffices sign

UberOffices is expanding. And it’s not UberOffices anymore. It’s MakeOffices now.

The company officially announced its name change in a press release sent to tenants last Thursday. (Full disclosure: Borderstan operates out of MakeOffice’s Dupont Circle location.)

“We’re excited for this opportunity to rebrand ourselves as we grow and expand to new markets,” wrote MakeOffices founder and CEO Raymond Rahbar in the release.

In an interview with Borderstan, Rahbar elaborated on the reason for changing the company’s name.

“I don’t think we realized what we were setting upon to do or how great the opportunity or advantages would be,” the CEO said. “We didn’t put too much thought into the name or the structure of the company.”

And before you speculate: Rahbar said that the name change had little do to with the success of transportation service Uber.

“Now that we’re a little larger, we know where we want to go,” he explained. “Rebranding ourselves now made the most amount of sense.”

The company is getting larger by the week, Rahbar added. It opened a brand new office in Reston, Va., yesterday and Rabhar said he plans to unveil outposts in Chicago and Philadelphia in the coming months.

There’s a Logan Circle location slated to open at 1509 16th St. in the spring, which Rahbar said will “be the best MakeOffice experience possible,” citing the fact that the coworking company will own the building, not just lease space within it.

Rahbar also hinted that the company might also branch out from its successful business of renting out coworking spaces.

“We’re thinking about going in a couple other verticals,” he said. “We plan on taking the sharing economy a few more steps, but nothing’s concrete now.”

by Tim Regan — November 6, 2015 at 8:55 am 0

PlanetPet

A pet daycare and grooming business in Logan Circle is set to temporarily close next week, then reopen under a new name next month.

An employee at Planet Pet (1738 14th St. NW) said today the store will close on Nov. 14 at 10 p.m., but will reopen under a new name and new management in “mid-December.”

A sign posted on the door of the business promised a “new name [and] a new vibe” and that “D.C.’s next big pet pavilion is coming to the 14th Street corridor.”

The employee at the store did not provide more details as to what that might mean, but said more information about the forthcoming changes would be available soon.

The final day for Planet Pet’s daycare service is this Sunday, and all boarding dogs must be picked up by 9 p.m next Monday. The store is also currently hosting a clearance sale with discounts up to 30 percent, said the employee.

by Andrew Ramonas — November 5, 2015 at 1:00 pm 0

1400 block of 10th Street NW (Photo via Google Maps)A man stole a woman’s iPhone 5s after he directed her to look down near Logan Circle Park last night, police said.

The robbery happened on the 1400 block of 10th Street NW about 9 p.m.

The victim was outside in the area when a man approached her, according to authorities. The man told the woman to hand him her cell phone and “look at the ground,” which she did, police said.

The man then ordered the victim to give him her phone’s passcode, which she supplied, according to authorities. He also rummaged through the woman’s purse, but didn’t take anything from it.

He fled on foot with the phone.

A description of the suspect wasn’t immediately clear.

Photo via Google Maps

by Tim Regan — October 28, 2015 at 3:30 pm 1 Comment

1618 14th Street NW

(Updated at 10:03 a.m. on Thursday) Men may once again gather at an infamous address in Logan Circle … only this time, they’ll be shopping for clothes.

Clothing retailer J. Crew has plans to open a new men’s only clothing store at 1618 14th Street NW next year, said J. Crew PR Coordinator Annabelle Javellana yesterday afternoon. The company had set a tentative date to open the new retail location in May, Javellana added.

Despite yesterday’s news of a confirmed opening, a company representative told us this morning that there had been “confusion,” and that “the fact that [J. Crew] is opening there is not confirmed.” The representative did not deny the store may open or say whether that means the company is also eyeing other potential locations.

The building, once known for housing the infamous “wrestling club” and “men’s parties” events, was partially demolished two weeks ago, and has been the talk of the neighborhood for years. A man died there in 2009, prompting the city to file suit to shut the sex club inside down.

After the building’s owners decided to raze it in 2013, ANC 2F debated preserving the building before ultimately granting a conditional demolition endorsement one year later.

In February, the Washington Business Journal reported that the building’s owner was issued a permit to rebuild and repair the bottom third of the building’s façade.

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