From Cody Telep. Follow him on Twitter @codywt, email him at cody[AT]borderstan.com.
Police continue to investigate an attack inside of Manny and Olga’s Pizza at 1841 14th Street NW early Sunday morning. Based on video from the incident posted to WorldstarHipHop.com, a drag performer is involved in a verbal altercation with two females that turns into a physical fight.
The two females seem to instigate the physical fight after one was spit on, although it is not clear if the video shows the entire incident. The performer is identified by Metro Weekly as Heidi Glüm, whose real name is Miles Denaro (although he uses the last name DeNiro).
The video shows Denaro being pulled by the hair and beaten, and at the end of the clip he is bleeding from a head wound.
As Queerty reported, the video shows other customers and employees are slow to break up the altercation, and some seem to be cheering for the fight to continue. Denaro said he suffered cuts on his arms, hair loss, and a huge gash on his head in the incident. Queerty also published Denaro’s tweets from immediately after the attack, in which he claims he did not want to fight back because the attackers were female. He also used racially offensive language in one of his tweets.
According to the Washington Blade, both Denaro and one of the females in the video have filed police reports in the incident. Denaro did not call police at the time of the incident but accused both women of simple assault and a hate crime in a report filed Monday with the Gay and Lesbian Liaison Unit of the Metropolitan Police Department.
Denaro, 24, says the women were making fun of his shoes and makeup and that led to a verbal altercation that turned physical after one of the women slapped him in the face and he spit on her. His report claims, and the video seems to confirm, that he was punched and kicked repeatedly in the incident.
One of the two women in the video, filed a complaint against Denaro accusing him of biting her in the leg and claiming he gave her HIV. That assault was classified in the report as an aggravated assault.
Denaro admitted to the Blade that he bit the woman, but says he did so in self-defense. Denaro, who is HIV positive (according to the Blade), can be heard in the video saying “you’ve got AIDS now,” but it is unclear if this is related to the bite or blood from head wounds sustained in the attack.
Both reports remain under investigation, and police have not yet made any arrests in the case.
Prior to the attack, Denaro was performing as Heidi Glüm just down the block at the Black Cat’s monthly “Gay/Bash” event. Glüm is scheduled to appear at next month’s event on July 12.
When I want pizza in Borderstan, I call Manny & Olga’s.
Yes, there are great places to eat in Borderstan, good restaurants and cheap eats, but if we are talking pizza, I can’t help but think about Manny and Olga’s every time I am ready for a quick bite. I know it’s a franchised chain, but it’s a local one. The owner Manny, son of Greek immigrants, learned “hands on” how to run the business and give customers great service.
I have to say, even though Manny and Olga’s serves pizza by the slice and it’s very close to the house, I rarely go there unless it is for pick up. Their location on 1841 14th Street is not a sit-in location. The good thing about it is that after some seven years of calling for delivery, I feel I almost know them. Over the phone they are polite with that certain quickness that says we are working here to make it fast, and fast it is! The pizza pie always arrives hot and delicious.
Manny & Olga’s not only offers pizza, they have and extensive menu that includes subs, calzones, salads, Greek specialties and desserts. At home we have tried their lasagna, gyros and sandwiches — and the Veal Parmesan is always a crowd pleaser. We enjoy how great everything tastes and size of the portions. You definitely get your money’s worth here.
If you have been in the neighborhood for a while and haven’t tried them, you should. If you are new, you might just become a fan!
Manny and Olga’s: The Details
- Where Am I Going? 1841 14th Street NW.
- When Am I Calling? Sunday through Thursday, 10 am to 4 am; Friday and Saturday, 10 am to 5 am.
- Delivery? All the time.
- Paycheck Pain? $15 at the most for one person. (12″ basic pizza).
- Say What? Always there for you.
- What You’ll Be Eating: Great pizza, subs, basic Italian dishes and gyros.