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by Andrew Ramonas — May 26, 2016 at 2:35 pm 0

United House of Prayer for All People parade

(Updated at 2:55 p.m.) Trumpet players, cheerleaders and other people are set to march from Shaw to Logan Circle as part of an evangelical Christian church’s annual parade this weekend.

The United House of Prayer for All People‘s parade is slated to bring congregants from its church at 601 M St. NW to the Logan Circle traffic circle Saturday morning.

M Street NW from 6th to 7th streets NW is expected close from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., according to the Metropolitan Police Department.

Other road closures from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. are expected to include:

  • 6th Street NW from L to S streets NW.
  • S Street NW from 5th to 14th streets NW.
  • 13th Street NW from S to O streets NW.
  • Logan Circle NW.
  • P Street NW from 14th to 6th streets NW.
  • 7th Street NW from Q to L streets NW.

A United House of Prayer representative didn’t have an immediate comment on the parade or provide details on exactly when it will begin and end.

But Borderstan reported in 2013 that the marchers arrived about noon at the traffic circle’s park, where several locals gathered to watch. “Sweet Daddy” Grace, the church’s founder, lived at 11 Logan Circle NW before he died in 1960.

by Tim Regan — May 25, 2016 at 1:35 pm 0

House catches fire in Shaw May 28

(Updated at 2:06 p.m.) A house under construction caught fire in Shaw this afternoon.

Authorities received a call for smoke billowing out of a three-story rowhome on the 900 block of Westminster St. NW at approximately 1:16 p.m. today, D.C. Fire and EMS spokesman Oscar Mendez said.

Dozens of firefighters rushed to the the scene at 1:18 p.m. and are currently working to douse the fire, which started in the attic of the building.

Nobody was injured during the blaze, said D.C. Fire and EMS spokesman Vito Maggiolo.

“It looks like [firefighters] have a handle on it,” Maggiolo added.

Authorities said the fire was accidental.

by Andrew Ramonas — May 24, 2016 at 3:30 pm 0

A Shaw bar that had an assault last week can’t serve booze for now after D.C. regulators suspended its liquor license yesterday, according to District officials.

Karma Lounge and Bar at 1936 9th St. NW is barred from selling alcohol indefinitely, according to D.C. Alcoholic Beverage Control Board notices posted on its windows. But the panel is scheduled to hold a hearing to review its decision Thursday.

The suspension came after D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier last Thursday ordered Karma closed until the board could make a determination on whether to suspend the bar’s alcohol license, held by a man named Terfneh Kahsay, according to ABRA documents.

Kahsay owned the bar’s previous occupant, Salina Restaurant, which was the scene of a homicide in 2010. But he never transferred the liquor license to Efrem Alazar, who bought the business in November and started calling it Karma.

Borderstan’s efforts to reach a Karma representative for comment weren’t immediately successful.


by Andrew Ramonas — May 24, 2016 at 12:00 pm 0

"S is for Shaw" advertising Walter E. Washington Convention Center

Shaw has earned some national recognition for the efforts of a neighborhood business group to help revitalize the community, while preserving the area’s historic character.

Shaw Main Streets yesterday picked up a 2016 “Great American Main Street Award” for its work to create what it calls a “sustainable, self-sufficient business district” along the 7th and 9th Street commercial corridors. In addition to Shaw Main Streets, similar organizations in Orlando, Fla., and Dahlonega, Ga., received the honor from the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s National Main Street Center at a conference in Milwaukee.

“Shaw’s transformation in the last 13 years has been truly remarkable,” National Main Street Center president and CEO Patrice Frey said in a statement. “To bring the neighborhood back from the devastating 1968 riots and the decades of disinvestment that followed while infusing the district’s historic character with new energy and resources, is a tremendous testament to Shaw Main Street’s effective leadership.”

Alexander M. Padro, the executive director of Shaw Main Streets, said Monday was a “great day” for the neighborhood, highlighting the benefits of the new City Market at O development, the restored Howard Theatre and the revamped Wonder Bread factory work space.

“The award recognizes the dedicated work of hundreds of volunteers and the support of the community and the city as a whole in revitalizing our commercial corridors and some of the nation’s most important African American landmarks,” he said in a statement. “Now we have yet another reason to be proud as we live, work, shop, play and pray in the neighborhood where D.C. comes together.”

Shaw is the third community in the District to get the Great American Main Street Award since the National Main Street Center started bestowing the honor in 1995. The other D.C. winners were H Street in 2013 and Barracks Row in 2005.

by Andrew Ramonas — May 23, 2016 at 2:00 pm 3 Comments

1300 block of Irving Street NW (Photo via Google Maps)A cyclist scared off a would-be thief who punched him and tried to steal his bicycle in Columbia Heights over the weekend, police said.

The violent attempted robbery happened on the 1300 block of Irving Street NW about 6 p.m. Saturday.

The victim was riding his mountain bike just east of the Columbia Heights Metro station when two men approached him, according to authorities. One of the men then punched the cyclist in his left eye.

“Let me get that bike motherf—-r,” the attacker said, according to police.


by Andrew Ramonas — May 20, 2016 at 12:35 pm 0

(Updated 11 a.m. Monday) Police shut down a bar in Shaw after someone there threw a bottle at a man’s head in an attack that sent him to the hospital early yesterday morning, according to authorities.

The assault happened in Karma Lounge and Bar at 1936 9th St. NW about 12:30 a.m. Thursday.

The victim was eating and drinking with his cousin at a table in Karma when somebody hurled a bottle at his head and then ran from the bar, police said.

The man was brought to a local hospital for treatment.

Authorities haven’t released a description of the suspect.


by Andrew Ramonas — May 19, 2016 at 4:35 pm 0

Espita Mezcaleria mural

Fans of the art in Shaw’s Espita Mezcaleria are set to have the opportunity to buy works from the artists behind it later this month and help a charity in Mexico.

The Mexican restaurant, which opened at 1250 9th St. NW in March, is hosting an art show fundraiser to bring in money for the charity student committee of the Raúl Isidro Burgos Rural Teachers’ College of Ayotzinapa, where 43 of its students went missing in 2014.

At the May 30 show, Oaxacan artists Yescka and César Chávez are slated to sell 35 of their signed prints, ranging from $80 to $500.

Shaw design firm Swatchroom, which is co-hosting the event, is scheduled to hold the show at its space at 1527 9th St. NW from 6 to 9 p.m.

Espita is planning to have complimentary food and drinks at the free show.

No registration is required to attend. But prospective buyers of “The Last Supper a la Mexicana,” “Punk Frida” and the artists’ other prints should RSVP at [email protected].

by Tim Regan — May 19, 2016 at 3:35 pm 3 Comments

Rogue in Shaw

The team behind the Fainting Goat (1330 U St. NW) has plans to open a Hong Kong themed eatery in Blagden Alley.

Fainting Goat co-owners Greg Algie and Henry Bruce plan to open the yet-to-be-named restaurant and bar with chef Nathan Beauchamp in the former Rogue space at 922 N St. NW, Algie told us this afternoon.

Algie laid out an early vision of the planned business during an ANC 2F ABRA committee meeting last night.

“We’re looking at doing a Hong Kong themed restaurant bar,” Algie said during the meeting. “Hong Kong has great a tradition of food and a European influence with the expat nightlife, so it kind of merges together.” The eatery will also include a “little cocktail bar,” Algie added.

Though the team is still hammering out the concept, Algie said the restaurant and bar could open as early as December.

“We are finalizing stuff right now,” Algie said.

by Andrew Ramonas — May 19, 2016 at 2:30 pm 0

A man wanted for breaking into a Shaw nightclub and walking off with Ciroc vodka and champagne bottles last month has appeared in surveillance footage, according to authorities.

The burglary happened at Bar 7 (1015 7th St. NW) between 5:45 p.m. and 9:30 a.m. April 29.

Video police distributed yesterday in connection with the crime shows a man appearing to force open the club’s front door before entering. After going through the bar, he left with a bag in his hand.

Anyone who has information regarding this case should call police at 202-727-9099. Additionally, information may be submitted to the TEXT TIP LINE by text messaging 50411. DC Crime Solvers currently offers a reward of up to $1,000 to anyone who provides information that leads to the arrest and indictment of the person or persons responsible for a serious crime committed in the District of Columbia.

Video via YouTube/Metropolitan Police Department

by Andrew Ramonas — May 18, 2016 at 1:15 pm 1 Comment

The perfect place for American cuisine has come to Shaw, at least according to its management.

Right Spot Restaurant & Bar opened in the former Queen Makeda space at 1917 9th St. NW Friday. The restaurant, which initially was set to go by Gebena Restaurant, has seating for more than 50 diners across two floors, and room for a disc jockey in a lounge area.

All of Right Spot’s food is $20 or less, including chicken wings for $12, a hamburger for $14 and shrimp and grits for $13. It also has a breakfast burrito for $11 and french toast stuffed with an Italian-style cream cheese for $12, among other dishes for brunch on weekends.

“When you come here, you’ll get the best service, the best food and the best drink around here,” manager Lea Teguaze told Borderstan last night.

by Andrew Ramonas — May 17, 2016 at 2:50 pm 0

Great Graffiti Wipe Out (Photo via Twitter/Brianne Nadeau)

(Updated at 3:04 p.m.) The D.C. government is targeting the neighborhoods around Howard University in a new battle against unsanctioned posters and illegal tagging.

The D.C. Department of Public Works launched its first-ever “Great Graffiti Wipe Out” yesterday in Shaw outside the Howard Theatre.

Yesterday, crews kicked off the DPW campaign by cleaning graffiti at the following locations:

  • An alley on the 700 block of V Street NW.
  • An alley on the 600 block of T Street NW, between T Street and Florida Avenue NW.
  • 2112 Georgia Ave. NW.
  • 618 T St. NW.

An alley on the 1800 block of Wiltberger Street NW (including the residential home at 1813 Wiltberger St. NW); the commercial block on 7th Street NW between U and T streets NW; the commercial block of 8th and W streets NW; and the Georgia Avenue V Street sides of 2112 Georgia Ave. NW are still slated to be cleaned.

Photo via Twitter/Brianne Nadeau

by Andrew Ramonas — May 16, 2016 at 9:00 am 0

Buttercream Bakeshop at 1250 9th St. NW

A self-described “mighty little bakery” officially is set to start selling its breakfast pastries, cookies, cakes and other baked goods in Shaw tomorrow.

Buttercream Bakeshop is scheduled to open at 1250 9th St. NW at 7 a.m. Tuesday, according to a post the bakery published on Instagram this morning.

Led by pastry chef Tiffany MacIsaac and decorator Alexandra Mudry-Till, who both worked on baked goods for Buzz Bakery owner Neighborhood Restaurant Group, Buttercream Bakeshop’s “main event” is its cookies, cakes and confections, according to its website.

“Satisfy your mid day sweet tooth or pick up a cake or box of treats to share with friends,” its website says. “Our gourmet sweets are a delicious and thoughtful way to show you care. We like to think of cake as a required ingredient to a happy life, not just for birthdays, which only come once a year!”

by Andrew Ramonas — May 13, 2016 at 12:40 pm 1 Comment

1250 U St. NW (Photo via Google Maps)A man with a gun robbed a restaurant on the U Street corridor early this morning, police said.

The armed robbery happened at 1250 U St. NW about 1:15 a.m.

Authorities didn’t identify the eatery in a police report. But a Starbucks and &pizza share the address.

A Starbucks manager told Borderstan that an armed thief didn’t hit the coffee shop today. An &pizza representative couldn’t immediately be reached for comment.


by Andrew Ramonas — May 11, 2016 at 2:45 pm 0

A man suspected of busting into a new bar in Shaw and running off with cash last month has appeared in surveillance footage, according to authorities.

The burglary happened at Espita Mezcaleria (1250 9th St. NW) about 4:30 a.m. April 25. The mezcal-centric bar opened in March.

Video police distributed today in connection with the crime shows a man with a bag behind the bar’s counter, fiddling with two cash registers and a cooler.

It wasn’t clear how much money Espita lost. But a police officer reported that the bar had a busted cash drawer and a broken glass door, thanks to a brick.

Anyone who has information regarding this case should call police at 202-727-9099. Additionally, information may be submitted to the TEXT TIP LINE by text messaging 50411. DC Crime Solvers currently offers a reward of up to $1,000 to anyone who provides information that leads to the arrest and indictment of the person or persons responsible for a serious crime committed in the District of Columbia.

Video via YouTube/MPD

by Andrew Ramonas — May 9, 2016 at 1:35 pm 0

Sugar Shack Donuts (Photo via Instagram/Sugar Shack Donuts)

(Updated at 3:55 p.m.) Bacon maple, blueberry glazed and chocolate sweet coconut doughnuts and cocktails are coming under the same roof in Shaw.

Sugar Shack Donuts & Coffee has a lease for 1932 9th St. NW, just south of U Street NW, the Richmond, Va.-based chain announced on Twitter today.

The shop with a “super secret and exclusive bar” in its basement is expected to begin operations early this winter, owner Rob Krupicka told Borderstan.

“Shaw’s amazing history and vibrant community is a perfect fit for Sugar Shack,” he said. “We are excited to bring hand-made, awesome donuts to Shaw. We want to be a part of the Shaw nightlife and will offer later hours.”

Since it started in Richmond in 2013, Sugar Shack has opened a half-dozen locations in Virginia and Florida, including an outpost in Arlington and one in Alexandria with a speakeasy-style bar, called Captain Gregory’s. The store in Shaw will be its first location in the District.

Photo via Instagram/Sugar Shack Donuts


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