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by Tim Regan — December 7, 2016 at 3:50 pm 0

637-t-st-nw-photo-via-google-street-viewA new restaurant and bar could soon bring Ethiopian and Thai food to a vacant building in Shaw.

The forthcoming business, dubbed “Kiss Tavern,” is currently in the works at 637 T St. NW, according to a liquor license application recently filed with D.C.’s Alcoholic Beverage Administration (ABRA).

When it opens, Kiss Tavern will serve “modern” Thai and Ethiopian dishes alongside “unique cocktails,” the application reads.

Though the District has many Thai and Ethiopian restaurants, it has few — if any — that serve both kinds of food at the same time.

The space, which once held a copy, printing and shipping business called DC Postal, has been under renovation for months.

A representative for Kiss Tavern was not immediately available to comment on the opening. We’ll update this story if we hear back from someone.

by Andrew Ramonas — December 5, 2016 at 3:45 pm 0

Dacha Holiday Market (Photo via Facebook/Dacha Beer Garden)

A holiday market with more than a dozen local vendors is scheduled to come to a beer garden in Shaw in the coming days.

Dacha at 1600 7th St. NW is set to host its annual shopping event, with German mulled wine and spiked hot cider available for sipping, from 4 to 10:30 p.m. Wednesday, according to a Facebook event post.

The vendors are slated to include:

Photo via Facebook/Dacha Beer Garden

by Andrew Ramonas — December 2, 2016 at 10:35 am 0

Brickie awards (Photo via Twitter/CharlesAllenW6)A neighborhood business group dedicated to Shaw’s revitalization has won a special brick from Councilmember Charles Allen as part of his annual Ward 6 awards ceremony.

Shaw Main Streets won the building implement yesterday during “The Brickies,” which is now in its 10th year. The bricks honor neighbors, community organizations, businesses, public service and civic pride in NoMa, Shaw, the H Street corridor and other parts of Ward 6.

The Shaw group picked up the Community Organization Award for its work to boost economic development in the neighborhood, while preserving the area’s historic character, according to Allen. The Brickie came after Shaw Main Streets received national recognition as a “Great American Main Street” this year.

“As a nationally recognized Great American Main Street, their work to bring economic revitalization to the Shaw neighborhood after decades of disinvestment while honoring Shaw’s rich cultural heritage is an exceptional accomplishment,” Allen said in a statement. “Shaw Main Streets has been instrumental in making the Shaw neighborhood a vibrant, diverse, thriving place to dine, shop, live, and play.”

Alexander M. Padro, executive director of Shaw Main Streets, said the councilmember’s award is a “great recognition” of his organization’s work to protect longtime neighborhood residents and businesses, while expanding affordable housing and attracting new restaurants and shops.

“It’s that commitment to preserving our neighborhood’s heritage and diversity, while managing the changes that have made Shaw a cleaner, safer, more attractive place for longtime residents and businesses, new ones, and visitors that have earned Shaw Main Streets national awards, like the Great American Main Street Award, and local recognition, like the Brickie, in the same year,” Padro said in an email.

In addition to Shaw Main Streets, Brickie winners included:

  • Nicky Cymrot, president of the Capitol Hill Community Foundation and president emeritus of the Hill Center Board of Directors (Neighbor Award).
  • The Pretzel Bakery (Business Award).
  • Paul “South” Taylor, Department of Parks and Recreation King Greenleaf Recreation Center manager (Public Service Award).
  • The Hill Rag (Civic Pride Award).

Photo via Twitter/CharlesAllenW6

by Tim Regan — November 17, 2016 at 1:40 pm 0

Shaw residents can start basking in the glow of a giant, twinkling tree in just nine days.

The third annual Shaw Holiday Tree Lighting is scheduled to occur at City Market at O (800 P St. NW) on Saturday, Nov. 26, according to the event’s organizers.

The tree-lighting ceremony will include live music, “electric train rides,” a moon bounce, ice sculpting and face painting. Then, at 5 p.m. sharp, local officials and business community representatives will light up the huge holiday display.

Next week’s festival isn’t the only upcoming tree-lighting ceremony. The Columbia Heights Initiative will hold its annual event on Dec. 3:

by Andrew Ramonas — November 15, 2016 at 10:40 am 0

Turkey, mashed potatoes, rolls and other Thanksgiving trimmings were served at the Safeway Feast of Sharing in 2015The Salvation Army is looking for volunteers to help with its annual Thanksgiving meal for locals in need at the Walter E. Washington Convention next week.

The free Safeway Feast of Sharing from the Salvation Army needs helpers to assist with the preparation of food and coats in advance of their distribution at the dinner on Wednesday, Nov. 23. Volunteer opportunities are available on Monday, Nov. 21, and Tuesday, Nov. 22, as well as the day of the meal.

Only helpers who are at least 18 years old are allowed to assist with advance food preparation. But children who are at least 12 years old can help with the dinner when it’s served.

Interested locals can register online.

The feast is expected to feed 5,000 community members.

by Andrew Ramonas — November 9, 2016 at 4:30 pm 0

Vigilante Coffee Co. java from Smoked and Stacked (Photo via Twitter/Vigilante Coffee)

Chef Marjorie Meek-Bradley’s fast-casual restaurant in Shaw is set to pour free cups of java from Vigilante Coffee Co. tomorrow morning.

Smoked and Stacked (1239 9th St. NW) is scheduled to have the complimentary coffee from 8 to 10 a.m. Thursday to celebrate two months in business, according to a tweet from the eatery. The restaurant opened in September with breakfast and lunch sandwiches, as well as other food.

A cup of coffee normally costs $2.50 at Smoked and Stacked.

Photo via Twitter/Vigilante Coffee

by Andrew Ramonas — November 7, 2016 at 3:45 pm 0

Chicken Crawl (Image via Glen's Garden Market)Glen’s Garden Market is slated to mix Thanksgiving food, alcohol and running this weekend.

The grocery store is set to have a “Chicken Crawl” 5K that will begin and end at its Dupont Circle location (2001 S St. NW) Sunday, with a beverage pit stop at its Shaw outpost (1924 8th St. NW). The run is scheduled to start at 11 a.m.

Tickets, which cost $10 online, include a local craft brew or a non-alcoholic local apple cider and help support Martha’s Table, which provides food to homeless locals and other people in need.

Glen’s also will have food samples from its Thanksgiving menu available after the 5K.

“Grab your running shoes and gather your friends for a little holiday mood booster,” the market says on its website.

Image via Glen’s Garden Market

by Andrew Ramonas — October 31, 2016 at 3:50 pm 1 Comment

1600 block of 7th Street NW (Photo via Google Maps)A cyclist dodged gunfire, but took a bullet to his bicycle, in a bout of road rage in Shaw over the weekend, police said.

The shooting happened on the 1600 block of 7th Street NW about 12:15 a.m. Saturday.

The cyclist and a passenger in a car were arguing over the use of a lane near Dacha Beer Garden when the person in the vehicle pulled out a handgun, according to authorities. The individual with the gun then fired it at the cyclist, hitting the man’s rear bicycle tire.

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by Andrew Ramonas — October 28, 2016 at 12:00 pm 0

Police car lightA man sought in a gas station hold-up in Shaw and another man wanted in a violent break-in in Mount Pleasant this month have appeared in surveillance footage, police said.

The armed robbery happened in the Valero at 420 Rhode Island Ave. NW Tuesday morning. The burglary occurred in a house on the 1600 block of Irving Street NW the morning of Tuesday, Oct. 18.

Video police distributed today in connection with the robbery shows a man in a green hooded sweatshirt pulling a gun on a gas station attendant and eventually leaving the scene with cash in his pocket.

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by Tim Regan — October 27, 2016 at 1:15 pm 0

Dark and Stormy, photo by Paul TaylorA bar in Shaw will become a haven for maritime bandits as part of a special promotion this weekend.

Eat the Rich (1839 7th St. NW) is set to host “pirate weekend” tomorrow night through Sunday. During the themed weekend, the bar’s staffers will sling $10 drinks like “pirate’s grog,” a concoction of rum, brown sugar, lime, Jamaican bitters, and mineral water; and dark and stormy cocktails on tap.

The bar will also serve such seaworthy fare as Rice Krispy treats infused with “dark and stormy” flavors and meaty “cannonballs” made with Thai pork sausage, egg and sriracha mayo.

As an added bonus, patrons who show up dressed up as pirates will receive 15 percent off their check.

“With all the pressures of costumes and parties on Halloween, we wanted to create something easy and fun where you could dress up as a pirate and drink rum all night long,” said Paul Taylor, senior bar manager at Eat The Rich.

Photo by Paul Taylor

by Andrew Ramonas — October 26, 2016 at 11:30 am 0

Valero at 420 Rhode Island Ave. NW (Photo via Google Maps)A thief held up a gas station in Shaw yesterday morning, police said.

The armed robbery happened at the Valero at 420 Rhode Island Ave. NW about 11 a.m. Tuesday.

An attendant at the gas station was working in the cashier booth when a man asked him for the price of a soda, according to authorities. The man then flashed a handgun and went into the booth.

Once inside, he dropped his gun, and the victim tried to flee. But the man got his weapon back and ordered the victim to open the cash register and the safe and get on the ground.

The victim soon after opened the cash register, but said he couldn’t get into the safe. The man with the gun eventually grabbed $350 in cash and ran away.

Police tweeted out a suspect description after the crime:

A representative of the gas station couldn’t immediately be reached for comment.

Photo via Google Maps

by Andrew Ramonas — October 24, 2016 at 3:55 pm 0

The Bird (Photo via Twitter/The Bird)(Updated at 11:05 a.m. Oct. 25) Shaw diners could have the chance to eat fried chicken, stuffed quail or foie gras and wash it down with a “Flying V” or “Way of the Dodo” cocktail in the coming days.

The Bird might arrive at 1337 11th St. NW this weekend or early next week, owner David Winer told Borderstan today. But Winer noted that he still is working to get all his permits in order.

The restaurnt will serve “globally inspired poultry of every stripe” and use “every part of the animal,” Winer has said.

According to a draft menu, The Bird has fried free-range organic Amish chicken with braised greens and a spiced pickle for $17; jumbo quail stuffed with sausage, cheese, Brussels sprouts, onions and sage for $21; and foie gras with organic beets, fig jam, grapefruit confit, walnut dressing and sumac for $14, among more than a dozen other entrees and appetizers.

The drinks include “The Flying V” with vodka, beet juice, honey, five-spice powder and citrus for $10 and “The Way of the Dodo” with scotch, chartreuse, ginger, lime, pineapple and sage for $12.

The Bird isn’t Winer’s first foray into the D.C. dining. His company, Eat Well DC, also is behind The Pig, Logan Tavern and other local restaurants.

Photo via Twitter/Manuel Claros/The Bird

by Andrew Ramonas — October 18, 2016 at 12:00 pm 0

A man sought in the theft of an Amazon package from the front stoop of a Shaw house has appeared in surveillance footage, police said.

The crime occurred on the 1700 block of 4th Street NW about noon Oct. 10.

Video police distributed today in connection with the theft shows a man wearing a red bandana and a backpack strolling up to a house. At some point off camera, he took off his bag. The man then walked back into view while putting on his backpack again.

A resident of the house reported losing two children’s bicycle helmets in the theft, according to authorities.

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 at 50411.

Video via YouTube/Metropolitan Police Department

by Andrew Ramonas — October 17, 2016 at 2:45 pm 0

Entrance to alley on the 1200 block of 18th Street NW (Photo via Google Maps)Three thieves with a “pointed object” robbed a man who was urinating in a Dupont Circle alley this past weekend, police said.

The robbery occurred on the 1200 block of 18th Street NW about 3 a.m. Sunday.

The victim was relieving himself behind a building about three blocks south of the Dupont Circle NW traffic circle after visiting a nightclub, according to authorities. Two men and another person then came up to him and put a unknown pointed object to his back.

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by Tim Regan — October 14, 2016 at 2:30 pm 0

600 block of Florida Ave. NWSomeone stabbed a man several times in Shaw earlier today.

The stabbing occurred inside of a building on the 600 block of Florida Ave. NW around 1:15 p.m. today, according to Rachel Schaerr, a spokeswoman for D.C. Police.

The victim was stabbed “multiple times,” police said, and was conscious when officers arrived at the scene. He was taken to a local hospital for treatment.

Police put out the following tweet about an hour after the crime occurred:

We’ll update this story if we learn more.

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