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by Tim Regan — April 28, 2016 at 3:50 pm 0

Photo via Facebook : Eat the RichA bar in Shaw will celebrate May 4, an annual unofficial annual “Star Wars” holiday, with drink specials, costumes and giveaways next week.

Eat the Rich (1839 7th St. NW) will resemble Mos Eisley Cantina between May 2 and 6 for “Star Wars Week,” the bar said yesterday in a Facebook post.

“Driven by our staff, we’re initiating our first annual Star Wars Week, May 3rd through May 6th,” the posting reads. “We’ll be featuring a special Star Wars cocktail menu, passing out schwag and dressing up as our favorite characters.”

Additionally, patrons who dress up as their favorite characters will get 10 percent off their bill, and everyone will receive “Han Solo Cup” shots on the house every time the “Mos Eisley Cantina theme” plays in the bar.

Photo via Facebook / Eat the Rich

by Andrew Ramonas — April 26, 2016 at 12:00 pm 1 Comment

Piassa EthioCuisine & CafeAn Ethiopian restaurant that opened in Shaw last summer is trying to put beer, wine and hard liquor on its menu.

Piassa EthioCuisine & Cafe at 1336 9th St. NW now has a liquor license application on file with the D.C. Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration, according to a notice the agency published yesterday.

Joseph Teshome, a co-owner of Piassa, told Borderstan today he is hoping to have Ethiopian beer and wine and other alcoholic beverages to complement his Ethiopian and American dishes. Operating an eatery that serves food, but not alcohol, is “not really profitable” in Shaw, he said.

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by Andrew Ramonas — April 25, 2016 at 3:05 pm 0

1920dc in 2013

A defunct restaurant can return to Shaw and serve alcohol, after its owner pays tens of thousands of dollars in fines that she racked up from running afoul with D.C. regulators, the District’s liquor board ruled last week.

Asefu Alemayehu can get back her liquor license for Yegna at 1920 9th St. NW, if she hands over $30,000 to the D.C. government to settle a case stemming from after-hours booze sales, according to an Alcoholic Beverage Control Board order.

Yegna closed in 2013 after it lost the liquor license it shared with 1920dc, a nightclub that was in the same building as Alemayehu’s restaurant. The club, which isn’t owned by Alemayehu, also shut down that year, but has continued to hold pop-up events at bars around the District.

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by Andrew Ramonas — April 25, 2016 at 8:55 am 0

Police car lightPolice have apprehended a second man in connection with a deadly January shooting that authorities have said was related to marijuana in Shaw.

Eugene Ledex Sherman, a 53-year-old Southeast D.C. resident, was arrested Saturday and charged with first-degree felony murder, police said. He had a warrant out for his arrest.

Information on Sherman’s lawyer wasn’t immediately available.

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by Andrew Ramonas — April 21, 2016 at 3:05 pm 0

1200 block of 9th Street NW (Photo via Google Maps)A thief gave a ride to a man and robbed him at gunpoint early this morning after meeting him at a party in Shaw, police said.

The armed robbery happened on the 1200 block of 9th Street NW about 2:30 a.m.

The man had left the gathering at Vita Lounge (1318 9th St. NW) when a man he met there drove up to him in a dark-colored Toyota or Ford, according to authorities. The victim then got into the man’s vehicle.

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by Tim Regan — April 14, 2016 at 10:45 am 0

DC Wine Fest photo via DC Wine FestWe’ve had a “CannaShow” and a chocolate festival, and now, we’re set to have a wine festival.

Reds and whites from the “best wineries” will flow in near-unlimited quantities at an art gallery in Shaw this Saturday during the spring installment of the DC Wine Fest.

Guests at the Long View Gallery (1234 9th St. NW) can sample varietals from producers such as Constellation, Muse Vineyards and Santa Margherita while nibbling on lobster rolls from Red Hook Lobster Pound, oysters from Proshuckers and rice bowls, burritos and tacos from South Meets East.

Though the $29 general admission tickets have already sold out, some $60 VIP tickets are still available.

Photo via DC Wine Fest

by Andrew Ramonas — April 12, 2016 at 4:45 pm 0

Bus stop near 9th and L streets NW (Photo via Google Maps)A bus stop on 9th Street NW in Shaw is set to close “until further notice,” starting this week, according to the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority.

Buses traveling the 79 and G8 routes are scheduled to begin skipping the stop near 9th at L streets NW Friday. Construction work in the area has forced WMATA to take the stop out of service.

The next closest stop is on 9th Street NW near N Street NW.

Photo via Google Maps

by Andrew Ramonas — April 11, 2016 at 2:35 pm 0

2100 block of 14th Street NW (Photo via Google Maps)A would-be thief stabbed a man twice in an attempted robbery on 14th Street NW over the weekend, police said.

The stabbing happened on the 2100 block of 14th Street NW about 3:15 a.m. Saturday. The area is just north of the Frank D. Reeves Municipal Center at 14th and U streets NW.

The victim was on a sidewalk in the area when a man came up to him, according to authorities. The new arrival asked for a cigarette and ordered the victim to hand over money.

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by Andrew Ramonas — April 11, 2016 at 12:20 pm 10 Comments

TG Cigar Lounge (Photo via Google Maps)A man hit two people, threw an ashtray at one of them, threatened that individual with a pair of metal knuckles and retrieved a picture of himself over the course of three visits to a Shaw cigar bar last week, police said.

The attacker made his trips to TG Cigar Lounge at 1118 9th St. NW between 9 and 11 p.m. Thursday, according to a police report Borderstan obtained today.

The man was arguing with someone in the bar when he was told to leave, according to authorities. The argument then escalated, becoming physically violent.

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by Andrew Ramonas — April 7, 2016 at 4:30 pm 0

Starbucks at 1801 Columbia Road NW (Photo via Google Maps)Beer and wine could arrive at Starbucks locations in Adams Morgan and Shaw as soon as next week, a representative of the coffee chain told Borderstan.

The Seattle-based coffee purveyor is targeting the week of April 11 to roll out its “Starbucks Evenings” service with alcohol and small plates at its 1801 Columbia Road and 815 O St. NW stores.

In addition to the shareable snacks, the program will feature “craft beer,” along with red, white and sparkling wines by the bottle and glass, according to a sample menu.

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by Andrew Ramonas — April 6, 2016 at 12:10 pm 0

Blagden Alley street art

A group that supports the D.C. Public Library is putting down some cash for rhyme masters to wax poetic about Shaw.

The DC Public Library Foundation is offering $125 to “performance poets” who recite poems about the neighborhood during walking tours this summer, according to an online notice.

The community walks, part of the group’s “Open Stories Exhibit Series,” are set to bring local poets and other D.C. residents to Blagden Alley, the Capital Pool Checkers Club and other parts of Shaw on June 4 and 11.

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by Andrew Ramonas — April 5, 2016 at 12:00 pm 0

Kandi Entin (Photo via YouCaring/Loren Miller)

Shaw residents are raising money for a longtime local whose infant daughter died late last year.

Tyelynn Entin needs help paying for the medical and funeral expenses of her child, Kandi, according to a fundraising website set up by neighbor Loren Miller. Kandi was six months old when she died in December from complications stemming from a prenatal condition that kept her hospitalized most of her life.

Tyelynn, along with her mother, Angela, “visited her constantly and showered her with love” and were “devastated” by the loss, the fundraising website says.

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by Andrew Ramonas — April 4, 2016 at 8:55 am 0

Dacha (Photo via Dacha)Dacha in Shaw is getting a face-lift, while it complies with a D.C. government order that has forced it to shut down temporarily.

The beer garden at 1600 7th St. NW is in the midst of a week-long closure that it said on Twitter it began Sunday to “renovate & further improve the garden.” The renovation work is scheduled to run through this upcoming Sunday, a post on Dacha’s Facebook page added.

In November, the D.C. Alcoholic Beverage Control Board suspended Dacha’s liquor license for a period starting today and ending this upcoming Sunday. The order came out of a deal the beer garden’s owners negotiated with District officials to resolve claims that they let too many customers inside their bar. The agreement also directed the owners to pay a $42,500 fine.

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by Andrew Ramonas — March 30, 2016 at 12:05 pm 0

Diners interested in getting a taste of the wagyu beef aging in the soon-to-open Shaw Bijou can get it in cheesesteak-form later this week.

Chef Kwame Onwuachi is set to serve wagyu cheesesteak sandwiches, chicken wings and waffle fries as part of his “Philly Wing Fry” at Union Market (1309 5th St. NE) this Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

The $15 for the plate of food, with a house-made soda, will go to No Kid Hungry, which helps fight childhood hunger, The Washington Post reported.

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by Tim Regan — March 29, 2016 at 4:20 pm 0

Charles Allen (Photo via Facebook/Charles Allen)Shaw locals will have yet another chance grab a cup of coffee with Ward 6 D.C. Councilmember Charles Allen later this week.

Allen is scheduled to hold his next office hours for the community at Compass Coffee (1535 7th St. NW) from 8 to 9:30 a.m. on Friday.

“Whether it’s policy or potholes, schools or public safety, small business or the Metro, Community Office Hours are a great chance to talk with Councilmember Allen about what’s on your mind,” reads an email sent to the Shaw listserv yesterday.

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