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.


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.

by Andrew Ramonas October 13, 2016 at 9:50 am 0

"S is for Shaw" advertising Walter E. Washington Convention CenterFor Shaw, today’s release of the first D.C. edition of the Michelin Guide is a reason to celebrate.

Shaw Main Streets is set to host a “Welcome, Michelin Guide” party tomorrow, according to the organization, which works to revitalize the neighborhood’s commercial corridors. The free celebration is scheduled for Columbia Room at 124 Blagden Alley NW from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday.

France’s Michelin, which awards highly coveted stars to restaurants in select cities around the world, already has announced that Shaw’s Chercher Ethiopian Restaurant (1334 9th St. NW) and Kyirisan (1924 8th St. NW) are members of the D.C. guide’s “Bib Gourmand” category. The honor goes to restaurants that Michelin’s anonymous inspectors say have quality food at affordable prices.

Michelin’s complete list of recommendations for the District will come out later today.

At Columbia Room, Upshur Street Books will have 100 copies of the 96-page D.C. guide available for a $20 donation to Shaw Main Streets.

“We’re expecting at least 10 Shaw restaurants to be listed in the Michelin Guide,” Alex Padro, executive director of Shaw Main Streets, said in a statement. “We may even have a starred restaurant or two to toast to.”

by Tim Regan October 5, 2016 at 12:00 pm 0

Oyster Platter at Eat the Rich by Scott SuchmanA Shaw oyster bar will host a festival of cheap local shellfish, brats and beer tomorrow night.

Eat the Rich (1839 7th St. NW) kicks off its first annual “Oystoberfest” celebration tomorrow night at 6 p.m. The party will include $1 barcat oysters from Rappahannock Oyster Company, brats, pretzels and copious amounts of beer.

“This will be a little bit different from the norm,” said senior bar manager Paul Taylor. “Our guests will get to crush a bunch of oysters.”

The party will also feature an oyster-eating contest where 25 patrons will race to polish off a dozen mollusks. The fastest oyster eater wins a $100 gift card to Eat the Rich and a private tour of DC Brau’s brewery.

“We’re not trying to reinvent the wheel with Oystoberfest,” Taylor explained, “we’re just trying to have a really fun time on a Thursday.”

More information from a press release:


by Andrew Ramonas October 3, 2016 at 2:30 pm 2 Comments

1800 block of 9th Street NW (Photo via Google Maps)A motorist slapped a woman and took her cellphone after she got into an argument with the driver while she was riding her bicycle in Shaw this past weekend, police said.

The bout of road rage happened on the 1800 block of 9th Street NW about 2:15 p.m. Saturday.

The cyclist was about two blocks west of the Shaw-Howard University Metro station when someone in a black Honda went into her path, almost hitting her, according to authorities. The motorist and the cyclist yelled at each other soon after.


by Andrew Ramonas September 30, 2016 at 2:30 pm 0

Shaw Yoga (Photo via Instagram/Shaw Yoga)

A yoga studio is set to have a new place to do cobra, grasshopper and tree poses in Shaw in the coming days.

Shaw Yoga is slated to move less than a black away from its temporary home at 1240 9th St. NW to a permanent location at 907 N St. NW next week, according to an email from the studio today. The entrance will be across from Sundevich in the Naylor Court alley.

The studio has to announce when exactly it will open its new location. But it intends to tell its customers about the opening date Monday.

Until the move, Shaw Yoga will continue to have classes on 9th Street.

Since it opened last year, Shaw Yoga has shared its space with the Beyond Collective photo studio above the Lost & Found bar.

“We have loved our time in the White Room, sharing space with Beyond Collective,” Shaw Yoga’s email says. “The practice space has been beautiful and serene and transformative. Nevertheless, we are bursting with joy for what our new space will mean and allow.”

Photo via Instagram/Shaw Yoga

by Tim Regan September 28, 2016 at 10:30 am 0

Photo via Twitter / Rito LocoIt may soon be possible to have a beer or other boozy drink with your carne asada burrito at Shaw’s Rito Loco.

The eatery at 606 Florida Ave. NW has applied to start serving alcohol, according to a recent filing with D.C.’s Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration (ABRA).

A Rito Loco employee said the restaurant will likely serve beer and margaritas but added that the drink menu was not yet finalized.

The burrito-centric restaurant born out of a food truck is also seeking to serve booze in an outdoor seating area and offer live entertainment, the application notice says:

Restaurant serving Mexican food with seating for 49 and a Total Occupancy Load of 49. Applicant has also requested an Entertainment Endorsement and a Summer Garden with 47 seats.

Rito Loco’s menu includes burritos, tacos and rice bowls with beef, chicken, seafood and eggs.

Photo via Twitter / Rito Loco

by Andrew Ramonas September 27, 2016 at 2:30 pm 1 Comment

1400 block of Columbia Road NW (Photo via Google Maps)A man talking on his cellphone lost the device and some of his other belongings to thieves with a gun in Columbia Heights early yesterday morning, police said.

The armed robbery occurred on the 1400 block of Columbia Road NW about 4 a.m. Monday.

The victim was walking in the area when three people drove up to him in a black or gray four-door Nissan car, according to authorities. Two of the individuals then hopped out of the car and went up to the victim.


by Andrew Ramonas September 27, 2016 at 1:30 pm 0

Shaw resident Andre McCain’s plans to build a U.S. restaurant empire are set to go into motion next week with the opening of a fast-casual, sausage-centric eatery in the neighborhood.

HalfSmoke is slated to open at 651 Florida Ave. NW a week from today, Oct. 4, with a focus on gourmet half-smokes, bratwursts, veggie dogs and other sausages, dressed how customers want them for $7-$10. McCain said he intends to use the restaurant as a prototype for other HalfSmokes across the country.

“The goal is to become America’s preeminent brand in terms of sausages,” he told Borderstan yesterday.

But HalfSmoke isn’t just about grilled tubes of meat.

The restaurant will serve cocktails, boozy milkshakes and more than 20 beers, as well as sugar cane soda, house-made lemonade and cold brew coffee. It also will have free games, a photo booth and a foosball table that is near a light display that says, “Don’t grow up it’s a trap.”

McCain said he’s looking to establish a “community gathering place” at the restaurant, which has seating for 100 diners inside and 50 customers outside.

“The goal is to create a place where everyone can hang out,” he said.

HalfSmoke only is slated to serve dinner and late-night customers for its first two weeks. The restaurant will open at 4 p.m. and close at 11 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays and 2 a.m. on the weekends for now.

Eventually, the eatery is expected to open every day at 11 a.m.

by Tim Regan September 23, 2016 at 3:50 pm 1 Comment

Art All Night, photo via Twitter/ArtAllNightDC(Updated at 8:51 a.m. Saturday) Though one of D.C.’s largest art events is set to return this year with more neighborhoods than ever before, its founder and former creative director won’t return with it.

In an open letter she penned to attendees and organizers earlier this week, Art All Night founder Ariana Austin said she’s parted ways with the event. Why? A participating community group and a city agency took her idea and ran off with it, she alleges.

“Art All Night was a terrific idea usurped by our sponsoring organization, not properly credited by D.C. government agencies, and a case study in competing business and arts interests in the city,” Austin wrote.

The problem began, Austin said, when Art All Night linked up with Shaw Main Streets. Though the community group “seemed like a terrific sponsoring organization,” they soon began to take credit for the festival, she alleged. (Side note: Alex Padro, executive director at Shaw Main Streets, said he had “no comment” about Austin’s version of events.)

In 2014, Austin said the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities moved to expand the festival without consulting her. When she contacted the agency, she recalled their response as, “oops, was that you who started Art All Night? Sorry!”

Austin continued in her letter:

This year (2016), the Department of Small and Local Business Development (DSLBD) received a reduced amount of funds from DCCAH to produce the festival, changed the subtitle (from Nuit Blanche which I had a license to use to Made in D.C.), but kept the name “Art All Night” (too generic to be protected by law). Of course I sent a note to DSLBD, but they never responded.

In other words, Austin told us, the groups pushed her out of her own event.

“Nobody makes any distinction between the Art All Night that’s happening this Saturday and the other,” Austin told us. “They didn’t credit it. They didn’t say it started five years ago … It’s just Art All Night.”

When reached for comment, Ana Harvey, the DSLBD’s acting director, responded with the following statement:

We are honored to have played a role in supporting this community festival but the credit for its success and continued growth since 2011 is due to the grassroots efforts of hundreds of volunteers and community organizations. We look forward to supporting this and other programs, such as Made In DC, 202 Creates and Mayor’s Arts Awards, that capture, highlight and promote the intellectual and creative genius of DC’s local maker community.

All in all, Austin said she just wants credit for her idea and recognition for the work she and other volunteers have put in over the years. Austin ended her open letter with three suggestions:

  • DSLBD, DCCAH, and Shaw Main Streets should immediately put the history of the event on the current website and honor the contributions and intellectual capital that they’ve borrowed.

  • DC Government agencies must do a better job of giving credit where it’s due, and responding to individual citizens with respect especially when they use their concepts.

  •  The time is now for a general convening with artists, businesses, developers, and government agencies to discuss roles and responsibilities for collaboration and partnerships so we can all benefit from our shared interests in this beloved city.

Though she’s not helping organize Art All Night this year, she’ll still attend the event, however.

“I’m going to go,” Austin said. “I have a lot of friends still involved in this event. We helped them build out this project.”

Photo via Twitter / Art All Night DC

by Tim Regan September 23, 2016 at 11:45 am 0

1600 block of 5th St. NW 2, photo via Google Street ViewA thief armed with a handgun took a woman’s violin case during a robbery in Shaw yesterday evening, D.C. Police said.

The robbery happened on the 1600 block of 5th Street NW around 10:45 p.m. The crime occurred on the same block where another armed robbery took place Wednesday afternoon.

A woman was walking along 5th Street with another person when she felt someone tug on her purse, according to a police report. The woman then fell to the ground, and when she looked up, she saw someone aiming a silver handgun at her.

“Give it to me, Give it to me,” the robber demanded. The woman then handed over her purse and phone, but the robber wanted her violin case, too, police said. It’s unclear whether the case contained anything.

The robber swiped the violin case and was last spotted running north with another person in an alley on the 500 block of Q St. NW. Authorities found the case lying on the ground about two blocks away.

Police didn’t release a description of the robber.

Photo via Google Street View

by Tim Regan September 22, 2016 at 1:30 pm 0

1600-block-of-5th-st-nw-photo-via-google-street-viewA robber pulled out a gun and yanked a woman’s bag away from her in Shaw yesterday afternoon, according to D.C. Police.

The robbery happened on the 1600 block of 5th St. NW around noon yesterday.

A woman was walking south on 5th Street when someone ran up behind her and pulled out a gun, authorities said. The thief then grabbed the woman’s bag and darted into an alley before she had time to react. The bag contained an iPhone, some cash and several credit cards, among other personal items.

The woman sustained a scratch on her arm during the robbery but declined medical treatment, according to the report.

Police said they’re on the lookout for:

B/M, dreads, wearing a mask; S2: B/M, medium complexion, 20’s, 6’0, wearing a black hoody with a gray strip at bottom armed with a black gun, both L/S running into south alley between New Jersey and O streets NW


by Tim Regan September 19, 2016 at 3:20 pm 1 Comment


(Updated Wednesday at 7:52 p.m.) Several of the owners behind Chaplin’s are plotting to open a new diner about a block away from the Shaw ramen restaurant.

Ari Wilder said during a meeting of Logan Circle’s ANC 2F earlier this month he intends to help open a new restaurant called “Shaw Shank Diner” at 906 P St. NW. Chaplin’s co-owner Adrian Williams is also attached to the project.

If all goes according to plan, the restaurant would serve diner fare and include outdoor seating, Borderstan learned during the meeting.

Though it’s unclear when Shaw Shank Diner would open (the forthcoming eatery is still in its early stages, the Wilders said) a sample menu designed by local company KTD Creative seems to reveal what it might serve.

According to the sample menu, the diner would serve fried egg sandwiches, breakfast burritos, egg skillets, fried chicken sandwiches and “small chow” like smoked beef brisket, mac and cheese and burgers.

Shaw Shank may also have cocktails, beer, wine and soda, according to an unfinished drink list.

Additionally, Anne Alfano, co-founder and executive chef at Little Red Fox, appears to be attached to the new eatery.

A representative for the eatery declined to comment but said more information would be available soon.


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