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by Courtney Brown — August 4, 2016 at 11:45 am 1 Comment

A wine bar that’s been in the U Street corridor for about six years has shut down temporarily for some remodeling, its owner said today.

Dickson Wine Bar (903 U St. NW) is “closed for repairs,” according to signs posted on its doors. Paper now covers the bar’s windows, preventing anyone from sneaking a peek inside.

“Time has taken a toll on the place,” owner Steve Kaufman said in an email to Borderstan. “We decided to take August off and freshen the place up.”

The bar last was open Saturday, he said. The restaurant is slated to resume business next month.

“You can expect the same great food, wine and cocktails when we reopen shortly after Labor Day,” Kaufman said.

h/t to Barred in DC for spotting the closure.

Photos by Andrew Ramonas

by Courtney Brown — July 27, 2016 at 10:30 am 0

DC Firefighters Burn Foundation members (Photo courtesy of Jason Woods)

Some local firefighters plan to bring a little Christmas spirit to the U Street corridor this evening, along with food and drink specials.

The DC Firefighters Burn Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping burn victims, has scheduled a “Christmas in July” toy drive on the second floor of the new Exiles Bar (1610 U St. NW) from 5 to 8 p.m. today, according to a Facebook event page.

The organization is looking for donations and toys for Children’s National Medical Center’s patients who are 16 years old or younger, foundation president Jason Woods said in an email. The group strives to “make their hospital stay a little more enjoyable,” he said.

If participants bring toys or donate $10, they will get $4 drink specials and $5 food specials.

“Why not come out and support a happy hour with a cause?” Woods said. “For only $10, you can enjoy a happy hour with friends . . . while helping children [who are] receiving treatment and care.”

Photo courtesy of Jason Woods

by Courtney Brown — July 22, 2016 at 3:45 pm 2 Comments

Callie Harris

Borderstan periodically publishes profiles of locals — from longtime residents to newcomers, from government officials to ordinary folks. Know someone we should feature? Email us at [email protected].

U Street corridor resident Callie Harris doesn’t work in a cubicle, so you might have seen her around town during the day.

Her office could reside in a Starbucks in Dupont Circle one day, and then a local start-up coffee shop in Chinatown the next day. Earlier this week, she brought her work to Shaw’s Blagden Alley.

Amid the lightly playing music and the sound of baristas whipping up frappes, she waited patiently at La Colombe Coffee Roasters for her client, occasionally taking a sip from her iced coffee and peering at her laptop as she sat on a stool.

“If you would’ve told me five years ago that I would be a matchmaker, I would have laughed,” Harris said. “But now I can’t imagine doing anything else.”

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by Alyse Mier — July 20, 2016 at 4:50 pm 0

Avid tomato eaters will have a chance to indulge their taste buds in a series of dishes with the fruit on the 14th Street corridor next week.

Cafe Saint-Ex (1847 14th St. NW) is hosting its inaugural “Tomato Week” from Monday until next Sunday, July 31. Diners will have the option to order from a special menu with a variety of tomato-based dishes, Cafe Saint-Ex general manager Zeina Badran said.

“We wanted to highlight the seasonality and the freshness,” she said. “Most people don’t know that we do a lot of farm-to-table and use a lot of locally grown produce. There is nothing better than heirloom, or locally grown tomatoes.”

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by Andrew Ramonas — July 18, 2016 at 2:55 pm 2 Comments

1600 block of I Street NW (Photo via Google Maps)A thief put a gun to a man’s mouth before robbing him downtown over the weekend, police said.

The armed robbery happened on the 1600 block of I Street NW about 3:45 a.m. Saturday.

The victim was sitting in his parked car just southeast of Farragut Square when someone opened the driver’s side door, authorities said.

“You know what time it is,” the person said, while putting a handgun to the man’s mouth, according to police.

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by Andrew Ramonas — July 11, 2016 at 12:00 pm 1 Comment

Duke's Shoe Repair

A cobbler who has mended and shined shoes on the U Street corridor for more than 50 years apparently has called it quits.

Irving “Duke” Johnson, 95, seems to have shut down his Duke’s Shoe Repair shop in the Frank D. Reeves Municipal Center building at 2000 14th St. NW.

A Borderstan reporter who walked by the business this weekend found the store closed, with brown paper covering all its windows.

It wasn’t immediately clear when the paper went up. A phone number for the shop was disconnected.

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by Octavia Silva — July 8, 2016 at 1:20 pm 0

Ahmed Vallejos (Photo courtesy of Ahmed Vallejos)Q&A with a Local Comedian is a frequent column that profiles funny people across the city. Want to be featured? Know someone who ought to be on here? Drop us a line.

I’ve met Ahmed Vallejos a couple of times, but one of the first was at a show he was running at the Handsome Cock on U Street. It was called the Switcheroo, where the first half of the show involved comics performing their own stand-up and for the second half of the show, each comic had to imitate the styles of famous comedians. I thought that was such a good idea and he plays a huge part in developing and putting on shows with a unique premise, adding to the increasingly abundant local stand-up scene.

We chatted about a few things, including some of the shows he’s currently working on.

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by Andrew Ramonas — July 8, 2016 at 10:40 am 1 Comment

1300 block of Wallach Place NW (Photo via Google Maps)Thieves stole a Maryland man’s car and some of his other belongings after waking him up in his vehicle near the U Street corridor early this morning, police said.

The robbery happened on the 1300 block of Wallach Place NW about 2:45 a.m. The area is just east of the the Trader Joe’s on 14th Street NW.

The victim was dozing in his white Mercedes-Benz CLK350 when three men opened his front passenger-side door, according to authorities. Two of the new arrivals grabbed the victim’s iPhone and car keys before running away with their accomplice.

The man who was robbed then chased after two of the thieves. But he lost track of them and their accomplice.

The victim’s car was gone when he returned to where he parked it.

Police haven’t released detailed descriptions of the suspects. But the car has a Maryland license plate with “7AF6140” on it, according to authorities.

Photo via Google Maps

by Courtney Brown — June 30, 2016 at 12:05 pm 0

(Correction: The roof of Three Fifty Bakery & Coffee Bar’s building didn’t collapse as initially reported. But it did receive damage that called for repairs.)

(Updated at 4:25 p.m.) Roof repairs have ruined the business of a coffee shop near the U Street corridor for today, and possibly for a couple more days.

Three Fifty Bakery & Coffee Bar (1926 17th St. NW) didn’t open this morning as a construction crew worked to fix the roof of the shop’s building, which was damaged during the winter, owner Jimmy Hopper told Borderstan.

The store itself isn’t receiving any repairs. But Hopper said he is worried about his customers’ safety while the construction crew works from scaffolding erected in front of his shop’s entrance.

He hoped to reopen Three Fifty tomorrow, if the roof is fixed by then.

by Andrew Ramonas — June 20, 2016 at 2:40 pm 0

Police car lightA thief knocked a man unconscious in a robbery on the 14th Street corridor over the weekend, police said.

The violent robbery happened on the 1900 block of 14th Street NW about 3:30 a.m. Sunday.

The victim and another man were walking in an alley near the SoulCycle and Trader Joe’s in the area when three men approached them, police said.

“Hey, how are you doing?” one of the men asked the victims before one of his accomplices punched the victims, according to authorities.

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by Andrew Ramonas — June 10, 2016 at 11:30 am 0

2000 block of 13th Street NW (Photo via Google Maps)A gun-wielding thief robbed a man near the U Street corridor late last night, police said.

The armed robbery happened on the 2000 block of 13th Street NW about 11:45 p.m. Thursday. The area is just north of the west entrance to the U Street Metro station.

The victim was walking on the block when a man approached him, police said.

“Give me your sh-t,” the man told the victim, while flashing a handgun, according to authorities.

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by Andrew Ramonas — June 9, 2016 at 8:20 am 0

1200 block of T Street NW (Photo via Google Maps)Police have apprehended two young men in connection with an armed robbery near the U Street corridor last night, according to authorities.

Antwon Haynie, 18, and a 17-year-old boy were arrested shortly after police say they flashed a knife and a gun in a robbery on the 1200 block of T Street NW about 8 p.m. Wednesday. Information on Haynie’s lawyer wasn’t immediately available.

The young men are suspected of taking cellphones and wallets from two men during the robbery. The items were later recovered.

“This was an excellent example of the community and the officers working together to apprehend 2 violent individuals,” Commander Stuart Emerman of the Metropolitan Police Department’s Third District wrote on a community listserv.

Photo via Google Maps

by Andrew Ramonas — May 16, 2016 at 2:00 pm 1 Comment

900 block of W Street NW (Photo via Google Maps)A man beat up a woman before he robbed her near the U Street corridor over the weekend, police said.

The violent robbery occurred on the 900 block of W Street NW about 2:15 a.m. Sunday.

The woman was standing in the area when the man approached her, without saying anything, according to authorities. He then punched her repeatedly in the face, knocking her to the ground

The man continued to hit her soon after her fall and took her money, iPhone and other belongings before fleeing.

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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.

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by Andrew Ramonas — May 10, 2016 at 12:00 pm 0

CVS at 1000 U St. NW (Photo via Google Maps)A thief with a knife threatened to harm two women on the U Street corridor after they attempted to get back the items the individual and an accomplice took from a pharmacy yesterday morning, police said.

The incident happened in front of the CVS at 1000 U St. NW about 10:15 a.m. Monday.

The thieves just had left the pharmacy when the women approached them, according to authorities. It wasn’t immediately clear whether the women worked at the store. But at least one of women saw the thieves stealing soap, lotion and deodorant from the CVS and asked them to return the items.

“If you call the police on me, I’m coming back here for you,” one of the thieves told the women, while flashing a knife, according to police.

The thieves then fled into the east entrance of the U Street Metro station.

Police haven’t released any descriptions of the suspects.

Photo via Google Maps

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