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by Andrew Ramonas — July 25, 2016 at 9:50 am 0

Partial power outage at the U Street Metro station on July 25, 2016

(Updated at 10:40 a.m.) The lights have come back on at the  U Street Metro station after a power outage this morning.

Crews responded to the problem about 9:40 a.m., according to a tweet from the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority’s Metrorail Info account. By 10:30 a.m., the electricity was working again.

Although trains continued to run during the outage, delays were reported on the Green and Yellow lines.

Photo by Courtney Brown

by Alyse Mier — July 21, 2016 at 3:50 pm 0

Craiglist table (Image via Craigslist)

A mirrored coffee table “commissioned by Tony Montana himself” is for sale on the U Street corridor, cocaine not included.

The anonymous seller, who goes by the pseudonym, “Dirk Diggler,” is selling the 1980s-inspired piece with a purported “Scarface” connection for $100 on Craigslist. In his ad, which Borderstan spotted on Reddit today, Diggler says the furniture can serve as an “EXPRESS LANE to Colombia RIGHT IN YOUR LIVING ROOM.”

The buyer also gets matching end tables that have “seen some sh-t.”

“No telling what they did in the 80s, but if I were to guess, I was probably conceived within feet of these bad boys,” Diggler said. “These tables are the real deal, not some janky, Etsy-sourced pile of cheap materials held together with super glue.”


by Tim Regan — July 21, 2016 at 10:30 am 1 Comment

Anti watch party, photo via Alliance for Justice Action CampaignLocals looking to shake their fists and yell at a television during Donald Trump’s acceptance speech during tonight’s Republican National Convention will find refuge at a bar on U Street.

Sudhouse (1340 U St. NW) is slated to host an “anti-watch party” organized by the nonprofit Alliance for Justice Action Campaign tonight at 6:30 p.m.

Trump is expected to deliver a formal acceptance speech tonight to help close his party’s convention in Cleveland. Other conservative figures scheduled to speak during tonight’s program include Ivanka Trump, Reince Priebus and Jerry Falwell Jr.

To ring in the momentous occasion, tonight’s event will include “conservative code word bingo, drinks to ease the pain, surprise guests, music and a healthy dose of criticism,” according to an Eventbright page.

A suggested $10 donation gets attendees two drink tickets. Sudhouse happy hour specials will run throughout the night.

by Tim Regan — July 11, 2016 at 10:15 am 0

A new restaurant with a rooftop bar is on track to showcase its menu of burgers, steak and drinks near the U Street corridor this Thursday.

801 Restaurant and Bar will open for limited dinner service in the former Dunya space at 801 Florida Ave. NW this Thursday, according to partner Eric Heidenberger.

“Join us for our soft opening weekend this week,” reads a Facebook post about the opening. “We will be open Thursday at 5 p.m. Stop by and say hello to the 801 family.”

On opening night, patrons will be able to order steak frites, pan seared halibut and “The Burger,” a beef patty topped with fontina cheese, sautéed onions, bacon and lettuce and wedged between brioche buns. The eatery will launch its full menu next week, Heidenberger said.

The new bar and restaurant — which according to the Washington City Paper is owned and operated by the team behind The Front Page, Bottom Line and the Madhatter — will span three floors in total, two of which will be centered around dining.

Photos via Facebook / 801 Restaurant and Bar

by Tim Regan — June 23, 2016 at 12:00 pm 2 Comments


Update at 7:28 p.m. — Another company, Puff Pass and Paint, said the company previously mentioned in this article, “Puff-N-Paint,” copied photos and words from its website.

Puff Pass and Paint’s founder, Heidi Keyes, told us that the person behind Puff-N-Paint “lifted everything word for word.”

They lifted photos from articles I was in,” Keyes told us. “To see someone had completely copied what I worked on for three years was a slap in the face.”

As the name implies, Puff Pass and Paint is a company centered around painting-and-marijuana classes. Puff Pass and Paint will launch its own cannabis-friendly painting classes here in August.

We were unable to reach a representative with Puff-N-Paint for comment. We’ll update this story if we hear from them.

Read our original story below:

A company that says it’s running a “cannabis-friendly, all-inclusive art class” will apparently arrive on U Street next month.

The class, dubbed “Puff-N-Paint,” is scheduled to take place at 1326-1328 U St. NW on July 21 and 23 and Aug. 4 and 6. (It’s important to note that the classes sold out shortly before this article’s publication.)

The two-hour painting sessions cost $35 and include a glass of wine, a vape pen and art supplies, according to the Puff-N-Paint Eventbrite page. The class also includes “complimentary edible samples,” organizers wrote on that page.

Could this be the future of D.C.’s weed scene? It’s unclear. Though Initiative 71, the law that legalizes marijuana in the District, allows someone to gift pot in small amounts, the law does not allow the sale of weed or the practice of hosting private smoking “clubs.”

Photo via Flickr / Justin Schuck

by Tim Regan — June 14, 2016 at 10:30 am 1 Comment

Locals will be able to buy pizzas named after Dupont Circle and Pennsylvania Avenue when U Street’s newest pizza joint opens today.

Boston’s Upper Crust Pizzeria is scheduled to open at 1301 U St. NW at 11 a.m. this morning, employees at the shop told us.

Upper Crust sells 22 specialty pizzas, some with D.C.-centric names, like “The GW,” “Pennsylvania Ave,” “The Nationals” and “The Dupont.” The company’s pizza chefs also sling customizable pies bedecked with up to nearly 50 toppings and nine kinds of cheese alongside baked lasagna, salad and calzones.

Though Upper Crust shuttered 10 locations — including one in D.C. — after filing for bankruptcy protection in 2012 amid allegations of worker exploitation, the company seems to be back in growth mode. An Upper Crust location opened in Arlington last November.

The U Street pizzeria is the company’s first location in the District since its bankruptcy filing.

by Tim Regan — June 8, 2016 at 8:00 am 0

Happy hour Borderstan

Like discounted drinks and food? Like a free Borderstan T-shirt? Like the work of co-editors Andrew Ramonas and Tim Regan?

We’ve got some good news.

We’ve reserved the Hooch Room on the upper floor of Sudhouse (1340 U St. NW) for a Borderstan community happy hour tomorrow, Thursday, June 9, from 5 to 8 p.m.

Join Ramonas, Regan and other Borderstan staffers for $3 beers, $6 Moscow mules, $3 orders of sweet potato bacon fries and $6 veggie burgers. We’ll also have Borderstan T-shirts for the first 15 people who show up.

This is an open invite. But we’d really appreciate it if you RSVP ahead of time.

If you have any questions, let us know by emailing or tweeting at us.

Hope to see you there!

by Tim Regan — June 6, 2016 at 1:40 pm 0

Photo via U Street movie seriesA Pixar film, a Tim Burton flick and a documentary on Shaw’s most famous checkers club will screen on U Street this summer.

The U Street Movie Series returns to the Harrison Recreation Center (1330 V Street NW) on July 20, organizers announced earlier this afternoon.

Admission is free and attendees are encouraged to bring their own blankets and chairs on film nights.

Check out the full film schedule below:


by Tim Regan — June 6, 2016 at 10:20 am 0

There’s a new destination on U Street for smoked meat and booze.

Exiles, the tavern taking over the former Stetson’s space at 1610 U St. NW, officially opened to the public over the weekend, according to co-owner Brian Hillery.

The bar’s food menu includes smoked chicken wings and beef brisket, barbecue pulled pork and an all-day breakfast sandwich made with pork sausage, bacon, cheddar and a fried egg. At the bar, patrons can order local beers, wine and cocktails like the “Bourbon Smash,” a 19th-century concoction made with Bulleit bourbon, mint leaves, lemon and simple syrup.

The bar will hold a grand opening ceremony later this month when it installs its new neon sign, Hillery said.

Opening night image via Facebook / Exiles

by Tim Regan — June 2, 2016 at 10:35 am 0

Dunya DC

(Updated at 10:54 a.m.) The U Street corridor apparently now has one less rooftop deck.

Dunya Restaurant (801 Florida Ave. NW) appears to have closed its doors for good last weekend, according to a somewhat cryptic Facebook post. A PoPville reader first spotted the possible closure.

“It’s time to say goodbye… FAREWELL weekend at our bar,” the post reads. “We want to say thank You all for supporting us and enjoying with our service, staff and DJs.”

Dunya, which served Mediterranean fare and cocktails in the space, opened in 2013.

Photo via Google Street View

by Tim Regan — June 1, 2016 at 3:35 pm 0

A new bar is slated to bring a long list of seasonal cocktails and a fried chicken-centric menu to U Street later this year.

The forthcoming hangout — dubbed the Service Bar — is in the works at 926-928 U St. NW, according to co-owners Glendon Hartley, Chad Spangler and Chris Willoughby. (Side note: The building’s landlord once planned to open a 24-hour restaurant called Just Chicken in that spot, but those plans fizzled months later.)

When Service Bar opens, its employees will serve a menu that includes a changing list of cocktails and five or six food options, according to a statement from a representative for the bar.

“Service Bar DC is cocktail driven concept coming to the U Street Corridor this Fall,” the statement reads. “If you love the cocktails from the original Ocopa D.C. Pisco menu, MXDC, Provision 14 or the recently opened Bonfire, you should be very excited as the men behind those cocktail programs are the men behind this bar.”

Hartley and Spangler are partners in local beverage consulting firm Menehune Group and Willoughby is a veteran of the former Jin Lounge on 14th Street.

“Both Glendon and Chad’s imagination paired with masterful technique and culinary savvy guarantee a reason to get excited,” the statement continues. “Chris is currently reaching deep into his Trinidadian and African American roots to build a menu based solely on the greatness of fried chicken.”

The new bar is due to open some time this fall.

Photo of Chad Spangler and Glendon Hartley by Marcus Bennett

by Tim Regan — May 31, 2016 at 11:10 am 0

When two men broke into a frozen yogurt shop near U Street last week, they apparently weren’t looking for sweets, according to police.

Authorities are on the hunt for two masked men filmed burglarizing the Menchie’s at 1939 12th St. NW last Monday at 4:40 a.m.

In a video released by D.C. Police, the men can be seen smashing the store’s front door and running inside. The men then appear to fumble with items in the back of the store before leaving with two box-like objects.

A representative for the U Street Menchie’s was not immediately available to comment.

Crime Solvers of Washington, DC 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 crime committed in the District of Columbia. Your assistance is appreciated by your community.

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 to 50411.

by Tim Regan — May 28, 2016 at 9:20 am 0

1500 U Street NW, photo via Google Street View(Updated at noon) Two men were stabbed on U Street early this morning, according to D.C. Police.

The stabbing occurred on the 1500 block of U St. NW around 4:14 a.m., authorities said.

One of the victims was transported to the hospital following the assault, police said. Both men were conscious when officers arrived on the scene.

Authorities are currently on the lookout for a person described as a “black male with dreadlocks.”

We’ll update this story when we have more details about the crime.

Photo via Google Street View

by Tim Regan — May 17, 2016 at 11:55 am 0

Jimmy Johns U Street

The U Street corridor now has a purveyor of “freaky fast” subs.

Jimmy John’s opened its newest location at 1408 U St. NW earlier today, according to an employee in the store. The company’s menu includes sub sandwiches in slim, normal and giant styles alongside chips and cookies.

The 1,234-square-foot Jimmy John’s has seating for roughly nine customers, according to a building permit the national sandwich chain filed in January.

The new U Street location makes four D.C. locations for the company, including a shop at 1101 14th St. NW.

by Tim Regan — May 8, 2016 at 10:40 am 0

Police carSomeone stabbed a man near 14th and U streets last night, according to D.C. Police.

Authorities responded to a stabbing on the 2000 block of 14th Street NW at approximately 7:19 p.m. last night, just as the annual Funk Parade street festival was winding down.

Police did not say how extensive the victim’s injuries were or provide any details about the suspect.

This story will be updated when we know more.


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