A long-awaited distillery pub will open near the intersection of 14th and U streets NW next week.
District Distilling Company (1414 U St. NW) is slated to open Friday, Aug. 26, according to a press release.
The new business will merge “a state-of-the-art craft distillery [and] retail store on the first floor, and a full-service kitchen [and] bar with seating for 140 guests on the second floor,” the release said.
Diners can expect to find “seasonal American dishes” and vodka, gin, white rum and bourbon made onsite. A walk through the company’s dinner menu reveals grilled rockfish, crispy skin suckling pig and cast iron steak.
District Distilling Company will also offer distillery tours starting next month, the company said.
More information from a press release:
It looks as though a national sandwich chain has closed its store on U Street.
Paper now covers the windows at the Subway sandwich shop at 1115 U St. NW. Additionally, its doors were locked when a Borderstan reporter visited the business earlier this morning.
The eatery’s phone number has also been disconnected and the location no longer appears on Subway’s website.
Despite the possible closure, fans of the national chain’s sandwiches still have two options nearby: at the intersection of 14th and U streets and at 2301 Georgia Ave. NW.
The duo behind Adams Morgan’s Grand Central is looking to open a restaurant that would serve deli sandwiches and drinks near U Street.
Brian Vasile and Andy Seligman, who also own a sports bar in Bethesda called Brickside, have plans to open a new eatery called “Capo” at 715 Florida Ave. NW, according to Linda Roth, a PR rep for the forthcoming restaurant.
Though Vasile and Seligman are still hammering out many of the details, Roth said the new concept “will not be your grandmother’s deli.” The restaurant would seat 120 people with room for 150, according to a liquor license application filed with D.C.’s Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration.
If all goes according to plan, the co-owners would open Capo next spring, Roth said.
As we reported last year, a Vietnamese restaurant called Hoa Tuc previously planned to open a restaurant in the same building, but those plans appear to have fizzled.
Hoa Tuc’s social media accounts have been inactive for nearly 10 months and we’ve been unable to reach co-owner Suzy Duong since publishing our original story.
A bar near U Street caught fire earlier this afternoon.
More than half a dozen fire trucks were spotted fighting a fire at Climax (900 Florida Ave. NW) around 1:10 p.m. today. Smoke could be seen pouring from several of the bar’s windows.
No injures were reported in the fire, according to D.C. Fire and EMS.
Call received 1:10. No injuries. Still extinguishing hotspots in walls & ceilings. No spread to adjacent buildings pic.twitter.com/kzXrUu9qRO
— DC Fire and EMS (@dcfireems) July 30, 2016
Photos courtesy of Robb Hudson and Karen Love
(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.
Green/Yellow Line: Expect residual delays in both directions due to earlier unscheduled power repair at Shaw.
— Metrorail Info (@Metrorailinfo) July 25, 2016
GR/YL: trains held approx 10 min for crews to repair component in a local power room at Shaw. Trains moving, residual delays. 10:40a #wmata
— Metrorail Info (@Metrorailinfo) July 25, 2016
Photo by Courtney Brown
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.”
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.
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
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
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.
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A 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:
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
(Updated at 10:54 a.m.) The U Street corridor apparently now has one less rooftop deck.
“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
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