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by Tim Regan — September 3, 2015 at 1:50 pm 0

Amsterdam Cafe and Lounge

A new lounge is taking shape on U Street.

Signage for a new business called Amsterdam Lounge was recently installed on and above the windows of the former Indulj space at 1208 U Street NW.

Though little information could be gleaned from the storefront — and the business does not appear to have applied for a liquor license — a Craigslist hiring ad from last month appears to reveal some details. According to the ad, the lounge seeks to hire someone to manage a restaurant and bar that will serve food, drinks and cocktails. Another job posting on Indeed.com indicates the new eatery may also serve coffee and espresso.

The forthcoming Amsterdam Lounge was contacted via e-mail this morning but has not yet responded.

by Sean Meehan — August 26, 2015 at 12:15 pm 112 0

Penthouse Pool Club (Photo via Facebook/ Penthouse Pool Club)

Vida Fitness employees and gym members will participate in a mass ice bucket challenge at the fitness club’s rooftop pool at 1612 U Street NW next Monday.

The ice bucket challenge, which went viral last August, encourages people to challenge their friends to donate to ALS research or dump a bucket of ice water on their head. Though some have criticized the challenge as a showy trend, ALS researchers say the donations it raised last year did make a difference.

The fitness club was challenged by gym member Andrea Peet, who was diagnosed with ALS at age 33.

Vida staff and members will meet at the club’s Penthouse Pool Club at 11 a.m. for the challenge. Chretien says the club is still not sure whether they will fill the pool with ice or make several buckets. Those who can’t attend the event are encouraged to donate $10 by texting “ALS” to 80077.

Chretien says the fitness club is currently looking into who they will challenge in their video.

“We don’t want to spring it on anyone without telling them first,” she said. “We’re looking at some local businesses and public figures, but we’re in the process now of figuring that out.”

Photo via Facebook/ Penthouse Pool Club

by Tim Regan — August 25, 2015 at 3:05 pm 0

Photo courtesy of &Pizza

The &pizza location at 1250 U St. NW will close to undergo some much-needed repairs tonight at midnight.

The eatery will reopen “in the next few days” with fresh coats of paint, newly repaired fixtures and a shiny interior, says &pizza public relations representative Ashley Mason-Greene.

“They’re just doing some light sprucing up and taking care of some of the wear and tear that naturally occurs,” Mason-Green said earlier today in an e-mail.

The eatery’s windows are currently covered by signs emblazoned with the slogan “WE DO IT ALL FOR U.”

Photo courtesy of &pizza

by Tim Regan — August 21, 2015 at 10:00 am 0


Local kids can get a free sweet treat in honor of Ben’s Chili Bowl’s 57th anniversary tomorrow.

The eatery located at 1213 U Street NW and famous for its half smokes will give away mini milkshakes to kids 12 and under all day tomorrow. Full-sized milkshakes usually cost $3.55.

When reached by phone earlier, spokeswoman Vida Ali was helping a customer in the restaurant and couldn’t immediately comment.

by Tim Regan — August 20, 2015 at 9:20 am 0

A power issue caused the lights to go out at the U Street Metro station earlier this morning.

A Metro spokesperson confirmed the station had a “power issue” that affected its lights but not its rail service.

The lights came back on around 10:17 a.m., Metro tweeted.

The Washington Post’s Dana Hedgpeth spotted the outage earlier today.


by Jared Holt — August 4, 2015 at 3:55 pm 0

Aaron Myers Jazz Singer (Photo via Myers)

DC Jazz Jam will celebrate its six-year anniversary on U Street with a free show and open jazz jam contest at The Brixton (901 U Street NW) from 6:30-10:30 p.m. on Sunday.

The house band for the anniversary show will be composed vocalist Aaron Myers, pianist Wade Beach, guitarist John Lee, bassist Blake Meister and drummer Tony Martucci.

Local musicians are invited to join the band for a cutting contest, which Meyers describes as a “rap battle for instruments.” During the contest, two people will exchange solos and attempt to “cut” the other person. The audience will decide the winner at the end of each round based on skill, expression and audience connection.

“You’re going to see musicians coming out and bringing their A-game,” he said.

D.C. Jazz Jam organizer and drummer Will Stephens said the first jazz jam in August 2009 formed from a post on Craigslist. The band met for the first time over beer 30 minutes before the show and didn’t perform to a single audience member until a saxophone player walked in around the 2 hour mark.

Now the jams attract between 20-25 musicians every week, he said, and he has to keep a close eye on the sign-up sheet.

“I hope the takeaway is community building, and not just within the jazz community,” Stephens said. “The Brixton is a neighborhood establishment, so people come stop in from the neighborhood and that builds community.”

D.C. Jazz Jam performs every Sunday at The Brixton from 6:30-9:30 p.m. with rotating special guests.

 Image Courtesy of Aaron Myers

by Tim Regan — July 31, 2015 at 12:45 pm 1,866 0

Atlantic Plumbing Company coming in October

Landmark Theatres has moved one step closer to opening its anticipated new Atlantic Plumbing Cinema near the 9:30 Club and U Street corridor.

ABRA today posted the theater chain’s public hearing notice for a Class CX liquor license application.

According to the application, the cinema aims to operate as a “high-end theatre with a cafe, serving patrons a variety of food offerings, including local specialties and spirits,” with indoor seating for 369 patrons. The cinema also aims to have a summer garden with seating for 14.

Though no opening date has been set, a Washington Business Journal article reports the theater will open its doors in October.

by Tim Regan — July 29, 2015 at 4:30 pm 239 0

Magic Bullet, Image via Upshur Books

Borderstan residents can now pick up a copy of the latest issue of D.C.’s free comic book newspaper, Magic Bullet.

The paper is organized and edited by small press comic book collective DC Conspiracy and features one-page comics and illustrations from dozens of locally sourced contributors.

This is the semi-annual newspaper’s 11th issue since it was created in 2010.

Copies can be found at the following Borderstan-area locations:

Adams Morgan

  • Crooked Beat Records (2116 18th Street NW)
  • Idle Time Books (2467 18th Street Northwest)
  • Red Onion Records (1901 18th Street NW)
  • Smash Records (2314 18th Street NW, 2nd Floor)
  • Songbyrd (2475 18th Street NW)
  • The Potter’s House (1658 Columbia Road NW)
  • Tryst (2459 18th Street NW)

Columbia Heights

  • Coffy Cafe (3310 14th Street NW)
  • Flying Fish Coffee and Tea (3064 Mt Pleasant Street NW)
  • Palace 5ive (2216 14th Street NW)
  • The Coupe (3415 11th Street NW)
  • Blind Dog Cafe (944 Florida Avenue NW)*

Dupont Circle

  • Fantom Comics (2010 P Street NW)

Logan Circle

  • Miss Pixie’s (1626 14th Street NW)
  • Peregrine Espresso (1718 14th Street NW)
  • Som Records (1843 14th Street NW)*
  • The Coffee Bar (1201 S Street NW)*


  • Upshur Books (827 Upshur Street NW)

U Street

  • Ben’s Chili Bowl (1213 U Street NW)
  • Big Planet Comics (1520 U Street NW)
  • Joint Custody (1530 U Street NW)

Image via Upshur Street Books

*Denotes a business that was lumped in with its closest neighborhood for clarity

by Tim Regan — July 29, 2015 at 2:30 pm 181 0

Dept. of Justice, photo via Wikimedia CommonsA D.C. man today pleaded guilty to six counts of voyeurism and five counts of stalking after admitting he secretly recorded women “in various
stages of undress” through their apartment windows between 2012 and 2014.

Former U.S. State Department official Daniel Rosen, 45, said he used his cell phone to secretly record women in Mount Pleasant, the U Street Corridor and Adams Morgan.

“Daniel Rosen crept through alleys and peered through windows to secretly film women during intimate, private moments in their own homes,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Vincent Cohen, Jr. today in a press release. “Today he admitted to being a serial stalker and voyeur who robbed women of the privacy they expected in their own bedrooms and bathrooms.”

Rosen often spied on women under the guise of walking his dog, reads the press release, and sometimes returned later to record the same woman again.

Rosen will be sentenced on Oct. 9. Each of the counts of voyeurism and stalking carries a maximum penalty of one year and potential fines.

Photo via Wikimedia Commons

by Daniel Levitt — July 27, 2015 at 2:30 pm 1,082 1 Comment

MidCity Dog Days

MidCity Dog Days is set to return to the Borderstan area this weekend.

The annual neighborhood sidewalk sale will take place this Saturday and Sunday on 14th Street NW from Thomas Circle to Florida Avenue NW and along U Street from 7th to 17th streets NW.

The sales will start at 9 a.m. and last until 10 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Though the festival started in 2000 with six businesses, more than 70 business are expected to show up this year. Participating retailers include Home Rule, Lee’s Flower Shop, Crown Pawnbrokers and Urban Essentials.

MidCity Business Improvement District Formation Director Aaron DeNu says the event has become an area tradition.

“The Dog Days Sale and Festival has been a central unifying event that brings together otherwise disparate efforts,” DeNu said in an email.

“We’re excited to continue this tradition and expand upon its base in the future.”

MidCity BID is a nonprofit that aims to create and explore business opportunities in the area.

by Jared Holt — July 16, 2015 at 10:00 am 399 0

NY Bagel Cafe

Construction will start soon for a new bagel shop on U Street.

New York Bagel Cafe & Deli announced via Twitter that it is going to build its first D.C. location on U Street NW.

The shop will serve bagels, coffee drinks, sandwiches,  soups and salads.

Photo via NY Bagel Cafe & Deli’s Facebook Page

by Jared Holt — July 8, 2015 at 11:45 am 4,978 14 Comments


A longtime family-owned Caribbean restaurant and lounge has left U Street.

The Islander last week set sail from its location at 1201 U St NW after 46 years of operation.

The closing follows the June departure of “Da Queen” Chef Addie, who worked as the restaurant’s chef since its opening in 1970.

A Borderstan reporter met The Islander owner Curtis Green yesterday afternoon, but Green said he’d rather comment at a later date.

Green did not say what might replace the business.

by Tim Regan — July 7, 2015 at 10:00 am 351 0

500 block of U Street NW, photo via Google Street View

Police are on the lookout for a white sedan after three people were robbed at gunpoint in a car on U Street NW just before midnight last night.

According to the police report, three people were sitting in a parked car on the 500 block of U Street NW around 11:50 p.m. when a white sedan containing four people pulled up alongside them.

The four people then exited the white sedan, drew handguns and robbed the three people in the parked car.

The four suspects fled in the white sedan, say police.

Police made no arrests related to the crime.

Photo via Google Street View

by Tim Regan — June 30, 2015 at 1:35 pm 679 1 Comment

(Updated at 5:16 p.m.) The FBI is seeking an armed man who allegedly robbed the SunTrust bank at 1250 U Street around 12:30 today.

Authorities say a man entered the bank, approached a teller and passed a note
that demanded money. He then exited the bank and fled on foot.

Authorities are on the lookout for a tall man–roughly 6’5” feet tall–wielding a gun and wearing a lime green construction vest with an “H” on the back, a dark-colored long-sleeved jacket, light-colored blue jeans, a khaki-colored fisherman’s hat with a black and gold band and white gloves.

The FBI is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information that leads to the identification, arrest and conviction of the bank robber.

SunTrust bank employees confirmed the branch will be closed for at least the rest of today. The SunTrust ATM adjacent to the building remains open.

The FBI/MPD Violent Crimes Task Force is investigating this robbery and requests that anyone with information call the FBI at 202-278-2000 or MPD’s tip line at 202-727-9099.

Additionally, anonymous information may be submitted to the police department’s TEXT TIP LINE by text messaging 50411. 

If you have any information concerning this case, please contact your local FBI Office or the nearest American Embassy or Consulate. You can also submit a tip at: tips.fbi.gov

by Tim Regan — June 29, 2015 at 3:30 pm 0

brixtonPatrons who visit The Brixton this Saturday had better be hungry for hot dogs.

The U Street bar will host its annual Fourth of July hot dog eating contest this Saturday at 4 p.m.

The prize for choking down way too many hot dogs: One ticket to this year’s Landmark Music Festival in September.

The bar will also sling $4 Bud Lights and $5 shots of Fireball from noon to 9 p.m.


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