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by Tim Regan — February 1, 2016 at 4:30 pm 0

Free fro yo at MenchiesFrozen yogurt will flow freely near U Street in celebration of National Frozen Yogurt Day.

Locals can stop by Menchie’s at 1939 12th St. NW before 7 p.m. on Monday to get a free six-ounce cup of frozen yogurt. Employees will also dole out a 20 percent off coupon to every person who walks through its doors tonight.

Menchie’s serves more than 100 seasonal flavors and more than 70 toppings, such as cheesecake bites and fresh fruit. Currently the shop has two new flavors: Spiced Chai Latte and Swiss Miss Hot Chocolate.

Photo via Facebook / MenchiesUSt

by Tim Regan — January 8, 2016 at 3:45 pm 0

Sheryar Durrani didn’t shy away from hard work, recalls U Scoot (1949 Vermont Ave. NW) owner and close friend Andre Esser.

“He wasn’t beneath getting his hands dirty,” Esser said. “Any time I needed a hand or a help or a favor, nothing was beneath him.”

Durrani, who managed U Scoot and worked closely with Esser, died of an apparent heart attack on Dec. 19. He was 53 years old. (more…)

by Tim Regan — January 8, 2016 at 9:35 am 1 Comment

A destination for brunch and all-day breakfast on U Street is now closed.

“U Street Cafe is closed for business as of Jan. 7,” reads a sign on the front door at 1301 U St. NW.

Barista Stefany Valle, who worked at the cafe for about four months, said the closure may be related to a lack of customers during the week.

“On weekdays, it would be slow, but on the weekends, it could be very busy,” Valle said. “I just received a call from my boss to not come in because it’s out of business. … I came up here to see if it was true.” (more…)

by Andrew Ramonas — January 7, 2016 at 4:40 pm 1 Comment

Man wanted by police in connection with attempted robbery (Photos via Metro Transit Police Department)

The Metro Transit Police Department has released three photos of a man sought in connection with an attempted robbery which left someone with an ear laceration near the U Street Metro station Tuesday night.

The photos show a man in a puffy blue winter jacket, blue jeans and white gym shoes. At least two of the images appear to be from inside the Metro station. In one of them, the man appears to be wearing a black mask.

The man doesn’t have any warrants out for him at this time, according to authorities.


by Tim Regan — January 6, 2016 at 12:30 pm 0

bikeshareSome of the District’s most popular Capital Bikeshare stations might be in your backyard.

The bike rental program shared its top 10 list of busiest stations yesterday. According to Bikeshare, more than 3.2 million people cycled through its service in 2015, its busiest year to date.

Where did riders frequently hop on? The two most popular stations last year were Columbus Circle/Union Station and the Lincoln Memorial, Bikeshare said. The stations at Massachusetts Avenue NW and Dupont Circle, Jefferson Drive and 14th Street NW and 15th and P streets NW followed close behind.

Bikeshare also noted that the station at Thomas Circle was its “most used station for transferring bikes being rebalanced back to empty stations,” and coined a clever nickname for the station at New Hampshire Avenue and T Street NW: the “monster.”

by Tim Regan — January 5, 2016 at 9:45 pm 0

Police car light(Updated at 7:15 a.m. Wednesday) A man was reportedly slashed on the ear during an attempted robbery near the U Street Metro station earlier this evening, according to D.C. Police and The Washington Post.

A concerned local emailed the Third District listserv to ask about seeing police tape, “a pile of bloody clothes” and police officers near the Metro station at 9:15 p.m.

“Metro Transit Police are investigating a stabbing that occurred at the station,” replied Third District Commander Jeffrey Carroll.

Authorities later emailed the listserv and said “Metro Transit Police report that the victim sustained a non-life threatening laceration to the ear.”

According to the Post, the victim of the crime was attempting to sleep when a robber “demanded his ‘stuff’.” When the man refused to hand over his possessions, the robber cut the man’s ear.

The victim was treated at a local hospital, said authorities.

by Tim Regan — January 5, 2016 at 11:30 am 0

Duffy's, photo via facebook.com/DuffysIrishPubHow does U Street like its chili? That contentious question will be answered next month at Duffy’s (2106 Vermont Ave. NW) during the neighborhood bar’s first-ever chili cook-off.

On Feb. 21, 10 members of the community will gather at Duffy’s to see who has the best chili. But chili con melee this is not, said Duffy’s namesake and general manager Andy Duffy. The idea is to bring neighbors together for a friendly competition.

“It’s just something i kind of thought up over the weekend while I was eating a little chili,” said Duffy, who prefers “plain old Texas chili with beans and ground beef.”

“It’s not for people that are [professional] cooks. It’s for people that live within a few blocks of Duffy’s,” he added.

The winner of the contest will receive two VIP tickets to the bar’s St. Patrick’s day celebration and a plaque on the wall proclaiming them to be “Duffy’s chili champion.”

Though the roster for competitors is full, locals can still visit the bar on the day of the contest for drink specials and free chili samples. And there are plenty of interesting recipes in store, Duffy said.

“I know one guy wants to do vegetarian chili, and I know one person is doing a chicken chili,” Duffy said.

Though this is the bar’s first foray into cooking competitions, Duffy said he’s like to make it a yearly event.

“It’s a great opportunity to meet people that live in the neighborhood, Duffy said. “That’s what Duffy’s is, the neighborhood pub.”

Photo via Facebook.com/DuffysIrishPub

by Andrew Ramonas — December 30, 2015 at 1:40 pm 0

Future home of Just Chicken (Photo via Google Maps)A 24-hour chicken restaurant might arrive on the U Street corridor as early as this winter.

Just Chicken could open within the first few months of 2016 near the east entrance to the U Street Metro station if its application for a liquor license is approved without any delays, Cynthia Simms, a representative of the eatery, told Borderstan today. It will occupy the former Bistro on U Street space at 928 U St. NW.

The restaurant is expected to serve booze and fried chicken, as well as chicken with barbecue sauce, salads and waffles, among other chicken dishes.


by Tim Regan — December 23, 2015 at 2:00 pm 2 Comments

14th and U streets NW

Prime real estate is available on U Street.

Last month, we reported that the storefront at the corner of 14th and U streets NW — formerly the cricket wireless store — is up for grabs. And just last week, CakeLove announced it would close its doors at 1506 U Street NW.

It’s safe to say some new businesses will arrive in the U Street corridor — and not just that bagel cafe everyone’s waiting for. We want to know: What kind of businesses would you like to see arrive on U Street? Weigh in by voting in the poll. Got specific ideas?  Tell us what you think in the comments.

by Tim Regan — December 17, 2015 at 9:05 am 0

CakeLoveA local bakery is saying goodbye to U Street.

CakeLove, which first opened at 1506 U Street NW in 2002, will close its doors at the end of this month, founder Warren Brown wrote in a press release last night.

Brown added that, while the U Street location is set to close, he’ll launch a new online store this month to help sell the company’s most popular product, CakeLove in a jar.

“After 13 wonderful years, the day has come for us to say goodbye to U Street,” Brown wrote in the release. “While I’m sad to leave the many friends and neighbors of this wonderful community, I’m very excited for this change.”

Brown will celebrate the company’s 13-year run with goodbye party and cake-cutting ceremony this Saturday at noon at the U Street location.

CakeLove’s location in Arlington closed at the beginning of 2015.

Photo via Facebook/CakeLove

by Tim Regan — December 12, 2015 at 7:25 am 0

1200 U StreetA man was arrested after stabbing another man in the arm on U Street early this morning, police said.

The stabbing occurred on the 1200 block of U Street NW at about 2:45 a.m. The area is close to Ben’s Chili Bowl and the U Street Metro station.

Though the suspect fled the scene in a car described as a silver Hummer, officers were able to locate and arrest him “a short distance away.”

The victim was taken to a local hospital for treatment, according to authorities.

In other crime news, a D.C. crime alert said a stabbing occurred on the 1000 block of 7th Street NW around 3:30 a.m.

Photo via Street View

by Tim Regan — December 9, 2015 at 10:15 am 0

A revolution is coming to U Street, or at least that’s what VIDA Fitness says.

A sign posted at the fitness club, located at 1612 U Street NW, advertises new “revolutionary” exercise classes coming in 2016. Additionally, VIDA last week added a fleet of new Coach by Color spin bikes that is says have the potential to “totally change your cycle experience.”

“These new coach by color bikes will totally revamp your cycle experience and make you push yourself harder than ever before,” a VIDA Fitness post reads.

A representative for the company said the forthcoming exercise program was still yet to be announced, but they confirmed the new bikes would play a role in the classes.

Cycle photos via VIDA Fitness

by Borderstan.com — December 4, 2015 at 10:50 am 0

(Updated at 11:44 a.m.) Firefighters rushed to the scene of a two-alarm fire that broke out at a condominium complex near U Street earlier today.

Smoke could be seen pouring from the Lincoln Condominium at the intersection of 12th and V streets NW when firefighters first arrived around 10:30 this morning.

D.C. Fire and EMS spokesman Tim Wilson said there are no reported injuries related to the fire. The cause of the fire was not immediately clear but appears to have started on a balcony, Wilson added.

“I think everyone assumed it was another false alarm,” said Lincoln resident Patrick Coan, 36, who was sleeping when the blaze began.

Sarah Drabkin, 28, has lived in the building for six years and said she’d never seen anything like what occurred.

“It was the most terrifying thing,” Drabkin said. “I opened my curtains and there was a firefighter there.”

Emergency crews closed U Street between 11th to 12th streets NW.

by Tim Regan — November 30, 2015 at 10:45 am 0

Frozen Yogurt and Wine, photo courtesy of Garrison ElementaryLocals will be able to buy booze and eat frozen yogurt to help Garrison Elementary students today.

Gallagher and Graham Fine Spirits and Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt (both near U Street at 1939 12th St. NW) will donate 10 percent of all sales to Garrison Elementary.

In addition to selling craft beer, wine and local liquor, Gallagher and Graham will also host a wine tasting at 5:30 p.m. with cheese samples from D.C. producer Righteous Cheese.

Both stores will stay open for business until 10 p.m. tonight.


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