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by Tim Regan — April 30, 2016 at 12:05 pm 0

police carSomeone wielding a knife attacked a man near U Street earlier this morning, according to D.C. Police.

Authorities sent out an alert that there had been an “assault with a dangerous weapon” on the 1900 block of 9th St. NW at 3:13 a.m.

According to police, a man was standing on that block when he was “approached by an unknown suspect who began assaulting him” with a knife.

Police did not say how extensive the man’s wounds were, but they added that he was taken to the hospital for a “laceration.”

Authorities haven’t released lookout information for the suspect.

by Tim Regan — April 21, 2016 at 10:45 pm 1 Comment

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District residents mourning the loss of music legend Prince had a chance to say goodbye tonight.

Dozens of people gathered at the intersection of 14th and U streets NW around 9 p.m. this evening to dance to Prince songs played from a DJ booth in the bed of a truck.

The dance party, contained mostly to the sidewalk in front of the Reeves Center, went on for hours, according to several people in attendance.

The event aimed to give residents a place to “gather and dance together to remember the one and only,” according to its Facebook event page.

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by Tim Regan — April 20, 2016 at 10:30 am 0

It appears as though the U Street corridor will lose a spot for groceries, beer and wine early next month.

Best DC Supermarket, located at 1507 U St. NW, will close on May 2, according to an employee behind the counter there. The employee did not provide their name or elaborate on why the store was closing.

From now until May 2, many of the store’s items will be sold at a discount to clear out the remaining inventory, the employee said. According to signs plastered on the front door of the business, groceries are half-off, and beer and wine will be sold at a 30 percent discount until the business closes.

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by Tim Regan — April 6, 2016 at 5:05 pm 0

Comedian Kevin Hart apparently spent some quality time with Ben’s Chili Bowl owner Virginia Ali earlier today.

The landmark U Street restaurant tweeted about Hart’s visit this evening.

“[Kevin Hart] brought his star power to The Bowl!” Ben’s tweeted. “Virginia Ali had a great time chatting with him.”

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by Tim Regan — April 6, 2016 at 3:55 pm 0

Screenshot from BizBuySell.comWe often write about local businesses opening or closing. What we don’t usually cover are the transactions in between — like when a business is sold to a new owner — even though business sales are quite common.

Our sister publication ARLnow.com took a look through the Arlington listings of a major business broker marketplace and found some interesting — and mysterious — listings. And it inspired us to do some digging this afternoon.

Though the businesses often go unnamed in these listings, there are details that provide clues as to which business it may be. (Full disclosure: we can’t be 100 percent sure that all listings are up to date.)

Anyway, we thumbed through the D.C. listings earlier today and highlighted some of what we found. Here are just some of the interesting local businesses that are currently listed on the site:

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by Octavia Silva — April 4, 2016 at 1:45 pm 0

Photo courtesy of Haywood Turnipseed JrThe first time I heard Haywood Turnipseed Jr.’s comedy was when he hosted weekly bingo nights at Kangaroo Boxing Club in Columbia Heights, back in 2013. Since then, I’ve seen him around everywhere; performing at open mics, hosting open mics and at various non-comedy settings around town.

When I conducted this interview, I just watched him perform at an open mic produced by Last Resort Comedy at Town Tavern in Adams Morgan.

He had the crowd laughing near crying and then he busted out a story about the time he met Rosa Parks. If you ever see him around, be sure to ask him about that.

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by Tim Regan — April 1, 2016 at 3:30 pm 1 Comment

A new hangout for people and their dogs is set to open near U Street this summer.

Wet Dog Tavern, a new beer garden, will open its doors at 2100 Vermont Ave. NW in the mid to late summer months of this year, according to general manager Raj Lal.

When the tavern opens, it will be a “relaxing neighborhood place,” Lal said. No speakeasy gimmicks or complicated themes.

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by Tim Regan — March 23, 2016 at 4:45 pm 0

(Updated at 1:27 p.m. Friday) Here’s your chance to own a piece of legendary jazz club Bohemian Caverns.

The venue at 2001 11th St NW is auctioning off just about everything not nailed to the floor, meaning locals can buy up mementoes ahead of the bar’s closing.

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by Tim Regan — March 22, 2016 at 4:45 pm 0

Sollys_BorderstanTwo notable figures in Ward 1 will make appearances at Solly’s next week.

The bar at 1942 11th St. NW will host a Ward 1 trivia night starring D.C. Councilmember Brianne Nadeau and WAMU reporter Martin Austermuhle next Wednesday at 8 p.m.

Neighbors United for D.C. Statehood, a grassroots organization that advocates for, well, D.C. Statehood, is the organizer of the event.

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by Andrew Ramonas — March 17, 2016 at 3:45 pm 0

Funk Parade (Photo via Funk Parade)

Want to help bring the funk to the U Street corridor this spring?

The organizers of the Funk Parade are looking for donations to help fund the free annual festival on May 7.

The celebration, which includes a participatory parade, music and dancing, “can’t keep up with the demands of the event” by only relying on sponsorships and grants, according to a fundraising website for the festivities. Last year, officials with the “D.C. Department of Funk” secured more than $15,000 in donations.

“Most of the funds we raise through this campaign helps pay the artists,” the fundraising site says. “Funk Parade is organized and run entirely community volunteers — not a penny goes to the organizers.”

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by Andrew Ramonas — March 16, 2016 at 2:50 pm 2 Comments

900 block of V Street NW (Photo via Google Maps)A 72-year-old man was pistol-whipped and knocked unconscious in a violent group robbery near the U Street corridor early yesterday morning, police said.

The crime happened on the 900 block of V Street NW about 4:30 a.m. Tuesday.

The victim was leaving a gambling game when five people went up to him from behind, according to authorities. One of the individuals flashed a handgun soon after, hitting the elderly man with it in his face and knocking him to the ground.

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by Tim Regan — March 9, 2016 at 3:15 pm 0

A restaurant with a rooftop beer garden is slated to start slinging cold beer and chicken wings near U Street by Friday.

Takoda is scheduled to open at 715 Florida Ave. NW on Friday, according to co-proprietors Ryan Seelbach and Eric Lund, who also own the Huxley nightclub in Dupont.

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by Andrew Ramonas — March 2, 2016 at 11:30 am 0

The Dirty Goose logo (Image via Facebook/The Dirty Goose)Locals looking to check out a bar catering to the LGBT community before it starts slinging drinks on the U Street corridor this year will have a chance to do so this month.

The Dirty Goose is scheduled to pop up at BKK Cookshop (1700 New Jersey Ave. NW) Thursday, March 17, from 5 to 10 p.m. BKK is slated to have “several of the classic cocktails” that The Dirty Goose plans to serve when it opens this spring at 913 U St. NW, according to a Facebook event post.

Profits from drink sales during the pop-up event will go toward SMYAL, which helps LGBT youth in the Washington area.

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by Tim Regan — March 2, 2016 at 10:00 am 0

Bagels, baguettes and cupcakes are set to arrive on U Street tomorrow.

Bread Bite Bakery is set to open in the former CakeLove space at 1506 U St. NW with free samples tomorrow morning, said Bread Bite owner Jorge Prudencio.

“We are thinking that we’re giving away something for free. A lot of samples,” Prudencio said. “Bread with hummus. Bread with dressings that we use on the sandwiches. Bagels with cream cheese. Cupcakes, cannolis, eclairs, stuff like that.”

Patrons will be able to buy bagels, sandwiches, baguettes and baked desserts once the shop opens its doors.

Prudencio added that he’s excited about the grand opening, despite “a lot of pressure” on the business.

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