by Tim Regan — September 26, 2016 at 2:30 pm 0

Flier for Exiles 'Hootenanny'A hangout on U Street has plans for a big party next week.

Exiles (1610 U St. NW) is scheduled to host a “hootenanny” next Wednesday, Oct. 5, at 7:30 p.m. The party will include a pig roast, beer pairings, spiked apple cider and a family-style buffet, according to the bar’s co-owner, Brian Hillery.

“We will host the hootenanny on our back patio where our smoker Suzie Q lives,” Hillery said. “As we recently installed outdoor televisions, I was planning on screening The Last Waltz at some point.”

The event will also include games like cornhole and darts along with a chance for partygoers to make some music.

“We’re also encouraging attendees to bring along guitars, banjos, harmonicas, fiddles, and empty jugs with ‘XXX’ printed on them,” Hillery said.

Tickets to the “hootenanny” cost $45. Those interested in attending can email the bar to make reservations.

Flier courtesy of Bryan Hillery

by Tim Regan — September 25, 2016 at 9:40 am 0

jumbo-pizza-u-street-photo-via-google-street-view(Updated at 11:43 a.m.) An argument that began inside of a U Street pizzeria early this morning ended in a stabbing and an assault, D.C. Police said.

The stabbing and fight occurred outside of the Jumbo Pizza at 1344 U St. NW just before 4 a.m.

Two people got into an argument over skipping line to order pizza at the restaurant, according to a police report. The two people then took their argument outside, where one of them took a knife out of their backpack and stabbed the other.

The person who was stabbed, a man, retaliated by punching his assailant, knocking him unconscious, police said. One of the victim’s companions then kicked the suspected stabber in the head.

Police arrested the alleged stabber, 20-year-old Jose Nelson Melendez Rodriguez, and the person suspected of kicking him in the head, 20-year-old Justin Anthony McKinney. Information on either of their lawyers wasn’t immediately available.

The victim of the stabbing was taken to the hospital, authorities said.

ABC News reporter Mike Levine tweeted a photo this morning that appears to show the aftermath of the crime:

Photo via Google Street View

by Tim Regan — September 14, 2016 at 10:00 am 0

An Italian eatery and its “restaurant within a restaurant” are closed on U Street.

Alphonse Italian Market and Osteria (1212 U St. NW) and its upscale sister eatery, Nonna’s Kitchen, appear to have shuttered on Monday, according to signs posted to the front door of the business.

“We wish to thank you for your patronage and support and we will miss serving the U Street neighborhood,” the signs read.

Both restaurants opened two years ago.

We were unable to reach the owners of the restaurants to confirm the closure. We’ll update this story if we hear back from them.

by Tim Regan — August 26, 2016 at 2:30 pm 0

1700 U St. NW, photo via Google Street ViewA group of robbers stuck a knife to a man’s back while robbing him on the U Street corridor early this morning, according to D.C. Police.

The robbery occurred on the 1700 block of U St. NW just after midnight. The area where the crime occurred is roughly a block away from MPD’s Third District police station.

A man was walking away from his car when three people approached him from behind, according to a police report. One of the people pressed a knife to the man’s back and said, “give me all you got.” Another person from the group then went through the man’s pockets and stole his wallet.

The three thieves were last seen heading east on U Street, police said.

Authorities tweeted about the crime about an hour after it occurred:

 Photo via Google Street View

by Tim Regan — August 16, 2016 at 11:40 am 0

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:


by Tim Regan — August 4, 2016 at 10:30 am 0

Subway on U Street

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.

by Tim Regan — August 3, 2016 at 3:30 pm 0

715 Florida 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.

by Tim Regan — July 30, 2016 at 1:45 pm 2 Comments

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.

Photos courtesy of Robb Hudson and Karen Love

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!


Subscribe to our mailing list