Thursday, December 08, 2016

Local News Brief: Ari's Diner (& Maybe DOCK FC) to Open Fri, City Dogs Opens, & Popeye's Renovates

Photo of Ari's Diner (from their Facebook page)

Twitter user @Eat_DC notes that Ari's Diner (2003 Fenwick St.) is set to open tomorrow in Ivy City, and sounds hopeful that nearby soccer bar Dock FC (1400 Okie St.) might join in the opening fun.

Tuesday, December 06, 2016

Local Peruvian Spot Ocopa Closed for Renovations? Or Just Closed?


Is local upscale Peruvian eatery Ocopa (1324 H St.) closed for good? That's a question that was asked over on PoPville last night. The restaurant's website is gone, as are its Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram presence. The restaurant recently had a closed for renovations sign posted on the door, but a commenter using the handle MadMax on the site said the sign was not there when stopped by last night. A notice posted on Yelp! indicates Ocopa is closed for renovations until March of 2017, but it's not looking good for fans of the restaurant.

Local Briefing: Bardo Trinidad Closes, Aerial Delights at the Atlas


The owners of Bardo at 1200 Bladensburg Road announced on Facebook Monday that the Trinidad location of the brew-pub is now permanently closed. Fans of Bardo will be able to visit the Stewart brothers and crew over at their new Waterfront digs once they get up and running. The Riverfront location includes a space for dogs to roam that is much larger than the current Bladensburg Road space, and is entirely enclosed in by fences.

Monday, December 05, 2016

Lost Cat: Maceo [UPDATE: He's Home Safe]

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 Matt emailed me Tuesday morning to let me know Maceo is back home and safe.


Our neighbor Matt writes in with word that his cat Maceo escaped last night, and is missing. Maceo is a 15 year old male short hair with orange and white markings. They live at 10th & I Street. Matt can be reached at 202-680-9554, or Mt_law749[at]

Local Briefing: The Silver Screen & Screen Printing

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The Atlas Performing Arts Center (1333 H St.) wraps up its Silent Film Series with a screening of Charlie Chaplin's The Kid accompanied with a live score from composer and pianist Andrew Earle Simpson. The 1921 comedy-drama stars Chaplin and child actor Jackie Coogan, who would later play Uncle Fester on The Addams Family. The film tells the story of a child taken in as an infant and raised as a son by Chaplin's character, until authorities at an orphanage intervene and try to separate the family.

Sunday, December 04, 2016

Have You Seen this Orange Cat?


A neighbor writes in with the following information about his missing cat:

We are neighbors, live on 10th street between I and K, and have lost our cat. He's an outside cat but hasn't come back the last two nights. Was wondering if you could post a note on your site? He's a young tabby cat, he had a grey flee/tick collar on. He has a distinctive mark of color on his nose, you can see in the pics attached. His name is Kai Kai and he will come if you whistle. 

Friday, December 02, 2016

Pop Up Holiday Bazaar at East Side Yoga Sunday

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Find something special lurking just around the corner. Photo courtesy of East Side Yoga

East Side Yoga (2nd floor of 518 Tenth St. NE) will host a pop-up Holiday Bazaar Sunday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. featuring ten local and woman owned businesses. In addition to the items you can purchase at the bazaar, many of the businesses will also be offer samples, discounts, and demos. Chase away the cold with complimentary tea (from Capital Teas on Barracks Row) and treats (from Hill-based Capitol Sweets) on hand for bazaar guests. ​​

Double Shooting on Capitol Avenue Last Night [Updated]

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Two men were shot last night a little before 7:30 p.m. in the 1800 block of Capitol Avenue. The text of the alert appears below. This is north and west of Trinidad, north and east of Gallaudet University, and on the southern border of Ivy City.

Thursday, December 01, 2016

Tavern from DGS Team Coming to H Street

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1337 H St. as it appeared in 2004

A new bar, as yet unnamed, will set up shop at 1337 H St. The new tavern will hold an on-premises Retailer Class C license. The application comes to us from Bespoke 1337, LLC, which Borderstan reports consists of the team behind Dupont Circle's DGS Deli (cousins David and Nick Wiseman). As Borderstan notes, the paperwork once refers to the bar as the Butcher's Word (interestingly, a Nick Wiseman has a Pinterest Board by this name). It also makes it clear they plan to have occasional live music indoors (so they are requesting an entertainment endorsement), where they plan to have seating for 65. The application includes a summer garden with seating for 15 patrons (total occupancy load of 199). The protest petition deadline is Jan. 16, 2017, with the roll call hearing scheduled for Jan. 30 at 10 a.m., and the protest hearing set for March 29 at 1:30 p.m.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Trader Joe's to Open Near Union Market

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We're getting the Trader Joe's that a lot of people have hoped for over the years. The new store will open at 1240 Fourth St. in the Florida Avenue Market, and very close to Union Market (1309 Fifth St.). According to the store's website they are hope to open in 2017.

I could not locate a copy of the press release, but the Washington Business Journal has more details, including that the Trader Joe's will go into the Edison Building (the address for the building has also been given as 340 Florida Ave., and it's on the corner of Florida and Fourth). That building will also have 187 residential units. The grocer will occupy 15,000 of the 30,000 square feet of available retail space at the site. Rebecca Cooper at WBJ also points out that this is just down the street from another large development that will feature a Latin market from chef Jose Garces.