Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Buredo Opens on H Street NE Today

The inside of the H Street NE location. Image from Buredo's Facebook page

Sushi burrito purveyor Buredo will welcome its first customers at 625 H Street NE today starting at 11am. You can score a free salad or buredo if you are among the first 100 in the door. Buredo is currently hiring more staff for the H Street shop. They have three other locations in the District, as well as one in Bethesda. There is also a NoMa (111 K Street NE) outpost on the way. That one should open in about a month.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Target Headed to Ivy City & Trader Joe's Opening "Soon"

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Target will open a store at 16th Street & New York Avenue NE in Ivy City

Bisnow reports that Douglas Development has signed an agreement with retailer Target to bring a store to Ivy City. The 67K sq. ft store, which is set to open in 2020, will feature a Starbucks and a CVS. It will be located at the corner of New York Avenue and 16th Street NE, down the street from Petco.

Photo courtesy of @CapitolHillPhil

Over in the Union Market/Florida Avenue Market area the new Trader Joe's is accepting employment applications. PoPville posted last week that the store will open March 30th. Reader @CapitolHillPhil tweeted a photo showing that same sign featured on PoPville, but it looks like the date has now been been pasted over with the word "SOON." I'm not sure if that means the date has changed, or if someone just decided it might be better to play coy about a date over a month away. @CapitolHillPhil says an employee confirmed the opening date remains March 30th.

Monday, February 26, 2018

Barricade Situation in Florida Avenue Market Ends Peacefully

This 2007 photo shows buildings in the 1300 block of 4th Street NE

There was apparently a barricade situation today at the Motel 6 in the Florida Avenue Market area.  The @DCPoliceTraffic twitter account tweeted about the closure of three streets in the northwestern corner of the market district at 10:48am.

ANC 5D Special Meeting 3/1 Re: 1135 Morse Street NE

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1135 Morse Street NE is the pink house shown in this Google Maps image

Advisory Neighborhood Commission 5D will hold a special meeting Thursday, March 1st to address BZA Case #19657, 1135 Morse Street NE. The developer wants to convert a single family home into three units with a pop-up (recessed) and a pop-back. The ANC previously voted to oppose the special relief requested by the developer. That stance could potentially shift now that the sun study is available. This is the only matter that will be addressed at this meeting, which should have a relatively brief running time. This public meeting will take place at MPD 5D headquarters, 1805 Bladensburg Road NE.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Atlas INTERSECTIONS Festival Starts Thursday

Cheick Hamala will perform at INTERSECTIONS March 10th. Image courtesy of Cheick Hamala

The Atlas INTERSECTIONS Festival kicks off Thursday with a great selection of performances. Most shows require tickets, but some (including the café concert series) are free. You can purchase individual tickets, or buy a subscription package if you plan to see more than one performance. You'll find plays, spoken word, improv, dance performances, concerts, films, and workshops among listings. INTERSECTIONS 2018 includes Family Fun Days on Saturday, February 24 and March 3 and the Youth Summit, which features performances by youth groups on Saturday, March 10. The festival runs through March 10th at the Atlas Performing Arts Center (1333 H Street NE).

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Stabbing Last Night at 19th & L Street NE

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There was a stabbing last night at the intersection of 19th and L Street NE. I don't have any information on the status of the victim, but the alert appears below.

Alert: Confirmed Stabbing at 2027 hrs at the Intersection of 19th Street NE & L Street, NE. Lookout for (S1) B/M, 200 lbs., Medium Build, Dark Complexion and wearing Acid Wash Jeans.(S2) B/F.
Sent to 5th District (PSA 501-508) Alert DC
Sent by MPD CAD # 10525

Old City Market & Oven Now Delivers


That is they are now partnering with various delivery services. It's a bit of an experiment to to see which arrangement(s) work(s) best for customers. As Old City Market and Oven (522 K Street NE) put it in a blog post "[s]ome may have higher delivery fees (fees that are charged both to you and to us), and others may have less responsive drivers." One of those delivery companies is Chow Now, which charges a higher fee than some others, but also allows you to order beer and wine with your food. The other two companies currently listed on OCMAO's website are Postmates and Door Dash, but they are apparently also working with GrubHub and UberEats. Because the market is still shopping around, they are asking customers who test drive the delivery to let them know what did or didn't work well.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Local Briefing: The Pug Turns 11, Trader Joe's Update, & Toasted Bingo Tonight at Rock & Roll Hotel

Ryan Gordon of the Queen Vic & Granville Moore's tending bar at the Pug back in 2010

The Pug (1234 H Street NE) celebrated its 11th birthday yesterday. I'm not going to say it's hard to believe it's been more than a decade since they opened, because at this point it sort of seems like the Pug's been open forever.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Local Briefing: Ledo Pizza Headed to H, Former Touché Space for Rent, & Fat Tues at the Big Board

814 H Street NE, briefly home to Halal Guys, will become a Ledo Pizza

In all the pre-Valentine's Day chatter you may have forgotten that today is Fat Tuesday. The good folks at the Big Board (421 H Street NE) did not forget. Swing by for $2 Cajun shrimp tacos (when you order three or more), $5 Abita Drafts, and $6 Rum Punch.

Looking for last minute Valentine's Day plans? Cusbah (1128 H Street NE) has a tempting prix fixe menu at $40 (alcohol not included).

W.S. Jenks Hardware to Offer Free Class on Home Pest Control 2/17

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 The crowd at last month's historic masonry class. Image courtesy of W.S. Jenks

W.S. Jenks Hardware (910 Bladensburg Road NE) will hold a free class this Saturday (11am–12pm) on what to do if pests like mice, rats, or roaches invade your home, and what you can do to avoid an infestation in the first place. Gary Balogh of PF Harris, America's oldest EPA-registered company, will teach the class. “Customers come to our store every day looking for answers on how to deal with ongoing pest problems,” said Jenks owner Jerry Siegel. “Hosting a rep from one of the top names in pest control will give local residents a chance to speak with an expert on what tools and information they need to defeat their unwanted house guests.” This is the second class Jenks has hosted this year. Last month's event, which focused on historic masonry, drew a crowd of more than 90 attendees. Register to reserve your spot.

Cocktails with Cultivate the City at Fare Well 2/15 + Upcoming Events


Cultivate the City is hosting their first event of the year this Thursday at Fare Well (406 H Street NE). The post-Valentine's Day edition of Drinks and Dirt runs from 7 to 9pm.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Righteous Cheese Leaves Ooey Gooey Crispy Grilled Cheese in its Place at Union Market


A visit to Righteous Cheese will now require a bit more a trek than a simple visit to Union Market (1309 Fifth Street NE). The owners announced that the cheese counter/restaurant, which has been at Union Market since the early days, has closed up shop as the owners prepare to open "a traveling cheese bar based in Charlottesville, VA." This isn't exactly goodbye. You'll still be able to find them at regional events, and be able to book them for events and parties. The owners are also launching a new concept at Union Market called ooey gooey crispy. It's a nod to the popularity of the grilled cheese sandwiches sold by Righteous Cheese. Ooey gooey crispy "offer[s] a menu with 8 cheeses, 3 butters and 9 toppings" for excellent sandwiches. You can also order "the best tomato soup you’ve ever had," and enjoy it with beer or wine at the counter seating.

Friday, February 09, 2018

Local Briefing: Fight Childhood Cancer at Star & Shamrock, Valentine's Plans, & Local Spots Hiring

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Get buzzed for a great cause at Star & Shamrock

Head down to the Star & Shamrock (1341 H Street NE) on March 11th (1pm) for a Shave Off for Kids with Cancer event to benefit the St. Baldrick's Foundation, which funds research on childhood cancers.

Got Valentine's Day Plans?

A few neighborhood spots are doing something special to mark the occasion. These solid options should have you covered whether you plan to spend the evening with your significant other, or just fly solo. DC Harvest (517 H Street NE) offers a "sensuous dining experience featuring our locally sourced winter menu along with opulent specials" and a new reserve wine list and romantic cocktails. You can make reservations through Tock. There's a $5 per person deposit, but it's refunded when you dine with DC Harvest on the 14th. Church & State (2nd floor 1236 H Street NE) is running a couples cocktail special where $20 gets you truffles and two cocktails 7:30pm–midnight. Downstairs on the 1st floor of 1234 you'll find the Anti-Valentine's Day Party (and plenty of old school video games) at Atlas Arcade.

Thursday, February 08, 2018

Agenda Released for ANC 5D Meeting 2/13

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Still from a video of an ANC 5D meeting filmed by Edward Milton

In an exciting turn of events I received an email today with a draft agenda for the upcoming Advisory Neighborhood Commission 5D public meeting coming up on Tuesday.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018 - 7pm
Metropolitan Police Fifth District Headquarters
1805 Bladensburg Road NE

Welcome & Unity Prayer

1. Call to order......................................Commissioner Lee
2. Roll Call...........................................Commissioner Buggs
3. Adoption of the Agenda...................Commissioner Lee
4. Adoption of Minutes (January)........Commissioner Buggs
5. Chairperson’s Report.......................Commissioner Lee
6. Treasurer’s Report...........................Commissioner Shropshire

Wednesday, February 07, 2018

J.O. Wilson PTA Fundraiser Auctions, Live at Cardinal Auction Night & Online Now


Tickets to the J.O. Wilson PTA's Cardinal Auction Night fundraiser (Feb. 23rd) are currently available online for $45 each (includes two drinks), or $50 at the door. The evening features cocktails, food, and a silent auction. They also have an online auction running through Feb. 18th that you can bid on right now. Bidding is open to all, and you don't have to attend the ticketed event to participate in the online auction. They've got gift certificates to local restaurants (a package at Rose's Luxury includes a reservation), and listings for all manner of other fun goods and services.

Tuesday, February 06, 2018

Pluma by Bluebird Serves Up Fresh Baked Goods & More

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Screenshot from Pluma's website

New bakery Pluma by Bluebird Bakery (391 Morse Street NE) opened its doors this weekend over Florida Avenue Market/Union Market area. Eater has photos and details on what to expect when you visit. Pluma separates their menu into morning and afternoon. In the morning section you'll find all manner of temptations, both sweet and savory. Cardamom buns, candied kumquat & almond bostock brioche, and a breakfast tart with Shitake mushrooms, ricotta, and thyme are among your options. In the afternoon the fare drifts into more savory waters with sandwiches, salads, and soups on the menu, as well as pizza Romana. But don't worry, you'll still be able to indulge your sweet tooth (it is a bakery, after all) with treats such as chocolate rye brownies, pistachio tea cake, or lemon ricotta torta.

Beverage selections include coffee, espresso drinks, hot and iced tea, oat milk, fresh juices, coconut lemonade, Baladin Cedrata, and beer and wine.

Mon-Fri: 7am - 9pm
Sat: 8am - 10pm
Sun: 8am - 9pm

Monday, February 05, 2018

Gallery O on H Will Host an Artist Reception with Marion Colomer Feb. 9

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Detail from Melancholia by Marion Colomer

Gallery O on H (1354 H Street NE) will host an artist reception February 9th (7–9:30pm) with Marion Colomer, whose work is currently on display at the gallery.

"We are so excited to be able to show a few of the amazing panels from Marion Colomer's Melancholia originally exhibited at the Arlington Arts Center.
These massive works on paper will take your breath away with their scale and beautifully rendered subjects. We have outfitted the gallery with tons of greenery to match the pieces so we invite you to sit amongst the art and the flora to immerse yourself in the experience of Melancholia."

Friday, February 02, 2018

Celebrate the Winter Olympics at Wunder Garten

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Got Winter Olympics fever? Head over to NoMa's Wunder Garten (1101 First Street NE) to celebrate. Their heated pavilion will keep the chill at bay. The beer garden will hold two PeyonChangTHANG dance parties to open and close the festivities (Friday, February 9th and Saturday, February 24th - 6:30pm–11pm. "Come dressed in your finest lodge or Olympic winter sports gear and raise the torch with special winter sports themed drinks! Gold Medal Prizes for individual/team best costumes! Music (by DJ Lehi) and Entertainment all night. We will serve drink specials and Olympic-themed cocktails like the Triple Lutz, the Curling Sweeper and the Downhill Chaser." Wunder Garten will also show replays of the games on their tvs every night they open during the Olympics.

Vote on this Year's NoMa Summer Screen Films (Theme is Wonder Women)

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It's hard to believe NoMa Summer Screen is heading into its 11th season, but it's true. The summer movie series from NoMa Business Improvement District started way back in 2008. This year's theme is Wonder Women, and you can vote now to help select the 12 films (out of 25 possibilities) with strong female leads that will play on the outdoor screen this summer. The movies will be shown on Wednesday evenings for 13 weeks over June, July, and August. NoMa BID will make sure that at least 4 of the films shown will be rated G or PG and no more than 4 films will be rated R. NoMa Summer Screen is open to the public and free.

Thursday, February 01, 2018

Suspect in Custody Following Stabbing in the 1400 Block of H Street NE

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Police had a suspect in custody today following a stabbing in the 1400 block of H Street NE just before 3pm this afternoon. Here's the text of the original alert:

Alert: Stabbing at 1554 hrs in the 1400 block of H street, NE. Suspect is in custody.
Sent to 1st District (PSA 101-108) Alert DC
Sent by MPD Cad # 9387

Nerds in NoMa "Love Me Tinder: Dating in the Digital Age" 2/13

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Reserve your free tickets now for the Valentine's edition of Nerds in NoMa "Love Me Tinder: Dating in the Digital Age" will take place Tuesday, February 13th from 6–8pm. Michelle Cottle of Washington Post's Date Lab will moderate. Join your fellow nerds and geeks for a frank discussion of love, sex, and dating in the District.

MPD Seeks to ID Person of Interest in Sunday's Shooting in 1500 Block of Benning Road NE

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Police are asking for the public's help to identify a person of interest in an Assault with Intent to Kill (Gun) that that occurred on Sunday, January 28th at about 2:18pm in the 1500 block of Benning Road NE. The person of interest appears in the video below (stills above) that was captured by a building's surveillance camera.