Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Local News Round-Up: Ramen & The Little Grand Coming, O-Ku & The Eleanor Opening, & Solid State's New Home


We have a bit of a news places news round-up this morning. A little over a year ago a post from the @TheX2Bus twitter account caught my eye with news that IMM on H Thai & Sushi Lounge (1360 H Street NE) was expanding into the space next door at 1362 H Street NE. At the time, they appeared to be actively working on the space. It seems plans have shifted a bit. Laura Hayes of the Washington City Paper tweeted Monday that Kitsuen Ramen + Hookah Bar is now coming to 1362 H St. NE, and that the new ramen restaurant will share owners with the nightclub Saint Yves (1220 Connecticut Avenue NW).

Victim Shot in Leg During Mugging on Holbrook Street Last Night

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A victim was shot in the leg last night about 10:15pm during a mugging in the 1600 block of Holbrook Street NE in Trinidad.

According to an email sent by an MPD representative to a local email list "the suspects approached, with one displaying a handgun. The suspects stole the victim's property. During the robbery, the armed suspect shot the victim in the leg." The victim was transported to a local hospital in stable condition. Police are looking for "for a dark gray or black Chrysler 300 sedan with unknown Maryland license plates, occupied by multiple suspects." If you have any information about this incident please contact police at 202-727-9099, or test 50411 (you can do so anonymously).

Monday, June 18, 2018

Make Your Election Day a Little Sweeter at the J.O. Wilson PTA Bake Sale


J.O. Wilson PTA will hold a bake sale tomorrow morning at the school (660 K Street NE) 7:30–9:30am. All proceeds will go to support J.O. Wilson students. Stop by for baked goods even if you've already voted, or it's not your designated polling place.

Polls open at 7am tomorrow and close at 8pm (folks in line by 8pm will be able to cast their ballots), and here's a link to the Board of Elections Voter Guide in case you need to review any information. You can also verify your designated polling place online.

Friday, June 15, 2018

Free Outdoor Concert Series at the National Arboretum


The Summer Evenings outdoor concert series kicked off last night at the National Arboretum (enter through the gates at 2400 R Street NE). The series, sponsored by Friends of the National Arboretum (FONA) and the Washington Youth Garden, features free Thursday night concerts through August 2nd.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Idle Hands Opens Tomorrow in the Former Church & State Space


Idle Hands opens tomorrow on the second floor of 1236 H Street NE. The new bar is the work of Erik Holzherr, who was responsible for Church & State (which previously occupied the space), and is also behind downstairs neighbor Atlas Arcade, as well as Capitol Hill bar Wisdom. Here's the description from the website:

Idle Hands, DCs freshest interactive bar for drinkers with a gaming problem. Located above Atlas Arcade, IH is like the older brother that always shows up in that sweet, tricked-out Camaro trying to impress that rocker girl with the big hair. Too cool for most arcades, he prefers games of real skill. Our unique neon-church décor is like none other in DC and is the perfect 90s cocoon while you imbibe in our selection of high-end craft beers, wine and unique cutting-edge original cocktails -- nothing is copied here.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Knock Out Overdose Fundraiser at the Pug June 14th


The Pug (1234 H Street NE) is teaming up with HIPS and Palace Productions for a fundraiser Thursday, June 14th (8–10pm). The Opioid Epidemic has penetrated the District of Columbia and with the deadly combination of Heroin and Fentanyl, the number of opioid related deaths in D.C. increased by 140 percent between 2014 and 2016. To prevent another preventable opioid related death, HIPS continues to be on the frontlines fighting the epidemic by providing Naloxone (Narcan) to drug users. However, with an increase in overdoses, higher need for the availability of Narcan and limited budget, HIPS has taken some punches themselves.

Monday, June 11, 2018

Driver Charged in Fatal Hit & Run on H Street Friday


About 8:30pm on Friday police arrived at the scene of a fatal crash on H Street NE. A hit and run driver in a 2006 Toyota Camry struck a motorcyclist who was headed east on a 2018 Kawasaki Ninja H2 SX in the 1100 block of H Street. The motorcyclist was transported to a local hospital, but lifesaving efforts failed.

The victim was later identified as 53 year old Oren Dorell. Dorell will be familiar to many readers as he lived with his wife and two sons in the Trinidad neighborhood. He was a foreign affairs reporter for USA Today.

The hit and run driver, 47 year old Daryl Grant Alexander of southeast DC, was arrested by police not long after and has been charged with Second Degree Murder, Driving under the Influence, and Leaving after Colliding.

Friday, June 08, 2018

The Escape Lounge is Leaving H Street at the End of June

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The Escape Lounge (1322-B H Street NE) is leaving the H Street Corridor. The Lounge will close its doors on H Street June 30th, after nearly three years at this locaation. The Escape Lounge won first place for best escape room in the 2017 and 2018 Washington City Paper Reader's Choice Awards. Escape Lounge co-founder Ayanna Smith wrote of the closing:

"I want to thank everyone in the community who has stopped by to say hello and those who have supported us over the past few years. This has been an amazing journey that has opened so many doors for us! 

We’re excited about the upcoming launch of our escape game app, Ridlz, and other fun projects on the horizon.

Also, there is still time for you to make a reservation to Escape the Oval Office or Escape the Classroom."

Smith also expressed an interest in donating furniture to a DC-based 501(c)(3). Interested non-profits can contact Smith at asmith[at]