Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Looking Glass Lounge on TV tonight in Tom Arnold's "The Hunt for the Trump Tapes"


Whoa, this is pretty cool. Comedian and actor Tom Arnold's new show, The Hunt for the Trump Tapes, filmed an episode at the Looking Glass Lounge, and it's airing tonight at 10:30pm on Viceland. They'll be showing it at Looking Glass then as well.

The show follows Arnold as he tries to find other tapes with Trump saying or doing damning, terrible or offensive stuff, similar to the Access Hollywood tape where he bragged about sexual assault.

In the LGL episode, Arnold talks with journalists David Corn and Michael Isikoff, pictured above. Arnold actually retweeted the Looking Glass twitter earlier, too.
Looking Glass, if you haven't been, is a great neighborhood bar at 3634 Georgia Ave NW.

Friday, September 21, 2018

Neighborhood-wide yard sale on Saturday; Tubman School accepting donated items to sell too


This sounds fun: this Saturday there's a neighborhood-wide yard sale, with multiple yard sales around the neighborhood plus one to benefit Tubman School (poster above), and there's a concert afterwards at the Columbia Heights Civic Plaza.

The map is here at the bottom of the page, there are a few sales along Monroe plus one on Fairmont, one on Perry, one on Park and the Tubman School sale.

Tubman is also accepting donations of things to sell: you can drop them off today, Friday, between 3:30 and 5:30pm. You can also submit your yard sale to get on the site.

The event runs from 10am-2pm, with the concert from 4-6pm.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Lebron James, Drake spotted at U Street salon


Superstars in the building! Basketball star Lebron James and rapper and actor Drake were spotted at Immortal Beloved, a salon at 14th and T yesterday. Reporter Robert Costa spotted the pair and was told they were shooting Lebron’s HBO show The Shop, which is about barber shops. The Barber of Hell’s Bottom shares the same building, so it’s possible they went there as well.

If you recall, Drake has visited our area before: he got dinner with a friend at Z-Burger a couple of years ago when he was in town for a show. It’s not every day you see a hip hop superstar at a burger spot in our neighborhood. As far as I can tell this is the first time Lebron has visited our neck of the woods.

If you'd like to see other celebrity spottings in our area, check out the "famous people" series!

Here's Drake at Z-Burger a few years ago.


Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Awesome! Moroccan tavern Marrakech coming to Walter's space between DC Reynolds and Looking Glass


This is pretty great news: Park View DC reports that Marrakech is coming to 3632 Georgia Avenue NW, the space that has formerly been Walter's, Park View Patio and the Blue Banana. It will also be next door to an Ethiopian restaurant coming to the former Gena's salon seen above.

It's possible this is the new location of one of the two separate places called Marrakech -- a bistro and lounge in Adams Morgan and the recently-closed restaurant in Dupont known for its food and belly dancing. The two places were not related to each other, and I'll update if I confirm.

In any case, it's nice to have something fill the Walter's space, and I hope it's successful. One of the issues before was a lack of a kitchen, we'll see if they change that.

According to their liquor board filing (scroll down), they'll have 82 seats total, including 20 outside. I assume that would be out back.

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

The Heights at 14th and Kenyon is now Choong Man Draft House, a Korean chicken restaurant



This came out of nowhere: The Heights Taproom at 14th and Kenyon is now a Korean spot called Choong Man Chicken Draft House. Choong Man is a local chain of Korean chicken spots with locations on H Street NE, Fairfax, Centreville and Baltimore. (Confusingly there are two websites for Choong Man with different info, but they both have the same logo.)

The signs say coming soon, so we'll see if they keep the pour-your-own-beer taps that The Heights Taproom had or what else they'll change. The location itself changed a few months ago from The Heights to a more burger and beer focused place. Let's hope it stays Choong Man for a while.

Anybody been to another of the Choong Man spots? I do love me some Korean fried chicken.


Wednesday, August 29, 2018

New tavern with patio coming to 3549 Georgia Avenue NW, between Newton and Otis


Bar time! Park View DC reports that a new tavern has applied for a liquor license at 3549 14th Street NW. The name seems to be not chosen yet and I can't find much more about it, but the contact on the permit, Adanech Gebremeskel, is also mentioned in association with a place called Allure Lounge at 7th and H NE which apparently has not opened.

They've applied for a "summer garden" (i.e. patio) with 13 seats, plus 20 inside seats, and plan to be open 7am-3am, which implies they might also serve food or coffee. I assume the hours will change when they talk with the ANC. (That's what usually happens with liquor licenses.)

The building has been empty for some time, so this seems like a good thing. Before it was apparently Fred's Tax Office and some kind of studio. It's the white and red building above.

I'll write more once I find out more.
image from Google Streetview

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Neighborhood cleanup Saturday, Sept. 1 at Park Road and Warder


Here's a great way to meet your neighbors and help keep our area clean: Georgia Avenue Thrive has scheduled its next cleanup for this coming Saturday. Here's more.
Hi friends, neighbors and community leaders --  Georgia Avenue Thrive will hold its next cleanup at 10 a.m., Sat. Sept. 1 at the corner of Warder Street and Park Road.
Our wonderful neighbor Jason Cohen, a Compass real estate agent, will be thanking volunteers with donuts and cold drinks. 
Our cleanups have been recognized by Mayor Bowser. "Your good work is key to keeping your community safer and stronger," she wrote in a recent letter recognizing Georgia Avenue Thrive. 
I hope to see you on the 1st! 
Georgia Avenue Thrive is a volunteer-led nonprofit making our neighborhood more connected, inclusive and vibrant. We advocate for the neighbors, businesses and visitors of Lower Georgia Avenue. We formed in 2015 as the Georgia Avenue/Lamont Street Public Safety Task Force, due to increased crime. After helping the community address these concerns, we broadened our efforts.  We’re excited to get to know you!