Monday, December 5, 2016

Hearings on Bruce Monroe plans, food distribution, community potluck and more this week

There's a lot of events this week, and the Georgia Avenue Community Development Task Force has compiled them here. Check it out -- a hearing on the Bruce Monroe and Park Morton plans, food distribution, a holiday potluck and some community parties:

Monday December 5th  & Thursday December 8th at 6:30pm: Bruce Monroe/Park Morton PUD Hearings
The Zoning Commission will hold hearings on the requested zoning changes for the Bruce Monroe Park on December 5th and on the Park Morton site on December 8th. You are welcome to testify at the hearing from 6:30-9:30 pm at 441 4th St NW (Jerrily R. Kress Memorial Hearing Room). The hearing is an opportunity for you to voice your views about the project.  If you can’t testify in person, you can still voice your opinion by sending a letter to the Commission via email by Monday, Dec. 5 at 2:00 p.m. 
Free Food Distribution – Monday December 5th & December 19th from 5-7
The Christ Embassy Church will host a food ministry at the Emergence Community Arts Collective – 733 Euclid St. NW on the first and third Mondays.  Anyone is welcome to pick up an assortment of free fresh fruits and vegetables during these hours.  RSVPs are helpful, but not required.  Distribution will be first come, first served until the food runs out. To RSVP, contact Sylvia at (202) 462-2285 or  We will also need volunteers to help with unloading and distribution from 4-7pm.
Wednesday December 7th: Park View UNC Holiday Pot Luck
Meet your neighbors, learn more about UNC activities and celebrate the close of 2016 from 7-8pm at the Park View Rec Center at Warder St. and Otis Pl.  Bring a dish to share!
Pleasant Plains Holiday Party—Saturday December 10th
Join the Pleasant Plains Civic Association for the annual holiday party on Saturday December 10th at the Banneker Recreation Center from 12-2pm.  For information or to RSVP, contact Darren Jones at or (202) 723-0119
Georgia Ave Holiday Party—Monday December 12th
The Georgia Avenue Community Development Task Force will host the Georgia Avenue Holiday Party at the ECAC—733 Euclid St. NW from 6:30—10:00pm featuring food from Georgia Avenue businesses, and DJ Dwayne B.  Come by and eat, dance and meet your neighbors.

Upshur Street Art & Craft Fair this Saturday from 11-4: vendors, food, music, kids' events, more

If you're looking for holiday gifts, or just some neat stuff for yourself, head up to the 800 block of Upshur Street on Saturday, just to the east of Georgia Avenue. They're hosting their 11th annuals Art and Craft fair with businesses, vendors and restaurants all offering items, as well as live music, food vendors and local artists and crafters. There's also a kids' fair at CrossFit Petworth just down Upshur, next to Annie's Ace Hardware, which is selling trees!

Here's the full press release about it, sounds fun:
The Petworth Business Association (PBA) will host the 11th Annual Upshur Street Art & Craft Fair on Saturday, December 10th, from 11:00am until 4:00pm. Come shop along the 800 block of Upshur Street NW in Petworth, where businesses and restaurants will be open and vendors will be lining the street selling one-of-a-kind handmade goods. 
If you get chilly, you can pop inside for more unique items at Willow DC or Fia's Fabulous Finds. You can also pick up a new read at Upshur Street Books, find a vintage treasure at Bentley's Vintage Furniture & Collectibles or have a bite to eat at Timber Pizza CompanyHank's Cocktail BarPetworth Citizen or Slim's Diner if you need a warm-up. Lighthouse Yoga Studio will be hosting their annual open house. And don't forget to head to Annie's Ace Hardware to pick up your Christmas Tree. Score a great gift for your pet this holiday season at Fido and Kitty's World This year the annual holiday market features 50+ local crafters, artists, and food vendors as well as live music performances from some of DC’s hottest locally-grown bands recruited by Listen Local First.  
The Upshur Street Art & Craft Fair began 11 years ago as indoor market organized by Kera Carpenter owner of the now closed Domku. Nathan Hill of Petworth based Nh.d studio has designed artwork and helped organize the fair for the last 8 years. In 2014, Julie Wineinger, the owner of Willow took the reins and expanded the fair to include a music and food lot behind Petworth Citizen. Wineinger says, "The Craft fair is my absolute favorite day of the year on Upshur Street. The Petworth community is incredibly supportive and we have such a fun time hanging out with neighbors while supporting some fabulous artisans."  
The 3rd Annual Kid's Fair will be at CrossFit Petworth and feature a bounce house, kid crafts and tree decorating! As is the tradition, the Petworth Public Libary will host its annual book sale the same day.

Friday, December 2, 2016

Want to buy a Christmas tree? Here are a few local options

The holidays are around the corner, and if you want to get a Christmas tree (or other tree for your holiday) there are a few local options I've heard about. If you know others, post them in the comments!

Two local schools are selling trees as a fundraiser: Bancroft Elementary in Mt. Pleasant and West Education Campus in 16th Street Heights (at 14th and Farragut.) Bancroft is selling trees this Saturday and are also hosting a holiday celebration, while West is selling trees this weekend at their school. I am not sure the hours for West.

In addition, there's a local company called DC Tree Delivery which does just that -- delivers trees to you.

Here's the details for Bancroft: they're selling trees this Sunday from 10am-4pm at the parking lot of McCormick Paints in Mt. Pleasant, at Kenyon and Mt. Pleasant Street NW, and they're holding a holiday celebration at the same time at the Lamont Park, just up Mt. Pleasant Street. The celebration has some fun events too: a puppet show from 11:30am-noon, Santa from noon to 2pm, and food, cocoa and face painting from 11am-4pm.

And here's more about DC Tree Delivery:
We deliver Premium Fraser Firs to homes, apartments, and businesses within the Beltway, and every tree comes with delivery, a tree stand, and cleanup included. Our customers can choose between a simple tree delivery to their doorstep or the full setup of their tree within their home. Either way, we always vacuum up the needles to help take the hassle out of the holidays. Now in our second year, we are excited to bring some much needed holiday cheer to the area. Our mission is to make enjoying a fresh cut Christmas tree easier than ordering a book from Amazon.
Know of any other sales? 

Neighborhood cleanup Saturday on Georgia Ave with free beer from Midlands!

Georgia Avenue Thrive has their next neighborhood cleanup this Saturday starting at 10 am at the corner of Georgia and Morton, and they're providing all the equipment you'll need.

And afterwards, Midlands will give all volunteers one free beer up to $7. Can't beat that!

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Odd Provisions, corner store with prepared foods from Room 11 alums, opening Friday at 11th and Lamont

I've been excited for this: there's a new store coming to the old Arthur's shop at 11th and Lamont. Former Room 11 staffers Jess Woods and Rachel Mowrer are opening Odd Provisions this Friday, a corner store with convenience-type goods as well as food and produce from local farms, craft beer and prepared foods like rice balls made by Seki from Izakaya Seki, the tasty little Japanese spot on V Street NW.

Jess told me via email that they were very sad to hear Arthur's, which had been in business for decades, was closing but glad that they wanted to bring in another local business for the space. "We look forward to maintaining the spirit of the space and continuing to offer friendly and convenient service to our neighbors in Columbia Heights," she said. She also found some neat historical artifacts from Arthur's when renovating -- more on that soon!

Here's a bit more from Jess, and Washingtonian has a bit too, like that they were inspired by cool corner stores in Brooklyn. They're opening at 5 pm on Friday, and there's more on their website too.
Odd Provisions will be a contemporary corner market offering a mix of traditional convenience items, specialty foods by local artisans and produce from local farms as well as craft beer and wine. We'll be offering a small assortment of prepared foods, including stocks and broths, grab-and-go sandwiches and salads, with made-to-order sandwiches coming next year. We'll also be partnering with local chefs to offer their dishes in a convenient take-home form.
I'm pretty excited that there's a cool replacement for Arthur's, and that we're getting more retail in the neighborhood. I think that's something we are really lacking.

They had a preview on Saturday, here are a few more photos from that via their Facebook.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Twisted Horn changing name to Hank's Cocktail Bar, tweaking menu options and lowering prices

This is interesting news from Upshur Street: cocktail bar and restaurant Twisted Horn is changing its name to Hank's Cocktail Bar, to reflect that it's part of the Hank's Oyster Bar family, and also lowering prices. According to Petworth News, they wanted to be more of a neighborhood restaurant.

They recently lowered prices and added some new menu items, which will remain, and some of the decor will change, specifically the animal horns will come down. To be honest I didn't even know they had food, so it sounds like this is a pretty good idea. (I've only been once or twice, admittedly.)

Here's more from their press release:
Hank’s Cocktail Bar will continue to offer the same seasonally focused, high-quality food and drink menu, the same affordable prices, and the same great neighborhood vibe that guests have come to know and love at The Twisted Horn as well as JL Restaurant Group’s sister venues, Hank’s Oyster Bar & Hank’s Pasta Bar.
Anyone here a fan, or not a fan?

Hank's Cocktail Bar is at 819 Upshur Street NW.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

BBQ restaurant, Jenkins Capital BBQ, coming to old Ruby Tuesday space

We now know what's coming to the old Ruby Tuesday space at 14th and Monroe, and my guess of Red Lobster was wrong (sorry, lobster and cheesy biscuit fans.) The tenant is something called Jenkins Capital BBQ according to a now hiring sign posted in the window that a reader sent me. (It actually spells it "Captial" but I assume it should be "Capital".)

I can't find anything about this place online -- there is a Jenkins Quality BBQ in Jacksonville, Florida and another called Tom Jenkins BBQ in Fort Lauderdale, but I can't confirm if they're related to this restaurant. The website listed on the flyer,, doesn't work, nor does the email address listed or another I found online.

Oddly none of the domain name registration services I looked at have that site listed -- so it seems that nobody actually owns that website. One actually offers it for sale, even.

So, we shall see what happens. You'd think a business trying to hire staff would have their email working, but maybe this is a brand new business.

Ruby Tuesday, if you recall, closed in late 2014, and the space has been empty since. I hope this place is successful, and tasty.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Work in old Ruby Tuesday space, developer says restaurant coming: my guess is Red Lobster

Looks like we are finally getting something into the empty space where Ruby Tuesday was. A reader tweeted me that some work was happening inside, and a few days later another reader emailed that they had called the developer, Rappaport, who said it was a restaurant, but declined to say which one. Apparently they are waiting to reveal it to another blogger.

It's good news that there's something finally coming -- Ruby Tuesday was ok but didn't get many people, so I hope the next place does. I would assume this has to be a major chain, something like a "national, S+P rated tenant" which is something many lenders require -- which is also the reason we got a 7-Eleven at 14th and Spring, the bank required one of those kinds of tenants rather than a local business.

Here's some of those tenants, and another biggest list of those rated tenants, a lot of which will look familiar from DCUSA and the area: IHOP, Chipotle, Panera and the closed Applebee's. Other restaurants on the first list that might be similar to Applebee's would be Red Lobster and Cracker Barrel, while the second list includes Joe's Crab Shack, Outback Steakhouse, PF Chang's, Chili's, Applebee's, Benihana, and so on.

As you may remember, the space across 14th Street was supposed to be a TGI Friday's, which never ended up happening. Here's the whole saga from that.

Any chain restaurant you'd like to see in this space? My guess is it's going to be a Red Lobster.

Friday, November 18, 2016

New Belgium, Acre 121 launching beer to support DC voting rights tonight!

Beer time! A few weeks ago we heard about a new beer brewed by New Belgium (the folks who make Fat Tire) and the staff from Acre 121. The beer is called WetHopnation Without Representation, referencing DC's lack of voting rights in Congress, and considering it's made by New Belgium it's probably pretty tasty.

Sadly the event was delayed before, but now it's time! The event is happening today starting at 5 pm at Acre 121 and a portion of the proceeds go to DC Vote, the nonprofit that advocates for voting rights.

Here's the details and their Facebook event page:
Acre 121, in collaboration with New Belgium Brewing, is excited to announce the release of our own special pilot brew, WetHopnation Without Representation, using only the freshest wet hops and red malts. Designed by the staff at Acre 121, this limited release will only be available for short time! Join us for the tapping party this Friday and grab a pint starting at 5pm when we open and going until supply runs out, and a portion of the proceeds will go to support DC Vote! 
We’ll also have the New Belgium seasonal Ben & Jerry’s Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough on draft, and New Belgium will be giving away free samples and swag.wethopnation-launch_coverOur Friday night live music will begin at 10:00pm with a two amazing bands who will bring the house down:  The Perfectionists and Fellowcraft!  Get your free tickets and RSVP now for that show here, otherwise tickets will be $5 at the door.