Friday, December 19, 2014

Be careful driving around a bus: Metrobus gets in accident with SmartCar at 14th and Irving

This is kind of wild: a couple nights ago I was headed to the 14th Street bus at Irving Street and noticed there was no driver -- that's odd. Then I walked around to the front and saw why: a SmartCar was t-boned by the bus.

There didn't seem to be much damage and I didn't see any ambulances or police, but it's a reminder: be careful when driving around a bus, especially if you are in a little car.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Confirmed: The Heights restaurant has been sold, but will remain with the same concept

The other day, PoP mentioned a rumor that The Heights restaurant at 14th and Park has been sold, and may change to a burger place. Not being content to run with this rumor, I reached out to their press people, and they confirmed that it has in fact sold, but will remain with the same concept (not a burger place.)

Here's what they had to say:
The Heights, Columbia Heights’ neighborhood restaurant, is set to change owners by the start of 2015, with the concept to remain intact. Having gone under contract earlier this week to local restaurateur Ammar Daoud, the deal will transpire once license transfers are complete. Daoud, who has over 20 years of experience operating casual dining brands in the U.S. and internationally, plans to keep the restaurant operational as the neighborhood-centric place it has been for the past seven years, with all staff remaining. 
The Heights is currently under the ownership of EatWell DC, which owns and operates four other neighborhood restaurant concepts: The Pig, Logan Tavern, Commissary and Grillfish. Upon completion of the contract’s transfers, EatWell DC will focus on these restaurants as well as explore future endeavors within Washington, D.C. A priority remains growing its produce farm, EatWell Natural Farm, located in La Plata, Maryland. 
The Heights’ eclectic American fare and emphasis on locally sourced, fresh ingredients and craft beer and cocktails will continue, but Daoud’s vision does include a menu update to in the future to create a more alfresco dining experience. The Heights will continue to honor EatWell gift certificates through March 31, 2015, and this year’s New Year’s Eve offerings will remain as previously publicized.
Sounds good to me. I've always like The Heights for brunch and dinner. 

Do not drink water advisory in Shaw, DC Water suggests Natty Boh instead

It seems like a good day for awesome news (unless you are a Shaw resident.) Last night, DC Water alerted residents in part of Shaw and Logan Circle, from about 7th to 13th Streets north of Rhode Island, that they were under a "do not drink" advisory, due to a petroleum-like smell. They also recommended not to wash dishes or bathe with the water. Concerned people started tweeting at them about it with questions and concerns, and this is where it got funny.

One question came from a Twitter user named @hattyboh, presumably after the Baltimore beer, who asked what they should do if they don't smell anything but they're in the affected area.
Nice. People actually did drink beer rather than water in the past because they believed water wasn't healthy. Despite being well outside this area, I figured I had better follow that rule and have a beer myself. Nice to see DC Water being helpful and funny at the same time.

Hilarious: Lou's City Bar to host "Redskins wake" on Saturday (as in, they are dead)

This is great. Lou's City Bar, the sports bar at 14th and Irving, is hosting a wake for the Redskins this Saturday during their game with the Eagles. As in, the ceremony held in the home of someone who died. The team, as you probably know, has had yet another painfully dismal season. 

Here's what the folks at Lou's had to say:
Washington Wake 
Saturday football is back in the NFL. The Skins will cast a somber tone over the proceedings as they lay in state at FedEx Field vs. the Eagles at 4:30pm. Funeral services will be held at Lou's City Bar. Black attire is suggested, and “Im-peach Snyder” shots will be given out for each nail the Eagles put in the coffin. Following a loss, Lou's will black out next week's purgatorial Deadskins-Cowboys finale.
In addition, Lou's also sent out an email with this subject: "What do New Year's Eve and the Redskins have in common?" The answer, of course, is dropping the ball.

Well done, Lou's folks. This is the funniest thing I can think of a bar doing in a long time.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Black Lives Matter, I'll Ride with You posters and projections in Mt. Pleasant

Last night, designer Carol Summers spotted some interesting activist art in Mt. Pleasant about supporting Muslims in Sydney after the hostage situation there, and about the response to recent police shootings of young black men in Missouri, Ohio and elsewhere.

She spotted a light projection on the wall of the vacant Suns Discount store at Mt. Pleasant Street and Kilbourne reading "I'll ride with you," after the response to the Sydney hostage situation where Australians vowed to ride along with Muslim transit-goers who were afraid of being harassed for their religion.

In addition, the same wall has a number of posters about the recent police shootings in Ohio, Missouri and elsewhere: they read "Black Lives Matter," "Solidarity with Black Moms" and other similar messages.

Interesting to see the spread of these messages. A bit ago I noticed "black lives matter" graffiti on a few construction sites.
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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Bell's beer event tonight at Kangaroo Boxing Club: rare Black Note Stout

If you're into beer, check out the Kangaroo Boxing Club today for their holiday party featuring Bell's Beer, the popular Michigan microbrewery that makes Two Hearted Ale, among lots of other delicious beers.

They'll have a keg of a rare stout, plus a cask of Two Hearted, as well as cookie decorating and lots of swag from the brewery.

Read on for the details, and click the poster for a bigger version.
[Tonight] (12/16) at 8pm KBC is hosting Bell's Brewery: 2nd Annual Holiday Party & Black Note Stout release. We were able to get our hands on one of the only kegs of Black Note Stout in DC. We'll be tapping it tomorrow at 8pm along with their Christmas Ale and a special cask one of their most popular beers, Bell's Two Hearted Ale. Come on in and decorate cookies and then we'll be smashing a Bell's piƱata! Lots of Bell's stuff to give out as well!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Help support 826DC mentor and tutor kids, get funky holiday gifts at the Museum of Unnatural History

Christmas and Hannukah are near, meaning it's time to get some gifts for friends and family. One option is 826DC's Museum of Unnatural History, the funky strorefront on the Columbia Heights Civic Plaza that helps support 826DC, the nonproft that helps tutor and mentor children.

They just published a gift guide, and it seems like a great idea. They always have a lot of neat and wacky stuff. Read on (and click it or the link below for the bigger version.)
The Museum of Unnatural History proudly presents a guide to holiday shopping this season. It's not too late to support our free tutoring, writing, and publishing programs for students by shopping 826. Visit the store in Columbia Heights or online! Or you can always give directly to 826DC here. Your trusty purveyor of unnatural oddities, tools, and treasures would like to wish all friends of 826DC a warm Season's Greetings and a Happy New Year! 
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Friday, December 12, 2014

TGI Friday's is (most likely) not coming to 14th and Monroe

A couple of weeks ago I wrote that Ruby Tuesday at 14th and Monroe has closed, and that there was a rumor that TGI Friday's was no longer going to open on the opposite corner. 

There's a sign that it's for rent and ANC chair Kent Boese said "it's safe to say it's on hold," so I reached out to the company to confirm. After eventually they got back to me, first not answering the question, then when pressed saying "I apologize, but at this time, we do not have information regarding whether or not a location will be open in Columbia Heights."

To me, that's a no. Why would they say they have no information if the restaurant is opening? My first email to them included a link to an earlier post about the location and they responded only with "That is an old article dated from November 20, 2013. There are currently 2 TGI Fridays in the DC area. There is one at the airport and one on Pennsylvania Ave." 

Yeah, no kidding, TGI Fridays, I am able to use Google.

So, it's not happening. And that's ok with me. I hope something good goes into the Ruby Tuesday and TGI Fridays spaces. What would you like to see there?

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Little Free Library now installed at 11th and Irving, take or drop off a book!

You may recall a few months ago that two different groups were looking to set up Little Free Libraries in our area -- small boxes where people can take or drop off books for free. One was to be positioned near Tubman Elementary School, the other in Petworth near Grant Circle. Both had Kickstarter pages to buy the materials, and both were fully funded by donors.

And now I hear that the Tubman one is installed -- organizer Kate Robinson tweeted the above pic of the box located at the southeast corner of 11th and Irving Streets NW. The idea is for it to have both childrens books for the Tubman kids, and others for everybody. So if you're in the area, stop by and check out a book or donate your own!

New diner coming to Georgia & Upshur from Paul Ruppert (Room 11, Petworth Citizen etc)

Wow, the folks behind Room 11, Petworth Citizen, Uphsur Street Books and Crane & Turtle are really doing a lot on Upshur: the City Paper and PoP reported a bit ago that they're opening a diner to be called Slim's Diner at Georgia and Upshur, in the neat old Murrel Building.

The building has been empty for some time, and I'm glad it's getting used, it's a neat throwback.

The City Paper reports they are still working on the details, so I don't have any dates or more info, but the address will be 4201 Georgia Ave NW.

It really seems like Paul Ruppert and crew are going all-in on Upshur Street, adding three new restaurants and a shop in the last few years, to go along with existing spots like Domku, clothing store Willow, Bentley's Antiques, and the others. It's almost like Ruppert and crew are to Upshur Street as Joe Englert is to H Street. And that's pretty awesome, if you ask me.

Photo from Google Streetview