Friday, March 31, 2017

Finally! WMATA to run express 14th Street buses, the 59!

Great news! The 14th Street buses, which are often very slow and stop almost every block, are getting some help -- the city has proposed an express bus similar to the S9 on 16th Street and the 79 on Georgia Avenue, which will only make a few stops on the way downtown.

The route runs from Takoma Metro to 10th and Constitution NW, stopping at Upshur, Spring, Park, Irving, Chapin/Belmont and U Street in our area. It's in the city's budget, so that's a great sign they're serious about it. Park and Irving are a bit close for my interest, but still a good sign.

Here's a note about it from ANC commissioner Zach Teutsch. He has more on Greater Greater Washington, including other bus routes in other part of the city. I've talked about this issue many times before ("I hate the 14th Street bus"), so I'm glad they're working on it. It sometimes takes 45 minutes to get downtown on the regular 14th Street buses.
Dear Neighbors,
I am sure many of you have heard by now but for those who haven't, I wanted to share some great news: Mayor Bowser has officially proposed funding for a new 59 bus. The 59 would run on 14th street but with many fewer stops, like the S9 does on 16th street. 
In a city rapidly attracting affluent new residents and with a growing tax base, it's essential that we use the money to invest in making all District residents' lives better. The 59 bus would shorten commutes, improve the environment, reduce congestion, improve public health, and help our city grow. These benefits will accrue to longtime residents and newer residents, young and old, and those of all races. Those are just the kind of investments DC needs. 
I want to especially thanks the local community leaders, residents, and businesses who were essential in advocating for this outcome. I also want to especially recognize the key role played by (in alphabetical order) CMs Nadeau, Silverman, and Todd in encouraging the Mayor to include it in her budget. I also want to thank Jasmin Benab, with the Mayor's Office who also played a key role. 
The Mayor including funding in her budget is a great step (perhaps the most important step) but the bus funding isn't certain yet. You can read more here: 
Image from GGW 

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Reliable Tavern from Joe Englert "nearly there" at Georgia and New Hampshire!

Looks like a new bar may be around the corner: Reliable Tavern from Joe Englert, who also opened a ton of other great bars and restaurants around town, is making progress.

Their Instagram and Facebook are full of photos with tags like "#nearlythere" and finishing touches like bathroom signs (gender neutral, in this case.) And in February they tweeted they're opening in spring, so could be just around the corner.

The bar at 3655 Georgia Avenue NW used to be a hardware store, hence the name. Their liquor license says it will be a tavern with emphasis on food and a variety of live entertainment, such as trivia, comedy and televised sports.

Their hours are 10am-2am on Sunday, 9am-2am Monday-Thursday, and 9am-3am Saturday, so that presumably means they'll have breakfast, brunch or at least coffee and such. I've reached out to get more info, will let you know when I hear.

Englert has been a mainstay in the city's nightlife scene for a long time, having opened the Rock and Roll Hotel, the Pug, Granville Moore's, Sticky Rice, the H Street Country Club and more on that street, as well as DC9, Trusty's, the Big Hunt, Capitol Lounge, Pour House and others around town.

A few other recent shots from their Instagram:

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Explore these cool animated maps of traffic in Columbia Heights

This is pretty neat: put together a series of animated maps showing traffic in Columbia Heights during evening rush hour over the week. It's interesting to see that it's really never too good around the 14th and Irving area, then gets almost totally red towards 6 pm -- I've definitely experienced that.

The site is founded by local residents Kate and Jeff Howard, who help folks find hotels near the Metro, as the name suggests. Good idea, especially for out of towers.

Might be a good reminder to use something other than a car -- Metro, bus, bike or walk if you can.

(The videos say Columbia Heights, VA, but that's definitely us!)

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Taqueria del Barrio opens Thursday on Upshur Street

Mexican time! Just got a press release that Taqueria del Barrio at 821 Upshur Street NW is opening this Thursday, March 30th.

They have "house-made regional Mexican dishes and drinks in the Petworth neighborhood of Northwest DC. Diners can choose from 14 types of tacos served on tortillas made in-house, three specialty ‘torta’ sandwiches, and additional traditional Mexican foods, served in a modern, casual dining room and bar." They'll also have a kids menu.

The location was formerly Domku, and the spot will have entrees from $11-$15 and drinks from $6-$14, and will seat 92 people, or 140 for a standing reception. The owners also run the DC Empanadas food truck and Union Market stand, and food will include lots of tacos, elote (street corn), chiles rellenos, mole and more, plus lots of cocktails and margaritas.

Here's more from the press release:

Taqueria del Barrio’s menu was developed by Chef and Owner Anna Bran-Leis and General Manager Mikey Torres, and is centered around $3 tacos in classic styles like carne asada, pescado, and al pastor varieties served alongside less-familiar options like nopales – grilled cactus paddle served with melted Oaxacan cheese. Appetizers include elote with a chili-lime aioli and cotija cheese, and beef albondigas cooked in a smoky chipotle salsa. EntrĂ©es range from $12 to $15 and include traditional Mexican dishes like chile relleno –poblano peppers stuffed with barbacoa, tomatoes, onions, and queso freso; and mole con pollo with made-from-scratch mole, blended with nuts, chiles, and a subtle hint of chocolate. While Taqueria del Barrio is opening with a lunch and dinner menu, a unique brunch menu is expected to roll out in the coming months.

Taqueria del Barrio occupies a 2,200-square foot space designed to evoke the taquerias of Mexico City. Mixed textiles like reclaimed wood, rope, and materials like weathered steel reinforce the restaurant’s no-nonsense focus on quality ingredients and authentic flavors. Subtle touches evocative of Mexico City, including a full-wall mural of Our Lady of Guadalupe by local artist Matthew McMillan, are brightened with turquoise and bright yellow, warming the space to convey a sense of welcome. A central three-sided bar acts as the hub of the restaurant.
Social media:


Saturday – 11am – 12am; bar closes 1amSunday
Sunday – 11am – 9pm; bar closes 10pm
Tuesday through Thursday – 4pm – 11pm; bar closes 12am
Friday – 4pm – 12am; bar closes 1am

GALA Theatre wants your opinion -- you could win theatre tickets!

GALA Hispanic Theatre, the theatre in the Tivoli building at 14th and Park that puts on English and Spanish language plays and performances for adults and kids, wants to hear from you! They have an online survey asking your opinion and background on theatre-going and more, and everyone who responds will be entered in a drawing for $100 in tickets to any of 50 local theaters.

If you haven't been, GALA is pretty neat -- it's a nice space with a lot of interesting performances, many of which are in Spanish with English surtitles. The theater was founded in 1976 and has won a number of awards for performances, gender equality (more than 50% of plays many years are written by women) and more.

Here's the info from GALA:

Do You Love GALA? Share your Opinion to Win Free Tickets
We want to learn more about our audience at GALA. Please help us by completing this brief survey and you'll be entered for a chance to win the grand prize of $100 in TheatreWashington TixCertificates -- valid at GALA and 50 other local theaters. 

Friday, March 24, 2017

Meet other Petworth residents today at Homestead for happy hour

This is a neat idea, a few Petworth residents have organized a regular happy hour to meet other neighbors. This month's will be at Homestead, the Southern/American place at 3911 Georgia. They have good food and drinks. Here's more from the Petworth list serve.
People of Petworth! 
Please join us this Friday (3/24) at 9pm for a monthly Friday evening gathering of neighbors and friends. The location will rotate, first up is Homestead on Ga Ave, head to the third floor, password is "the more the merrier".
An idea born out of a few neighbors having a few drinks and meeting a few more neighbors who were doing the same, and inspired by the Grant Circle Social, Sherman Circle Social, First Fridays, and others. 
In case there was any doubt, Petworth is social crazy, let's keep it up!
It's pretty simple really, we usually just need an excuse to get out and have some fun. Well this is that excuse. Handle your dinner and kid's bedtime duties (if you have them) and then come out and have some drinks and meet some new folks. Trade off with your partner, or get a sitter, it's worth it! 
We will try to schedule this every month, and if we really get our act together will create a fb page. There may be name tags involved. 
Oh, and we need a name for this "event". This will be our first and hopefully last agenda item. 
Join us, bring a neighbor and tell a friend!
*Where*: Homestead Roof Deck <
*When*: Friday, March 24th, 9pm to close 
Your neighborly host committee,
Romain Nkoue, Sean Griffin, Tom Pipkin

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Metro finds possible reason for Green line trains shaking nearby houses: broken rail fasteners

For a few months, local residents have been complaining that the Green line trains are shaking their houses. Neighbors were worried it may be affecting their homes' structural integrity and thought it was related to the new, larger 7000 series trains. Metro at first said it was no problem, and then pledged to investigate. And now, federal inspectors found what may be causing the issue: broken rail clips which are meant to dampen vibrations.

CBS and WTOP report on the issue, where the inspectors from the Federal Transit Administration found that the fasteners could be breaking due to the heavier 7000 series trains. They found numerous clips broken in a 1,300 foot stretch of track near the Georgia Avenue-Petworth Metro.

Here's more from the WTOP article:
Over a stretch about 1,300 feet long, the inspector found “numerous” clips, which were supposed to hold the rails in place, broken off of the fastener bases. 
When working correctly, the fasteners that had these clips reduce the vibrations going into the tunnel and the neighborhood above. 
On one of the tracks in the area, the inspector noted that even recently replaced clips had already snapped off.
The FTA suggests that the increasing use of more new trains in the Metro system, which are heavier than older models, could be contributing to increased vibrations and pressure on the fasteners. 
This is exacerbated by the location of the stretch just outside of the Georgia Avenue station because trains put more force on the tracks when braking or accelerating. 
Metro has not yet reached any final conclusions on what may be causing the vibrations, spokesman Dan Stessel said.
Nice to hear that they found a possible cause of the issue. I've also noticed my house vibrating and I'm not too far from there, but hard to say if that's the issue or something else.

The issue also seems to be happening in North Michigan Park and Southwest Waterfront.

Photo by Elvert Barnes

Neighborhood cleanup on Apr. 1, volunteers get free coffee and donuts and 25% off at District Dogs

Georgia Avenue Thrive's latest neighborhood cleanup will be on Georgia Avenue, meeting at District Dogs, the new pet store/dog walker/doggie day care spot at 3210 Georgia. And folks who help get free coffee and donuts, plus a discount!

A good way to meet your neighbors and help make your area look nicer.
Hi neighbors — Georgia Avenue Thrive will hold its next cleanup Saturday April 1 at 10 a.m. outside District Dogs. (3210 Georgia Ave.) 
We’ll be partnering with District Dogs, which will provide free coffee and doughnuts and 25% off retail purchases for volunteers. 
We had a record 40+ volunteers last month. Please join us, meet some great neighbors and help us set a new record! 
Questions — Email

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Park Morton/Bruce Monroe development meeting on Thursday

If you'd like to learn more about the plans for the Park Morton housing complex and the Bruce Monroe Park site, the city is hosting a public meeting on Thursday at the Park View Rec Center, 693 Otis.

The plan is to demolish the old and troubled Park Morton and move residents to a new site at the Bruce Monroe Park as well as mixed-income and market-rate units, plus retail, and also keep some of the park land. Here's more on the plan.

Here's more from the city:
Good Morning Community Residents and Partners,This is a reminder that on this Thursday, March 23, 2017 the Park Morton Steering Committee meeting will be OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. 
The meeting will held be at the Parkview Community Center’s community room from 6:30-8:00pm at 693 Otis Pl NW, Washington, DC 20010. Please invite your neighbors, constituents and community stakeholders. We will discuss the following: 
1. Park Morton and Bruce Monroe PUD process and status to date

2. Receive an update from the Park Morton Relocation and Re-occupancy sub-committee

3. Upcoming Bruce Monroe park planning process

If you have any question or concerns please contact Andre Gould , DCHA Development Project Manager at 202.627.9162. 
Thanks For your continued interest in this project!! See you Thursday.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Ten Tigers Parlour announces $3 happy hour during the week and weekend

Deal time! Ten Tigers, the pan-Asian spot at 3813 Georgia, the old Chez Billy spot, just announced an awesome happy hour: $3 drafts, drinks and wine from 5-7pm weekdays and 2-5pm on weekends.

Sounds like a good spot for afternoon weekend drinks.

They also host events and are open during the day with coffee and pastries. I stopped by a while ago, nice interior and tasty Vietnamese coffee. I haven't eaten dinner there but have heard good things.

Friends of Petworth Library happy hour at Petworth Citizen on Tuesday: Councilmember Todd, others to read

This is neat: the Friends at the Petworth Library are hosing a fundraiser happy hour at Petworth Citizen on Tuesday, where 10% of all alcohol sales will go to the group, and they're also raffling off books. Here are the details:

Join the Friends at Petworth Library (FaPL) for Happy Hour on March 21st from 5-7pm at Petworth Citizen.  We will be celebrating authors who were born in March by raffling off copies of their books.  A few of Petworth's very own will be reading excerpts from their favorite artists throughout the evening.  Petworth Citizen will be donating 10% of all alcohol sales during the happy hour to the FaPL, so drink up (responsibly).

Our Readers for the evening:

Brandon Todd, Ward 4 Council member, reading Ralph Ellison

Drew Schneider, Petworth News, reading John Updike

Jonny Grave,  Jonny Grave and the Tombstones, reading Jack Kerouac

Kristen Barden, FaPL and Adams Morgan Partnership Business Improvement District, reading Gabriel Garcia Marquez

George Morgan, Petworth resident extraordinaire, reading John McPhee

More to follow....

Raffle tickets are $1 each or 7 for $5  Books to win include:
Ezra Jack Keats- Louie 
Theodore Geisel (Dr. Seuss)- Green Eggs and Ham
Douglas Adams- Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
John McPhee- Coming Into Country
Gabriel Garcia Marquez- El Ontono del Patriarca 
Robert frost - Various poems
Tom Wolfe - The Kandy-Kolored Tangerine-Flaked Streamline Baby
John Updike- Rabbit, Run
Elizabeth Barrett Browning- Various poems
Ralph Ellison - Invisible man
Jack Kerouac- On the Road

For more information and updates find us on Facebook or email us at

See you at Petworth Citizen

Friday, March 17, 2017

Check out these cool old photos of the Old Soldiers' Home

I was browsing the Streets of Washington Flickr page, a collection of historical photos and postcards, and found some cool ones of the Old Soldiers' Home, now called the Armed Forces Retirement Home just east of our area.

The photos show Scott Hall, now called the Sherman Building, the old main building. It was finished in 1857. Pretty neat! Here's more about the Soldiers Home.

The one with two photos is from a stereopticon, a kind of 3D imaging tool like a Viewfinder.

And here it is in 2012, from Google Maps

March Madness is upon us: here's where to watch in the area

It's my favorite sports time of year, March Madness -- the NCAA tournament with tons of basketball. There are a lot of good options for watching in our area, and here are my suggestions. If you have your own, let everybody know in the comments!

  • Lou's City Bar, naturally. Tons of TVs and they're also doing shooter specials
  • Meridian Pint, especially downstairs. Lots of TVs plus tasty grub and American craft brew
  • The Pitch, the sports bar up at 4105 Georgia Avenue also has lots of TVs on two floors, and plenty of space
  • Walter's, the sports bar from the DC Reynolds and Looking Glass crew at 3632 Georgia
  • If you wanted less of a sporty-vibe but still a few TVs, the aforementioned DC Reynolds and Looking Glass Lounge next to Walters
  • The Pinch, the dive bar at 3548 14th has a few TVs, as does Zeba at 3423 14th. Both food for more relaxed vibes.
  • Bravo Bar at 2917 Georgia has three or four TVs and lots of good happy hour deals
  • The Airedale at 14th and Spring has lots of TVs and awesome German and British food. A cool spot if you haven't been before.
Who've you got this year? Any other recommendations?

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Replacement for KBC to be called The Good Silver from Ivy & Coney, KBC alums

A few months ago we heard that Kangaroo Boxing Club at 3410 11th Street NW was closing, and that former manager Carrie Dzwil would be opening something else in the space. And now we know what that something is!

In a press release, the place will be called The Good Silver, from owners of Ivy and Coney and Dzwil. It sounds like American/Southern food and drink in a relaxed vibe. They describe it as "The Good Silver will focus on simple seasonal ingredients, pickled veggies, cured meats and a certain banquet beer combo"

Read on for more details:

The Good Silver set to open Spring/Summer 2017 at 3410 11th St. in Columbia Heights

The team behind Ivy and Coney (Josh Saltzman, Chris Powers, and Adam Fry) and partner Carrie Dzwil, are excited to announce their newest bar, The Good Silver, at 3410 11th St. NW in Columbia Heights.

While we still believe hotdogs are a primary food group, The Good Silver will focus on simple seasonal ingredients, pickled veggies, cured meats and a certain banquet beer combo. Think local heirloom tomatoes in August, or strawberries in June, but when Winter arrives a BLT featuring tomato jam or rum punch spiked with a best-of-the-season strawberry shrub will be on the menu. We will also be adding some cutting-edge technology such as credit card machines, bar spoons, and level floors. What a time to be alive!

The Good Silver is all about getting the best out of life without having to pay an arm and a leg for it. Remember when you were a kid, and mom would break out the “good” plates, or grandma would take the plastic off the sofa and let you sit on the “good” part? It pays homage to a time when the everyday was elevated, simply by caring a little bit more. Don't expect the finest forks or vintage China, but instead, a focus on customer service and quality ingredients for both drink and food. No need to dress up here; we welcome anyone who’d like to have a Manhattan in their footie-jammies.

The Good Silver was designed by The Knights Who Say Ni architecture firm and features a large reclaimed oak bar, wallpaper, and two shrubberies (one slightly higher than the other, with a little path between, and not too expensive).  The space will feature 18 bar seats, a few tables, and a 16 person patio.

We look forward to welcoming everyone into our new home in the coming months.

Twitter: @goodsilverdc

Councilmember Nadeau wants your suggestions for policy ideas and pressing issues, next Monday at Cardozo HS

This is neat: Councilmember Brianne Nadeau is hosting what she's calling a "Community Conversation" to talk about her legislative priorities and suggest policy ideas, coming up this Monday at Cardozo High School, 1200 Clifton Street NW. Sounds interesting.


Help Develop Policy Ideas at the Ward 1 Community Conversation

What: Ward 1 Community Conversation
Who: Ward 1 Councilmember Brianne K. Nadeau and her staff
When: Monday, March 20, 2017, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Where: Cardozo Education Campus (1200 Clifton St. NW) 
Attendees will hear from Councilmember Nadeau about her priorities and join small group discussions with the Councilmember and her staff to provide feedback and policy ideas on pressing community issues including:
  • Housing
  • Education and Youth
  • Public Health and Public Safety
  • Homelessness and Human Services
  • Economic Development
  • Immigration
The ideas and conversations from the event will help guide the Councilmember’s legislative agenda for the coming year.
If you have any questions, please contact Councilmember Nadeau’s office at (202) 724-8181 or reach Claudia Barahona, Constituent Services Director, at

Monday, March 13, 2017

Councilmember Nadeau, free hot cocoa, lots of updates at tonight's Georgia Avenue Thrive meeting

Georgia Avenue Thrive, the active nonprofit on Georgia, has their latest meeting tonight at Story District, 3239 Georgia Ave NW. Councilmember Nadeau will be there, as well as lots of other updates. See below for the full list.
Councilmember Nadeau will be joining us at tonight's meeting and would love to see you there. 
And we'll have hot cocoa from Heat Da Spot for those who are willing to brave the cold!
See the agenda below and learn more at the meeting! 
  • Community Canvas
  • DC Oral Histories Collaborative
  • Words, Beats & Life murals  
Public Safety
  • Captain Randy Giffin (3D, PSAs 302/304) to talk about ways in which physical changes to the business facades can reduce crime
  • Clean-ups
  • Firebox painting
  • Spring planting at the Park View sign 
Local Business Support
  • Business Survey
  • Update on Georgia Ave Main Street
  • Volunteer opportunities: social media, Spanish speakers for surveys
  • Next committee meeting end of March. More details to come. 
  • Nonprofit Status
  • Coordinating with other Georgia Ave orgs
  • Salsa with Silvia fundraising and children’s programs
  • DC Statehood
  • Book Club #1 - Hilda (author talk), Wednesday, March 29, 6:30pm
  • Book Club #2 - The Beautiful Things that Heaven Bears, Wednesday, May 3, 6:30pm
  • Salvation Army Resource & Referral Center - looking for volunteers to help create

Casa Ruby LGBT center on Georgia Avenue vandalized, staffer assaulted

Casa Ruby, the non-profit LGBT community center on Georgia Avenue, was recently vandalized and a staff member was assaulted. Their Facebook page and multiple news reports have the story.

The incident happened on Sunday, when a man was asked to leave after harassing people in the center. He returned shortly and threw a brick through the glass front door and poked and aggressively bumped a staff member, also throwing objects. Police arrived shortly and they are seeking the suspect, who was caught in pictures and video taken by staff.

Casa Ruby staff say this is the third similar incident in two weeks: previously another man came in and made sexual advances towards people in the center, then punched a hole in the wall and was arrested. He came back later and did it again. This suspect is a different man.

The bilingual center was founded and is run by Ruby Jade Corado and has a lot of different programs and services for LGBT people:
Our goal is to support the most vulnerable in our LGBT community when need it most. Staff and volunteers working together to provide basic human services to more than 150 clients per week which include but are not limited to: 
* Hot Meals,
* Clothing Exchange,
* Cyber Center,
* Support Groups,
* Case Management,
* Emergency Housing Referrals,
* Legal Services Counseling (Criminal/Immigration)
The damage is estimated to cost about $2000. If you'd like to donate to the center, here's their donation page

The Blade has a lot more about the center and its services. It seems like a great organization, and it's very sad that someone would do this and harass people.

Flying Fish Coffee in Mt. Pleasant now closed, to be replaced by a new concept from neighboring Each Peach Market

A reader sent in this shot, it's a flyer saying that Flying Fish, the coffee shop at 3064 Mt. Pleasant Street NW, closed on March 12. It's going to be replaced by something from the owners of Each Peach Market, the neat little grocery next door, which will include coffee.

I would bet it'll be more of a deli/bakery type spot, but there's no info that I can find on their social media feeds. I'll try to find out more.

Too bad, I liked Flying Fish, and it was popular with blog readers too.

Here's their note

Friday, March 10, 2017

More details on the Love March on Saturday: musicians, events, wear red

We heard about the District of Love March in support of minorities and diversity yesterday, and now we have some more details: schedules for performers and musicians, organizations you can join, and more. There will also be breakfast snacks and Ethiopian food for sale at Bruce Monroe Park, Georgia and Irving.

The march starts at 10:30am at Emery Recreation Center at Georgia Avenue and Madison Street NW, then heads down Georgia, ending at the African American Civil War Memorial at 10th and U around 2:30 pm.

Here's all the info:
We're just two days away from the DC Love March and we're super excited to share this celebration with all of you this Saturday. It might be chilly but we'll be marching, getting exercise and taking in some great performances from a diverse group of very talented artists while we stand in solidarity with our neighbors. We hope you'll join us at the starting point so we can show upper Georgia Ave. some love before we head south to Bruce Monroe Park and on to U Street! Please continue to share with your friends and neighbors and come on out together!
Important Reminders 
* Meet-up at 10:30 am at Emery Rec Center (gathering on the park hill to the left of the rec center)- small breakfast foods, coffee and music.
* RSVP! Please RSVP on the Facebook page- here. This will help us communicate any more important updates.
* The Rock and Roll Marathon will be affecting the bus schedules so please build in some extra time. You should still be able to metro to Petworth and take the 70 or 79 up to Emery at Georgia and Madison St. NW. The 79 stops at Kennedy St. just a block away. Please consult the map for road closures, especially if you plan on driving.
* Buses will be running up and down Georgia Avenue but detouring around the march route (across Columbia Rd. NW.
* Wear RED to show your love. Even if you've got to bundle up, we'll have a way to show our unity.
* T-Shirts, Yard Signs, and buttons will be available from DistrictLuv which all go to benefits 3 great organizations- MLOV, DC Fair Food, and United Workers of Washington.
* Food- there will be small breakfast items, snacks along the way and Ethiopian food for sale at the stopping point at Bruce Monroe Park.
Can't wait to see you all Saturday morning!
UPDATE: Got a few more things from the organizers:
Community Members to March in Support of Diverse Neighbors in NW DC On March 11th local community members will come together for a march and rally along the Georgia Avenue corridor to stand up for and celebrate diversity. The goal of the Love March is to stand in solidarity with DC's diverse communities and send the message "whoever you are, wherever you're from, we stand together as neighbors." The march will begin at 10:30am at Emery Recreation Center and head down Georgia Avenue. There’ll be a mid-point rally at the Bruce Monroe Park in Parkview / Columbia Heights around 12:30pm. The march will end with a celebration at the African American Civil War Memorial at 1:30pm that will feature performers and information tables from local organizations. Local speakers and performers will include Councilmember Robert White, Latino singer/songwriters Elena y Los Fulanos and Lilo Gonzalez, African singer/songwriter Isma, and youth singer Nylah Plummer. The goal of the march is to celebrate diversity, to bring visibility to minority business owners along the Georgia Avenue corridor, and to connect attendees to engagement opportunities at organizations fighting every day for those who are marginalized in our communities.
 The organizing committee is a group of concerned community members, many of whom are educators, who witnessed the fear and sadness in their students and colleagues as hateful rhetoric and antagonist messages spread across the country. “We can’t prevent every act of aggression or every national policy, but we can let our neighbors know that we stand together and we have their backs,” said co-organizer Elizabeth Bergner.
 Co-organizer Berenice Pernalete who left her home country of Venezuela when Hugo Chavez came to power sees striking similarities between Trump’s divisive rhetoric and the one used by Chavez. She said, “This march is an opportunity to stay woke. To come together and show that we stand for love and inclusion here in the District.”

Thursday, March 9, 2017

District of Love March supporting diversity and inclusion is this Saturday down Georgia Avenue; music, more

This is pretty neat: some folks have organized what they're calling the District of Love March, which will go down Georgia Avenue on Saturday. It's in defense of diversity and inclusion, and there's also a pledge to support small, local and especially minority business.

Sounds like it might be a nice time on Saturday.

The march starts at Emery Rec Center at Georgia and Madison at 10:30 am, then goes down Georgia ending at the African-American Civil War Memorial at 10th and U. I assume you can join up along the way.

I don't know much else about it than what's on their Facebook, but presumably it's in response to Donald Trump's divisive rhetoric.

BloomBars is also hosting a sign-making event on Friday.

Here's the Facebook invite and more from the organizers:
Join us on Saturday, March 11th as we march and celebrate with local artists, musicians and community members to celebrate our diverse neighborhoods. Featuring musical acts Elena y Los Fulanos, Lilo, Ethiopian Dance and many more! 
The Love March seeks to support diversity and inclusion in our community. We will march on Saturday March 11th not downtown, but right through some of DC's most diverse communities along Georgia Ave. NW starting at Georgia and Madison St. NW at the Emery Rec. Center and marching down to U St ending at the African-American Civil War Memorial Site.

We will be making pledges to support local, small, especially minority owned businesses, connecting to local organization who already work to support diversity and inclusion in our communities and discussing the important work ahead to maintain diversity as a source of stregnth in D.C. and how we can make it clear to all of our neighbors that "whoever you are, wherever you're from, we stand together as neighbors."

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Indian restaurant and buffet open in Mama Chuy space at 2620 Georgia: Biryani Exchange

The other day I spotted a new restaurant in the space formerly occupied by Mama Chuy at Georgia and Fairmont: Biryani Exchange, an Indian restaurant with a $10 buffet plus $8 lunch specials. Here's their full menu, with Indian dishes but also Mediterranean, like gyros.

The place has 3.5 stars on Yelp, almost all of which are either 5 stars or 1 star, which is kind of odd. The place has been open since September or October but I haven't heard of it before -- not a great sign. People are also big fans of Salt & Pepper Grill, another Indian/Pakistani spot just up the block, so we'll see how they do.

They're open 11am-11pm every day at 2620 Georgia Avenue NW.

Anybody go yet? How was it?

I was sad to see Mama Chuy go, it was a brother-and-sister run Mexican spot and it was delicious.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

ANC meeting Wednesday debating residential parking permits for business, local planning issues, etc

Get involved! Or get up to date about what's happening in our area.

The regularly scheduled meeting of Advisory Neighborhood Commission 1A is this Wednesday -- 1A includes Columbia Heights from about Harvard to Spring. It's at 7pm at Harriet Tubman School at 13th and Kenyon. The ANC is a local elected body that advises city council on local issues.

Along with reports from the various committees and some local groups, they're also discussing a new city law that will allow small businesses to apply for residential parking permits. PoP wrote about it briefly, some people are apoplectic about it, saying it will mean less parking for residents and there will be abuse, but others argue that it will be ok, local businesses need parking too.

The ANC is going to oppose the bill, which was proposed by Councilmembers Todd, Nadeau and White. The full text is here, it applies to small businesses with less than 10 employees, not including home-based businesses.

The ANC also has other topics up for discussion, like a community comment section, presentations from Clean Up and Improve the Columbia Heights Dog Park, the Office of the People's Council and the Chesapeake Climate Action Network, and some zoning and planning issues.

The meetings are always interesting, and a good way to see how local government happens, meet your ANC rep, and also have your voice heard.

Photo by Mr. T in DC

Friday, March 3, 2017

Taqueria del Barrio, replacing Domku on Upshur, opening later this month and now hiring

Want to work at a new taco spot coming to Upshur Street? I just got a press release from the folks behind Taqueria del Barrio, who also run the DC Empanadas food truck. They're aiming to open later this month and are hiring now.

The spot is taking the place of Domku and looks pretty modern from their renderings. They describe it as a neighborhood taqueria with "authentic Mexican food made with locally sourced ingredients" plus cocktails, wine and craft beer.

Here's more info on hiring:
Taqueria del Barrio in Petworth Now Hiring Front & Back of House Positions 
New Authentic Mexican Concept to Hold Hiring Fairs on 3/8, 3/13, 3/15 
 Taqueria del Barrio, an authentic Mexican eatery from the owners of DC Empanadas, is coming soon to Washington’s Petworth neighborhood. The restaurant announced today it is now accepting applications for front and back of house positions. Beginning today, applications are open for a variety of positions including bartenders, servers, hosts, runners/bussers, and line cooks to join the welcoming, passionate team before the restaurant’s opening later this month. 
 Applicants can view qualifications for all positions and submit a resume and cover letter at Interested applicants can also apply in person at the restaurant at 821 Upshur St NW from 11am to 2pm on Wednesday, March 8,Monday, March 13, and Wednesday, March 15. 
 Shawn Leis and Anna Bran-Leis, husband-and-wife owners, seek to create a fun and friendly neighborhood atmosphere at Taqueria del Barrio, with staff being a key part of that mission. Applicants should be team players with a positive attitude, a genuine sense of hospitality, and commitment to the highest professional standards and responsibility.
 Taqueria del Barrio will be the second concept from the couple, who also operate the beloved DC Empanadas concept and food truck out of Union Kitchen in Northeast DC. Authenticity will play a large role on Taqueria del Barrio’s menu, which features a mix of Mexican recipes as well as some modern takes on familiar dishes. From the bar, guests can expect a selection of artfully crafted signature drinks, classic cocktails, craft beers and wines. For exclusive updates about Taqueria del Barrio, visit or Twitter at @DelBarrioDC. 
 About Taqueria del BarrioTaqueria del Barrio is a neighborhood taqueria in the heart of Washington’s Petworth community, serving authentic Mexican food made with locally sourced ingredients. A focused bar program, featuring artfully crafted signature drinks, classic cocktails, craft beers, and wines complements the modern dishes and rustic, no-fuss atmosphere. Visit Taqueria del Barrio online at

Thursday, March 2, 2017

TV's "Scandal" shows Columbia Heights Metro on the Orange and Blue line

Ha, whoops. Twitter user @runwineopine spotted a sign for the Columbia Heights Metro on Scandal showing that it's on the Orange and Blue line. While that would be nice to get around the city (as long as it's also on the Yellow and Green lines) it's very not correct. Pretty minor, but also not that hard to get right, one would think.

There are also apparently some palm trees near the sign in another shot.

Actor Josh Malina from the show, pointed out (sarcastically?) that the episode was filmed in Los Angeles.
Our neighborhood has been featured on TV shows in the past too, such as Bones and Lie to Me (where a character lived at the address of 105 Addison), and in movies like The Butler, which talked about the 1968 riots.  In the Line of Fire where Clint Eastwood and Dylan McDermott chase John Malkovich down Park Road.

Here's the clip from In the Line of Fire, where the guy who plays Bania on Seinfeld tells Eastwood to go to Florida Avenue NE, which is actually the corner of Park and Holmead. You can see the fire station too, and a grassy lot where the Giant is now.  Oddly, that movie also featured Josh Malina.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Whoa: spotted a new food delivery robot outside at Meridian Hill Park

This is crazy: a few months ago it was reported that food delivery company Postmates would start using rolling drones to deliver food in DC and in Silicon Valley, and today I spotted one.

I ran into the little guy and his minder on Florida Avenue near 16th and it continued up 16th past Meridian Hill Park. The last we heard, they were testing them in the 20009 zip code, which runs from roughly Connecticut Avenue east to 11th Street NW and Irving Street south to R Street NW.

The minder makes sure it's doing ok, but it seemed pretty fine on its own -- it stops at crosswalks, avoids obstacles and seemed to stop a few other times, but I couldn't tell if that was the minder doing that or something else. At the beginning of the video I took, you can see it pausing at a bush, then speeds up to go around it.

Everybody who passed it seemed interested, especially a group of little kids with their day care teacher out on a stroll.

The robots are about two feet by three feet and drive around on four wheels, and have a little flag which I presume is an antenna. They're made by a company called Starship, appropriately.

Pretty wild.

Here's a shot of it from their Instagram.

The Hilltop restaurant has a neat "buy your friend a drink" board

This is a cool idea: The Hilltop, the newish restaurant and bar at Sherman and Girard, has a chalkboard where you can buy a friend a drink for the next time they come in. Pick the drink and the person, and they'll get it.

The Hilltop is pretty neat if you haven't been, tasty food and a good vibe with a lot of good American beer. And during the daytime they host Small Chop, an awesome pop-up coffee shop and pastry spot with kolaches (Texas Czech filled pastries) plus a variety from other bakers.

The Hilltop opened in November, I wrote about them then.