Friday, September 28, 2018

Fish in the Hood making good progress, looking great after last year's fire

If you remember, neighborhood mainstay Fish in the Hood at 3601 Georgia Ave NW had a devastating fire in April and started a crowdfunding campaign a few months later. And now it looks like they've made a lot of progress, the place is looking great inside and out.

I walked by the other day and the renovations are really coming along, although it looks like they still need to hook up some of the equipment. There's fresh paint, new awnings and nice looking decorations, and the tiki bar on the outside looks good too. I don't remember it being open before the fire, so I hope that is something that opens too.

The spot has been open since 1996 and a few years again changed their sign from Fish in the Hood to Fish in the neighborHood to reflect the changing area and the close community. I know a lot of people are fans (it's got great reviews on Yelp too), and I'm glad to see this long time small business almost back on its feet.

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Help with an election monitoring volunteer project in the neighborhood, get a stipend and shirt


This is pretty interesting: local resident Ben Mindes is working on an election monitoring project for local elections. You can volunteer, and volunteers will receive a stipend and t-shirt.

Here's more from Ben:

New Initiative to Monitor the D.C. Elections in November 

This November, there is new way for Columbia Heights residents to participate in the political process. The Observe D.C. initiative is piloting the first “sample-based” election observation to independently analyze how elections are administered in the District. 

Trained volunteer observers, who receive a $50 stipend, an Observe D.C. T-shirt, official observer credentials, and a certificate of participation, will deploy to randomly sampled polling places across D.C.’s eight wards to collect data on key electoral processes throughout Election Day, including polling station set-up, access for disabled voters, voter identification practices, and secrecy of the vote. 

Data from observers will be rapidly collected and transmitted to a call center on Georgetown University’s campus throughout election day and analyzed to produce concrete findings about the quality of the elections in the District.

This pilot activity takes an election observation methodology that has been used by citizen groups throughout the world for over 20 years, and introduces it to the U.S. context. Data collected from this effort will allow the D.C. Board of Elections to pursue electoral reforms based, for the first time, on independent and statistically representative data.

Outside of the District, this effort will demonstrate the feasibility of injecting election observation methodology to other electoral jurisdictions in the United States where citizens may not be as confident in the quality of election administration or electoral processes more broadly.

The initiative is being led by Columbia Heights resident and graduate student, Ben Mindes and is funded by Georgetown University’s Baker Center for Leadership and Governance. Use the google form pinned at the top of Observe D.C.’s facebook page to volunteer as an observer or call center operator and join the team today!

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Choong Man Draft House, Korean chicken spot that replaced the Heights, is now open

Chicken time! A bit ago we saw that The Heights Taproom, formerly just The Heights, was getting replaced with Choong Man Draft House, a branch of a local Korean chicken chain. And now it's open! A buddy snapped this photo the other day and sent it along.

So far there aren't any Yelp reviews (or even a Yelp page) for it, but I did see a few folks there the other day. Have you been? How is it?

I hope they keep their pour your own beer machine, it was fun and pretty inexpensive. And maybe add some Korean beers.

The other local Choong Mans all have good reviews on Yelp.

They're at 3115 14th Street NW, at Kenyon.

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.