Friday, July 19, 2019

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Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Heat emergency: City pools open til 9 pm, shelters and cooling centers open

It's hot out there. Super hot. The city declared a heat emergency yesterday, which means that pools will stay open later, and there will be cooling centers and shelters open as well, all through Sunday.

In our area, that means Banneker Pool on Georgia Ave is open until 9pm Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday (they're closed Thursdays) and Upshur Pool at Upshur & Arkansas is also open until 9pm every day (they're closed Mondays.)

There's a full map of cooling centers and shelters here, as well as spray parks for kids.

ABC7 has more info, and to see the city's full plan here.

Flower shop She Loves Me open at 808 Upshur Street NW

This is neat: there's a newish flower shop, She Loves Me, on Upshur Street, where you can stop in to get a bouquet, subscribe to a monthly flower service, or get flowers for your wedding or event. It opened in a former shoe repair shop, and is next door to the new location of Lemon Collective, a coworking and art space which has classes and events.

Here's more from She Loves Me. Sounds cool! Always nice to see more retail in our area.
She Loves Me is a flower shop of wonders in the Petworth neighborhood of Washington, DC, founded by Holley Simmons and run by a team of strong women. We offer flowers by the stem and custom-built bouquets using buds from our favorite local growers; we also carry a wild collection of botanical-based goods for your home and body. She Loves Me offers a subscription flower service for those who love having fresh blooms delivered right to their doorstep every month; sometimes we even send love notes to our subscribers! 
Within our space we encourage exploration and asking questions. Our mission is to provide unique blossoms and, in the process, spread enthusiasm and appreciation for the world around us. 
The She Loves Me team also offers monthly botanical-themed workshops ranging from dried wreath-making to Plant Parenthood 101 in their coworking space next door, The Lemon Collective. We offer our classes off-site as well, making them the perfect party treat for your next birthday, wedding event, or night in!

Photos by Megan Graham

Monday, July 15, 2019

First look at Hook Hall, beer garden, cafe and event space opening Thursday, July 18 in Kraken Axes space

A few weeks ago we learned at the new spot coming to the Kraken Axes space at 3400 Georgia Avenue NW is called Hook Hall and would be a big beer garden, indoor bar and event space. I was able to visit last week and talk with owner Anna Valero and also learn more about the space. It's opening on Thursday, July 18, and I'm pretty excited.

The space, if you recall from Kraken Axes day, is very large, both inside and out. Valero, who also owns Kraken Axes at its new location downtown as well as local event firm Drink the District, has a lot of plans. Originally, the building was a Peoples Drug (now CVS), then Murry's grocery store, an indoor mushroom farm, then finally Kraken.

Normally Hook Hall will be a cafe during the day with Vigilante Coffee, though it will only be open in the evenings to start. It will transition into a bar in the evening, with both indoor and outdoor bars and 32 taps overall.

They don't have a kitchen but will have pastries and such, and Valero says she plans to have a food truck at times outside as well as having rotating food vendors -- for example the types of places you might see at food halls or food incubators. There are TVs and wifi, plus a separate front patio that also opens up on the main indoor bar, kind of like Pearl Dive on 14th Street. She thought it might also serve as a walk up coffee bar during the day, which sounds great.

They also plan to hold various events and festivals there, including classes from Sweat DC, yoga, regular events and things of that nature. It can also be used for neighborhood meetings and various classes, such as Drink the District cocktail or beer events, tastings, classes, cooking demos and so on. In the long term Valero hopes to add a commercial kitchen outside in a shipping container.

Outside, Valero aims for an upscale beer garden with a big bar, a synthetic lawn and 10 reservable covered cabanas for 12-15 people each. Pets will be allowed outside too. It's catty-corner from the Midlands, another beer garden, but considering how crowded that place is I'm sure it will do fine.

The space has five rentable areas for events, which you can also combine (you can see a floor plan below.) There will be large movable dividers so events can be separate or even happen during regular working hours. I can picture wedding receptions, cocktail hours, meet-up events, and so on. She also plans to have smaller spaces for work meetings and such too. For events, there are teams that can help with furniture, security, valet parking, A/V and so on, with room for 700 people inside and 675 outside.

The space looks nice inside, with the original brick exposed and what Valero called industrial nautical  -- hence the name, Hook Hall. There are copper pipes from the former District Distilling on U Street, plus touches like murals, anchors and metal chandeliers. She says she was partially inspired by Houston Hall, a pretty awesome beer hall in New York. They've also added some big roll up doors to let in more natural light as well as a big mural wall that can also be used for projecting movies onto.

The bathrooms are very nice and quite large, able to accommodate a lot of people. I definitely appreciate that, it stinks to wait in bar bathroom lines. That should be good for big events too.

I'm pretty excited to check it out. Here are some photos from last week (so still not quite set up.)

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Eater names Call Your Mother one of the best new restaurants in the country

Well, the line at Call Your Mother may be getting longer soon. The "Jew-ish" bagel spot at 3301 Georgia Ave NW, was just named one of the country's 16 best new restaurants by Eater. They highlight the quality bagels, "offbeat" items like the challah cheesesteak, and the Argentine touches from chef Daniela Moreira. They also do an occasional supper club.

CYM is the only DC-area spot on the list, joining others from New York, LA, Philly, Chicago and other big cities, plus a few smaller spots like Newport, KY. Previous list included other local spots, such as last year with Maydan on Florida Ave NW, Himitsu in 2017, Pineapple & Pearls in 2016, and Maketto in 2015.

It's nice to see restaurants in our area get noticed. Bad Saint has also been recognized all over the place, such as being the #2 best new restaurant in the country in 2016 according to Bon Appetit.

Photo by anokarina

Monday, July 8, 2019

Georgia Ave changes: Marrakech Moroccan restaurant closed after 2 months, Mr. Braxton bar coming, Tsehay Ethiopian now open

Lots happening on Georgia Avenue -- Marrakech, a Moroccan restaurant formerly on P Street in Dupont, opened at 3632 Georgia Avenue a couple of months ago without much fanfare, and now they're gone. The replacement has permits in the windows, which will be Mr. Braxton Bar and Restaurant.

And next door at 3630 Georgia, Tsehay Ethiopian Bar and Restaurant is also open. I walked by the other day and it smelled great. If you recall, this place had some strange permits a while ago for restaurant, beauty shop and skating rink. I am guessing someone just picked the wrong code. Tsehay has great reviews on Yelp so far. They're open for lunch and dinner.

Mr. Braxton next door is coming to the seemingly cursed space at 3632 Georgia, pictured above. That space was formerly Blue Banana, Park View Patio, Walter's Sports Bar, and finally Marrakech. One of the problems before was that they didn't have a full kitchen, and Park View DC reports that Marrakech added one, so that's good for Mr. Braxton.

Washingtonian has an article about Mr. Braxton, here's how they describe it:
The newest addition to Park View, Mr. Braxton, will have a little bit of everything: Burgers. Paella. Taco Tuesdays. After it’s up and running in early June, you’ll be able to drink CBD cocktails and enjoy the occasional live music in a lounge area, or head out to the colorful, greenery-covered back patio for a local brew.
They also mention watermelon soup, rack of lamb, tacos, mussels and more. The name comes from owners Shannon Cunningham and Booker Parchment's son. Cunningham formerly was manager of Brick Lane in Dupont, and Parchment is a businessman.

Marrakech was a mysterious one to me -- it never really looked open and they never responded to me reaching out about their business. You'd think they'd want to get some press. They opened with what seemed to be a temporary permit, then disappeared as quickly. I emailed them today and they said they moved to Eastern Market.

Hopefully these new spots succeed!

Thursday, June 20, 2019

6th Annual Kennedy Street Festival is Saturday

It's not Columbia Heights, but if you want to go up to Petworth, the 6th Annual Kennedy Street Fest is happening on Saturday from noon to 4pm. The street has been bustling of late, with new bars and restaurants like the Anxo cidery and awesome neighborhood bars Jackie Lee's and Moreland's Tavern.

The fest sounds like a lot of fun, with arts and crafts, vendors and food, music and events for kids and adults, plus a big raffle and more. And a water balloon fight! The event is free and runs Kennedy Street from 3rd to 8th Streets NW. There is more information here, and you can also buy raffle tickets.

The Kennedy Street Festival is Back!

The 6th Annual Kennedy Street Festival is happening on June 22nd from 12-4pm in parking lots and in front of businesses along the the 300-800 blocks of Kennedy Street NW, with hubs of activity at 716, 608 & 308 Kennedy Street NW.

Started in 2014 by the Kennedy Street Development Corporation, this annual celebration brings recognition to vibrant small business community located on Kennedy Street.
This year's event will feature over 40 local makers, artisans and community-based organizations as well as four hours of performances by local musicians! Activities for children, including face painting, music and over-sized games will be available all day. We also look forward to hosting our annual raffle (tickets can be purchased in advance online), a pop up art gallery, a photo booth, and the annual water balloon fight!


Kennedy Street NW is well serviced by public transit (bus stops and offers plentiful bike parking. Free two hour street parking is available on Kennedy Street, as well as the all adjacent side-streets. Ride-sharing services also service our community and provide another option for guests.

We anticipate that parking will be limited the day of the festival. Festival attendees are encouraged to walk to the festival or take public transit if possible.

-Patrick’s Pet Care Community Stage- 
(608 Kennedy Street NW)

12:20 PM Sara Ghebrimichael
1:00 PM Remarks from Mayor Bowser, Councilmember Todd
& Uptown Main Street Chairman of the Board
1:30 PM DMV 910
2:30 PM Robert Ax & On the One Band
3:20 PM The JoGo Project
4:00 PM Raffle Announcement
4:10 PM Water Balloon Fight

-Vassar Broermann Group Community Stage-
(716 Kennedy Street NW)

12:00 PM New Sewell Music Conservatory
12:45 PM Fusion Cadets Drum & Bugle Corps
1:15 PM DJ Zach Pleasant
3:00 PM New Sewell Music Conservatory
3:35 PM Salvatore Gonzalez

-Andrene’s Soul Food & Caribbean Cafe-
(308 Kennedy Street NW)

12:00 - 4:00 PM Drummers, Dancers, Raffle & DJ


This year we’ve partnered with local businesses and artists to present special activities throughout our corridor. From photo booths to pop up art installations, we invite you to #WalkUptown and discover something new!

Pop Up Art Gallery (515 Kennedy Street NW)
(sponsored by Walmart Supercenter on Georgia Avenue)

Photo Booth (608 Kennedy Street NW Entrance)
(sponsored by Horton’s Funeral Home)

Raffle (608 Kennedy Street NW - Site #1)

Mobile T-Shirt Printing (608 Kennedy Street NW - Site #1)
(sponsored by Mayor Muriel Bowser)

Terrarium Making (703 Kennedy Street NW)

(504 Kennedy Street NW)

At our Kids Activity Area, we’ll have fun for all ages. Stop by to get your face painted, make a special craft or meet with our two vendors (National Center for Children & Families & Breathing Space DC).

12:00 - 4:00 PM
Facepainting, Crafts & Coloring Sheets
(sponsored by Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner Palmer & Blandi’s CLC)

1:30 PM Kids Yoga Demo
(sponsored by Breathing Space DC)

3:00 - 4:00 PM Magic Show & Balloon Animals
(sponsored by the National Center for Children & Families)

Raffle tickets for unique business experiences and discounts at local restaurants can be purchased in advance through Eventbrite ( for our annual festival raffle. Tickets are 1 for $5; 3 for $10 or 7 for $20. All proceeds help support the work of Uptown Main Street and are directly reinvested into our programming.

- Yoga Heights 5-Class Pass ($85 value)
- Cheesemonster Studio gift card ($25 value)
- Andrene's Soul Food & Caribbean Cafe gift card ($25 value)
- HR Records gift card ($50 value)
- L'Enfant Flowers gift card ($30 value)
- BBQ Bus Smokehouse gift card ($25 value)
- Loyalty Books gift card ($25 value)
- Uptown Main Street Taste of Uptown Passes ($80 value)
- Kennedy Street Poster from Victory Dance Creative ($20 value)
- Jackie Lee's gift card ($20 value)
- Lost Sock Roasters Coffee + Mug ($20 value)
- Lighthouse Yoga Class Pass ($25 value)
- Moreland's Tavern gift card ($25 value)
- Kennedy Counseling Collective 50 minute self-care consultation ($80 value)
- Capitol Bikeshare 1 Year Membership ($85 value)
- Tranquil Treasures Styling Session ($75 value)
- Tranquil Treasurers Weekender Tote ($75 value)
- Lost and Found Bar gift card ($25 value)
- Free State Bar gift card ($25 value)
- Craft Beer Gift Basket ($25 value)
- ANXO Cider gift card ($50 value)
- 2 Tickets to a DC Sporting Event ($75 value)
- T-Shirt & 2 Pint Glasses from DC Brau ($30 value)
*Please note that attendees must visit the welcome tent at the 608 Kennedy Street lot to pick up your tickets but prizes may be claimed after the event! Be sure to add your contact information to your raffle ticket!

Monday, June 10, 2019

Meridian Pint to be replaced by Malaysian restaurant Makan from Maketto chef

That was quick! Meridian Pint at 11th and Park, which unexpectedly closed several weeks ago, will be replaced by Makan, a Malaysian restaurant from former Maketto and Spoken English chef de cuisine James Wozniuk, who Zagat profiled a bit ago.

DCist has the story, they're aiming for late summer, and Wozniuk is partnering with Kendrick Wu on the restaurant. They add that the restaurant will use Mid-Atlantic ingredients.

I don't see any permits there yet, but I did see a transfer of the liquor license from the Pint to Makan.

Once I hear more I'll let you know. They're at 3400 11th Street NW.