Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Cycling-themed Bar Roubaix opens in old Acre 121 space on Friday, Dec. 8! From Hilton Bros.: American Ice, Marvin, the Gibson etc.

UPDATE: They are opening to the public on Friday, December 8, not this Friday as I originally wrote.

Whoa, this was fast! A few months ago I wrote that Acre 121 would be replaced by a cycling-themed bar from the Hilton Brothers, who perform as Thievery Corporation and have opened a bunch of bars and restaurants in the city: 18th Street Lounge, the Gibson, American Ice Company, Ten Tigers, the Brixton, Satellite Room and more.

And now Barred in DC reports they're opening Friday, Dec. 8 as Bar Roubaix! I thought something was up, as Twitter user MrTinDC said that the Washington Area Bicycle Association was having a party there on the 13th. He also spotted a variety of bike frames out front, maybe they're building something out of town (pictured above.)

Bar Roubaix also tagged me in a tweet, saying "great beers, European street food, cycling culture." Sign me up.

Thanks to some internet sleuthing, Barred in DC found that the food may include döner kebab, spanakopita (phyllo stuffed with feta and spinach), German potato pancakes and zapiekanki, which is a French baguette with mushrooms and cheese.

They found that the chef is Rafael Nunez, formerly of Eatonville at 14th and Florida, and the GM is Arturo Zaloga, who managed the bar at Mezcalero at 14th and Spring and also worked at Marvin, El Rey and the Brixton, all Hilton-owned places.

A few months ago I talked to someone affiliated with the owners of the building, who said they plan to rejigger the interior to make it a bit more bar-friendly, as it was sort of an awkward space. They also plan to make the patio more open and patio-like, it was under a big tent before. As you can see above, they've removed that tent.
This all sounds awesome to me. Acre 121, if you recall, was southern coastal cuisine with a pretty good brunch, and before that the space was CommonWealth, a pretty tasty British gastropub from Jamie Leeds of Hank's Oyster Bar.

Roubaix is a town in northern France that's the end of the Paris-Roubaix bike race.

Here's their Facebook and Twitter.

Whoa! Colony Club owners will open a pizza restaurant next door on Georgia Avenue

This is pretty awesome news: the owners behind Colony Club, the coffee shop and bar at 3118 Georgia, will be opening a pizza restaurant next door. The City Paper has more details, it will be named after their general contractor, Sonny.

The building is a former doctor's office called MARC, I think used for methadone or other drug treatment. It's about twice as wide as Colony Club, and the City Paper says there's room for almost 200 seats. There will also be a big backyard area.

They'll have house-baked breads, sandwiches, salads and what co-owner Max Zuckerman described as "old-school New York-style sides like garlic knots and pepperoni rolls" to the CP. They'll also have beer, wine and cocktails that go well with pizza.

There's also an open space the next building up, I hope that gets turned into something soon too.

UPDATE: MARC was a former's doctor's office. My mistake.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Tree lighting, holiday happy hour and First Friday this Friday: help decorate the tree tonight or volunteer on Friday!

There's a lot of holiday fun coming up, as this Friday is not only First Friday on Georgia Avenue, where lots of local businesses have deals and freebies, it's also the annual Columbia Heights tree lighting at the Civic Plaza -- complete with a holiday happy hour at lots of local businesses.

And you can volunteer to help decorate the tree tonight (Tuesday) or for helping with the tree lighting.

The events are sponsored by District Bridges, who run Columbia Heights/Mt. Pleasant Main Street organization, and also co-manage the Georgia Avenue Main Street with Georgia Avenue Thrive.

Here's more from Jennifer Kuiper of District Bridges:
Dear Neighbors, 
I know it isn’t even December and some of us are still digesting turkey BUT if you are already in the holiday mood, here’s your chance to channel some of that good cheer by helping out District Bridges with raising up a GIANT tree and then decorating in preparation for this Friday's Tree Lighting Extravaganza! 
A special thank you to Ron & Jose from Annie's Ace Hardware - Petworth for helping get it on site (see photos). 
Come join the effort tonight at 6pm in the Columbia Heights Civic Plaza (14th and Kenyon) and then come back this Friday (Dec 1) at 6:30pm for the Tree Lighting Extravaganza! Enjoy music and holiday treats then head on back to Georgia Ave for First Friday (Holiday Edition) at neighborhood businesses. 
And don't forget celebrating Petworth Arts Collaborative's 1st Anniversary celebration as part of Petworth's First Friday! 
Happy Holidays! - Jennifer 
P.S. If you'd like to help out on Fridayfeel free to sign-up online. 
Participating businesses in Georgia Ave Thrive First Friday:
Holiday Happy Hour deals: 

  • El Tio Grill DC-House Margaritas on the rocks ONLY $6-All draft beer $4-Quesadilla grill chicken or steak $6.95-Nachos grill chicken or steak $6.95 
  • Sticky Fingers Sweets & Eats-$1.00 off hot chocolate 
  • Willow DC-Holiday Cocktail & Cookies 
  • Mola-All night happy hour at the bar 
  • Pear Plum Cafe-Extended normal happy hour-Custom special holiday cocktail 
  • Each Peach Market-Free hot drink-Promotion on holiday gifts/cookies etc., 
  • The Heights-Offering happy hour price until 10pm 
  • The Good Silver-Warm cider drinks for $5.00-Egg nog for $4.00-Until 10 pm 
  • Petworth Arts Collaborative- Happy Holiday Hour/First Fridays in Petworth Celebrating Petworth Arts Collaborative's 1st birthday.-Starting at Petworth Citizen (829 Upshur St NW) at 6pm with group photos in front of the Petworth Mural.- Music/dance party until 9pm along 800 block of Upshur St NW. 
  • The Coupe-Extended happy hour until 9pm 
  • The Wonderland Ballroom-Extended happy hour until 8pm-Two dollars off all drafts, wine and rail drinks-Serving hot cider-Entire bar will be decked out in all its holiday glory-Staff will be dressed in full wintery splendor 
  • Lou's City Bar-Spiked Cider Special 
  • Purple Patch DC-Happy hour all night including food and drink specials!-$5 draft beers & $5 House Red & White Wine-$5 Chicken Adobo Sliders-$5 Lumpia, -$0.75 Wings 
  • Beau Thai Mount Pleasant-Mulled cider cocktail “Mulling It Over” at half-price all night-Nonalcoholic mulled cider at half price all night-Specials at the bar 
  • Letena-All desserts half-price-Beer & Wine $4.00-Sides half-price 

Monday, November 27, 2017

Help beautify the neighborhood, meet neighbors, get coffee deals on Saturday

The weekly Georgia Avenue neighborhood cleanup is back, and this time there are deals on coffee and pastries from Harrar Coffee Roasters for participants. Read on!
Good morning everyone!

Georgia Avenue Thrive's next cleanup and community get-together will be this Saturday Dec. 2 at 10 am.

We'll meet at the corner of Georgia and Irving, by the Park View sign. Immediately following, volunteers will gather at Harrar Coffee & Roastery for special deals (buy one coffee, get one free, etc.!) and great conversation.

Hope to see you Saturday morning!

Email with any questions.

Something is up with Jenkins BBQ: maybe closed?

You may remember me posting a few times about Jenkins Capital BBQ, the newish spot that replaced Ruby Tuesday at 14th and Monroe in July. It was hard to find any information about them before they were open, although they now have a nice website.

But lately they haven't been open much, and I wonder if it's permanent. I walked by a few times in the last week or so and it dark and closed, and I recently got a tweet by someone who went by on Saturday and they were also closed -- kind of an odd time to close, Saturday night after a holiday. A Yelp review from Nov. 13 also says they were closed when they went by. I guess they could be closed for the holidays (or a few weeks around them) but I didn't see any sign about that.

They're closed Mondays so I haven't gotten in touch with them today, but will keep trying. I hope they stay open, but they've always been kind of mysterious to me -- it's a huge space but I've never heard anybody talk about it or seen anybody in there.

Has anybody gone? How did you like it?

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Taqueria del Barrio offering Mexican turducken, tamales for Thanksgiving, drag brunch

Well, this isn't something you see every day: Taqueria del Barrio  the Mexican spot at 821 Upshur, is offering a Mexican take on turducken, the Thanksgiving food where a turkey is stuffed with a duck that has been stuffed with a chicken. Wow. I guess in Spanish it would be a pavpatollo, or something.

Taqueria del Barrio's version, however, has turkey around a pork loin wrapped around chorizo, which sounds pretty awesome. You can buy it by the pound from now until Nov. 20, plus tamales, another Christmas staple. Might be good for Thanksgiving proper or Friendsgiving. They're also offering it in the restaurant from Nov. 24-26.

They're also doing a drag brunch on Nov. 18, which sounds fun. Read on for the details:
Drag Brunch – Saturday, November 18 
Taqueria del Barrio hosts drag brunch Saturday, November 18, with resident queen Desiree Dik hosting and performances by queens Chicki Parm and La Bella Mafia.  
Reservations are encouraged with one seating at 10am and another at 1pm. Guests can order from a fixed $25 menu including the choice of either a brunch entrée or three of Taqueria del Barrio’s signature tacos, as well as a brunch cocktail. Reserve a table by calling 202-723-0200 or visiting  
Thanksgiving at Taqueria del Barrio 
Spice up your Thanksgiving table this year, and let Taqueria del Barrio do some of the work for you in the process. Chef and owner Anna Bran-Leis is preparing a Mexican turkey roulade (her take on turducken), wrapping turkey around pork loin, which is wrapped around house-made chorizo, resulting in a savory, showstopper Thanksgiving entrée. 
The Mexican turkey roulade can be ordered in advance by phone at 202-723-0200. It is priced at $16 per pound (each pound feeds two people), and is offered alongside homemade cheese poblano tamales for $3.99 each. Orders can be placed now through Monday, November 20, and all orders will be available for pickup from the restaurant from noon to close on Wednesday, November 22.  
Although Taqueria del Barrio is closed on November 23 for the holiday, guests can also enjoy the Mexican turkey roulade as a special in the dining room Friday, November 24 through Sunday, November 26. The roulade will be $13.99 and comes with a cheese poblano tamale, as well as cranberry and orange salsa.  
Taqueria del Barrio 
821 Upshur St NWWashington, DC 20011 
Photo by Jai Williams 

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Grants available for social justice: affordable housing, environment, peace, immigration, anti-oppresion and anti-racism

This is awesome: All Souls Unitarian Church at 15th and Harvard sent me a press release about the Beckner Advancement Fund, which offers $70,000 in grants each year up to $10,000 for a variety of social justice causes: 
  • Safe, affordable housing
  • Environmental justice
  • Peace and reconciliation
  • Immigration
  • Anti-oppression efforts, including racial and ethnic justice
The deadline for the first part of the application is January 26, and the group needs to either be a 501(c)3 nonprofit or be affiliated with one. 

Here's a bit more about the fund and requirements, with a full description on their website (scroll down for the External awards, Internal are for church members.)

About the Beckner Advancement Fund 
All Souls Church Unitarian has a long history of working for social justice and fighting against oppression of all kinds. Our proud tradition of public witness here in the nation’s capital dates back to standing against slavery and continues to this day. For almost two centuries, the congregation has worked to make our city, our nation, and our world more just and compassionate. 
All Souls members Earl and Meta Beckner endowed the Beckner Advancement Fund in 1973. The Deed of Gift states their desire to “make the Church and surrounding community more cohesive, attractive, and forward-looking; foster human rights and dignity; and enhance the influence of All Souls Church in the Washington metropolitan area.”  
Grounded in commitment to social-change philanthropy, the Beckner Advancement Fund distributes about $70,000 each year to support efforts that advance All Souls’s social justice mission. The Beckner Advancement Committee, made up of All Souls members, the senior minister, and coordinated by a program officer, manages the Fund and advises the church’s Board of Trustees, who make the decisions for the Beckner Advancement Fund. Internal grants fund the church’s own social justice activities, and external grants support DC organizations that address urgent and compelling social justice issues from the community. as identified the following social justice priority areas
The Fund prioritizes proposals for organizations and projects that:
1.  demonstrate significant ties to Ward 1 neighborhoods and residents (where the church is located);2.  are facilitated by small, grassroots organizations;3.  address root causes of social service needs (rather than providing direct services);4.  actively engage the community they serve in developing program strategies;5.  effectively measure their success (or are building systems to do so);6.  seek support for new initiatives or for project components that build capacity of existing programs;7.  demonstrate willingness to educate and include All Souls members in their work for social change; and8.  have existing relationships with All Souls Church or its members. 
The Fund will not consider requests to fund individuals, sectarian programs that promote religious doctrine, or organizations that ask for more than 10% for general operating support.
Read more at their website, scroll to the External Grants.

Canned food drive for Mary's Center, which provides health services, tutoring and more; drop off at Petworth Farmers Market

Mary's Center, the great local nonprofit that serves as a community health center and also offers literacy and social services, is holding a canned food drive to help give families a good Thanksgiving meal. And the Petworth Community Market, every Saturday until Nov. 18 from 9am-1pm, is accepting donations.

Here's more about the canned food drive and Mary's Center. The market is at the triangle where 9th and Upshur meet.
Help Feed 500 Families In The Neighborhood 
We're partnering with Mary's Center to make sure everyone in the community can have a wholesome Thanksgiving meal this season. We'd love your thoughtful and kind help.
Items you can drop off at the PCM Market Manager table are: stuffing mix, instant potatoes, cranberry sauce, canned fruit and vegetables, canned gravy and gravy mix, canned sweet potatoes and yams, pie crust and filling, sugar and flour, rice and beans, and grocery store gift cards. 
If you're interested in volunteering with Mary's Center at their bag stuffing event on November 19 (or any of their other holiday volunteer opportunities), email Magali Ceballos at 
Mary's Center, founded in 1988, is a Community Health Center that provides health care, family literacy and social services to individuals whose needs too often go unmet by the public and private systems. Mary's Center uses a holistic, multipronged approach to help each participant access individualized services that set them on the path toward good health, stable families, and economic independence. The Center offers high-quality, professional care in a safe and trusting environment to residents from the entire DC metropolitan region, including individuals from over 100 countries, through 8 locations.

UPDATE: You can also donate canned goods at the Brass Knob, 2311 18th Street NW. They're open 7 days a week, 10:30am-6pm Monday-Saturday and noon to 5pm Sunday.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Help get out the vote in Virginia: phone banking and canvassing today and tomorrow!

The Virginia elections are tomorrow, which means elections for governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general and state legislature: and you can help.

The elections affect us in DC for a few reasons: for one, Congress has the power to stop DC from spending its own money and enforcing its own laws, and they've used that power before to block the city from spending money on things voters here support: medical marijuana, decriminalized marijuana, women's health, LGBT issues, abortion services, and many other things DC taxpayers have voted for and want.

The local elections also affect how the districts get drawn in the state going forward: right now, there are 4 Democrats and 7 Republicans in the Congress from Virginia, despite the total vote being split nearly 50-50. Thanks to gerrymandering, in the state house there are 34 Democrats and 66 Republicans, despite the state going for both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama.

But you can help! There are opportunities to make phone calls to Virginia voters either from your own home or at a local restaurant, as well as volunteer opportunities to visit the state to encourage folks to vote. 

Here's more info from DC for Progress. Read on for how you can get active!

Election Eve Phone Bank at Parthenon 
Join us at the Parthenon Restaurant tonight! Make calls for the full Virginia Democratic ticket using an online system! We will provide training, so do not worry if you have not used the system before. 
Please bring a laptop or tablet, and a cell phone with a charger, and FRIENDS! 
When: Monday, November 6, 6:30pm-9:00pm
Where: Parthenon Restaurant, 5510 Connecticut Avenue NW (Friendship Heights Metro) 
Please RSVP using the link below.
Sign me up! Election Eve Parthenon Phone Bank, Mon, Nov. 6

Remote Phone Banks  
Sign-Up Form --> 
All phone bankers or volunteers organizing phone banks should sign-up using the form. You will then be sent the training materials & call-in information for the phone bank training, which will happen at the start of every shift and last about 15 minutes.

We need as many people as possible on the predictive dialer. For anyone who definitely can't be on the dialer, we have back-up open virtual phone bank.

Get out the Vote Canvassing 
Knocking on doors and talking with voters is the best way to get out the vote.

Do not have a car? No worries! We are arranging transportation. But if you do have a car, and would like to drive other volunteers, please let us know. 
Meeting Location: DNC, 430 South Capitol Street SE (Capitol South Metro stop) 
Shift Times - Monday, November 6: 8am, 11am, 2pm, 5pm
Shift Times - Tuesday, Election Day: 7am, 10am, 1pm, 4pm 
Please sign up using the links below, and indicate which shift(s) you will attend in the sign up form.
Sign me up! Knocking doors in VA, Mon. Nov. 6Sign me up! Knocking doors in VA, Tues. Nov. 7

Election Day Phone Banking 
Join us in the final get out the vote sprint with phone banking at the DNC!

Please bring a laptop or tablet, and a cell phone with a charger, and FRIENDS!
When: Tuesday, November 7, 9:00am-7:00pm
Where: DNC, 430 South Capitol Street SE (Capitol South Metro stop)

Kickboxing pop-up at YogaWorks: get the first class free!

If you're looking to get into shape, just got this announcement about a new kickboxing class at YogaWorks on 14th just north of Florida Avenue. And there's a free code for the first class! Read on.
I am thrilled to announce a 7 class cardio kickboxing pop up class in DC. Classes will be held @ YogaWorks on 14th Street. Classes will be held from 7:40 AM to 8:20 AM on the following dates: 
· November: 14th, 21st, 28th
· December: 5th, 12th, 19th
· January: 9th 
BoldBox is a cardio-centric kickboxing class with kicks and punches set to an amazing playlist. No bags and no wraps needed. Being a champion is a lifestyle, and this class will train you to be fighting machine in your everyday life. Most classes will have 4 rounds: the warm up, the hustle, the knockout and the cool down. 
Come join the first class on us! Enter the promo code "BOLDBEATSVIP" into 'Enter Promotional Code' in the Eventbrite! (before 11/14). You can register here.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Caribbean pop-up coming to EatsPlace on Georgia Avenue Fri. & Sat. Nov 3 & 4

If you like Caribbean food, or just want to try something new, swing by food incubator EatsPlace on Georgia this Friday and Saturday for Littles, their latest pop-up. It's a Caribbean spot from Brooklyn-born chef Terry Tomlinson who learned to cook from his Jamaican mother and grandmother. They'll have meat, vegetarian and vegan options, plus drinks, beer and a kids' menu. Here's more from EatsPlace, sounds pretty tasty:

WHAT:  Littles: Caribbean Pop-up at EatsPlace  
WHEN:  Friday and Saturday, November 3 and 4, 2017 starts at 5:00pm - kitchen closes at 9:00 pm

Warm up with Caribbean dishes from the Littles pop-up at EatsPlace. Imagined through the creative and innovative lens of Chef Terry Tomlinson and his wife, Littles brings alive the spirit and flavors of American and Caribbean cuisine in a rich fusion. At Littles, the plates are designed to be shared. This pop-up's goal is simple: to source the best authentic Caribbean and local ingredients, that can be enjoyed with good friends, conversation and music!

One of Chef Terry's missions is to make Caribbean food healthful for the body and soul and embrace vegan diners. In addition to classic curry and jerk meats, there will vegan entrees and sides. Entrees include vegan curry shrimp; veggie tails, a version with all the island flavor but no oxtails; and creamy mac'n'cheese. 

  • Curry Chicken (Spicy): Chicken, onions, scallion, peppers in a spicy curry sauce, served with rice $7.00
  • Fried Whiting Nuggets: Whiting strips fried in a mild batter $6.00
  • Jerk Chicken Sliders (3): Ground chicken with authentic jerk seasoning, provolone cheese and caramelized onions $8.00
  • Mac and Cheese $4.00 

  • Veggie Tail: A stew made of butter beans, potatoes, peppers, onions, scallions and veggie meat.  Served with rice $9.00
  • Vegetable Curry: Carrots, chickpeas, potatoes, peppers, sautéed in a curry sauce. $5.00
  • Vegan Curry Shrimp: Jumbo Vegan Shrimp Prawns, onions, scallion, peppers in a spicy curry sauce, served with rice $9.00
  • Vegan Potato Salad: Potatoes, vegan mayo, vegan eggs, vegan mustard $5.00
  • Vegan Mac and Cheese $5.00 

  • Cabbage $2.00       
  • French Fries $2.00             
  • Rice (White or Rice and Peas) $2.00
  • Sweet Yams $2.00

  • Chicken Nuggets with your choice of french fries or mac and cheese $3.00
  • Fish Sticks with your choice of french fries or mac and cheese $4.00
  • Grilled Cheese with your choice of french fries or mac and cheese $3.00
  • Mac and Cheese $3.00
  • Vegan Mac and Cheese $4.00

About Chef Terry Tomlinson:
Chef Terry Tomlinson, born Brooklyn NY to Jamaican parents, had a keen interest in cooking at an early age. By the time he was 6 years old, he started cooking under the careful guidance of his grandmother and mother. Upon establishing himself in the Bronx, Chef Terry began cooking for others the Caribbean dishes he made growing up.  

In addition to being a chef, Terry holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) and started his own management consulting firm, Corporate Portfolio Management Solutions (CPMS).  

About EatsPlace: 
EatsPlace is a food business incubator and restaurant accelerator with a focus on community development, and sustainability with locations in Washington DC and Virginia. EatsPlace provides training programs for culinary entrepreneurs, and gives them use of a licensed commercial kitchen and retail space, as well as business support and mentorship. For more information visit or follow EatsPlace on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram via @EatsPlace.