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.

Friday, June 7, 2019

Kraken Axes will replaced by Hook Hall: coffee shop, beer garden & venue; no more axes?

If you recall, axe-throwing bar Kraken Axes at 3400 Georgia Ave NW closed a few months ago for renovation. The owners had a lot of ideas for the space, including a big outdoor patio/beer garden, whiskey library and more. Now we have some details from their website, which is now calling the space Hook Hall. It sounds pretty great and I hear it may be open in the summer, so relatively soon.

They're planning it be an event space you can rent, a coffee shop during the daytime and a beer garden and bar. I've also heard there won't be axe throwing any more. However, you can get your axe fix at their new location, 840 E Street NW.

The space itself looks great on the outside, with a new facade. (It looks even better now, this photo was a couple weeks old.) They're currently working on pouring concrete for the patio beer garden as well. I've reached out to the owners for more info, but haven't yet heard back.

Here's more info from their (under construction) website:
Situated in the heart of Washington, DC, Hook Hall is a traditional tavern and event space. It is a place you go to enjoy a cold beer and catch up with friends, or to find the latest epic pop-up experience. It’s a space designed to transform and transition throughout the day. 
We have a stage that’s primed for local talent to impress, and our outdoor space – The Deck – that is second to none in the District. Choose a sunny day, pre-book your outdoor cabana, and gather all of your friends – you have memories to make at Hook Hall. 
As a traditional pub you’re invited to join us from sun up to sun down, for a hot cup of coffee in the morning while reading the paper or achieving inbox zero, to the midday meetings, and happy hour end to the work day. Swing by after your black tie gala to show off your fancy duds and have a night cap before heading home. Whatever you’re looking for you’ll find here at Hook Hall. If what you’re searching for is a fun place to hang with your friends or your kids, a place to unwind after a day in the office, a place to sit in the sun and write your memoirs, or a place to congregate and celebrate—Hook Hall is here for you.

We have a rotating selection of craft beers, classic cocktails, and supple wines. Specialty cocktail nights will feature new favorites that might make their way into the daily rotation. In the mornings, our coffee is always hot and strong, and roasted by the local team at Vigilante Coffee.

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Work underway at 14th and Monroe for Children's Hospital primary care center; former TGI Friday's space

Finally, something is coming to the big empty space that was supposed to be TGI Friday's at 14th and Monroe. The other day I walked by and saw some workers there, who told me it was being turned into a primary care center, and the permits for it say "Children's National Primary Care," which is affiliated with Children's Hospital.

Work is underway, but it's unclear how long it will take. Children's Hospital sold their Shaw clinic last year, so presumably this is the replacement.

It seems like a good use of the space. This was going to be TGI Friday's, which spurred some opposition from neighbors that it would be loud or otherwise problematic (upstairs from this space is a senior citizens' home.) TGI Friday's agreed to install soundproofing, but then they canceled their plans and it never came to fruition, and the space has sat vacant for a long time.

The area is a bit far from the main foot traffic around 14th and Irving, and the space across 14th failed as both a Ruby Tuesday and as the mysterious and rarely open Jenkins BBQ. (That space is now planned to be a Korean BBQ, which I hope succeeds.)

In any case, it seems like a convenient place to take your kid for medical care. What do you think?