Looks Like New Bar Opens Near the Petworth Metro

There have long been rumors that a horse faced hillbilly with little personality had plans to open a bar in this long vacant space near the Blue Banana. Looks like he finally got it done and it’s called DC Reynolds (pronounced RAY-nolds, I believe). It’s a bit ordinary when you first walk in but it has a phenomenal back patio and a decent happy hour too. Definitely a great addition to the neighborhood!!

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  • Throw back Thursday?

  • So confused.

  • PoP’s post was tongue in cheek — D.C. Reynolds has been there for years, but the awning is new.
    The signage before that was pretty minimal — I think the name was on the door, but not in particularly big lettering.
    I think the logo in the transom window might be new too.

    • No, I’m pretty sure the logo in the transom has been there a while, cause I know I’ve noticed it before

      • Ahh — this was the first I’d noticed it.
        The logo in the window is attractive… but it’s also pretty subtle. So I’m glad they’ve got clearer, can’t-miss signage now.

        • agreed! Now if I want to have friends unfamiliar with the area meet me there, I don’t have to say “Look for the brown, really grungy-looking hole-in-the-wall on Georgia Ave, a few steps away from Lion’s Fine WInes”!

          • Yeah. Before the awning, it was sort of the Georgia Avenue equivalent of Eighteenth Street Lounge.
            In the signage department, that is. 😉

  • lets see if Leonsis lets that logo fly

    • +1. I doubt DC Reynolds gains anything or Leonsis loses anything as it stands, but copyright infringement seems to be one of those things that is enforced on principle a lot of the time. Maybe it’s already been addressed, who knows.

      • It looks like the same typeface, and the outstretched arm does look like the hockey stick… but I’m not sure that’s enough to allege copyright infringement.

        • It’s not a hockey stick; it is a hand like the Wizards’ logo. Instead of reaching towards a ball, it is clutching a drink. It’s pretty close and would likely be considered infringement, but they may have had that part of the logo for a while now since it is on the transom and door. Due to toddlerhood, I admittedly haven’t been to DC Reynolds in a while.

          • Ahh… I see the Capitals logo all the time, but didn’t have any recollection of what the Wizards logo even looks like.
            Now that I looks it up, the outreached-arm bit (in combination with the Capitals/Wizards typeface, which look like they’re the same?) does look close enough to raise eyebrows.

      • It bugs me, to be honest. We don’t support the arts very well, and one of the few avenues an artist can earn a living is graphic design for marketing, websites, and logos. Rather than hire someone to design an original logo, we see an example of someone’s prior work being used instead.
        But maybe that’s just me – I think artists should be supported and fairly compensated for their work.

        • I agree with this, and probably not an angle that would occur to most people.

        • As an artist, this type of thinking actually prevents people from creating new work. All art is influenced and inspired by the environment that it is created in, just because it has something similar doesn’t necessarily mean it was copied. There is a good chance they hired a designer to come up with this logo and that person deserves to be paid too.

          Copyright law was written to allow for this as Fair Use (check out http://www.cmsimpact.org/fair-use).

          • What constitutes “fair use” is a matter for interpretation. The website you cite has the following in its FAQ:
            ‘The Code refers throughout to “appropriate” use of copyrighted material, to justify fair use. How much is “appropriate,” in what situation?’
            There are no fixed, bright-line rules about how much is appropriate, which is a strength of the fair use doctrine.”

          • I’ve seen “Exit Through the Gift Shop,” and am aware of the arguments for and against making art that is “inspired by” others’ art, or a “clever”, ironic spin on it.

            I’ll leave it for courts to decide on case by case bases, as far as legality and rights, but IMHO, these sorts of things are the equivalent of a bad pun. “Instead of a basketball, it’s a beer, get it?”

            My fear is that it’s much easier for someone to photoshop existing art and send it off to a printing company (i.e., not supporting graphic artists’ employment) than it is to hire an artist to make something further toward “original” in the, you’re right to say, non-binary continuum of originality.
            I’d also venture to say that hiring a graphic artist to do a parody/ironic spin off an existing design doesn’t really tap one’s full artistic potential. But that’s the “Exit Through The Gift Shop” rabbit hole, and my own opinion.

        • I think DC supports the arts just fine….I think the artists don’t support the community with unauthorized graffiti and sticker tags on every wall, sign, bathroom, mirror, dog, alien, redwood, shoe, bus, bus stop, bus sign, bus-inesses, rat, DC Reynolds Bar Cat, etc…..

    • Came here to post that. TM infringement in 4…3…2…

  • General Grant Circle

    There will be a PoPville Happy Hour at DC Reynolds May 4th

  • When can we expect the new Englert place across the street?

    • We encountered some delays with DCRA. Permits coming through this week, looking at a late-summer opening. Pool tables in the basement!

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