assault arrest

From MPD:

“Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Sexual Assault Unit have announced an arrest has been made in connection with the following Misdemeanor Sexual Abuse offenses that occurred in the Third District:

· 1900 block of 15th Street, Northwest on Wednesday, January 11, 2017, at approximately 8:20 am. CCN: 17-006-483

· Unit block of Logan Circle, Northwest on Wednesday, January 11, 2017, at approximately 5:00 pm. CCN: 17-006-102

· 1300 block of Massachusetts Avenue, Northwest on Thursday, January 12, 2017, at approximately 8:00 am. CCN: 17-006-367

In all three offenses, the suspect approached the victim and groped her against her will.

On Friday, January 13, 2017, at approximately 10:40 pm, members of the Third District’s Crime Suppression Team located 57-year-old Michael Hilliard of no fixed address. After an investigation by the Sexual Assault Unit, he was arrested and charged with three counts of Misdemeanor Sexual Abuse.”


Well 9:30 club would obviously be better but nobody would get a ticket so this awesome! From Rolling Stone:

“U2 will celebrate the 30th anniversary of The Joshua Tree this year by performing the seminal 1987 album in its entirety at stadiums across America and Europe, including a stop at Bonnaroo.

June 20 – Washington, DC @ FedExField

Tickets for the U.S. shows (which will have general admission seating on the field and reserved seats in the stands) will go on sale Tuesday, January 17th.”

Ed. Note: First CD I ever bought was Joshua Tree, who’s coming with me to this show?

Photo by PoPville flickr user m01229

I sh*t you not!! Sign of the times!!! A reader reports:

“Given the Trump camp’s newfound sensitivity around bathroom humor, workers are currently going around the National Mall taping over the company name on each porta-potty: “Don’s Johns.”

It’s making the rounds on Twitter”

1595 I St, NW

A reader reports:

“My parents and sister just ate dinner at a place called Rare Steakhouse in Madison, WI. Their server told them that it was opening a location in DC in fall ’17 or early ’18. They were told it will be at 9th and I. I am not sure if that means City Center or somewhere else around there. The locations tab on its website confirms that a DC location is “coming soon,” but doesn’t list an address.”


Washington Business Journal reports a lease was signed at 1595 I Street, NW:

“It will be a large restaurant, encompassing 9,500 square feet on two levels, including the more casual, 49-seat tavern on the ground floor. In all, the restaurant will seat 337.”

You can see their menu here. Updates as they get closer to opening.

11th and Florida Ave, NW

Thanks to all who sent emails about the Post’s follow up article on the foreclosure sale scheduled for the Florida Avenue Grill.

“Imar Hutchins, owner of Florida Avenue Grill, sued his New York-based financier on Monday, alleging “predatory lending” and “deceptive practices,” and will ask a D.C. Superior Court judge this week to issue a temporary restraining order to stop a foreclosure auction of the oldest, continuously operating soul food restaurant in America.”

You can read the full story here.

Another reader notes: “Doesn’t this read almost exactly the same as the NYT article?”

In August 2009 the New York Times reported:

“In his briefcase, Imar Hutchins carries a certified check for $25,000. It is a crazy amount to walk around with, but for the last nine months, a series of banks have refused to take the money, even though Mr. Hutchins owes it toward a mortgage on a small apartment building in Harlem.”

You can read that full story here.

Updates on all fronts as the story develops.

14th between Irving and Park Road, NW

A sources says it it so. Stay tuned for confirmation. Staples closed in DC USA back in March of last year. Here’s who we hoped would take over the space

Gussini’s website says:

“GUSSINI FASHION was founded With a vision of becoming a neighborhood boutique. GUSSINI FASHION grew to over 10 stores. We have over 10 locations and are one of the fastest-growing retailers in the U.S.

GUSSINI FASHION offers a wide assortment of clothing for juniors and plus sizes, as well as an extensive shoe collection. GUSSINI FASHION is about bringing you the very latest in new fashions and styles and our assortment is constantly changing. So, if you see something you like you better grab it quick or you may miss out!

GUSSINI FASHION has also been a pioneer in attractive, well-fitting apparel for plus sizes. We firmly believe that every woman, regardless of shape or size, should enjoy fun, fashionable, and feminine clothing at an affordable price.

GUSSINI FASHION is headquartered in Bladensburg, MD.”

1010 Vermont Ave, NW (just north of K Street)

A reader reports:

Modern Market on Vermont will be open at the end of the month.”

Check out their Bethesda menus here.


Modern Market’s website says:

“Hello and welcome to Modern Market. We want to change what people eat.

Did you ever notice that when you eat great food, you feel good? We did.

We also noticed how hard it is to find places that serve great tasting, healthy food made from ingredients you can trust for a reasonable price. Eating out seems to be a lot like voting – choose the least worst option and get on with it. We wanted to change that.

So in 2009, we quit our jobs and opened a restaurant in Boulder, Colo. We built a neighborhood spot where we could eat every day and doing so would make us happier and healthier.

We serve artisan fare without all the pomp – simple counter service with amazing, scratch-made food that nourishes your mind and body. Priced low enough that you can afford (around $10), but high enough that true high quality sources can be used and our team members can be fairly compensated.

We cook our food using simple, whole ingredients purchased from farmers, ranchers and suppliers we know and trust; who love and respect the planet as much as we do.

Every ingredient matters to us – where it comes from, what’s in it, and what the practices are of the company selling it. We searched for two years to find pickles that don’t contain sodium benzoate (thanks McClure’s). Little details matter to us. A lot.

We have a holistic view on health. We think added sugar is the devil and (good) fats are our friends. We live by the Michael Pollan philosophy, “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” (more…)

Photo by PoPville flickr user Reana Kovalcik

From an email:

“The ACLU of the District of Columbia partnered with Law 4 Black Lives DC and Black Lives Matter DC to create a guide to help protestors prepare for demonstrations around inauguration weekend. They are also recommending people download a mobile justice app to record any questionable conduct by law enforcement.

demonstrationsguide_web (PDF)

demonstratonsguide_forprinting2sided (PDF)

More Info:


Photo by PoPville flickr user William E Heaton IV

Huge growth since we first posted about All In Service DC on December 29th – nice!

From a press release:

“Launched at the end of 2016, All In Service DC organizes over 50 Washington, DC service businesses to donate profits from inauguration weekend to local service organizations. The 50 plus businesses are as diverse as the city, such as new-to-town Momofuku CCDC and longstanding Cafe Saint-Ex. A furniture store, Miss Pixie’s Furnishings & whatnot, and Logan 14 Aveda Salon & Spa have joined too.

“We invite all of DC’s business to join this amazing effort to demonstrate commitment to community,” says Alaina Dyne, All In Service DC co-creator. “We’d love to see the entire DC service industry participate to show our commitment to hospitality and community, when we’re serving hundreds of thousands of visitors. This inauguration weekend, eat and drink in DC for good.”

All In Service DC’s goals are both to fundraise for local service organizations and also to provide an opportunity for service workers throughout the city to contribute to their community, while they are working the inauguration weekend. (more…)

812 7th Street, NW

This is the former Goethe-Institut that moved to K Street a year ago.

The liquor license placard says:

“An American Restaurant & Brew House that serves lunch and dinner, including a large variety of local draft beers. Seating Capacity of 338, Total Occupancy Load of 538, and a Sidewalk Cafe with 40 seats. Dancing and Entertainment.”

Yard House’s website says:

“If you’ve been to a Yard House, you know there’s an unmistakable energy to the place – an excitement that you feel the moment you walk in the door. So we turned our cameras loose to try to capture that spirit. Check out the experience that define us – because more than beer, more than classic rock, more than delicious food, even more than a brand – We are Yard House!

You can see their Springfield, VA menus here.

Updates as they get closer to opening.

7th Street looking north towards Mount Vernon Square