photo by dcfireems

From CSX:

“UPDATE: It’s been confirmed that 14 railcars derailed at 9th & RI Ave NE in Washington, DC. No evacuations or injuries have been reported.”

DC Fire and EMS reports:

“CSX train derailment NE, DC – Hazmat situation – Rhode Island Ave shutdown in area – AVOID area”

From DC Fire Fighters L36 (@IAFF36) just after 7am:

“Update – Rhode Island Ave NE – multiple CSX trains derailed & leaking hazmat, isolating area; RI Ave Metro & RI Ave closed #DCFD”

photo by dcfireems

From MPD: (more…)

1132 19th Street, NW

Bonfire is from the owners of Provision No. 14 in Logan Circle.

Their facebook page says:

“We can’t wait to serve you up specialty drinks starting this weekend with ‪#‎BonfireDC‬’s soft opening!!

Yes, there will be happy hour specials beginning Monday, May 2, from 3-8 pm!

A new restaurant serving Modern American Bar Fare, while featuring 20+”very” craft beers, “from the hearth” cocktail menu and fine wines”

And details on their Grand Opening Wednesday:

“Please join us as we take glamping to the next level with our unveiling of the Social Restaurant Group’s newest concept, Bonfire, a fiery 3-level space, featuring a dazzling rose gold bar, unique floor to ceiling murals, and of course, a massive built-in fireplace. Bonfire’s Grand Opening will be held on Wednesday, May 4 through Friday, May 6 , but if you just can’t wait to get a peek, we will host several soft openings beginning on Friday, April 29 through Tuesday, May 3. Come sample our cast iron campfire cookery, extensive menu of creative s’mores, and barrel wood-smoked cocktails.

Wednesday’s Grand Opening will feature a complimentary champagne glass for each guest, a dj spinning our favorite beats on the 2nd floor lounge, and photographers snapping shots all night. We thank you for your continued support of our ventures, and we can’t wait to raise our glasses in celebration with you all!

If you would like to dine with us, please make your reservation on Seatme: https://www.seatme.yelp.com/r/bonfire

We promise this is one glamping experience you will not want to miss!”


425 I Street, NW

From a press release:

“Turkish-born restaurateur Hakan Ilhan is pleased to announce the Monday, May 2nd opening of his new 160-seat restaurant, Ottoman Taverna, at 425 I Street, NW, Suite #107, Washington, DC 20001, located between K & I on 4th Street), which will open for dinner service with lunch and brunch following shortly. Atlanta-based Matt Norris of Norris Design is the design firm of record for Ottoman Taverna. The design scheme for the restaurant’s distinctive interior pays homage to the turn-of-the-century casual restaurants found throughout the arrondissements of Istanbul.


At Ottoman Taverna, the menu will be comprised of classic dishes that incorporate traditional cooking techniques to pay tribute to the true flavors of Ottoman cuisine. Ottoman Taverna’s dinner menu will feature, soups and salads, cold and hot meze, flats breads, and entrees. Small plates will range from $7 to $14.95, and entrées from $16.74 to $24.75. Highlights from the dinner menu include Kırmızı Mercimek Çorbası, red lentil soup with onion, tomatoes, and paprika oil; Grilled Calamari Fattoush Salad with pearl couscous, tomatoes, cucumbers, and crispy pita chips; Confit Garlic Hummus, chickpeas, garlic, tahini, paprika and served with pita bread; Ímam Bayıldı, roasted eggplant stuffed with tomatoes, onions, and basil oil; Çerkez Tavuğu, Carcashian chicken with walnut, garlic, and paprika oil; Karides Güveç, shrimp stew with a saffron tomato broth, garlic chips, and fresh herbs; İçli Köfte, bulgur wheat köfte stuffed with ground lamb and beef, walnuts, and parsley sauce; Sucuklu Pide, flat bread with spicy lamb sausage, cows’ milk cheese, arugula, and marinated red onions; Adana Kebab, char grilled lamb and beef kebab seasoned with red pepper and herbs; Karnıbahar, cauliflower stew with tomatoes, cipollini onions, and parsley; Hünkar Beğendi, slow braised lamb shank served over eggplant puree; Tavada Levrek, pan-seared Branzino with mashed fingerling potatoes, capers, tomatoes, olives, and sautéed spinach, as well as Moussaka, eggplant, potato, ground beef, and béchamel sauce.


Additionally, guests will want to experience Ottoman Taverna’s Happy Hour offered Monday through Friday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the bar. One can anticipate a featured menu featuring hot and cold meze, as well as select flat breads for half the regular menu price. Happy Hour menu highlights include Midye Dolma, mussels stuffed with herbed rice, pine nuts, and currants; Hummus, chickpeas, garlic, tahini, paprika, served with pita bread; Muhammara, red peppers, walnuts, olive oil, served with pita bread; Şakşuka, crispy zucchini, eggplant, bell peppers served over tomato and mint yogurt sauce; Sucuk Şiş, grilled spicy beef sausage; Sigara Böreği, homemade dough wrapped with feta cheese and parsley; Falafel, chickpea fritters with tahini sauce; Lahmacun Flatbread, crispy thin flat dough topped with ground lamb, special spices, and served with lettuce and tomatoes, as well as Kekikli Keçi Peynirli Pide, flat bread with goat cheese, fresh thyme, oven roasted tomato served with arugula and marinated red onions. Happy Hour menu items range in price from $3.50 to $6.”

(more info and tons of photos after the jump.) (more…)


From the Funk Parade organizers:

“There will be some additions and small time changes over the next 10 days but all of those changes will be reflected on our website.


City First Bank presents the MA Winter Stage hosted by Capital Bop

1:00 – 1:50 Nag Champa

2:10 – 2:50 Jenna Camille

3:10 – 4:00 Aaron Ab Abernathy w/ Live Band Nat Turner

4:00 – 5:00Parade Break

5:10 – 6:00 Sam Prather’s Groove Orchestra

6:15 – 7:00 Trae Crudup & The Cover-Up

DCRE Performance Area at the Reeves Center

1:00 – 1:45 Crush Funk Brass

2:00 – 2:45 Street Performances by Urban Artistry and Nubian Spin

3:00 – 3:45 Spread Love Band

4:00 – 5:00 Parade Break

5:00 – 5:30 Batala Washington

5:30 – 6:30 Brass Connection

The DC Public Library Harrison Rec Family Funk Pavilion hosted by Words Beats & Life (more…)


“Radiator, a cocktail bar and neighborhood gathering place featuring contemporary American small plates with global influences, will open on April 28 off the 14th Street corridor at 1430 Rhode Island Ave. NW. Radiator nods to the spirit of its surroundings in both its name – a reference to 14th Street’s rich automotive past – and lively, engaging experience. The bar is located adjacent to the new Mason & Rook Hotel.”



Check out the menu after the jump. (more…)