In other Upshur Street restaurant news a reader reports:
“I was walking by Timber pizza and they were testing out the pizza oven with some good looking pies. I talked to the owner briefly, and he said he hopes to be open in 8-80 days. They’re waiting on Pepco and then city inspections. Based on Slim’s progress, I’ll set my expectations at 800 days.”
“As I was stepping off the 60 bus on Rock Creek Church Road at Webster, a black SUV smashed into the bus after having zigzagged his way at high speed up the road. The driver got out of his disabled vehicle and ran up the road, but people in the neighborhood chased him down and pinned him down until the cops got there. Fortunately no one seems to be seriously hurt, but the poor bus driver is pretty shaken up.
This is 5 days after a neighborhood walk through with DDoT and local officials about the unsafe traffic on this block.”
This rental is located at 830 Shepherd Street, Northwest. The listing says:
“BEAUTIFUL LT FILLED 1Br/1Ba in HOT HOT HOT Petworth, on 2nd Floor above commercial space; 1 BLOCK to NEW SAFEWAY, YES! ORGANIC and 2 BLOCKS TO METRO, YES! ORGANIC, CHEZ BILLY BISTRO AND MUCH MUCH MORE. $1650 with FAB Cook’s kitchen, bath & Beautiful Hardwood floors, 9 ft ceilings & flooded with sunlight. AVAILABLE JUNE 1. Vouchers Welcome.”
“Commemorate Memorial Day with guided tours of the United States Soldiers’ and Airmen’s Home National Cemetery, more commonly known as the Soldiers’ Home National Cemetery. Located in Petworth and visited by President Abraham Lincoln, the Soldiers’ Home National Cemetery is the first national cemetery (est. 1861) and also serves as the final resting place for John Logan, who formalized Memorial Day celebrations in 1868 and the namesake of Logan Circle.
President Lincoln’s Cottage will partner with the Armed Forces Retirement Home and Arlington National Cemetery for tours and a wreath laying ceremony at Logan’s mausoleum, which will highlight the history of the Soldiers’ Home Cemetery, notable people buried there, and the history of Memorial Day.
Word of Domku closing has loosened a few memories for me. I’m gonna have to put on my old man hat and remind some folks what Petworth was like it 2005 when they first opened. Petworth was spectacular in 2005, thank you very much. It was spectacular because it was “real” and the people were the best. No nonsense, no bullshit, no pretension. Now despite the fact that Petworth was the most underrated neighborhood in the District, it was far from perfect. There were not many sit down restaurants on Upshur Street (RIP old school Hitching Post) and there certainly weren’t any that served borscht. In came Kera Carpenter with W. Domku. Domku was a game changer. It was cool as shit and despite it’s originality it was most definitely not pretentious. It was what so many of us had been pining for – simply a cool spot to eat, drink and meet folks from the neighborhood (and beyond.)
Now having said that Domku was far from perfect. I actually always enjoyed the food but as others have noted the service was, at times, uh, inconsistent. And the owner was at times, uh, no nonsense. But let’s again go back to 2005 for a minute. Opening a new restaurant on Upshur street was not roses, rainbows and celebrations like it is today. You had to be tough as nails. (more…)
Rising Real Estate Prices are Pushing Petworth Pioneer Out
After nearly 12 years in business Slavic-Scandanavian inspired Domku, located in Petworth, will close their doors at the end of June. A dramatic rent increase is forcing owner, Kera Carpenter to leave the neighborhood she helped create. Carpenter’s hand was forced by a 66% rent increase on the new lease.
Carpenter opened Domku in January 2005 as an effort to bring vitality to the Petworth neighborhood where she had bought a home a few years before. “When deciding where I wanted to open a business, making a contribution to my own neighborhood was a big factor. I knew it would be more difficult than going to an already establish area. I don’t regret that decision, but now now there is only so much I can do.” (more…)
Does anyone know the story of the huge, empty, white stone building on the Old Soldier’s Home property at the corner of Rock Creek Church Road and Harewood? It faces the Soldier’s Home Cemetary and Rock Creek Cemetary. There is an old unused gate at the corner, and the building looks like it has been vacant for many years.”