Last week we saw a great shot of a hawk on H Street, NE. This weekend Rachel reports:

“Sighted on my run on Saturday morning: a red tail hawk perched on a branch, eating a rat for breakfast, at the corner of Euclid and Georgia Ave. Completely unperturbed by passersby. Glad that DC’s reputation as the third rattiest city is benefiting at least some of the local inhabitants!”


Georgia and Harvard St, NW

A reader reports:

“I went to Zippin Chickin Saturday for it’s soft grand opening around 1 p.m. It was going with an “opening day special menu” which seemed to have items discounted significantly. I got the “6 piece dinner platter,” which consisted of six chicken tenders, two sides (I chose french fries and collard greens), and either corn muffin (which I chose) or hush puppies. All of that cost a measly $9.

Back to the food: the chicken looked and tasted good–it wasn’t like rubbery chicken you get at fast food restaurants. Even better was that the breading on the fried tenders was not overdone. It added good flavor without overwhelming the chicken. The tenders came unsauced, while Zippin Chickin provided two small containers of Sweet Baby Rays bbq sauce in the bag. The fries were good, and they were plentiful. The collard greens were also good, not too bitter and not overly salty. I thought they were just right. My fiance, who is an outstanding baker, loved the corn muffin, stating that the top had a good crunch and the cornmeal was not overly dry.

Although we didn’t get any drinks, Zippin Chickin was selling sodas for 50 cents.

I’m just happy that my little block on Georgia Avenue finally has somewhere I can get legitimate food, other than Howard China or Nu Vegan.”

Georgia and Harvard St, NW

Thanks to Allie for the update on Zippin’ Chicken’ – I believe this is the first soft grand opening we’ve seen… As long as the chicken is good, well then it’s all good!! If anyone goes let us know what you think [email protected] or @PoPville – thanks!

2620 Georgia Ave, NW

Thanks to WayneMan Comedy for sending: “Have you heard about the restaurant that opened in Mama Chuy’s old location? They may have launched this weekend.”

Back in 2014 we learned that the building was for sale for $649,999.

Mama Chuy opened up back in December 2011. We spoke about this location’s closure and delivery from a location much further north back in February.

McMillan Reservoir

From MPD:

“Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department are investigating the death of a person whose body was discovered on Saturday, September 10, 2016, in the 2500 block of First Street, Northwest.

At approximately 7:33 pm, members of the Third District were called to the McMillan Reservoir where they located an unconscious, unidentified black male submerged underwater. No signs of life or obvious cause of death were observed. The body was transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for an autopsy.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the police at 202-727-9099. Additionally, anonymous information may be submitted to the department’s TEXT TIP LINE by text messaging 50411.”

A reader inquires:

“Having read the news about a body found in the water at the reservoir and not finding any “advisory” on the DC Water web site or the news outlets, can you kindly address the topic so that it may generate information for the general public please. Ultimately i would like to know the extent to which i would need to go in terms of substituting bottled water ie making pasta, coffee etc which fall outside of my bottled water consumption usage. While they mentioned later in the day that the process was being diverted elsewhere, there was no mention of if the existing water in the pipes posed a risk etc.”

DC Water explains:

There is no impact to the drinking water distributed in the district. McMillan is one of the two water treatment facilities operated by the Army Corps of Engineers Washington Aqueduct. In response to the discovery, the Aqueduct shutdown the McMillan plant while the reservoir was disinfected as a precaution. During that time, customers got their water from the Dalecarlia Treatment Plant. The McMillan plant has since been returned to service.

It is important to point out that the reservoir stores untreated water prior to the treatment process. It is filtered and disinfected after it leaves the reservoir. DC Water is confident the Aqueduct has taken the necessary precautions and the incident is not a threat to our customers’ water supply or health.”

From MPD:

“The Metropolitan Police Department seeks the public’s assistance in identifying a person of interest in reference to an Assault with Intent to Rob incident which occurred on Sunday, June 5, 2016 at approximately 5:00 pm in the 2700 block of Georgia Avenue, Northwest.

The victim was walking in the area when two suspects began to walk next to him, flashing a gun. The suspects demanded property and began to assault the victim. The victim was able to flee the scene without the suspects obtaining any property. The victim sustained minor injuries.

Anyone who has information regarding this case should call police at 202-727-9099. Additionally, information may be submitted to the TEXT TIP LINE by text messaging 50411.”