2611 Adams Mill Road Northwest

This rental is located at 2611 Adams Mill Road, Northwest. The listing says:

“Light and bright 1 bdrm apartment in the heart of Adams Morgan walking distance and steps from the shops and restaurants. Small pets OK with $20/pet/month extra rent. $40/app fee/adult. Certified security deposit check required with app. L&F application in docs. Section 8 applicants welcome”

You can see more photos here.

This 1 bed/1 bath is going for $1,650/Mo.

06/30/14 10:22pm

1817 Columbia Rd, NW

Tough times continue at 1817 Columbia Road, NW – former home of Evolve, Marrakech Lounge, and briefly Mudbugz. Runin DC notes:

“Taan which opened in October 2011 was known for its sake, steam buns and okonomiyaki, a Japanese-style cheese pancake. But Taan always played second fiddle to the renowned Sakuramen down the road.”

Taan’s website says:

“To our wonderful patrons and ramen lovers, we’re sad to announce that Taan Noodles has closed. Thank you for all your support over the last couple of years. We will miss the wonderful community of Adams Morgan.”

Eater DC reports:

“Justin Abad and John Manolatos of Cashion’s Eat Place are taking over the space to open Pop’s Seabar.”

Eater says their hoping for a Sept. 1st opening.

Ed. Note: We judged Taan here and Sakuramen here.

06/24/14 11:30am

2421 18th Street, NW

The Mediterranean Spot expanded with a second location in Adams Morgan back in July of last year. Their U Street location (formerly 24/Seven located at 14th and U) opened at 15th and U in Aug. 2012. Anyone know if that location had a name change too?

Anyway, the Adams Morgan location – just got new awnings for Philly Cheesesteak & Gyro. Think it’s just a marketing plan to be more appealing to a late night Adams Morgan crowd?



06/23/14 10:23pm

2337 18th Street, NW

Ed. Note: We spoke about the the change in ownership at Pharmacy Bar back in early May.

From one of the owners – Reggie Elliott:

“The views and opinions expressed in my original sent previously entitled “Pharmacy Bar Name Change” on June 20, 3:22 pm are mine and mine only and do not represent the views, opinions or future intent of the corporation DBA Pharmacy Bar or its owners.”

Original email:

“The name of the bar located at 2337 18th St. NW, previously known as “Pharmacy Bar”, will soon change to “Troublemaker Coffee Bar & Public House.”

Why Troublemaker? Because we thought it sounded cool! Just kidding. Seriously though, we took inspiration from a couple of sources, both of which subvert the more negative connotations of the word. The first source of inspiration comes from the colloquial translation of the late Nelson Mandela’s Xhosa middle name “Rohilahla.” Mandela and other historical figures like him are typically referred by their foes as “troublemakers” when all they are fighting for is a change for their people. Our goals are not so lofty but we are seeking to contribute to change.

The reputation of Adams Morgan is one of drunken debauchery, useless macho and chauvinistic displays coupled with destructive and self-destructive behavior, but anyone who spends any amount of time here during the day can see that it’s actually a pretty chill place. Many of the businesses that are open during the day have been here for decades and we’ve already become friendly with many of the local restaurant and shop owners. So the “trouble” we seek to make is simply to flip the script that’s been written about Adams Morgan. We intend on joining the many businesses that open their doors during the daytime when we begin to offer both freshly prepared, locally produced food as well as high quality coffee that’s been ethically sourced and roasted to near-perfection by established American roasters, international roasters as well as a few up-and-coming US roasters, looking for more exposure.

The second source of inspiration comes from Apple’s “Think different” campaign, paraphrased here:

“Here’s to the crazy ones. The rebels. The troublemakers. The ones who see things differently. While some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.”

The idea of taking over an establishment like Pharmacy Bar — given its geography, given its history — and “daring” to change it, could be seen by our friends and family as crazy enough. But the bar, the name and its fifteen years of existence belong to Kristaps Kreslin, his employees and the loyal customers who kept the place afloat, many of whom are our friends. We have our own ideas, concepts and areas of expertise and it is in our best interest to employ them as best as possible. All we can promise is that we intend to make Troublemaker exactly the kind of space that we ourselves would love to hang out at. (And we do! Stop by any night and you’ll find either Frank Hankins, Chuck Roberts or myself, Reggie Elliott at or behind the bar.)

Yes, yes but why “Troublemaker?” Well, in some ways it’s sort of like those animals that are able to camouflage themselves or even alter their physical appearance so that they resemble a more dangerous creature in order to ward off potential predators, when in reality, these insects, birds, fish or whatever are quite harmless. Those who know us know what kind of people we are and we are definitely NOT “troublemakers” but given Adams Morgan’s weekend late night reputation, perhaps it doesn’t hurt to have a little camouflage of our own.”

And on a side note they’ve also applied for an outdoor patio:



06/23/14 4:45pm


From the organizers:

“Adams Morgan Movie Nights concludes this Tuesday, [roughly 8:30pm or 1/2 hour after sunset], June 24th, at Marie Reed’s soccer field at 18th and California, NW, with the film that launched Wes Anderson’s career – Rushmore. And we’re doing something special for it –we’re encouraging film buffs on bikes (extra points for wearing prep school garb in honor of Rushmore) to meet at City Bikes’ Adams Morgan location at 6:30 pm this Tuesday to roll out on an hour long group ride (departs at 7pm) that ends at the Marie Reed soccer field at 18th and California, NW in time for the screening. As always, screenings start shortly after sunset. We’ll even have a bike valet on hand. 100 limited edition screen print bags (with our super cool poster logo on them) will be handed out by Meeps and Violet with some goodies in them (Tryst cookies, etc).”

06/21/14 8:51am

From MPD:

“The third district is investigating a shooting that occurred around 2 AM in the 2600 block of Mozart Pl., Northwest.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Metropolitan Police Department on 202-727-9099.”

Update from MPD:

“Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a homicide which occurred near the intersection of Fuller Street and Mozart Place, Northwest.

On Saturday, June 21, 2014, at approximately 2:23 am, police officers from the Third District responded to a call for a shooting near the intersection of Fuller Street and Mozart Place, Northwest. Upon arrival, they located an adult male suffering from an apparent gunshot wound in the 1600 block of Columbia Road, NW. DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services personnel transported the victim to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The decedent was subsequently transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner where an autopsy will be performed to determine cause and manner of death.

The decedent has been identified as 27-year-old Luis E. Avila Melendez of Northwest, DC.

The Metropolitan Police Department currently offers a reward of up to $25,000 to anyone that provides information which leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons wanted for any homicide committed in the District of Columbia. 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.”

From @DCPoliceDept just after 3:30am:


06/18/14 10:55am


This note posted to the Adams Morgan Listserv made me very sad. Let’s keep our eyes peeled for this rug and get it back to the owners:

“Very early this morning, between 2 am and 7am, someone stole our Turkish rug from our back yard. I’d left it draped over the inside of our fence to air out. It was the first purchase my wife and I made after our wedding and, as such, has great sentimental value.

If you happen to see someone with it, trying to sell it or if you have any information about it. Please email us at givemyrugback(at)gmail(dot)com”


This rental is located at 1857 Mintwood Place, NW. The listing says:

“This beautiful renovated basement apartment is located on a quiet side street just off bustling Columbia Road in the heart of Adams Morgan.

Just steps from the nearest bus line with easy access to downtown and a short 10 minute walk to both Dupont and Woodley Park. This location really couldn\\\’t get any better!

The apartment itself has plenty of storage space (including a private hallway entrance) and new tile floors and carpet in the bedroom. The recessed, adjustable lighting adds a modern and romantic feel to the living space. Equipped with an electric oven, full-size dishwasher, and an in-unit washer and dryer, the kitchen really has it all.

A spacious bathroom and newly carpeted bedroom complete this beautiful apartment with lots of character. The large patio out back offers a wonderful private space to have parties or soak up some sun on your own. Wifi also reaches out back, enabling the patio to become your own outdoor office!

The unit is currently occupied but will be available for a one year lease starting July 1. We\\\’re hosting two open houses, so please come by and view the space for yourself! Wednesday, June 18 from 6-8 p.m. and Saturday, June 21 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m.”

You can see some more photos here [Ed. Note: some of the photos loaded upside down but you can get the idea.]

This 1 bed/1 bath is going for $1,775/Mo.

06/13/14 1:25pm


“Dear PoPville,

Not sure if any of your readers are aware of this “controversy,” but Bistro 18 seems to be in a bit of hot water with Lambda Legal and the DC Office of Human Rights. According to the story, a transgender patron was presented a receipt with “Gay Bitches” as the table number about a year ago. When confronted about the faux pas, the manager did the right thing by waiving the bill and fired the server on the spot, but they still got Lambda Legal involved and now have a case pending with the DC Office of Human Rights.

I think that this is a ridiculous action on both the part of the patron and Lambda Legal. Bistro 18 is an LGBT-friendly establishment that has hosted numerous fundraisers for the local community. Additionally, several of the staff members there are part of the LGBT community and it’s a shame that they will ultimately suffer because of the bad publicity. Since the complaint was filed, Lambda Legal even went so far as to incite a cyber-bullying campaign against Bistro 18, which has resulted in their Yelp score suffering with petty reviews from non-DC residents.

Here’s a good take on the incident from The Bilerico Project, a major LGBT Blog:

With LGBT activists and netizens constantly ready to retaliate against any perceived slight and conservative Christians regularly claiming that many businesses are unfairly attacked by activists, what responsibility does Lambda Legal have to ensure that they aren’t damaging a business’ reputation without reason? Should they be held responsible for any harm they cause the establishment – particularly if the bar is found innocent by the city’s human rights commission?

1842 California Street Northwest

This rental is located at 1842 California Street, Northwest. The listing says:

“Great 2 level unit near U St & 18th. Kitchen features ss appliances, granite counters, breakfast bar. Updated BAs, recessed lights. Walk in Closet. Washer & Dryer in unit. Nice outdoor patio. It shows very well & you will not disappointed. Once a Month MAID SERVICE included in rent! *App fee $45/person to PPM, 1st mo rent to Keller Williams w/ application. Security Deposit at Lease to owner.”

You can see more photos here.

This 2 bed/2 bath is going for $3,015/Mo.