5830 Georgia Ave, NW

Earlier this month things were not looking good for Chocolate Crust. Thanks to a reader for passing on the unfortunate update from the Brightwood listserv:

“It is with great sadness that I must close Chocolate Crust Bakery today, Friday October 31, 2014. It has been a long struggle. However…

I would never have been able to get this far without your incredible support! I have been incredibly humbled by the passion the local community has shown in supporting small business in this changing neighborhood. You have rallied for us and come out for us and provided innumerable suggestions and positive comments which all together kept us going this far! Thank you!

Even with an episode on the Cooking Channel, 5 times written up in the Washington post, “Best of…” in several categories by numerous publications, great ratings on Yelp, radio interviews, TV spots from here to NYC, direct support from our Ward 4 Council Member Muriel Bowser and her team and honored by being in her campaign commercial, and especially an incredible amount of support in so many ways form Emory Beacon of Light here in Brightwood, we were not able to make a solid go of it.

This neighborhood is in an interesting time of regeneration and I have been thrilled and grateful to have been a part of it getting to know so many of you and becoming your friends. I hope you will keep supporting the many neighboring businesses who are also struggling.

As for what I will be doing next… I will be finishing my chocolate cookbook quite quickly and also be teaching culinary at area institutions and do some business consulting as well. That should keep me busy until my next new idea takes form.

In love and service, THANK YOU for everything.

Chef Robert Cabeca”

From DDOT:

“District Department of Transportation (DDOT) announced the start of a large-scale project to make roadway improvements to Military Road NW near 16th Street and replace the 16th Street NW Bridge over Military Road.

Residents should prepare for major impacts on traffic on Military Road and 16th Street NW during this project, which is expected to take 11 months to complete, weather permitting. The first phase of this project will last from October to March 2015, during which DDOT will focus on making improvements to Military Road NW.

These improvements will include installing a new, stone-faced median barrier on Military Road NW, between Oregon Avenue and 14th Street; improving storm drainage along the roadway and installing traffic signal and street light enhancements.”


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Featured Property: 913 Aspen St NW
Legal Subdivision: Brightwood
Advertised Subdivision per Listing: Takoma
Bedrooms: 4 Baths: 3 Parking: Garage Basement: Yes, Fully Finished Ownership: Fee Simple
Original List Price: $674,900.
List Price at Contract: $674,900.
List Date: 9/11/2014
Days on Market: 7
Settled Sales Price: $691,000.
Seller Subsidy: $0.
Settlement Date: 10/10/14
Bank Owned?: No Short Sale? No Estate: No

Original GDoN post is: here.

The original listing can be seen here: here.

You will find Brightwood at the northern part of the city, above Missouri Ave NW, and to the east of Georgia Avenue. This particular home is quite close to the pending game changing development at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center site. For those who enjoy the relative wilderness as a counter to urban life, Rock Creek Park is just on the other side of WRAMC. Buses run up and down Georgia Ave, and nearby Silver Spring and Takoma Park offer cheap parking, Whole Foods or the Takoma park Food Co-op, and plenty of restaurant choices. (more…)

From MPD:

“Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying and locating a suspect in connection with a First Degree Sexual Abuse that occurred in the 900 block of Kennedy Street, Northwest, on Sunday, October 12, 2014, between 2:30 am and 3:00 am.

The initial investigation had indicated that the sexual assault occurred in a taxi cab. However, further investigation revealed that the victim was walking in the 900 block of Kennedy Street, Northwest when she was approached and sexually assaulted by the suspect and no DC taxi cab was involved.

The suspect is described as a black male, in his late 30s, 5’7 to 5’8″ in height.

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


From MPD:

“The Metropolitan Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in locating a missing person critical identified as 39 year-old Dalila Rashedia Brooks. She was last seen on Monday, October 13, 2014, at approximately 7:00 am, in the 1600 block of Van Buren Street, Northwest, Washington, DC.

Mrs. Brooks is described as a black female, 6’0” tall, 150 pounds, brown eyes, and curly shoulder length black hair, with a medium complexion. She was last seen wearing black leggings, black shirt, and may be barefoot.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Dalila Rashedia Brooks is asked to call the Metropolitan Police Department at (202) 727-9099, Youth Investigations Branch at 202-576-6768, or 911.”

From MPD:

“Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying and locating a suspect in connection with a First Degree Sexual Abuse that occurred between the 600 and 700 blocks of Kennedy Street, Northwest.

On Sunday October 12, 2014, between 2:30 am and 3:00 am, an adult female was a passenger in a taxi cab when she was sexually assaulted by the operator of the taxi cab.

The suspect is described as a black male approximately 6’2″ to 6’4″ with an American accent. The suspect was last seen between the 600 and 700 blocks of Kennedy Street, Northwest operating a red four door DC cab with a grey stripe.

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

5830 Georgia Ave, NW

Thanks to a reader for passing on from the Brightwood listserv:

“Chocolate Crust – Trying to stay in Business

As the owner of Chocolate Crust Bakery I want to thank you for letting us be part of your growing community for the past 20 months. I am also compelled to let you know that at this time the Bakery’s future is very uncertain as debts have piled up due to low sales.

Unfortunately, the recognition and notoriety that the Bakery has won in the community has not yet translated into the increased sales necessary to keep the Bakery’s doors open. The Cooking Channel program airing the 22nd this month will certainly result in a bounce in sales for us. However, a strategy needs to be in place to sustain the sales beyond that.

I am therefore asking for your input and what would you like to see from us. For example, what food products would provoke you and at what prices, and would you be interested in additional services such delivery, later hours or even classes? (more…)

939 Longfellow Street Northwest

This rental is located at 939 Longfellow Street, Northwest. The listing says:

“Stunning renovated 1st floor 1BR, 1BA Apt. Perfect Location. Hardwood Floors Beautiful Gourmet Kitchen w/ SS Appliances, Granite Counters, Dishwasher, storage. Don~t miss this seeing this beautiful unit. Video Home Tour available. Please email or call to see right away.”

You can see more photos here.

This 1 bed/1 bath is going for $1,200/Mo.


A reader writes:

“Around 10 PM last night my husband and I heard between 9-12 gunshots outside our back window. Apparently two men were shooting at each other while running down Longfellow Street between 5th and 7th Streets. Police arrived quickly at the scene.

As you can see below, a car was damaged. Also bullets went through a window in one of the condo buildings on Longfellow.

From what I’ve heard, no arrests have been made. I’ll be emailing Bowser’s office as well as MPD to see what information they have. We will enhance patrols in the area.”

OP passes on response from MPD:

“Hello. I was advised no one was injured nor has anyone reported being shot at. We found shell casings and two cars were damaged. If anyone has information please let us know.”