“This evening [Friday] at approximately 10:40 PM, 4D units received 911 calls for a shooting victim and the sounds of gunshots at 7th and Tuckerman Street, Northwest. Shortly thereafter, 4D units located a female victim suffering from a non life-threatening gunshot wound in the 700 block of Tuckerman Street, Northwest. The individual was transported to a local area hospital for treatment.
Fourth District Detectives are currently investigating the shooting. Anyone with information is asked to call 202-727-9099.”
Thanks to a reader for sending the update on Wapa Cafe:
“I just wanted to let you know that Wapa cafe is open! I am writing you this email from the cafe. As a customer, so far it’s great. Healthy menu options (breakfast, lunch/dinner) and great coffee. Most importantly free wifi for us that work from home! I just wanted to update you that it’s finally open (and the owner is very nice too!)”
There is a new local coffeehouse that just opened on the 5300 block of Georgia Ave. NW (bet. Ingraham and Jefferson).
The owner, Mani, who herself is from Ethiopia, serves only Ethiopian coffees plus a variety of baked goods. It’s one of the very few pleasant, low-noise, sit-down eating places in this area. She told us today that the cafe is open 7-7. They offer free wifi too!”
On July 18th 2013, Deputy Mayor Victor Hoskins and the Walter Reed LRA Project Team joined over 200 members of the community at the Developer Presentations which were shared in response to the recently issued Request for Proposals (RFP). The community is invited to share comments, questions and concerns via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by writing to the LRA at 1350 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Suite 317 Washington, DC 20004. Responses are due by 5PM on August 19, 2013.
Below, please find the Walter Reed LRA’s Agenda/Presentation and the Developer Presentations shared on July 19, 2013.
Back in April we learned Culture Coffee was coming to Kennedy Street. Thanks to a reader for sending an update:
“Just wanted to let you know that I saw Culture Coffee on Kennedy street is having a free tasting preview on Saturday morning (9-11). They also have a new website up and running with their menu on it. Exciting!”
“Walter Reed Tomorrow” is a cool project Hines Urban Atlantic has put together as part of their RFP submission for the Walter Reed site. Between now and July 3rd, the far-reaching survey and publicity campaign will gather nearby residents’ feedback about what Walter Reed should become. The data collected will inform Hines Urban Atlantic’s proposal to the D.C. Government about what should come the massive site – condos, retail, community space, etc.
I can’t wait to see what opinions we get – the project has so much potential!
Good news for Brightwood residents – a casual neighborhood spot is coming your way. The former Kendejah restaurant and lounge is going to become ‘Simple Bar and Grill’ (next door to Chocolate Crust formerly Washington Deli.) I spoke with owner Wilfredo Guzman (Wil) who says he hopes to have the space open (at least to sample the food) in a month or so. After that they plan on getting their liquor license in hopes of offering a tasty mojito and more.
Since the space was formerly a restaurant, most of the changes going on inside are cosmetic (though the kitchen has been completely reworked.) But right away, for folks who know the area, you’ll notice an improvement because the former cinderblock/bricked front of Kendejah has been replaced by two big open windows. Wil tells me that he plans for the space to be very welcoming. Folks who live in the area can often see Wil cleaning up the area in front of his store (which can be a Sisyphean task on busy Georgia Ave.) not to mention beautifying the tree box and other touches.
Inspired by the many restaurants he has worked at, Wil wants to appeal to everyone’s taste and keep it nice and simple – thus the name. The menu will develop over time but he plans on serving grilled meats and other simple dishes at a very reasonable price. Inside folks will find a small bar in the back and lots of booths and table seating for up to 95 (the space is two storefronts combined and deceivingly large.) There will be tvs as well so folks can watch football during football season and watch other big sporting events as well. Though Wil emphasized that the spot will not be a sports bar and restaurant rather it will be a neighborhood bar and restaurant.
I asked Wil how he decided to open a restaurant while currently owning a tattoo shop and he laughed and said he’s always had two jobs. While Graphic Box is only about 2 1/2 years old and will remain open (5816 Georgia Ave NW) – he’s worked at restaurants for over 16 years. He had to work two jobs to pay his way through the Corcoran School of Art while also supporting a daughter.
I have very high hopes for Simple Bar and Grill to become a casual but comfortable spot. Stay tuned for updates as they get closer to opening.
G Spot Lounge opened up in Sept. 2010 at 5413 Georgia Ave, NW. In Sept. 2012 we learned the space was for rent/sale – $2,500/Mo to rent or a purchase price of $150,000. A liquor license application reveals it will become Cafe Midar:
“New Lounge serving American cuisine with live entertainment, dancing and cover charge. Seating Capacity is 200, total occupancy load is 210.”
Not sure if that is a typo but that seems like an ambitious capacity for such a small spot. Anyway, with the retirement of the G Spot Lounge – Climax Sports Bar now has the honors for the worst/best name in town…