Holy cow – thanks to a reader for sending word. Suffice it to say Columbia Heights’ Ruby Tuesday has been a slightly controversial topic. So was TGIFridays but that has apparently fallen through. Though as far as I know IHOP is still doing well. So, it’s hard to say, are we seeing the beginning of the end of big restaurant chains in Columbia Heights?

Ed. Note: Previous Ruby Tuesday locations have closed in Van Ness and Chinatown.

14th and Monroe St, NW

“Dear PoPville,

I was walking to the Columbia Heights metro this morning at about 8:45 when I saw that a woman had been hit by a car in the crosswalk at 14th and Otis St NW. I didn’t actually see the accident, but I saw her lying in the road and people were surrounding her trying to help her. The police and ambulance had been called and were just showing up. Just wondering if anyone else was there that wrote in and know if she was ok, or if the driver was caught? It didn’t seem like the firemen who responded at first were in a terribly big rush so I was hoping that meant the woman was going to be ok.

I also heard two other women who were bystanders talking about how this was the second time recently that someone had been hit in that crosswalk and how they wanted a stoplight or stop sign to be placed at that intersection. Maybe this is something we can post to raise awareness for drivers (and pedestrians) to be careful out there.”

On twitter I was sent:

“@PoPville Child struck in crosswalk on 14th street just north of CH. Everyone please slow down….your job can wait 30 seconds.”

Not sure if this is the same incident or if the victim was a child. Anyone else hear anything?


From Bloombars (3222 11th Street, NW):

“A message from Joel Bergner:

I recently began the third version of “Felipe’s Story,” the mural that has been on the side of BloomBars since 2009. That year, I spent time living and working in the notorious slum community (favela) City of God (Cidade de Deus) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. My host family included an 11 year old boy named Felipe, who I quickly became close with, in part because he was in desperate need of father figures in his life after his dad was killed violently and he was being raised by his grandmother in an all-female household. I was struck by the extreme situation that this good-natured, playful child was in; his grandmother expressed her worry to me and explained how many kids in the neighborhood, including several of her own children, got sucked into the crime and drug underworld which so often led to death, prison, or addiction. She prayed that Felipe would follow the path of education and a positive life. I realized that this was the story of thousands of kids in Brazil and millions across the world, and when I returned to DC, where I was living at the time, I approached John Chambers about turning this concept into a mural with Felipe as the main character.

In the five years since then, my artistic style has changed dramatically and I have had the opportunity to organize arts-based social projects with youth in marginalized communities around the world in collaboration with local organizations. My work has taken me to a Syrian refugee camp in Jordan, an indigenous village in Mexico, a shantytown in Nairobi, Kenya, and many more. All of this has influenced me as a person and an artist, and I am grateful to be able to continuously update the mural at BloomBars with new experiments and ideas.

I have also repeatedly returned to my work in Brazil, where I have watched Felipe grow into a young man. Unfortunately, many of his grandmother’s fears have begun to come true. He was locked up last year for robbery and his cousin reported seeing him at a party with a gun. One evening I ran into him as he was on the corner with red-eyed drug traffickers, an awkward encounter for both of us. Still, all is not lost. Felipe’s family and his girlfriend are positive forces in his life and are attempting to get him on a different path. This is a choice only he can make.

This new version of “Felipe’s Story” features a 17-year-old Felipe in the same pose as the past murals. There are two creatures struggling over him; one a demon and the other a winged bird-man who wants to pull Felipe in the right direction. As they battle to influence him, Felipe stands still, trying to figure out which way to go and what to do with his life. The artwork includes a pattern that I saw on a sidewalk in Jordan, aerosol art, mosaic, and creatures that I invented but which are influenced by many ancient mythology traditions. I will complete the mural this week and am excited to present it next Sunday evening. Thanks to BloomBars for giving me the opportunity to share my art and the ongoing saga of Felipe as it unfolds.”


From MPD:

“Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch announced an arrest has been made in the homicide of 41-year-old Inoe Javier Salvador, of Gaithersburg, Maryland, which occurred on Wednesday, October 29, 2014 in the 1400 block of Perry Place, Northwest.

On Tuesday, November 11, 2014, detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch arrested 18 year-old Edgar Blanco of Northwest Washington, DC charging him with First Degree Murder in the stabbing death of Inoe Javier Salvador.”


From MPD:

“On Today’s Date [Wednesday] at approximately 1845 hrs, during the evening tour, Fourth District Officers responded to the 3600 block 13th Street, NW, for a Burglary 2 in progress. A look out was broadcasted for a subject taking items from the neighbor’s garage. The suspect was stopped by the police and an investigation lead to the arrest of the subject for Burglary 2 and Assault on a Police Officer. It was through alert citizens and hard working officers that this suspect was apprehended. Thanks to all for their hard work; Good Job!”

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3462 14th Street, NW

Thanks to all who’ve sent emails about Thip Khao looking ready to open in the former Thai Thanic II space in Columbia Heights. They’ve been having some soft openings and will open to the public next week in early December. [Ed. Note: I’m told something came up last night and the chef will be traveling to Laos shortly for a family matter and they will open upon her return.] I was lucky enough to attend a preview dinner last night and I’m psyched to say the anticipation is warranted. Admittedly I am a wimp when it comes to spicy food but I have to say the Knap Pah (with Sea Bass) was one of the more delicious entrees I’ve had in a long time. It is super exciting for this section of 14th Street to get a restaurant of this quality. After last night I have no problem saying this a worthy neighbor to Le Caprice. Unfortunately my photos aren’t the best but have a glimpse inside and at the menu served last night – and more importantly when they open definitely be sure to check them out.

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More photos including the opening menu after the jump. (more…)


This is at the corner of Monroe and Holmead Pl, NW. A reader associated with the project writes: “Everything above the blue paint is new construction, I think we did a great job and that it looks very natural would love to know what your readers think.” What do you guys think of the pop up?


For the curious – one 2 bed/2.5 bath unit is going for $719,900 and the other 3 bed/2.5 bath unit is going for $819,900.


1433-1435 Spring Road, NW

Interesting tweet from Washington Business Journal’s @WBJNeibs:

“Looks like So Others Might Eat has acquired 1433, 1435 Spring Road NW, an affordable apartment complex.”

From So Others Might Eat’s website:

“SOME (So Others Might Eat) is an interfaith, community-based organization that exists to help the poor and homeless of our nation’s capital. We meet the immediate daily needs of the people we serve with food, clothing, and health care. We help break the cycle of homelessness by offering services, such as affordable housing, job training, addiction treatment, and counseling, to the poor, the elderly and individuals with mental illness. Each day, SOME is restoring hope and dignity one person at a time. We invite you to join us.”