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Photo courtesy Rock & Roll Hotel

From a press release:

“Beginning Friday March 27th, Rock & Roll Hotel will bring a new mix to the nightlife on H St; introducing ROOFTOP DJs on Friday and Saturday evenings from 5-8pm! We are proud to be one of the few bars in the entire city to host rooftop DJs on the weekend. Expect music and happy hour specials from 5-8pm both nights. Plus, just like our second floor DJ sets, there is never a cover to party.

We host one of our resident DJs, LanceDontDance (part of the CLSTRFCK dance party troupe) on Friday March 27th. Weaving from top Indie jams to your favorite hip-hop classics, he’s got a set prepared to kick the weekend off right. On Saturday the ROAM DJs, featuring Lisa Frank, Chris Nitti and Sami Y take over.

Party begins Friday, March 27th [1353 H Street, NE]
And every Friday and Saturday following
5-8pm | 21+”

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411 and 413 H Street, NE

From a Nando’s spokesperson via email:

Nando’s got some great news today from the DC Board of Zoning Adjustment. Thanks to overwhelming support from our H Street neighbors, the BZA approved our special exception to operate at 411 and 413 H Street, NE. We can’t wait to get our hammers swinging, light up our grills and bring our spicy PERi-PERi chicken to H Street! We are now hoping to hatch on H Street by late fall or early winter.”

Ed. Note: Woodley Park also has BZA approval but no projected opening date yet.

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“Dear PoPville,

As a dedicated X2 rider for 4 years, the X2 has changed a lot – and the rise of the “bus bunching” last year was noticeable and aggravating. I’m glad WMATA is dedicating more resources to handling this busy route.

Though, while the frequency of buses has increased 6am-7pm on weekdays – there is still a persistent gap in service from 7pm-7:30/45 – which after a long day is never fun.

And on weekends, forget the X2 entirely.”

From WMATA’s post Metrobus X2 Continues to Gain Riders:

“So to improve reliability, we made some changes in December 2014:

To meet demand, we increased the frequency of buses to an even 8 minutes all day long – 6:00am-7:00pm on weekdays.
We deployed a team of dedicated supervisors on the street (at Minnesota Avenue and Lafayette Square) and at the Bus Operations Control Center to ensure even spacing between buses on weekdays. The X2 is now a “headway-managed” route on weekdays, meaning our primary goal is to maintain buses evenly every 8 minutes throughout the day.
We adjusted the scheduled running times by about 15% for all trips.

The results have been impressive: ridership has jumped 14% from 12,700/day in October 2014 to 13,800 in February, overcrowding (particularly during the midday) has been virtually eliminated, and on-time performance has grown to 83% – a remarkable achievement for a heavily congested urban corridor.”

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414 H Street, NE

From an email:

“Boundary Road is hosting a pop-up for Sally’s Middle Name on Sunday, March 29. It’ll be from 10pm to 12am, which we know is a little late in the evening for a lot of people, but is when Boundary Road traditionally hosts its pop-ups. I promise it’ll be worth staying up a little past bedtime. Chef Sam will be assisted in the kitchen by Chef John Manolatos of Cashion’s Eat Place.

Sally’s Middle Name will open on June 3rd, 2015 [1320 H Street, NE]”

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“Also – on April 1st Sally’s will be participating in a chili cook-off at Meats & Foods to celebrate the opening of their new patio.”

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247 Florida Ave, NW

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Photo by PoPville flickr user Jennifer

From an email:

H Street Runners Spring Fun Run and Happy Hour on Tuesday March 24th

After a bit of hiatus, H Street Runners is up and running again! And just in time for spring! Join us as we re-launch this neighborhood running club next Tuesday evening, March 24th at 6:30 pm. Meet at the corner of 5th and H Street, NE, outside of The Big Board, for an easy run (~3 miles) up along the Metropolitan Branch Trail and back. Happy Hour at The Big Board (upstairs) starting at about 7:00 pm (after the run). RSVPs encouraged.”

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From DDOT:

“The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) announced today the findings of a letter from the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), which conducted a peer review of the H Street/Benning Road Streetcar system last week. The peer review panel concluded that there are no fatal flaws that would prevent the DC Streetcar from starting revenue service on the H Street/Benning Road corridor. A draft report is due to be delivered in mid-April.

“This letter from APTA underscores DDOT’s guiding principle for the DC Streetcar that it will only open once it is deemed safe,” said DDOT Director Leif A. Dormsjo. “The APTA peer review helped give us a pathway toward a Streetcar service that can meet safety certifications and the needs of passengers that it will eventually serve.”

The APTA peer review panel provided a list of tasks for DDOT to complete prior to launch. These tasks include providing additional training for maintenance staff, reviewing operations and maintenance procedures, and augmenting DDOT staff with personnel experienced in streetcar operations. As such, DDOT is currently conducting workshops and analyses to establish a master schedule that will guide the agency toward completion of the peer review panel’s recommendations prior to opening the H Street/Benning Road Streetcar system to the public.

DDOT is also currently undertaking maintenance and repairs to the system, including rail breaks and water drainage mitigation. This work requires that simulated service temporarily cease along the corridor.

About APTA: APTA is a nonprofit international association of 1,500 public and private sector organizations, engaged in the areas of bus, paratransit, light rail, commuter rail, subways, waterborne services, and intercity and high-speed passenger rail. This includes: transit systems; planning, design, construction, and finance firms; product and service providers; academic institutions; transit associations and state departments of transportation. APTA is the only association in North America that represents all modes of public transportation. APTA members serve the public interest by providing safe, efficient and economical transit services and products. More than 90 percent of the people using public transportation in the United States and Canada ride APTA member systems. APTA typically performs 30 to 40 peer reviews of transit systems annually, assembling teams of industry professionals nationwide to conduct independent and impartial reviews of transit systems.”

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523 H Street, NE

Good news for sports fans on the eastern end of H Street. I stopped in 6th and H Bar and Grill and was told they’ll be opening in April. The space was completely photo ready but I can tell you it is dominated by huge bar with tons of tvs every foot or so spanning the entire wall. There was also lots of soccer regalia and other sports memorabilia. Frankly it looks like a perfect sports bar – stay tuned for an exact opening date.