“Builders come in like wrecking balls, walls fall before asking what the house might want. A softer-touch held this soul intact, in fact, a partnership with her, blending classic and new, lightning’s flash is quick & easy, but renovation requires meditation for thunder to strike a quieter chord, in a deeper melody, not so pop, chart’s top forever. Think Carly S, not Miley C. Less Kanya, more B. I. G.”
Ed. Note: This was requested by two separate readers because of the prose.
“Went to the ANC meeting last night. Douglass development was there to discuss their plans. 3 floors of retail (1 of which would be underground). Apartments/condos on top. 32 Total units? No parking. Possibly a zipcar spot. Studios – 2 bedrooms. Earliest they would break ground would be February 2016, but this is not likely they said. Will be later.
9730 sq ft of retail on the largest floor. Also, this will have a stone facade, Not brick. This is the old HSDC building.
“¡O CANADA! Whiskey Tasting w/ Mike Goss featuring
Pike Creek Whisky, Lot 40 Whisky, J.P. Wiser’s Rye, & J.P. Wiser’s Spiced Whisky
Two boutique whiskies & two whiskies from Canada’s biggest brand Tuesday, Feb. 11th at 7:30 PM at Little Miss Whiskey’s Golden Dollar
$5, only 35 spots, tickets available here.
and a little more information for those interested
Lot 40 Whisky-
small batch whisky from a mash of 10% malted rye & 90% rye, single copper pot distilled, aged in new white oak
“the quintessential Canadian rye”, Ruben Luyten, WhiskyNotes.com
small batch whisky aged 10 years in bourbon casks in a non-climate controlled warehouse, finished in port casks
Silver Medal, 2013 San Francisco World Spirits Competition
J.P. Wiser’s Rye-
copper-collumn distilled, aged 5+ years in 3 types of barrels: new oak, bourbon, & canadian whisky.
Crafted according to a 150 year-old recipe
J.P. Wiser’s Spiced Whisky-
twice distilled in copper columns, aged 4+ years in bourbon barrels & spiced w/ vanilla.
Sooo much better than the new honey flavored whiskeys…”
Back in February of last year we first learned that the former Z Mart space located at 806 H St, NE would become a Chez Hareg Organic Market. They were originally supposed to open in April but there had been very little visible progress. At some point the coming soon sign had also disappeared. I’m happy to share some photos from a reader that show the market is still coming. Updates when they open.
“Little Miss Whiskey’s, Sticky Rice, and Rock n Roll Hotel are hosting the qualifying rounds and championship of our annual Karaoke battle:
6th Annual H Street Karaoke Cup
Brought to you by Pabst Blue Ribbon
Wednesdays, 9 PM, 2/5 & 2/19, @ Little Miss Whiskey’s (1104 H Street NE)
Thursdays, 10 PM, 2/6, 2/13, & 2/20 @ Sticky Rice (1224 H St NE)
Final Championship Battle:
Thursday, 9 PM, 2/27 @ Rock ‘n’ Roll Hotel (1353 H St NE)
NO ENTRY FEE
NO COVER CHARGE
Anyone can enter by singing on any qualifying night in February at Little Miss Whiskey’s Golden Dollar or Sticky Rice. Contestants will be invited by the host via email to participate in the finals at the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hotel on Thursday, February 27th.
This is not merely a talent competition for pure singers, this is a search for performers, so you are encouraged to dress up and get down!
Pabst Blue Ribbon is our official sponsor, prizes include cash and glory so step to the mic and unleash your inner rockstar!”
When looking into the new sports bar coming to H Street, I learned some sad news for next door neighbor Mike’s Thrift Store. The building is for lease. The owner tells me that he will remain open until it does. The owner is super nice – so if there any thrifters out there – there’s still time to show him some love.
““1st FLOOR ONLY is $6,000 / Mo. The 2nd FLOOR is $3,500/ Mo. Whole building is $8,500/ Mo. Property is build-to-suit w/Brick walls. 4 doors: 2 on outside Patio ( Maryland Ave) & 2 on H st. Lease of 5 years available.”
Now a liquor license application has been posted here for Halftime Sports Bar located at 1427 H Street:
“This is a new “C” Tavern. Sports Bar with sports shows on TV’s throughout the bar. Food to be served will be french fries, hamburgers and chicken wings.”
Hours are listed at Sunday from 10am – 2am, Monday through Thursday 12pm – 2am, Friday from 12pm – 3am and Saturday from 10am to 3am. Construction/demo has already started.
Also back in Nov. 2013 we learned that H Street would be getting a huge sports bar called Sin Bin Sports Bar & Restaurant located a block away at 1336 H Street, NE. It’ll be interesting to see if two sports bars survive being located so close together. Updates (on both sports bars) when they get closer to opening.
Halftime Sports Bar will be located a few storefronts west of the Argonaut:
Alleged Pick Pocket Robbery January 27, 2014 at H & Pizza Washington, DC
DC friends be on the lookout for pick pockets. On Monday, January 27, 2014 around noon I was having lunch with a friend at H and Pizza in H st NE, DC. Long story short: while we were having lunch a lady between the ages of 45-55 stole her wallet from her purse. An hour later they had already charged over $1200 to her credit cards. Since everything happened so fast I thought about going back to the store and file a police report. A day later the management of the restaurant released the videos to me, at first I didn’t see anything. But upon a closer look it was clear that this lady is a “professional” there are no coincidences in her acts.”
A woman came walking down our street, got naked and exposed herself to a neighbor a few doors up from us, and then walked up to our door unaware to us and shoved a wad of burning tissue paper through our mail slot, kicked our door and left. Some of the paper stuck in the mail slot, while another burning chunk fell to the floor.
We quickly grabbed the burning paper and threw it outside and then watched the woman continue down the street knocking over trash cans and just acting, well, crazy.
We called the police and they actually drove up and talked to her and then let her go. When they got up to us a few blocks further up the street, we told the police that — in addition to the indecent exposure they had been alerted to — she also shoved burning paper through our door. The police car turned around and went back to find her. We’re not sure what happened next.
I snapped a photo of one of the pieces of the burnt paper in a “re-creation” of where we first found the burning paper.
That was nuts – and it makes us feel a little vulnerable that anyone with a mental illness can walk up and throw burning paper into our mail slot. I know that our house was a random target and this might never happen again, but we’re now thinking of sealing our mail slot shut and putting a mail box outside.
Our fear is – what if we weren’t home and the dogs were here and the house caught on fire? What if it was the middle of the night and we were sleeping?
We were also less than impressed with the actions of the police. They seemed to kind of not care too much. I fear they will just let this woman go and she could do this again – with far worse consequences.
Our living room still smells like burnt paper as we sit here a little stunned.
Update: So, we never had a police officer come back to our place to tell us anything – Did they catch the woman? Was she on drugs? Is she a sort of known mentally ill person that they have a history with? How random was this attack?
We called our local station and they could not tell us either and said we’d have to call a 911 dispatcher. We kind of didn’t want to tie up any more 911 lines with this issue, so we dropped it. Overall we were very unimpressed with the police response to a situation which – had this woman been more competent in attempted arson – could have been much worse.”
Dept. of Mental Health’s Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program operates 3 mental health programs:
Psychiatric Emergency Services (PES): 202-673-9319 (24hrs, 7 days per week)
Mobile Crisis Services (MCS): 202-673-9300 (9am -1am, 7 days per week)
Homeless Outreach Program (HOP): 202-673-9124 (9am -8pm , M-F)”
“Austin’s beloved East Side King will be taking over Toki Underground thanks to visiting chefs Paul Qui, Moto Utsunomiya, and Jorge Luis Hernandez. An expansive, creative menu will be offered for lunch and dinner on Friday, January 24, 2014 beginning at 11:30am. Space is limited and reservations are not available. First come, first serve. Menu, location, and hours can be found online.
Beef Tongue Kare Kare Buns
Filipino peanut curry and beef tongue in steamed bun, basil, mint, cilantro
Beet Home Fries (Vegetarian and gluten free – can be vegan)
Deep-fried roasted beets, kewpie mayo, schichimi togarashi, green onion
Fried Brussels Sprout Salad (Vegetarian – can be vegan and gluten free)
Fried Brussels sprouts, sweet-spicy sauce, shredded cabbage, alfalfa sprouts, basil, cilantro, mint, onion, jalapeño
Liberty Rice (Vegetarian – can be vegan and/or gluten-free)
Steamed jasmine rice, ginger, garlic oil, basil, cilantro, mint, onion, jalapeño
Tori Meshi (Can be gluten-free)
1/2 Thai chicken karaage and Liberty Rice
About East Side King:
East Side King began in a food trailer behind the Liberty Bar, on Austin’s East Side, in October 2009. Co-founded by chefs Paul Qui and Moto Utsunomiya, East Side King was inspired by Asian cultures, blues and jazz bands, and artists (like the amazing artist Peelander Yellow, from the Japanese punk band Peelander-Z). Now with four locations including two food trucks and brick-and-mortars, East Side King offers different menus, styles, hours and vibes all across Austin.”