Photo by PoPville flickr user Victoria Pickering

Thanks to all who sent links to the Post’s Transportation chief asks if troubled District streetcar system can be saved:

[DDOT head Leif] “Dormsjo says streetcar backers have lacked “orderly thinking” about a program that was pieced together under three previous mayors without the needed discipline, data or strategy. Now, he says, he’s wrestling with basic questions so he can come up with his best advice for his boss and other city leaders. Among them: Can the city provide safe and reliable service on the 2.2-mile line that has been built on H Street and Benning Road NE? If yes, and the system opens, should it be expanded? If it is to grow, where should it go next?”


From an email:

“Please join us on Wednesday, March 11, 2015 for the third annual Bel’le Dinner in loving memory of chef Thang Le. Chefs Erik Bruner-Yang, Aaron Silverman of Rose’s Luxury, and John Copeland of Ghibellina will prepare a 4-course dinner at $50 per person. A portion of the proceeds will go to benefit To Write Love On Her Arms (TWLOHA). Space is limited and reservations are required. Please email neil@tokiunderground.com for reservations.

Third Annual Bel’le Dinner
In Memory of Thang Le
Benefitting To Write Love On Her Arms

Wednesday, March 11, 2015
4-Course Dinner, $50

Beverage Pairing Optional
For Reservations: neil@tokiunderground.com”

1341 H Street, NE

From Star & Shamrock:

“The Star and Shamrock is less than one week away from kicking off its first-ever, month-long Spring Shenanigans Simcha Festival, launching this coming Wednesday, March 4th, the first night of the Jewish holiday, Purim. Dubbed by the deli/tavern as “the Jewish St. Patrick’s Day”, this particular Jewish holiday is famously celebrated by being drunk on happiness, with the help of lots of good alcohol. In fact, the Talmud even instructs Jewish people to celebrate the holiday as “yemei mishteh v’simchah, days of drinking and rejoicing” (Esther 9:22). With guidelines like that, this is clearly a holiday for people of all faiths. Staying true to its Irish-Jewish namesake, Star and Shamrock is setting course to mark this “Jewish St. Patrick’s Day” with a Purim Party packed with as much revelry as its upcoming Irish one.

The festivities will begin at 7:00 pm on the evening of 4th, featuring a wide-range of menu specials, drink specials, live entertainment, and even a costume contest, throughout the course of the evening. Given the drinking-centric nature of the holiday, the event will be held in partnership with the popular Shmaltz Brewing Company, whose brewing industry celebrity founder, Jeremy Cowan, will be onsite for a He’Brew “Tap Takeover”. (more…)


“Atlas Performing Arts Center
1333 H St NE, Washington, District of Columbia 20002

Fabulous worlds collide when All Points West, an eclectic chamber music ensemble “hell-bent on transforming the classical concert back into a fun, social experience” unites with neighborhood favorite, Atlas Brew Works. Quench your thirst for two arts at once! Meet All Points West artistic director, Jessica Zweig, and Atlas Brew Works head brewer, Will Durgin, who will pair classical and contemporary music and locally crafted beers in a fun, unique exploration of the senses. Discover the notes, aromas and flavors of the Atlas Brew Works arsenal while listening to a just right musical selection paired for perfection!

Friday, Feb 27 at 7:00pm
Friday, Mar 6 at 9:30pm
50 minutes
$38.50/$28 for under 21s
For ages 12+”

You can get tickets here.

1320 H Street, NE

In the beginning of the month we learned Pizza Parts & Service had closed at 1320 H St, NE. After some false rumors I’ve learned who’s taking over the space! On the first floor a new restaurant is coming from Sam Adkins:

“Sam will be the head chef, seconded by Mandy Rosenfelt (formerly of the Breslin in NYC and The Welk in Westport, CT). Some might recognize Sam from New Heights, Cashion’s, Jackie’s, or William Jeffrey’s.”

I’m told the menu will feature seasonal and local products and be “honest and interesting. Also – coffee and ice cream!”

And what makes this even more interesting:

“The second floor will house a small retail showroom curated by Erik Bruner-Yang’s wife (of Toki Underground, Maketto), Seda Nak, and Aphra Adkins (Sam Adkins’ wife). The space will be available for pop-ups and other events, with a roof deck in the works for the future.”

The goal is for an early June opening. Updates as construction progresses.


Earlier Saturday night we heard about the poor parking job/streetcar collision. Turns out that was just the tip of the iceberg. @WillCThomas tweeted us the photo above:

“@PoPville powered down streetcar, a few cops, and some disabled cars at H & 12th NE. Any idea what’s going on?”

@alanhenney tweeted:

“**D.C. STREET CAR ON FIRE** 13th and H Sts NE. This is electrical on top. Conductor unable to exit thru door, using window. TOI: 11:45 p.m”

@DCHarvest tweeted another photo of a different collision:

“Uh oh! 5th & H. Rough day for streetcar.”

In an either laugh or cry situation might as well laugh – @HeidiObermeyer tweeted us the photo below:

“Street car caught fire near h & 12- @queenvicdc plays ring of fire by Johnny cash.”