shots ledroit
via google maps

Around 10:45am @PoPville started getting a number of messages about a large police response in LeDroit Park/Shaw:

“Helicopter circling over 5th/T st area. Tons of sirens. Anyone have info?”

“something is definitely going on. Streets are blocked at 4th & 5th st!!”

“Anymore news on what’s happening in Shaw? Just saw secret service rushing past my house”

“buddy of mine lives right there. Said the cops were chasing someone in a car. Shots were fired. not sure of the exact location of the shots fired. Sounds like there was a foot chase at some point too.”

“streets are blocked at 6th at T and @DCPoliceDept says investigation is at 6th/ T.”

Updates when official word comes from MPD.

Update: “MPD responded to a shots fired call. Chief and PIO briefing the media at 6th & T.”

the-royal
501 Florida Ave, NW

From a press release:

“As America (sadly) prepares to say farewell to President Obama later this month, The Royal in LeDroit Park is sending him off in style, with a special “Royal Knights” Aloha Luau next Monday, January 9 from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Paying homage to the departing President’s home state, the monthly industry night series brings the Hawaiian tropics to DC for just one winter night, featuring Tiki tipples from guest bartenders Lukas B. Smith of Cotton & Reed Distillery, Carlie Steiner of Himitsu and Horus Alvarez of The Eddy in Providence, RI, along with island flicks on the projector and other tropical surprises.

The rum-soaked evening will showcase rums and liqueurs from DC-made Cotton & Reed, plus unique Caribbean and South American spirits like Rujero Singani (a Bolivian brandy), Hamilton rums (imported from Jamaica and Guyana), Ilegal Mezcal (from Oaxaca, Mexico), and the classic Tiki flavors of pineapple, citrus, cacao, nutmeg + more. And of course, this monthly guest-bartended industry night features $8 cocktails from three of the area’s top cocktail talents.

Tiki Kahuna Lukas B. Smith, herbalist + cocktail specialist at Cotton & Reed Distillery uses his own housemade syrups, liqueurs, and the distillery’s rums in the following exotic creations: (more…)

dcity-smokehouse
2nd and Florida Ave, NW

From a press release:

“Co-owners Scott Jacobs, Melvin Hines and the Southeast Restaurant Group (SERG) are fired up and ready to announce January 4th as opening of the all new DCity Smokehouse location.

Located at 203 Florida Ave NW, the popular eatery will once again offer the best in barbecue, but at in even greater capacity than before. While the last location (8 Florida Ave NW, which closed in December 2015) was mostly a carry-out spot with just a few counter seats, the new restaurant boasts a full bar and seating for 35 inside. Better yet, the seating will more than double when spring comes as the patio opens with seating for 45.

What to expect?

Restaurant-goers will be happy to find the same menu items that first made DCity Smokehouse such a hit when it originally opened in 2013. The menu will include staple sandwiches such as the Meaty Palmer (turkey, pork belly, avocado, tomato, chipotle aioli at $10), the Brisket Champ (sliced smoked brisket, pickles, crispy onions, house bbq sauce at $10), the DCity Halfsmoke (half smoke sausage, brisket chill, nacho cheese, yellow mustard) and more, see the full menu below. The menu will also see the return of platters but this time, around instead of the option of just one side, platters now come with two or more sides. Some standouts include the Showstopper (rib tips, brisket, smoked wings, and three sides at $30), and the Ribs and Wings Combo (spare ribs, pit smoked wings and two sides at $15). Meat will be smoked daily in two J & R smokers, one using hickory and cherry wood to smoke the pork and poultry and the other will handle the ribs, brisket and pork with the help of mild white and red oak woods.

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Courtesy DCity

What’s new?

While DCity will mostly focus on it’s tried and true staples, the menu will also see a couple additions like the Mac and Jack Cheese ($3/$6). As one of the biggest selling points, DCity is going above and beyond the call of a standard smokehouse with in-house baking. The bread, a cross between a milk bun and a yeast roll, will serve as the perfect complement to the meats.

Continues with full menu after the jump. (more…)

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We are days away from the new location of DCity Smokehouse and it is looking sweet!

When they do open we’ll be sure to have a taste off with them and their former pit master now at the newly opened Federalist Pig in Adams Morgan. Stay tuned for an exact DCity opening date and the results of the taste off.

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“DCity Smokehouse specializes in the fine art of smoking meats. From succulent Brisket and Pulled Pork to tender Ribs and Smoked Wings. Also featuring fried chicken, catfish and shrimp sandwiches and plates.”

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2nd and Florida Ave, NW

elm-cookies
1970 2nd St, NW

“Dear PoPville,

Cookies Corner installing illegal, unpermitted ATM Machine in their front yard. Hoping you will join me in reaching out to DCRA, our ANC commissioner Brian Footer ([email protected] and [email protected]), and council member Brianne Nadeau ([email protected]) to get this removed.”

the-royal
501 Florida Ave, NW

From a press release:

“Paying homage to one of the most iconic bartending films – “Cocktail” – The Royal in LeDroit Park is flashing back to the 1980s for the latest installment of its monthly “Royal Knights” spirits exploration series, complete with the decade’s most infamous drinks – sans Tom Cruise but with plenty of flair. On Monday, December 12, guest bartenders Will Alvarez and Jake Kenny of renowned cocktail bar Columbia Room, along with The Royal’s former beverage director Horus Alvarez, who is returning to DC for just one night, will shake up their own spins on charmingly tacky film-inspired drinks of the 80s from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

“Cocktail” has inspired a generation of professional bartenders for the last 30 years. And “Royal Knights” will resurrect this bygone era, as Will Alvarez, Jake Kenny and Horus Alvarez take guests back in time to the age of flair bartending. The menu features eight cocktails (all $8), inspired by everything from the first drink Cruise is asked to make (the Cuba Libre), Cruise’s go-to hangover cure (the Red Eye), Tiki culture, and of course, many of the decade’s infamous cocktails such as the Sex On The Beach, Long Island Iced Tea, Appletini and Midori Sour.

Will and Jake, who bartend at the award-winning Columbia Room, have collaborated on the following cocktails: (more…)