501 Florida Ave, NW

From a press release:

“As temperatures hit triple digits in DC, The Royal in LeDroit Park has introduced a new menu of boozy shaved ice cocktails to help Washingtonians beat the heat. Churned from the bar’s vintage Guatemalan ice shaver, four fruit-centric slushies refresh guests, taking creative inspiration from classics like the Negroni and sangria. And the restaurant’s new Executive Chef Anna Miller has revamped the morning and daytime menus for summer, introducing ceviches, grilled meats and other bright, seasonal fare.

courtesy The Royal

Bar Manager Lee Carrell has concocted four unique shaved ice cocktails for summer (ranging from a reasonable $8-$11) such as the Arctic Sunrise with vodka, lychee, Cappelletti and lime; the Tiki-inspired Trade Winds with dark rum, pineapple, lime and cinnamon; the house Sangria made with wine, brandy, fruit and spices. He’s also offering a Negronicello on special, a citrusy spin on the classic Negroni with Campari, Dolin Dry Vermouth and limoncello ($8). These will be available through summer. Classic cocktails are also available on shaved ice by request. (more…)


“Dear PoPville,

I’m writing to share a scary experience I had last night in Ledroit Park, both to warn the community of a dangerous individual and to thank the many neighbors that came to my rescue.

The TL;DR version is that last night in Ledroit Park on 4th St. NW between RI Ave. and Old Maple Ave., a man chased and attempted to assault me. Black male, maybe in his 30s, but I didn’t get a good look. Black t-shirt, black jeans, black bookbag. He ran away towards Florida Ave/RI Ave. and New Jersey and was seen swinging at others and attempting to knock over bikers. I do not know if he was apprehended, so please be aware and on the lookout!

Details of the incident are below:

I live in Bloomingdale and around 7:45pm (estimated, I’m not sure exactly) last night, Monday 6/27, I was walking my dog on 4th St. NW coming from Florida Ave./Rhode Island Ave. and walking toward Old Maple Ave. (Ledroit Market is on the corner). I saw this man approaching and he seemed a bit weary of my dog, who is a 70 lb. bull terrier. This happens sometimes as he’s kind of intimidating, and I make sure to keep my dog very close and give a friendly look to assure people he’s not going to bother them. As this man got close to us, he said, and I’m paraphrasing, “I’m going to kick your dog! You shouldn’t bring your dog around my neighborhood or I’ll kill it. Get the f*** out of here you b****.” It took a minute for me to even register what he was saying and I just tried to move out of his way and continue on. He then turned around and started to chase me with his arms out as if he was going to grab and/or punch me. He continued to scream that he was going to kill me and there were some racial undertones (“white devil bitch,” etc.). I don’t want to make this about that though, because this was a person who was either having a psychotic episode, a drug issue, or both. I started running and went into the middle of the street and saw that there was another man on the opposite side of the street and I was just hoping to flag him down or have a car stop. Anything to get away from the guy. (more…)

501 Florida Ave, NW

From a press release:

“The Royal is celebrating one year in LeDroit Park on Monday, June 27 with a day of festivities, specials and free icy treats to show its appreciation to the loyal customers, neighbors and community which has supported its first year in business.

The all-day coffee shop-cocktail bar-restaurant hybrid will give away free Cold Brew Ice Pops to guests, made from Counter Culture Coffee’s limited-release Cold Hearted coffee steeped for 10 hours, with a house cold brew syrup and milk (one per customer). (more…)

via google maps

Ed. Note: Yesterday we spoke about a an armed robbery in the 2300 block of First Street, NW.

A reader reports Monday:

“I don’t know the details but I was walking my kids down 2nd street and V in Bloomingdale around 11:30 today and a roofer walked over to his colleagues and said 2 men put a gun to his face and stole his wallet. He seemed oddly calm–maybe in shock. He called the police and they were still on site about an hour later. Sounds similar to the guys that did the same on 1st and V last month when the guys caught him and held him until police arrived. Perhaps targeting workers who may have cash from jobs? Not sure but scary either way.”

MPD reported:

“On Monday, June 13, 2016, at approximately 12:00 PM, three victims report while in the 2000 block of Flagler Place, NW they were approached by two suspects. Suspect one was armed with a silver handgun. The second suspect who was unarmed went through the victims pockets and obtained property from all three. The suspects fled on foot and were last seen getting into a green Honda Civic (older model) in the 2000 block of Elm St., NW.

Suspect Lookout: (more…)


This rental is located at 607 Florida Avenue, Northwest. The listing says:

“Trendy 1 bedroom apt across from historic Howard Theater! Beautifully updated! Cozy floor plan, decorative fire place, kitchen w/ stainless steel appliances, living room w/ bay windows & W/D. 2 blocks to Shaw Metro Station. Bus lines less than a block away. Quick walk to Howard University and Howard University Hospital. Restaurants, pubs, shops and nightlife at your fingertips! Pet friendly unit.”

This 1 bed/1 bath is going for $1,650/Mo.


“Dear PoPville,

I wanted to reach out to you about a dangerous animal on second street. The other night I was letting my dog out to go the bathroom and we went to the field by second and W st, nw. When we were out there there was a dog that I could not see that was way back in the park. And that dog ran after my dog and viciously attacked my dog Kaiser. I was wondering if we can find any more information about this dog. It’s a black pit bull its owner is an African-American with short dreadlocks about 30 years old. When I confronted the owner about his dangerous animal he told me that I should not be in the field with my dog. That his dog is a dog aggressive dog and I should take my dog to the dog park not the field. I’m in the process of making a report and trying to get this dog removed from the neighborhood. I was wondering if anybody else has dealt with this dog or knows of an incident that happened with their dog with this dog?

Photo of injured pup after the jump. (more…)

cookies corner
1970 2nd Street, NW

Thanks to all who sent emails:

“did you also here that cookie’s corner was robbed on its last day of day of operation and it’s now closed? a diversified food truck was also robbed around the same time at 4th and Bryant.”

Another reader writes:

“While Cookie’s didn’t have a lot to offer, it had a mysteriously good beer and ice cream selection that I will greatly miss from that location if it’s true.”


“Dear PoPville,

I saw this sign at the LeDroit Park dog park. Almost every evening, unsupervised children come to the dog park to play with the dogs. Generally speaking, the kids are curious and friendly and positive experiences are had. However, I’ve always been worried that a kid might inadvertently get hurt. I was not present with this incident occurred, but the fact that this parent is now looking for the dog owner leads me to believe they were not present when this bite happened, otherwise I’m sure that information would have been exchanged. Some dogs simply don’t like kids, or when dogs are running around someone could get knocked down and hurt. Does the city have rules on this? I fear some good dogs could get put down because children are entering dog parks unsupervised.”