819 Upshur Street, NW

From a press release:

“Restaurateur Jamie Leeds is thrilled to open The Twisted Horn in the Petworth neighborhood of D.C., which will be led by General Manager Megan Coyle of Hank’s Oyster Bar. The craft cocktail bar officially opens in December 2015, located at 819 Upshur Street, NW, 20011. The menu highlights seasonally driven cocktails made with local ingredients, house infusions and innovative combinations, in addition to a number of bar bites and locally sourced snacks.

The opening beverage list features unique drinks such as Scarlet Billows, Blackwell Rum, Camparno Anitca, Fresh Blood Orange Juice; Ghostwood Development, Jensen Old Tom Gin, Sapins Liqueur, Port, Salmiakki Dala Scandinavian Fernet, Whole Egg, Black Pepper Nutmeg; and Black Hat, Maker’s Mark Bourbon, Grapefruit Juice, Housemade Cinnamon & Clove Demerara Syrup, Angostura Bitters. In addition, the menu will include classic cocktails as well as rotating beer and wine lists. Bartenders will serve up craft beers such as Day of the Dead Hefeweizen or Atlas Rowdy Rye and several varietals of wines will be available by the glass or bottle. (more…)


A reader reported Saturday night around 8pm:

“Another shooting. 7th St NW b/t Gallatin & Hamilton. Someone got shot in the leg. They’re ok.”

Originally MPD tweeted:

“Shooting at 1959 hours in the 4900 block of 7th Street NW. Subject Stopped”

After a resident inquiry MPD responded:

There was no shooting at this location. MPD responded to a man with a gun call. The suspect was eventually located and a gun was recovered.

MPD also responded to the call for a shooting in the 5100 block of 7th St NW and found a subject suffering from a non life threatening gun shot wound. A gun was recovered and it was later determined that the subject that was shot accidentally shot himself.”

via google maps

From MPD:

“Officers responded to 4900 b/o 7th St Northwest for a man with a gun call. Officers observed the suspect, who matched the lookout, standing in front of a house in the block that has been of concern to several neoghbors. Officers attempted to make contact with the suspect in front of the location, at which time suspect fled inside of the house. Officers received permission from the home owner to search the house for the suspect. The homeowner explained to Officers that the suspect was an acquaintance of her children but he did not live at or have permission to enter her home. The suspect was located by Officers hiding in a crawl space in the basement. Basement are was search. Located was a Black 9mm handgun. During and interview, the suspect admitted to having the handgun. The suspect was charged with thus offense.

Lastly, the suspect was also identified via surveillance video as a person involved in an armed robbery of an establishment located at 5401 Georgia Ave NW. The suspect was also charged with this offense.

The suspect gave a home address in the 900 b/o Delafield Pl.”


From President Lincoln’s Cottage:

“President Lincoln’s Cottage is excited to partner with Slash Run this #GivingTuesday to raise money to support the Cottage.

On Tuesday, December 1, after 5pm stop by Slash Run in Petworth and order from their selection of hamburgers, cocktails, desserts, and other items. 15% of all proceeds will be donated to President Lincoln’s Cottage. There will also be a raffle where the lucky winner will receive a top hat full of goodies including gift cards to local businesses.

If you can’t make it to Slash Run, you can still celebrate #GivingTuesday by making a contribution to President Lincoln’s Cottage online. An anonymous donor has pledged to match the first $15,000 donated on #GivingTuesday doubling the power of your donation!

Your support of President Lincoln’s Cottage this #GivingTuesday, and every day, means that we may continue to provide groundbreaking exhibits, inspirational school programs, and preserve Lincoln’s beloved Cottage as a home for brave ideas.

Slash Run is located at 201 Upshur St., NW, Washington, DC 20011, which is right across the street from the Eagle Gate entrance to President Lincoln’s Cottage and the Armed Forces Retirement Home.”

827 Upshur Street, NW

From the Upshur Street Books:

“Come meet author Victoria McKernan and hear the incredible tale of Ernest Shackleton’s ill-fated journey attempting to sail the ship Endurance across the Antarctic one century ago, told through the eyes of an 18-year-old stowaway.

The book is great for adults and young adults.

ABOUT THE BOOK: On October 26, 1914, Ernest Shackleton’s Endurance set sail from Buenos Aires in pursuit of the last unclaimed prize in exploration: the crossing of the Antarctic continent. The crew stood on deck to watch the city fade away. All but one.

Eighteen-year-old Perce Blackborow hid below in a locker. But the thrill of stowing away with the legendary explorer would soon turn to fear. Within months, the Endurance, trapped and crushed by ice, sank. And even Perce, the youngest member of the stranded crew, knew there was no hope of rescue. If the men were to survive in the most hostile place on earth, they would have to do it on their own.

Victoria McKernan deftly weaves the hard-to-fathom facts of this famous voyage into an epic, edge-of-your-seat survival novel.”

829 Upshur Street, NW

From a craigslist ad:

“We focus on welcoming neighbors and guests from around the city with an increasingly vegetable-forward menu as well as a craft cocktail program.

Lead Bartender:

1) Minimum two years bar experience in a craft cocktail environment
2) Ability to work with and manage colleagues to anticipate guest’s needs
3) Basic understanding of spirits and cocktails
4) Must desire to learn more about restaurant operations and leadership
5) Must be available full time
6) Interest in literature is a plus

Also interesting to note the “increasingly vegetable-forward menu”.


I’ve been included on a series of emails about a home in the 300 block of Gallatin Street, NW. It is painful but eye opening to read – all involved genuinely seem to want to help – but can’t. Following is just a sampling from this morning:

From a resident:

“Morning Everyone,

Just doing my monthly check to see if we are anywhere on 3xx [Gallatin St, NW]? there are still a dozen or so people in the home, it is still falling apart. there are still people living in the garage and urinating and defecating in the alley and backyards.”

Response from MPD: (more…)


Thanks to a reader for sending:

“10th & Quincy NW.

I looked up the permit application and found the following comments. #4 is particularly surprising and disappointing–the way I read it, the city is requiring them to shrink the porch and further screw up the continuity on this block simply to satisfy the lot occupancy maximums.

(r-4 zoning district) — zoning approval for conversion of an existing single family row dwelling into a two-family flat with two (2) parking spaces. includes a rear/third floor addition, with rooftop deck and penthouse (stairway). prior to issuance of a certificate of occupancy for a flat, a zoning inspection will be required for the following: 1. verify use as a flat; 2. verify installation of two (2) parking spaces; 3. verification that permeable pavers have been installed for the parking pad (to satisfy the requirements of section 412 of dcmr title 11); and 4. verify that the covered section of the front porch has been reduced to nine (9) feet wide to satisfy the maximum lot occupancy requirements for flats in the r-4 zoning district.

(I also learned today that the Shift keys on DCRA’s keyboards are all broken.)”




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From MPD:

“8:30 pm: 4900 B/O 7th Street, NW – MPD received multiple calls for sounds of gunshots from 7th & Emerson to 7th & Jefferson Streets, NW.

Officers canvassed the area and located multiple cartridge casings (9mm and .40cal) as well as a stop sign that had been shot.

No victims, witnesses, or other damaged property was located.

MPD took a report for Destruction of DC Govt Property.”


“On today’s date [Sunday] at approximately 5:45 pm, First District officers assigned to High Visibility Patrol duties observed suspicious activities and subsequently conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle at 9th and Maryland Avenue NE. At that time, they conducted an on-scene investigation and recovered a .45 caliber handgun. Officers arrested Mr. Dell Adams (57) of Southeast, Washington, D.C. charging him with felony weapon violations. As our work continues, it is disturbing, but yet pleasing to remove another illegal firearm from our city and our communities.

As the MPD remains committed to combat these street crimes, it is incumbent upon us all to remain vigilant of our surroundings and take precautions to protect our persons and secure our valuables from persons seeking to capitalize on our vulnerabilities. Please stay safe and be smart!”