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819 Upshur Street, NW

Full press release:

“Jamie Leeds, Chef/Owner of Hank’s Oyster Bar is announcing her newest concept, Twisted Horn. The cocktail and small bites bar is slated to open at 819 Upshur Street, NW in the Petworth neighborhood of DC.

Leeds has tapped Megan Coyle as the General Manager who will also head up the cocktail program. Megan currently serves as the Beverage Director at Hank’s Oyster Bar in Dupont. “I am excited to help support Petworth and become a deeper part of such a great neighborhood.” says Coyle “Jamie has a really cool vision. I am proud to be a part of it.” A few highlights of Coyle’s cocktail list are Dance of the Seven Veils (Mezcal, cocchi torino, currant and orange oil jam, whole egg, topped with saffron), Ghostwood Development (gin, port, Sapins aperitif, Salmiakki Dala, egg, fresh nutmeg, black pepper), and Louisiana Purchase (cognac, dry and red vermouth, Bénédictine liqueur, muddled cucumber).

Chef Leeds’ opening menu will be perfect for snacking all night long and guests will be greeted with an old-school touch—jars of pickled eggs on the bar. The menu reads elegantly but it is still fun. Herb Puffed Escargot is very fancy but at Twisted Horn it’ll be served on a stick! Other items include Hank’s Mac n’ Cheesy Fritters, Tuna Melt Crostini, and French Onion Dip with Chips. If you are feeling indulgent, some other items will include Togarashi Dusted Tempeh, Toasted Marcona Almonds, Lemon Fried Olives, and Cheese & Charcuterie. Leeds is keeping things in the neighborhood by going “micro-local” with ingredients as much as possible. Straw, Stick & Brick Delicatessen, Gordy’s Pickle Jar, and Qualia Coffee are some of the neighbors from whom Leeds will be sourcing.

A reincarnation of an old church, the entire space will be new. “I’ve always dreamed of owning a really cool bar. Since my recent move to Petworth, I wanted to create a neighborhood bar that I can hang out in and meet my neighbors.” The interior architecture and design will be created by Lauren Winter and Brian Miller of Edit, in collaboration with Streetsense. Some of their most notable porjects have been Hank’s Oyster Bar on Capilal Hill, Red Hen, and Daikaya. The décor at Twisted Horn will feel edgy and industrial, yet welcoming and candlelit. The bar will have 30 stools, with an additional 10 seats at high-top tables. There will also be an outdoor patio for approximately 40. Leeds plans to have a wood-burning fire pit on the patio for toasting marshmallows and enjoying cozy cocktails.

Hours will be 5 pm to 2 am, 7 days a week. Leeds is very excited about this project and hopes to open in Spring of 2015. More information to come but for now, folks can get up-to-date with the progress by going to Twisted Horn’s page on Facebook or by following @twistedhorndc on Twitter.”

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“Dear PoPville,

I’m emailing you by chance one of your readers that live in the CH/Petworth area recently had a scooter stolen. Fortunately or unfortunately my roommate woke up last Friday morning to having had his beloved Vespa stolen at some point during Thursday night. The reason why I say fortunately or unfortunately is because he and his girlfriend took to reddit to start a please help find my Vespa thread and sure enough the great people of Petworth came through in the clutch. Shortly after the response, my roommate and I decided that we would head up to the 900 block of Quincy to check out and see if it was in fact his Vespa and sure enough it was. Long story short, the cops questioned a few of the teens living at the house and end the end they were able to confirm (due to some damage to the front end he had a picture of) that it was my roommates.

No one was arrested — mother was called out of the house etc, but the police officer was speaking Spanish to her, so we weren’t entirely sure what the officer was saying. Before the mom came out the first responding officer was speaking to the younger of the two teens…probably about 13 and you could tell in his voice he was terrified. Officer raised his voice asking why was it outside of their house if they’re saying they don’t know who’s it is etc., but deny, deny, deny.

But as for the real reason why I’m emailing, there was also another scooter parked at this location. I may be jumping to conclusions that the other scooter parked at the house is stolen, but when you get away with once, what’s to stop you from doing it again. I’ve attached a picture of a scooter, although generic, that looked like the one at the residence.

This may have been a shot in the dark, but a post similar to this one worked for him, so who knows, may be the other scooter fallen into the wrong person’s hands.”

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“Dear PoPville,

Do you have any information on this property that the developers are trying to tear down and build into 6 units on Grant Circle? I hear there is some neighborhood group starting to form a historic district in Petworth as a way to oppose it? Also wondering if you might want to highlight the predatory nature of this large sign saying “we buy houses for cash”.

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819 Upshur Street, NW

Happy Friday indeed! Washington City Paper reports:

Hank’s Oyster Bar chef and owner Jamie Leeds has built up the bar areas at her seafood-focused restaurants over the last few years. Next, she’s opening a cocktail bar called Twisted Horn, coming to 819 Upshur St. NW this spring.”

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Upshur Street looking west towards the future Slim’s Diner and Georgia Ave

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Georgia and Upshur St, NW

The much anticipated project from the owner of Petworth Citizen, Crane & Turtle, Room 11, Upshur St. Books etc., Slim’s Diner, has launched their facebook page and gotten a lot of folks, me included, super stoked (thanks to all who sent emails):

“I am excited to launch our newest project. It should take us about 6 months to finish construction and we plan to open in the summer.

Look for frequent updates here and let us know if you have any suggestions. We hope that Slim’s Diner will be a gathering place for everyone in the neighborhood.

– Paul Ruppert, owner”

And holy cow do they have an awesome old photo, streetcar and all, of Georgia and Upshur back in the day:

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Photo courtesy Slim’s Diner

Ed. Note: On Saturday night “Over 200 patrons from the establishment exited the location, and a large fight then started on the sidewalk and quickly spread out onto Georgia Avenue, NW”.

From MPD:

“Just wanted to let everyone know that today the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board ruled to indefinitely suspend the alcoholic beverage license for the Trinidad and Tobago Association of Washington also known as The Club House located at 5123 Georgia Avenue, NW. The license holder can opt to have a hearing with the ABC Board regarding restoration of the license. New yellow placards have been posted at the doorway of the Club House notifying the public of the indefinite suspension effective today.”

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829 Upshur Street, NW

From Denizens:

“Since we opened our brewery and taproom in July, we’ve released over 12 beers and grown our distribution in and around the DC area to more than 30 bars and restaurants. This Tuesday (1/20), we are having a Tap Takeover at Petworth Citizen. It’s a great chance to check out our beer in your neighborhood and our brewer will be on hand to answer any questions.”

From Petworth Citizen:

“We’ll be serving these beers on Tuesday night –

Born Bohemian Pilsner
Third Party Tripel
X-giving Belgian IPA
Ponch’s Porter”