3911 Georgia Avenue, NW

Swampoodle has officially broken the ice!

From a press release:

“The team behind The Blaguard – the beloved neighborhood bar in Adams Morgan – will officially open its new restaurant, Homestead, Thursday, June 23, 2016 in the heart of Petworth at 3911 Georgia Avenue NW. The menu – developed by Executive Chef Marty Anklam – will focus on chef-inspired comfort foods in family-style portions, seasonal cocktails, and local, responsibly sourced ingredients. Homestead’s opening marks the first solo restaurant venture from Nic Makris, co-owner of The Blaguard, as well as the return of Chef Anklam to his hometown roots. (more…)


From an email:

“For the second year running, Upshur Street Books and Petworth Citizen are proud to pair up for BLOOMSDAY, a celebration of the author James Joyce. We’ll be doing a marathon reading of ULYSSES starting at 5pm Wednesday June 15th and finishing up around 12am Thursday June 16th. This year we’re also excited to partner with Third Floor, where some of the readings will take place (see below for location schedule).

Food by Chef Jerry Zawacki and drinks (including Irish whiskey of course) will be available in both locations.

We’ll have many many special guests reading passages – look for NPR personalities, professional storytellers, local actors and performers (Pointless Theatre Co. Rorschach Theatre and We Happy Few Productions), and many more!

LOCATION SCHEDULE: (all times approximate)
5pm-11pm Weds: THIRD FLOOR. 4200 9th St NW
11pm Weds – 12pm Thurs: PETWORTH CITIZEN
12pm-12am Thurs: THIRD FLOOR”


“First harvest of the season from our Old Soldier’s Home garden plot. Un-beetable? Lots more to come. Not pictured: strawberries that got eaten before we left the garden!”

Ed. Note: When your gardens start to get full of tomatoes, cucumbers, whatever you’re growing – send an email to [email protected] with Garden Haul in the title and please include the neighborhood where you grew it.


Thanks to a reader for sending:

“Remember this tree near the Petworth playground on 8th? It was chopped down and left for dead… but not this tree. Growing strong… and this picture is from a while ago. Everytime I see it, it reminds me what resilience is all about….”

Ed. Note: I don’t literally think these folks are heroes along the lines of firefighters and emergency responders, apologies if that was not clear. You can see previous nominees here. Should you spot a quiet act of heroism along these lines please do send an email with a brief description and the neighborhood where it was witnessed to [email protected]

3911 14th Street, NW

The former El Sol space is now listed for sale:

“Established local restaurant/retail commercial building in busy expanding Col Heights corridor; can be sold with/without equipment ready-to-start. Includes commercial hood, bar, loading area, expanded patio area – this is prime. Includes Patio License! New Condos coming up everywhere nearby – great pedestrian traffic & builtup clientele.”

It’s going for $960,000.

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From MPD:

“Pursuant to an investigation into the gunshots that were fired in the 700 block of Gallatin Street, NW, on June 5, 2016, this evening members of the Fourth District Crime Suppression Team executed a search warrant on a house located in the 700 block of Gallatin Street, NW. The members recovered suspected drugs, a firearm and ammunition, and made two arrests in connection with this seizure.

This is just one example of how the Fourth District has been working tirelessly to combat the violent crime in this area. This year alone, Fourth DIstrict members have recovered multiple guns in this area and have made over a dozen arrests for robbery as well as firearm and drug-related offenses, and we will continue to work diligently to eliminate the violent crime pervading this area.”

crime solvers

“Dear PoPville,

Note for neighbors in Petworth on break-ins and robberies. My car’s been broken in to twice in the past two weeks (despite nothing being visible/valuable and nothing being taken) The first time the door was jimmied open and glove box, console emptied out. Since there was no visible sign of forced entry dispatch wouldn’t send an officer to take a report. Other cars on the block were also broken in to that day.

Earlier this week while I was out of the country (more on this momentarily) my rear windshield had been smashed out. Chatting with neighbors about my situation I learned smashed windows and “unforced” entry has been a frequent occurrence on the block (500-700 Hamilton NW). Along with the all too often occurrence of gun fire in the area lately, there’s been a very obvious uptick in alley loitering and strange cars crawling though before stopping by one of the problem houses the speeding off. Another neighbor mentioned two armed robberies earlier this week along the Kennedy corridor. (more…)

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From MPD:

“The Metropolitan Police Department Narcotics and Special Investigations Division’s Criminal Interdiction Unit and Maryland State Police have announced that an arrest has been made in connection to an illegal fencing operation in the 5400 block of Georgia Avenue, NW area.

Following a series of robberies in the District and Prince George’s County, Maryland, MPD’s District Detective Unit, along with our Criminal Interdiction Unit (CIU) began an investigation into Discount Auto Sound Inc. located on Georgia Avenue, NW. The operation involved stolen property taken in multiple robberies between March 17, 2016 and May 7, 2016. Over the course of the investigation, the suspect provided CIU officers with cash, heroin, and a firearm in exchange for stolen merchandise.

On Monday, June 6, 2016, 39-year-old Tom Van Huynh was arrested in Maryland and is being charged with Felony Trafficking Stolen Property, Distribution of Heroin, and Receiving Stolen Property, pending extradition to Washington, DC.

The Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) and Maryland State Police (MSP) jointly participated in the investigation. MSP executed a search warrant in Maryland where they found three handguns, an assault rifle, a shotgun, multiple rounds of assorted ammunition, prescription pain killers, and over $26,000 in US currency, along with a Honda Civic outfitted with police equipment and fraudulent credentials. In addition, MPD executed a separate search warrant where electronics and documents were seized in connection to this case.

The investigation into this case is ongoing.”

Dear PoPville, (more…)


“Dear PoPville,

Last evening I found a very cute orange bunny that is clearly an escaped pet. It was hiding under a car on the 700 block of Shepherd street NW, near New Hampshire Ave in Petworth. It is not wearing tags but is very friendly towards people. Since we have a very curious dog in our home the rabbit is currently being cared for by friend who works at City Paws. Would love to reunite this bunny with his/her family! I don’t imagine it traveled too far from home!”

931 Hamilton Street, NW at Georgia Ave

A reader reports:

“A while back, you had posted about the opening of a bar/restaurant/jazz joint on Georgia and Hamilton, a corner badly underserved by decent retail and food.

It looks like it is being turned into an “Organic Rotisserie Chicken and Kobb [sic]” joint. I think they mean Kabob.”