“The Metropolitan Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in locating a critical missing person identified as 62 year-old Elger Menefee. He was last seen on Monday, February 10, 2014, at approximately 6:00 am, in the 4400 block of Georgia Avenue, NW.
Mr. Menefee is described as a black male, approximately 5’ 10” in height, approximately 165 pounds, black hair, brown eyes, with a medium complexion. He was last seen wearing a wearing a khaki jacket and brown shoes. He may be in need of medical attention.
Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Elger Menefee is asked to call the Metropolitan Police Department at 202-727-9099, Youth Investigations Division at 202-576-6768, or 911.”
Update from MPD:
“The missing person identified as 62 year-old Elger Menefee has been located.”
Back in April ’13 when we spoke about the old C&K Motel getting demoed a reader commented:
“I spoke with the developer the day they were demolishing the building. He said 20 condos. He said the retail space on the 1st floor would be a 7-11. He said they were improving the neighborhood. A 7-11 sounds like a bad improvement to me, I hope it doesn’t hurt the local corner stores.”
“Zusin is in the process of selecting a contractor to build out the new structure, which will be four floors of condominiums above a 7-11 convenience store.”
3707 14th Street, NW is located across the street from Red Derby and the soon to be Lyman’s Tavern and Taqueria Habanero. So while the 7-11 is less than exciting, there’s still a couple more good things coming to the area.
Here’s what the space looked like at the start of demo back in April:
House of Falafel is finally open!!!
We are enjoying our falafel sandwiches now. Looks like a good menu and Nasir (spelling?) told us about additional specials he hopes to add when he is running full steam. SO excited he has finally opened his falafel shop to the neighborhood!”
Ed. Note: Looks like hours will eventually be 11am-9pm. Thanks to all who sent emails.
“Now accepting donations to the Free Book Library, which will be open during regular Petworth Citizen hours. We’ve built out our shelves to accommodate over 3,000 volumes.
Grand Opening Open House – Next Monday Tuesday (Feb. 4) from 7pm – 9pm. Public is welcome to come by and take a look.
We’ve already hosted a number of readings and other events. And we continue to add programming including Knowledge Commons classes, more readings organized by Barrelhouse, private book club meetings, PlayBackTheTape screening, meetings of local organizations, etc.”
I was mugged today [Sunday] in the 800 block of Varnum Street, NW. The guy followed me all the way from Grant Circle (Webster and N. Hampshire) to Webster and 7th, where I stopped to look behind me. He walked in front of me and I went to the right down Varnum from 7th. He came up behind me again and grabbed my purse, knocked me down, and punched me in the eye and head six times. He then took the purse and walked away down the side of a house and through the back gate. I called the police, and had to go to the hospital and get a CAT scan.
It happened at 12:50 pm.
I talked to the guy who had been out on his porch with his dog when the assault took place (or he came out right afterward; I can’t remember), and he said he saw the guy, knew who he was, that the guy walked past there every day, usually wears either a navy jacket or a black jacket with a Batman symbol on the back, used to be a boxer (because when I told the witness that I thought he used to be a boxer because of the way he hit me … holding his punch, not breaking the bone, doing the exact amount of damage to make me let go of the purse) he said yes he heard the guy used to box back in the day. He is about 6’3″, some stubble on his face, dark-complexion, built like a boxer, and the witness told me he thinks the guy is late 40′s, and seems “slow” to him; not okay in the head. The witness said he would call the police when he saw the guy again. He said he kept trying to tell the police it was an older guy and they kept trying to insinuate it was a young guy. I had the same experience when the officer said in a voice of surprise “YOUNG?” and I insisted he was older, told how he held his punches, etc etc. The witness offered to ride with the police and try to identify the guy and they told him no.”
From the Takoma Park Police Department:
“During the last month or so we have seen a regional increase in robberies involving carjacking and street robberies of lone female victims walking home or to or from their cars. This recent one is the second carjacking in the City in the last month. The other one involved the victim’s Subaru being stolen and the next day, it was involved in an armed robbery in Prince George’s County and a resulting police chase and apprehension. We have had three street robberies in the City in the last month. All of these met the same general pattern; females walking from public transportation or from their cars. Montgomery County has had several of these robberies on the border of the City and the District of Columbia. The District of Columbia has been inundated with robberies along the borders and in the 4th and 5th Districts. In one of the District of Columbia cases, the victim resisted and was wounded. Prince George’s County has had numerous cases as well. Several of the gas station purse snatches are most likely related as well. Often times we see these cars carjacked and then “rented” to another criminal to commit other crimes. As cars are getting harder to steal, the back lash has been to directly take them from the owners. (more…)
“Shame for the block which has lost Moronis and most likely soon to lose Fusion.
Restaurants and businesses wanted!”
Art Under Pressure (AUP) was located at 4807 Georgia Ave, NW. Their website says:
“INDEPENDENT SKATEBOARDING, MUSIC, APPAREL, CUSTOM ART, AND ART SUPPLIES”
1342 U Street is currently the home to Desperados (formerly Polly’s) on the lower level and Vintage No. 5 Boutique on the 2nd floor. I believe their is a third floor as well in this space. I’ll update in March to see which space they have:
“Friday, January 24 from 6:00pm-7:30pm
Wine and Art at Fia’s Fabulous Finds
806 Upshur Street, NW, DC 20011
Meet the Resident Artist at Fia’s
Fletcher H. Maffett, Jr
Fletcher’s remarkable photos are on display at Fia’s Fabulous Finds in the Petworth community in Washington, DC. His photographs include surreal floral imagery as well as unique urban motifs such as graffiti and unusual angles in cracks or in other structures. He finds interesting visuals in rusted light posts and architecture along with other unexpected urban scapes.
Sip on wine, meet the artist in this quaint boutique in the Heart of Petworth!
Register for Art and Wine at Fia’s Here – https://www.eventbrite.com/e/art-showing-wine-sipping-and-second-handvintage-clothes-shopping-at-fias-fabulous-finds-tickets-9756629341″
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I was alerted via a post on Facebook that your blog covered the closing of China American Inn. While I appreciate the public notification of the establishment’s closing (I myself had discovered this a few weeks back when going to dine at another restaurant on the same block), I don’t think your coverage effectively conveyed they importance of China American Inn (also referred to as China A, China America, or the carry out) to the Petworth Community.
I was born and raised in the Petworth neighborhood. I have seen the neighborhood change and evolve from a lower/mid income mostly African American community to a gentrified neighborhood offering a farmer’s market and al fresco dining. Before there was Domku, or any other swanky bar, there was China A. Walking to the carry out and eating on your porch or at the rec with your friends was a rite of passage in the Petworth community. China provided affordable dining options for a lower income families like my own growing up; a 5 dollar chicken wing special would not only feed us for the night but provide sustenance for the next day.
Although Danny’s remains open, China American Inn was one of the last remnants of the “old” Petworth. It’s closure represents the full transition from the Petworth that raised me to the Petworth that is now unfamiliar. While some are anxiously awaiting the revelation of what new hip spot on will replace China American Inn, others who were essentially raised on China A are saddened. China A was more than a hole in the wall, it was part of what made Petworth a community that will be missed and I think it deserves more than a by-line on your blog.”
847 Upshur Street currently home to Open Kitchen Diner and previously home to King ‘n I and Seafood and Things before that is up for lease. The listing says:
“Excellent Pet-worth location, 1280 Square Feet Retail/Restaurant space for lease. currently used as restaurant, all hoods in place. Prospective Tenant can fix the place as they see it fit to their business. All utility paid by tenant.”