Capital Laughs at Town Tavern 01/14/17. Photo Credit: Nicholas Karlin
Kasha Patel, Photo by Nicholas Karlin

From an email:

This Friday (1/27), I am producing a showcase called “Comedy Around the World.” The show has some of DC’s funniest comics performing sets about their different cultural backgrounds that they have performed at popular clubs around the country.

Friday, January 27th
Doors: 7:30pm. Show: 8-9:30pm.
Place: Third Floor (at the intersection of 9th Street and Upshur/above Slim’s Diner)

DC is full of diversity– and so is it’s comedy scene! Come hear comedians of different cultural backgrounds tell jokes about growing up in the United States, learning funny life lessons from their immigrant parents, and educating Americans that they can still get sunburnt even though they’re not white. Countries represented include the United States, Japan, India, England, Iran, Ethiopia, and more!

domku taqueria
821 Upshur Street, NW

From a press release:

“Anna Bran-Leis and Shawn Leis, the couple behind the forthcoming Taqueria del Barrio will host a pop up next door at Hank’s Cocktail Bar on President’s Day, February 20, 2017. “We really want the neighbors to come and try some of our menu items and luckily we have close friends next door,” says Leis whose best friend Jamie Leeds, owns Hank’s Cocktail Bar next door to the taqueria space. While the construction team readies their 2,200 square foot restaurant, the food and beverage team has been constructing the menu.

The President’s Day Taco Pop Up will feature a limited menu of three cocktails priced at $10 each, five different taco choices at $3 each, tortas, quesadillas and a couple of appetizers at a la carte pricing. Guests can order as much or as little as they like. Anna & the team have been working on the concept’s menu in the commercial kitchen space they use for DC Empanadas, another business owned by the couple.

The taco pop up will take place from 11am until 8pm on Monday, February 20 at 819 Upshur Street, NW, celebrating the true meaning of ‘del barrio’ which translates to ‘of the neighborhood.’


“About Taqueria del Barrio

Taqueria del Barrio is the newest project from husband and wife team, Shawn and Anna Leis who also own DC Empanadas food trucks and Union Market stall. The taqueria will open to the public in mid-March 2017 at 821 Upshur Street, NW in the Petworth neighborhood. The modern taqueria will serve lunch and dinner with a solid bar program and then start brunch a little bit down the road.”

706 Quincy St

This rental is located at 706 Quincy St, NW. The Craigslist ad says:

“$1800 / 2br – Walk 1 block to the metro

Fantastic 2 bedroom, 1 bath apartment on 2nd floor, in secure building, with hard wood floors. Bright and airy. Close to Metro, Howard university, Catholic university, Triniity college, Washington hospital center and Children hospital. Great inner city living at a bargain! Sorry No pets. 706 Quincy St NW Washington, D.C. Call Ms. Charles 301-254-9471. No pets. Owner/Agent”

3813 Georgia Avenue, NW

From an email:

“Just in time for MLK Jr. day, I’m excited to share that Ten Tigers Parlour will be rolling out its new daytime menu starting at 11am this Monday, 1/16. Update: Thursday.

This includes a new selection of regional teas from China, Japan, Taiwan and traditional English favorites; the launch of TTP’s boba teas; and pastries from Kyirisan pastry chef Mollie Bird. While all daytime items are available for “grab & go,” complimentary wi-fi and outlets will also be offered to all guests looking to lounge.

PASTRY MENU – $4 per order (more…)

3907 14th Street, NW at Randolph

From an email:

“We will be open for brunch both Monday January 16 and Friday January 20. We are open every weekday at 11 offering pizza pies and delicious sandwiches on house focaccia, but we’re going to be doing our full brunch menu beginning at 10 on those days this coming week.

We also have some brand new cocktails for the occasion. First up, the Bad Hombre features a delightful marriage of tequila and Cynar to create a spin on your regular ol margarita. Then there is the Nasty Woman, which is much more pleasant than its name suggests; huckleberry-infused gin meets Campari, lemon, and triple sec.

Bad Hombre and Nasty Woman courtesy Little Coco’s

3917 Georgia Ave, NW

“Dear PoPville,

I work from home several days a week and many times I find myself at Qualia or other coffee shops to start my day. Going to Qualia is always a crapshoot given the limited seating options, but I do enjoy their freshly roasted beans. This morning, there happened to be seats, but when I asked for the wifi password, I was told “they were not doing wifi anymore.” I had already paid for my coffee and there was no signage indicating this new policy. I’m not opposed to no wifi to encourage person to person discussion, but given the extremely limited space and general setup of Qualia, the cafe itself doesn’t really encourage this type of interaction. I’m never able to bring groups of friends (or even my spouse) to Qualia because the seating is minimal. Rarely are there two seats together. The counter/bar along the wall seems specifically designed for computers. Maybe “no wifi” fits their business model? Maybe they are trying to prove a point? Regardless of their reasoning, it will definitely impact their business from me. I no longer plan to go there.”

Qualia responds:

“Our current WiFi Policy is clearly stated on our web site here.

We are not trying to discourage people from using Qualia to work, play or meet. We have come to the conclusion that it is no longer necessary or beneficial to offer Internet access. Now that open and mobile hot spots are now readily available, no longer offering free WiFi was not intended to create a significant barrier for people who wanted to work on their computers. However, we had reached a tipping point in the volume and nature of customers we were serving. Those visiting us only for free Internet access had begun to crowd out the people who were visiting us for the unique coffee experience we offer. Given how limited out space is, it only takes a handful of folks camping out for hours at a time to diminish our ability to serve a broader spectrum of customers.

That said, we are open to everyone’s comments and concerns. Our WiFi policies have changed over time and are bound to continue doing so.”

Ed. Note: Qualia was recently voted 5th best coffee in DC.

1100 block of Allison St, NW

GV reported 5:30pm last night:

“Bus is gone. Guy who came out of the house in front of it said he called it in 3 weeks ago.”

WJLA reported:

“A school bus with children on board got stuck in a sinkhole Tuesday afternoon.”

NBC Washington reported:

“Students on board were escorted outside through an emergency exit. They were taken to a nearby building to stay warm on the cold night. No injuries were reported.

Sanders said he had reported the sinkhole multiple times over the past two weeks.”

via google maps

A reader reports:

“FYI, there was a shooting on Quebec and 10th and the entire block is taped by police.”

Alan Henney tweeted it occurred around 1pm.

Update from MPD:

“At 1239 hours, MPD was called to the 5900 block of Eastern Ave, NE, for the report of a shooting. Arriving units located an adult male victim suffering from gunshot wounds. The victim was taken to an area hospital for treatment.

At 1242 hours, MPD was called to the 1000 block of Quebec Pl, NW for the report of a shooting. Arriving units located an adult male victim suffering from gunshot wounds. The victim was taken to an area hospital for treatment.

Detectives are investigating both cases.

Anyone with information regarding theses offenses should call MPD at (202)727-9099.”

3714 14th Street, NW at Quincy

Last week we learned that Mezcalero Cocina Mexicana, “the highly anticipated second restaurant concept from Chef Alfredo Solis and his sister Jessica, will open Friday, January 13.

Mezcalero will feature some dishes from El Sol, but will also showcase more flavors Chef Solis came to love growing up in Mexico City. Included on its menu are 17 different street tacos, a selection of Guisados, or Mexican stews and Tacos de Canasta, or “basket of tacos,” the popular soft, steamed tacos sold on the streets of Mexico D.F. Additionally, as the restaurant’s name implies, Mezcalero will have an extensive mezcal menu with craft cocktails created by head bartender Arturo Zaloga.”

Here are the full menus: Mezcalero Menu (PDF)

mezcalero_cocktails (PDF)

And here is “Gallo, a colorful, six-foot tall rooster perched at the restaurant’s entrance”:

courtesy Mezcalero