Photo by PoPville flickr user clif_burns

From a press release:

“Right Proper Brewing Company in Shaw [624 T Street, NW] is pleased to announce Jim Jeffords as its new Executive Chef. Jim comes to Right Proper from Evening Star Café in Alexandria, where he has been Executive Chef for the past three years.

“Jim comes from the South and from a farming background, which squares sort of creepily with the farm-fresh food with a Southern accent that comes out of our kitchen,” said Thor Cheston, co-owner of Right Proper. “We are excited to have him as part of our team. At the same time, we’re really sorry to say goodbye to Chef Robert Cain, but he’s going to open a resort in Belize—we can only have so much sympathy for the guy.” (more…)

1839 6th Street, NW

Lots more progress since we last checked back in July. A listing for one of the units says:

“Exquisite space accessed by private elevator in the unit. Huge great room–open LR/DR, chef kit, hw flrs, Bosch appli, quartz ctops, porch enclosed by rain screen. Two spacious BRs, with balconies, attached BAs, custom closets, w/d. Extra storage space. Wired for FIOS & SMART Homes. Steps to Metro, shops, nightlife. Off-St. Pking. Low fees.”

That 2 bed/2.5 bath is listed at $819,000.

@AlexMurray1 notes the “rear patios on the boutique condos going up behind Shaw’s Tavern”



Photo tweeted by @UponAMountain

On Sunday morning we learned of a shooting that took place in the 1600 block of 7th Street, NW around 11pm Saturday night. Frightening details emerge from a couple of twitter conversations yesterday

@UponAMountain tweeted:

“Gunshots in Shaw, near Dacha. Everyone at Dacha on the ground.”

“police searching for casings. Shooter on run. Target was folks in car.”

@nicoleshea tweeted:

“we heard gunshots, then a man (I believe the bouncer) yelled for everyone to get down.”

@UponAMountain responded:

“man yelling for folks to get/stay down was a teacher who had completed emergency training. Huge asset.”

1200 block of 9th Street, NW

Lots of folks have already heard that a new restaurant called Dabney is coming to one of these rowhouses on 9th Street in front of Blagden Alley. The Washington Post reported:

“On Oct. 14, Langhorne and Zink officially sealed a deal with Douglas Development to lease a Blagden Alley space behind a trio of rowhouses on Ninth Street NW. Actually, their space is still an Erector set of steel beams, located on a patch of dirt where an old brick structure once sat. Douglas is expected to complete construction and turn over an empty shell to the first-time restaurateurs by the end of November, and Langhorne hopes to open his 70-seat restaurant by late spring.”

More details on that space as construction progresses. But in the meantime I learned of some very sweet scuttlebutt, and of course it’s just scuttlebutt, but I hear The Passenger will be taking over one of the other spaces (and an unknown, to me, restaurant will be taking over the third.) The Passenger, located nearby at 1021 7th Street, NW is rumored to close sometime after New Years to make way for another construction project. Updates on the possible move as details emerge. Hopefully we will be able to shout – The Passenger is Dead, Long Live The Passenger!

Update: Sadly the folks from Passenger say they won’t be moving here.

9th Street looking north toward N

From MPD:

“The Third District’s Detectives’ Office is investigating an incident during which a victim was shot tonight in the 1600 block of 7th St. NW.

Officers of the Third District responded to the area for reports of shots fired and located the male victim who had received a non- life-threatening injury.

Anyone with information that may be related to this case is asked to call the police at (202) 727-9099. Additionally, anonymous information may be submitted to the Department’s TEXT TIP LINE by text messaging 50411.”

“The Metropolitan Police Department is currently investigating a shooting that occurred in the 1200 blk. of Brentwood Road, NE, at approximately 10:15pm.

Anyone with information is urged to call (202) 727-9099.”

8th and S St, NW Sept. 20th

From MPD:

“Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Major Crash Unit have announced an arrest has been made in the fatal hit and run that occurred at the intersection of 8th and S Streets, NW.

On Saturday, September 20, 2014, at approximately 2:33 am, a bicyclist was on 8th Street, NW when she was struck by a light colored SUV that was traveling southbound on 8th Street, NW. DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services personnel transported the victim to a local hospital where she was pronounced dead.

The decedent has been identified as 53 year-old Tonya Reaves of Northeast, Washington, DC.

On Wednesday, October 22, 2014, 20-year-old Dajane Thomas of Southeast, Washington DC, was arrested pursuant to a DC Superior Court arrest warrant charging her with Murder Two.”

620 T Street, NW

“Dear PoPville,

I attended a party the night of Friday, October 17, 2014 at Howard Theatre. While walking up the stairs at the venue, I was approached by a man in the stairwell who I did not know and who would not leave me alone, when I turned around to walk away from him, he grabbed my butt. I hit him away from me and he pushed me twice, causing to to grab the railing to keep from falling down the stairs, and causing my cell phone to fly out of my hands. When I pointed him out to security, I was told by different security guards, “We’re closing in 30 minutes anyway, what’s the difference?” “He’s a street n____, and street n____s kill bitches for causing scenes like this.” and “Technically you were attacking him since you followed him out of the stairwell.” Not only did security fail to help me, but they blamed me for this attack.

I filed a police report with a DC Sex Crimes detective that night, and emailed a letter to Howard Theatre on Sunday the 19th (to which I received no response.)

This is a venue that hosts many concerts and events. The specific party is part of a celebration for Howard University’s homecoming and is attended by many college age women. I would like to know that they are going to do something to ensure that women are not accosted and that security is not negligent at future events.”

Update: A change.org petition has been created here.

“Dear PoPville,

In Shaw below U Street a man was attacked by a group of approximately 10 males, estimated to be in their late teens or young adults, as he walked north on 10th Street NW between R and S Streets shortly after 10 p.m. on Friday, October 17, 2014. It is not known whether the group intended to rob the man or if they were only interested in injuring him.

The victim had walked west on R Street past the site of the closed Shaw Junior High School and then turned right, after the Way Back to Pentecost Church, to walk north on 10th toward S. As he walked up the right sidewalk of 10th, several members of a group started following closely behind him. Across the street, additional members of the group followed him from the left sidewalk. The victim moved into the street and started walking at a faster pace up the middle of the road but the attackers coordinated to surround him. The group then converged on the victim, ran toward him, and began attacking with punches as the victim ran for safety toward the intersection of 10th and S. The victim was knocked to the pavement with punches and he crawled into the middle of the intersection so that passing traffic would cause the attackers to disperse.

Passersby subsequently came to the victim’s aid and a parking enforcement person on the street called 911. The police arrived as the attackers continued north on 10th.

Officers of the Third District Metropolitan Police Department assigned a case number to the incident but it is not known if any of the attackers were apprehended. It was classified as a “simple assault” but that would seem like a low charge considering the organized nature of it and the fact that it was not just a threat but was actually carried out in a violent manner. I don’t want to interfere with whatever investigation the police might be conducting, but at the same time I think people in the neighborhood should be notified.”