A reader reports about 7:15pm:

“Train evacuated at Shaw, lots of people coughing. Possibly a pepper spray prank by teens seen running away”

Update from an eyewitness:

“I was on the train car that got pepper sprayed tonight. It wasn’t exactly a prank. There were a group of teenagers on the train (I was sitting behind them) and another individual who got into a verbal fight and were taunting and threatening back and forth. The individual went to get off the train at the Shaw stop and someone sprayed pepper spray. I believe the individual sprayed it in the direction of the teens. Then the teens ran off the train after her. Unfortunately, the pepper spray remained in the air and quickly spread throughout the car. Everyone moved toward the ends of the car (the incident had taken place by the middle doors), but the doors had just closed before most people realized what had happened. Luckily, the operator opened the doors and everyone ran off. She then realized something was going on and subsequently, they unloaded the entire train and eventually put it out of service.”

From MPD:

“The Metropolitan Police Department, Third District, is asking for the public’s assistance.

Over the past few days 2 juvenile black males approximately 12-15 years old, light to medium complexion, and approximately 5’0, one was wearing a black coat with a hood and the second male is wearing a black and grey camouflage coat with a hood have been attempting to commit robberies.

They have attempted to commit robberies in the following areas:

1500 block of 7th St Nw
6th and Marion NW
10th and P St Nw

Anyone with information is encouraged to call the police department on 202-727-9099.”

1606 7th Street, NW

And the restaurants keep on coming to Shaw! Next up Trinity. The liquor license placard says:

“Full menu with ribs, pulled pork, turkey, and salads. Total Occupancy Load of 199. Summer Garden with seating for 68. Entertainment Endorsement.”

Some company for nearby Dacha ( opening Thursday) – updates as they get closer to opening.

7th Street looking south towards Q Street and Dacha Beer Garden

Rendering Atlantic Plumbing project by 9:30 Club

Holy mackerel – Shaw is tearing it up. Scroll down and you’ll already see tons of great news from just this morning. Now comes the mother mother lode from the Washington Business Journal. First let me say that June’s Warby Parker scuttlebutt has been confirmed but still no news of a Whole Foods. Now for the rest:

“Trendy eyewear boutique Warby Parker and restaurants from the folks behind some of D.C.’s hottest restaurants are coming to two high profile developments in Shaw later this year.”

The Business Journal then goes on to list who’s coming to the Atlantic Plumbing and the Shay (8th and V St, NW). Here’s a sampling “new concept from Neighborhood Restaurant Group of Birch & Barley and Bluejacket fame and a concept from the owners of Chinatown ramen and izakaya restaurant Daikaya, Declaration Pizza, and Tasty Burger.”

and a sampling for the Shay:

“Warby Parker, Freehand, a restaurant from chef Tim Ma, the owner of Water & Wall in Arlington and Maple Ave. in Vienna, and a second location of Compass Coffee, Benrus (watches), Kit and Ace (clothing from Lulu lemon guy), Read Wall (clothing), and Steven Alan (clothing).

Holy freaking mackerel.

9th and N Street, NW

From a press release:

“Three exciting new restaurants have leased space and will open later this year on the street level of The Colonel, a newly completed apartment community in the rapidly transforming Shaw neighborhood of Washington, DC.

Shaw resident Josh Phillips will launch his first restaurant venture, Espita Mezcalería, bringing artisanal mezcals and Oaxacan food to Shaw. Phillips, a Master Mezcalier, aims to share his passion for mezcal with an innovative bar program that highlights the many varietals of the spirit, paired with the complex flavors of food from the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca. Espita Mezcaleria will have both indoor and outdoor seating.

Co-owners of two of the city’s most wildly popular and acclaimed restaurants, The Red Hen and Boundary Stone, will open a new Roman and Italian-American concept called All Purpose, with The Red Hen chef/co-owner Michael Friedman manning the kitchen. Next door, award-winning pastry chef Tiffany MacIsaac, chef and owner of Buttercream Bakeshop, will open her first storefront shop offering custom wedding cakes and special occasion sweets as well as breakfast, lunch, and take-away items; she also will consult on the dessert program at All Purpose. (more…)

7th and Q St, NW

Last week I begged Dacha to hurry up. If you will it, it is no dream.

From a press release:

“Team Dacha is excited to announce the much anticipated reopening of Shaw’s own, expanded and improved, Dacha Beer Garden this coming Thursday, March 19th at 4:00 pm!

We gutted the China Express building next door and installed new bathrooms and a new kitchen on the 1st floor. The plan to build an extension to the main historic structure that will expand the restaurant and bar spaces to the 2nd and 3rd floors is still active. We will continue working with our neighbors and the Historic Preservation Review Board to approve the plans and move forward.

What to expect at the opening:

First 50 guests will receive beautiful, complimentary Dacha t-shirts.
– The same great casual set-up with several major improvements.
– Brand new sparkling bathrooms. Porta potties no more!
– Expanded beer menu, with the addition of Weihenstephaner Pale Ale and All Day IPA from Founders Brewing Company.
– Expanded grounds with more canopy coverage and larger guest areas.

The Happy Hour will remain, Monday through Thursday, lasting from 3pm to 7pm including $5 singles and $10 boots of select drafts.

What to expect in the next few weeks:

– Full kitchen slated to open in April.
– Expanded menu to start in April.
Dacha Market and Coffee will start operating from the former China Express carry out store front in April. The market will feature self-serve coffee, pastry, sandwiches, occasional gourmet groceries, juices, milk, fresh bread, cold cuts and more. In the morning the market will greet guests with freshly brewed coffee, pastries and a selection of breakfast sandwiches. Our upcoming online ordering system will allow guests to order their lunch and dinner then pick it up at Dacha Market and Coffee.

Thanks again for your continued support of Dacha Beer Garden. We cannot wait to welcome you and your loved ones at the garden this coming Thursday!

Dacha Beer Garden is a pleasant, green neighborhood epicenter that has been warmly received and endorsed by the community. Dacha serves a carefully curated selection of world-class German, Belgian and American beers, a variety of meads, ciders and wines – all accompanied by German and Eastern European inspired menu. The open-air format, comfortable seating, and convenient location make Dacha an easy choice, while affordable prices offer a great dinner/lunch alternative to a restaurant or a take out.

We’re changing the world, one beer at a time.”

1314 ½ Ninth Street, NW

Back in June 2014 we heard that Seasonal Pantry would be closing on 9th Street in Shaw and moving to Little Washington, VA. Not any more. Update from their facebook page:

“Seasonal Pantry is not moving to Washington VA. We are Staying in DC for now. We are looking to close our doors for a new location within the next year.
Thank you for all your support.”


Ed. Note: On the Shaw Listserv ANC 6E02 Commissioner, Kevin L. Chapple, says: “DPW has already been notified and will be collecting the debris today.”

“Dear PoPville,

It looks like one of our neighbors on Marion St got evicted late last week, and all their belongings were put on the sidewalk. Initially I figured they had a trash pick up coming, but after the garbage bags were ransacked, the Friday night rainstorm and the wind today, the street looks like a warzone. Does anyone in PoPville have a good recommendation on who specifically to call?”


Another reader adds:

“Not sure if The District officials care at all. But this has been the scene outside on Marion Street NW (between Q & P streets). It’s an eye sore. On the way to work Friday morning (3/13), I noticed the a few men wearing US Marshall coats and several others that looked to be just labor workers.

The labor workers began moving things from maybe one or more units at 1544 Marion Street NW. By the time I came home from work (approximately 6pm), this was the scene and has been since.”


9th and N Street, NW

Last week I shared some scuttlebutt at that a mezcal bar was coming to The Colonel in Shaw. I still hear it’s coming and will have a strong Mexican restaurant menu as well. But nevermind that – because what was confirmed yesterday is epic. Washington City Paper reported:

“The Red Hen owners Michael Friedman, Michael O’Malley, and Sebastian Zutant are teaming up with Boundary Stone owners Gareth Croke and Colin McDonough to open an Italian-American restaurant focused around pizza. The place will be called All Purpose and open at 1250 9th St. NW late this year.”

Also reported yesterday by the Washington Post:

“Tiffany MacIsaac is settling down in Shaw. The former executive pastry chef at Neighborhood Restaurant Group has signed a lease to open a storefront for her Buttercream Bakeshop at 1250 Ninth St. NW.”

All I can say is – epic. Updates as both (and I haven’t given up on the Mexican/mezcal spot either) get closer to opening. Freaking epic!