14th and S Street, NW

Despite the cold in the air, another annual sign that spring is around the corner from Garden District (formerly Standard):

“in the fall we said we would re-open for the spring on march 1st, but this year we’re going to do even better than that.

we’re firing up the smoker tonight, opening up the gates [Saturday] at noon, and we are guaranteeing that the beer will be ice cold.

also, to celebrate our 5th year in the neighborhood, we’ll be selling $5 hofbraus and bratwursts all season long during the 5 o’clock hour monday through friday.”

1201 U Street, NW

“Dear PoPville,

On my way to work this morning, I noticed the sign was removed with a “for lease” banner put up. Also, the last couple of nights, it has been closed. What’s odd is the tables are still set up…”

I stopped by The Islander when I first noticed the sign was gone a few months ago and was told the sign simply broke. The for lease sign was for the upstairs space. For a second I was nervous because their telephone number was disconnected. But I stopped by today and they were indeed still open!

Their website says:

“The Islander is a family-owned and operated business with ” The Queen,” Chef Addie Green ruling this island kingdom. We believe she’s undoubtedly the best Caribbean cook in Washington, DC. The Islander is a landmark in the Caribbean Community and the Green family has collectively provided the finest in Trinidadian cuisine to the Washington Community for the past 40 years.

Tues 3:30 pm – 11:00 pm
Wed 3:30 pm – 12:00 am
Thurs 3:30 pm – 12:00 am
Fri – Sat 3:30 pm – 2:00 am
Sunday 3:30 pm – 10:00 pm”



From a press release:

“pro·vi·sion (verb) “supply with food, drink, or equipment, especially for a journey.” Dramatic floor-to-ceiling windows and a design that melds the nostalgia of early American charm with wanderlust warmth, set a stunning backdrop for a comprehensive program of libations and creative, communal cuisine at the soon-to-open new Provision No. 14. Occupying an impressive corner space on 14th & V NW, Provision No. 14 is the first project from the newly formed Social Restaurant Group, and is projected to open in late March 2015.

The culinary program at Provision No. 14 will well complement its energetic design, featuring a menu of communal, creative American cuisine designed to be shared at the table among friends. The menu will feature a list of updated, modern takes on classic fondues and a snack menu composed of several playful dishes. Guests are encouraged to taste a wide selection of snack plates and experience the array of fun foods. Provision No. 14’s menu will also feature a selection of daily rotating communal boards, a raw cut wood plank featuring an entrée, and complementing side dishes ideal for sharing.

Featuring 20 draft lines, a beer program that curates small-batch brewers from around the globe and large format bottled cocktails, Provision No. 14 shares a thoughtful and comprehensive beverage program with a diverse selection of uniquely dynamic libations. A hallmark of Provision No. 14’s beverage program will be a selection of no less than six large format bottled cocktails, ideal for sharing. The bottled cocktails will be 750 ml, the same as a bottle of wine, offering a fun alternative to the standard shared beverage. Provision No. 14’s beverage program will also feature two draft cocktails, two well-crafted frozen cocktails and a menu of signature cocktails. (more…)


Very cool! On their facebook page Martha’s Outfitters explains:

“Students from DC Public Schools Duke Ellington School of the Arts played tunes and helped paint our new mural designed by John Cahill and Meaza Yalew.”

For those not familiar with this great org.

“Martha’s Outfitters is a Non-Profit thrift store aimed at helping the community. All proceeds Martha’s Outfitters receives goes toward Martha’s Table’s food and children programs.”

2114 14th Street, NW



MPD Investigating a Fatal Police Involved Shooting: 1400 block of Swann Street, NW

The Metropolitan Police Department is investigating a police involved shooting that occurred in the 1400 block of Swann Street, NW. Preliminary information indicates that at approximately 11:35 pm on Thursday, February 12, 2015, officers from the Third District were in the area of the 1400 block of Swann Street, NW when they interrupted a robbery in progress. While trying to detain the male suspect, he produced a handgun and fled. Officers exchanged gunfire with the suspect, who continued to flee. The suspect was located suffering from a gunshot wound in the 1500 block of Caroline Street, NW. Preliminary information indicates the suspect may have turned the gun on himself.

The suspect’s identity is being withheld until positive identification is made.

No injuries were sustained by the MPD officers. The investigation continues. Anyone who has information regarding this case should call police at 202-727-9099. Additionally, information may be submitted to the TEXT TIP LINE by text messaging 50411.”

UPDATE – More details from ANC 2B09 – Commissioner Noah Smith:

One or more armed robberies occurred near 14th St last night after 11pm. Police were chasing a suspect through the neighborhood on foot including on 15th Street and T Street and the surrounding alleys. Gunshots were exchanged in the chase. The suspect eventually died on Caroline St and the circumstances of the death are still under investigation.”

Eyewitness report from the scene last night:

“Craziness on 15th at nw between Swann and T tonight…At least 10 gunshots, I looked out the window because I thought a rock had hit our window. Two bicycle police had dropped their bikes and had drawn their guns facing down the alley on the other side of the street, looking toward 14th St. I assume they were exchanging gunfire with the suspects, although I don’t know who was firing. Crime scene tape now enclosed our street entirely” (more…)

1359 U Street, NW

Ed. Note: Before you reflexively say something negative please read the full description below. I know it goes against instinct but it can be done. Personally, I’d like to give a professional breakdancer for over 20 years the benefit of the doubt so let’s at least wait for them to open before judging. Obviously it won’t be for everyone and that’s ok. No need to poison the well just for fun.

If you are a huge Patty Boom Boom fan, I feel ya – take time to grieve – and revisit in a few months – also no need to reflexively trash the replacement. Here’s the link to the original story about the coming closure where you can lament the passing. I mean that genuinely.

I recognize my request may fail but I felt it needed to be said.

Cool I hate having to preface like that now here’s the owner’s vision for the coming Cloak & Dagger:

“So in a nut shell Cloak & Dagger’s concept will pay homage to DC’s history of elusive spies, espionage and underground secret society. A red telephone booth (London style sorta like the Dr. Who) will be the disguised entrance way into the bar/lounge. Covert rooms leading to different areas (I.e. the entrance, VIP room, DJ booth, etc) of Cloak & Dagger will provide a fun and classy Victorian style old school ambiance.

The 1st floor will be more of a speakeasy type of bar. A secret book shelf door will lead into this bar where it will be set up more as a mixology concept with seasonal drink menu specials.

2nd floor will more of the “club” where we will have the DJ’s set up for play to the crowd. The 3rd level mezzanine will be more for the bottle service crowd who prefer to keep it more chill with their group of friends.

Weekly events will depend on the nights. I’ve been a professional breakdancer for over 20 years (my crew is the Lionz of Zion)… so as someone who loves dance I definitely plan on having some nights that will cater to all the dancers (housers, bboys/bgirls, hip-hop dancers). I want to create an environment that not only has great music but is fun and entertaining. I feel that the DC scene has lost some of that and plan to bring that type of energy back.”

1530 U Street, NW

After 5 years ( originally on the first floor and then upstairs) Ginger Root Design will be closing shop on U Street in March – from an email:

“Thank you to all of our wonderful customers and clients who have frequented our tailoring shop over the past 5 years! We’ve always appreciated you, and are proud that we’ve never once needed to advertise. Your word of mouth built our business, and we’re so grateful! You’ve always had our back as we transitioned throughout the years, and we’re excited to announce the next big news:

We are both pregnant!! And while we have absolutely loved our journey at Ginger Root, it is time for us to take another step forward as we each grow our families.

So, what does that mean?! We are winding things down at our U Street space, and we will be closing Ginger Root Design in March. We will still be tailoring right here in DC, however, out of our individual spaces (though we’re sure to collaborate still from time to time). As we both have different specialties, we are taking this as an opportunity to do what we do best! (more…)

1359 U Street, NW

Big news about one of the early Hilton brothers spots (h/t @barredindc) Patty Boom Boom is closing after 5 years on U Street. Their facebook page says:

“Dear all Patty Boom Boom lovas, February 21, 2015, we will close. Please catch all your favorite DJ’s for their last sets this month. Patty Boom Boom will “pop-up” in the Spring during Memorial Day weekend on Restaurant Marvin’s Deck and Den of Thieves DC!”

Patty Boom Boom opened up in January 2010. They did a nice reno of a beat up building – here’s how it partially looked in 2008:


The Hilton brothers (and other partners) of course still have Marvin, Gibson, Den of Thieves, American Ice Co., the Brixton, El Rey and Satellite Room nearby.

But Patty Boom Boom certainly brought a lot of flavor to U Street. They will be missed. Looking forward to seeing who takes over the space.