FG PoPville
11th and Florida Avenue, NW

Not such a gloomy morning after all!! Nice update from Florida Avenue Grill:

“We are very grateful for the outpouring of support we have received from the DC Community since the news broke that the Grill was facing foreclosure. You may have heard that we were forced to sue our lender for deceptive practices aimed at forcing us into foreclosure and that the Attorney General of New York is suing the same folks for allegedly defrauding tens of thousands of people. The NY AG said of them: “We will not allow companies to hold small businesses for ransom using lies and forgery.”

We are happy to announce that we were successfully able to fend off the foreclosure sale that was scheduled for the Grill. Unfortunately, even that comes at a cost as we incurred tens of thousands of dollars in legal fees and accelerated our mortgage to a payoff in a year. We settled because the reality is that, even though we are right, we are not in a position to fund skyrocketing legal costs and survive a long court battle with a lender as litigious and deep-pocketed as theirs. These folks are responsible for 25% of all the general or consumer debt cases in New York and hold a whopping 40% of all the default judgments against people in New York County! Part of why the NY AG is going after them is that one of their alleged practices is to get default judgments against tens of thousands of people, many of whom don’t even know they are being sued until they find out their credit is messed up. (more…)

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11th and Florida Ave, NW

Thanks to all who sent emails about the Post’s follow up article on the foreclosure sale scheduled for the Florida Avenue Grill.

“Imar Hutchins, owner of Florida Avenue Grill, sued his New York-based financier on Monday, alleging “predatory lending” and “deceptive practices,” and will ask a D.C. Superior Court judge this week to issue a temporary restraining order to stop a foreclosure auction of the oldest, continuously operating soul food restaurant in America.”

You can read the full story here.

Another reader notes: “Doesn’t this read almost exactly the same as the NYT article?”

In August 2009 the New York Times reported:

“In his briefcase, Imar Hutchins carries a certified check for $25,000. It is a crazy amount to walk around with, but for the last nine months, a series of banks have refused to take the money, even though Mr. Hutchins owes it toward a mortgage on a small apartment building in Harlem.”

You can read that full story here.

Updates on all fronts as the story develops.

stabbing-arrest
via google maps

From MPD:

“Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch announced an arrest has been made in a fatal stabbing that occurred in the 1400 block of W Street, Northwest on Sunday, January 8, 2017.

At approximately 8:05 pm, members of the Third District responded to the listed location for the report of an unconscious person. Upon arrival, members located an adult female, in the hallway of the building, suffering from multiple stab wounds. The victim was transported to a local hospital, where all lifesaving efforts failed and she was pronounced dead.

The decedent has been identified as 23-year-old Waliyatou Amadou of Northwest, DC.

On Wednesday, January 11, 2017, 27-year-old Deangelo Thorne, of Northeast, DC, was arrested and charged with Second Degree Murder While Armed.”

assault

A reader reports:

“I witnessed what I believe to be a sexual assault at 15th & T Sts NW today at approx 8:30am. I was traveling northbound on 15th St stopped at the light for T St NW. A woman was crossing 15th, heading east on the north crosswalk. As she finished crossing and stepped up onto the curb, a man standing on that corner, reached out and down with his right arm and touched/grabbed her front private area. She was visibly surprised, pulled out her headphones and started screaming expletives (I assume, I think I saw a F*** you mouthed) at him. He, without batting an eye or acknowledging her screaming, casually crossed 15th St and then turned southbound on the west side of 15th. (more…)

hawk

A reader reports:

“Time for a bigger bird house.

Spotted this morning in the alley at 10th and U NW, with a rat in her talons. Glad to see she discovered our abundant food supply and I really hope she sticks around. To quote my neighbor, “finally getting some competent help with rat abatement.”

Got a good view too, as she was down low on the fence about 10 feet away, still thrashing her prey. Great start to the week!”

stabbing
via google maps

From MPD (sent at 8:46pm):

“The third district is currently on the scene of a stabbing in the 1400 block of W St., Northwest. An adult victim sustain life threatening injuries on that scene.

Anyone with information is asked to call 202-727-9099.”

Update from MPD:

“Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a fatal stabbing that occurred in the 1400 block of W Street, Northwest on Sunday, January 8, 2017.

At approximately 8:05 pm, members of the Third District responded to the listed location for a call of an unconscious person. Upon arrival, members located an adult female, in the hallway of the building, suffering from multiple stab wounds. The victim was transported to a local hospital, where all lifesaving efforts failed and she was pronounced dead.

The decedent has been identified as 23-year-old Waliyatou Amadou of Northwest, DC.

The Metropolitan Police Department currently offers a reward of up to $25,000 to anyone that provides information which leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for any homicide committed in the District of Columbia. Anyone with information about 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.”

pizza
DC Rising courtesy Pizzeria Vetr

From an email:

“‘Pizza Jawn’ Comes to DC with Marjorie Meek-Bradley

· A Jawn? A Philly slang term basically used to describe any single person, place or thing. But in this instance, it means a super awesome exclusive guest chef pizza collaboration available for a limited time.

· TODAY, Marjorie Meek-Bradley will be in Pizzeria Vetri slinging pie with Marc Vetri and announcing her guest chef creation, the DC Rising prepared with roasted peppers and onions, cheddar and jack cheese, half smoke and crispy shallot rings – which will be available 1/5-1/15.”

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So, half smoke on a pizza – yes or no? I am intrigued!

pizzeria-vetri
14th and Florida Ave, NW

colada-sign
1405 T Street, NW

Thanks to Jonathan Pinkerton for sending shots of the new signage. They open January 26th. For those not familiar with the Colada Shop:

“Named after the iconic Cuban-style coffee, Colada Shop is a concept that blends together the contemporary lifestyle of Washingtonians with the Cuban tradition of starting and ending the day. Paying homage to the Caribbean way of coffee, food, cocktails and social lifestyle, Colada Shop will be a casual café and eatery where guests come for the quality and stay for the company.

Colada Shop takes its name from one of Cuba’s quintessential coffees, the Colada, which is 4oz of Cuban- style espresso traditionally served in a Styrofoam cup along with small, plastic demitasses. Its takeaway form is meant to be shared. Sharing a colada remains a prominent social and cultural activity and is customary of workplace breaks in Cuban communities.” (more…)