Photo by PoPville flickr user Victoria Pickering

Victoria writes:

“A new mural is going up at Ben’s Chili Bowl, for a four-month period while Ben’s decides on who will be featured in their next permanent mural. This mural is designed by Cory Stowers.”

You can see what the old mural looked like when it first went up in Sept. 2012 here. We spoke about the Bill Cosby controversy here.

Photo by PoPville flickr user Victoria Pickering

fast gourmet

Lina Chovil comments on Fast Gourmet’s closure at 14th and W St, NW:

“For you that do not know the full story. The Brothers embezzled over $60k in 2012 to open up their Takeateasy joint. After only a year of being open we where at a loss due to the embezzlement the Oliveras did, the legal expense it took to remove them from the business. Not only did they cause our financial ruin but the family completely broke apart. And on top of that ABC forgot to mention why the payments arrangement was not honored. The rape of Lina Chovil on May 27th 2015 after leaving Mesa14 and only mention the debt amount with out any explanation of the fact. The DC treasure new about this but yet they decided to not care.. after I was hospitalized they took our licenses away and pushed us to male payments promising to give us our license back. Well they never honored their promise. That’s why we stopped selling cigarettes etc in the convenience store.

A restaurant was trying to maintain two business. The convenience store and the restaurant.

So there for those of you who ask why we did not pay our taxes. Blame the Oliveras and the individual that raped the managing partner.

Just letting you know what really happened.

The only one going to court is the rapist.

We cant sue the government, and well the Oliveras we decided not to pursue them criminally back in 2012 due to Juan’s son, we truly cared for his family.

Don’t worry We will be back sooner than you think.

Happy Eating!!”

Ed. Note: I was told via email that they will contact me when they have more details on coming back.

saint ex
14th and T Street, NW

Gotta respect the (relatively) old school still hustling. I always forget to mention them when I do my arbitrary best in DC lists but make no mistake, after all these years, Saint Ex remains very high on the list. Anyway hustle on Saint Ex, hustle on.

Sup $5 Moscow Mule?

From an email:

“Cafe Saint-Ex on 14th Street has a new weekday happy hour menu that includes select $5 draft beers, wine & cocktails, $3 Miller Lite & PBR cans, and a limited food menu that includes everything from $1 buttered popcorn to an $8 burger that can be upgraded with bacon, cheese or other toppings like grilled onions or mushrooms for just $1 each.”

StEx.HappyHour.Menu (PDF)

14th and W Street, NW

Remember last month when we said Valero had closed but Fast Gourmet remains open? About that. Thanks to James for passing on this story from ABC7:

“The popular 14th Street restaurant just shut down after the District revoked its tax certificate. District officials told ABC7 News the company owes more than $330,000 of taxes.”

fast gourmet

Back in 2010 a reader declared, and many agreed at that time that Fast Gourmet had the best sandwiches in town. RIP.

Happier days

14th and U Street, NW

From a press release:

“On Thursday March 16th, Funk Parade is hosting the 4th Annual Kickoff Jam at Tropicalia starting at 7pm.

Reesa Renee, Joe Keys and The Late Bloomer Band and Alex Vaughn will perform along with dancers from KAZAXE by Azuka Bom and other special guests. The event will also feature a lip sync battle, giveaways and other surprises.

The event kicks off Funk Parade 2017 season, which will culminate with Funk Parade 2017 on Saturday, May 6.   In addition to the live performances organizers will:

  • Announce the music and art lineup for the May festival

  • Release the 2017 poster

  • Kick off the Funk Parade 2017 crowdfunding campaign

The theme for Funk Parade 2017 is Future Funk. From the futuristic prophecies of Sun Ra to the intergalactic funk of George Clinton and the far out sounds of local bands like Nag Champa and Joe Keyes, The Future and The Funk have gone hand in hand.    In an unsettling present, organizers want Funk Parade to be one day out of the year where Washingtonians can come together and project a future we all want to be a part of.

The Future Funk theme will be transmitting itself throughout the Kickoff Jam and we encourage friends, fans and community groups to embrace your inner motherships and time machines to create something awesome to bring to the festival.

Kickoff Jam Details:


2303 14th St NW

This rental is located at 2303 14th Street, NW. The craigslist ad says:

“Lease apartments #411 or #707 and receive a $1000 Visa Gift Card in addition to waived move in fees! Only $300 to apply for any other available home* *select homes, with approved credit, limited time offer *with approved credit, limited time offer


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View 14 is located in a neighborhood known for its unique boutiques, dining, and entertainment – conveniently located near Adams Morgan, DuPont Circle, and the best of DC. Come see these U Street Corridor apartments for yourself by scheduling an appointment today. (more…)


“Dear PoPville,

I found this notebook in front of my house last week near 14th & U St NW. It’s filled with cocktail recipes and notes.”

If it’s yours please email [email protected] and if you promise to make me a cocktail or two, I’ll put you in touch with OP.

via google maps

From MPD:

“Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s (MPD) Major Crash Unit are investigating a fatal traffic accident that occurred on Monday, February 6, 2017 at approximately 10:44 pm.

The pedestrian was on the south side of U Street and 10th Street Northwest, walking north across the westbound traffic lanes in a controlled crosswalk. A black 2016 Nissan Versa was travelling westbound in the 900 block of U Street, Northwest, at a high rate of speed, when they struck the pedestrian. DC Fire and EMS transported the pedestrian to an area hospital, where she was pronounced dead. (more…)

colada shop
1405 T Street, NW

The Colada Shop was packed inside and out on Sunday.

And side note I just got from Colada:

“Colada Shop and Ice Cream Jubilee collaborate on lovely Valentine’s Day delights: Tres Leches ice cream and Colada Love Affogato

The Tres Leches ice cream is a dark rum ice cream with pieces of Colada Shop’s tres leches cake and a cinnamon condensed milk swirl. Colada Shop will use this ice cream to make the Colada Love Affogato – a variation of the traditional coffee-based dessert.

Ice Cream Jubilee’s Tres Leches is priced at: $3.50 for one scoop and Colada Shop’s Tres Leches Affogato is priced at $5.25.

WHEN: Offered for a limited time, from Thursday, February 9th to Sunday, February 19th”

Photo by PoPville flickr user Victoria Chamberlin