1201 U Street, NW

A reader reports:

“I heard the islander was sold last week. Talked to the family the other night. Their not sure when their last night will be but they’ll be opening up a smaller joint somewhere else.”

The Islander’s Facebook page says:

“It has been brought to the attention of the ISLANDER FAMILY that a Gofundme Account has been established in the name of Sheldon Gill for the restoration of The Islander Caribbean Restaurant & Lounge. This IN NO WAY HAS ANY DIRECT CORRELATION TO THE Islander Caribbean Restaurant or ANY OF ITS OWNERS OR MANAGERS! The Islander is NOT being handed over to anyone and there is NO PENDING ARRANGEMENTS for any related transactions and ABSOLUTELY NO PLANS to make any!! SO… the following link

The GoFundMe page says:

For over 40 years, Chief Addis Green, better known as The Queen, has built a legacy within the Metropolitan Washington, DC’s Caribbean community with her family owned restaurant and lounge- The Islander. Providing their consumers with the finest Trinidadian cuisine with a welcoming atmosphere, The Queen is turning over her crown to a new prince, Sheldon Gill. For over 15 years, he has managed and owned a restaurant (Under the Coconut Tree) and catering company. His experience in the food and entertainment industry has exposed him to the resources needed to revamp The Islander, with respect to tradition.

In its current state the restaurant is in desperate need of repairs from head to toe. With the aggreement of the building owner, Mr. Gill plans to expand The Islander by taking over the entire building (3 floors), establishing more seating on the 2nd floor and a spacious lounge on the 3nd floor for entertainment.

All this requires funding before Chief Green retires. Mr. Gill is asking for your help to continue The Islander statue as a landmark for not only the Caribbean Community but for anyone who wants to escape the city life and experience taste, sound, and feel of the tropics. Help us keep the heritages alive.

We appreciate you for reading our story and contributing to not only our dream but yours too, for our mission is to treat you like family.

All those that donate would be our special guest at our grand opening, which we project would be this winter.

Anyone else hear about a sale of any kind? Updates as this shakes out.


This rental is located at 1915 New Hampshire Avenue, Northwest. The listing says:

“Fantastic, Upscale 2 level unit! Quiet one way street. Slate Floors and Incredible slate bathrooms HUGE shower with 2 shower heads, Gourmet Kitchen with granite, 2 bedrooms 2baths , fireplace, In the heart of it all walk to restaurants, shops theaters, metro etc…. On -site parking is $200 additional”

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This 2 bed/2 bath is going for $2,800/Mo.


“Dear PoPville,

I’m looking to rent out the house I’ve owned for 6 years, which I’ve been renovating over time. It’s a 3-bedroom, 2-bathroom house on Florida Ave. just north of U Street (by Blind Dog Cafe and 9:30 Club). Here are the details:

-3 bedrooms, 2 baths, 1220 sq feet (bedrooms are big, medium and small)
-Fenced-in patio/parking area (as in patio OR parking — depending on how you choose to use the space) — with a propane grill and pots for planting if you want them
-Newly renovated kitchen, bathrooms
-Wall-mounted flat-screen TV in living room
-Available partially furnished (for a fee) or unfurnished
-Central air
-Ceiling fans in all bedrooms
-High ceilings
-2.5 blocks to U Street metro

I’m also planning on repainting and replacing a couple windows before the renter moves in (hopefully July 1). As negatives go, Florida Ave is pretty busy/noisy.

Any idea of how much I should charge?”


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“Dear PoPville,

Due to a recent injury, availability of handicap parking has, unfortunately, become a special concern in my household. (Thankfully, it’s an injury that will heal in a few months.) We’ve witnessed several frustrating examples of people misusing handicap parking, but this one takes the cake: Cop car taking up the only handicap parking spot for the building. And no, this wasn’t a quick in and out – the car has been there for an extended time. There are countless other spots that this cop could park in instead, since cops don’t have to worry about parking legally – I see cops parked all the time along the wall behind our building (which is labeled “no parking”) or at the end of a block behind the legal street parking. There is just absolutely no excuse for taking up the one spot reserved for disabled parkers!! Shameful! The annoying part is that there is no one to report it to – I’m sure that a complaint to the police would fall on deaf ears.”