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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:

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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.

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1346 T Street, NW

From an email:

“Rose’s House Party will be happening every Saturday night in February at 10:00pm at Compass Rose, “playing all the music you didn’t know you wanted to hear”…. In addition to tapping a keg of craft beer and pouring from a satellite bar (Solo cups and Sharpie included) we are bringing in a different D.C. DJ every Saturday this month . The line up is amazing! We are not becoming some crazy K street club though, no. We are trying to create a chill space where people can hang out with friends and enjoy some great music, food (late night khachapuri) and drinks.

The month of music is being kicked off by a good friend of Compass Rose, DJ Dirty Hands this Friday night (2/6). DJ Dirty Hands is a legend in DC and has been kind enough to help us arrange this event. After the kick off tomorrow he is quickly followed by his friend, DJ Stylus Chris on Saturday night. Then we have a different DJ each Saturday for the rest of the month. Including, DJ Trayze who just won the DC qualifier in the Red Bull Thre3Style competition. He will be representing DC in their national championship later this month.

DJ Dirty Hands: http://www.djdirtyhands.com/
DJ Stylus Crhis: https://soundcloud.com/styluschris
DJ Trayze: http://www.djtrayze.com/
DJ Oz: http://www.djozlive.com/
DJ As One: https://www.facebook.com/iamdjas1″

den_of_thieves
2005 14th Street, NW

From an email:

“We are shooting a Funk Parade Video on Saturday February 7th between 2:30pm and 6pm and we want you to join us. The Theme is Warming up U Street, and the motivation behind this video is get people to FUND THE FUNK!

We’re having a little fun with this one and we have already enlisted the help of our videographers at Good Fight Media and our performers including the Batala Drummers, Urban Artistry Dancers, The Brass Connection, Crush Funk Brass and more. BUT WE WANT YOU!!!!

Assembly Spot: Den of Thieves, 2005 14th Street NW
Time: 2 PM. If you can’t make 2, come at 4pm.

Bring an instrument, bring your dance flash mob, wear a crazy funky costume and meet us at Den of Thieves at 2 to get instructions in order to be in the first part of the video shoot at 2:30pm.

Want to be part of the late shift? Bring your dance team and funky costumes and join us at 4 PM at Den of Thieves so we can proceed to the shoot for our Grand Finale and Funk Parade Flash Mob.”

From USA Today:

“Indianapolis Colts linebacker D’Qwell Lamar “Jackson, 31, was driving alone at 8 p.m. on the 1900 block of 12 Street N.W., a retail area in the downtown area, when he and another man got into an argument over a [parking] space, said Metropolitan Police spokesman officer Araz Alali. The altercation became physical when Jackson hit the man in the head, Alali said.”

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2100 14th Street, NW

“Dear PoPville,

The last two night walking up 14th on the way home from work around 6:15/6:30 I noticed Diego is closed. Inside visible from street but only by emergency lights and all the chairs are turned up on the tabletops. No sign in door. Interestingly enough the lounge upstairs IS open. Have you heard anything?? Two nights in row sounds odd. Not sure about last weekend as my outings did not take by there.”

They closed this weekend – they shared the news on Friday:

“It is with our most sincere apologies that DIEGO will be closing after this weekend. Please join us one last time for our freshly made guacamole and margaritas.

Diego will be open for brunch and Dinner ALL WEEKEND! We will see you soon and thank you for the many memories!”

Diego opened up at 14th and V St, NW in the former AM PM Carryout space back in July 2013.  They had a troubled start closing shortly after opening only to open a few weeks later with a new chef. Were there any fans?

Flashback to 2010:

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Photo by PoPville flickr user pablo.raw

From Change.org:

“Last May’s inaugural Funk Parade was a huge success. It brought together 30,000 people in the U Street neighborhood, showcased nearly 100 hours of music and dance performances, and generated an estimated $1 million in sales for local businesses.

Unfortunately, city officials refused to permit the parade to pass down U Street. The avenue has been a hub of live music and celebration for decades. It has hosted dozens of parades. Marion Barry’s first inaugural parade passed down U Street. But officials refused to close it briefly for Funk Parade, a celebration of the heart and soul of the city.

Instead, city officials forced the parade to use a narrow, inconvenient route down V Street and ending in an alley. The popularity of the event easily overwhelmed the route, and when the parade concluded crowds swarmed onto U Street anyway, forcing an impromptu closure. This petition is to ask the city, let us do it right this year!

The neighborhood supports this request: local ANC 1B has unanimously endorsed closing U Street for the parade. Its transportation committee has carefully reviewed the proposed U Street route, weighed community concerns, and unanimously voted to approve the request. But it needs your voice alongside it.

The Funk Parade is a true community event, supported by more than 100 local businesses and clubs, all the local neighborhood associations, and dozens of arts and culture groups from the Kennedy Center and Cultural DC to dance, music and urban art collectives. But it needs your help to call on DC officials to close U Street!

Missed Funk Parade last year? You missed live go-go, jazz, R&B, Latin, rock, reggae, hip-hop, afrobeat, capoeira, drumming, funk, soul, and samba. Other performances included magic, juggling, flash mobs, gypsy swing, and breakdancing. Basically, everything great about the city rolled into one giant event, and delivered — free! — to your doorstep.

Please sign this petition and help convince city officials that THE FUNK PARADE MUST BE ON U STREET IN 2015!”

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11th and U Street, NW

Solly’s and Sloppy Mama’s present Pig, Beer and Bourbon:

“Saturday, January 24, 2015 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM

A full carolina pig pickin’, plus smoked brisket, mac n cheese, slaw, collards and cornbread. Tickets are $49.99 and that includes a full buffet of smoked meat goodness, and all you care to drink PBR and Jim Beam. Only 70 will be sold so get yours before they’re gone.”