Washington, DC

Photo by Stacey Windsor

From an email:

“Brother-and-sister owners Ken and Aki Ballogdajan will open their new concept AKO by KENAKI at The Roost early 2020. Chef Ken and his sister Aki opened their first restaurant, KENAKI Sushi Counter, in Gaithersburg last year. While Ken touts a 25-year career in the industry (which includes time spent at Raku, VOLT, and with Chef Ryan Trevino in San Juan, PR), his sister Aki left her career in software in 2018 to open KENAKI as its GM. Though this will be the second concept for the Ballogdajans, the siblings are third-generation restaurant owners and got their start in the industry as teens. Their sushi counter at The Roost is named for their late mother, Ako (her nickname). Read More


Nazia Khan, courtesy Cameo

From an email:

“The coffee shop at The Roost (1401 Pennsylvania Ave, SE), opening early 2020, will be called Cameo. Nazia Khan – formerly of The Wydown – has been tapped by Neighborhood Restaurant Group to come on board in a newly created role, Director of Coffee and Counter Service. Nazia will lead the charge on the development of Cameo, while also working closely with Greg Engert and Michael Babin to elevate the coffee programs across all NRG properties. Cameo will remain open all-day, while business like Hi/Fi Taco, Shelter, and Red Apron will be open at night to start. Read More


courtesy Joshua MacDonald

From MPD:

“This evening around 6pm, First District Officers heard sounds of gunshots coming from the 1200 block of Potomac Ave SE. Upon canvassing the area, officers located three shell casings and a weapon.

If you have any information regarding this incident please contact the First District Detectives Office at 202-299-2025.”

On the other side of town a reader reported at 2:15am:

“Tonight from my apartment in Adams Morgan there’s been a helicopter circling for over 40 minutes now, flying so low that items on my bookshelves were shaking and woke me up. Curious if some sort of police activity or perhaps military drills, and if anyone else has sent you word of this too.”

Alan Henney reported:

“MANHUNT FOR ROBBERY SUSPECTS- Woodley Rd and Connecticut Ave NW-DC in the Woodley Park Neighborhood. Falcon (DC police helicopter) is searching the surrounding area for the suspects.”


1401 Pennsylvania Ave, SE courtesy NRG

From the Neighborhood Restaurant Group:

“I wanted to let you know we’ve partnered with Matt Adler to develop the 65-seat stand-alone restaurant that will open adjacent to The Roost. Caruso’s Grocery will be modeled after the classic, Italian-American “red sauce” joint; it’s very important to Matt and us as a team to not reinvent the wheel with this concept, but instead to focus on making the best possible versions of classic Italian-American dishes. Read More


This just came across the Hill East listserv:

“A man was observed chopping down a neighborhood tree this morning with a full sized axe.
When I asked him to stop from my 2nd floor porch he ran at my building threatening me and my dogs with the axe.
He has been outside my building watching us ever since and followed one of the other residents from the building to his uber, where he threatened that person, telling him that he knew where we lived.

For the next hour he kept throwing a bike into traffic on 17th st, trying to cause an accident.

Police were contacted, did a drive by, and then did nothing else. Read More


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