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by Prince Of Petworth May 7, 2019 at 3:30 pm 0


Julie Verratti, Emily Bruno, Jeff Ramirez, and Kevin Ramsey. Photo by Liz Murphy

From a press release:

“Denizens Brewing Co. is excited to announce the opening of its second location at Riverdale Park Station, the transit-oriented living, dining, and shopping core located in the heart of Maryland’s Riverdale Park neighborhood.

4550 Van Buren St
Riverdale Park, MD 20737

The 12,000 square foot Production House & Taproom will greatly increase the availability of Denizens beer throughout its footprint in Maryland, Washington, DC, and Virginia. The 150 seat taproom will open to the public on May 25, 2019.

The 9,000 square foot production space will brew Denizens’ year-round offerings, including its four core beers: Southside Rye IPA, Born Bohemian Pilsner, Third Party Tripel, and Lowest Lord ESB. (more…)

by Prince Of Petworth March 27, 2019 at 11:45 am 0

From All Purpose (79 Potomac Ave, SE):

“All-Purpose in Capitol Riverfront will be launching their new “Head to Head Series” for the Nationals Opening Weekend March 28 – 31.

For select series in the 2019 season, All-Purpose will pit local brews from DC Brau against a brewery from the city of the visiting team in a friendly competition at the restaurant before and after the games.

The first series is March 28 – 31 when the Nationals face the Mets and All-Purpose Capitol Riverfront will feature DC Brau’s Joint Resolution and Full Count as well as New York-based SingleCut Beersmith’s Weird & Gilly IPA and Plaintop Pilsner.

All-Purpose in Capitol Riverfront will now be open Monday – Friday at 5pm and will open two hours before the first pitch for all weekday home games

From Bluejacket (300 Tingey St, SE):

“Opening at 10am, we’ll have no fewer than 5 classic lagers on tap, including a brand new Dunkel, They Both Melt. This dark lager is crisp and refreshing, with toasty, nutty malt richness punctuated by herbal German hop notes. Subtly nuanced and balanced, They Both Melt has been traditionally lagered for 6 weeks and is naturally carbonated.

Bluejacket will pour an array of hop-forward juicy brews (5-6 total) on Opening Day as well, with a fresh batch of Perfect Places, our hazy IPA brewed exclusively with Nelson Sauvin hops, leading the list. For the second year in a row, we are releasing Perfect Places on draft and in a special, commemorative can for Opening Day. We’re also debuting Keener Sounds, a tart blond ale finished with key limes and vanilla beans. Nats fans can expect a few more fruited sours to round out this list as well (including new batches of Hurricane Alley, our Passionfruit sour ale, and Wallflower, a sour ale dry-hopped with Citra and Galaxy).

Chef Marcelle Afram will fire up the outdoor grill for the occasion, and we’ll have a handful of special cocktails and wines by-the-glass, as well.

Grill Menu: (more…)

by Prince Of Petworth February 14, 2019 at 3:25 pm 0


Downstairs 1847 Columbia Road, NW. Photo by Joy Asico.

From a press release:

“Adams Morgan favorite Lapop (1847 Columbia Road NW) — the bohemian, subterranean cultural salon where vintage books, great coffee, yoga and conversation come together daily — will now be open late nights offering an equally unique new cocktail and food menu.

The relaunched 2,200-square-foot space, opening Wednesday, February 20, is located just a flight of stairs away from the elegant Afghan bistro, Lapis (also owned by the Popal family of Cafe Bonaparte and The Berliner) and will now be a standalone venue for cocktails and light fare in the evening. Lapop — “Popal” spelled backwards — pays homage to 19th-century Parisian and Viennese cafes where intellectuals and artists gathered to share ideas over good food and drinks. The space is outfitted with comfortable leather couches, Afghan rugs, warm lighting and an array of books, board games and nooks for those seeking an escape. (more…)

by Prince Of Petworth August 28, 2018 at 12:10 pm 0

Streets of Washington, written by John DeFerrari, covers some of DC’s most interesting buildings and history. John is the author of Historic Restaurants of Washington, D.C.: Capital Eats, published by the History Press, Inc. and also the author of Lost Washington DC.

At first glance, this circa 1880 view of E Street NW between 13th and 14th Streets seems like any other old-time street scene. A jumble of 19th century storefronts crowd a busy street. Yet in the decades after the Civil War, this block, affectionately known as “Rum Row” for its many saloons, was one of Washington’s liveliest and most notorious. Possibly a dozen or more pedestrians can be seen as “ghosts,” grouped in pairs or lounging in doorways, reduced to fleeting blurs by the photograph’s slow exposure time. Though still going strong at the time of this photo, the decadent culture of Rum Row would eventually be stamped out by righteous city officials in the name of progress–just as the infamous “Strip” on nearby 14th Street would similarly be eradicated 100 years later.


Author’s collection.

Originally a line of federal town houses, Rum Row changed character dramatically during the Civil War, when soldiers swarmed the streets of Washington looking for cheap entertainment. The row’s previously respectable homes and commercial establishments were gradually replaced with saloons and gambling joints, which remained for decades to come. The row’s central location made it the rendezvous for all elements of society. “On the row a man met and mingled with the elite, the bon-ton, the busy man-about-town, the Bohemian, the poet laureate, the soldier of fortune, and everything but the bootlegger, a type that at that date had not come into existence,” wrote The Washington Post in 1921. (more…)

by Prince Of Petworth June 27, 2018 at 4:15 pm 0


Photo by PoPville flickr user Victoria Pickering

From a press release:

“On June 30, DCBeer.com is teaming up with Helping Oppressed Peoples Survive (HOPS) to organize the local beer community with “1 Dollar, 1 Call, 1 Purpose” in support of #FamiliesBelongTogether. Participating breweries, bars, and restaurants across the District and surrounding metro area are joining up to support the national day of action by donating proceeds to organizations working on behalf of immigrants and encouraging patrons to make their voices heard.

What: “1 Dollar, 1 Call, 1 Purpose” encourages the D.C. beer community to come together to raise funds for local and national organizations working to reunite families along the U.S. border and providing support to immigrant communities. Patrons can also take action in support of #FamiliesBelongTogether by contacting their elected officials. Share how you’re participating with #DCBrewsFightsBack. Breweries, bars, and restaurants that want to join the continually expanding list of participating venues should reach out to the organizers via the contact information below.

When: Primarily June 30, 2018 (see specifics below and more details at DCBeer.com)

Where: (more…)

by Prince Of Petworth January 12, 2018 at 3:55 pm 0


1400 Irving Street, NW (formerly Acre 121 and Commonwealth Gastro Pub)

From an email:

“Our new brunch menu at Roubaix includes classics such as Eggs Benedict, Florentine, Gravlax (with house smoked salmon) as well as our own spin on frittata and Belgian Waffle. Brunch starts on Saturday and Sunday at 10:30 am.


courtesy Roubaix

Also, we’ve kicked off our weekday happy hour from 5 pm – 7pm.

$4 National Bohemian tall boys
$5 Wine and Well cocktails
$6 Fat Tire / Palm / Peroni / Blanche de Chambly”

Check out the full brunch menu after the jump. (more…)

by Prince Of Petworth May 5, 2016 at 10:25 am 52 Comments

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828 Upshur Street, NW courtesy Cappy’s Crabs

Some sorely needed good news this morning. We now know what’s coming to the Crane & Turtle space after ANXO pop up concludes – Crabs!!!

From an email:

“CAPPY’S CRABS

A Summer-Only Crab Shack in Petworth

Open Memorial Day to Labor Day at Crane & Turtle

Paul Ruppert and his team at Warehouse Industries are launching a neighborhood crab shack on Upshur Street in Petworth.

CAPPY’S CRABS will open on Friday May 27th at noon to kick off the Memorial Day Weekend, serving blue crabs and pitchers of beer – plus a small menu of sides and specials. Jumbos, Large and Mediums will be available by the dozen. Or buy a half-bushel of steamed crabs for your back-yard party. Spend the summer eating crabs and drinking beer on the patio at Cappy’s Crabs!

Designer Nick Pimentel will transform Crane & Turtle from elegant French/Japanese dining room into a Chesapeake Bay crab house. Picnic tables, hot crabs, happy hour specials, loud music, National Bohemian and Orange Crush!

Chesapeake watermen are expecting the best crab season in years. Enjoy the bounty of the Chesapeake without leaving your neighborhood.

Menu includes: (more…)

by Prince Of Petworth September 11, 2015 at 10:10 am 3 Comments

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A reader reports:

“The amazing Miles Davis mural on the back of Bohemian Caverns has been painted over, all in purple. I’m devastated. Loved that hornblower’s silhouette. There are a bunch of black line drawing outlines that weren’t there yesterday. Guess it was an artistic decision? I really miss that horn player silhouette though!”

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Updates when the new one’s completed. Here’s what it looked like back in 2007:

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and in 2013:

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by Prince Of Petworth June 12, 2015 at 12:12 pm 2 Comments

Streets of Washington, written by John DeFerrari, covers some of DC’s most interesting buildings and history. John is the author of Historic Restaurants of Washington, D.C.: Capital Eats, published by the History Press, Inc. and also the author of Lost Washington DC.

One of the oldest continuously-operating restaurants in D.C. is German, the venerable Old Europe on Wisconsin Avenue in Glover Park, which opened in 1948. Beyond it, Washington boasts relatively few German eateries these days. That wasn’t always the case. In the late 19th century, after a wave of German immigrants settled in the area, German restaurants were common and among the city’s best. The thriving local beer industry, also dominated by Germans, went hand in glove with the restaurant business. Here are the stories of four of the most successful German eateries from the turn of the last century, all located on or near Pennsylvania Avenue downtown.

Hotel Engel
Postcard from Engel’s Hotel and Restaurant, circa 1900 (author’s collection).

One of the best known was Fritz Reuter’s. Reuter (1862-1906) had been born in Hanover and came to the U.S. when he was 21 years old. After spending a year in Baltimore, he moved to Washington to work in a saloon. He opened up his own gasthaus (inn and restaurant) in 1889 on the northwest corner of 4½ Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, NW. The building he took over had been a boardinghouse for many years in the early part of the century. Run by a Mrs. Elizabeth Peyton, it had catered to congressmen, Supreme Court justices, and other statesmen, including John Marshall, Henry Clay, and John C. Calhoun. (more…)

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