Washington, DC

“Dear PoPville,

Thought I’d share something we came across while venue searching- did you know that St Francis Hall (a super popular venue!) doesn’t allow gay couples to get married there? There is a lovely person there who’s been trying to fight the policy but hasn’t had any luck. Read More

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Town 2.0 is a Go!


1001 North Capitol Street, NE at K Street

I’m only a week late but better late than never (thanks to all who messaged!) Mark Lee broke the news on his Facebook:

“DC ABC Board approves licensing for gay nightclub Town to re-open at new location in a former church building at the corner of North Capitol and K Streets, rejecting ANC and protest group objections. Board grants extended operating hours (5AM Fri-Sat, 4AM Sun-Thurs) but limits use of outdoor space until 2AM.”

Town Danceboutique closed after 10 years in Shaw in 2018. Updates as 2.0 gets closer to opening.

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1321 14th Street, NW Photo by PoPville flickr user Josh

The Washington Blade reports:

“The Crew Club, which has operated as a gym, sauna and bathhouse for gay men in the nation’s capital for 25 years, will close its doors for good at its Logan Circle area location on February 29, according to its founder and co-owner DC Allen.” The report goes on to say that the building has been sold to Douglas Development.

“Dear PoPville,

Most gay men in this city have some “coming of age” story associated with this club. Read More

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821 Upshur Street, NW

The Washington Post reported the awfulness that’s been happening at Taqueria Del Barrio:

“D.C. police are investigating after a restaurant owner in Petworth reported receiving dozens of phone calls, some threatening to “kill the staff,” which the owner believes are tied to a monthly drag queen brunch and a separate drag trivia night.

Most of the comments were homophobic in nature, Bran-Leis said, noting that her staff members are nearly all part of the LGBTQ community. She said the calls came from four different phones with different voices, some of whom said “they were going to burn down the restaurant and kill the staff.”

As we showered Comet Ping Pong with love in their time of need, I say we do the same for Taqueria Del Barrio. Let us show them the power of love. Have a look at their menu here and plan a visit soon!

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Let’s Talk Chicken

Yesterday the Post reported:

“On Monday, the charitable arm affiliated with Chick-fil-A revealed that it had overhauled its donation strategy and had stopped giving money to several organizations — donations that had long angered LGBTQ activists.”

From the Chick fil A Foundation:

“Starting in 2020, the Chick-fil-A Foundation is introducing a more focused giving approach to provide additional clarity and impact with the causes it supports. Staying true to its mission of nourishing the potential in every child, the Chick-fil-A Foundation will deepen its giving to a smaller number of organizations working exclusively in the areas of education, homelessness and hunger.

Today we are excited to announce the Foundation has committed $9 million to the following initiatives for 2020: Read More

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via google maps

Ed. Note: I realize that there have been numerous crime posts these last few days but I can’t pretend what is happening is not happening. I also don’t think we should normalize these events and pretend this is just part of “city living”. These events are horrible and must not be accepted as “normal”. One has every right to be angry and upset that they are happening. One should also recognize that solutions to these deep seated issues are not easy. Simply saying lock them up and throw away the key is not the answer. Doing nothing is not the answer either. If advocating for long term solutions there must also be interim actions to stem the violence that we are seeing. Hopefully there are those who will not pander but will work on genuine solutions that begin to ameliorate what we are seeing far too often.

Thanks to a reader for passing on this awful report from the Washington Blade:

“Three gay men were treated and released from a local hospital following a Halloween night attack on the 1400 block of P Street, N.W., in which an unidentified attacker “used homophobic language” while assaulting the men, according to a police report and a Facebook account of the incident by one of the victims. Read More

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1840 18th Street, NW

Thanks to Aaron for sending:

“I was going to drop in there on Friday after a birthday party, when I got there, they were closed before midnight. Sunday evening came, and they were still closed. It was odd. I went up to the door and they had a sign that said “Closed Gone Fishing”. I spoke with someone who works there that said they got closed down in a similar way as JRs with the liquor license expiring. I am told they closed on Wednesday and had been operating for some amount of time without a current liquor license. The person I spoke with said they may have to reapply for a liquor license from scratch because the amount of time that lapsed.” Read More

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1001 North Capitol Street, NE via Town Danceboutique

Town Danceboutique closed after 10 years in Shaw last August. By the by – this is how it looks today (on Saturday):


2000 block of 8th Street, NW

The liquor license placard for Town 2.0 says:

“New Class “C” Nightclub offering entertainment, DJ, and dancing with snack offerings. Sidewalk Cafe Endorsement with 125 seats. Total Occupancy Load of 524 with seating for 40 patrons inside premises. Entertainment will occur inside the premises only

HOURS OF OPERATION (INSIDE PREMISES AND FOR SIDEWALK CAFE) Sunday through Thursday 12pm – 4am Friday and Saturday 12pm – 5am”

Town tweeted last night: Read More

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