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3rd Annual Chili Cook-Off is this Saturday

February 11, 2020

Lower Georgia Avenue Main Street’s 3rd Annual Chili Cook-Off is this Saturday, February 16th, from 2-4 pm. Come out to this FREE family-friendly event featuring 9 restaurants from the Lower Georgia Avenue Main Street neighborhoods and vote for your favorite! There are veggie and vegan options as well. Here are the details:

DATE: Sunday, February 16, 2020
TIME: 2-4pm (while supplies last)
LOCATIONThe Midlands Beer Garden, 3333 Georgia Ave NW, Park View

This event is sponsored by The Midlands Beer Garden, DC’s Department of Small and Local Business Development’s DC Main Street grant, Park View neighbor Peter Fortner of TTR Sotheby’s International Realty, and Guinness (which will be offering for-purchase tasting flights and a raffle prize tour of the Guinness Open Gate Brewery in Baltimore).

Mr. Braxton is Open on Georgia Avenue: I Highly Recommend!

July 26, 2019

One of Park View’s newest restaurants, Mr. Braxton, has been open for nearly a week at 3632 Georgia Avenue. Last night I finally had time to check it out and I’m happy to report all my expectations were exceeded. Its a beautiful space, had a good crowd from both the immediate neighborhood and some farther away (I saw a few folks arrive by Uber), and the staff were extremely attentive.

It is a comfortable space and the credit goes to owner Booker Parchment who has focused on many of the small details (hint: if you are looking for a an under counter hook for a purse or bag, you can find them under the tables as well as at the bar).

The Divers Scallops.

But I have to say, the real star of the night was the food. I had the black Angus slider with fries to start, followed by the beet salad and the Diver Scallops. My partner had the buffalo wings and the New Zealand Rack of Lamb. Everything was attractively plated and delicious … I’ll certainly be back.

The only area where some may be concerned is that the space has a lot of hard surfaces which results in a level of chatter that increases as the restaurant gets busier. That aside, it is a fairly intimate and welcoming space and my sense is that most visitors are going to love this new addition to the neighborhood.

Here is a photo of the menu I took so people can get a sense of the choices and pricing.

2nd Annual Lower Georgia Avenue Chili Cook Off a Great Success

February 12, 2019

The 2nd annual Lower Georgia Avenue Chili was a great success, with five different delicious chilis for people to choose from. Competition was stiff. The competition was organized by Georgia Avenue Thrive, District Bridges, and DSLBD.

As you can see from Commissioner Michael Wray’s tweet, the place was packed and we had a great panel of judges.

It was an honor to be among the judges and taste some great chili from The Looking Glass Lounge, DC Reynolds, The Midlands, Call Your Mother Deli, Timber Pizza Company, & NuVegan Café. Every chili was wonderful and it was a hard choice.

Much congratulations to all the contestants for highlighting the talent we have right here in the neighborhood, and to Midlands for getting the best overall award from the Judges & to DC Reynolds for winning the Peoples’ Choice award.

Reliable Tavern was packed and I’m already looking forward to next year.

(Three of the five chilis that tantalized the taste buds.)

Call Your Mother Applies for Alcohol License

February 11, 2019

(Call Your Mother at Georgia Avenue and Lamont Street, NW)

The very popular Call Your Mother has applied for a license to serve alcohol between the hours of 8 am and 11 pm daily. The ABRA placard went up on Friday, February 8th, and a copy is below. This seems like a natural progression for the eatery and could result in longer operating hours in the future. Call Your Mother is currently open from 8 am to 2 pm daily.

2nd Annual Lower Georgia Ave Chili Cook-Off is This Sunday at Reliable Tavern

February 7, 2019

The 2nd Annual Lower Georgia Avenue Chili Cook-Off will be at Reliable Tavern this Sunday from 2-4 pm. Come out, meet your neighbors, and enjoy FREE chili tasting from some of Lower Georgia Ave’s favorite restaurants’ chefs! These tasty dishes aren’t on the menu as each entry is prepared just for this one-time event! I’ve been informed that this is a family-friendly event and all ages are welcome.

Reliable Tavern will be hosting this event in their basement (stairway entry). Featured restaurants are DC ReynoldsThe MidlandsNuVegan CaféThe Looking Glass Lounge, and a mash-up with Timber Pizza Company & Call Your Mother Deli.

This event is organized with the support of Georgia Avenue Thrive, District Bridges’ Lower Georgia Ave Main Street, and the DC Department of Small and Local Business Development.

Sneak Peek at Sonny’s Pizza

February 6, 2019

During this past weekend’s Georgia Avenue walk with District Bridges, we were lucky enough to catch up with Max Zuckerman at Sonny’s Pizza. Max gave us a quick tour and I can honestly say is looks amazing. Sonnys is weeks away from opening so be on the look out for another food option in the neighborhood soon.

Below are a few photos I took to provide a hint of what to expect … however I’ll also say that I’m not sharing photos of the entire space to be prepared to be pleasantly surprised during your first visit.

(ANC1A Commissioners Michael Wray (1A09) and Rashida Brown (1A10) with Jennifer Kuiper (District Bridges) outside of Sonny’s.)

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Left to right, Jennifer Kuiper (District Bridges), Rashida Brown (1A10), Max Zuckerman (Sonny’s), Kent Boese (1A08).

District Bridges & ANC1A Commissioners Walk Georgia Avenue to Share Ideas on Supporting Small Businesses, Addressing Local Challenges

February 4, 2019

One of the more important aspects of the Park View and Pleasant Plains neighborhoods is the growing business community along Georgia Avenue. It is a place where new businesses have been opening along side long-time establishments creating a vibrancy that is as diverse as the community it serves. But alongside that growth, we continue to have vacant storefronts and lots as well as rising rents that have negative impacts along the corridor.

To foster a better understanding of the needs, challenges, and opportunities that exist on Georgia Avenue, ANC1A Commissioners Kent Boese (1A08), Michael Wray (1A09), and Rashida Brown (1A10) met up with District Bridges/Lower Georgia Avenue Main Streets very own Jennifer Kuiper. The group met up at Amen Coffee & Juice (3661 Georgia Avenue) and walked south to Columbia Road. Along the way, we discussed issues about specific areas and chatted with community members and business owners.

Here are a few photos from that outing.

From left to right: Jennifer Kuiper (District Bridges), Messeret Mesiake (Amen Coffee), Michael Wray (1A09), Rashida Brown (1A10), and Kent Boese (1A08).

The walk included catching up with former ANC1A Commissioner Bobby Holmes.

A highlight of the walk was stopping in at Sonnys Pizza to get a sneak peek.

Fish in the Hood Close to Re-Opening, Still Needs Your Support.

October 9, 2018

I know that many neighbors in the greater Park View area have been watching Bill White make repairs to Fish in the Hood and wondering when this beloved restaurant will reopen for business. It has been a long road since an April 14, 2017, fire shuttered Fish in the Hood, but now based on a reports on Petworth News and NBC4, most of the repairs have been made. The only major hurdle left if funding to make the necessary final tweaks and to stock the restaurant with delicious fish.

To that Bill has been selling personal items to generate funds and also has a GoFunMe Campaign running to help achieve the goal of raising the $16,000 dollars needed to reopen his doors.

Fish in the Hood has been an excellent neighbor and business. Donating $20 or more to this campaign is a good investment in Fish in the Hood, and in Georgia Avenue. I’m positive that Bill can reach his goal and as of Tuesday, 10/9, he had less than $3,000 to go.

Neighbors can help Fish in the Hood reopen by making a small donation at GoFundMe.

ABRA Fines Kraken Axes $12,000 on Six Violations in September 26th Order

September 28, 2018

Kraken Axes has opened in the former Murray’s at 3400 Georgia Avenue.

On August 3rd I shared that Kraken Axes had gotten into trouble as part of an ABRA investigation, which resulted in investigators recommending denial of issuing them a liquor license and citing three counts where Kraken had violated the DC Municipal Regulations.

Kraken Axes representatives were ordered to appear before ABRA on August 15, 2018, to demonstrate their qualifications for licensure. All parties appear to have agreed to certain conditions to resolve the matter and ABRA issued its Order outlining this agreement on September 26, 2018.

In the ABRA Order, Kraken agrees to pay $12,000 in fines — $2,000 for each of six first level primary tier violations outlined in the order. The violations range from:

  • engaging or permitting another party to engage in the illegal sale of alcohol;
  • holding or permitting another party to host events and invited members of the public on the premises, and storing alcohol at the premises even though they lacked an appropriate Certificate of Occupancy; and,
  • interfering or attempting to interfere with an investigation.

In addition, Anna Valero and the Applicant agreed not to have a direct of indirect ownership interest in District Still, LLC, Foggy Bottom, LLC, or any other D.C. licensed off-premise retailer so long as the parties hold a direct or indirect ownership inters in an on-premise retail licensed business.

Additional details are included in the ABRA Order.

Marrakech Restaurant Coming to Georgia Avenue

September 13, 2018

(Marrakech Restaurant will be moving into the old Waters space at 3632 Georgia Avenue, NW)

According to an ABRA notice that will be placed at 3632 Georgia Avenue on September 14th, a new tavern called Marrakech is planning to open in the old Walters space between Looking Glass Lounge and DC Reynolds. The description of the tavern is that it will be specializing in Moroccan cuisine with 62 seats inside and a 20 seat Summer Garden, for a total of 82 seats and a Total Occupancy of 100. The licensee is requesting an Entertainment Endorsement to include Live Entertainment, Dancing, and Cover Charge.


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