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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.

Colony Club Planning Oysters and BBQ for New Years

December 23, 2015

If you’re already thinking ahead and making plans for New Years, you can add Colony Club at 3118 Georgia Avenue to your list of go-to places. They are planning a family friendly evening with oysters, BBQ, karaoke, a balloon artist, and more! No tickets, just show up when you feel like it. See the poster below.


&Pizza Coming to Columbia Heights in 2016

October 15, 2015

&Pizza(&Pizza is planning to move to 3333 14th Street, NW, in early 2016.)

At last night’s meeting of ANC 1A, representatives of &Pizza introduced themselves and informed the community that they are planning to move into the Museum of Unnatural History space at the Columbia Heights Civic Plaza, with an expected opening date in the 1st quarter of 2016. The restaurant will have around 40-60 seats and plans to have outdoor seating as well. &Pizza will be applying for a liquor license in the near future which should provide more details.

&Pizza currently has six locations in Washington with another planned for Barracks Row on Capital Hill. Additional locations are in Virginia and Maryland.

New Signs of Commerce in Park View

October 12, 2015

Two of Park View’s newest businesses finally have their signage up. Both of the businesses are on Georgia Avenue. At the north is Petworth Cafe, located at 3657 Georgia Avenue and just south of the Metro Station. It officially opened on last week on October 8th. I like that it has ice cream.

Petworth Cafe

… and to the south is Small Fry, located at 3212 Georgia between Lamont and Kenyon streets. Small Fry opened on October 1st and I’ve been hearing good things about this place. Small Fry describes itself as “A nontraditional smokehouse & fry shop located in the Park View neighborhood of Washington, DC” on Twitter.

Small Fry

Opposing the Nightlife Regulation Amendment Act of 2015

June 15, 2015
The west side of the 3600 block of Georgia Avenue.

The west side of the 3600 block of Georgia Avenue.

On May 5, 2015, Councilmember Vincent Orange introduced the Nightlife Regulation Amendment Act of 2015 (Bill B21-0196). As introduced, “this bill requires that certain establishments licensed to sell alcohol shall measure the noise levels outside of their establishments using a decibel meter once an hour between the hours of 9 p.m. and 4 a.m. The noise measurements must be submitted to the Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration (ABRA) on a weekly basis. Noncompliance can result in a warning for the first offense, a fine between $500 and $1000 for a second offense, a suspended license for the 3rd offense, and revocation for a fourth offense. The requirement applies to establishments holding C/R, C/N, C/T, D/R, D/T and D/N licenses.”

Upon learning about this bill — and its attempt to  address noise coming from restaurants, bars, and taverns through self regulation by business owners — I immediately saw this as a bad bill (read my June Issues Spotlight on noise here). It would be an undue hardship for our good small businesses and the problem businesses owners would find ways around the self reporting aspect. In reflecting on how 11th Street, Upshur Street, and (recently on) Georgia Avenue started to revitalize due to the small business owners in the hospitality industry, the particulars of Oranges’ bill seemed particularly nonsensical. Looking Glass Lounge, Room 11, Crane and Turtle, Maple, and DC Reynolds (to name very few), are not the problem. These are good businesses that know their customers and engage in the community. These are precisely the businesses we need to attract other good businesses, and the businesses that often proceed or attract retail.

At the June 10th meeting of ANC 1A (as already noted by Borderstan and the District Hopper), I introduced a resolution opposing the Nightlife Regulation Amendment Act of 2015 … and I’m happy to say that the Commission passed the resolution overwhelmingly by a vote of 8-0 with one abstention.

I do agree with Mr. Orange that the city can do more to address noise issues — particularly by beefing up our construction code to mitigate noise in new construction before noise even becomes an issue. Or, by establishing standards for sound abatement in replacement windows for buildings located in Commercial corridors. There is a lot that can be done proactively that D.C. just isn’t doing. This is precisely why I’m taking a deep dive into the Construction code and comparing it with other jurisdictions to document best practices that would make sense in D.C. For me, maintaining the communities quality of life does not and should not be accomplished through laws hostile to small businesses, but rather through improved construction and the use of new technologies.

The hearing on the Nightlife Regulation Amendment Act of 2015 is scheduled for July 9th. Those wishing to testify or submit written comments can find instructions to do so in the Announcement of the Public Hearing.

BevEgg’s Pork & Grits Next Restaurant Popping Up at EatsPlace

February 6, 2015

BevEgg-Ecofriendly-EatsPlaceEatsPlace, the food incubator and pop-uppery, announced yesterday that its next chef in resident will be EcoFriendly Presents: BevEgg’s Pork & Grits.  BevEgg’s Pork & Grits will make cured and smoked meats, and a customizable grits bar that can be vegetarian friendly. Dessert will include pastries and Dolcezza gelato. According to EatsPlace, it is lead by Beverley Eggleston and their “mission is to create sustainable networks of enlightened farmers who raise eco-friendly livestock and food crops that nourish people and the land.” They focus on humanely raised, locally grown, and specially bred livestock from a regional network of farmers.

Bev and EcoFriendly Foods have been featured in such well-known publications as TIME Magazine , The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Edible Manhattan, Food and Wine, Bon Appétit, Saveur, and Gourmet Magazine, just to name a few. The company continues to grow in strength and recognition as a leader in sustainable meats and regional food systems.

The pop-up will soft open starting today, Friday (2/6), starting at 5:30 until the food runs out and then regular hours, including brunch, starting on Sunday. BevEgg’s Pork & Grits will be at EatsPlace through brunch on Sunday, February 22.

Below are the hours when you can try BevEgg’s Pork & Grits as well as a copy of their menu.

  • Closed for private events Monday
  • New pop-up TBA Tuesday
  • New pop-up TBA Wednesday
  • BevEgg’s Pork & Grits: 5:30 – 10 pm Thursday
  • BevEgg’s Pork & Grits: 5:30 – 10 pm Friday
  • BevEgg’s Pork & Grits: 11:30 – 2:30 /  5:30 – 10 pm Saturday
  • BevEgg’s Pork & Grits: 11:30 – 2:30 Sunday


Two CHIX to Serve Breakfast at Mothership This Month

May 13, 2014
Two Chix banner at Mothership.

Two Chix banner at Mothership.

Though an exact start date has not been set, Mothership tells me that Two CHIX will start serving breakfast (and eventually lunch) within their space around the middle of this month … which means very soon.

In checking out their Twitter feed, Two CHIX is from the same people who have the STIX Food Truck (Web site here). I haven’t seen any details yet on their proposed breakfast menu, but in following them it is clear that they are working hard to get things ready.

Mothership Two Chix(Signs up at Mothership announcing breakfast, coming soon by Two CHIX.)

Park View’s Blue Banana to Become York Patio

September 30, 2013
York Patio is already seeking staff for their relaunching.

York Patio is already seeking staff for their relaunching.

Changes are afoot at the former Blue Banana at 3632 Georgia Avenue. Perhaps the change of most interest is the name, which has finally been chosen. The new establishment will be called the York Patio (not the Petworth patio) — paying homage to former Park View businesses that have been located along the 3600 block of Georgia. Most notably, these include the York Theater, the York Haberdasher, York Barber shop, and York Auto Supply.

Renovations have already begun, and I’ll post more about those once they get further along. But, things are clearly moving quickly. As anyone who has walked past the business lately will have noticed, signs are already posted for those wanting to apply for the positions of bar manager, bartenders, and servers.

I’m looking forward to seeing the final reveal and hopeful that this time the business will be embraced by the community.

Update on Mothership’s Kickstarter Campaign

August 22, 2012

The former Brown’s Caribbean Bakery, currently under renovation to become the restaurant Mothership

It’s been almost a month since the founder and chef of El Floridano initiated a Kickstarter Campaign to raise funds for Mothership, the full-service restaurant and bakery he plans to open at 3301 Georgia Avenue. With mere days (hours) to go before the end of the campaign, it seemed like a good time check up on the initiative and see how it was going.

In checking out the Kickstarter site at the start of Wednesday, Mothership had received pledges of $28,396 of their $30,000 goal. If they don’t reach their goal, they will not have raised any funds for the project.

If successful, Mothership will use the funds raised on Kickstarter to:

  • Create handcrafted, custom bar & dining tables using reclaimed materials
  • Design and build ADA accessible bathrooms using reclaimed fixtures
  • Install a 10 ton Energy Efficient HVAC system

Personally, I hope they reach their goal. I like this model of fundraising for a couple of reasons.

  • The first is that it allows the community to support a local business directly and builds a stronger relationship between the business and community;
  • The second is that many businesses have a hard time raising capital and it isn’t always easy to get a small business loan; and,
  • In the case of Mothership, future costumers are actually paying it forward and not just handing money over to a new business. In exchange for capital to finish the restaurant’s renovations, owner Stephan Boillon will provide meals to donors (and guests) based on the level of the pledge.

Go to the Kickstarter site to get more details, see how much has been pledged so far, or to make a pledge of your own.

UPDATE (10:30 a.m.): Mothershipe has achieved its goal!


Georgia Ave Window Walk Fundraiser

May 7, 2012

The creative collective Georgia Avenue Window Walk is hosting their spring fundraiser to support their next two art installations along Georgia Avenue.

When: Tuesday, May 8; 6:30-8:30pm

Where: DC Reynolds [3628  GA Ave]

Details: Drink specials, door prizes from nearby businesses and live music by a local band, Stoney Lonesome! Plus, bring a tee & print your own ‘Georgia Avenue is for Lovers’  Tee for $5!


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