Archive for July, 2010

Coming in August: a bro-fest atop Blue Ridge at 2340 Wisconsin, to judge from this website. The second floor of the newly beer-happy restaurant is being christened “Hero Bar.” Enter via the side alley and then, apparently, say “HELL yeah” to $2 PBRs.

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Surfside at 2444 Wisconsin has launched its new taco bar with an every-Tuesday-night special: all the custom tacos you can eat, $10.

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We hear Shade & Shutter Shack moved out of its longtime home at 2352 Wisconsin—a building with mysteriously crappy shutters—last month, leaving the whole property vacant. Painters spent today spiffing up the exterior.

Mr. Yogato, a local frozen-yogurt chain, had expressed interest in the building’s ground floor this spring, but as far as we’ve heard, no lease has been signed.

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Celebuchef Barton Seaver quietly left Blue Ridge this spring, and the owners are now staging an overhaul of the 2340 Wisconsin Avenue restaurant, City Paper reports.

“Without so much as a press release, Blue Ridge’s owners, Eli Hengst and Jared Rager, have all but ditched their extensive wine program and joined the burgeoning ranks of D.C.’s beer-centric dining spots,” writes Tim Carman. “With a menu shorn of the pricey entrées…the pair are creating a sort of craft-beer version of Northside Social, the Arlington spot that combines gourmet coffee service with an upstairs wine bar. They may even change Blue Ridge’s name.”

Look for the restaurant to close for renovations in early fall.

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A misdemeanor case involving 2136 Wisconsin Avenue—a/k/a The Vixen and Wisconsin Overlook—was dismissed last week, but prosecutors intend to revive it. X*, the former party house’s former tenant, had pled not-guilty to one charge of selling alcohol without a license during a networking event at the property last year. The day before X’s July 13 trial, prosecutors moved to postpone the trial, because their lead lawyer and a key witness were not available. Judge Frederick Sullivan denied the motion and dismissed the case “for want of prosecution.”

Because the case was not dismissed “with prejudice,” the District government is free to try again—and will, according to Alicia Washington, assistant deputy attorney general. X will be summoned to appear for a new arraignment on September 22, she says. The maximum penalty for selling alcohol without a license is one year in jail plus a $1,000 fine. UPDATE: A judicial summons mailed to X on July 26 was returned as undeliverable. On September 22, Judge Richard Ringell ordered a new summons to be issued for an arraignment on November 3.

Meanwhile, the troubled tan edifice—now owned by its former mortgagee after a foreclosure—is vacant and for sale. A sealed-bid auction on the property has been extended by one month; it now ends on July 30.

* Name removed 12/15/18

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From recent police incident reports (all names are made up):

Between June 26, 2 p.m., and June 30, 2 p.m.
2121 Wisconsin Avenue

An unknown person broke into Lola’s locked office, stole a Dell laptop, and left behind a child’s Grasshopper sleeping bag.

Between July 4, 7 p.m., and July 5, noon
2444 Wisconsin (rear)
Stolen auto

Rufus parked a white 2005 Buick LaCrosse with Georgia tags behind Surfside. When he came back the next day, the car was gone.

July 5, 5:45 p.m.
1855 Wisconsin

Maura was shopping at Safeway. A man distracted her with trivial conversation while a woman stole her purse.

Between July 7, 8 p.m., and July 8, 5:45 p.m.
2101 Wisconsin
Theft from auto

Rick parked a white 2009 Ford truck at the Holiday Inn. When he returned, his window had been smashed and his GPS was missing.

July 8, around 1:40 p.m.
1855 Wisconsin

Nigel left his cell phone on a table at the Safeway and saw a man swipe it. Nigel tried to get the phone back, but the man fled the store and ran south on Wisconsin.

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On Saturday, Gin & Tonic will host Charm Aid 2010, an annual rock-and-roll benefit for St. Luke’s Shelter at 3655 Calvert (in the basement of St. Luke’s UMC). The show features Dirty Bomb; Yell County; and Glover Park rockers The Charm Offensive. July 10, 6:30 p.m. Suggested donation $10.

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