What’s up with Taylor Charles Steak & Ice?


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A year after opening, Taylor Charles Steak & Ice, the Philly-style cheesesteak concept from the guys at Taylor Gourmet, appears to be closed for renovations.  The front windows are papered over, and the following building permit is posted on the front door:



We’ve heard the place will be re-branded into a new concept, and should be back open in a little while and still serve cheesesteaks.

In December 2012, we previously covered the opening of Taylor Charles here.

Sweet weather this weekend means Bardo will be open


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Once the weather turned too chilly, local beer garden Bardo had to close temporarily. But, they’ve just announced they’ll be open this weekend thanks to a good weather forecast. And, as an added bonus, they’re showing Bad Santa on Saturday night.

From Bardo:

BARDO WILL OPEN this Friday at 5pm and saturday at 12 noon due to gorgeous weather. Come on by and check out our progress on the inside. Sat night we will be showing Bad Santa on the big screen.

Bardo is located at 1200 Bladensburg Road NE, near the Denny’s.

TONIGHT: Community meeting on new development on Neal Street

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From ANC Commissioner Tina Laskaris:

Hello Community Members !
Please be advised there will be an SMD 5D06 Meeting Monday, December 9 @ 6:30pm. Joseph Cole Community Center.
Representatives from Higher Development Academy will provide a presentation of their plans to establish a private school for adults st 1125 Neal St, behind Center City Charter School. The building will be leased from Holy Name Catholic Church.
The property was previously used as a child development center. They are seeking a Special Exception from the Board of Zoning to obtain a Certificate of Occupancy and utilize the building for adults rather than children.
See everyone there

Big Traffic Changes on H Street Starting TODAY

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Workers installing catenary wires for DC streetcar service.

Workers installing catenary wires for DC streetcar service.

If you usually cross the Hopscotch Bridge on H Street NE, traffic will be intermittent detours & closures around H Street starting today.

From DDOT:

The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) has announced the DC Streetcar construction team will implement intermittent closures of the eastbound and westbound lanes of H Street, NE between North Capitol Street, NE and 5th Street, NE starting on Friday, December 6, 2013 through Thursday, December 19, 2013. The closures are needed for the installation of overhead catenary system (OCS) and to complete the permanent traffic barrier at the Western Turnaround.

To mitigate traffic impacts, crews will attempt to maintain one direction of traffic; however, there will be occasional simultaneous eastbound and westbound closures. With the exception of a two-day period for the installation of contact wire (1/2 day closure in each direction), crews will attempt to limit the closures to one direction per day.

For any combination of closures, local traffic will be permitted access to/from the Union Station garage and Kaiser loading dock entrance. Traffic Control Officers (TCO) will be present to assist with pedestrian movements, to direct vehicles in and out of the garage, and to control traffic at H Street, NE and North Capitol Street, NE.


All eastbound H Street NE traffic, west of the Hopscotch Bridge, will:

turn left on N. Capitol Street, NE going north;
right on K Street, NE going east;
right on 5th Street, NE going south;
left on H Street, NE going east.

All westbound H Street traffic, east of the Hopscotch Bridge, will:

turn right on 5th Street, NE going north;
left on K Street, NE going west;
left on N. Capitol Street, NE going south;
right on H Street, NE going west.

During the westbound closures, traffic on southbound 4th Street NE attempting to go west on H Street NE, will:

turn left on H Street, NE going east;
left on 5th Street, NE going north;
turn right on K Street, NE and follow the detour signs back to H Street, NE.

WMATA riders are encouraged to utilize the bus stop on H Street, NE at 6th Street for both eastbound and westbound service. WMATA will provide signage at existing stops that are not in service during the closures.

Loading zones will be impacted while work is taking place in a specific block. Freight and delivery vehicles are asked to please adhere to all parking restrictions. Advanced warning variable message signs (VMS) will be updated to notify commuters of each closure. A VMS will be stationed east of the Starburst (15th Street, NE and Benning Road, NE) to direct westbound truck traffic to proceed west on Florida Avenue, NE, to the detour route on K Street, NE.

New hookah/tobacco shop replacing Philly Water Ice?


1204 H Street NE, Home of "Hookah Tobacco & Supplies"

1204 H Street NE, Home of “Hookah Tobacco & Supplies”

A reader sent in the above photo, alerting us that H Street NE’s Philly Water Ice, at 1204 H Street NE and, has been cleared out.

From a reader:

Dear Titan, the Philadelphia Water Ice near H and 13th is completely cleared out, and there are now a bunch of “Hookahs” in the window, and what looks like a shop counter at the back of the space Could a head shop be coming to H St? Don’t they have to get community approval for that kind of use?

A quick look of city records shows a recently-granted business license for a hookah tobacco shop:
Start Renewal : 2013/09/01
End Renewal : 2015/08/31
Description : General Business
Anyone know what’s up with that location?

Boom: DC Government Seizes Local Strip Club

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When local bar/restaurant TruOrleans closed, they left behind sizable debt, including a lot owed to DC government for back taxes.  By DC’s count, TruOrleans owner James Redding is liable over $100,000 in unpaid sales taxes, and DC wants its money.

As it turns out, DC has seized local strip club Stadium Club, an asset of Mr. Redding.

A DC government official tells us that the strip club will be closed, with the seized assets to be sold off to pay the debt. A neighbor reports that a crew of “about a dozen” police officers and government tax officials were present to close the club this afternoon.  No word on whether they’re open tonight (no one picked up when we called). They were supposed to have no cover for government workers tonight, which may seem appropriate considering the DC government seized the business.


From the DC Office of Tax and Revenue:

The Office of Tax and Revenue (OTR) announced today that it has seized the Stadium Club (The Stadium Group, LLC), located at 2127 Queens Chapel Road, NE, to satisfy a debt owed by owner TBM Holdings, LLC/James Redding. See attached lien.
Mr. Redding owes the District more than $100,000 in sales and use taxes for his former restaurant TruOrleans Restaurant and Gallery, located at 400 H Street, NE. In September, OTR seized TruOrleans sales and use tax certificate, essentially shutting it down, for  unpaid taxes.
Under DC law, Mr. Redding is personally responsible for the delinquent sales tax debt and OTR is able to take enforcement action against any of his assets, in this case the Stadium Club.
OTR made numerous attempts to collect the outstanding taxes from Mr. Redding without success. When he failed to respond to multiple collection notices, OTR was forced to take  action.
OTR encourages businesses that are not in compliance to immediately file missing returns immediately, pay any liability due or to contact our Collection Division to arrange a payment plan. The Collection Division can be reached at (202) 724-5045.

More big news: Checkers Property Sold


According to Scott Magnuson, owner of Argonaut, the Checkers restaurant property at 14th and Maryland Ave NE has been sold for $4 million, with condos likely to be on the way:




DC Office of Tax and Revenue records indicate an assessed value of $1.5 million for the Checkers property.

You’d better get your cheddar-bacon-ranch fries before they’re gone for good, though, we’re not sure how long of a lease Checkers has on the property.

This Saturday: Bardo’s Tapping a 14-yr Old Keg From Its Old Brewery

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Want something to do before the big Halloween parties this Saturday?  Swing by Bardo, where they have a pretty cool event.

When the old Bardo in Arlington closed down in 1999, one of the kegs was kept in a safe place by a patron of the former location.  This weekend, Bardo’s tapping this historic keg of barleywine-style beer at the new location at 1200 Bladensburg Road NE.

How good is the beer?  Well, it won first place at the 1994 Great American Beer Festival, and it’s said to have held its quality since then, and has an estimated 13% alcohol by volume.

Starting at 3pm on Saturday October 26, Bardo will charge $45 per serving, and will throw in a commemorative glass. However, with only 200 or so servings available, we recommend getting there early.

Walkabout: Taking a Peek at the Progress on New Ben’s Chili Bowl


George's Place (before photo, courtesy Google)

George’s Place (before photo, courtesy Google)

Went on a neighborhood walkabout this morning and snapped a few photos of the construction at the new Ben’s Chili Bowl coming to 10th and H Street NE.  Surprisingly, almost the whole building is now gone, and it’s a big change from the former George’s Place, a men’s fashion store that occupied the corner for decades.  Compare the before photo above with these photos from today:








Update on Bardo: Now With FIRE PITS!

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A quick update from our friends at Bardo, the neighborhood beer garden and soon-to-be local brewpub:

Got the permit for the fire pits today. We just need some wood. Got any? Bring it by and we’ll fire it up! The perfect place for large groups.

Friday’s free outdoor movies: 7:30 Coming to America & 9:00 Fight Club
Food Trucks: Friday at 7:30 DC Slices, Saturday at 4:00 Willie’s Po Boys
-Coming soon: football on the movie screen…

Sweet!  Just in time for the cooler weather, Bardo adds fire pits.  They’re open 7 days a week- starting 5pm on weekdays and noon on weekends.  They’re at 1200 Bladensburg Rd NE.


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