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Will Kava be Legal in DC

In News, Police by RUNINdc

While in #MiamiBeach, I was in the mood to chill and get something to drink.  So I stumbled onto the Purple Lotus. “What kind of beer, do you have?” The bartender looked at me funny. “This is a kava bar,” he shrugged.  “Kava…what’s that.” “It’s a muscle relaxant,” he said nonchalantly. “It reduces anxiety and helps you sleep better.” Sleep better …

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Glitzy Stanton & Greene Occupies Gator Swampland

In Capitol Hill, News, Openings, Wine by RUNINdc

We certainly miss the Pour House, but probably not as much as the DC Gators. After moving out shortly after the NCAA Division 1 Championship, they settled down at the old GWU hang-out McFadden’s. McFadden’s became the new local swamp until a bar fight and stabbing led to its closure right before New Year’s. Gator fans and Capitol Hill denizens rejoice …

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Ming’s Rises over Chinatown Goliath

In Asian, Chef, Chinatown, Chinese, H Street, Lawsuit, News, Openings, Police by RUNINdc

Since opening in 2010, Michelle Tam’s Ming’s has co-existed under the shadows of  its landlord Tony Cheng’s the iconic Mongolian BBQ and Chinese Seafood restaurant which has been a huge fixture on H Street NW long before the Verizon Center opened its doors. But in recent years, Tony Cheng’s has come under a backlash after been found guilty of bribing the DC Taxicab …

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DC Police Cracking Down on Johns

In 14th Street, Misc, News, Police, Shaw by RUNINdc

Gone are the days when prostitutes plied the trade around Logan Circle and 14th Street.  They are not as prevalent as they used to be, but thanks to Backpage and Craigslist, the prostitution trade in DC is still alive and well. Since the beginning of the year, DC police have run a string of stings along the city’s main corridors by posting …

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Chao Ku Launches Kickstarter Campaign in Shaw

In Asian, Chef, Chinese, Food, News, Shaw by RUNINdc

Broad Branch Market co-owner John Fielding and former Tabard Inn chef Paul Pelt are seeking $30,000 to open a fast-casual Chinese restaurant in Shaw called Chao Ku. The restaurant, whose name means “super cool” in Mandarin pays homage to their favorite Chinese places in the DMV suburbs. There are some nice places in Chinatown, according to Fielding. But all their …

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Diego Closes Again – American Communal Style Cuisine to Take Over

In Closing, News, Openings by RUNINdc

For it’s short 2 1/2 years of existence, Diego experienced a lot of disputes and departures. Billy McCormick came and went after a very brief stint. Now having closed its doors for good, Social Restaurant Group has now taken over the former Diego space with a brand new concept. Social Restaurant Group is comprised of Alex Lopez, Mike Bramson and Naeem Mohd.  Lopez and Bramson …

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Chef Trey Massey Found Guilty of Rape

In Chef, Lawsuit, News, Old Town Alexandria VA by RUNINdc

Trey Massey, 32, former chef at Restaurant Eve and Society Fair, was found guilty of rape and abduction. “Trey” Massey had a tempestuous relationship with a woman (his ex-fiance), who was a barista at an Alexandria coffee house. The woman committed suicide just days after the November 2013 preliminary hearing, distraught about what happened to her on Sept 3/4.  Massey’s …

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Mad Momos Closes

In Closing, News by RUNINdc

Posted today in Mad Momos’ Facebook Page: Dear Friends and Patrons of mad momos, Season’s greetings and Happy New Year to you. The management at mad momos thank you for all the support and amazing times these past few years. Regrettably, we have reached a point in our business where we need to share a difficult decision with you. We …

ABC to Determine Fate of McFadden’s

In Foggy Bottom, News by RUNINdc

The police report describes a brutal fight that occurred around 12:30am Saturday morning within a group of people who were celebrating a birthday. During the fight, a man yielding a knife began to stab several people. A 23-year-old was stabbed in the back; a 27-year-old was stabbed in the upper back; a 20-year-old was stabbed three times in the lower body; …

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Five Stabbed at McFadden’s

In Foggy Bottom, Georgetown, News by RUNINdc

Five people were stabbed inside McFadden’s in Foggy Bottom early Saturday morning.  The incident took place at about 12:37 am in the 2400 block of Pennsylvania Ave NW, near George Washington University. The victims suffered serious injuries but all  are expected to survive. Police spokesman Officer Hugh Carew said there have been no arrests, though a police-issued alert identified the suspect as a …

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Clyde’s Makes its Case to Keep Alcohol License

In Misc, News by RUNINdc

This August, police went under cover to bust a number of customers for alcohol violations at Clyde’s Tower Oaks lodge after receiving a number of community complaints. Last Thursday, Clyde’s made its case to the Montgomery County Board of License Commissions to retain its Alcohol License. The restaurant has changed its half priced wine — now only patrons in the …

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Alba Osteria Owner Hakan Ilhan to Open French Restaurant in MVT

In News, Openings by RUNINdc

The Washington Business Journal just reported that Hakan Ilhan, who owns Alba Osteria at 425 Eye St. NW, has signed a lease for a 6,361-square-foot space at 450 K Street NW, the m.flats apartment building from Kettler. The restaurant will be called L’Hommage Bistro Francais and combine a full-service bistro with a bakery, cafe and grab-and-go sandwich option at lunch. The …

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Tel’Veh Negotiations on Hold

In Mt Vernon, News, Openings by RUNINdc

Earlier this month, we reported that Tel Veh Wine Bar would be replaced by Rudy’s Mediterranean Grill. That news is changing once again. For now the deal is on hold while Tel’Veh  is working on repairs to their kitchen exhaust hood. “I am still planning to expand to DC,” said Rudy Keskin, owner of Rudy’s Mediterranean Grill in Columbia, MD. “Hopefully Tel’Veh can make the necessary repairs. …

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Pop’s Seabar Opens at Former Taan Noodle Shop

In Adams Morgan, News by RUNINdc

Two months ago we broke the news that Taan Noodles had closed Cashion’s Eat Place   a seasonal American restaurant with daily-changing menu had bought the business. Cashion’s co-owner Justin Abad and Chef John Manolatos have just reopened the Seabar serves a nautical fare of oysters, crab cakes and peel-n-eat shrimp. The restaurant Touts a refreshing Orange Crush — a drink you …

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Mr Smith’s to Open at Old Chadwick’s

In News by RUNINdc

One thing about Georgetown, history never fades away — it just changes its name.  When we heard this summer that old Georgetown favorite piano bar was closing, many of us shed a tear — but not for long. Fortuitous as it may be — another old Georgetown favorite Chadwick’s closed this month.  The long-time waterfront staple known for its daily …

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Carriage House Closes; Johnny Pistolas Opens

In Adams Morgan, Closing, News by RUNINdc

Carriage House has had quite a storied existence ever since it’s opened its doors a year and a half ago. It has gone through a whole slew of chefs and managers.  The former Tom Tom with a massive upstairs dance floor, balcony and patio has been the venue for a ton of dinner socials, game watching and karaoke events.  What set it apart from …

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Tel Veh Switches Gears

In Closing, Mt Vernon, News by RUNINdc

Tel Veh has had a rough two years.  Going through three managers since it opened its doors the summer of 2012.  Known for its wine list and bottomless brunch, albeit with a two-hour limit,  it had its share of good days but mostly struggled to stay above water.  This summer was fairly busy but the restaurant was affected by the …

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Metro 91 DC – All in a Day’s Work

In Fun, Metro, News by RUNINdc

Last month, Mark Kawar completed the Metro 86 challenge, visiting all 86 stations and taking a selfie in front of the Metro’s pylon in one day. A week later on July 26, the Silver Line opened with five new stations making his record indelible in the annals of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority. Though Mark Kawar’s record couldn’t be beaten, …

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Brookland Pint opens in time for Beer Week

In News by RUNINdc

Brookland Pint, a new American craft beer and American casual cuisine-type restaurant in the heart of the Brookland community.  Designed with historical significance in mind, Brookland Pint seeks to promote a festive environment that can both stand the test of time as well as encourage environmental sustainability.  Nearly every aspect of the décor has a story and connects with the …

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Neyla to Close

In Closing, News by RUNINdc

A message from Neyla’s Facebook page Dear NEYLA Friends & Followers, We must say so long for now. It has been our pleasure serving you. We will see you again!

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Clarendon Food Crawl

In Arlington, Asian, Clarendon, Food, Food Blogger, Mexican, News, Review by RUNINdc

 What a treat! You simply can’t beat five lovely restaurants in the heart of Arlington for only $40 per person. A play on those fun Pub Crawls that seem to be happening everywhere these days, the Clarendon Food Crawl, took lucky participants on a culinary tour of Ireland, Italy, Mexico & El Salvador, the Mediterranean, and Asia. Hosted by RuninOut and …

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Indique Heights Closes for Renovation

In Chevy Chase, Closing, News by RUNINdc

Indique Heights has closed for about four months for renovation. Co-owners Surfy Rahman and K.N. Vinod will be downsizing their eight-year old Indian restaurant to something about half its size.  During construction, some employees will be assigned to Indique in Cleveland Park and Bombay Bistro in Rockville.

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Ben’s Chili Bowl Opens at DCA

In Arlington, Crystal City, Events, Food, Fun, News, Review by RUNINdc

On Wednesday, July 23rd, Ben’s Chili Bowl celebrated the opening of the historic D.C. restaurant’s first ever airport location.  “Ben’s Chili Bowl is an iconic part of Washington, D.C.’s rich culture,” said Jack Potter, President and CEO of Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority. “It is fitting to have Ben’s at the airport, welcoming travelers and giving them their first taste of …

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The Coupe Offers 50 Cent Specials

In Happy Hour, News by RUNINdc

Love 50 cent specials. From Mon to Fri 5-8pm, The Coupe will  will offer 50 cent Sriracha-Glazed Chicken Wings, “BLT” Deviled Egg garnished with Bacon, Tomato Jam, and Micro Arugula and Stuffed Medjool Dates with spiced Marcona Almond and Camembert Cheese, wrapped in Surryano Ham. To wash it all down, The Coupe will offer $3 Natty Boh’; $4 Rum Punch and …

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Arlington to Crack Down on Bar Crawls

In Arlington, Clarendon, News by RUNINdc

The city of Arlington is looking to crack down on the notorious bar crawls. The county will vote this week whether to require bars to get a permit to host a bar crawl. If the county approves the change, bars will be charged for police patrols and trash cleanup. The latest bar crawls on St Patrick’s Day led to 25 arrests …

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Fans Celebrate Record Win in Biergarten

In Events, Fun, H Street, News, Sports by RUNINdc

In Biergarten Haus, H-Street‘s little Deutschland, fans piled in shortly after lunch, all decked out in black, red and gold.  The crowd was jubilant but cautious — many were expecting a close game — no one expected anything like this. What transpired was a shocker so surreal that some began to cheer when Brazil finally scored.  Either way, the entire match had become a …

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The Folklife Festival is Imperiled

In Festival, Fun, News, Smithsonian by RUNINdc

Sunday is the last day of the Folklife Festival this year. It could also be the last day the Folklife Festival will take place on the lawn at the National Mall.Beginning in August, the National Park Service is spending millions to install new turf on the grassy panels of the National Mall, but this comes with a host of regulations …

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Health Code Violation Closes Hill Country for a Day

In Closing, News by RUNINdc

Hill Country was closed yesterday and partly today due to a critical health code violation.  A Department of Health sign was posted on the front door stating that it would be closed until further notice. The violations cited them for mouse droppings, fruit, flies, a live cockroach and a dead mouse. Incidentally their Facebook page stated nothing about the health …

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Taan Noodles Finally Closes

In Closing, Food, News by RUNINdc

Almost a year ago to this day, Taan Noodles tweeted that it had closed it doors for good.  That was a bit premature and Taan immediately reopened with a new chef, Michael Than. Taan which opened in October 2011 was known for its sake, steam buns and okonomiyaki, a Japanese-style cheese pancake. But Taan always played second fiddle to the renowned  Sakuramen …

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Four Sisters Clarendon – Third Time’s a Charm

In Asian, Food, Fun, News, Review by RUNINdc

Clarendon doesn’t have many choices for authentic Asian.  Last year, we wrote off Rien Tong after several not too stellar episodes with bland food and rude service. So when Four Sisters moved into Clarendon, we had to roll up our sleeves and flex our tastebuds. Four Sisters is a long running family owned business that originated at the Eden Center and  Merrifield Town …

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Noelia Metro Center — First Look

In Food, News by RUNINdc

Finemondo sold the business to Kaiser Gill and the venue has magically transformed to Noelia, a 238-seat space Italian restaurant. Gill tapped former Sette Osteria and Cafe Milano chef Carmen Piazza as the restaurant’s executive chef. She has designed a menu of “modern, Italian comfort food,” said Gill. The 6,000-square-foot restaurant also includes a 1,400-square-foot dance floor so the restaurant can transition …

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EU Runners Visit 27 Embassies on One Day

In Embassy, Fashion, Fun, News, News & Culture, Review, Running, Weekly Picks by RUNINdc

Washington, DC – On May 10, more than 45 runners embarked on a 13 mile trek covering 4 distinct regions – Georgetown – Dupont Circle – Adams Morgan – Van Ness all while meeting people and celebrating culture, heritage and diversity.  The challenging task was not just the run, it was was running past 27+ EU Embassies and visiting nearly a dozen …

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Medaterra Raises $1,200 for Philippines Relief

In Charity, Events, Food, Fun, Fundraiser, Happy Hour, Lebanese, Mediterranean, News, Review, Wine by RUNINdc

Medaterra Raises $1,200 for Philippines Relief Medaterra, a Middle Eastern restaurant in Woodley Park, raises $1,200 for Philippines Relief fund The tragedy of Typhoon Haiyan has left us heavyhearted,” said Angela Aly, owner. “Everyone was very giving and happy. My staff was commenting how every table wanted to donate to the Red Cross,” said Owner Angela Aly. Here is a …