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Canal Park Eatery Il Parco Set for Soft Opening This Weekend

il parco (Photo via Twitter/eat_dc)Navy Yard residents may soon be able to take a break from ice skating to eat Neapolitan pizza and sip rare Italian craft beers.

Il Parco, a Neapolitan-style Italian restaurant at Canal Park is planning to open sometime this weekend with a limited menu.

The eatery at 202 M St. SE is replacing Park Tavern, which closed in November. The eatery is still owned by Barracks Row Entertainment, the restaurant group led by Richard Cervera.

The Neapolitan food will be prepared by Roshan Ashiq who was previously a chef at il Canale in Georgetown. Cervera said the restaurant will also have an extensive Italian wine collection and several Italian craft beers that are hard to find stateside.

Still, Cervera said the main focus of the eatery is its pizza, which will be cooked in a 7,000 pound, made-in-Italy wood-fired oven.

“I think we have the biggest Italian-made oven in the city,” he said. “We actually had to remove a glass wall to bring it in with a forklift, so that’s a big visual cue when you walk in the front door.”

Cervera said he planned on the soft opening so he and his staff could gradually add to the menu and make sure all of the new equipment works properly. Because Cervera doesn’t know exactly when the eatery will open this weekend, ice skaters at Canal Park may be the first to try the new restaurant. Cervera said that once the ice rink closes in the Spring he plans to have patio seating outside the restaurant.

Photo courtesy of Twitter/ Eat It All


What to Expect for the Weekend in the Capitol Hill Area

Rowhouses on E Street NE

It took most of the week, but the snow is (almost) cleared in the Capitol Hill area just in time for the weekend. The snow that’s left over may melt over the weekend, with sunny weather and mid-50s temperatures expected.

The warm weather could make this weekend a perfect chance to make up for time spent hiding inside from the storm last weekend. Here’s everything you need to know to make the most of the weekend in the Capitol Hill area:


Restaurant Week
Multiple Locations
Friday-Wed. Feb. 3

Winter Restaurant Week continues through the weekend with more than 200 eateries throughout the D.C. area offering special fixed-price menus, offering multi-course lunches for $22 and dinners for $35.

The Escape Artist Album Release Party
Rock and Roll Hotel (1353 H St. NE)
Friday 8 p.m.

Local band The Escape Artist will celebrate the release of its new album Constellations with a concert Friday night at Rock and Roll Hotel. Other D.C. bands Drop Electric, Caustic Cassanova and Boon will also play. 


The City of Conversation
Arena Stage (1101 6th St. SW)
Friday and Saturday 8 p.m.; Sunday 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

The Arena Stage debuts a new recent Off-Broadway hit “The City of Conversation” about a Georgetown hostess who opens her home to political elite but clashes with her son’s conservative wife. Tickets are available online

Winter Fun Day
Southwest Library (900 Wesley Pl. SW)
Saturday 3 p.m.

Children and families are invited to enjoy winter-themed stories and activities at the Southwest Library. The Van Ness Elementary PTO will also hold a play date at the party for students, family, faculty and staff to meet.

Kids’ Night Out at Labyrinth
Labyrinth Games & Puzzles (645 Pennsylvania Ave. SE)
Saturday 5-9 p.m.

Parents can free up a date night by registering their kids age 7-10 for Labyrinth’s kids’ night. The event, complete with games, puzzles and pizza runs from 5-9 p.m. and costs $40 per child. Parents can register online

Ice Yards
The Yards (355 Water St. SE)
Saturday 2-6 p.m.

Ice Yards, which was snowed out last weekend, brings ski chalet vibes to the District with boozy snow cones, a frosty beer garden, live music and ice sculptures. Tickets are for sale online

Trash Collection

Trash collectors with the District Department of Public Works will spend the weekend collecting trash and recycling from homes along their regular Thursday and Friday routes that they missed during the week. If your trash/recycling is usually collected on Thursday or Friday but was not collected this week, leave cans out through the weekend. Regularly scheduled collection will resume on Monday.


Weekend repairs will begin on all six Metro lines at 12:01 a.m. Saturday.

  • Orange, Blue, Yellow and Green line trains will run every 20 minutes
  • Red Line trains will run between Shady Grove and Silver Spring every 18 minutes, between Farragut North and Silver Spring every 10 minutes and between Silver Spring and Glenmont every 24 minutes
  • Silver Line trainswill run every 10 minutes between Wiehle-Reston East and Ballston only



Capitol Hill Rowhome Becomes D.C.’s First Lesbian-Related Historic Landmark

219 11th Street SE (Photo via Historic Preservation Review Board/ Mark Meinke)A house near Barracks Row was unanimously voted into the D.C. Inventory of Historic Sites by the District’s Historic Preservation Review Board yesterday for its role as the headquarters of a lesbian feminist group in the early 1970s.

The house at 219 11th St. SE, which was home to the Furies Collective from 1971-73 is the first lesbian-related historic landmark in D.C.

The Furies Collective were a group of radical lesbian feminists who printed a monthly magazine and other publications that helped shape lesbian feminist ideology nationally and globally. The house near Barracks Row served as the home and headquarters for the collective.

The HPRB also recommended the house for national historic recognition in the National Register of Historic Places. Mark Meinke, a local LGBT history advocate who prepared the application said he is confident that the house will make it onto the national register.

“The National Park Service in 2014 launched an LGBTQ heritage initiative and they’re hoping to recognize a lot of queer sites,” he said. “This is one of the sites they’re waiting for because they don’t have any lesbian sites on the national register, so this will add a bit of diversity.”

Meinke, who co-founded the Rainbow Heritage Network last year to advocate for and secure historic recognition for LGBT sites around the country, spent nearly 10 months preparing the 63-page application. In it, Meinke noted that though the collective was short-lived, its contributions to lesbian and feminist thought were lasting.

“In the space of 18 months, the efforts of the collective’s twelve women had invigorated the debate over what lesbians needed to do and what they needed to oppose,” he wrote in the application. “Their arguments for independent self-reliant women had become a norm for many lesbian feminists and even within the wider women’s movement.”

The application also shed light on the Barracks Row area’s role as one of the first gay and lesbian neighborhoods in the District. In the application, Meinke explains how Barracks Row in the late 60s and early 70s was home to some of the city’s only gathering places for gays and lesbians.

Meinke said he isn’t currently working on other historical applications in the area but there are several sites in the area that played a significant role in the the District’s LGBT history.

“The Barracks Row area was an early gay and lesbian neighborhood, so there are a lot of sites around there that would be interesting to nominate,” he said.

Meinke was joined at the preservation board meeting by former Furies member Joan Biren and the home’s current owner Robert Pohl.

Photo via Historic Preservation Review Board/ Mark Meinke


Morning Rundown

H Street NE

District Government Tells Archibald Walk Resident to Move Treehouse Out of Public Space — The District Department of Transportation’s Public Space Committee ruled against the owners of a treehouse that extends into the residential alley at Archibald Walk, ordering them to move the controversial treehouse off public space. [Capitol Hill Corner]

ANC Commissioner Starts Petition Asking Department of Justice to Start Compiling Prosecution Data — ANC 6B Commissioner Denise Krepp, who held a bake sale to pay for data from the Department of Justice about prosecution rates in the Capitol Hill area, received a letter from DOJ saying they do not collect the data she requested. In response, Krepp has created an online petition to ask the federal agency to start tracking the prosecution rate for crimes in the District. [The Hill is Home]

Former Clarendon Restaurant EatBar to Open on Barracks Row — The Neighborhood Restaurant Group, the team behind Red Apron, Churchkey and Bluejacket, are planning to open a new restaurant on Barracks Row called EatBar, reviving a popular Clarendon restaurant that closed in late 2014. [Barred In DC]

Future of Buzzard Point Marina Depends on Lawsuit to Be Heard in February — Boat owners at Buzzard Point marina were told by the National Park Service, who own the land, that they had to leave by the end of December. However, a lawsuit that will be heard in February has kept the marina open for now. [Hill Rag]


Capital Area Food Bank to Distribute Food in Southwest on Saturday

Capital Area Food Bank logo (Photo via Facebook/ Capital Area Food Bank)The Capital Area Food Bank will hold a pop-up emergency food distribution in Southwest Saturday.

The distribution will take place at King Greenleaf Recreation Center at 201 N St. SW from 10 a.m. – noon. Capital Area Food Bank, the largest hunger relief organization in the area, is holding pop-up food distributions at recreation centers and schools throughout the city this weekend to reach people who may not have been able to access food during or after the blizzard last weekend.

The food bank was closed on Monday as the District worked to clear the nearly two feet of snow that fell over the weekend. The food bank decided to hold pop-up distributions because many of the organizations they partner with to distribute food were still snowed in and unable to make deliveries.

In a statement about this weekend’s emergency food distributions, Nancy E. Roman, the organization’s CEO said that the blizzard caused many hourly workers to lose wages and that this time of month is often when people on food assistance have reached the end of their benefits.

“If you’re a parent with young children, or a senior on a fixed income, these groceries are absolutely critical to get you through these last days of the month,” she said in the statement. “Our job is to meet food needs any way we can. That means being nimble, creative and collaborative.”

A full list of distribution sites and times is available on the food bank’s website.

Photo via Facebook/ Capital Area Food Bank


Morning Rundown

snow at Lincoln Park (Photo via Twitter/ CharlesAllenW6)

Federal Parks on Capitol Hill Remain Unshoveled — Capitol Hill residents and Ward 6 Councilman Charles Allen called on the National Park Service to shovel sidewalks in and around parks owned by the federal agency around Capitol Hill, many of which remain covered in snow. [Hill Rag]

All Metrobus Routes Running, Trash Pickup to Resume — The Capitol Hill area is slowly returning to normal after last weekend’s blizzard. Metro announced that all bus lines will run today, though some will experience detours. Trash collection will also resume. Those who usually have Thursday or Friday trash/recycling collection should leave cans out over the weekend, as the District Department of Public Works will be attempting to make all collections. On Monday, normally scheduled trash and recycling collection resumes. [Washington Post, D.C. DPW]

Photos: Snow Piles Up at RFK Parking Lot — WTOP has pictures from RFK Stadium’s parking lot 7, where snow plows and trucks are dumping snow from around the district, with snow reaching up to 20 feet high in some areas. [WTOP]

Developer Submits Plans for Mixed-Use Buildings Near Stadium-Armory Metro Station — Donatelli Development last week submitted its plans to redevelop a parking lot near the Stadium-Armory Metro station into two mixed-use buildings. [Washington Business Journal]

Hill East Resident Documents Years of Change on His Block — Hill East resident John Cochran shared photos he’s taken over the past five years which document recent changes to the area around 15th Street SE and Pennsylvania Avenue SE. [The Hill Is Home]

Photo via Twitter/ CharlesAllenW6

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Crime Roundup: H Street NE Restaurant Robbed at Gunpoint

Crime tape (Photo via Flickr/nullvalue)The H Street NE &pizza location was robbed at gunpoint last night.

The hold-up happened about 10:55 p.m. at the eatery at 1118 H St. NE. An employee reported that two men entered the restaurants wearing ski masks and displaying a gun. The suspects then stole cash and fled on H Street NE, according to an email from Metropolitan Police Department First District Captain Antonio Charland.

The suspects were described as two black men wearing dark clothing and ski masks.

There was also an assault about 5 p.m. yesterday at a 7-11 near Eastern Market.

An employee at the 7-11 at 429 8th St. SE reported that he was assaulted after confronting two young men who he believed were shoplifting. When the employee confronted the men, one picked up a yellow “Caution wet floor” sign and hit the employee on the head, according to an email from MPD Assistant Patrol District Commander Mark Beach.

The employee was not seriously injured in the assault and refused medical treatment. Beach said police believe that the two men live in the area and frequent the 7-11 location.

Photo via Flickr/nullvalue

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As Snow Melts and Offices Reopen, Parking Wars Heat Up

Snow covered cars parked on the Hill (Photo by Jessica Estepa)With schools and government offices open today for the first time this week, the battle over savesies – blocking or reserving a street parking space that you dug out – is starting to get uglier in the Capitol Hill area.

Hill resident Nathan Bergman stoked the flames of the age-old savesies debate with a 96-word note he left on a spot in front of his home. In the note, Bergman explained the work he put in to clear the space and vowed to bury any space-stealers with the snow that he removed.

Responses to Bergman’s note were varied. Some pointed to Mayor Muriel Bowser and Police Chief Cathy Lanier’s comments that saving parking spaces is not allowed in the District. However, judging by the amount of lawn chairs and empty trash cans parked around the Capitol Hill area, a lot of people disagree with the law.

ANC 6B commissioner Denise Krepp shared a photo this morning of another sign in Hill East asking people not to park in a cleared spot. The sign was posted on a target practice sheet in a possible attempt to intimidate potential parkers. Krepp removed the sign and implored residents to dig out peacefully.

The debate isn’t only playing out on Capitol Hill streets – Washington City Paper ran a pro-savesies story today, arguing that District residents should respect “dibs.” The Washington Post took a more neutral approach, talking to residents whose dibs weren’t honored and noting that elsewhere on the East Coast, the battle over parking often gets much nastier than it is here.

Drivers aren’t the only people trying to return to normalcy as the snow melts, though. Capital Bikeshare crews have been working to clear stations around the Capitol Hill area and the rest of the District.

DC Water is also attempting to make conditions better, or at least drier, for pedestrians by urging residents to clear catch basins and drains along streets so that melting snow and slush doesn’t pool along sidewalks.

However, there are still some areas around the Hill that haven’t been cleared at all. This morning, Ward 6 Councilmember Charles Allen tweeted that many parks on Capitol Hill are federal lands owned by the National Park Service. Allen said he has urged NPS to clear the parks multiple times with no response and is now asking the DC volunteer snow team if it can help.



Morning Rundown

Snowman on U.S. Capitol grounds, March 6, 2015

Schools, Government Offices Reopen Today, But Commute May Not Be Easy — The federal government and D.C. schools are reopening today, but roads still aren’t ready for a full-scale rush hour and not all buses are running. [Washington Post]

Capitol Hill Man Threatens to Bury Cars Parked in Spot He Cleared in Widely Shared Sign — Nathan Bergman of Capitol Hill spent five hours digging out his car after the weekend blizzard, and posted a sign promising to re-bury any car that took the spot while he was gone. The sign was widely shared on social media. [Washington Times]

Developer Struggles to Find Cafe Tenant in Hill East — The owner of a two-story rowhouse at 1247 E St. SE says he has struggled to find a coffee shop or cafe to occupy the space but hopes that will change as more residential projects are built in the area. [Washington Business Journal]

Three Capitol Hill Area Bars Among Districts Best Dives — The Pug (1234 H St. NE), Trusty’s Full-Serve Bar (1420 Pennsylvania Ave. SE) and Tune Inn (331 Pennsylvania Ave. SE) all made Thrillist’s list of the best dive bars in D.C. [Thrillist]


Where to Eat in the Capitol Hill Area During Restaurant Week

bistro cacaoWinter Restaurant Week got off to a snowy start yesterday, with multiple restaurants unable to open or serve full menus. Though most restaurants have reopened, the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington decided to extend Restaurant Week to Wednesday, Feb. 3.

More than 200 eateries throughout the D.C. area will be offering special fixed-price menus, offering multi-course lunches for $22 and dinners for $35.

The dinner menu at Bistro Cacao (320 Massachusetts Ave. NE) includes a pheasant pate, pistachio crusted mahi mahi and a creme brulee trio. In Navy Yard, Osteria Morini’s dinner menu features kale and bean soup, tomato braised pork belly and a passion fruit tart.

Here is the list of all participating restaurants in the Capitol Hill area:

  • Ambar (523 8th St. SE)
  • Art and Soul (415 New Jersey Ave. NW)
  • Article One (400 New Jersey Ave. NW)
  • Belga Cafe (514 8th St. SE)
    Bistro Bis (15 E St. NW)
  • Bistro Cacao (320 Massachusetts Ave. NE)
  • Cafe Berlin (322 Massachusetts Ave. NE)
  • Charlie Palmer Steak (101 Constitution Ave. NW)
  • Lavagna (539 8th St. SE)
  • Monocle on Capitol Hill (107 D St. NE)
  • Romeo and Juliet (301 Massachusetts Ave. NE)
  • Sonoma (223 Pennsylvania Ave. SE)
  • Stanton and Greene (319 Pennsylvania Ave. SE)
  • Driftwood Kitchen (400 H St. NE)
  • Ten01 (1001 H St. NE)
  • Agua 301 (301 Water St. SE)
  • Arsenal at Bluejacket (300 Tingey St. SE)
  • Osteria Morini (301 Water St. SE)
  • Odyssey Cruises (600 Water St. SW)

Photo via Facebook/ Bistro Cacao


Pet of the Week: Barney

Metro Mutts

Barney is the Hill Pet of the Week! He’s a laid back 7 or 8-year-old Beagle mix who can be adopted. Here’s his bio shared by Rural Dog Rescue at 733 8th St. SE and his current foster parents:

Barney is a true delight! He is quite possibly one of the easiest dogs to take care of and have in our home. He is calm, loving, and friendly. We have loved fostering him – he is a great companion and loves short walks around the neighborhood and is very easy/well trained on the leash.

He is quiet (we have not heard him bark yet!) and obedient in the house and is completely house trained. He does not need to be crated as he likes to sleep in his doggie bed every night. He is a very happy dog and loves to get lots of cuddles and belly scratches. He loves attention and not just from us but loves getting pets from everyone and so far seems to be great around small kids.

Barney is a very low maintenance dog- two long walks will pretty much tire him out for the day and he is quite content cuddling on the couch with us afterwards or hanging out in the kitchen or dining room with us as we cook dinner or do work. He would do great with an owner/family who is looking for a quiet and sweet companion but may not have enough time to take extensive walks/runs and play with a higher-energy dog.

To adopt Jenny or other pets from Rural Dog Rescue, see the Petfinder adoption siteor visit Rural Dog Rescue’s website.

Want your pet to be considered for Hill Pet of the Week? Email [email protected] with a 2-3 paragraph bio and at least three horizontal photos of your pet. Each week’s winner receives a gift bag of dog or cat treats from Metro Mutts, along with 100 Metro Mutts Reward Points.

Known for “What dogs and cats want. What owners need,” Metro Mutts specializes in products and services for passionate pet owners. Now offering individualized dog walking, pet sitting and cat care from two store locations on Capitol Hill, on Barracks Row and on H Street NE. Learn more at www.metromuttsdc.com.

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Snow Emergency Restrictions to End Tomorrow

Mayor Bowser at a press conference (Photo via Twitter/ Mayor Muriel Bowser)Capitol Hill area residents can start parking their cars along snow emergency routes tomorrow evening, Mayor Muriel Bowser said in a press conference this morning.

The snow emergency that was initiated on Friday morning is set to end at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Bowser said.

Those who parked along snow emergency routes during the snow emergency and were towed can pick up their cars, but the Department of Public Works warns that they might have to dig them out of the impound lot.

Bowser also announced that DC Public Schools have been cleared and will be ready for classes to start tomorrow.

The District government will also begin issuing fines to businesses that have not cleared sidewalks in front of their properties. A new law this year allows the Department of Public Works to fine homeowners and business owners who do not remove snow and ice from sidewalks adjacent to their property.

However, Bowser said that given the severity of the recent storm, fines will not be issued to homeowners or residential properties.

D.C. Public Schools and government offices will all be open tomorrow. The D.C. Public Charter School Board is updating the status of charter schools throughout the District online.

Though the District government will be open, trash collection will still be on hold until Thursday at the earliest. DPW announced that it will attempt to reach every regular route with pickup scheduled for Thursday or Friday. Regular trash collection service will resume on Monday.

Photo via Twitter/ Mayor Muriel Bowser

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Woman Robbed on H Street Corridor, Man Caught Later in Taxi

Police car lightA woman was robbed along the H Street corridor yesterday about 4:15 p.m.

The woman reported that a man robbed her near the intersection of H and 14th streets NE and then fled in a taxi, according to an email from Metropolitan Police Department First District Lieutenant Joseph Cullen.

The man was located in a taxi on Florida Avenue NE and placed under arrest.

There has been very little crime in the Capitol Hill area since winter storm Jonas blanketed the area with snow over the weekend.


Morning Rundown

Snow covered car in Capitol Hill (Photo courtesy of Cynthia Wei)

Metro Opens On Most Lines With Regular Fares in Effect — Metrorail stations opened at 5 a.m. this morning with service on all lines except the Silver Line and the Orange Line between Vienna and Ballston. Trains will run every 12 minutes. Metro buses are on a “severe” snow service plan, with 81 bus routes operating. [WMATA]

‘Snow Dragon’ to Melt Snow at RFK Stadium Lots — A borrowed “snow dragon” truck will be used to melt snow that has been dumped at parking lots around RFK Stadium. [WUSA9]

Few People Take Advantage of Hot Meals at D.C. Schools Yesterday — Yesterday, several schools across the District, including Eastern High School and Jefferson Academy Middle School, offered free breakfast and lunch for students and their families, but few people showed up to take advantage of the offer. The schools will offer free meals again today from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. [WUSA9]

Capitol Hill Home of Early 70s Lesbian Feminist Group Could Become Historic Landmark — A rowhome at 219 11th St. SE could be designated a historic landmark because it was the headquarters of a lesbian feminist separatist group called the Furies Collective in the early 1970s. [Washington Blade]

Thanks to reader Cynthia Wei for sending the photo above of her snow-covered car masquerading as a storm trooper on Sunday. Email or tweet us your best snow pictures as we continue to dig out!


On Day Two of Dig Out, Hill Area Residents Build Forts, Shame Businesses That Didn’t Shovel


The dig out continued in the Capitol Hill area today, with many main streets cleared but sidewalks and side streets still covered in snow. With Mayor Muriel Bowser still encouraging drivers and pedestrians to stay off the streets, many Hill area residents spent the day clearing the snow or finding creative ways to enjoy it.

Several readers sent photos of snow forts around the area, but the best was the “Pigloo” at the intersection of 3rd and K streets NE. In addition to being a genius combination of an igloo and a pig, the Pigloo also appears to have indoor lighting.

Another reader sent us the picture above of Totoro, a character in the movie My Neighbor Totoro and a very handsome snowman.

Across the Hill, ANC 6B Commissioner Denise Krepp shared a photo of a “spacious new one bedroom” igloo in Hill East.

However, it wasn’t all fun and games around the Hill. As residents leave their homes to shake off cabin fever, many have been participating in the time-honored tradition of snow shaming. Krepp’s ANC 6B colleague Nick Berger posted a roundup on his blog of Hill East businesses that were great about shoveling their sidewalks and those that didn’t even try.

And while many residents took to Twitter to complain about businesses in their neighborhoods that haven’t shoveled sidewalks, Tommy Wells, the Director of the District Department of Energy and Environment said that, on the whole, Capitol Hill area sidewalks were looking good.

Got any pictures of your snow day in the Capitol Hill area? Email us or tweet at us and let us know how you’re making the dig out fun.



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