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Man Put in Choke Hold, Robbed After Exiting Bus in Navy Yard

800 block of L Street SE (Photo via Google Maps)A thief put a man in a choke hold and robbed him after the victim got off a bus in Navy Yard last night, police said.

The robbery happened on the 800 block of L Street SE about 10 p.m. Wednesday. The area is about a block north of the Washington Navy Yard.

The victim was walking on L Street after exiting a bus when a man went up to him, police said. The man then grabbed the victim’s neck and put him in a choke hold.

“What you got in your pockets?” the man asked before taking $4 from the victim’s pocket, according to authorities.

The man got into a car and drove away soon after.

Police are looking for:

B/M, light complexion, heavy set, black leather jacket and grey sweat pants.

Photo via Google Maps


New England-Inspired Eatery to Open in Navy Yard

photo via Facebook : The Salt LineNew England seafood dishes will star at a new restaurant coming to Navy Yard in 2017.

The Salt Line, a New England-inspired restaurant by the management group behind Sixth Engine, Town Hall and The Dubliner will open at 79 Potomac Ave. SE in Spring, 2017, according to a press release.

The planned restaurant’s menu from Chef Kyle Bailey will include “interpretations on the regional fare” like seafood sausages, smoked and cured fish and a variety of crudo alongside cocktails and beer, according to the press release.

Read the full press release below:

Long Shot Hospitality, the management group behind Sixth Engine, Town Hall and The Dubliner, is pleased to announce plans to open The Salt Line in Spring 2017. The waterfront restaurant, located at Dock79 (79 Potomac Avenue, S.E.) in the revitalized Capitol Riverfront Neighborhood, will feature a New England-inspired menu in a casual and relaxed 3,500 square-foot space with ample outdoor dining and an outdoor riverfront bar.

Seafood – not to mention a prominently featured raw bar – will be at the heart of Chef Kyle Bailey’s culinary program at The Salt Line. The menu will offer a selection of straightforward New England classics, along with Bailey’s own interpretations on the regional fare, and a few Chesapeake Bay-influenced specials. Chef Kyle Bailey’s affinity for whole-animal butchery and charcuterie will translate nicely to his plans for The Salt Line, which will include items such as seafood sausages, smoked and cured fish, and a variety of crudo. Bailey also plans to work with local oyster farms to create a proprietary oyster for the restaurant.

The Salt Line will also showcase a regional craft beer selection and a creative cocktail program that will be the centerpieces for the outdoor bar located along the riverfront. The Salt Line plans to serve dinner daily and weekend brunch upon opening.

The name of the restaurant pays homage to the delicate nature of DC’s waterways, referring to the point in an estuary in which the water salinity transitions from salt to fresh water. To keep updated on The Salt Line’s opening developments, follow the handle @TheSaltLine on Twitter and Instagram.

“The Capitol Riverfront continues to transform and the addition of The Salt Line at Dock79’s riverfront location is ideal,” said Fred Rothmeijer of MRP Realty. “Long Shot Hospitality has a good understanding of how to create a fresh concept that underscores the unique citing on the Anacostia.”

Dock79 is the first of four phases that will eventually deliver 1.2M square feet of mixed-use waterfront density to the larger site, including a 305-unit apartment building, 19,000 square feet of ground floor retail, a public plaza, water promenade, and a variety of temporary recreational uses. Dock79 broke ground in December 2014 and is scheduled to deliver in Summer 2016.

Photo via Facebook / The Salt Line


Capitol Hill Building Permit Roundup

Rowhouses on E Street NE

Curious why there are construction crews at your neighbor’s house? Want to know if a new business is opening on your street? Interested in finding out who’s to blame for all that jackhammering nearby?

The D.C. government every day releases data on the building permits it issues during the previous day. However, a weekly overview of this information for the Capitol Hill area hasn’t made its way online.

We’re looking to change that.

Today marks the first time Hill Now is releasing a roundup of permits handed out during the past few days. We are including permits issued since Sunday. Next week, we plan to publish a full seven days of permits the government approved.

This project is a work in progress. Please share your thoughts with us in the comment section or at [email protected].

The Capitol Hill-area permits issued from Sunday, March 27, to Wednesday, March 30, are in this spreadsheet.


‘LGBT Icons’ Tour Planned for Congressional Cemetery

Photo via Atlas Obscrua: Congressional Cemetery

Congressional Cemetery visitors soon will be able to learn more about the notable gay rights figures buried there.

Attendees can explore the cemetery’s “gay corner” during the new “LGBT Icons” tour by Atlas Obscura, planned to take place at the cemetery (1801 E St. SE) on April 16 at 3:30 p.m.

Notable figures buried along the tour route include Peter Doyle, the man believed to have been “the greatest love of gay American poet Walt Whitman,” famed designer Ken Dresser and Leonard Matlovich, a Vietnam veteran and the “first named gay person on the cover of a mainstream magazine.”

More information from Atlas Obscura’s website:

Although earlier LGBT burials are located at HCC, the so-called “gay corner” began in 1988 when gay rights advocate and Vietnam Veteran Leonard Matlovich made the decision to be interred at HCC. Matlovich is most known for his appearance on the cover of Time Magazine in his Air Force uniform with the headline “I am a homosexual.”

His decision to make HCC his eternal home inspired a generation of LGBT activists to make their final resting place here as well. Today, HCC is an active cemetery and the future site of the 501(c)(3) nonprofit LGBT Veterans Memorial.

Details –

Location: Congressional Cemetery, 1801 E Street Southeast

Cost: $15

Time: 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM

Notes for this adventure:

– A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Congressional Cemetery.

– This walking tour is about a mile, so please wear comfortable shoes and water.

– Share photos on Twitter and Instagram with us @atlasobscura, @CongCemetery with the hashtag #ObscuraDay

– After a day full of exploring, join us at Georgetown’s Tudor Place for music, drinks, and merriment! Click here for information and tickets.

Photo via Atlas Obscura / Congressional Cemetery


Morning Rundown

Hine School project student art

Hill East Community Leader Plans to Sue DOJ — Denise Krepp, a member of the Advisory Neighborhood Commission 6B, intends to sue the Department of Justice after the agency didn’t provide her data on criminal prosecutions in D.C. [Washington City Paper]

Safeway Looks to Redevelop Hill East Property — Safeway is looking to redevelop its store at 14th and D streets SE. [Capitol Hill Corner]

Barracks Row EatBar to Open With Charcuterie, Cassettes — EatBar is set to make its debut at 415 8th St. SE today with charcuterie and a wall of 7,200 cassettes. [Washington Post]

How to Monitor The Wharf’s Construction — Developers PN Hoffman Inc. and Madison Marquette now have camera feeds online to watch the construction of The Wharf in Southwest. [Washington Business Journal]

Man Leaves Capitol Hill on Motorcycle Trip to Antarctica — Brett Fox, 28, has sold his home near Eastern Market and is traveling to Antarctica on his motorcycle. [Washingtonian]


Stabbing Reported in Hill East

1700 block of Massachusetts Avenue SE (Photo via Google Maps)A teen stabbed someone in Hill East earlier this week, police said today.

The stabbing happened on the 1700 block of Massachusetts Avenue SE about 9 p.m. Monday. The area is about two blocks west of the Stadium-Armory Metro station.

The victim was arguing with three teenage boys before the attack, according to authorities. One of the teens then stabbed the victim.

The victim was treated and released from a local hospital. Police haven’t released detailed descriptions of the suspects.

A man who sought to steal deodorant from an H Street corridor pharmacy ran off with an employee’s iPhone that had a photo of him this week, too, police said.

The robbery occurred in the CVS at 645 H St. NE about 10:45 a.m. Tuesday.

The man was putting deodorant in his pocket at the store when an employee there told a co-worker to call police, according to authorities. The worker dispatched to call police used her cellphone to take a photo of the man instead.

He then snatched the phone, dropped the deodorant and ran from the store.

Police haven’t released a description of the suspect.

Photo via Google Maps


‘Foam Core Derby’ Cars to Race at Navy Yard Eatery Next Month

Photo via Facebook : Foam Core DerbyLocals who want to build and race their very own miniature car will have the chance to do just that at a barbecue restaurant in Navy Yard next month.

The first-ever Foam Core Derby race will occur at Willie’s Brew & Que (300 Tingey St. SE) April 21 at 6 p.m., according to the race’s Eventbrite page.

During the event, attendees will design and build custom foam race cars. The purpose of the event “is to teach the basics of fiberglass construction to as many people as possible,” according to its organizers.

More information from the Eventbrite page:

Join us as we host the first public Foam Core Derby! Learn the basics of fiberglass by crafting a custom foam race car then applying fiberglass. At the end, we’ll race all the cars to determine the champion of the Willie’s 24. Ages 18 and up.

Light appetizers provided.


EatBar Set to Open on Barracks Row Tomorrow

EatBar, photo via EatBarEatBar’s triumphant return is at hand.

The Neighborhood Restaurant Group eatery originally located in Arlington will reopen at 415 8th St. SE tomorrow at 4 p.m., a manager and an employee with the restaurant told us earlier this morning.

“We’re doing some slow, quiet opening stuff over the next day or so,” said manager Peter Koll. “[The Washington Post’s] Tim Carman will be releasing more details later today.”

While we wait for that Post exclusive, the Capitol Hill Community Foundation appears to have more details about the new restaurant.

“EatBar will feature a meat-centric-but-vegetable friendly menu perfect for accompanying the many and varied wine, beer, and cocktail offerings,” the foundation wrote in a dinner invitation to email subscribers earlier today. “Upon opening, the 44-seat neighborhood bar and restaurant will open at 4 p.m. daily and pour an expansive and carefully curated selection of wine and beer from Wine Director, Brent Kroll and Beer Director, Greg Engert.”

Photo via Capitol Hill Community Foundation

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Philz Coffee, Raw Bar Aim for May Openings in Navy Yard

Philz Coffee (Photo via Facebook/Philz Coffee)A San Francisco-based coffeehouse chain and a seafood restaurant from the owners of DGS Delicatessen in Dupont Circle look like they will open in the next two months in Navy Yard, a nonprofit organization that supports neighborhood businesses announced today.

Philz Coffee and Whaley’s Raw Bar are “most likely” to arrive in the area in May, according to a Capitol Riverfront Business Improvement District news release.

Whaley’s is setting up at 301 Water St. SE to serve clam chowder, scallop crudo and grilled swordfish, along with raw oysters. Philz will debut its second D.C. location at 1331 4th St. SE.

In addition to the restaurants, a marina also is slated to open along the Anacostia River near Yards Park in May.

Photo via Facebook/Philz Coffee


Morning Rundown

Nationals Park

What’s New at Nationals Park — Nationals Park this season is set to get Greek and Southern food from chef Chef Mike Isabella, a bigger Shake Shack and beer from Budweiser, which is now the official beer of the Nationals. [JDLand]

Wylie Street Garden Might Disappear After This Year — Local gardeners don’t have enough money to buy a property that holds a community garden at 13th and Wylie streets NE before the land is put up for sale. [Hill Rag]

Taco Eatery to Open on Florida Avenue NE TodayFar East Taco Grille is set to serve up its Asian-inspired tacos at 635 Florida Ave. NE today. [Frozen Tropics]

Black-Owned Businesses Struggle, Thrive on H Street Corridor — Black-owned businesses like Halftime Sports Bar and The Chic Shack are doing well on H Street NE. But C.A.T. Walk Boutique, Eurostyles and other black-owned shops are struggling in the area. [Howard University News Service]


Capitol Hill Agenda (March 29-April 4)

Bayou Bakery owner and chef David Guas

Capitol Hill Agenda is a listing of interesting events for the week ahead in the Capitol Hill area. If you’d like to see your event featured, fill out our event submission form.

For more events, be sure to check out our event calendar.


NoMa Parks Community Conversation 3.0
Hilton Garden Inn Washington DC/U.S. Capitol (1225 1st St. NE)
6:30-8:30 p.m.

The NoMa Parks Foundation meets with locals to discuss plans for parks in the neighborhood.


Lobby Project Art Opening: DC Climate Photo Contest
Lobby Project (1200 1st St. NE)
6-8 p.m.

The Lobby Project opens an exhibition of art from the winners of the D.C. Climate Photo Contest.


Mead & Greet
Bayou Bakery, Coffee Bar & Eatery (901 Pennsylvania Ave. SE)
6-8 p.m.

Chef David Guas has a happy hour with mead-based cocktails at reduced prices.

Twins at Nationals
Nationals Park (1500 South Capitol St. SE)
6:05 p.m.

The District’s Major League Baseball team unofficially kicks off the 2016 season at Nationals Park with an exhibition game against the Minnesota Twins.

The Sublime Stand-Up Comedy Series
Hill Center (921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE)
7:30-10 p.m.

D.C. comedian Allan Sidley brings in a cast of comics for a night of stand-up comedy. Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door.


3rd Annual Spring Kick-off for Southwest Community Gardens
Southwest Community Gardens (1098 Delaware Ave. SW)
11 a.m.-3 p.m.

The Southwest Community Gardens resume operations for the season.


Story Time at the National Postal Museum
National Postal Museum (2 Massachusetts Ave. NE)
10:30-11 a.m.

The Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum invites adults and young children to discover the world around them together at Story Time.

RFK Campus Redevelopment Study Citywide Meeting
Walter E. Washington Convention Center (801 Mount Vernon Place NW)
6:30-8:30 p.m.

Events DC unveils plans for the redevelopment of the RFK Stadium campus.


Southwest Community Gardens to Kick Off Spring Season This Weekend

Photo via Facebook : SW Community Garden

The Southwest Community Gardens are set to kick off its spring season this weekend.

Local gardeners will be able to celebrate the beginning of the season at the garden (1098 Delaware Ave. SW) on Saturday, according to a Facebook event listing.

Between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., attendees can visit the gardens to participate in yoga, planting activities and demonstrations.

More information from the Facebook listing:

The SW Community Garden opened on July 31st, 2013 with the help of Fiskars, The Home Depot, and DC Department of Parks and Recreation. The garden is the culmination of a year long effort by a group of green-thumbed SW residents that found a common interest, and worked to bring it to fruition.

The garden initially consisted of 34 raised beds: 2 that are wheelchair accessible, 4 that are specifically reserved for residents of the 4 surrounding public housing complexes, and 10 that are worked communally. In 2014, the garden won a DC Love Your Block grant and added 3 additional plots in October 2014, bringing the total number of plots to 37.

The communal section grows food for not only its volunteers but for the neighborhood as well. Anyone is welcome to help out in this section during our work days.

The goal of the garden is to create a space where residents can interact with one another and nature, while also serving as an educational tool that provides local, fresh food to the neighborhood.

Come out and participate in our 3rd annual spring kick-off!

Here’s the schedule for the day:

11-11:30 a.m.: Stretching, warm-up led by M Street Yoga.

11:30-11:45 a.m.: Biosolids demo by DC Water.

11:45am-1:30 p.m.: Planting! Vegetable beds + expanding the pollinator garden

1:30- 2 p.m.: Lunch / Healthy food + bike blender demo

2 – 3 p.m.: Finish planting, clean-up

Photo via Facebook / Southwest Community Gardens



Hill Pet of the Week: Whisky

Metro Mutts

Whisky is the Hill Pet of the Week. He’s an 18-month-old cat, who can be adopted. Here’s his bio shared by his foster parent, Jessie Hillenbrand:

Meet Whisky! Whisky is part of the new City Dogs Rescue cat program, City Kitties. City Kitties, like City Dogs, pulls abandoned animals from overwhelmed shelters throughout the many rural communities in the eastern part of the country.

Whisky recently made his way up from North Carolina. He is being fostered on Capitol Hill and loves his new (albeit temporary) digs. He enjoys cuddling, snuggling, being goofy and playing with his many crinkly toys. He’s 18 months old, but still has a whole lot of kitten in him. He’s super friendly, and loves to act as your “shadow.” He was recently introduced to Greenies and loves those too, especially when they are given to him while he’s lying on his back.

Whisky is a high-energy cat who is super friendly and just wants as much attention as he can get. (He obviously did not have much of it in his previous 17 months of life.) He will do well as the only cat, with other kitty friends, or even in a home with dogs. He’s very outgoing and will always be the life of the party.

To adopt Whisky, email Hillenbrand.

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.

Photos courtesy of Jessie Hillenbrand


Now Closed: DCBFit Gym Near Navy Yard Metro

DCBFit, photo via Eat DC

A Navy Yard gym centered on boxing fitness and boot camp workouts has closed.

DCBFit (1000 New Jersey Ave. SE) closed its doors on Feb. 13, according to a notice posted to its website. “DCBFIT is Officially CLOSED As of February 13, 2016,” the notice reads.

Prior to closing, the gym received relatively mixed reviews on Yelp.

Photo and tip courtesy of Eat DC


Morning Rundown

U.S. Capitol grounds flower (Photo via Twitter/Visitthecapitol)

Man Suspected of Flashing Gun at Capitol Police Charged — Larry Russell Dawson, a 66-year-old minister from Tennessee, has been charged with assault with a deadly weapon and assault on a police officer while armed after U.S. Capitol Police said he pointed a gun at officers in the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center. He was wounded by police, who shot him. [Washington Post]

Del. Norton Had ‘Outrage’ After Congressman’s Recession Remarks — Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton said she reacted with “outrage” after Rep. Rod Blum (R-Iowa) tweeted a photo of The Wharf construction in Southwest, saying D.C. is “being built on the backs of US taxpayers” and “needs a recession.” [Roll Call]

Iowa Congressman Also Irritated H Street Corridor Bar Owner — Tony Tomelden, the owner of the Pug on H Street NE, is planning to raise money for Cedar Rapids City Council member Monica Vernon, who is trying to secure the Democratic nomination for Blum’s seat. [Washington Post]

Single-Purpose Buildings Aren’t in Plans for New RFK — Redevelopment plans for the RFK Stadium campus do not include single-use buildings, Events DC president and CEO Greg O’Dell said. [WTOP]


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