Mayor Muriel Bowser, Department of Public Works Director Christopher Shorter and Department of Health Director LaQuandra Nesbitt will meet with Barracks Row business owners on Thursday to discuss launching a pilot rat abatement program in the area, the city announced today in a press release.
The meeting will be held in conjunction with Bowser’s District-wide spring cleaning campaign. Other efforts in that campaign include tree planting, waste disposal and a campaign to repair or renovate 64 alleys throughout the District.
Barracks Row has long had a problem with rodents. At least three Barracks Row restaurants — including Capitol Hill Tandoor & Grill, Pizza Boli’s and Banana Cafe — were temporarily closed due to pest problems last year.
Person Shot by Off-Duty Maryland Officer at Union Station Dies — Rashad Bugg-Bey, a 25-year-old stabbing suspect who was shot by an off-duty Maryland police officer at Union Station on Nov. 14 has died. The cause of death has not been determined. [WTOP]
Barracks Row Residents (Still) Facing Rat Problems Due to Growth of Restaurants — Residents on Barracks Row say rat populations have exploded in recent years as more bars and restaurants open in the area. [Fox5]
Dunkin Donuts Opens in Union Station Food Court — The Dunkin Donuts location at Union Station has opened. [PoPville]
The eatery at 305 Pennsylvania Ave. SE was closed by the Health Department for failing to minimize the presence of insects, rodents and other pests on the premises, according to an online notice from the Health Department. Officials from the Health Department did not respond to requests for more specific information about the cause of the closure.
We, The Pizza reopened at 2 p.m. today after taking care of the pest problem. A representative from We, The Pizza could not be reached to give further details about the closure.
Photo via Facebook/ We, The Pizza
Neighbors Complain of Rats at Capitol Hill Starbucks — The Starbucks at 3rd Street SE and Pennsylvania Avenue SE hit a road block in its effort to secure a liquor license to sell beer and wine when neighbors complained about poor trash management and rats. [Capitol Hill Corner]
Friends and Neighbors Struggle to Make Sense of Capitol Hill Murder-Suicide — Friend, neighbors and coworkers of Desiree Cooper and John Robinson, who died when Robinson shot Cooper and then himself at a home on the 200 block of Tennessee Avenue NE, are still trying to come to terms with the shocking murder-suicide. [Hill Rag]
Rose’s Luxury to Offer Reservations, With Some Conditions — Popular and notoriously long-lined Barracks Row restaurant Rose’s Luxury will start offering some reservations for groups of 6-8 diners who agree to a $55 per-person tasting menu. [DCist]
Escape Room H Street NE — “Essentially, the premise is, a team of up to 10 individuals are locked in a room with clues, puzzles and riddles and they have an hour to find the key to ‘escape.’ The concept is the latest craze in entertainment and a lot of corporations are now using them as team-building exercises.” This isn’t the first escape room concept to the area; Hill Now reported on a similar establishment on Barracks Row back in March. [Washington Business Journal]
Budget Limits Bridge Park Funding — Deep in the City Council’s rollout of its 2016 fiscal budget is a stipulation that would require any iteration of a park along the now-demolished 11th Street bridge to be funded by at least 50 percent private money. [JD Land]
Rats — Department of Public Works and the Department of Health’s Rodent and Vector Control Division will host a live online chat “to discuss how residents can control the District’s rodent population.” [DCist]
Virginia Ave. Tunnel Process Will Continue — Judge Christopher Cooper has denied an appeal by the Committee of 100 on the Federal City of a previous decision by the judge that will allow CSX Corporation to continue the construction on the Virginia Avenue Tunnel. C100 has filed a separate lawsuit to stop the construction. [JD Land]