01 Oct 2019


Hill Buzz

Hey, Capitol Hill: It’s October First (Rabbit, Rabbit!), but later today and tomorrow will find us sweating it up in the 90s because apparently global warming is not a thing.

Get yourself a fan and a bucket of ice cubes and let’s catch up, shall we?

A beautiful perspective from Union Station by friend of the blog @jabnar on Instagram. Tag your pinch-me-I-live-here moments #thehillishome.

First off, the sad news that Trickling Springs Creamery was shutting down hit our collective eyeballs on Thursday, courtesy of our friend Barred in DC on Twitter. At first, it was obscure– just a short article in the Waynesboro, PA, Record-Herald saying that the creamery was ceasing operations effective that Friday. The stores will remain open until the inventory runs out, so heads-up.

The following day, Washingtonian’s Anna Spiegel had more information and a dark tale of something far from the Mennonite values that seemed to strengthen the operation emerged. Failure to provide financial statements to investors. Fraud. Dairy dreams, dashed. For the nerds who love reading legal stuff, here’s a link to a Show Cause order from November 2018. It’s a doozy. (H/t to friend and THIH contributor Liz Festa.)

You may have noticed that the portico at 600 Pennsylvania Avenue SE is now boarded up with plywood. This rather rough-looking strategy is meant to keep out the homeless people who have taken to camping out under the structure. While the frustration is understandable, the approach seems a bit excessive. Hopefully no one decides to do this to Union Station, another portico where our neighbors without a permanent home camp out on a regular basis. Capitol Hill Corner

Hey! The Michelin Bib Gourmand guide is out and there are plenty of sites around the Hill and environs on it. Joselito, Fancy Radish, Ambar, Chloe, Maketto and Bidwell (okay– all the names on the list) honestly deserve more than a Bib Gourmand. Can’t wait to see the Michelin Star Guide out later today!

There was a gun fight aboard a Metro train early in the morning last week and a gun was retrieved at Stadium-Armory metro. An update to this story would be nice. WUSA-9

It’s true: Everyone wishes The Eastern were in their neighborhood. Lucky us. Washington Post

A huge congratulations to St. Peter’s School on earning a 2019 National Blue Ribbon recognition! This is St. Peter’s second Blue Ribbon recognition– the first one was earned back in 2013. The National Blue Ribbon Schools program recognizes outstanding public and private schools every year. The Catholic Standard

There was a shooting in the 1200 block of I Street SE and PoPville has information.

The Blue Castle will become the Capital Turnaround, a space for events and concerts that has been acquired by National Community Church (NCC). It will be nice to see how the new space evolves! JDLand has the details.

Caruso’s Grocery is coming to The Roost in Hill East. It promises to be a traditional and nostalgic “red sauce joint” with a full-on homage to the partners’ roots, starting with the name. Caruso’s was the name of a market that partner Michael Babin’s grandma used to run in Louisiana. Just don’t expect there to be an actual grocery so you can recreate the magic at home (I asked). Eater has more details.

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