14 Jan 2020


Hill Buzz

Hello neighbors! Most people would agree that a high of 53 degrees is a little warm for winter, but hey! After hitting 70 this past weekend, 53 is feeling downright glacial. What’s going on?

A melted puddle like a little wound. Evocative capture by @emerritt4 via our hashtag #thehillishome

Chef Khepra held his last day at Hempburger on Saturday, January 11. He will be operating out of Tastemakers, an incubator kitchen in Brookland. No one makes raw juices as delicious as Khepra’s, and we wish him all the best in his new home. Washington City Paper

In news about brand-new fancy lobby bathrooms you can probably discreetly pee in, the Thompson Navy Yard is officially open and it sounds really, really amazing, with mid-century modern details and some extremely fancy-sounding appointments (Hospitality News). But the Thompson doesn’t sound nearly as amazing as the restaurant it houses, Maialino Mare (Washingtonian). My question is, shouldn’t the restaurant be called Maialino Fiume? Yes, I know it’s probably a seafood restaurant, but I just *had* to, ok?

JDLand has tidbits. That is all.

Ew. Apparently DC has dethroned Baltimore as the bedbug capital of the States, according to pest-control experts Orkin. We’ll be over here, scratching and freaking out. SEE? THE WASHINGTON POST DOES LOCAL NEWS. (Special hat-tip to 730DC for sharing that gem over in their newsletter. If you haven’t checked them out, you definitely should.)

You should also check out this small masterpiece of horror while we’re on the subject of bed bugs, by Jessica Goldstein. Washington Post Magazine, but from a while back.

Larry over at Capitol Hill Corner has your weekly rundown of meetings, including a changing-of-the-guard meeting over at ANC 6B.

Dear lord, apparently not even alleys are safe from the scourge of cars moving at a high rate of speed. The video is chilling, but it also leaves me with so many answers, like “How did this happen anyway?!” PLEASE BE SAFE OUT THERE. Patch

It’s hard to believe that it’s been five years since a deadly fire burned in the yellow line Metro tunnel. You’ve come a long way not killing your passengers since, Metro. WTOP

One-day engagements from promising, out-of-town or soon-to-open establishments is the ultimate FOMO-engendering activity: You can Instagram your way into the deep-seated envy of your friends’ hearts and try something that will either dazzle and amuse you, or just scarf something kind of disappointing but hey…. you did it for the ‘gram! Dio Wine Bar will be hosting a pop-up that sounds like it’ll fit right into the “dazzle and amuse” category when it hosts Bar Clavel for one day, January 23. Mark it on the calendar! Eater

Seems like Indian food is having its moment around our area. Butter Chicken Company is opening a spot on H Street soon, at 500 H Street NE, in the former Red Boat Space. This restaurant is a sister of the Bombay Street Food restaurants, like the really good one on Barracks Row. Mm. Indian food. Eater

ICYMI: Jack Evans’ last day on the DC Council is this Friday. Sayonara, Jack. DCist

Feel-good parting Tweet for you: Sean Doolittle is not just an incredible closer, but he seems like the nicest, most down-to-earth guy ever. Oh, and he loves books!

I finally made it to @chbooksdc! The shop has such a cool vibe. It’s 3 stories are a maze of shelves and stacks of used books that are so much fun to explore. I love used book stores because it’s always an adventure and it feels so good to give old, used books a new home! pic.twitter.com/67CRj2yNBZ— Obi-Sean Kenobi Doolittle (@whatwouldDOOdo) January 13, 2020

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