25 Jan 2023


Hill Buzz

Dogs being dogs at Lincoln Park. Photo by @themadamemeow via our hashtag #thehillishome. Tag us to be featured!

It’s the middle of the week and we’re getting rain instead of snow. What’s good?

Let’s start with, well, not great news. A reader shared a NextDoor post from a local woman who was assaulted by 7 River Mart owner Su “Sam” Ko. In her original post, the woman mentions that she decided to speak out because she heard from at least one other victim and because she was concerned that Ko was working with Maury Elementary School. The Twitter post is here and you can see the sentence from DC superior court below.

It’s a tough thing to realize someone in the community — especially someone who is well- known and well-liked– has hurt someone. This is not a pleasant situation for anyone, but our heart goes out to the victim, who sat with her grief for over two years before bravely coming forth and sharing. Please also be mindful of Sam and respect his privacy and personhood at this time.

Last week’s March For Life happened, boasting large crowds and what appears to be a certain puzzlement from pro-life advocates as to why, as one of them said to the Washington Post, “the end of Roe hasn’t yet sparked the kind of cultural change she was hoping for. And since Dobbs, she said, she’s seen “more anger than openness.”” Hmm. Can’t imagine why. Anyway, it was good that more streets were closed this year, which significantly cut down on a lot of confusion and circling charter buses. However, a Walgreens worker with whom I spoke last week mentioned that the presence of so many young students inside Union Station was deeply chaotic.

In things you wish you’d made up but didn’t, two young carjacking suspects were apprehended inside a freezer outside one of the restaurants along the 300 block of Pennsylvania Avenue SE. They were arrested after a car chase that started in Northwest and ended in a crash in the 300 block of C Street SE, near both Brent Elementary and St. Peter’s School. Here is the arrest report from the Capitol Police.

A house linked to disgraced crypto bro Sam Bankman-Fried is now for sale. Washingtonian has the scoop. We’re surprised the MLS listing doesn’t have “sprawling views of the Heritage Foundation” as a fine selling point, but apparently the house was great for entertaining and offering vegan canapés, according to NBC news.

In news becoming all too common these days, a Lyft driver was carjacked. This time, however, the carjackers were a group of young men with AR-style rifles. WUSA-9

ANC commissioners want the DC government to sharpen their focus on equitable public transportation across the District, and for added support to the Office of Advisory Neighborhood Commissions, including the possibility of an actual stipend, the GW Hatchet reports. As of Monday, January 23, 109 commissioners had signed a letter in which they underscore these demands, which you can read here. Currently, ANCs are unpaid, volunteer positions and their only perquisite is a government-issued parking pass, a privilege that the commissioners allege is expensive to build and maintain.

We had to read the word “Afrofuturism” a few times until it finally sunk in that the creator of Bronze, a new restaurant experience in the 1200 block of H Street NE, is evoking an imaginary past as chronicled by the travels of fictitious probable-hottie Alonzo Bronze (who should be played by either Michael B. Jordan or Denzel Washington or both in a movie about this place). The menu looks seriously intriguing.

Both Yellow the Cafe and Philz Coffee are pulling out of Navy Yard for different reasons. Yellow made the announcement on their social media, citing that they were a pop-up store all along and promising they are actively looking for a site around Navy Yard. On the other hand, Philz has decided to withdraw from the DC area entirely (which seems like a bad business model, considering just how much coffee we consume around here). They announced their decision in a reply to Eat DC on Twitter. As a reader said on Twitter, perhaps Yellow can simply move to the now-former Philz space? Pretty please?

Bullfrog Bagels goes west, specifically expanding into Western Market, in March. The Hatchet has more.

Hollis Silverman and her three beautiful restaurants on the Hill were profiled on CBS Mornings a couple of days ago, and we’re so happy to see three new favorites getting some recognition.

Looks like Pacci’s is going to be opening the first week of February. I stopped by earlier this week and took a look inside. Great news: There are bathrooms upstairs now and a ginormous gold pizza oven ready to make dreams come true. Check out photos here.

Also coming to H Street NE is Baggies, according to a lone photo on PoPVille. Additional searches online yield very little information (only here and here). Will it be a chiropractor office? Will it be a massage parlor? Will it be a place where things come in baggies? Only time will tell.

The Thompson Washington DC has a very pink sweet for Valentine’s Day and WUSA-9 had an anchor using the words, “It’s giving Barbie” and well…. it’s giving “incorrect age demographic” or something like that. But not gonna lie, I would love to spend a night at this suite. WUSA-9

If you’ve felt like your life was missing an upscale miniature golf joint with fancy cocktails, suffer no more: Swingers is coming to Navy Yard. Washington Business Journal

Restaurant Week has been extended at several places around town and Joselito Casa de Comidas and Jackie are among them. NBC-4

Finally, is DC dirty? We sure do complain about it, and the rats– but guess what? We’re only the 109th dirtiest city in America, according to LawnStarter, provider of lawns and listicles. You can scan the results here or see our Tweet about it here.

Hey, has DDOT picked up your leaves? Vote in our thoroughly unscientific poll (which gets more scientific with more votes) here.

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