Monthly Archives: October 2013

Meanwhile, It’s Business As Usual at PA Ave Starbucks

Business as Usual at Starbucks, 237 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE

Business as Usual at Starbucks, 237 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE.  Note the Trash and Garbage Area on the Left.

Starbuck's Trash and Garbage Storage Area, a Few Feet From Their Patio

Starbuck’s Trash and Garbage Storage Area, a Few Feet From Their Patio

Starbuck Garbage in an Open Container

Starbuck Garbage in an Open Container

Meanwhile, It’s Business as Usual at the PA Avenue Starbucks

by Larry Janezich

Business as usual apparently includes a casual attitude toward trash and garbage disposal now undergoing scrutiny on Barracks Row.  Starbuck’s evidently has not picked up on clues dropped by residents across the street who recently appeared before ANC6b’s ABC Committee to express their concern about rodent problems associated with restaurants in the 300 block of Pennsylvania Avenue, SE, the former Thai Roma apparently being the source of much of the problem.  To their credit, the Mendelsohn family – currently operating three of the restaurants on the block, including the recently opened Bearnaise in the space formerly occupied by Thai Roma, have gone the extra mile in installing new equipment and contracting with pest control businesses to address concerns of neighbors.  The extra measures were encouraged by ANC6b’s ABC Committee when the issue came before them last month when Bearnaise sought renewal of it’s liquor license, which the Committee made contingent upon signing of a Settlement Agreement with the neighbors.

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Barracks Row Starbucks Removes Sidewalk Café

Gone!

Gone!

Barracks Row Starbucks Removes Sidewalk Café

by Larry Janezich

Yesterday, Starbuck on Barracks Row removed the tables, umbrellas, and chairs which formerly occupied the space in front of the coffee shop.  When asked why, an employee said, “Oh, they took them away for the winter.”

A better bet is that the seating attracted a large contingent of semi-permanent non-customers – some waiting for the buses which stop in front of the shop and some just waiting.

The action comes in the wake of comments made to the ANC6b ABC Committee last August 29th by Matchbox Food Group vice president Fred Herrmann.  Herrmann cited several issues troubling Barracks Row restaurateurs and merchants, including “panhandling” in front of Starbucks and 7-11, the unsafe condition of the sidewalks – particularly the uneven surfaces presented by the one foot square pieces of slate which augment the herringbone brick sidewalks – and lastly, the conditions in the alley backing up to 7th Street between E and G Streets, SE.   See CHC’s report on the latter issue below.

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Barracks Row Neighbors Mobilize Against “Out of Control” Alley

The Seamier Side of the Barracks Row Restaurants Backing Up to 7th Street

The Seamier Side of the Barracks Row Restaurants Backing Up to 7th Street

7th Street Alley Between E and F Streets, SE, on October 2, 2013, looking South

7th Street Alley Between E and F Streets, SE, on October 2, 2013, Looking South

7th Street Alley Between E and F Streets, SE, October 2, Looking North

7th Street Alley Between E and F Streets, SE, October 2, 2013, Looking North

Barracks Row Neighbors Mobilize Against “Out of Control” Alley

ANC Commissioner Asked to Broker Meeting with Restaurateurs, City

by Larry Janezich

Barracks Row neighbors along 7th Street, backing up to the alley which services numerous popular Barracks Row restaurants between E and G Streets, including The Chesapeake Room, Ted’s Bulletin, Fusion Grill, Las Placitas, Matchbox, Ambar, Cava, and Lavagna, are asking ANC6B  Commissioner Phil Peisch to organize a meeting including restaurant owners, 7th Street neighbors, and city officials, to address the deplorable and unsanitary conditions of their common alley.

Both residents and restaurateurs are unhappy with the alley.  On August 29, Matchbox Food Group vice president Fred Herrmann told ANC6b’s ABC Committee during a liquor license renewal hearing, that much of the problem stems from the surfacing of the alley itself which collects stagnant water.  He cited problems with rats, grease and odors, saying “it stinks.”  Hermann said he had asked the DC Restaurant Association to intercede with the city to address the problem.

Nevertheless, two weeks after Herrmann’s appearance before the ANC Committee, an investigation by the city’s Environmental Crimes Unit prompted by a complaint regarding a grease spill in the alley resulted in a fine to Fusion Grill and a warning to every other restaurant in the block; all of them had grease containers not up to code and were an attractant to rodents.

The idea for a summit grew out of a suggestion from a city inspector who offered to make herself available on any of six days between October 21 and 31 to meet with all of the restaurant owners on the alley to review with them, as a group, what they need to do to comply with city code.  Neighbors subsequently appealed to ANC6b commissioner Phil Peisch to organize such a meeting, in hopes that a unified approach to the problems and a demonstration of cooperation from restaurants plus input from the Restaurant Association will spur the city to resurface the alley and resolve the drainage problems.

Contacted for his reaction yesterday, Peisch said, “I just heard about this idea a few hours ago, but I think it’s a great idea.  The alley behind the west side of the 500 block of 8th Street SE is out of control, and the restaurants that use that alley need to take ownership of the problem.  I think a meeting with the restaurants is a step in that direction.  In addition, DDOT needs to step-up and fix the condition of the alley.  The alley is not designed to withstand the large commercial vehicles that use it, and it is riddled with potholes.  The potholes create standing water – and also fill with grease and run-off from the dumpsters – which exacerbates the rodent problem.  I’ve been reaching out to DDOT since July about this issue and, although they’ve finally committed to repaving, they’ve provided no timetable for when that repaving may occur or any further detail about what they plan to do.”

Asked how he intended to proceed, Peisch said he was “not sure about logistics for setting up the meeting.”  He also said, the “timetable for getting this situation resolved is asap, but (realistically) I expect this to be a long-term effort to really get the meaningful changes that are necessary.”

Alley surfacing aside, there are other issues which need to be addressed – primarily by the restaurants.  The most critical problems, in addition to alley surface and draining according to one neighbor who has devoted considerable time and effort to identifying the main alley issues:

  • Food waste dumpsters are not being closed
  • Many restaurants do not have inside garbage storage (Krazy Burger and Rose’s Luxury do have inside garbage storage)
  • Restaurants do not all use compacting dumpsters

Below is a contact list for government agencies for complaints about specific outside rat, trash, and food safety issues which being circulated among 7th Street neighbors.

OUTSIDE RAT AND TRASH ISSUES

Mr. Gabriel Curtis, Supervisory Pest Controller for the Rodent Control Division, Department of Public Works, 202 724-8540 gabriel.curtis@dc.gov

USED GREASE ISSUES

Ms. Anita Chavis, Environmental Crimes Investigator, Department of Public Works,

202 576-9404, Office: 202 645-7190 anita.chavis@dc.gov

FOOD SAFETY (Trash, rats, grease, stagnant water, etc., that may be affecting the safety of the food inside an establishment)

Ms. Jacqueline Coleman Supervisory Sanitarian, Food Safety and Hygiene Inspection Services Division, Department of Health, 202 442-5928 jacqueline.coleman@dc.gov

Lenard Harrison, Supervisory Code Enforcement Inspector with the Department of  Health, 202 442-5864 Lenard.harrison@dc.gov

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Rose’s Luxury on Barracks Row Opens for Dinner at 5:30 Today – Photos & Menu

Dining Room, Rose's Luxury

Dining Room, Rose’s Luxury

As You Enter Rose's

As You Enter Rose’s

Rose's Upstairs Bar

Rose’s Upstairs Bar

The Roof Top Rear Deck and Herb Garden Will Offer Seating in the Near Future

The Roof Top Rear Deck and Herb Garden Will Offer Seating in the Near Future

Cocktail Menu

Cocktail Menu

Wine List

Wine List

 

The Menu

The Menu

Rose's Luxury, 717 8th Street, SE

Rose’s Luxury, 717 8th Street, SE

Rose’s Luxury on Barracks Row Opens for Dinner at 5:30 Today

by Larry Janezich

Rose’s Luxury, the family-style no-reservations restaurant named after chef Aaron Silverman’s grandmother will open today at 5:30pm.  According to their website at http://rosesluxury.com/ for every meal eaten at Rose’s the restaurant will donate .25 cents to WFP-USA to help feed a hungry child around the world.  Rose’s is located across from the Marine Barracks at 717 8th Street, SE.  It is open Monday – Thursday 5:30 – 10pm and Friday & Saturday 5:30 – 11pm

Food & drink available at the bar until 1am on Friday and Saturday.  Closed Sunday.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Lavagna To Donate 25% of This Thursday’s Sales To Children’s National Medical Center

Lavagna To Donate 25% of This Thursday’s Sales To Children’s National Medical Center

Barracks Row’s Lavagna Italian Restaurant is generously donating 25% of all sales to the hospital ahead of the Children’s National Medical Center 5k this weekend.  The hospital helps upwards of 360,000 children each year by providing world-class medical care and they never turn a family away for inability to pay.

Lavagna is located at 539 8th Street, SE.  View their menu here:  http://www.lavagnadc.com/

(Note that Lavagna’s serves gluten free pasta upon request)

CNMC 5K Timed Run/Walk

The inaugural 5K run/walk will begin and end at Freedom Plaza (Pennsylvania Avenue at 13th Street, NW). Known as “America’s Main Street,” Freedom Plaza joins the White House, the United States Capitol, and the National Mall. The course will offer gorgeous views of our nation’s capital. The site has been the center of the social and political life in Washington DC since it first opened in 1818. It is the ideal venue for families to gather to celebrate the legacy and ongoing mission of Children’s National, which has been serving the nation’s children since 1870.

Fees

Race                            Before July 1   Before Sept 19           Sept 19 – Oct 3

5K Run/Walk                   $25                        $30                             $45

100-Yard Kids’ Dash       $10                       $10                             $10

 *Please note, you MUST register in advance. Due to permitting regulations, on-site registration will not be available.

All registrations are non-refundable and non-transferable.

Race Premium

All participants will receive a race t-shirt at packet pick-up.

More info:  http://bit.ly/151yQw3

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