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Our latest cover story takes a look at the people funding D.C.’s restaurant boom: the investors.


  • Winter is over and the city is no longer required to provide emergency shelter for the homeless. What’s happening to these people now? [Housing Complex]
  • There will not be a designated bus lane on 16th Street NW until 2016 at the earliest. [WAMU]
  • Rock Creek Parkway reopened at about 8 a.m. after a car crashed into the creek early Thursday morning, closing a portion of the road. [News4]
  • A girl who was shot while playing in a playground by a still unknown mans asked her shooter, “Why did you do this to me?” [Washington Post]


Summer Entertainment Guide: It’s hot, it’s muggy, summer is near—-and that means the 2014 Summer Entertainment Guide has arrived. Pick it up or read it online to discover all the music, theater, sports, food, books, museum, and film happenings this summer in the District.

Dino’s Gold: The newly opened Dino’s Grotto in Shaw—-an offspring of the now-closed Dino in Cleveland Park—-has a big bar and seems like a fit for its new booming neighborhood.

Antique Document: Metro plans to entirely get rid of paper farecards.

LOOSE LIPS, by Will Sommer. (tips? wsommer@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Jeff Thompson-related charges won’t stop Kelvin Robinson from keeping his city job for now. [Post]
  • Vince Gray says politics wasn’t behind Supercan replacements. [WAMU, LLPost]
  • Vincent Orange heads to Vegas, makes friends with a near-naked American flag person, Uncle Sam, and a pirate. [LL]
  • Debate ensues after LGBT Gertrude Stein club doesn’t schedule a mayoral endorsement vote. [Blade]
  • As D.C. United land stalemate continues, city considers eminent domain. [WAMU]
  • Ex-mayoral longshot Ernest Johnson eyes the Ward 1 seat. [LL]
  • Grassroots lobbyists hit the Hill for statehood. [Post]
  • Ethel Kennedy gets a D.C. bridge named after her, isn’t that thrilled about it. [Post]
  • WJLA picks up the empty UDC president’s house. [WJLA]
  • Give Board of Elections the boot, says Blade columnist. [Blade]
  • Pop-ups on rowhouses: hate them, or love them? [WTOP]
  • Girl shot on a playground has a question for her shooter. [Post]
  • How one homeless family is doing after the District’s harsh winter. [Housing Complex]
  • Adios to paper Metro cards. [TimesWAMU]

HOUSING COMPLEX, by Aaron Wiener. (tips? awiener@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Don’t understand D.C.’s restaurant boom? Look to the investors. [Y&H]
  • A more sophisticated buy-versus-rent calculator. [The Upshot]
  • D.C. is the world’s 13th-biggest financial center, ahead of Toronto and Shanghai. [Post]
  • Paper Metro farecards are on the way out. [City Desk]
  • Gray administration plans to send D.C. United stadium plan to D.C. Council tomorrow. [Post]
  • Compared to urban poverty, gentrification is pretty rare. [CityLab]
  • More than 10 percent of D.C.-area homes on the market are listed for over $1 million. [WBJ]
  • Will H Street changes bring benefits or displacement? [WAMU]
  • Paris plans near-citywide 20 MPH speed limit. Would it fly in D.C.? [Streetsblog]
  • Craigslister seeks marriage as path to shiny new apartment. [HuffPost]
  • What will the Adams Morgan hotel look like? A hint from L.A. [UrbanTurf]
  • Today on the market: Washington Highlands condo—$69,990

ARTS LINKS, by Christina Cauterucci (tips? ccauterucci@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Music promoters are suing the Prince George’s County Council for $10 million over the Dance Hall Permit Law. [Examiner]
  • Listen to Bearshark‘s new release, Canyonlands. [D.C. Music Download]
  • Magneto destroys RFK Stadium in the new X-Men movie (and Fox paid $62,350 to film it). [Arts Desk]
  • There’s a three-screen “micro cinema” opening behind Union Market next month. [PoPville]
  • GEMS doesn’t want to “live in a vacuum until [they] finish an album.” So, another EP first? [D.C. Music Download]
  • Here’s what’s playing at AFI DOCS next month: films on Big Bird, LCD Soundsystem, and the world’s most pampered cat, Cherry Pop (above). [Arts Desk]
  • Some say “art,” some say “squiggly nonsense.” The neon “Anacostia” sign has been turned off, and new neon designs have been added to the building. [Death and Life of Historic Anacostia]
  • My DIY Axl Rose high school prom dress is vindicated at last. [ConcertHotels]

FOOD LINKS, by Jessica Sidman (tips? jsidman@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Want to understand D.C.’s restaurant boom? Meet the investors. [WCP]
  • Why restaurant food is so expensive, explained [Eater]
  • Five of D.C.’s best bars are serving cheap drinks this Thursday. [Post]
  • Restaurant Impossible host Robert Irvine planning restaurant in the Pentagon. [WBJ]
  • Eli’s Kosher Deli moving from Dupont to West End. [PoPville]
  • How to make Le Diplomate‘s burger Américain [Washingtonian]
  • Five things chef Mike Friedman has learned in The Red Hen‘s first year [Zagat]
  • 25 fancy lunch deals around town [Eater]
  • The best cheap eats in D.C. [DCist]