We know D.C. Get our free newsletter to stay in the know.

A morning roundup of news, opinion, and links from Washington City Paper and around the District. Send tips and ideas to citydesk@washingtoncitypaper.com.

Sign up: To get District Line Daily—or any of our other email newsletters—sent straight to your mailbox, click here.

Busboys and Poets owner Andy Shallal signed a letter of intent to open a restaurant in a former furniture store on Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SE in Anacostia. The building would have a restaurant on the first floor that would be combined with a culinary training program.


  • Between 1.5 million and 1.6 million attended the National Cherry Blossom Festival in 2014, less than the more than 1.6 million that visited the festival last year. [Washington Business Journal]
  • Volunteers searching for missing 8-year-old Relisha Rudd found what appeared to be bones on Sunday, but investigators confirmed they are animal bones. [Post]
  • Marion Barry, who fears an HBO biopic on his life will portray him unfavorably, is now accusing some local reporters of exploiting his life story for profits. [Post]
  • A strip club and two other buildings collapsed on K and 5th streets NW Friday. [News4]


Tender’s Game: The most interesting man on Capitol Hill doesn’t work in the Capitol. He’s a longtime bartender in the neighborhood—-and has been about the only constant there over the last 50 years. Meet Rudi Appl in our latest cover story.

Cinco de Drinko: Here’s where to get discounted margaritas and food to celebrate Cinco de Mayo.

On the Radio: Lefty station WPFW now has new shows and the broadcast power of a commercial station, but is still plagued by some of the same old problems.

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

  • Marion Barry‘s feud with HBO over life movie continues. [PostTwitchy]
  • Ex-teacher writes book about District schools. [Post]
  • Post ed board wants a shakeup on elections board. [Post]
  • Barry gets a shout-out in White House Correspondents Dinner gag. [WSJ]
  • Love nightclub sells for $5.1 million. [Times]
  • Strip club collapses Friday afternoon. [Times, Post]
  • District student test scores linked to attendance. [Post]
  • More details revealed about mystery Congress Heights development. [Housing Complex]
  • Pothole “pandemic” plagues District drivers. [Post]
  • D.C. area B&Bs close under economic pressures. [Post]

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

  • Strip club and adjacent K Street NW buildings collapse. [NBC4]
  • Six teams shortlisted for 11th Street Bridge Park project. [ElevationDC]
  • Andy Shallal signs a letter of intent for an Anacostia Busboys and Poets. [Post]
  • McMillan zoning hearing brings out an even mix of supporters and opponents. [DCist]
  • The former head of the feds’ public buildings weighs in on the government’s real estate problem. [Post]
  • Last week’s rain dumped around 125 million gallons of sewage into the Anacostia River. [WJLA]
  • A few of the amenities at the new Marriott Marquis. [Post]
  • The public library’s role as a “therapeutic place.” [Next City]
  • Today on the market: 2BR condo in century-old 16th Street NW building—$659,500

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

  • Redline Graffiti deconstructs the production and process behind its latest EP, The Drill. [D.C. Music Download]
  • Who’s Fidel Castro‘s biggest fan? That’d be Ian Svenonius. [A.V. Club]
  • Prominent ex-National Gallery of Art curator Nan Rosenthal died recently. [Post]
  • President Obama made some funnies at that party everyone was talking about this weekend. [NPR]
  • How a proposed Eisenhower Memorial died a slow death [Washingtonian]
  • At DAR Constitution Hall, Ledisi dropped some wisdom on self-love on her fans. [Post]

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

  • What you’ll pay for Cinco de Mayo margaritas this year [Eater]
  • A peek inside Brookland’s Finest, coming soon [PoPville]
  • Ballston BID announces Restaurant Challenge semifinalists. [Washingtonian]
  • Busboys and Poets signs letter of intent to come to Anacostia. [Post]
  • Degrees at the Ritz-Carlton now has yoga brunch. [Zagat]
  • 18 new ways to use Old Bay [BuzzFeed]