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A regular summary of irregular news and notes from neighborhood blogs and email lists around the District.
The Adams Morgan Bogeyman: It didn’t look like an easy road for the redevelopment of the old post office building at 14th and T streets NW to be turned into a restaurant—with a proposed outdoor patio, no less. But the over-the-top rhetoric about neighborhood destruction has begun sooner rather than later. A flyer on the structure proclaims, “URGENT! A New York investor plans to turn the Old Post Office building on T Street into a destination, special events venue under the guise of a “restaurant”! DO NOT BE FOOLED!” 14th & You wryly notes, “That’s right! The four block stretch along 18th Street notorious for its late night bars, nightclubs and restaurants has packed up shop and relocated south, to a commercial space near the corner of 14th and T streets. Adams-Morgan will henceforth be known as the Post Office Bistro, and will be reborn as a casual restaurant serving an extensive weekend brunch with a patio and summer garden. The neighborhood/restaurant will also be owned by someone with ties to New York, which unfortunately does not coincide with the arrival of a decent bagel shop”; also noteworthy is that the flyer “was put together by Elwyn Ferris, partner of ANC2B commissioner Ramon Estrada, and another neighborhood resident.” The extreme language inspired a lengthy comment thread on Prince of Petworth, and it’s likely that the flyer’s appearance on the Internet turned out significantly more supporters for the proposed restaurant at last night’s ANC 2B meeting.
One-Stop Shopping for Prescriptions and Vermin: Brookland Avenue confirms a Twitter report that the CVS on 12th Street NE has been shut down due to health concerns; the D.C. Department of Health apparently found it to be operating “with gross unsanitary occurrence or condition” including “heavy infestation of vermin” and failing “to minimize the presence of insects, rodents, and other pests.” Commenters, appropriately, find this disgusting. Writes one, “I find this CVS horrible in the customer service realm, and the manager is consistently rude to both his staff and customers, so I’m not surprised at all. My household fills its pharmacy needs at the stores near our work. The best thing possible for this CVS is for a Walgreens to open up at the RI Ave development.”
Out of Our Pond, And Take Your Burgers With You: In a People’s District interview, celebrity chef Spike Mendelsohn made the mistake of uttering the following: “With time, I have really come to love this city. New York is over saturated with too many concepts. You may be popular for two weeks, and then there is a new trend. Here, I opened one restaurant, Good Stuff, that developed my entire career. It is nice to be in a second-tier city where you can be a big fish in a small pond.” The Hill is Home, based in Capitol Hill near the aforementioned Good Stuff Eatery, took substantial offense to the “big fish” business, writing in a post titled “Get Over Yourself, Mr. Mendelsohn” that “Your burgers aren’t that good and your fries are but nubbins. They’re fine, but Michael Landrum’s Hellburger blows your “Good” stuff out of the water. The same goes for Frank Ruta’s burger at Palena. Ditto, BGR and even Five Guys and they’re (gasp!) CHAINS! The biggest issue I have with Good Stuff burgers is that they’re not cooked to order. I don’t enjoy well-done or even medium burgers, and if you’re going to consider yourself a big fish – more on that in a moment – you should be cooking your burgers to order like the actual big (burger) fish in town.” Commenters have gone on to discuss whether or not they prefer Spike’s burgers, in much less heated rhetoric.
Cleveland Park, ISO: “I’m getting ready to sell my house and find myself overwhelmed with all the stuff I have collected. I would like to hire someone who helps people organize/pack up their homes. Would be grateful for any recommendations,” writes one member of the Cleveland Park email list. They’re not alone in their plight; another member writes, “I have just become the keeper of generations of family photos, albums, letters, greeting cards, autograph albums, scrapbooks, school yearbooks, cookbooks, diaries, postcards and other miscellaneous printed and hand-written materials dating back as far as 1888. There are 17 cartons and it’s overwhelming. I am desperately searching for someone to help me with this process, figuring out what to keep, what to throw out and what to digitally archive.”