Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Out of the Basement: Film Screening and After Party

I've seen each of these DC made, DC inspired short films and they are excellent! Out of the Basement and Into the Lime Light follow two DC boxers as they train and emerge from the local scene in search of success in the greater boxing world. Proceeds from the screening will benefit the programs at the Lime Light Boxing and Fitness, the Columbia Heights gym each boxer trained at. The screening will be at Gala Theater, 3333 14th St NW, tomorrow (Nov 20) at 7:30 PM. $10.

From the organizers:

"Join us for a screening of Out of the Basement and Into the Lime Lite, documentary shorts about two DC fighters from a Lime Lite Boxing and Fitness. Tickets are $10 and all proceeds will benefit Lime Lite, a very amazing gym and youth program in the heart of Columbia Heights. Afterwards there will be an after party with Anthology of Booty DJs and food generously donated by the Coupe. 

Into the Lime Lite follows two-time USA Boxing Champion Malik Jackson as he prepares for a tough match in the Belfast Beltway Classic. Out of the Basement follows Greg Newby, as he embarks on a pro-boxing career after a fall from grace. Both train at Lime Lite, a Columbia Heights boxing gym. The films feature music from local musicians including Brendan Canty (Fugazi, Death Fix), The Evens, and Buildings. 

All proceeds will benefit Lime Lite Boxing & Fitness. Lime Lite Boxing & Fitness is dedicated to helping DC's youth mature in a structured environment to keep them safe and physically and mentally fit. 

Doors will open at 7:30 p.m. | Films will screen at 8 p.m. | All ages."

Monday, November 17, 2014

New Restaurant for Long Vacant Cafe Toulouse Space

Before Cafe Toulouse was Cafe Toulouse, it was Cafe Lautrec. And then a few other iterations in between. However, it's been closed for the last eight(?) years. Only the colorful approximation of Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec's poster painting of Aristide Bruant on the building front has kept it from looking like any other abandoned property.

This weekend, work began to convert the old bar/club into a new restaurant by the owners of nearby Sakuramen. Apparently the owners of Sakuramen would rather paint over the mural, which seems like a terribly shortsighted idea. Luckily, it looks as if the artwork will remain for now. And I'm stoked on Sakuramen's food, so I trust whatever the owners have up their culinary sleeves. I'll provide updates as they come.

The new restaurant will be located at 2431 18th Street NW.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Coming Soon: Chickpeas and Desserts

Native Foods at 701 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Today is the opening day for Native Foods in Penn Quarter. This is the second east coast restaurant for the all vegan, fast casual food chain. The other east coast location is near Dupont Circle. Native Foods Penn Quarter is at 701 Pennsylvania Ave NW, adjacent to the Navy Memorial.

Rare Sweets at 963 Palmer Alley NW
RareSweets is a dessert bakery setting up shop in the City Center development downtown. The Union Kitchen member is looking to open its first stand-alone store before the end of 2014. The address will be 963 Palmer Alley NW, between 9th and 10th Sts NW; near the Kate Spade store. They'll have limited seating.

2Armadillos at 3239 14th St NW
Chickpea snack maker 2Armadillos (also affiliated with Union Kitchen) appears to be establishing a presence in Columbia Heights. What kind of presence? Unknown at this point. Their products are available in retailers across the Washington area, but it's unclear if this space --3239 14th St NW, in the Park Triangle Building-- will serve as a retail space, kitchen, or both. Bonus: all of their products are vegan. Very cool. This space was last occupied by Julia's Empanadas, which I loved.