Shaw Streets

July 2018

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Butterfly dancers led the Shaw Main Streets contingent at the Capital Pride Parade. Photo: Pleasant Mann

Shaw Joins Capital Pride Parade
After Shaw won the designation as Best Gayborhood for the second year in a row, Shaw Main Streets decided that the community should be represented in this year’s Gay Pride Parade. The Shaw parade contingent, which marched on Saturday afternoon, June 9, consisted of the Shaw Main Streets Clean Team truck, appropriately decorated for the occasion with the theme #loveshaw, flanked by volunteers from Shaw Main Streets and its Clean Team. Up front were a pair of butterfly dancers and a banner declaring Shaw as Best Gayborhood, which marched past thousands of spectators along the Capital Pride Parade route.

Espita Mezcaleria’s Megan Barnes and Josh Phillips accepted the RAMMY award for Best Cocktail Program. Photo: Pleasant Mann

Shaw Restaurants Win at RAMMY Awards
A number of Shaw establishments left with big awards at this year’s RAMMY gala on Sunday evening, June 10, at the Washington Convention Center. The annual RAMMY awards are presented by the Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington to recognize culinary and managerial excellence among its members.

The theme this year was the intersection between interior design and the food industry. An unofficial theme of this year’s gala was opposition to Initiative No. 77, a referendum intended to change the rules for restaurant tipping in the District. Mayor Muriel Bowser was part of the event’s program, remarking on how important the restaurant industry is to the District economy.

Among the Shaw RAMMYs was Espita Mezcaleria, which won for Best Cocktail Program of the Year, with beverage director Megan Barnes and owner Josh Phillips accepting the award. Right Proper Brewing Company got the award for Regional Food and Beverage Producer. Tiffany MacIsaac won the hotly contested designation of Pastry Chef of the Year. Shaw also got another RAMMY when Andrea Tateosian won the award for Employee of the Year for her work at a previous job. She is currently the general manager at The Passenger on Seventh Street.

Shaw Open House crowd at Grand Cata. Photo: Alexander Padro

Shaw Main Streets Holds Open House
On Saturday afternoon, June 16, Shaw Main Streets held its twice-yearly open house, introducing neighborhood businesses to the wider community. This open house, which focused on businesses south of Rhode Island Avenue, had a crowd estimated at 500 people checking out 20 Shaw businesses. Participants could use either a paper passport or an online app called Traipse to mark their travels through the neighborhood. A Shaw Public Art Scavenger Hunt was also part of the day’s activities, where participants who successfully identified local landmarks received a set of Shaw magnets and were entered in a drawing for big prizes at the end of the day.

About 175 people made it to the close-out party at the top of the City Market at O luxury apartment building at 880 P St. NW. After consuming snacks and drinks provided by Maker’s Mark bourbon and Sipsmith gin, a raffle featuring Shaw gift certificates and merchandise was held for those completing either the Passport Tour or the Shaw Public Art Scavenger Hunt during the open house. The next Shaw Open House, spotlighting businesses north of Rhode Island Avenue, is scheduled for October.

Union Kitchen Grocery Expanding in Shaw
Union Kitchen Grocery, which anchors the corner of the convention center at Ninth and N Streets NW, has announced that it will open another location in Shaw. The new site, the grocery’s third, will be at 1924 Eighth St. NW, the space previously occupied by Glen’s Garden Market. The store plans to open at its new location by early fall, offering its well-known mix of fast dining and boutique grocery items.

San Lorenzo Opens
The much-anticipated San Lorenzo Ristorante+Bar opened on the night of June 25 at 1316 Ninth St. NW. Helmed by Massimo Fabbri, previously the chef at the power spot Tosca, San Lorenzo offers a menu deeply grounded in Tuscany, crafting modern takes on traditional dishes such as ribolita and steak Florentine. The Tuscan theme is enhanced by the decor, the work of designers at SwatchRoom in Shaw.

Hearing on Shaw Property Dispositions
Progress was made on two major development sites in Shaw when the DC Council held a hearing on their disposition. On June 27, a joint hearing of the Business and Economic Development Committee, along with the Committee for Transportation and the Environment, heard testimony from public and government witnesses to allow private developers to proceed with plans for two DC-owned sites in Shaw. One site, at Eighth and O streets NW, is a parking lot that Roadside Development wants to put condos and retail on. A group led by Ditto Development will build an apartment building along with commercial space at the other site, Parcel 42, a long-vacant lot at the northeast corner of Seventh and R streets NW. The hearings will allow the DC Council to move forward with these dispositions in the fall.