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Tastes of the North Cap Corridor
North Capitol Main Street hosted its second annual Taste of North Cap in the lobby of the NPR headquarters. The event featured the neighborhood’s best grub and cocktails as well as products from local businesses and distilleries.

Roughly defined as the commerce corridor that stretches through Bloomingdale, Eckington and Truxton Circle, North Cap has started to define itself as a center of life that straddles the quadrant line. The area’s unique layout brings diversity to the food and the ambiance of local establishments.

This year’s event showcased food from old favorites such as El Camino, Pub and the People, DCity Smokehouse and Big Bear Cafe. Sunset Wine and Spirits, Yang Market, Jam Doung Jamaican Eatery, Uncle Chips and Sweeter Hue also joined this year’s mix. First-timers at the event were newly opened Spark and Tyber Creek, which opened last year. The event included live music from Dupont Brass and sounds from DJ Keyoteygrey as well as dancing, raffles and other surprises throughout the evening.

The event is also a time to celebrate the stakeholders in the community. Donald Taylor II Funeral Home received the Key to the Corridor award, presented by North Capitol Main Street. The long-standing business has been in the corridor for 30 years.

“I was happy to join residents, business owners and guests at another successful Taste of North Capitol,” said Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie. “As Ward 5 councilmember, I am proud of my work to support the small businesses along the corridor and the North Capitol Main Street organization. As someone who lives on North Capitol Street, it is exciting to have so many great restaurants and shops right in the neighborhood!”

Red Hen, Which Hen?
It’s never a dull day in Trump’s DC, where you can become a target of rage just by coincidence.

The team at Red Hen in Bloomingdale is learning that lesson the hard way after another, completely different restaurant sharing the name sparked controversy when the owner asked White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders to leave the establishment.

“I was told by the owner of Red Hen in Lexington, Va., to leave because I work for @POTUS and I politely left. Her actions say far more about her than about me. I always do my best to treat people, including those I disagree with, respectfully and will continue to do so,” Sanders tweeted.

The owner of Red Hen in Lexington confirms her account (and doubled-down, saying she would make the same choice again if given the chance).

The President also weighed in on Twitter, “The Red Hen Restaurant should focus more on cleaning its filthy canopies, doors and windows (badly needs a paint job) rather than refusing to serve a fine person like Sarah Huckabee Sanders. I always had a rule, if a restaurant is dirty on the outside, it is dirty on the inside!”

While it is assumed that the President is referencing the Red Hen in Lexington, others have taken out their anger on the other Red Hen, the one in Bloomingdale that has nothing to do with the story. THAT Red Hen has had to respond publicly to the situation as bad Yelp reviews and other social media threats start piling up. “Businesses in DC are prohibited from discriminating against people for political affiliation because we are a federal district. We have patrons from both sides of the aisle.”

The team says the restaurant hasn’t taken a hit to the month-out reservations, and patrons are extremely supportive. However, they are taking all threats seriously.

Mount Baptist at 100
This year marks Mount Pleasant Baptist Church’s 100-year anniversary, and the congregation is celebrating with a series of events throughout the year as a reminder of how much the church has grown and how much they have to celebrate. They have come a long way since the day when their founding members totaled only five.

In 1916, Rev. Robert Anderson started a small mission on the corner of 11th and V streets NW. Membership increased greatly and in 1918 Mount Pleasant Baptist Church was established in a larger location at 1106 W St. NW, but the building suffered severely in a 1925 fire. After years of raising the necessary funds, in 1952 the members marched down the street and claimed their new space at 215 Rhode Island Ave. NW, where they have been thriving ever since.

The anniversary was marked with three days of celebrations filled with prayers and songs, which culminated in a 100th Church Anniversary Gala Banquet at Camelot by Martin’s.


Taylor Barden Golden is a real estate agent with The Stokes Group at McEnearney Associates Inc. A former Hill staffer, Taylor lives in Brentwood with her husband, two dogs and a cat. She’s always on the lookout for new places to explore and ways to spend time outside. Get in touch: taylor@midcitydcnews.com; @rtaylorb.

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