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MARCH 23, 2017




The #BlossomBus is back—hitting the streets to share in some cherry-blossom fun! This one-of-a-kind DC Circulator is our 40 foot PINK reminder that the National Mall route is the best way to get to the blossoms!

Now through April 16, enter the Spot the Bus photo contest for your chance to win great prizes! From blossom-bucks ($25 Visa® gift cards) and a $100 SmarTrip® to limited edition #BlossomBus t-shirts, there's a little something for visitors and locals.

How to Enter:

Snap a photo of the #BlossomBus and share it on your preferred social media network with the hashtag #BlossomBus. Every week, a randomly selected winner will be announced on the DC Circulator’s social accounts.

Connect with them and other DC Circulator riders on FacebookTwitter and Instagram!


Welcome Spring with a jog or stroll (1 mile or 5k fun run/walk) through the beautiful streets of Capitol Hill! This fundraising event is sponsored by Howl To The Chief and Summit To Soul and is open to all fitness levels. 100% of the proceeds go to benefit the "underdogs" of Rural Dog Rescue. 

Bring your dog! Dress you and your pooch in your best bunny ears or spring costume! All dogs receive a treat bag to enjoy after the race! Refreshments and light snacks provided afterwards. Check in starts at 9am. Please note this is a fun run only and not a timed event.

Click here for more information and to register!


Article via Washingtonian

Bayou Bakery, Coffee Bar & Eatery will close its Capitol Hill location after two years, and Rose’s Luxury and Pineapple and Pearls chef and owner Aaron Silverman has signed a letter of intent to assume its lease.

Bayou Bakery opened in the historical carriage house near Eastern Market in May of 2015, serving New Orleans cafe fare from breakfast through the early evening. “Without having a full-service dinner restaurant, which is not the brand of Bayou Bakery, the concept is not suited for this space,” owner David Guas says in a written statement. Although the location does not yet have a closing date, it will likely be sometime within the next month or two. The Arlington outpost of Bayou Bakery will remain open.

Guas approached Silverman about taking over the converted carriage house, which was once used by the nearby naval hospital for horse-drawn ambulances. Silverman is still negotiating a lease  with the Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, which leases the property from the city of DC.

Assuming all goes as planned, Silverman says he will move the daytime cafe portion of his fine dining restaurant Pineapple and Pearls to the new location and expand it. (The Barracks Row restaurant would then focus exclusively on its tasting menu.)

“The biggest complaint we have is lack of seating,” Silverman says of his three-seat cafe. “So the idea would be just to do more and better.”

Silverman is light on details at this early stage, but the new restaurant would continue to serve sandwiches, pastries, and coffee. In the evenings, it would convert into a wine bar with small plates. The place does not yet have a name.

“It’s on the corner, it’s community-driven, and it’s a place that’s open all day and into the night,” Silverman envisions.

As for Guas, it’s clear this won’t be an easy goodbye. Bayou Bakery was the first restaurant in the building’s 150-year history, and Guas’s meticulous renovation included lots of little details nodding to the property’s storied past. This May, he and his architects will receive an award for the outstanding preservation of an historic property.

“The Capitol Hill neighborhood is a great community, and it felt very much like New Orleans to me in so many ways. I have a strong love affair with the building, one with outstanding character, amazing history, and a connection to my hometown, which made it even more desirable for me to open a second eatery here,” Guas says in his statement.

“In its next life, I hope the building will be loved just as strongly as I do.”


What: Advocacy Breakfast: Breakfast with Your Ward 6 Councilmember
Speaker: Councilmember Charles Allen
Date: Thursday, April 6 from 8:30-10:00am
Location: Mr. Henry's Upstairs - 601 Pennsylvania Ave. SE

Join CHAMPS for a breakfast discussion with Ward 6 Councilmember Charles Allen. CM Allen is interested in what you, our Capitol Hill business leaders, have to say to him. What are your successes and challenges to owning and operating a business in the District of Columbia? What are your business issues, questions, and concerns as it relates to working with DC agencies and legislation changes? Let's work together to find solutions. Join the discussion with your neighbor and Councilmember.  

To make certain your topic of interest is discussed, please email your questions or concerns at least one week prior to the breakfast.

Click here to register!


Attention, BID Board Members! This is a friendly reminder that the next quarterly board meeting will be held tomorrow (Friday, March 24th) at 8:30am at The Heritage Foundation (227 Pennsylvania Ave. SE).

Along with regular BID business, this is the meeting where we elect officers for the next year. Please RSVP to Patty Brosmer at or (202)842-3333 ext. 11.

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