Lulabelle’s Sweet Shop reopens with new food menu, same great ice cream!

Lulabelle’s Sweet Shop reopens with new food menu, same great ice cream!

File under yay! and yum! Lulabelle’s Sweet Shop reopens after a month-long hiatus. Inside you’ll find some minor remodeling, but the real changes are to the breakfast and lunch menus.

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So what's the deal with Qualia Coffee? Staying, moving?

So what's the deal with Qualia Coffee? Staying, moving?

With my recent complaint article about Dunkin becoming a “grab & go” instead of a sit-down coffee shop, a number of readers asked about the status of Qualia Coffee. I spoke with owner Joel Finkelstein.

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Dunkin makes a bad choice, becomes a "grab & go" instead of sit-down coffee shop

Dunkin makes a bad choice, becomes a "grab & go" instead of sit-down coffee shop

The Dunkin Donuts at 850 Quincy St NW has changed it’s license to be a “grab & go” location, meaning they’ve eliminated the seating and closed the bathrooms. It’s a bad choice.

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What's next for Paul Ruppert and Upshur Street

What's next for Paul Ruppert and Upshur Street

Whether you call him the Mayor of Upshur Street, a restaurateur or a savvy businessman, Paul Ruppert has spent years developing retail and restaurants in Petworth, helping to kick off the revitalization of the neighborhood’s reputation and its culinary and literary appetites. With the recent closing of Slim’s Diner and a new owner for Upshur Street books, what’s next for Ruppert?

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A new restaurant and a clothing store to open on Upshur in the next few months

A new restaurant and a clothing store to open on Upshur in the next few months

As proof in the pudding that Upshur is doing fine comes the news that two new businesses are opening up in the next few months on the corridor. Both are the brainchild of Don Route, who grew up in the Petworth area.

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A night of events at Del Barrio's "Night of 1000 Frida Kahlos"

A night of events at Del Barrio's "Night of 1000 Frida Kahlos"

Taqueria del Barrio is sponsoring a celebration of artist Frida Kahlos with events starting at 4pm happy hour and a special photography class at 9pm on Friday, January 25th.

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Bringing the kitsch to Petworth, Wendy's on Georgia Avenue gets its own (parody) Instagram account

Bringing the kitsch to Petworth, Wendy's on Georgia Avenue gets its own (parody) Instagram account

If not for the love of the food, then likely for the love of the kitsch, Shoshana and Lauren love the Wendy's on Georgia Avenue in Petworth. The friends started a parody Instagram account, WendysonGeorgia, to share photos and information about the restaurant, and the account is starting to get noticed.

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As Petworth develops, some small businesses are losing their leases. DC needs a plan to help them stay.

As Petworth develops, some small businesses are losing their leases. DC needs a plan to help them stay.

Petworth property owners are cashing out, leaving local businesses stranded. But developers say the neighborhood’s economics can’t sustain retail.

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Slim’s Diner to close permanently on Sunday

Slim’s Diner to close permanently on Sunday

According to owner Paul Ruppert, Slim’s Diner will close on Sunday, January 13th. He’ll be looking at new ideas for the space. Challenges with revenue on a 45-seat diner and staffing issues led to the decision. 

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Del Barrio invites you to celebrate the holidays and donate to a great cause: kids!

Del Barrio invites you to celebrate the holidays and donate to a great cause: kids!

Taqueria del Barrio is sponsoring several holiday events this weekend, from cookie-making to cocktail enjoying, with donations to children’s groups being at the forefront. You’re invited to come celebrate! Check ‘em out…

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Upshur restaurants are doing fine, and would do better if you went out more

Upshur restaurants are doing fine, and would do better if you went out more

What keeps Upshur and Petworth going strong is that it offers options that local people are looking for — places they want to visit and spend money. Asking what’s happening when there’s a closure is a valid question, but perhaps it’s how the question is asked that matters as well. Alarming people into thinking doom and gloom is on the horizon can become a self-fulfilling prophecy. In this case, one that isn’t true.

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The final show of Battle of the Bands is Sunday, winner gets $1,000!

The final show of Battle of the Bands is Sunday, winner gets $1,000!

Sunday, December 9th is the final show of the Battle of the Bands at the Capitol Cider House. Four bands will play, but only one will win $1,000! YOU get to vote for the winner… but only if you show up!

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