We round up the stories, blog posts, tweets and going-out scuttlebutt that have us talking.
In a weekend where the temperature held steady at 100 degrees, the city was pretty much tumbleweeds and tourists. Even the news was slow: Michelle Obama avoided burger joints; D.C. was named not “sexiest city,” or “best for daters,” but No. 3 on the CBS list of “booziest states in America.” So, what else is new?
Eater DC and Prince of Petworth both took note that Kushi on Friday had a sign posted from the ol’ D.C. Office of Tax and Revenue announcing that the certificate of registration had been suspended. Oh, and the doors were locked. In a pretty fascinating post, Eater broke down what it all meant: Kushi owed $129,300.38 in 2010 back taxes. But as of last night, things were back up and running; the restaurant invited patrons back to its popular happy hour last night via Facebook, and it was open for lunch today. [Eater] Update: Tim Carman on details about the tax troubles.
DCist had a cute little story about why a farm stand you might see on the side of the road in far-out Virginia has instead been planted at 11th and K Streets NW since early this month — where, DCist claims, it’s the District’s first standalone farm stand. With The Little Farm Stand, Lori O’Rea can sell the goods she grows and makes at her Middleburg farm without having to pay to be in a farmer’s market. [DCist]
Washington City Paper took the busy summer concert season as its cue to chronicle a trend in the music world: Like records and more recently, cassettes – yes, cassettes – you can add reunion shows to the list of things turing musicheads into sweaty, hyperventilating fans. Dismemberment Plan, Scream, Pavement and the Pixies are among the bands returning to stages after officially calling it quits — and fans can’t seem to get enough. “A Fugazi reunion could probably fill RFK Stadium,” the CP’s writer reckons. Even far more obscure bands are benefitting from getting the band back together. But is it sustainable? [Washington City Paper]
And finally, a restaurant opened in an alley near Shaw — and no, it’s not Rogue 24. That’s open Wednesday. Another place with far less pre-publicity (and without Bonji Beard answering the phones) is a spartan little shop called Sundevich. Prince of Petworth has some hilariously sketchy shots of the alleyway sandwich shop (at 1314 Ninth St. NW), which will be serving a mix of sandwiches from the around the world. For example, there’s the Buenos Aires, with skirt steak, chimichurri and fried onions, and there are also Italian and Middle Eastern offerings at the restaurant, too. Here’s hoping you can find it. [Prince of Petworth]