[This post has been updated]
As Hurricane Sandy drags across the region, cancellations and closings for Tuesday are starting to come in. Meanwhile, many bars and restaurants that opened for limited service Monday closing up shop for the day, while others promise to remain open through the storm. While we feel it’s our duty to keep you in the know about what’s open, we urge you to respect the forecast and stay indoors.
We’re turning our attention to Tuesday closings and cancellations, but you can scroll through for a complete list of Monday openings and closings.
TUESDAY CLOSINGS AND CANCELLATIONS
7:15 p.m. Monday
• High Heel Race postponement confirmed by the race’s organizers. Now set for Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m.
6:15 p.m. Monday
• Smithsonian museums and the National Zoo will be closed Tuesday.
5:07 p.m. Monday
• Now, the D.C. Council’s Jack Evans says Tuesday’s High Heel Race won’t be run as scheduled after all.
Looks like High Heel race in Dupont sched for Tues nite will be postponed. Hope to have new date soon.— Jack Evans (@JackEvansWard2) October 29, 2012
• Metro and Metrobus service will be unavailable Tuesday morning. “An announcement on when service may be restored will be made after Metro is able to assess damage and weather conditions in the morning.”
• Xavier Rudd’s concert at Sixth and I Historic Synagogue has been postponed.
3:45 p.m. Monday
• Tuesday’s Grouplove show at 9:30 Club is canceled (Monday’s show was bagged earlier today).
• The federal government is closed again Tuesday.
3:30 p.m. Monday
• As of this afternoon, the High Heel Race is still ON for Tuesday night on 17th Street NW, though the event’s Twitter feed notes, “We are communicating with MPD for thursday just in case.” [via DCist]
3 p.m. Monday
• Strathmore is closed Tuesday:
Due to the predicted continued severe weather, we are closing Tuesday as well. Tea patrons can reschedule. WPAS working to reschedule Schiff— Strathmore (@strathmore) October 29, 2012
• Clydes restaurants are closed Tuesday.
• Amtrak says Northeast Corridor services will remain shut down Tuesday.
• Round House Theatre’s performance of “I Love to Eat” is canceled Tuesday.
• The Washington National Cathedral will remain closed through Tuesday.
• D.C. government and schools closed Tuesday.
4 p.m. Monday
It’s far from business as usual in the D.C. area this Monday as Hurricane Sandy washes over the East Coast.
You can see our original list of today’s closings, which we’ll add to within this post. It includes the Smithsonian, the Kennedy Center, concert venues, Metro and more. What we’re also going to do today is keep track of the places in the area that are operating in some capacity.
• Bonus points for Science Club and The Passenger, both closed Monday tonight. “Enjoy the bonus friends & family time!” Science club tweeted.
2:30 p.m. Monday
• Black Squirrel is open with WiFi if you’re in the dark.
Town Tavern opens at 5 p.m. with drink specials.
Kramerbooks closing at 4 p.m. today (smart). They hope to reopen at 11 tomorrow.
Bourbon Steak says it’s open for dinner.
(Did we mention there are trees down?)
2:10 p.m. Monday
Cork Market open til 3 p.m. with fresh bread and just-baked cookies. Bar Pilar happy hour til 8, with drinks, snacks and the Bloomingdale Shirtless Horse Man. Meridian Pint will open at 5 p.m., they say, until it’s unsafe to do so. And they have wi-fi. Bedrock is open.
Taxis allowed to add a $15 surcharge. (Did we mention that you should stay home and dry?)
1:47 p.m. Monday
And the closings are rolling in: Ceiba and Acadiana for today and lunch tomorrow. Clydes closed tonight and Tuesday.
The Andras Schiff concert Tuesday at Strathmore has been cancelled. More info on a rescheduled concert later.
Amtrak says Northeast Corridor services will remain shut down Tuesday.
Star and Shamrock on H Street is open, as is Stoney’s, which is apparently packed. We’ll say it again: Be careful out there, folks.
1:24 p.m. Monday
H Street Country Club, Granville Moore’s, Blue Duck Tavern, Sign of the Whale all say they are open — at least until the electricity goes out, says H Street CC. Please stay safe, folks, looks like it’s coming right as us, and as the CWG says, the worst is yet to come.
1:15 p.m. Monday
• Mount Vernon is closed Monday.
• Kangaroo Boxing Club open at 2 p.m.
1 p.m. Monday
DUPONT CIRCLE — Scott Abel, manager at Kramerbooks, was blasting oldies and shouting “Happy Hurricane!” to the numerous people poring over books around noon today at the Dupont Circle bookstore.
“This is a neighborhood where we’re sort of between business and residential parts of town. There are people out,” he said, noting that a number of customers had come from nearby hotels. Indeed, tourists were wandering around Dupont mid-day Monday in search of not just food, but diversions.
At Firehook Bakery in Dupont Circle, a few people from the neighborhood had settled in for pastries around 11:30 a.m. “I drink coffee every morning, so I had to be here. I knew they’d be open,” said Yigal Rappaport, who lives near the shop. “You can get crazy in the house.”
Joe Fernandez, an employee at VSL Hair Design in Dupont, said he came in because he had clients to see; he said he was surprised to find women were calling the salon Monday to see if they could squeeze in last-minute hair appointments. Phones, in fact, were ringing frequently at many of the shops that were open.
Many chain restaurants also stayed open, including Five Guys, Cosi, Potbelly and Teaism, which also opened its locations in Penn Quarter and Old Town. Several said they would probably not stay open regular hours but had not made decisions yet about when they would close.
— Lavanya Ramanathan
12:35 p.m. Monday
• If you’re in Shaw and want an escape, Shaw’s Tavern will be showing “The Perfect Storm” at 2 p.m.
• Kimpton Hotels in D.C. (that’s the hotels Monaco, George, Palomar, Topaz, Donovan House, Madera, Helix and Rouge) have a deal if you find yourself stranded:
12:15 p.m. Monday
• “Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe will be open today until 2 p.m. At that time we will reassess as to whether or not it is practical and safe to be be open later today.”
• Tuesday closings now beginning to be announced: Round House Theatre’s performance of “I Love to Eat” is canceled Tuesday .
• All local Chef Geoff’s locations are open for lunch; dinner TBD.
• The Washington National Cathedral will remain closed through Tuesday.
Bertucci’s is open at both the Pennsylvania Avenue NW and Connecticut Avenue NW locations.
12 p.m. Monday
The huge storm and lack of public transportation haven’t prevented many D.C. area bars and restaurants from announcing plans to open for business today. For a neighborhood bar that can operate with a staff of two or three bartenders who live a few blocks away, perhaps this isn’t much of an issue. But for larger operations that require staff to trek in from outside the immediate area, it’s an issue of both logistics and public safety:
Disappointed to hear more restaurants aren’t closing. Many resto workers need 2-3 forms of transp. to get in, & Metro’s closed. #Sandy— TODD KLIMAN (@toddkliman) October 29, 2012
By way of rebuttal, Petworth bar DC Reynolds (where the owners walk to work) replied to a criticism of its plans to open on Twitter: “you going to pay our salaried staff, rent, insurance, taxes, utilities?”
What say you?
11:30 a.m. Monday
• Peregrine is open until 2 p.m. (both locations).
• Hank’s on the Hill/The Eddy Bar: closed after all.
• Restaurant Eve is open for lunch.
• The Pug will open at “noonish.”
• Nanny O’Brien’s: open.
10:55 a.m. Monday
• Cheeeeeeeeeeese: La Fromagerie is open and pouring wine for 20 percent off from noon to 5 p.m.
• Granville Moore’s plans to open around noon. (“Hopefully.”)
10:45 a.m. Monday
• If you want to hunker down with some ribs, your window at Rocklands lasts from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. when they open at all locations:
• Both the UMD Big Band Pre-Halloween Scream and the Doggie Happy Hour Howl-O-Ween party featured in today’s Style section are not taking place as planned. The UMD concert has been rescheduled to Wednesday, Oct. 31; the Howl-O-Ween party has not been rescheduled.
10:30 a.m. Monday
• Tysons Corner Center is open today, though individual stores may be closed, so if you’re bent on doing some hurricane shopping, call ahead.
• A rep e-mailed that Carmine’s and Protein Bar are closed.
• Grouplove at the 9:30 Club has been postponed .
10 a.m. Monday
• Politics & Prose is open until 4 p.m. if you forgot to stock up on power-outage reading material.
All of our Monday evening events are CANCELED. They are also CANCELLED. We want to cover our bases here.— Politics & Prose (@Politics_Prose) October 29, 2012
• Via e-mail, a Capitol Lounge manager said the bar will open at 4 p.m.
• Bread and Brew is open until 2 p.m. and will give you a free coffee with your breakfast if you say Sandy sent you.
• MGM Roast Beef is open in Brentwood.
• Clyde’s restaurants in Georgetown, Gallery Place and Chevy Chase are open for lunch today.
• Firehook Bakery is open in Dupont Circle, Capitol Hill and Cleveland Park.
• Spider Kelly’s is opening at noon.
• The Madison Hotel’s bars are open through the storm.