Downtowner DC April 3, 2019

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Bryan and Michael Voltaggio.

GU EXPANDS ON CAPITOL HILL

Georgetown University has finalized the purchase of a building at 500 First St. NW, expanding the university’s presence on Capitol Hill. Adding the new acquisition to the existing Georgetown University Law Center, GU will own an entire city block. The building will provide space for Georgetown Law and for other university activities.

NEW BILL WOULD HAVE RFK SOLD TO D.C.

On March 26, Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) introduced a bill that would have the federal government sell RFK Stadium to the District. Once D.C. acquires the 190-acre property, it could develop it without restrictions. Local officials have long expressed interest in the stadium property, one of the last large undeveloped areas in the District.

Cherry Blossoms.

LEONSIS: BETTING PLANNED AT GREEN TURTLE SITE

The popular Greene Turtle restaurant in Capital One Arena will close and become a sports-betting location, according to Monumental Sports owner Ted Leonsis. Leonsis made the announcement at the American Gaming Association’s Sports Betting Executive Summit, held March 27 and 28 at National Harbor. Mayor Bowser signed the bill legalizing sports betting in January.

The Green Turtle.

EVANS SPEAKS AT PENN QUARTER BREAKFAST

On March 21, Ward 2 Council member Jack Evans spoke at a Penn Quarter Neighborhood Association breakfast meeting held at Metro Center clothing store Peruvian Connection. Evans brought members up to date on the financial state of D.C., current Council legislation and other news that could affect Penn Quarter residents and businesses.

RACINE SUES 7, CITING RESIDENCY FRAUD

Seven people in three Maryland families are being sued for more than $700,000 for saying they lived in D.C. so their children could attend District public schools free of charge. D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine is seeking unpaid tuition — usually between $10,000 and $14,000 annually — plus fines and damages. Of the seven, two are employed by public charter schools in D.C. and one is a former DC Public Schools employee.

VOLTAGGIO BROTHERS OPEN RESTAURANT IN CONRAD HOTEL

Celebrity-chef brothers Bryan and Michael Voltaggio opened Estuary in CityCenter- DC’s new Conrad Hotel on March 22. The restaurant serves modern Maryland sea-food. Diners can expect to see dishes such as a Maryland crab roll with crab-shaped plantain chips and fish sticks made with puffer fish, served with banana peppers and a banana tartar sauce.

LGBTQ BAR FINED, CLOSED FOR A WEEK

D.C.’s largest and oldest LGBTQ bar, the DC Eagle at 3701 Benning Road NE, was fined $2,000 and had its liquor license suspended from March 23 to 29. The penalties resulted from an alleged assault by an Eagle bouncer on Council member Vincent Gray, who was attending an Art All Night event in September of 2018. Gray was said to have failed to provide proper identification.

PEAK-BLOOM PREDICTION MOVED UP

Originally announced as Wednesday, April 3, the peak-bloom prediction for D.C.’s cherry blossoms was moved up to Monday, April 1. Due to the 70-plus- degree temperatures over the weekend, the blooms came out a bit earlier than expected, according to the National Park Service. Peak bloom is when 70 percent of the Tidal Basin blossoms are open.

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