Hill Talk: Doing a Good Deed by Dining Out

Deals for H Street Eateries Help Nonprofit Group

Posted February 14, 2011 at 6:16pm

H Street foodies, take heed: Some of your favorite restaurants have deals this week.

And they help not only your wallet, but a local nonprofit, too.

Five restaurants on the H Street corridor teamed up with the website Deals for Deeds to raise money for Brainfood, a nonprofit organization that teaches people about healthy eating and cooking. The goal is to raise $1,800 for the group; the money will pay for aprons and cookbooks for a class of Brainfood students.

Fifteen percent of each purchase on the Deals for Deeds website will go to Brainfood. The deals, which are valid through Sunday, are:
• Granville Moore’s: $30 for a $50 gift certificate
• The Liberty Tree: $30 for a $50 gift certificate
• Star and Shamrock: $30 for a $50 gift certificate
• The Argonaut: $30 for a $50 gift certificate
• The Pug: $10 for a $20 gift certificate

“It’s refreshing to see the H Street business community’s overwhelming commitment to social causes,” Deals for Deeds co-founder Josh Hoffman said.

Visit dealsfordeeds.com for more information.

Park’s Plaque Goes Missing

There may be a thief on the Hill with a history fetish. A 36-by-24-inch bronze plaque commemorating the original location of Providence Hospital at Providence Park disappeared Jan. 31.

The plaque was fixed to a granite marker protruding from the ground at Second and E streets Southeast, and it bore a photo engraving of the Civil War-era medical center and a short overview of its history.

It was the only reminder of the hospital that once covered the green square enclosed by D, E, Second and Third streets Southeast.

Jan Schoonmaker, a local resident who frequently walks his boxer around the park, said the plaque disappeared between 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.

“I would have noticed if it was gone when I walked my dog before that,” he said.

Schoonmaker e-mailed Ted Bechtol, Capitol Grounds superintendent for the Architect for the Capitol, to ask whether officials had removed it. They hadn’t.

Bechtol reported the missing plaque to Capitol Police and the investigation is ongoing.

Police notified smelters and metal shops in the area. An AOC employee said someone might get from $75 to a “couple hundred” for the plaque, but it could cost as much as $5,000 to replicate it.

The AOC employee wasn’t optimistic about the plaque resurfacing.

“You’d hear something sooner if the news was going to be positive,” the employee said.

In 1886, an act of Congress directed the AOC to erect the marker memorializing the original location of Providence Hospital, which was demolished in the 1960s and relocated to Northeast D.C.

Schoonmaker remembered the exact day the memorial was installed: “They had a neat ceremony with horse-drawn carriages and people in Civil War costumes,” he said. “People were dressed up like the nuns that ran the hospital in those blue habits and sailboat-like hats.”

The plaque stood unmoved for almost 25 years.