Faces of the Front

Mike Lenard

With a deep love and appreciation for food, founder and CEO Mike Lenard first opened TaKorean in August 2010 out of a 1985 Ford step van that he converted to a food truck. MORE

Zach Dobelbower
Zach Dobelbower of Ecohouse which combines comprehensive financial analysis with advanced building science retrofit strategies to offer innovative, cost-effective, deep energy retrofit and design strategies.  MORE

Nikki Palmer-Burger
Yards Park Volunteer
Local Resident Nikki Palmer-Burger is a volunteer at the Yards Park concert series. Despite the fact that she is a full time student as well as being a stay at home mom, she is committed to the Capitol Riverfront community. MORE

Eloyd Robinson
Yards Park Security Officer
Eloyd Robinson of Watkins Security is our midnight security officer in the Yards Park. Before joining Watkins Security company, Mr. Robinson had a career as a professional player in baseball's Negro League and Major League Baseball. MORE


Laura O'Neill
Director/Counsel of Government Affairs, OOIDA
Laura O'Neill is the Director/Counsel of Government Affairs for the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA). OOIDA is a national trade association representing the interests of small business trucking professionals MORE

John Dillow & Conal O'Keefe
Living Classrooms
Living Classroom Executive Director John Dillow, and Lead Educator Conal O'Keefe, teach 17,000 children and young adults about the environment along the Anacostia River. MORE

Terry Bellamy
Director, DDOT
Terry Bellamy, Director for the District Department of Transportation (DDOT), lives and works in the Capitol Riverfront. Last May DDOT moved into a new building at 55 M Street, SE. Their new headquarters is a LEED Gold certified building that houses approximately 450 DDOT staff members who were previously spread out in multiple locations throughout the District. MORE

Carolyn Hicks
Neighborhood Resident
Carolyn Hicks, neighborhood resident and Yards Park volunteer has lived in DC for five years. Originally from Rhode Island, she now works at Conservation International an environment oriented non-profit. Excited to live in DC, Carolyn said, "there is always something to do!" MORE

Meriana Alrabad
Sales Assistant, EYA
Meriana Alrabadi, Sales Assistant at EYA Capitol Quarter, loves the fact that the Capitol Riv-erfront is a small town in a big city. She has been part of the neighborhood since August 2010, and the beautiful townhomes of Capitol Quarter are one of her fa-vorite spots in the neighborhood. MORE


Stephen Michael Jones
Owner, Chicken Tortilla
Stephen Michael Jones, owner of Chicken Tortilla at 1100 8th Street SE, brings 25 years of restaurant experience to the Capitol Riverfront. Chicken Tortilla has been part of the Capitol Riverfront neighborhood for six years, but Stephen took over at the beginning of 2011. Along with his business partners Italo Rodriguez and Eddie Migues, he has reinvigorated the availability of simple, authentic Peruvian food in our neighborhood. MORE

Latissia Vaughn
Assistant Branch Manager, Suntrust Bank
Latissia Vaughn, Assistant Branch Manager at Suntrust Bank at 100 M Street, SE, has been working in the community for two years. She loves all the events the Capitol Riverfront puts on, like the lunchtime concert series, but she said "the movie series is my favorite, and the line-up is even better this year." Her favorite places in the neighborhood are the Nationals Stadium, The Yards Park and Justin's Cafe. MORE

Savita Malhotra
Owner, Harry's Reserve
Harry's Reserve at 909 New Jersey Ave SE, between I & K Streets SE, has opened to the Capitol Riverfront community, bringing with it a great variety of beers, wines, spirits, cheeses and snacks. Savita Malhotra, the owner of Harry's Reserve along with her husband, is excited to be a part of the neighborhood.  MORE


Chris VanArsdale
Executive Director, Canal Park Development Association
Chris VanArsdale is the Executive Director of the Canal Park Development Association and has been a part of the Capitol Riverfront Community since 2008. Canal Park is underway, and Chris is excited about how our neighborhood is growing and changing, because "being close to all the change happening here is exciting - you can see it happening week by week. A whole new part of the city is being stitched together before our eyes."  MORE

Johnny Kersey
Owner, Levi's Soul Food Cafe
Johnny Kersey, owner of Levi's Soul Food Cafe on 8th Street SE between L Street & M Street, has been part of the Capitol River-front community for nearly seven years. Having come to DC from Cary, North Carolina, all his recipes have been passed down from his family. Levi's Café specializes in good old southern styles, home cooked and seasoned to taste. . MORE

Justin Ross
Owner, Justin's Cafe
Justin Ross, owner of Justin's Cafe at 1025 First Street, SE, in the Velocity Condominium building, opened his doors to the Capitol Riverfront a year ago this April. He wanted to open a neighbor-hood watering hole where people can enjoy a fast casual lunch during the day, but could also come together for drinks or a nice dinner in the afternoon and evening.   MORE

Captain Apollo
Resident Manager, Casa degli Angeli
Before becoming resident manager of 'Casa degli Angeli,' located at 1026 3rd Street SE, Paul Broom (better known as Captain Apollo) traveled the world in the Merchant Marine. After coming to DC in 1990, his first stop was the sidewalk of Henry's for a lunch break, and he immediately fell in love with the Hill.   MORE

Mandy Jacobson Keithan
Resident, Axiom at Capitol Yards
Mandy Jacobson Keithan, and her husband Rob both work at Trapeze School New York (TSNY), Washington DC - the big white tent at 4th and Tingey SE. The Trapeze School opened in the Capitol Riverfront in February of 2010. Since then, TSNY brings Mandy to the neighborhood, teaching or training, 6 days a week. "I love being right on the water; the trapeze tent is on one end of the beautiful waterfront park" said Mandy."  MORE

The Price Family
Residents, Capitol Hill Tower
Jonathon & Sarah Price and their daughter Lana (along with their dog Lewis!) moved here in 2006, when "Capitol Hill Tower was one of the only buildings around," said Sarah.  The Price family loves seeing the community grow, because "something new is always happening on the Riverfront".  MORE

Mozzelle Isley
Resident, Axiom at Capitol Yards
Mozzelle Isley relocated to DC and fell in love with the Axiom apartments and the Capitol Riverfront neighborhood.  She's met many people in her building in their 20s and 30s and enjoys the sense of community and the variety of events including taco nights and football playoff parties.  Though without a car, she raves about the convenient location close to Metro and several bus lines  MORE

TJ Oleksiak
Resident, Townhouse
An early believer in the Capitol Riverfront, TJ Oleksiak purchased a 100-year-old townhome in 2005.  He's already seen the promise of the neighborhood fulfilled - the value of his home has increased since he purchased it, new residents have moved in and parks are being built.  His hopes are being realized and "what is here now is just the beginning!"  MORE

Daryl Jackson
Resident, Capitol Hill Tower Co-Op
Daryl Jackson, a General Services Administration (GSA) Contracting Officer, moved to the Capitol Riverfront in August 2006.  His friends envy the spirit of community that is evident when they visit him at his co-op. “We are a close-knit community, and we have bonded in a way that most other communities don’t.”  MORE

Monica Murdoch
Manager, Starbucks

Against a national backdrop of shrinking workforces and diminishing services, one Capitol Riverfront business manager is longing for more weekend staff and longer weekend hours.  At the Starbucks at the corner of New Jersey Avenue and M Street SE, business has never been better. “We’re getting a lot of traffic and we’re still growing despite what people say about the economy,” says manager Monica Murdoch.  “I’m surprised at our weekend growth, up 15 percent since last year ….”  MORE

Carol and Ed Kaminski
Residents, Velocity Condos

After living near Annapolis for the last decade, Carol and Ed Kaminski are ready for a change.  Their suburban home with its good schools and plenty of room, suited them well as their children were growing up.  But these self-described foodies – who love going to new restaurants, theater and museums – always found suburban life a little sterile.  With their children now in college, they decided to make a move to the District, and after an extensive search from Upper Northwest to Dupont Circle, discovered the Capitol Riverfront and Velocity condos.  MORE

Mostofa Mohammed
Owner, Subway

Stop in at Mostofa Mohammed’s Subway sandwich shop near the corner of New Jersey Ave, SE and M Street, SE any day during lunch time, and hungry Capitol Riverfront customers are often lined up outside the door and onto the sidewalk. Since its opening in December 2004, this Subway restaurant has experienced double-digit annual growth that has catapulted it into a top-five ranking of the chain’s 1,000 stores in the Greater Washington region.  MORE

Bonita Holbrook
Resident, Capitol Quarter

Bonita Holbrook and her family have waited a long time to move into their townhouse in Capitol Quarter.  Holbrook had been living with her three children and her mother in the Arthur Capper Carollsburg public housing project since the early 1990s.  But getting to a new home meant leaving the neighborhood for awhile.  They moved back to The Front in May of 2009 and haven’t looked back. MORE

Thomas and Carey Dougan
Residents, Capitol Quarter

For Thomas and Carey Dougan, the Capitol Riverfront is the perfect place to raise two young children.  “The community has been welcoming; offering free outdoor movies, farmers markets, family nights at the Nationals Stadium and other social events has really helped us build a strong community” Carey says. MORE

Todd Myers
Director of Operations, Alion Science and Technology

To Todd Myers, the director of operations for Alion Science and Technology, the Capitol Riverfront is a “great location for government consulting and contracting.”  Aside from its business advantages, the strategic location of his office offers Myers a wealth of opportunities both now and in the future to savor life in this neighborhood by the river. “There are a lot of exciting things happening in this neighborhood.  People who haven’t come down in the last year or so really don’t know what this neighborhood is all about” he says. MORE

Duffy and Elena Welsh
Residents, Capitol Quarter

Several years ago, while living in a condo in Penn Quarter, an internet search suggested the Congressional Cemetery dog park as a good place to exercise their pooches. Along the way, they'd detour through The Front to check out the future site of the new stadium.  Quickly outgrowing their condo, Duffy and Elena stopped by the EYA’s Capitol Quarter sales center after one of their dog walking adventures.  The duo were so taken with the property that they camped out for a week to secure a townhome reservation, even turning down offers of $10,000 to $20,000 for their place in line. MORE

Wyatt Cardwell
Manager, Courtyard by Marriott

Wyatt Cardwell needs just one word to sum up his reaction to his first Capitol Riverfront visit in 15 years. “Wow.”  The manager of the Marriott Courtyard Hotel at L Street, SE and New Jersey Avenue, SE, says he has been both stunned and excited by the transformation of what he calls “this city within the city.” “I was in total awe of what is already here and what is going to be here in the future,” says the 20-year Marriott employee…MORE

Liam and Meredith Larue
Residents, Velocity Condos

To Coast Guard veteran Liam Larue, life along the Capitol Riverfront is a winning tapestry of change and convenience, underscored by “the promise of building up a kind of a forgotten part of town.” A convert to urban living, Liam has lived at Capitol Hill Tower since 2006, and recently joined his fiancé in purchasing a new condominium at the nearby Velocity.  MORE

Jack Whitsitt
Resident, Onyx on First Apartments

For two Capitol Riverfront newcomers, the long wait for a perfect apartment came during a short wait for exhibit space at Artomatic.  Armed with a wish list that included a place with more space and a more flexible floor plan than their Northwest D.C. apartment, Jack Whitsitt and Paivi Salonen were standing on line to register for exhibit space at the tenth annual arts festival when a sign for The Onyx caught their eye. MORE