Thursday, June 25, 2009

New Pizza Place, American Restaurant For 14th Street; New Wine Bar Headed to U Street

My, aren't Logan and U Street busy these days?

We've received a number of requests recently regarding the status of some of the new bars/restaurants that are looking to set up shop in the area. Rather than put together a bazillion posts about each one, we thought we'd be economical and condense everything into one single post. One caveat: in some cases, I might not have the most up-to-date information, so by all means if you have something to add do so in the comments section.

The guys that brought us U St. hangout Local 16 are about to make a foray onto 14th St. with Local 14, to be located at 1832 4th Street (next to the L&N Thrift Store). They are applying for a restaurant license class, and are planning to serve American fare. This one will likely raise some eyebrows: seating for 199, a sidewalk cafe, a rooftop deck with seating for 40, and a balcony with seating for 8. I sense a voluntary agreement in their future...

Over on U Street, plans are in the works for a new wine bar by the name of Dickson Wine. Dickson, which is petitioning to be open until 2 AM during the week and 3 AM on weekends, is planning to serve some light food and is applying also for live music--perhaps planning to bring in some jazz to go along with the charcuterie? Dickson will be located at 903 U Street, near Nellie's.

Further down 14th Street, at the corner of 14th and Church (in the old Metropole sales office), we have received a tip that a pizza joint is going to be opening up. That's all the info I was able to obtain as of writing--if anyone has any additional info, please provide in the comments section.

Many of you are no doubt aware of the pending arrival of Masa 14 at 1825 14th Street, just north of the Black Cat. Masa will feature (wait for it...wait for it...) small plates with a Latin and Asian theme and "specialty cocktails". Masa is a co-venture between Kaz Sushi Bistro chef Kaz Okochi and Zengo's (Penn Quarter) Richard Sandoval, and is aiming for a September opening. Sadly, no plans to offer sushi are currently in the works...

Finally, not a restaurant per se, but the old El Paraiso market (between Pulp and Home Rule) is set to become Cork Market, an upscale wine and gourmet food shop with a "neighborhood feel". (You may recall that the space was originally to become "Blu Lounge"). No official opening date for the Market yet, but Cork's Khalid Pitts and Dianne Gross are anticipating an early autumn grand opening.

One final note: U Street wine bar Vinoteca has petitioned to extend their outdoor patio hours from midnight until 1 AM. I've heard mixed feelings about this request, particularly since Vinoteca's outdoor space immediately abuts residences. We'll keep you posted on how this turns out.

22 comments:

Anonymous said...

Wow. Thanks.

Beets and Bonbons said...

All good news. Love our neighborhood!

Phil Spalding said...

Correction to the Vinoteca location information. Vinoteca is abutted by Solly's Tavern on north and Eleven Market (B license) on south, and is across the street from commercial use. They are in a mixed use & zoned block.

Mr. 14th & You said...

Phil-

True, the market is immediately to the south, but I believe a residence is next door to the market. So perhaps "abuts" is not the correct term, but its proximity to residences was the concern expressed to me.

The argument that Vinoteca is making is, of course, that Sullys has an outdoor seating area that is open later and ALSO close to residences.

broseph said...

All great news.

1832 14th street...? Guys from Local 16, please allow me to introduce you to Mr. Estrada.

Anonymous said...

at 14th and Church it is called Cork & Fork

Anonymous said...

I have seen the owners of Pizza Pete's looking at vacant retail spots south of U st., on 14. Also I know someone who works there and that person told me that they were looking to open another pizza place. So maybe this is it?

Anonymous said...

No, no, no! Everyone should stay at home and eat at home. This is ridiculous! There will be people walking up an down... up an down... 14th Street until UNGODLY hours. I be some of those people will be demanding to be able to eat as late as 9 at night! Why can't Dupont-Logan be like my old neighborhood in Loudoun County? No one every walked by my house. I didn't move downtown to have people around!

Anonymous said...

Eatonville has also submitted an application to extend the hours of their outdoor seating until 3:00am on the weekend and 2:00am during the week.

A friend in the building said Eatonville never notified them of the extended hours and their Board is a bit upset and wants a voluntary agreement.

Mr. 14th & You said...

Anon- Eatonville probably has a VA with ANC1B; if there is a concern over outdoor hours I would look there first.

Anonymous said...

Can someone tell me what a "voluntary agreement" is? I live next door to a gas station that looks like it will be serving food. I wanna make sure it doesn't turn into an all night food place. Please advise.

Mr. 14th & You said...

Anon: "Voluntary agreements" are typically done in conjunction with the protest of a liquor license. If the gas station does not have an outstanding petition for a liquor license, it can be difficult for the ANC to insert themselves into the situation. If the operation is creating a nuisance or disruption in the neighborhood, you can lobby the ANC to issue a letter to DCRA regarding the business's operations.

Joel Lawson said...

< What he said, and good emphasis on the distinction re: whether they are applying for liquor license or not. If not, DCRA. If so, ABRA and ABC, and below is a link with basic starter info. And yes this all sounds like discussion of an ABBA tribute band.

http://abra.dc.gov/abra/cwp/view,a,1272,q,565505,abraNav,|32255|.asp

Anonymous said...

"All great news.

1832 14th street...? Guys from Local 16, please allow me to introduce you to Mr. Estrada."

lol....

tom said...

Thanks for the news. Too bad you continue to have repetitive comments from those who have an axe to grind about Estrada. What a bore. It's time to move on.

Anonymous said...

Dear Tom:

If Mr. Estrada were not such a repetitive nuisance and a repetitive problem for the area and small business owners, there wouldn't be so many repetitive comments here about him. Can't someone get Estrada a job pestering some big evil corporation? I think he seems to mistake local establishments for Halliburton or ExxonMobil.

Anonymous said...

New anon here. I certainly don't have an axe to grind with Estrada. I don't know the man. But I do know that he is generally hostile to businesses opening up in his neighbhorhood that don't fit within what he personally wants, and makes it hell for them. When people are opening businesses in a formerly blighted (now only slightly blighted) corridor in an abandoned building with their own money (not ours), the last thing I wanna do is make it as hard as possible on them. I'd actually like to shake their hand and thank them for doing a service to our community and DC by returning these buildings to productive, attractive uses.

Anonymous said...

Meh... a bunch of new places for beautiful people with more money than common sense. Nothing sounds affordable, or unpretentious.

Anonymous said...

You're right. Vacant buildings, pseudo-chinese takeouts and liquor stores are much better.

Brandon said...

Great news--hope the pizza place is as good as 2Amys though.

Anonymous said...

I'm excited about the pizza place.

And, really--I hope all the haters on this blog live outside Logan. A pizza place is for people with more money than common sense? That's news to me.

David said...

BTW - was moved off the patio at Solly's before midnight last night (Thursday). We were actually plenty loud, so I can see the conflict.

Can't wait for all these new venues, though!