Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Restaurant Update, Thai Edition: Teakwood Headed for 14th Street

Has Logan reached saturation on Thai restaurants yet? The team from Alexandria's Galae Thai don't think so. Soon, they will be moving forward with longstanding plans to open up a new restaurant on 14th Street called Teakwood, which will be located at 1423 14th Street NW, south of Rhode Island Ave., next door to the BioScrip Pharmacy--and practically across the street from Thaitanic.

Teakwood (named after the teak trees found in southeastern Asia) will serve Thai cuisine and also house a sushi bar. Plans for the restaurant have existed for some time, but it has only been recently that plans for the space are shaping into reality. It's unclear how much of the menu will be brought over from the Alexandria location, but that location's menu can be found here. Plans currently call for the restaurant to be open seven days a week from 10a - midnight, and it will house just under 150 people.

The arrival of Teakwood continues a busy development pace along 14th Street between Thomas Circle and P Street. As noted by Borderstan earlier this week, Logan 14 Salon and Spa will be opening in August. It's arrival also poses another question: how many Thai restaurants can the neighborhood support?

As mentioned above, longtime 14th Street Thai restaurant Thaitanic is located practically across the street. Ironically, they have plans to expand to a second floor location and to add a sushi bar, although those plans are currently held up in negotiations with the ANC and ABRA, who several weeks agorejected the voluntary agreement between both parties. The VA will eventually be accepted, allowing Thaitanic to move forward with their plans--but it seems that it will be a race with Teakwood.

Meanwhile, a few blocks north, you may have noticed that the neighborhood's other Thai cuisine-serving establishment, Rice, has been closed for the past couple of days as they undergo an interior renovation. By the looks of things this evening, everything is set for a reopening tomorrow evening, replete with a "refreshed" interior.

So, no excuses for not being able to get your pad prik sod on--especially considering that you can also head up to Sala Thai on U, or Bua over at 17th and P (a personal favorite of the 14thandyous). Now...how about that bagel shop?

10 comments:

Claude Henry Smoote said...

3 Thai restaurants on 14th are too many. I would suspect that one of these places will be closed in less than 5 years. I just don't think the market can sustain that many Thai places that close together.

convexhull said...

so I was walking down 14th Street and noticed the shop "Green Pets" an all-natural pet food and supply store. I made the comment to my friend that, "We live in an overly affluent society."

M said...

@Claude...maybe not think how many Ethiopian places survive in close proximity to each other over on 9th. But what I wouldn't give for a cheap 24 hour diner or a good slice of new york style pizza.

Mr. 14th & You said...

Re: Ethiopian restaurants-- there is a sizeable Ethiopian population in the area around 9th Street, which certainly helps some of those restaurants survive. It's not entirely dependent upon the U Street revelers.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for saying it! (Perhaps you already have.) But a bagel shop is such a necessity for me and my wife. How can our neighborhood not have one is beyond us? (Obviously, bagels at starbucks don't count.) A late-night pizza place wouldn't hurt either...

convexhull said...

@ anonymous: can't have late night pizza; would bring too much riff-raff traffic to the area. The poo-bahs that rule over Logan would have none of that.

Anonymous said...

Thai food varies greatly, just as not all sandwich shops and italian restaurants are created equal. Thaitanic and Rice certainly do not have an interchangeable menu or dining environment. I welcome Teakwood.

Overall, I'm getting spoiled by the 14th street restaurants. It's incredibly easy to have a great meal just blocks from home.

So yes, we do live in an overly affluent society/neighborhood. But it's nothing we have to feel guilty about.

Ryan Anderson said...

Yeah, 3 Thai restaurants is a bit much for such a small corridor. Ethiopian on 9th and U is different since it serves a large local Ethiopian community AND with few exceptions are the only Ethiopian restaurants in the city. There are Thai restaurants all over the place, however.

and THANK GOD I'm not the only one perplexed by the lack of a good place to get morning hangover food. A combo Bagelry/Diner/Deli kind of place would be amazing.

Anonymous said...

Has anyone heard anything more about Italian Shirt Laundry (Pizza at 14th and Q)? The For Lease sign is still up and no Public Hearing Notices posted. That's typically not a good sign

wjpendzuk said...

Rice is #1 and will survive. Thai Tanic has second location and Teakwood has Galae and The Regent Thais......plenty of Thai to go around and they will all survive...