Then and Now: 3642 Georgia Avenue, NW

Miami Seafood Grill 19483642 Georgia Avenue

(The northwest corner of Princeton Place and Georgia avenue in 1949 (left) and 2011 (right))

Though there is an old adage that a picture is worth a thousand words, sometimes a picture creates more questions than answers. The picture above from 1949 is one such picture. It shows the northwest corner of Princeton Place and Georgia Avenue, with 3642 Georgia Prominently located front and center.

Ad for Scotty's Restaurant from the Washington Post, April 11, 1937

In looking at the photograph the Miami Seafood Grill is right on the corner with a Safeway just to the north and the back of the Peoples Drug Store after that. What is vexing to me is that I haven’t been able to find out much about the restaurant. The building at 3642 dated to 1911 when E.M. Dulin erected the brick store valued at $7,000.

The photograph above shows that it had become the Miami Seafood Grill by 1949 but I haven’t been able to find out any additional information on this restaurant (so far) which is a shame. It looks like it had a great neon sign including palm trees. The only other piece of information I’ve been able to find is a matchbook cover dating to sometime after 1952, judging by the “Randolph 6-” phone number. You can see a picture of that below.

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3 Comments on “Then and Now: 3642 Georgia Avenue, NW”

  1. Angry Parakeet Says:

    The picture on the matchbook is so provocative, seems really racy for way back then. Did it indicate a risque theme?

    • Kent Says:

      I don’t think so in this case. In looking at old matchbook covers having images of women like this, it seems to be common enough where the store owner simply chose a design and had is business information printed on the other side. The choice of this cover may have simply been so that the men that picked up the matchbook would keep it with them, thus reminding them of the restaurant.

  2. Michael Mastromichalis Says:

    I am certain this is the restaurant my Uncle and Grandfather owned through the fifties…my Father worked there weekends tending bar for a time (and I think he met my Mom there). Everyone is gone now (except my Mom!) but I remember being there and still remember family stories told of the Miami…


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