Posted tagged ‘Georgia Avenue corridor’

Marrakech Restaurant Coming to Georgia Avenue

September 13, 2018

(Marrakech Restaurant will be moving into the old Waters space at 3632 Georgia Avenue, NW)

According to an ABRA notice that will be placed at 3632 Georgia Avenue on September 14th, a new tavern called Marrakech is planning to open in the old Walters space between Looking Glass Lounge and DC Reynolds. The description of the tavern is that it will be specializing in Moroccan cuisine with 62 seats inside and a 20 seat Summer Garden, for a total of 82 seats and a Total Occupancy of 100. The licensee is requesting an Entertainment Endorsement to include Live Entertainment, Dancing, and Cover Charge.

Starting to See Some Progress at New Market on Georgia

August 20, 2018

The small storefront at 3412 Georgia Avenue (next to Kraken Axes) is finally starting to show some progress after it appeared to stall in late 2017. According to building permits, the new business will be La Herradura Super Market and will be about 2,896 sq. ft. of space. The original permit was issued in February 2016, with a 1st extension in July 2017 and a 2nd extension in October 2017. In asking around, I understand that the latest hurdle in their efforts was appealing a vacant tax bill that the city had levied due to the slow progress.

While I know that the District is attempting to crack down on vacant property, which I applaud, I feel they are overly aggressive with some of these slower developments in our area. While I;m sure I’m not along is saying I would like them to move more quickly, financing can be an issue and I don’t believe that DC supports our small business community as well as we should. Given the choice between getting this property renovated slowly or vacant and unusable for years, I’ll take the slower path as long as there is progress.

(Future La Herradura Super Market at 3412 Georgia Avenue, NW)

Some Old Advertising Ink Blotters for Arcade Sunshine Cleaners

August 9, 2018

I’m always looking out for ephemera related to the neighborhood, and recently I found some interesting advertising ink blotters for the Arcade Sunshine cleaners that were once located on Lamont Street between Georgia and Sherman. Other items I’ve found include matchbook covers and golf tees.

The site is currently being converted into 225 new housing units for the community.

A new Tavern is in the Works for 3549 Georgia Avenue

August 8, 2018

(3549 Georgia Avenue is located on the east side of Georgia between Newton and Otis)

According to a notice I’ve received from ABRA, placards will go up on August 10th for a new tavern to be located Georgia Avenue. Below are the relevant details from the notice.

Notice is hereby given that this licensee has applied for a new license under the D.C. Alcoholic Beverage Control Act and that the objectors are entitled to be heard before the granting of such on the Roll Call Hearing date on October 9, 2018 at 10 a.m., 4th Floor, 2000 14th Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20009.  Petition and/or request to appear before the Board must be filed on or before the Petition Date. The Protest Hearing date is scheduled on December 5, 2018 at 1:30 p.m.

NATURE OF OPERATION

A tavern that is requesting a Summer Garden with seating for 13 patrons.  Interior seating for 20, with a Total Occupancy Load of 24.

HOURS OF OPERATION FOR INSIDE PREMISES AND SUMMER GARDEN

Sunday through Thursday 7am – 2am, Friday and Saturday 7am – 3am

HOURS OF ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE SALES, SERVICE, AND CONSUMPTION FOR INSIDE PREMISES AND SUMMER GARDEN

Sunday through Thursday 10am – 2am, Friday and Saturday 10am – 3am

Amen Coffee & Juice Now Open in Park View

August 6, 2018

The renovations at 3661 Georgia Avenue are complete, and Park View now has another option for coffee. Amen Coffee & Juice recently opened in the neighborhood and is located between Ace Check Cashing and Reliable Tavern, just south of the Georgia Avenue Metro. I haven’t had a chance to check it out yet, but look forward to doing so soon.

Trouble Brewing at Kraken Axes

August 3, 2018

Kraken Axes is located in the former Murray’s at 3400 Georgia Avenue.

Kraken Axes hasn’t even gotten into full swing and it appears that trouble is already brewing. Kraken Axes opened in mid-December 2017 and is centered on the the sport of axe throwing in which the competitors throw an axe at a target, attempting to hit the bulls eye as near as possible, much like darts, but with axes.

In April, Kraken applied for a license to serve alcohol, both inside the establishment and on the parking lot, which they explained would be reconfigured as a Summer Garden. This drew a lot of concern from nearby neighbors leading to a negotiated Settlement Agreement with ANC1A which the Commission approved in May and the ABRA Board approved in June 2018.

Unknown to the ANC or community at the time of negotiation, ABRA was investigating Kraken Axes following ecomplaints they had received, leading to a hearing on June 27th before the ABRA Board (transcript here). The ABRA Board issued an ORDER REQUIRING APPLICANT TO DEMONSTRATE FITNESS FOR LICENSURE UNDER§ 25-301 AND ORDER on August 1, 2018, as a result of June hearing (full order here). In that order, Kraken Axes and D.C. Field House (both operated by the same owners), are directed to appear before the ABRA Board to demonstrate their qualifications for licensure. The hearing is scheduled for August 15, 2018, at 1:30 p.m. at ABRA in the Reeves Building.

A review of the ABC Board order states that “The Board seeks the DENIAL of the applications filed by Kraken and D.C. Field House based on 23 DCMR § 401.1, and the Board’s determination that the Applicant, Anna Veloro, is unfit for licensure under D.C. Official Code§ 25-301(a)(l).”

The order lists the following three counts for their action with supporting information listed in their Order:

COUNT I: Denial of the application filed by Kraken Axes is warranted where the Applicant allowed, permitted, or engaged in various violations of the law that merit denial of the application under 23 DCMR § 401.1.

COUNT II: Denial of the application filed by D.C. Field House is warranted where the Applicant allowed, permitted, or engaged in various violations of the law that merit denial of the application under 23 DCMR § 401.1.

COUNT III: The Board may deem the Applicant unfit for licensure pursuant to D.C. Official Code§§ 25-301(a)(l) and 25-301(a-1) based on the Applicant’s conduct, or if any of the violations identified above are sustained.

The findings of fact are serious, indeed, and this is a case of great concern to ANC1A and the community. We’ll need to see the outcome of the August hearing to determine what, if any, next steps need to be taken.

More Housing Coming to Georgia Avenue at Irving Street, NW

August 1, 2018

(The northeast corner of Georgia and Irving, NW)

According to permits issued on April 19, 2018, the property at the 3101 Georgia Avenue has been razed so that a new 8-unit multifamily building can be constructed on the site. The building will be just shy of 50 ft., which is the maximum by-right height allowed in the MU-4 zone. Other aspects of the project can be found in DCRA’s March 14, 2018 Determination Letter (read here).

Below is a rendering of the new building, and the full plan set is available here.

(Rending of new building designed for 3101 Georgia Ave., NW)


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