From Tom Hay
Washington Post food critic, Tom Sietsema, announced that two new Italian themed restaurants are in the planning stages for 14th Street NW. Abdo Development and Whisk Group are partnering on the restaurants.
A pizzeria/bakery style restaurant at 1601 14th Street, will be called Italian Shirt Laundry, a reference to the former tenant it replaces. Further south at 1404 14th Street (just north of Rhode Island Avenue), currently Abdo’s office, will be the more upscale restaurant, Italian Cinema. According to Sietsema’s column, the owners are aiming for an opening later this year.
The Abdo name will be familiar to many in Borderstan. The developer got his start in the Logan Circle neighborhood in the 1990s, transforming distressed historic structures into luxury condominiums. Some notable projects include the Willison at 1425 Rhode Island Avenue NW and the Emerson at 1220 N Street NW.