New Thai, Mexican Restaurants Coming to 14th Street

by Borderstan.com July 11, 2010 at 7:40 pm 1,770 6 Comments

Teak Wood 14th Street NW Logan Circle Luis Gomez Photos Borderstan

Teak Wood is planned for 1323 14th Street (left) and a Mexican Restaurant is coming to 1819 14th Street. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Tom Hay

According to recently filed notices with the DC Alcohol Beverage Regulation Administration (ABRA), two more restaurants are in the works for the 14th Street corridor.

At 1323 14th Street will be Teak Wood, serving Thai cuisine and seating 146 people; the owners operate Galea Thai in Alexandria. The building also houses the Crew Club. Teak Wood will become the third Thai restaurant between N and R streets.  Just across 14th Street at 1326 is Thai Tanic and further north at 1608 14th is Rice (which serves a variety of east Asian cuisine).

Further up 14th Street at 1819, in between The Black Cat and ICON, will be a yet unnamed Mexican restaurant. The ABRA notice describes it as “… restaurant/Taqueria with entertainment serving Mexican cuisine. Entertainment to include acoustic bands, Mexican style music. The restaurant will have Summer Garden with 99 seats and a Sidewalk Café with14 seats. Total occupancy load is 274…”

Both establishments must face hearings scheduled for early September. I believe the summer garden and bands at the Mexican restaurant are going to raise red flags with the local ANCs. Masa 14, a few doors down, has been trying for months to get rooftop seating in place. 14th & You did very good coverage of their efforts to secure a voluntary agreement. One can only imagine a replay.

  • Avi

    Authentic Mexican, or more Central American-Faux-Mexican? I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: DC could use more real & authentic Mexican flavor & culture.

    We have enough Thai!

    • Tom

      Thanks for the comment Avi!

      I’m not sure of the authenticity of the cuisine. I based the write up on the submission on the DC ABRA petition, which was pretty vague. No chef’s name or other identifying information was given. We will try to keep you updated on any new information!

  • Scott

    I thought the place going in next to crew club was by the owners of marvin/policy? If not, are they looking at another possible place somewhere?

  • I just want a good, affordable diner somewhere on 14th Street between Rhode Island and U!

  • local area man

    I’m cautiously optimistic about the idea of good Mexican coming to the ‘hood (Alero is garbagio), but more Thai food? Seriously?!

    If any local restaurateurs are reading this & are considering opening a place near 14th & U, please note that we’re SERIOUSLY lacking in the Indian food department. Given the local residents’ love of ethnically diverse food choices and the area’s ability to sustain restaurants with a wide range of price points (from Mickey D’s to Coppi’s) I would wager that if a halfway decent Indian place moved into the area it would be printing money within a couple of months…if not weeks.

  • LisaJ

    Seriously ?!!? A restaurant in the same building as a gay bath house/sex club ?
    Oh my…no thanks, I’m good.


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