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.