The Ghibellina Gets Restored to it’s Mid-Century Condition

by November 1, 2012 at 8:00 am 2,280 0


Ghibellina gets restored to mid-centry facade. (Luis Gomez)

From Rachel Nania. Check out her blog, Sear, Simmer & Stir. Follow Nania on Twitter @rnania, email her at rachel[AT]

The 14th Street space that was formerly home to HR-57 (a famous DC jazz club) will soon be an Italian restaurant, named Ghibellina.

And while the restaurant hopes to be open at some point this winter, Ari Gejdenson and Ralph Lee have decided to restore the space at 1610 14th Street NW back to it’s mid-century condition. At this time, 14th Street NW was known as “auto row” for its many car dealerships. Evidence of this can be seen in the photo posted by developers at the future site of Ghibellina.

In July, the Washingtonian gave readers the inside scoop on the “Italian gastropub’s” menu offerings, it’s interior plans and it’s trouble with local neighbors over liquor licensing. The three-story space will offer a casual dining spot on the main floor, more upscale dining upstairs and a space for live music on the bottom level.

Stay tuned to for more information on Ghibellina’s development.

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