From David McAuley. Email him at david[AT]borderstan.com.
M Cafe and Bar, a long-awaited 90-seat Italian restaurant at 14th and R Streets, may have to open without outdoor seating. It will be located on the ground floor of the newly constructed apartment building The Aston (1634 14th Street).
Representatives from the restaurant, failed to show up for a scheduled hearing requesting ANC approval on its public space permit at the May 22 ANC 2F Community Development Committee meeting.
The committee voted unanimously to recommend the full ANC vote at its next meeting to oppose the application. The reason: there will be no community or ANC review of the sidewalk seating plans before it comes before DC authorities for approval next month.
M Cafe and Bar and Bar di Bari both located at the corner of 14th and R Streets are aiming for a June 15 opening. Bar di Bari will be located on the northwest corner in The Northern Exchange, a former Verizon building.