New ‘American Comfort Food’ Restaurant Planned in Adams Morgan

by Tim Regan October 13, 2016 at 3:45 pm 4 Comments

Two employees of Cleveland Park’s Cactus Cantina have plans to open a new dining spot in Adams Morgan.

The eatery, dubbed “Alfresco Tap and Grill,” could soon come together on a plot of land at 2009 18th St. NW, according to Cindy Sanchez, one of the forthcoming restaurant’s managing partners. As we reported last week, that land is currently being used as a parking lot for Cactus Cantina’s sister restaurant, Lauriol Plaza.

“Alfresco will be a full service restaurant that will provide its patrons with an indoor and outdoor garden experience and will feature a menu based on American comfort food, such as burgers, sandwiches, pizza, steaks and gourmet specials,” Sanchez told Borderstan. “We will also serve an array of craft beer on tap, creative cocktails and great wines.”

According to plans filed with D.C.’s Historic Preservation Review Board last month, Alfresco Tap and Grill would be located inside a new building.

“We are excited to go heavy on the fresco with a large outdoor garden and patio, an outdoor terrace and a rooftop vegetable and herb garden,” Sanchez explained.

Though it’s unclear when workers might break ground on the new building, Sanchez said the company is set to “start the lengthy permitting process soon and construction would start shortly after that.”

  • a

    Could you get the ANC to comment on this? Or nahhh?

  • AMDCer

    My only question would be where are all the Zipcars going to go? Glad to see this parking lot being developed, though.

  • Vern

    The building will be too tall, the donation bins will have nowhere to gather after having been there for generations, oh, and who is going to save the poor displaced zip cars who won’t be able to get their Christmas cleaning or find other affordable parking in the neighborhood!?!…NIMBY’s Unite!

  • John Smith 1882

    BREAKING ANC 1 stick-in-the-muds vociferously hate this proposal and plan to fight it. They say that “views we all enjoy will be destroyed” and “the lot is a community gathering space that has been around for generations” and “we don’t feel that it will fit the neighborhood.” The members left a parting shot as they closed out their meeting “nothing will get built until I’m in my grave!”


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