From Alejandra Owens. You can find her at her food blog, One Bite At A Time. Alejandra also writes for City Eats DC, a Food Network site, where you can book dinner reservations. Email her at [email protected] and follow her on Twitter at @frijolita.
The 14th Street corridor just keeps on growing. As it grows up, up and up, smart entrepreneurs and restauranteurs like Mark Kuller snatch it up for their own ventures.
You probably don’t know much about Kuller. You might have heard of his chef/partner in food crime, Haidar Karoum. But you’ve definitely heard of his master of libations, Adam Bernbach. I’ve never met Kuller myself, but I’ve dined and drank at his restaurants many times — Estadio and Proof — and they are probably among my top 5 favorite places in DC.
Last week we heard news that Kuller, Karoum and Bernbach will be opening another spot on 14th Street NW, this time a restaurant with Southeast Asian-inspired cuisine. We can expect a 40-seat “curated cocktail bar” and a bevy of soups, noodle and skewer dishes sometime in late fall or early winter. The location of the restaurant will occupy the first-floor space of the District Condos project (although the project is now “boutique” with rental units instead of condos) on the 1800 block of 14th Street between S and Swann Streets NW.
“Chef Karoum and I, and the rest of our team, are grateful for the fervor with which our Logan Circle neighbors have embraced Estadio and are excited to launch our second restaurant on 14 th Street,” Kuller told me via email. “Chef and I share a love for the cuisine of mainland Southeast Asia and we hope to create a unique neighborhood restaurant which showcases, on an affordable and accessible basis, the diverse styles and flavors of this region.”
When opening Estadio, Kuller and team has a keen interest in getting Spanish style, or at least inspired, food right, I have faith that Kuller and his team won’t disappoint with this new venture.
Now. What do I have to do to sell Kuller on opening a legit Mexican food joint? (And we all know how I feel about Mexican food in DC.)
There is never a lack of development news on 14th Street NW. In the past week, we’ve learned that one project is not moving forward and another announced their timeline for completion.The Housing Complex blog (Lydia DePillis) at Washington City Paper reports that local developer Jim Abdo has withdrawn his zoning application for a planned residential building on the last piece of vacant land on the 1400 block of Rhode Island Avenue NW. The lot is just around the corner from Abdo’s office on 14th Street NW.
Abdo Development announced plans to construct a 70-unit residential building on vacant land at 1427 Rhode Island Avenue NW back in August. Development of the plot would have completed the transformation of the block that began a decade ago. The 1400 block of Rhode Island NW is now a very desirable stretch in the neighborhood — long-time Borderstanis remember when that was definitely not the case.
Meanwhile, a few blocks north on the southwest corner of 14th and U Streets, developer JGB released a timeline for the construction of a mixed-use project. Work will get underway this month, and is expected to be completed December 2013. The development will include 268 luxury apartments and 40,000 square feet of ground floor retail.
New construction aside, the historic facades of businesses , and the businesses themselves — DC Noodles, Stem, Coppi’s and Utopia Bar & Grill — are to remain.
Some interesting, amusing and newsworthy posts at other blogs around town…
DCmud, which reports on DC real estate development, reported last week that the condo project for the southwest corner of 14th and R Streets NW may get underway in April: “That New Condo Smell: Coming Soon to a Parking Lot Near U.” (See November 19 post on the project.) The space at 1638 14th is currently a very small parking lot next to AYT Auto Services. The seven-floor building will have around 30 units and first-floor retail is planned. In terms of retail street traffic, this intersection is a dead zone, so hopefully the plans for “mixed use” will ultmately mean some retail at that corner. DCmud also notes, “The project may also have some direct competition from JBG one block north, which has plans for its own, much larger condo on 14th Street.”
Who can resist a headline like this at New Columbia Heights? “Be careful in the snow! Burned car blocking alley on 11th,” seems to sum up the frustration of this winter’s ongoing snowfall.
At 14th & You, Mr. 14th & You has a fun post, “News Flash: Ex-Manhattanite Finds DC Lacking.” The headline tells you what you need to know before clicking.
Over at why.i.hate.dc, Dave Stroup has a posting from Friday on the derailment of the Redline Metro train, “Was a destination error the cause of Friday’s derailment?”
“Forget the Snow – Garbage is the Big Issue Now,” says the Prince of Petworth. (I would add snow-clogged alleys to the list of issues since the city does NOT plow alleys.) What are you seeing around the Dupont-Logan-U area? Are the public trash cans overflowing onto the ground? Has anyone gone out and bagged up the trash and left it for city crews to pick up?