The vote was 7-0 with two abstentions: Jack Jacobson and Mike Silverstein. Silverstein is also a member of the DC Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) Board and regularly abstains from ANC votes on liquor license related issues.
One speaker on Wednesday evening said that she was not for or against the endeavor, but hopes that a resolution will be achieved in a reasonable manner, not through fear-mongering anonymous fliers.
From Matty Rhoades
Two small buildings at 1407-1409 T Street NW could become a new restaurant in the 14th Street corridor — but the path may not be simple. One of them is a former U.S. Post Office that has long been used as an annex for storing furniture for Ruff & Ready. The other has been renovated and sits empty.
The two buildings are zoned commercial and while they face the Room and Board store across the street, everything else on the 1400 block of T Street is residential, and close by at that. LoopNet lists the property as 1407-1409 and shows the two buildings joined by a two-story addition.
Working with NY-Based Chow Down
Local entrepreneur Blake Kimbrough is behind the Post Office restaurant project. Kimbrough said he is working with John Dempsey with the New York-based chain of trendy, affordable eateries, Chow Down, Inc. Chow Down owns such well-known establishments as Therapy, Barrage, El Centro, Hell’s Kitchen and Vynl.
“We have met with several residents from the building next door and are continuing to reach out to local residents to understand their concerns. We believe that local resident support is the greatest factor in guaranteeing our success in the historic U Street corridor,” Kimbrough told Borderstan.
Kimbrough said they are still working on the overall food concept, but are leaning toward modern-southern.
Application on ANC 2B Agenda
Any new spot in the location would be close to Policy, around the corner on 14th, and Cafe Saint-Ex at the southeast corner of 14th and T Streets. Another space at the northwest corner of 14th and T, a former liquor store, is still vacant.