by Borderstan.com September 18, 2010 at 11:14 pm 2,296 4 Comments

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Benn Natao manages Teak Wood restaurant at 14th Street NW between N Street Rhode Island Avenue . (Luis Gomez Photos)

Teak Wood restaurant did a soft opening Thursday. Manager Benn Natao said they are still putting the finishing touches on the Thai and Sushi eatery at 1323 14th Street NW. They hope to do an official grand opening this coming week, after the liquor license is granted.

“Appetizers run $7 to $9 and entrees are in the $13 to $20 range,” Natao said.

Unlike some of the trendy new restaurants that have opened recently on the 14th Street corridor, Teak Wood accepts reservations and is open for lunch. The restaurant website is not up yet, but you can call them at 202-290-1856.

Hours are Monday through Thursday 11 am to 10 pm; Friday 11 am to 11 pm; Saturday noon to 11 pm; and Sunday noon to 10 pm.

Teakwood restaurant 14th Street NW Logan Circle Luis Gomez Photos

Manager Benn Natao inside Teak Wood. Seating capacity is 146. (Luis Gomez Photos)

by Borderstan.com July 11, 2010 at 7:40 pm 2,456 6 Comments

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Teak Wood is planned for 1323 14th Street (left) and a Mexican Restaurant is coming to 1819 14th Street. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Tom Hay

According to recently filed notices with the DC Alcohol Beverage Regulation Administration (ABRA), two more restaurants are in the works for the 14th Street corridor.

At 1323 14th Street will be Teak Wood, serving Thai cuisine and seating 146 people; the owners operate Galea Thai in Alexandria. The building also houses the Crew Club. Teak Wood will become the third Thai restaurant between N and R streets.  Just across 14th Street at 1326 is Thai Tanic and further north at 1608 14th is Rice (which serves a variety of east Asian cuisine).

Further up 14th Street at 1819, in between The Black Cat and ICON, will be a yet unnamed Mexican restaurant. The ABRA notice describes it as “… restaurant/Taqueria with entertainment serving Mexican cuisine. Entertainment to include acoustic bands, Mexican style music. The restaurant will have Summer Garden with 99 seats and a Sidewalk Café with14 seats. Total occupancy load is 274…”

Both establishments must face hearings scheduled for early September. I believe the summer garden and bands at the Mexican restaurant are going to raise red flags with the local ANCs. Masa 14, a few doors down, has been trying for months to get rooftop seating in place. 14th & You did very good coverage of their efforts to secure a voluntary agreement. One can only imagine a replay.

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