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  • There is no practical way that a used bookstore could work in that tiny space, at that rent, under the current conditions in the book business.

    I’d like to see Adams Express knock a hole in the wall and expand.

  • A larger Adams Express with more seating would be amazing.

  • I’m so bummed. My chicken burrito with refried beans there was soooooooooooo tasty.

    It might be nice to have a sweet little cafe to compete with Dos Gringos, which I’ve never liked. But maybe that would be too close to Heller’s?

  • If someone can find a place to put the pit, a NC BBQ joint would be awesome there.

  • What about an Arepa place???

  • I stopped going there when I saw roaches crawling dangerously close to the bins of ingredients and the lady preparing my burrito didn’t even flinch. They did make a tasty burrito but I prefer my food sans roaches.

  • a gigantic, cheap and well-run Spanish-language day care!

  • I think a nice delicatessen could do well here.

  • anyone been to the bar white star in New York? Small and narrow like Burritos Fast space. Mt Pleasant needs a decent bar – no sorry Raven just doesn’t count – I like my drinks cold and without dust in them.

  • anon 1244, I do not know much but I guess getting a liquor license in Mt pleasant with the known legal implications from the Mt Pleasant association would be a challenge….

  • while more bars would bring more people and more people would likely lure more restaurants and shops etc. as it did in U Street and Adams Morgan. Nestor is right. there is a reason this hasn’t happened already. MTP stoked well with group houses and young professionals would be a good place for a couple more bars. but the nimbys won’t have it. They should all be patting themselves on the back for their years of service. the strip is really booming!

  • Personally, I like MtP BECAUSE it’s not U street or Adams Morgan. Those places are fine, and I’m glad they exist, but MtP is different. It’s quiter; less convenient; more family-friendly. I hope that never changes.

  • oh my god, you HAVE a used bookstore, it’s called ebay!

  • I spoke to a big head nimby and they have decided to back off new businesses because of what they caused, but a bar is still a different story.

  • I agree that there’s no way a used bookstore would work in a space like this one (or most, frankly). I’d be happy with any sort of food or beverage-dispensing tenant, preferably a roach-free one! In my opinion, it would be unfortunate if it ended up becoming yet another cellphone store, bank or laundromat, there are already too many of those around.

  • What caused the revenue to plummet? The roaches? Or the recession?

  • It’s actually Burrito Fast, not Burritos Fast. The big sign out front is a misprint.

  • A used bookstore, now there’s a real moneymaker….

  • Dcdude. Not sure when I walk my 5 year old down mount pleasant street to the farmers market. Past all the vacant store fronts, loiterers, and passed out drunks, that im getting that family friendly vibe you speak of. I for one think a place like Comet Ping Pong would be great. During the day its totally family friendly and at night its still a good spot to grab a beer and a pizza.

  • I think the working model for bookstores these days needs to be in the vein of Kramer Books. boosted revenue through its cafe allows it to keep selling books. I think a place like that would also do very well in MTP.

  • i would settle for day care/bar.


    I love the Yes! at 14th and V. Why oh why can’t we have one in Mt. P?

  • The real question is what caused revenue to drop from $6-800 to $150 a day. Any new business is going to want to know.

    I lived in MtP. 25 years ago, then moved to CH and have rarely shopped or eaten there since, (except for Sportsman liquors because the owner is so nice and well – I need liquor! )

    Mt. P. has probably already been beaten out as a “destination place” by Adams Morgan, CH & U St. – even Cleveland Park – other neighborhoods with better mix of retail/bar/restaurant and metro access, so I think the best thing would be to focus on what will make it a vibrant and thriving place for the immediate neighborhood. Ideally, places that might also make me want to walk over from CH now and then. Tonic & Radius pulled me west for a while, but now I have Pete’s, RedRocks etc.

  • Obviously, what’s needed here is another branch of the “Cricket” empire!

    I think the place failed because, frankly, the burritos weren’t all that good, unless you like your meat fillings accompanied with lots of the warm water they’ve been soaking in for hours. I live a block away and frequent 4-5 establishments on Mt. P street regularly, but after a couple of tries, Burrito Fast never got back into the rotation.

  • Er… I think I know why their revenues dropped so drastically. It’s ’cause we moved from MtP to CH. You may have noticed that Taqueria DF got new umbrellas? Yep. I might as well direct-deposit my paycheck to that place.

  • I’ve bought burritos there frequently for the last 5 years, and I can say I’ve never seen a single roach, ever.

    My guess is that the business cratered because the neighborhood has changed so much demographically. A business there is going to have to cater to young professionals, bougies, and poor-but-aspiring hipsters. The ethnic hole-in-the-wall is going to have troubles. Same with the Hispanic grocery markets (one of which recently closed).

    A good cafe with late hours is missing in Mt.P. So is a bookstore, but that tiny space wouldn’t work for one. More bars would be good — maybe a wine-and-cheese bar? That would be distinct from the Marx, the Raven, Tonic, and Haydee’s, and more appropriate for the small space.

  • Very nice photos. Specially the Ese Bato Loco walking right outside the burrito eatery.


  • I, for one, will miss Burrito Fast very much. For years I ate lunch there often.

  • A small bar indeed, exclusive and highly prized by virtue of its size and limited seating. Preferably with a tavern license so that they can offer food but not be dependent on it. Something with the booze flavors of Bar Pilar’s kitchen, Bourbon/Red Derby’s selection and Stan’s pours.

  • Anything with a liquor license would be pretty unlikely. Even if MPNA and “she-who-shall- not-be-named-or-she’ll-show-up-here-and-pitch-a-fit” changed their tune – at this point they’ve created such a toxic business environment that anyone with previous knowledge or sense of what went on here would consider just about any neighborhood before MtP. It’s really sad, but a real testament to what can happen if you don’t get involved or at least stay aware of your neighborhood associations – crazy people with too much free time on their hands have the ability to really hurt communities.

  • This city has enough bars. Since the place is already set up for food service/cooking, I agree that an Arepa place like the one in lower Manhattan would be fun, something new for DC. Or a soup place, with twelve different kinds of soups from around the world. Something interesting and different from the same old same olds we get around here.

  • DC has more restaurants per capita than any other city in the country. 0.4 for every 100 people. Alcohol does not spoil whereas food does. The markup on alcohol is much higher than food and stands a better chance at paying the rent. I bet pretzels to oyster crackers that more people drink alcohol in the week than drink soup. A soup bar that serves alcohol and soup would be recession proof.

  • Profitability should only be one factor to consider in planning a community or attracting business. Not the only factor.

  • The kind elderly chef at Adam’s Express can barely keep up with the customers he has now. I can only imagine the hours on end we’d wait were he to expand.

  • Profitability isn’t the only factor? When an independent 750sq ft restaurant (of sorts) can not pay its bills, neither the shareholders nor the government will likely cover the tab. A business must be profitable to pay its expenses. Smiles, sunshine and good intentions are noble, but hardly pay the bills or wages.

    Unless GM buys the place and starts building eco-friendly adobe cars.

  • “Profitability should only be one factor to consider in planning a community or attracting business. Not the only factor.”

    Not the only factor, but it should be a deciding criterion. Otherwise you’ll get a revolving door of failed businesses coming and going (=empty storefronts). And that’s no good for anyone involved.

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