Dear PoP – Lots of New Restaurants Opening Up

805 Kennedy Street, NW, originally uploaded by rockcreek.

“Dear PoP,

Seems like new restaurants are opening up everywhere you look. What’s your thought on why there are so many new places? Is DC finally turning into a foodie town? Are rents coming down, allowing for new upstarts? Or are people willing to spend money on food in a down economy?

In any case, there’s something called “Duro” or “Puro” cafe opening in upper georgetown on Wisconsin Ave just up the street from the new TD bank, on the same side. There’s also a new diner going in next to Tunicliff’s Tavern on 8th st SE across from eastern market.”

Those are good questions in the first paragraph. Anyone know why so many new restaurants seem to be opening up? Or is it the same amount of restaurants that are opening up but they have really good PR?

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  • The restaurant in the picture is a little honey patch for mexican food. Great breakfast too. mmm, Huevos Mexicana. The owner and staff is super-nice too.

  • People are getting tired of the bad economy and the even worse corporate rat race and are now doing their own thing??

  • The spot going in next to Tunni’s is not a diner. It will be the third outpost of Acqua al 2. (the others are in San Diego, CA and Florence, Italy)

    I’ve been doing a series on new restaurants on the Hill for The Hill is Home, because the number of places opening up is astonishing. In my interviews with owners, it seems to be a combination of things: there are still plenty of people with disposable income in DC, rents have been favorable, interesting spaces are becoming available. And, while I think that there definitely are a lot of places opening up, with the proliferation of twitter and blogs and the like, we hear about things instantly, and for many months before something actually opens, so we’re more aware of new places being built out, in real time.

  • Only business that can make a margin (mostly with alcohol) with the artificially high rents and crappy ass economy.

  • I think the latter part of Nichole’s post is dead on.

  • Ya gotta eat!

  • Only time will tell . . .

  • The Georgetown cafe is called Puro. It’s surprisingly conceptual. Whether it’s actually any good, we’ll see.

  • tunni’s is on 7th, not 8th.

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