New Indian Restaurant Coming to 1700 Pennsylvania Ave, NW

“Dear PoP,

I was wondering if you had heard anything about the new Indian restaurant opening at 1700 Pennsylvania NW soon – they’re supposedly opening in the space on Pennsylvania between the Wachovia and the parking garage. There are some permits posted on the door but I can’t find anything about it on the Internet. My coworkers and I are chomping at the bit waiting for this place to open and I was hoping you had heard something!”

I checked this place, Spice Indian Bistro, out on my Sun. walkabout hoping to bring you good news. Alas, when I peeked in the window, it seems a lot of work is still left before it comes anywhere close to resembling a restaurant. Ed. Note: When I was peeking in the window and taking photographs this is one of the few buildings where the security guard immediately came out and asked me what the hell I was doing (nicely). I’m not sure if it is because of proximity to the White House but A+ for that security firm. It looks like the space was formerly the lobby or offices to a lawfirm so if I had to guess I’d say there’s still at least another month or more of build out before they open for business. I’ll be sure to update when that happens.

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  • I believe this is a branch of this place, which currently has two locations in DC…

  • I can’t share this posts enthustiastic praise for what was once the hallmark of a Soviet-style police state: the practice of having uniformed guards question you anytime you take a picture in a public place.

    It used to be that Americans would laugh derisively about how the Russians or the Saudis or the East Germans were so controllingly secretive that they wouldn’t even let you take pictures on a city sidewalk. Now, in the America of the “New Normal”, we’re totally OK with that kind of thing happening in our own country.

    • Prince Of Petworth

      I agree that just taking pictures of buildings in public places should be allowed but to be fair I was kinda peeking in a bunch of windows and trying to snap photos of what it looked like inside to show the construction update in this instance. Now if I was just taking a photo of Union Station and were stopped, I’d be pissed.

  • I believe it is against to law to take pictures of Amtrak trains or railways. So you should be careful in Union Station. Remember this article, where an individual was arrested for taking pics at Penn Station … for an Amtrak Photo Contest!!

    • FYI, it is not against the law to take pictures of railways or train stations in this country. Amtrak could create a policy saying that they don’t want you to take pictures while on THEIR property, but even then the most they could do is ask you to leave, then have you arrested for trespassing if you don’t leave.

      The story about the photographer arrested at an Amtrak station is about cops abusing their authority, pure and simple. There’s no law backing their actions up.

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