Dear PoP – Progress at American Ice Company

“Dear PoP,

I know I told you a while back about the progress made at the American Ice Company (on V St across from the middle school). Well, last time you featured it, it was a ramshackle warehouse with some crummy brick work on the ground in front. They have finished the patio – I am guessing they will paint or do some sort of mural on the wall. They also put up new gutter, redid the brick work on the front of the building and painted. As for the inside, you can peek in the windows on the side and see that the bar is about 80% finished, the duct work on the ceiling is done, the floor (assuming they are going with exposed finished concrete) are finished. All in all, it is looking good and moving along very fast compared to others in the neighborhood.”

We first learned of the American Ice Company, located at 917 V St, NW back in May ’10. I’m curious what you guys think of the new brick wall?

Here’s what it used to look like:

Back in May the liquor license application said,

“Small neighborhood gathering place with entertainment to include dancing, DJ’s and occasional
3-piece combo band. Total occupancy load is 143 with 44 seats included for Summer Garden.”

At the time a commenter who associated himself with the project wrote:

“I am one of the people putting this place together. First off, it is not going to be a dance place. As a matter of fact, we probably won’t even have DJ’s. When you apply for a license with ABRA it is necessary to ask for these endorsements even if you have no intention of using them.

It is going to be a very low key neighborhood bar and taqueria. The Summer garden, that will only have ambient music until 11:00 PM at the latest, is on the side opposite of the Rhapsody and noise should not impact the residents. in any case, we have reached out to residents of your building and are in the process of setting up a meeting to discuss our plans with them and hope you will attend.”

Stay tuned for more info as it becomes available.

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  • Good luck to the owners of the American Ice Company. They are being fought tooth-and-nail by the owners at the Rhapsody over noise, etc (can’t really blame them). Hopefully they can get things worked out and another abandoned eye-sore is turned into successful business in the community.

  • When you say that the Rhapsody residents are fighting them tooth and nail, what do you mean exactly? Are they protesting the liquor lisence or something? I’m just curious. I live nearby and would love to come out in support of the establishment.

    • Yep – I have been to a couple ANC meetings where they are protesting the liqour licenses. If folks want the establishment – please come speak up about it at the next ANC meeting.

    • Most Rhapsody owners are really excited about this. It’s a vocal few (very few) who are putting up a fuss. The owners had a meeting with Rhapsody residents a while back (and with the ANC, so he *should* know where we all stand), and the response was overwhelmingly positive. I can’t make it to ANC meetings because i have class on Thursday nights, but I’ll be writing to our ANC to make sure he’s not going to try to ruin this project.

  • I like that they’re keeping and modifying that old, if plain, industrial building instead of just knocking it down and building something totally characterless.

    I hope they work out something with the neighbors, it would be nice to have some activity in that place.

  • We’re owners at the Rhapsody and very excited to see this go in!

  • I’m an owner down the street and couldn’t be more excited about it. It really does look like it will be a neighborhood establishment based on the size and tucked away location. I understand fears about noise, but I think I would prefer the increase in property value that new development to the area will bring.

  • If you are in favor of this spot – make sure to participate in your ANC meetings. The ANCs are a pain, and they generally only hear the negative aspects of these businesses from SOME neighbors, so then they assume that ALL neighbors are against it. Make your voice heard.

  • Ambient music, eh? So they’ll only be playing Aphex Twin and the Orb or Boards of Canada?

    Global Chillage!

    • Better than Ambien music, which just puts me to sleep – of course, I tend to do crazy, freaky things whilst listening to it, but never remember what, exactly…

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