Stubs Kitchen and Wine Restaurant coming to 1401 T St, NW

Stubs Kitchen and Wine is coming to the long vacant former corner store at 1401 T St, NW (next to Policy restaurant at 14th and T St, NW.) The restaurant “will serve upscale American cuisine, heavily influenced by authentic Italian attitude and passion for food.”

Stay tuned for more details as they become available.

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  • Kalorini

    Looking forward to this place. Hopefully they’re open for brunch, too, to help ease the absurdly long line at Policy! Good luck!

    • I saw the line at Policy this past weekend on Sunday morning. Was that really for brunch or was there a special event? Is their brunch line usually that long? I never would have picked that spot as a popular brunch place.

      • I was in that line for over an hour. It was that long because they had a livingsocial coupon for brunch that expires in 2 weekends. It was delicious, and the coupon was a great deal, and I guess everyone else is a procrastinator like me.

        • Ahh, I was wondering about that line on Sunday. Insane. Coincidentally, I saw it on my way to use my expiring Ace Hardware livingsocial (long line there too), after which I went to brunch at Local 16 to use another expiring livingsocial (no long line because they take reservations and had an interesting ticket system by which you submit the coupon at the door and they automatically adjust your bill…best preparation I’ve seen!).

  • Oh no! Another restaurant serving alcohol. The horror! Can’t wait to see the NIMBYs go to work on this one, too.

  • Finally something (anything!) goes into this space.

  • “Another” restaurant/bar/club in the neighbor. What an inventive idea! How about you apply for a liqour license (ABRA-088527) that asks to serve alcohol till 3 in the morning with live entertainment. This isn’t about being a NIMBY, this is about thoughtful places and retail establishments coming to the corridor. Not just another bar for some owner or investment group to make a bunch of money, while the bridge and tunnel “in crowd” fight to be seen. A bar — aka club (3am entertainment) — replaces a failed liquor store on the corner of 14 & T. I bet the concept took all of 5 minutes to hatch out. But why get soo upset, it’s not like anyone else is looking to open a bar along 14th. And hey who cares if 14th not only becomes condo canyon but a late not bar reef for displaced 20 somethings. Not like families live here or anything…

    • First off bridge and tunnle is a NY thing, not DC.

      Second, I am not sure when this failed liquor store that you say this bar is replacing was there, but I moved to the area in 2007 and that building was abandoned, so it has been a bit.

      Third, 14th street is zoned for this type of thing, I am sorry if you like the empty buildings that were there when you moved in, but you live in a city things do change.

      Fourth if you have a better idea for a business that you think can make money that isn’t a bar/restaurant, I suggest you find some investors and open it.

      Now I would say serving until 3 AM may be a bit problematic, but I would suggest to you instead of opposing the entire thing which is what you are clearly doing now, you actually work constructivly with the owners to get some reasonable concessions. If you are not being reasonable and want to stop the whole thing, welll then the owners have no reason to be reasonable with you.

      • First off, whomever your talking about who lives next door. He ain’t me. U Street Kooks??? So I retort.

        1) In using “Bridge and Tunnel, ” I was making and analogy. Perhaps that was a little obtuse for you. But every weekend, Logan Circle fills up with young and hungries who do not live in the neighborhood (often VA/MD), and you don’t see during the week but are constantly chasing the hottest scene. That is what is fine for those local businesses, I am sure their money is appreciated but not necessarily their attitude. So in this since, I am saying that many of these new bars depend on the weekend crowd from other than their local neighbors for survival. In chasing that crowd, retail options will cater to their ever changing whims and wants. Not all of them great for the neighborhood.

        2) Having lived in this neighborhood for 20 years — college, grad school, first crappy job out… I have a memory a little bit further back than 2007. So I have seen it change and gentrify from open air drug exchange to thought-out restaurant concepts and upward rising home values. I think all for the better. But there is a limit to the number of bars that any neighborhood can sustain and retain the qualities that made it attractive in the first place. There is a term called “urban planning” (perhaps you heard of it) that involves a comprehensive development of a community or business district. People who actually do live in Logan and just don’t use it as an entertainment zone to wash away memories of another week.

        3) 14th Street is zoned for mixed use. Retail, Living and the Arts, the latter is something that is slowly shirking away with each landowner chasing a higher rental price hence the plethera of banks on P Street and what seems the ever expanding need for another bar. In fact, locals were so concerned about bars and clubs taking over that they created an overlay that restricted the number of establishments that were based on liquor sales that could occupy 1st floor units. They were so concerned that they forced dangerous clubs like the Saint to close because of drunk lewd behavior, drug use and violence.

        4) Opening my own place? We all choose our profession. What I am simply saying is that I would like to live in an area that had a 18 hour streetscape and not desolate during the day only to come alive at night when all the taverns open up. There are plenty of businesses that are open or have opened along the corridor that don’t depend on selling alcohol as a business model. Take the new tile and bathroom store that opened near the Black Cat.

        Finally — if you actually analyzed what I said, you will find that my opposition focused on two things. On face value, opening up just another bar/restaurant with a similar concept (Italian Food and Wine — Posto down the street) isn’t very inventive and forgive me what the neighborhood is screaming for. But more importantly, this isn’t a restaurant. They are trying to open up a late night entertainment venue under the veil of a restaurant. 3am hours inside/outside. Live entertainment. If you think that the owners are interested in a reasonable place for food and drink then I have a bridge in Brooklyn (Hey another New York reference) to sell you.

        • The “kooks” comment was in reference to the people behind the U Street Dirt blog, not just a general brand of people who live on U Street.

          Either way, I retract my accusation. Your argument and retort was far too rational and reasonable to belong to anyone affiliated with that blog.

        • I hear the point about what would be “nice” for the neighborhood, but the plain fact is that small retailers can no longer afford the rents on 14th and that’s just the way it is. Plus the condos are coming — can’t stop them — they are geared towards young professionals, and all of those young professionals will need more places to eat and drink than there are now. It’s hard enough for local residents to get a table at a restaurant or seat at a bar anywhere close by as it is.

          As a local resident, my highest priorities are that things keep getting cleaner and safer. “Upscale” bars and restaurants generally help on both fronts (thanks to the arrival of Stubs Kitchen and Wine, for example, all the junk that’s been piled up out back of the building is finally getting cleaned up). I’ve also found that unless you live right on 14th Street or U Street the noise from weekend revelers is rarely a problem — and if you choose to live right on either of those streets, well, you’ve long since been coming to the nuisance.

          • Folks — sorry for getting my back up, but me and my family aren’t some reactionary septuagenarians who don’t want change. I love that this neighborhood is changing and is attractive to businesses coming in. Extremely good argument on the affordable rents. I think the ANCs have adopted principles (sent to the city) to give incentives to building owners to encourage rent to non-entertainment businesses. I just worry that our neighborhood only has a finite carrying capacity to support all of the new restaurants that are opening (so fast). Just fear that theses places will not be able to support the higher rents charged or the seat capacity sought to meet rent demand and will devolve from having a restaurant license, which carries certain food sale parameters, to either a bar or tavern license (make more money on wine than food). Then we are dotted w/ a number of bars all competing to the race to the bottom w/ deals or late night revelry options for a limited crowd. Some survive, some don’t and then we are left again with an empty shell. I’ve committed to live here and just want a nice place to raise my 3 kids. Seeing the what Stubs is initially asking for doesn’t speak to me as upscale restaurant but more of a bar that sells food and has very late night entertainment. I hope I am wrong and that the ANC will get a strong but reasonable voluntary agreement. A lot of the existing bars/restaurants have a reciprocity clause in their VA’s. So if another establishment gets more lenient conditions, they can ask for them too

        • @Anonmous 11:44–

          You have summed up the views of many neighborhood residents in a very thoughtful and articulate manner. Thank God for neighbors like you!

    • You sound like the kooks over there at the U Street Dirt blog.

    • You must be the guy my waiter at Policy was talking about that lives next door and tries to block literally everything, or one of his cohorts. How incredibly selfish. The best part is, this person apparently will show up to eat at the establishments he rails against so hard. Hmm…

    • PDleftMtP

      Yes, much better to aim to be the next Mt. Pleasant Street….

      I love my neighborhood, I shop in those businesses when I can (even the dollar store), but it’s just nuts to prefer vacant buildings or imaginary family-owned fair trade organic co-ops over viable businesses. And for those of us who remember what 14th Street used to be like (walking to the old post office at 14th and Irving was a bit of an adventure in the middle of the day in the 90s), there’s no question whether things have gotten better or worse.

      I wonder how many of the NIMBYs are the “I gentrified first, now everyone else stay away” crowd.

    • Failed Liquor store at 14th and T? Paradise Liquors was open for like 30 years. They sold the building when things were booming so your facts are wrong.

      • Paradise was run by really great people – they were awesome. They kept the area around their store clean and were hilarious jokers with regulars. Glad to know they choose to leave and were not gentrified out.

  • I could care less what goes there–I am just glad that it won’t be vacant any more.

    • It was a run down liquor store until about 2004 when the building was sold for just shy of one million dollars.

      Shocking that it has remained vacant for almost 8 years.

  • I live right around the corner and am incredibly excited for this! Hoping there won’t be a ridiculous backlash from a few overly vocal neighbors a la The Post Office Bistro debacle…

  • I don’t remember the liquor store being terribly run down, just kind of average, but the guys who owned it or ran it were really nice and sometimes I’d go out of my way to shop there. I don’t think they left that business totally voluntarily, but I am surprised that the space has been empty so long.

    • I call any business in a building the had serious maintenance issues “run down”. There has been significant masonry and exterior work competed on the building.

      My favorite was the glass blocks that used to be on the sides of the front door and the layers of concrete over the brick to attempt to prevent further deterioration.

      Surprised that they let that class A liquor license for selling as a store go. At this point that may have been a better business opportunity with all the new residents over the past decade.

  • It seems to me that there maybe two lines of thinking on this. When you think you’re going to pull up stakes once the better job or kiddies come along, it’s easy to think all these new openings are always great. I just know that I routinely pick up beer bottles outside my condo on 14th. Just as long as these new owners, who probably don’t live in area, remember people have made this place their home. I assume it will all be good. But I’m getting married and moving to Chcago in a year so won’t be here to see.

  • You with exception of the Thievery guy’s places, which tend to become nightclub like experiences, most of the places opened on 14th are totally food centric and true restaurants. I don’t know what all the complaining is about. Lower rents would defintiely garner a better mix of retail.

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