Stephen Starr’s Parc Deux Moving Forward at 14th and Q St, NW

Yesterday I requested folks send some nominees for Danger Watch to princeofpetworth(at)gmail. I got lots of good nominations but one that jumped out at me was Parc Deux because I had been emailing ANC2F02 Commissioner Nick Barron for an update on the old Shirt Laundry space at 14th and Q St, NW in Logan Circle. I first shared scuttlebutt that a Stephen Starr restaurant was interested in this space back in May 2011. In Nov. 2011 a liquor license application was listed for Parc Deux to become

“a French restaurant, bistro, and café serving classic French cuisine for breakfast, lunch dinner and brunch.”

To make a long story short, Commissioner Baron answers that a Voluntary Agreement has been signed. This paves the way for construction to begin soon. Stay tuned.

And in completely unrelated news – these pigeons on the church behind the space were freaking me out:

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  • I’m pretty psyched to see a Stephen Starr restaurant here in DC. I lived in Stephen Starr land (Philly) for many years and most people either love him or hate him. I really enjoy his restaurants- so many varieties, awesome decor and concepts, great food and drinks (at most of the places), and always in cool neighborhoods and buildings!

    • freakapotimus

      Hit or miss. When I lived in Philadelphia, I loved El Vez and Jones, but never once had a good meal at Parc. I went once for brunch and once for dinner, and both times the food was lackluster and the service slow and haughty.

  • Not sure how recent the pic is of the Shirt Laundry, but last time I walked past, the northern doorway and sidewalk had been taken over by a homeless person or people. There is a huge pile of stuff crammed in there that resembles northign so much as an Occupy DC encampment.

    Looking closely at the upper photo, you can see a green tarp covering some of the stuff, but when I last walked by there was 3x to 4x as much.

    I’m glad there is some permitting progress putting this building to use, I expect there will be a bit more of a wait getting the place fixed up. Since it’s abandoned and taken over by homeless, the clean up is going to be that much more complicated.

  • Those pigeons are really creepy

  • I am not sure how excited I would be, I heard from an individual who did an environmental survey of this site, including soil samples, that it would not be suitable for a restaurant, and if it did become a restaurant he would NEVER eat there. I guess because of the carcinogens associated with the dry cleaning business…sounds yummy

    • @ Ed. It’s common knowledge that sites formerly used as dry cleaners can have serious contamination issues from the cleaning chemicals. As such, I’m willing to bet that the new owner took that into consideration when buying the place. Also, it’s probably fair to speculate that they wouldn’t have bought the place w/o getting some assurances about its environmental health. All said, I doubt that soil contaimination will be an issue.

    • Yeah, it seems to me that there has been discussion about chemical contamination here before. It is a larger space than I thought, though, so I see why a restaurant would want the location.

    • Unless there’s concrete evidence that the new owner has cleaned the site up to restaurant standards, it would make me think twice about going there. “I’m sure he’s thought of that,” is hardly reassuring.

      • Really? You would be surprised just how “contaminated” about all of the soil in DC is. There are very few sites that don’t have some level of petroleum contamination from fill material brought into the city back when it was developed in the 1920s-1950s.

        I would not be concerned about eating at this restaurant based on it’s past use. I have some unique knowledge about the site and there is no reason to be concerned that what’s in the soil would somehow be harmful to someone who dines there for a few hours one night let alone someone who works there for 8-12 hours a day.

    • That homeless guy has been there for years, and he’s not sick. Well, he doesn’t appear to be sick. Well, now I’m not sure.

  • past use of the site should not preclude successful re-use as a restaurant. The District Department of the Environment has a voluntary program Mr. Starr can enroll in and achieve a regulatory “blessing” for the site. A nice vapor barrier and some vapor extraction piping beneath the slab should do the trick for mitigating potential vapor intrusion into the space. Piece o’ cake…

  • burritosinstereo

    I thought I’d left the Stephen Starr knob-riding behind me when I left Philly. Sigh.

  • I wonder if Starr Inc. purchased the property. If so, it would make sense to knock down the structure and build a multi-story. The site is a complete dump.

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