Former “Goins Building” to be Redeveloped including a 4,000 Sq. Ft. Restaurant in Petworth

Shepherd and Georgia Ave, NW

More great news for Petworth this week – I’m told the long vacant “Goins Building” at the corner of Shepherd and Georgia Ave, NW has been purchased and will be redeveloped along the same lines of the building that was redeveloped at 11th and Monroe St, NW currently home to condos up top and The Coupe in the retail space. I’m not sure if the residential units will be rentals or condos but I’ll share more info as soon as I get it. I’m especially looking forward to hearing about the retail space which I hear could become a 4,000 square foot restaurant.

Stay tuned!

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  • Excellant news!! I have walked by this building many times and thought of the great potential it has for redevelopment.

  • I have been waiting for this to happen for some time. That building was begging to be fixed up.

  • holy smokes! this neighborhood is in overdrive! Glad PoP will have an archive of how it was b/c we won’t recognize it in 5 years…

  • Woo hoo! Can’t wait to see the transformation.

  • Fantastic! Every time I run past that building I am overwhelmed by the mold smell emanating from it and was hoping someone would do something with it.

  • This is terrific! Love to see the progress continuing north. Can we get the Streetcar already?

  • T

    Awesome! I was just at the coupe last night and had a really good time. I’d love to see something similar here.

  • Fingers crossed that it’s not a chain restaurant. As residents, is there anything we can do to help make sure it’s not a chain restaurant?

    • Ummm, id be just fine w/ a chain restaurant…cant see how it could be any worse than the waste fo space thats currently there

    • Yes, you can do something about it. You can open your own restaurant there.

      • I kinda hope it’s not a chain either. BUT, better to have the stability and foot traffic of a chain over seedy local joint or an empty storefront. I am thinking of the empty storefronts near Sala Thai on Georiga. What’s going on with that building?

        • I so badly wish that one of those empty storefronts would become a Cosi.

          I know, I know; I’m getting ahead of myself. Presumably we can’t get something like a Cosi until we’ve first gotten a Starbucks. But I still hope.

    • there’s no chance it will be a chain restaurant. chain restaurant investors don’t make bets on sketchy hoods

  • YESSSS!! I wish for this every time I walk by.

  • Please make it happen. That row of ancient store signs is sooo depressing.

  • Goins, goins, gone!

  • This is extremely exciting news! That corner has a lot of potential.

  • Wow! This is awesome. Definitely walked past this place several times and wondered about how much potential it probably had for someone. The entire building has been empty for so long too. Can’t wait!

  • Wow!! Great news!!

  • But, what will they be doing with the greasy griddle and milkshake machines currently housed there?

    I see/wish for a restaurant similar to Ted’s Bulletin, great food, but simple food, for the humble we of Petworth.

  • Oh hell yes. I agree we’re going to continue to see an influx of development/rehab projects once Safeway is really going/open.

  • When I first moved to the neighborhood in 2001, I was working like a dog every weekend and some nights to fix up my fixer-upper. This was back before the DC Home Depot, and when the College Park Home Depot was open 24 hours, and before there was such a thing as neighborhood blogs.

    I was eager to support the businesses in my adopted neighborhood, so once I figured I would start the work day off with breakfast at a local restaurant. Goins was the only place open for breakfast before 9am, so I walked in, said hello to the one employee and one customer in the place, and ordered a fried egg sandwich. Protein and carbs for a long work day — and anybody could make a fried egg sandwich, right?

    The folks inside were bemused at my presence, but utterly perplexed at this notion of a fried egg sandwich. We just weren’t understanding each other. Specifically, I was asking for three things: eggs, cooked; bread, toasted or not; and mayonnaise. There was no menu to work from, so I was just trying to find a common denominator.

    Eventually, I got what I wanted. It took a long time though. And I went back again, but it was kind of a chore. Most of all, I never went back with the optimism that I had on that first shining morning of home repair: I got the sense that Goins was well past whatever peak it had risen to. And one morning, I walked by and noticed they were closed…and I never saw them open again. I guess I was right about its peak.

    I’ll miss the place for its connection with my first of many good (but weird) experiences in Petworth. And I look forward to whatever opens in its place, and wish them many years of success.

  • That’s great! Please bring a starbucks!!

  • huzzah!!! this building has so much potential… really happy to see some original architecture be preserved and renewed in the neighborhood, and give some balance to all the new stuff coming in around the metro/safeway. hope it turns out as lovely as the 11th and Monroe building did.

  • I want the sign. For obvious reasons. 🙂

  • YAY!!!!!!!!

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