Amsterdam Falafel Coming to 1830 14th Street, NW (just south of U Street)

1830 14th Street, NW

Big news from the Washington Business Journal:

“The Amsterdam Falafelshop at 1830 14th St. NW will be the first franchise of the original Adams Morgan spot for late-night eats, according to Josh Miller of Pulse Property Group, who represented the tenants in the deal. Amsterdam Falafelshop’s other D.C. location is at 2425 18th St. NW.”

1830 14th Street, NW was formerly home to the [email protected] gallery which closed in Dec. 2012 and before that was home to the L and N thrift store.

I think Amsterdam Falafel will do phenomenal here (just a block away from the recently opened Ted’s Bulletin.) WBJ also reports that this location plans on serving Dutch beers too – stay tuned.


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  • love me some AF

  • I’m thrilled 14th Street has become so dynamic, I really am. But is anyone else skeptical about the long-term survival of all of these eateries? I suspect that in a year or two we’ll see a ton of closures and/or vacant restaurant storefronts. Not like I have any other great ideas, but just kinda disappointed there’s not more creativity in street-level retail.

    • It’s possible, but Logan Circle is now the most densely populated neighborhood in the city, followed closely by Columbia Heights. Eventually (and this may be a few years) both neighborhoods will blend into each other. There will always be demand.

      The bigger concern I have is that the new housing on 14th St. and its surrounding areas, is dense, yes, but it’s also quite small. Yes, more couples are raising children in the city, especially in this part of town, but as space becomes limited, upgrading to a two or three bedroom home is not so cheap in this part of town. Maybe that’s the way it’s supposed to be — live here while you’re young, move away when you have kids, come back when you’re older and can afford it.

    • There have been studies done showing that the higher concentration of restaurants there are in an area, the more it helps all the restaurants thrive. 14th Street has basically become the place in Washington to eat, and a rising tide lifts all boats.

      I just hope they redo this building somewhat before moving in. I remember going in there when Hunted House was upstairs, and it definitely could use some work both inside and out.

      • Brian – Interesting, thanks. And yes, building needs some serious help – when I was last in Hunted House, I felt like the place was close to caving in/toppling over.

        stcohi – I hadn’t considered the economic blending together of Logan/Columbia Heights, but it makes perfect sense. And if the Reeves center gets demolished and replaced with something contributing more to the neighborhood fabric, it seems like the knitting together will happen that much faster. Will definitely be worth watching how the demographics change as the new 14th Street residents move in and possibly age out.

    • Amsterdam Falafel has a proven business model. They’ll be fine.

  • I wish someone would restore the mural on the side of this building. I have always liked it.

  • YESSSSSSS! Please let it be cleaner than the one in AdMo, though.

  • Finally a place on 14th st that won’t cost $20+ just to get a quick bite to eat. Not including Taylor’s Gourmet of course.

    But this is a great addition.

    • Don’t forget Yums, that’s still on 14th! 😉

      But other “cheap” options on 14th are black and orange burger, great wall, the philly cheesesteak place. Hmm, maybe that’s it.

  • I’m curious to see how 14th street plays out. I think it goes 1 of two ways:

    1) the unsustainable “population growth” bubble. All these restaurants are opening with the idea of serving the “booming” population in the area. Then reality sets in, the area is growing at a steady but modest rate. The area is adding maybe 1,500 new units over a 2-3 year period. Healthy, but not radically transforming the area into the new Manhattan.

    2) the sustainable “new city center” one: 14th street is wining market share from the older “de facto downtown” hoods like Georgetown, Adams Morgan, Dupont. Under this scenario, 14th street becomes the go to entertainment destination for people from across the city and region. The gradual growth (and gentrification) of the city will prevent the former neighborhoods from outright declines. However, they will lose some of their previous luster and vibrancy.

    I lean mostly toward the 2nd option. But, I’m guessing there is a little of bubble element as well.

    • If you’ve ever gotten off metro at U St. between 8pm and 11pm on a Thursday, Friday, or Saturday night, you know that there are an awful lot of folks heading into the neighborhood from elsewhere in the DC area–crazy lines at the metro “turnstiles.”

    • I think #2 is already happening in terms of Georgetown, Adams Morgan, and Dupont losing some of their luster and vibrancy. Georgetown’s managed to stay relevant with their waterfront park, and Adams Morgan with their rebranding and the growth of nearby neighborhoods like Columbia Heights, but Dupont’s been in decline the 8 years I’ve lived here.
      The not-so-bad news for these neighborhoods is that they’re known as good spots for newcomers, and it will be a long time before that reputation goes away. That’s why you see so many kids out of college moving into these neighborhoods and staying for a year or two before leaving for something better. They’re great at absorbing the transient population.

      • Yeah, Dupont has definitely lost its luster. Still lovely to live in, but its night life? Very :meh: worthy with a few exceptions.

        Adams Morgan has become a little more upscale and more food-oriented and less cheap drink focused.

        Georgetown? No clue. Never go over there.

        • I have a friend who grew up in the area and always wants to go out to 17th Street when he’s in town. That area is downright depressing on a Friday or Saturday night– practically deserted and the people that are out look sketchy as hell. Things have changed a lot.

          • I would have to agree that 17th is no longer a regional destination, and has sort of reverted back to being mostly a hangout for people in and around the neighborhood.

  • Hopefully they won’t bring the cockroaches with them.

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