Lots of Progress on Tico Buildout Coming to 14th and U St, NW

1926 14th Street, NW

Located next door to the coming soon Wydown Coffee and a few storefronts north of the new Trader Joe’s is Tico:

“A place that doesn’t take itself too seriously, Tico has a fun, sexy atmosphere, delicious and unpretentious food, amazing cocktails, cold beer, lots of tequila, cool music and great people watching.

Tico is all about your good time.

Conceived by Chef/Owner Michael Schlow, Tico is a new and exciting style of restaurant; American at its core, the menu is influenced by Schlow’s travels and love for Spain, Mexico and South America.”

You can see their Boston menus here.

An old liquor license application says the DC spot will have an occupancy load of 250 with seating for 150.


We first heard about Tico coming to DC back in 2012 when 14th and U looked like this:


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  • I totally confused this place with Pica Taco, which is just up the block at 14th and Florida (I thought it was odd that they would open up another joint just a few blocks away).

  • Liked the fixed price concept. Should work well for big groups.

  • Can we get something that is NOT a restaurant on 14th street? It will be like admo in short order if they don’t diversify. And, nobody wants that…

    • I agree. How about a barber shop w/ reasonably priced cuts or a hardware store or a branch of the DC library?

      • mid city guy

        Logan Hardware is relocating to 14th, just about a block south. Also, West Elm and Salt & Sundry also just about a block down.

        While I agree that having a mix of food/retail is essential for the longterm vibrancy of the strip, I think overall the quality of establishments along 14th are a much better quaility than along 18th, so I don’t really see this area ever becoming like admo. jmhu

        • dcgator

          You know what would really be nice? A convenience store that stays open late and always has milk. Am I the only one in the 14th/U St area who finds it irritating that all CVSes, the Rite Aid, and even the corner store close at 10 and/or never have milk?

          I can’t be the only one dealing with this dilemma. And, yes, TJs, helps a lot, but if it’s later at night, you’re SOL.

  • And Diego, Tortilla Coast, Alero, El Rey all within a few blocks. I would really love a great Indian restaurant in the neighborhood, that’s less expensive than Bombay Club. Seems filled with Mexican and Italian places now.

  • Looks tasty.

    And although there seems to be a glut of Mexican and Spanish influenced restaurants nearby, there are too few that are decent quality. Diego, Tortilla Coast and Alero are all very bland, maybe one step up from Chi-Chi’s.

  • Shocking – ANOTHER place with small plates. Love how they bill themselves as having “unpretentious” food, but they charge near $30 for salmon and vegetables.

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