Sakuramen Owners opening “new pan-Asian restaurant” in the amazing Toulouse-Lautrec mural building in Adams Morgan

2431 18th Street, NW

Holy cow, how’d I miss this?!?!? A couple weeks ago we learned that Sakuramen would be expanding upstairs into the former Botanica Yemaya space at 2441 18th Street, NW. Well that’s the tip of the iceberg. The Washington Post reports:

“Cho signed a lease on the long-vacant Cafe Lautrec/Cafe Toulouse building at 2431 18th St. NW, where he will open a new pan-Asian restaurant concept.”

Fortunately the Post says they’re keeping the mural, thank God. It’s located right next to La Fourchette which early last month we learned was for sale:

18th Street looking north towards Sakuramen

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  • Wow, great news. Think the building was long vacant due to legal wrangling which must be resolved. Probably my favorite mural in the city and very glad it will stay, but am surprised to hear that the Sakuramen guys wanted to paint over it.

  • I’m thrilled to see this place occupied. I miss the days when I could hear Clarence Turner Blues Band in that bar.

  • I thought I had read long ago that there was some sort of settlement agreement or covenant whereby whoever owned/rented the building was responsible for maintaining the Toulouse-Lautrec mural. I can understand the Sakuramen guys feeling like it didn’t go with their concept, but the mural (and presumably the covenant) has been around a lot longer than Sakuramen has. Glad to hear that the mural will remain.

  • I randomly met the artist that painted that mural the last time I was in Paris. My friend was buying a few paintings from an artist near the Place des Vosges when he asked where we were from. Upon hearing DC, he pulled out an old newspaper clipping and photos which detailed his work on the mural. Glad they are keeping the mural.

  • They are expanding rather quickly. I hope quality doesn’t suffer/they don’t over-extend themselves.
    Sakuramen is successful because it’s simple.

  • Asian food cooked in a pan?

  • Great to hear the Asian invasion continues in Adams Morgan. Lots of great Asian spots now (especially fond of Donburi).

  • Adams Morgan is really finding its new groove.
    As residential values skyrocketed, it was only a matter of time before the commercial strip began to reflect that, but it seems to be taking root.

    • +1 to this. The businesses are beginning to take a turn for the civilized (e.g. not those that do 90% of their business between the hours of 11pm-3am on Fri and Sat)

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