Demo begins at 7th and Q St, NW – Ambar Coming?

1547 7th Street, NW

A group called Shaw neighbors tweets us:

“Work is finally starting on this long vacant property at 1547 7th Street in Shaw. A metro bus crashed into this building in 1997. We can’t wait for Ambar to open!”

This building was the once planned for El Centro II by Richard Sandoval.

Ambar Balkan Restaurant opened on Barracks Row back in Jan. 2013. Updates when more info is known.

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  • To orient people, this is catty-cornered from Dacha Beer Garden.

  • Good news. By the way, does anyone know who runs the Central Shaw Neighborhood Association?

    • Good question. I was looking at their website, but I don’t see any information about the association’s officers or when its meetings are.

  • +1, great to see. Anbar will be a great addition to the area. Although, this is a 2nd branch of an existing DC restaurant, at least this one is across town from the Barracks Row location. Plus, it is a pretty unique cuisine for DC.

    El Centro is a good restaurant, but this location seemed too close to 14th street and DC isn’t exactly lacking for Mexican places.

  • Who owns this building? Didn’t Douglas development own a few on this strip that have been languishing for a long time? I wonder if this place finally got hit with a tax increase and thus things are speeding up.

    • That statement could apply to many locations in the city and Douglas Development it seems.

    • From one of the linked articles: ” The owner/developer is Warren Williams, Jr., head of the Warrenton Group, a development firm. ‘The project is still on. We are fully financed. We have leased space to El Centro. We don’t have a date to start but everyone wants to get it done,’ said Williams, who has owned the building since the 1960s.”

      They didn’t get the vacant tax; the StreetSense lease sign has been up for a long time and as stated it was slated to be another restaurant until recently. Douglas doesn’t own much on this block, if any. A company called Alamo is going to be developing a few parcels at the other end of this block.

      Also of interest from linked article: The second story will become the Warrenton Group’s office, about 2,300 square feet. A third story will placed atop the existing two stories along with the three-story infill, a total of about 1,500 square feet. There will be a roof deck and pavilion. Williams will use this floor as his personal residence.

      • Interesting! Here are the renderings. It looks pretty great.

  • Can’t wait for this place to open. Had dinner twice at the Ambar on Barracks Row and it was memorably delicious, and our server was great both times.

  • This is great news! Am digging the eastern European cluster happening (Dacha, Cafe Boehm, and now Ambar) in this part of Shaw.

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