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  • Heads will explode…

  • So a slightly less palatable corporate chain from Texas is moving in instead of a more-popular-at-the-moment corporate chain from South Africa. Despair.

    • It’s apples and oranges. A convenience store vs. a chicken restaurant. There are already two convenience stores on the same block, do we really need a third?

      • A) I understand that, but thanks for assuming I’m a moron. My point is I’d be more sad if 7-11 was the decision in place of something that isn’t also already littering every block in DC. There’s a Nando’s 2.2 miles away as well, and one in every neighborhood, more or less. How much inexplicably trendy chicken-on-plate does DC need? Again, my point: more “crappy v. crappier” than “apples v. oranges.” “Oh no, we are getting an eyesore instead of a different kind of eyesore.”
        B) I wouldn’t think so, but I guess market research says yes. #helpmefreemarket

  • Despite all the 7-Eleven hate of late, I’d guess this is a good spot due to the hotels and potential for decent round the clock business.

  • I can’t say a 7-Eleven won’t be nice to have in the neighborhood, but it’s probably going to hurt the little independently-owned Manhattan Market just up the block. And I’m perplexed as to how this moronic zoning board has a problem with Nando’s opening here, but 7-Eleven is just fine.

    • Without checking the zoning of this particular building or the waiver Nando’s was seeking, my guess is someone can open a convenience store with packaged goods as a matter of right. Nando’s was seeking some kind of special exemption (presumably the zoning doesn’t allow sit-down restaurants as a matter of right), and the commission was only willing to grant that exemption for an initial 5 years, which was too much risk for Nando’s.
      So, you’re taking a lot of little (mostly dumb, in my opinion) bureaucratic machinations and anthropomorphizing it into the board saying “yes we like 7-11 and we don’t like Nando’s”, which just isn’t the case.

      • Actually, sit-down restaurants ARE allowed by matter of right. Fast food establishments (which Nando’s is classified under DC regulations) are not, so that’s what Nando’s was seeking an exemption for.
        According to the BZA decision, three viable tenants emerged when the building’s owner was seeking proposals — a mattress store, a convenience store and Nando’s. My guess is that the convenience store was 7-11, and since the Nando’s failed, the building owner’s broker contacted 7-11 and basically said the site is yours if you want it.

        • Interesting about Nando’s being classified as fast food rather than as a sit-down restaurant.
          Does this mean that all “fast casual” places (Cosi, Panera, Chipotle, Chop’t, etc.) are classified as fast food?

          • I’d be surprised if they aren’t. They are in my book (FWIW).

            You can sit down at McDonald’s, too.

          • You can also take out from Maketto, to name one of many examples. Nando’s is clearly a much more popular sit down option than McDonald’s, so your point makes no sense.

          • If you pay before you are served then yes.

          • brookland_rez

            My understanding is BZA classifies a restaurant as fast food if you pay for your food prior to eating.

      • If they’re unwilling to make an exception for Nando’s, then yes, fundamentally that is what they are saying.

        • I’m not seeing how allowing a business that (presumably) doesn’t require an exception to move in over one that does (presumably) need the exception is at all the same as saying “we like 7-11 and we don’t like Nando’s.”
          If anything, making any type of exception would be saying, to 7-11, and all businesses ever denied such an exception, “get stuffed.”

        • No. That’s not what happened. They DID make an exception for Nando’s, on the condition that Nando’s reapply for another exemption 4 (or was it 5?) years later. Nando’s just decided it wasn’t worth the financial risk to open and then potentially (though not definitely or even likely IMO) have to close later.

  • Given the number of chicken wings left behind, 7-11’s should probably have an onsite vet.

  • There’s a 7-11 just a few blocks North and an animal hospital going into the Sam’s Park and Shop. Seems a bit redundant. Better options for that block — a decent restaurant, a decent gym, a decent coffee shop…

  • brookland_rez

    That’s what the NIMBY’s up there get for opposing Nando’s. Don’t like Nando’s? Fine. You get a 7-11.

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