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  • Yep. That looks like a Chinese restaurant alright.

  • pcat

    I looked in the window yesterday. The fish tanks are being filled up. It looks like it will be very pretty. I think the opening will be on or after the 4th.

  • justinbc

    About what I would expect from a generic Chinese restaurant opening in a suburb in the 80s.

    • Those generic looking spots sometimes have the best food. The egg roll place near Kennedy St comes to mind. When you walk in, it looks like you just stepped into a crime waiting to happen but boy are those egg rolls good LOL

      • justinbc

        Great Wall (just up the road) was long one of my favorite Chinese places in DC, especially in the neighborhood, and it looked almost exactly like this for a long time. I’m not an “ambiance” stickler, just give me good noodles and pork.

    • I Dont Get It

      Except in the Midwest it would be a buffet serving “Chinese” food.

      • Cashew chicken invented in Springfield, Mo. Fried chicken and gravy—what could be more Chinese?

  • Playbill was the best. That closing party was wild!

  • I really really really hope this place is good.

  • The real question I have is what’s the deal with the landlord here? Force Playbill out, then leave the space vacant for years, and then the best tenant they could find is the 10th Asian restaurant within a block? Explain to me the commercial real estate strategy of owning a corner at 14th and P, doing nothing to develop it, and even leaving half of it vacant for years?

    • There’s no dim sum places, though, if I’m not mistaken. And if this place intends to do dim sum right. Not the same as the other 9 asian restaurants.

    • When you have the note paid off, you have zero incentive to develop or sell. They are willing to wait and let Logan real estate values continue rising. In the meantime, monetize your space with a Chinese restaurant.
      Plus, old money never sells. Perhaps the owner’s desired legacy is to leave real estate to his/her heirs.

      • “When you have the note paid off, you have zero incentive to develop or sell” — That’s not entirely true. At least in theory, the D.C. government should be taxing this building at the vacant rate rather than the regular tax rate… although owners tend to get around this by applying for permits to, say, replace a single window.
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        Listing a building for lease is also apparently enough to qualify it as “not vacant.”
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        On the subject of buildings that have been vacant or half vacant forever… did anything ever come to the old DCCD space in Adams Morgan, or is it still empty?

        • Hmm, I think maybe I was misreading Anonymous 11:51’s use of “develop” — I was thinking more about what ExWalbridgeGuy said about buildings being left vacant (vs. leased out).
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          Anyway, it’s puzzling when commercial space is left vacant for long periods of time.

        • Comment Artist

          No. The DCCD storefront has been vacant for nearly 15 years.

    • Asian a pretty broad grouping though. There are no Cantonese or dim sum places on that block or anywhere near there to be honest. Unless you count Ping Pong, which isn’t that close and kind of sucks. I would love to live on a block with 10 different Asian restaurants, especially if Baan Thai was one of them.

      • Well, sure, hopefully this will be a great Cantonese restaurant… at one point we were told it was going to be a Chinese-Japanese restaurant, then a sushi wine bar, etc and so I’m nervous that it’s going to be a real Cantonese place and not just generic pan-Asian. But I’m even more frustrated that a cool and genuinely unique spot like Playbill was pushed out, and then the place was left vacant for 5 years! Can’t believe it but Playbill closed in 2011!

  • I don’t know what to make of this. I’m hopeful for decent Cantonese/American-style Chinese food that isn’t served through bullet-proof glass as a legitimate alternative to Szechuan up the street.

  • I hope they really do have good dim sum! I haven’t been able to find an authentic place in DC yet.

  • DIM SUM! Yes! No more road trips to Silver Springs anymore!

  • Opening a classic 1980’s strip mall Chinese restaurant in a sea of one fancier than the next places is obviously the next step in aesthetic sophistication, duh. It’s a cycle y’all! Get with the program and stop trippin. Oh and +1 for dim sum!!! Wooooo.

  • Tried this place tonight. The food is amazing and the service was friendly!

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