The Darkroom coming next door to the new DCity Smokehouse on Florida Ave

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207 Florida Avenue, NW

The placard posted out front says The Darkroom will be:

“A new retailer class ‘C’ Tavern with 90 seats and a Total Occupancy Load of 144. Applicant has also requested an Entertainment Endorsement to include dancing.”

This is the former Aida sales and service store:

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Right next door to the new DCity Smokehouse space coming soon. Updates on both fronts as they get closer to opening.

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2nd and Florida Ave, NW

16 Comment

  • This is an exciting project by a local D.C. mom, not some Virginia developer. It will be a great addition to the neighborhood!

    • i wish her luck, that’s exciting – but i’m always a bit skeptical when a “non-developer” tackles this kind of project. there’s a reason developers exist – they’re generally successful and put out a good product to meet the market demands.

  • Can we talk about DCity for a moment? They’ve been working on this space for what seems like forever, and then they sent out a mass email essentially asking for money (via EquityEats, so slightly less sketchy than a Kickstarter campaign). Given how poorly they’ve fumbled their current location by “parting ways” with their previous pitmaster Rob who made them what they (were), I’m not remotely confident that they won’t completely bungle this as well. Begging for money doesn’t seem like a very good look when they had an enormously successful business going that they seemingly ran into the ground.

    • I have definitely noticed that the quality of food since Rob left has gone down a bit, but it is still pretty solid, and I love Wicked Bloom. I don’t know for sure, but my guess is the new location was partially forced on them because the old building is being redeveloped. They only recently finished the build-out of WB, so maybe that explains the shortage of capital.

    • Andie302

      I suspect they may have run into some unexpected issues during build-out because of the buildings sub-par renovation.

    • I haven’t had the food since Rob left and the original location closed. While the renovation of the old location/building led to the move, this is also going to be a much larger space where you can dine-in. I thought the Equity Eats bit was strange too.

      Either way, even if the food diminished slightly in quality, this is still a welcome (re)addition to the neighborhood. With Royal, Anxo and this, it’s exciting to see more places heading in this direction.

      • justinbc

        Don’t bother, it will make you sad. They went from having BBQ of the quality that you usually have to drive 1+ hour for to stuff you might be willing to walk for if you happen to live on that street. Such a bummer.

    • I really wish they would get the smoker out of Wicked Bloom, mostly since every time I go and end up smelling like hickory for days. Not to mention the people lined up just for food and no drinks… ruins the vibe.

      • Yeah, I used to go to Wicked Bloom pretty frequently but haven’t since soon after DCity moved in for, among other reasons, the one bartender trying to take care of everyone ordering just takeout in addition to the bar and tables.

    • ugh, yeah, it’s so disappointing. i dunno about the new place either – i’d try it out but the most recent version of dcity does not make me optimistic. i’ve been to wicked bloom about five times since it opened and every single time i got cold, mediocre food. beer’s good though, and i like the ambiance.

  • Is it a gay bar? That’s a name for the Castro!

  • I hope they keep the flip-phone painting on the exterior wall. (Not pictured.)