Washington, DC

“Dear PoP,

I know I told you a while back about the progress made at the American Ice Company (on V St across from the middle school). Well, last time you featured it, it was a ramshackle warehouse with some crummy brick work on the ground in front. They have finished the patio – I am guessing they will paint or do some sort of mural on the wall. They also put up new gutter, redid the brick work on the front of the building and painted. As for the inside, you can peek in the windows on the side and see that the bar is about 80% finished, the duct work on the ceiling is done, the floor (assuming they are going with exposed finished concrete) are finished. All in all, it is looking good and moving along very fast compared to others in the neighborhood.”

We first learned of the American Ice Company, located at 917 V St, NW back in May ’10. I’m curious what you guys think of the new brick wall?

Here’s what it used to look like:

Back in May the liquor license application said,

“Small neighborhood gathering place with entertainment to include dancing, DJ’s and occasional
3-piece combo band. Total occupancy load is 143 with 44 seats included for Summer Garden.”

At the time a commenter who associated himself with the project wrote:

“I am one of the people putting this place together. First off, it is not going to be a dance place. As a matter of fact, we probably won’t even have DJ’s. When you apply for a license with ABRA it is necessary to ask for these endorsements even if you have no intention of using them.

It is going to be a very low key neighborhood bar and taqueria. The Summer garden, that will only have ambient music until 11:00 PM at the latest, is on the side opposite of the Rhapsody and noise should not impact the residents. in any case, we have reached out to residents of your building and are in the process of setting up a meeting to discuss our plans with them and hope you will attend.”

Stay tuned for more info as it becomes available.


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