Ken’s Carryout Becoming a Chinese Restaurant in Shaw

by Prince Of Petworth July 11, 2011 at 10:22 pm 42 Comments

Back in Feb. ’11 we noted that Ken’s Carryout had closed at 400 Florida Ave, NW but it was unclear what was going to become of the space. On Sat. I spoke to some workers who told me it is going to become a Chinese Restaurant. It looks like there’s gonna be a significant reno and the workers thought the new place would open up in about three months. I’ll be sure to revisit when construction progresses and a menu becomes available.

We judged Ken’s back in Oct. ’10.

  • BlasianSays

    I’m somewhat dubious that they know what’s going to go in there since there are “For Rent” signs up in the windows. Any renovations were necessary for any new business to move in.

  • OrlyNowai

    Hope they keep the mural!

    • TaylorStreetMan

      Yes, that’s a great mural. I’m very surprised it hasn’t been tagged, though.

  • Pretty mural! But 400 Florida Avenue NW is Shaw, and not LeDroit park.

    • Prince Of Petworth

      I’ve made the change – but correct me if I’m wrong, isn’t this literally on the border of Shaw and Ledroit?

      • Anon

        I can’t even find this place, but the 400 block of Florida is definitely LeDroit… The LeDroit park sign is at where T, Florida, and 6th all come together.

        Maybe since it’s on the other side of the street it’s “shaw”… But shaw is just the entire area of the city south of Florida/u st and north of ny ave that isn’t u street, Logan circle, truxton, or LeDroit… So if it’s across the street from LeDroit park, I think you’re safe calling it LeDroit park.

        I don’t know why people have to be so rigid with the neighborhoods in this area… The boundaries weren’t exact until 10 years ago.

        • Anonymous

          But LeDroit Park has rigid boundaries, since it’s historically designated. Those boundaries do not extend this far south.

          • Anonymous

            shaw is historically designated too.
            though this place doesn’t sit within shaws historic area.

            some call this truxton. some call it FRINJ, some call it old city.
            deosn’t really matter, but all of le droit is north of florida as it was the first suburb of dc outside of the l’enfant plan, which boundary road ( florida avenue) was the northern edge.
            the name Shaw as a neighborhood came about because of urban renewal.

    • J Street

      I live on this block and the city designates this one 5 sided block as Truxton Circle. There are still for rent signs in this building as of today so I am skeptical about a new restaurant already selected to go there.

      • Prince Of Petworth

        It is not uncommon for a for rent sign to remain until the final the t’s have been crossed but that does not always mean it is still for rent. There really is no reason for the guy I spoke with to randomly say a Chinese restaurant was coming if it wasn’t true. He could’ve said, I have no idea, etc.

        Obviously, I’ll confirm when it opens.

        In the meantime, in the future I’m gonna call this corner LeShaw Circle. There now we can all be friends again.

        • Anon

          PoP- but there’s no CIRCLE!!!! You cant use “circle” when there’s no circle! Surely someone will be mad at you about this infraction.

      • ¢hris

        YES. don’t try and take this block from us. Truxton is small enough as it is. Truxton Pride!

        • Tres

          +1 LOL

  • Horrible. The last thing needed is such a take out place. Why not a take out place with something good instead of salt covered chicken in bad sauce.?

    I had hopes for something like a Taylor or even a Subway.

    • Veronika

      perhaps it’s DELICIOUS takeout.

    • Bloomingdalian

      Taylor is just up the Street and Subway is on practically EVERY block in the city. There are not enough good food joints that serve Shaw, LeDroit, Bloomingdale, Eckington and Truxton. With the population rising as fast as it is, there is a lot of room for expansion in this market and I welcome any place that isn’t a front for drugs, doesn’t have plexi-glass on the windows and actually cooks the food they serve (as opposed to subway which is just a nitrate factory).

      Keeping my fingers crossed!

    • Anonymous

      theres a subway 4 short blocks away

  • cottontails

    Wait, I thought we were supposed to be calling it FRINJ?

    (Also: Seriously? Another freaking Chinese restaurant?)

    • Prince Of Petworth

      LeShaw Circle is way better than FRINJ!

  • Anon

    Met with the owner, it is rented people. New tenants start September 1st.

    • TaylorStreetMan

      “it is rented people”? What does that mean? Rented people, as opposed to people who are purchased?

      What a difference a comma makes!

    • elcal

      What a difference context makes!

      • TaylorStreetMan

        Not surprising you’d defend it. You made the same damned mistake in your post (at 9:37).

        Also, you probably meant “unless you’re literally in Chinatown.” What you said makes it sound like there’s a ‘literal’ Chinatown, and a ‘figurative’ or ‘virtual’ Chinatown. I suppose there must be one somewhere, but I gather (from your context) that’s not what you meant.

        • elcal

          I wasn’t ‘defending’ anything, just pointing out that many minor grammar mistakes don’t affect meaning because of context. Yes, they missed a comma. You understood what they meant, I understood what they meant. I’ll bet just about everyone else did too.

          • TaylorStreetMan

            That’s defending it.

            Yes, I knew what he/she meant, but it seems like it might be more desirable to be definitely understood, rather than people having to figure out if you meant x or y… but I suppose that’s just me.

            I was just pointing out how that missing comma *completely* changes the meaning. So, I’ll say it again: What a difference a comma makes!

            Soylent Green is people!
            Soylent Green is, people!

          • elcal

            You get bonus points in your virtual Chinatown for being master grammarian.

            And while we’re all lecturing, I’ll point out that, yes, there once was a time when we all understood and used correct grammar. It was also a time when etiquette dictated that we not point out the faults of others in public. Good thing we got past all that.

          • TaylorStreetMan

            We haven’t all got past that. :-)

            And since when have you noticed that anyone refrains from pointing out other people’s faults on this blog? It seems to be the PoP pastime.

          • elcal

            Yeah, you missed a comma over on the DCUSA post.

          • TaylorStreetMan

            And so I did.

            See how easy it is to just realize and admit a mistake, rather than trying to defend it as intentional, or within the bounds of grammar (when it’s not), or somehow part of the beautiful evolution of our language and culture?

          • elcal

            No one was defending it based on intentional usage, accepted grammar or linguistic evolution. I merely pointed out that the context allowed for understanding, despite the error. As did the context in your comma-less phrase. I don’t think anyone needs to point out ‘errors’ like this or expect some sort of weird admission of guilt. Not to mention, this is all a very weak case of amphiboly. Had the antecedent been plural (buildings), then the sentence would have had a far greater level of confusion in stating, “… [they are] rented people.” Just like we all knew ‘it’ was referring to said building, not the landlord (an equally ambiguous part of the poster’s grammar).

            Somebody can’t get over that aha moment while reading Eats, Shoots & Leaves.

          • TaylorStreetMan

            Fair enough. See ya!

          • greent

            TSM: keep it up man.

            If you have to explain your joke, it is not funny.

            If you have to say “you understood what they meant” then what really occured what not understanding, but interpreting anothers meaning.

            Don’t blame the audience for failing to understand. Blame yourself for failing to communicate.

  • elcal

    Let’s be honest people, in much of DC “Chinese” food doesn’t even mean American Chinese food (unless you’re in literal Chinatown). It means a wings place run by people of Chinese or other East Asian ethnicity with a dash of mall food court.

    • CTK

      On a related note, has anyone ever made an official tally of the number of establishments in the District that (A) have the name “Yum” somewhere in the name, and (2) serve at least 3 of the following 5 food groups: Chinese, seafood, pizza, fried chicken/wings, subs? I’m guessing the number is north of 20.

      • TaylorStreetMan

        Seems like there are at least 20 between the Georgia Ave metro and the District line (north)! We lost count one day while driving up to Silver Spring…

  • Eric

    yeah, more Subchickenchinese!

  • Anon

    I sure hope this place sells pizza with their chinese food. Otherwise its just a lost opportunity.

  • YUM

    People need to stop hating on the carryout wings-some places make them really well (meaty, fresh, etc). can’t eat it all the time, but as a special treat football sundays….YUM!

  • I had something to say about these places on my FB once.

    Things I hate about DC #3287 Carry out “restaurants”. How many places do we need that sell “chinese”, subs, chicken and seafood, and do it all poorly. All behind bulletproof glass with the fine ambiance of that industrial bathroom in Saw 1, only slightly cleaner, tiled beautifully in a mosaic of broken white men’s room tile from floor to ceiling.

    • Bloomingdalian

      lol Nice.

    • Anon

      I would argue that you were inaccurate when you referred to it as “slightly cleaner” than that bathroom. I have seen plenty that have been as clean or less clean.

  • Claire

    Aw, I was really hoping for something unique in this spot!


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