Sala Thai coming to Park 7 Development by Minnesota Ave Metro

by Prince Of Petworth June 4, 2014 at 11:55 am 17 Comments


Thanks to a reader for sending:

“Its the new development between the metro and Benning rd. About a block or two from the closed Rays the Steaks.”

This is part of the new Park 7 development at 4020 Minnesota Avenue, NE.

You can see Sala thai’s other locations and menu here.

  • brookland_rez

    Can somebody clarify? I thought I remember reading somewhere this development was 100% subsidized housing.

    • Whop

      Not sure about the housing front, but they have a few spaces for retail on the bottom levels. I wouldn’t be surprised if it were majority subsidized housing with some cool retail options on the main level. Sala Thai seems to love being near a metro with a new development.

    • brookland_rez

      Park 7 is slated to include 376 residential units (92 percent affordable to households earning 60 percent or less of the area median income), 20,000 square feet of retail and 255 parking spaces. The remaining residential units will be market rate apartments.

    • Empty Nester

      The web site says 2BRs are $2300 a month, and 3 BRs are $2700. I would think that’s market rate for that location, even with the metro station. In fact I would have expected market rate to be a tad lower. Shows how pricey new construction near a metro close in is, even EOTR.

      • brookland_rez

        I think those prices are fair, given that it’s EOTR. Those prices are high enough that it will begin to clean up that area but low enough to be attractive to young professionals that are not earning a six figure salary. When they first announced the development with such a high number of subsidized units, I was a bit worried. I’d say this is a successful development and hopefully a catalyst for redevelopment of the whole corridor.
        To everyone that is saying house prices are too high in DC, the entire Minnesota Ave corridor is full of 1920’s and 1930’s homes that can be had for under $200k still. Metro is there, there’s nice leafy residential streets, and now some actual restaurants. If I had money to invest, I would definitely buy something over there.

        • Anonymous

          Under $200K is a house that needs work. However, there are a number of home for sale that are in the $200 to $250 range that don’t need work, or just some cosmetic stuff. But, yes, great solid homes in “unknown” neighborhoods that are frequently overlooked because they’re EOTR. And as one of those who took the plunge, I’m super excited about Sala Thai coming.

          • brookland_rez

            Congrats on your house purchase. I think we’re going to get to a point in this area where anything near a metro inside the beltway is going to be prime property. When we run out of places in DC, it will spill over to PG. Suburbs inside the beltway will continue to develop in a smart way that gives residents access to everything within walking distance. Springfield Town Center is a prime example. Also what’s going on in Tysons. Purely car dependent suburbs with long painful commutes are dead for the masses. Places like Potomac and Great Falls will likely remain enclaves however.

          • h st ll

            +1 Prices are higher than some folks acknowledge, but still a great deal. I own a house on Sheriff Rd.

            Super excited for this Thai place!

          • EmptyNester

            but unlike historic anacostia, this is seperated from “vibrant” WOTR neighborhoods by more than the Anacostia River. between Minn Ave and the Anacostia there is the PepCo plant – I can’t imagine thats pleasant to walk or bike past. Then you have to go up Benning to the starburst – Kingman Park on one side is nice, but its hardly like the Navy Yard area. And the other side of Benning Rd is Carver Langston, which IIUC is a high crime area, more so than many places EOTR. Seems to me like someone at Minn Avenue and Benning though they have good metro access (and a short drive to H Street, etc) is still kind of isolate as far as walking or biking is concerned. No?

      • h st ll

        Yeah, that seems high for that neighborhood. Or I’m just underpricing stuff :) Seriously, seeing what Flats at Atlas District charges, not sure they will get these prices. Though this is a somewhat nicer area, though much less convenient.

        Great location though, relatively speaking.

        Better not take your wife there :) I’m joking!

  • Jack5

    Sala Thai is everywhere now… I have eaten there several times. The Petworth and U street locations are usually empty when I go and I don’t feel very confident about their sushi, as a matter of fact I prefer sushi from Japanese restaurants exclusively just because.

    I wish Thara Thai would move into DC, I prefer them a lot more, or something more organic and home-made feeling like Beau Thai or Miss Saigon (Vietnamese).

    In all fairness though, it’s positive change for DC where alternate asian food options are pretty limited (excluding Chinese restaurants of course).

    We need Korean BBQ!

    • recon::decon

      You don’t mean Tara Thai do you? I went to Tara Thai in Spring Valley (upper Mass. Ave) once and it was bar none the worst thai food I have ever had. I decided that Tara was just short for “Terrible Thai”

  • This reminds me that I haven’t been to the Petworth Sala Thai in a while… I try to make an effort to support that location; they were really trailblazers as far as opening in the Petworth-Park View area when few others were. (And they’re reasonably priced, too!)

    • Anonymous

      If my memory is correct, that is also true of the U St. location. I remember being super excited about the Sala Thai opening many, many years ago while I was a Howard student. They were definitely one of the early movers. Is the thai place at Rhode Island Row also them?

      • brookland_rez

        Yes, it’s a Sala Thai at RIR too.

  • EvilStevie

    I miss Ray’s East River. It was a much better value than the places on 8th and H Streets, and it was truly family friendly. No hipster vibe at all.

  • Stacey

    As a resident of the neighborhood I’m super excited for this to open! I was a frequent visitor at Rays and was very sad to see it go. I hope to see this succeed and will support it as much as I can. I also hope other District residents will support the city east of the river and come visit us!


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