800 block of Upshur Street Officially the Hottest Block in Town – New Restaurant from Chef Alex McCoy Coming

by Prince Of Petworth August 4, 2015 at 10:45 am 17 Comments

845 Upshur St, NW

Uphsur Street is officially the shit, as we you used to say back in the 90s. Do people still say that? Anyway, Upshur Street is the shit. On the far end Slash Run opened – joining the Hitching Post on the east end and the 800 block now features Domku, Petworth Citzen, Upshur Street Books, Willow, Crane & Turtle, my barber shop and the coming soon Slim’s Diner, Timber Pizza and Twisted Horn. Now we can add a new spot from @ChefAlexMcCoy who tweeted the big news yesterday:

“Friends, honored to officially announce that Upshur St NW in Petworth will be home to our newest concept!#petworth”

McCoy is coming to the former China American Inn space which closed back in Jan. 2014 and was rumored to be an Ethiopian/International cafe. Now plans are even more exciting. The Washington City Paper reports:

“McCoy is taking the idea of the expat bars he encountered while traveling throughout Southeast Asia and opening one up at home.

McCoy’s menu will feature “authentic regional dishes” from throughout Southeast Asia, but also things like an Australian burger with sweet chili sauce, grilled pineapple, and pickled beet root.”

If all goes well standby for an October opening.

Ed. Note: That would be a miracle but the sooner the better!

  • textdoc

    Sounds promising!

  • Are they going to show fuzzy pirated movies?

    • sb

      If this is their concept I think they have to, right?

  • Another cooking competition guy great, oh boy. Hopefully he’s not as obnoxious as the others.

  • ledroittiger

    Great this is being developed. Expat bars in Southeast Asia are absolutely horrible, but I’m guessing this concept will be done in a more tasteful fashion.

  • Anonymous

    Sounds amazing. Duke’s Grocery is LEGIT. I don’t want the Food Network, but I assume you gotta know your stuff to neon their show. Can’t wait for this. Plus a beer garden eventually? Sign me up.

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  • Irving Streete

    I’m always skeptical when somebody announces that they’re opening a “concept” and not a “restaurant.” Though this is offset by the fact that Duke’s is pretty good.

  • petworther

    This is amazing. I love Duke’s Grocery and it’s good to not only see new places, but see some variety. Can’t wait for this to open.

  • JL

    Awesome. Looking forward to this opening. I love some thai food. Hopefully they will have some green curry.

  • General Grant Circle

    Far end and east end? Upper Upshur and Lower Upshur Corridor, please.

    • textdoc

      How you decide which part is “upper” and which part is “lower” when it’s an east-west street that’s fairly level (except for the portion between Arkansas and 16th)?

      • JS

        There’s a pretty noticable rise from GA Ave to the Soldier’s Home.

      • caballero

        Upshur St. is not level on this stretch. Traveling east from Georgia Ave., there are two distinct inclines, one starting at 8th St., and another at Illinois.

        • Krampus

          +1. Definitely not level on the stretch between Soldier’s Home and Georgia Avenue.

  • Bet

    Don’t forget about Fia’s and Bentley’s on the 800 block of Upshur.

    • Love Fia’s!


      I got my whole new work wardrobe at Fia’s for a great price! It doesn’t hurt that the staff there is so friendly too!


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