5th and Kennedy St, NW
This is massive news – and could be the start of what puts Kennedy on the Upshur Street track of serious redevelopment that folks have been pining for. The Kennedy Street Association broke the big news on Wednesday:
“711 Kennedy (the old John C. Flood building, next to Culture Coffee) has signed a lease with a great tenant, and will be getting a major structural overhaul and bringing daytime employment to the street!
The owners of ANXO will be doing their cider production on-site on Kennedy, with the hope of opening a second restaurant there in the future.”
Washington CityPaper followed up with more details:
“The locale will have a new name and concept, although it may also be a Basque-influenced. An ANXO catering operation will also work out of the space.
The 300 Florida Ave. NW location is slated to open in February, while the Brightwood Park location aims to be up and running by next September. Fitz says that would mean that they’d be able to enter the market “in earnest” in early 2017.”
The die is cast – by 2020 we will not recognize the Kennedy Street of today. I’ve been hearing rumblings from lots of known players around town that they are all interested in Kennedy Street – this news might be just the kick in the ass they need. Stay tuned for lots more.