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Vietnamese Chelsea Restaurant coming to Columbia Heights

by Prince Of Petworth March 11, 2016 at 10:05 am 20 Comments

1413 Park Road, NW

A reader reports:

“I noticed new signage at 1413 Park Rd NW across from Mi Cuba Cafe/Senor Chicken in Columbia Heights [Ed. Note: Senor Chicken is soon to be a fast casual Ethiopian Restaurant and Coffeehouse, LeTena.] that says Vietnamese Chelsea Restaurant. It was formally an organization called “Change Inc” and has been vacant for awhile.”

Ed. Note: Pho 14 is also down the block now serving beer at 1436 Park Road, NW.

  • wdc

    Ooh, VERY exciting! I hope PoPville will give me a heads up when it’s open. I don’t usually walk down that way, but I will for good vietnamese food!

  • Anon

    I never went to this area until Thip Khao and Airedale. Now I go there all the time. Hope this place is good! Love Vietnamese.

    • welshie

      The best pho/Vietnamese in the city I’ve had is at Pho Viet on 14th (just a bit north of Thip Khao and south of Airedale (on the same side)). Check it out if you get the craving before this place opens.

      • Sadly, I’ve found that Pho Viet has really declined over the past year or so (at least the vegetarian dishes.) It could be that I’ve gotten spoiled by more frequent Eden Center trips, but I don’t think so. I’m looking forward to trying a new option.

        • welshie

          oh no that is disappointing to hear! I haven’t been in quite a while, but for years that was my go to pho spot when I didn’t want to make it myself or drive to Eden Center. Bummer.

  • above7-11

    Indian, Indian when will someone satisfy my need for Curry in CoHi!!!

    • wdc

      Salt & Pepper is good. Delivery only, though.

      • Anony


        • Anonymous

          Salt & Pepper would do a killing if they only provided seating and ditched unwelcoming bullet proof glass and folding table. Their other restaurants are all sit down and very nice. I don’t get why the one on 14th St isn’t… They could even apply for a Great Streets grant from the city.

    • timtim

      I don’t even really care for Indian that much and I like Salt & Pepper. Not sure how you’ve missed that if you’ve been looking.

  • Egad

    A Vietnamese restaurant with a well-rounded, non-pho focused menu could do really well here. I love the eclectic mix of restaurants that continue to pop up on this little stretch of Park Road!

  • That One Guy

    I hope they have good iced coffee.

  • mmm

    Ballsy to open a Vietnamese restaurant across from the seemingly successful (but not very good) Pho 14. I welcome the competition and hope it is better than Pho 14 (which shouldn’t be too tough)

  • N

    Excellent news!!

  • rooney

    I’d go if it were vietnamese ManU

  • bv1837

    I’d love to see a different Southeast Asian cuisine around here. We already have Laotian (Thip Khao), Filipino (Purple Patch & Bad Saint), Thai (Beau Thai), and Vietnamese (Pho Viet & Pho 14). I’d love some Burmese, Cambodian, Indonesian, Malaysian, or Singaporean to contribute to the regional food tour I keep meaning to go on. If such thing as Bruneian food exists, I’d go for that too.

    • wdc

      Alcohol is prohibited in Brunei. That’s why there aren’t any bustling Bruneian restaurants. Or Saudi, for that matter.

      • bv1837

        Right, but is there distinct Bruneian cuisine?

        • TKPK

          Not really. Dishes overlap with Malaysian and Indonesian cuisine (two countries that already have a lot of culinary overlap).

  • Theo

    How about some good Chinese food for heaven’s sake? Remember Chinese food?


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