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  • contrarian

    Holy Cow! I used to live on that block and that building has been unrepaired for at least 15 years since it got hit by a bus. I guess anything is possible.

  • quincy dude

    Hooray! I LOVE restaurants!

    • JohnH

      Hey, a little less pretentious is fine with me….
      It could include the words….”small plates”, “upscale diner”, “gourmet”, “Mexican restaurant you have to pay for salsa”, “craft”, “program”, “speakeasy”, “hand crafted”, “ice program” and all the other absurd crap we’ve seen in this area…

      • Truxton Thomas

        Yeah, but I think the sign is attempting to exploit that exact same fervor for new and trendy sit-down restaurants—the kind that issue absurd news releases.

      • At least we know it will be an actual restaurant, rather than a concept.

  • Anonymous

    The Dresden? Holy irony, Batman.

  • That’s awesome! Restaurant makes the best food!

  • Shawn_USt

    And the hottest new club in Shaw is… “Restaurant”

  • Andie302

    I thought this is where Ambar was going

    • “Ambar still coming or someone else?” :)

      • palisades

        Yes but I thought Ambar was going there

    • SaraEP

      Ambar is moving or is this a second location?

  • 7thStTechGuy

    That building appears to be getting dismantled brick by brick.

  • JohnH

    This wasn’t where El Centro was supposedly going to be is it? That was a couple years ago.

    • Nathan

      I think it was, then El Centro pulled out. I really hope Ambar does end up opening there though, love their brunch.

      • Since it’s the same owner maybe they want to diversify (since there are already two El Centro locations now).

        • Anon

          Unless something changed, Sandoval doesn’t have an ownership stake in Ambar. If I recall correctly, original plans for this building included creating a residence for Sandoval above the restaurant, but that seems to have changed since Sandoval pulled out El Centro.

        • OP Anon

          They are opening an El Centro in DCA. I just walked by the signage yesterday in the airport.
          That shark has long jumped. I wonder if the El Centro in the airport will also be a drunk hook-up spot for people on Tinder dates.
          Also, the &Pizza in IAD is terrible.

          • JohnH

            Are there that many layovers at DCA? I’ve never had more time (knock on wood) than to grab something and go. Granted, a delay or what not – but are that many people just hanging out at DCA long enough to go sit down at a restaurant?

  • The Dude

    I’ll believe it when I see it. This is probably just the latest in a long series of schemes to keep the property ‘under construction.’ That way the scofflaw who owns this dump can keep getting out of paying the blighted property tax rate ($10 per $100).

    This guy has been as much as $250,000 behind on his property taxes over the years, somehow without it ever being successfully sold at tax sale. Could it be b/c of his buddies down at the Wilson Building??? Gee I wonder… Even now the tax bill is at $75,000 according to the real property database with no payments since January, 2015.

    Yeah, would be nice if something happens here but don’t count on it.


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