“It would be awesome to have a great restaurant in this beautiful and historic building.”

by Prince Of Petworth November 3, 2016 at 11:10 am 10 Comments


“Dear PoPville,

A few years ago, PoPville reported on the sale of the old Jackie Lee’s building on the eastern end of Kennedy. [Ed. Note: At the time listed at $1,300,000.]

Well, it’s on the market again, [for $749,000] and they’re targeting a restaurateur:

Solid ALL BRICK Commercial property in Northwest DC. Zoned C2A. Main level is Restuarant and upper level can be used for other commercial purposes. New wiring, 2 New HVAC, (1 on each level), and New hot water heater. Lots of work has been done to this property; new owner just need to finish from where the seller left off. Good conveniently located to main traffic. THIS WON’T LAST LONG.

It would be awesome to have a great restaurant in this beautiful and historic building. Fun fact: before it was Jackie Lee’s it was Hofberg’s Delicatessen.

  • another neighbor

    I would love to see a good restaurant in here. It seems inevitable, but won’t happen unless some investor takes that first step. Crossing my fingers!

  • anon

    There’s been a lot of investment and activity on the western end of Kennedy Street, but it’s worth noting that the eastern end, including this building, is walkable from the Fort Totten Metro and has some nice old buildings too. Someone please get in there and do something with it!

    • neighbor

      Yes! This is a great location with lots of neighbors who are excited for new development!

  • Anon

    This is a decent 20yr investment assuming you can afford the upkeep in the interim.

  • stacksp

    Can one buy, hold and flip something like this? Are there any rules stating that you have to go in business right away?

    • Ben

      No, people on GA Ave do it all the time…..

    • dcpolis

      if you’re using a loan, they would probably have more strict rules than dc does. if you’re paying all cash, then go for it. there are tax consequences for having a vacant property, but it’s your gamble as to whether they’d be enforced.

  • Anon

    Whoever buys it, I hope they restore the front – it doesn’t fit the style of the architecture .

  • Manor Park

    I would love to have a restaurant this close! Would be a great thing for the neighborhood

  • Good conveniently located to main traffic!


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