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Library Tavern coming to Brightwood Park

by Prince Of Petworth January 4, 2017 at 10:22 pm 38 Comments

5420 3rd Street, NW at Kennedy

A reader reports:

“Looks like real progress at 5424 3rd Street, NW! Do we have any idea what’s coming here? All I got is a tavern and what looks like condos.”

Recently a liquor license placard was posted for Library Tavern that says:

“New Class “C” Tavern with 85 seats and a Total Occupancy Load of 85. Requesting an Entertainment Endorsement.”

Anyone happen to hear other details/plans? Updates when more is known.

  • Petworth Pal

    That’s Petworth.

    • Jake Hill

      It’s Kennedy Street Corridor. Closer to Fort Totten than Petworth.

    • Anything north of Emerson was officially annexed by the Brightwood Park possie in 2014. It has been generally accepted as such since late 2015/early 2016. I fought for as long as I could but I’m still battling some Park View punks trying to annex parts of Petworth and I needed to send all troops south. If you’re able to rally significant forces, perhaps one day Kennedy can come back into the Petworth fold. Alas today is not that day. Good luck!

      • Barijho of Park View

        We are coming for you, your bars, and all your Petworth land.

      • MB

        This ! made me laugh…oh the naming nbhorhood turf wars!

    • JRL

      So we finally get something nice on Kennedy St and now you want to say its part of Petworth?!

    • Petty King of Brightwood Park

      It is hard to tell these days. Per the DC census designation it is Petworth. However the area north of Emerson to South of Missouri is now known as Brightwood Park. It shows up on google maps and even has its own wiki page. So what used to be North Petworth is now Brightwood Park. Not sure how official any of this is.

  • Big hopes for kennedy

    This building has been sitting in its pictured state for at least 6 months. I’m really hoping the owner is serious about opening a restaurant/bar here. I’ve loved this building ever since I moved to this hood.

    • Anon

      If you saw this building 1 year ago you’d know why it’s taking so long. It was an absolute s-hole. Also, this is Brightwood Park as Dan said. I would be thrilled if this comes through. Here’s to hoping North Country continues to get more restaurants and businesses.

      • samanda_bynes

        well, I’ve been a couple doors down for about 6 months now (on 3rd street) after moving from petworth. the movement inside has picked up SUBSTANTIALLY. Like, workers inside full work days, lights on inside, and some serious work taking place on the 2nd and third floors. so, maybe the front doesn’t look all that different, but i can vouch for the noise inside!

  • h

    Of course, the mayor, neighborhood associations and ANCs all refer to themselves as Petworth as do tax records. But those magpies aren’t as credible as a posse I guess.

    • You better get talking to Google Maps and Wikipedia. You sleeping!!

      • Anon

        These people are desperate for Petworth prices! Sorry buddy you bought in Brightwood Park!

        • Kate

          Shoo baby, we already got em, but don’t you come knockin.’ We live here, we’re not just looking to cash in quick.

          • “There are a terrible lot of lies going about the world, and the worst of it is that half of them are true.”

        • Anon

          The Prince clearly bought in Petworth, else he’d be the Prince of Brightwood. Can’t you even read?

          • neighbor

            Strictly speaking he now bought in Cleveland Park. But we don’t hold that against him.

          • North Cleveland Park – now you wanna talk about neighborhood name turf wars?!?!? It is vicious with the the Van Ness, Tenleytown, Wakefield and Cleveland Park crews all at each others throats.

    • JS

      The neighborhood names contained in tax records are pretty much the least useful evidence you can cite when arguing neighborhood boundaries. Quick example – the Red Hen, which I am pretty sure everyone acknowledges is in Bloomingdale, has a DC tax neighborhood locator of Eckington.

      • HaileUnlikely

        Hell, the “Takoma Library” and “Takoma Education Campus” are recorded as Brightwood.

  • JS

    That’s actually a pretty nice looking pop-up.

    • samanda_bynes

      i know, for once I didn’t find a pop-up gross. the minimal design helps a lot.

  • anono

    Yay!! I am so excited (and so is my property value) for retail and restaurant development!! Hope it makes it!

  • Khris

    Neighborhood boundary squabbles aside, ANY movement on or around Kennedy Street is fantastic news! What does everyone think of their H Street NE location? It doesn’t seem to get very good reviews. But in this neighborhood, anything’s better than nothing.

    • H St Neighbor

      What H St location?

      • ANON

        I think they were thinking of Liberty Tavern…

    • ANON


  • anon

    This development is coming the gentleman who used to own Dunya and part of Shaw’s Tavern. From what I understand, it’s going to have a low-key, chilled out vibe — hence the name. Don’t know more than that. Happy to see progress being made on Kennedy Street!

  • deejay

    Finally! My fiance and I live a block away from this location, and we’ve been walking by occasionally to check on the progress. Nothing was happening for a long time, but I am happy to read in the comments here that work has substantially increased. Kennedy St. has a bright future I think. Crews have been busy installing new curbs and sidewalks up and down Kennedy for the past few weeks. ANXO Cidery should be opening sometime this year, and hopefully that bar at 518 Kennedy St. is still in the works!

    • anon

      I saw some guys working on the front of the Blanken Downs bar a month or so ago, but haven’t seen any movement since. However the street crews are doing a great and speedy job on fixing up the sidewalks!

  • Jake Hill

    I wonder what they are going to do with 324 Kennedy street building. It looks like it was a theater way back when. They could build market-rate apartments with retail right there.

    • Wandy Rittman

      Or they could keep it a senior community center… Not everything has to be condos

    • Isn’t that a senior citizen community center? I walked by the other night and it looks like it’s still in operation (judging from the state of the interior, no one was there because it was night).

      • samanda_bynes

        yup, still in use! friend old folks, they like my dog as well, so that’s a plus.


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