Dukem, the Ethiopian restaurant, has been building lately but I am not sure what.
A month ago they had a pallet of 2x4s delivered to the roof. They were more for framing than a roof. Then there were plywood walls put up behind Apple Lounge, a hooka bar they own on the second floor next door. That all stopped when a orange DC Stop Order sign was put on the door.
A week or two later, the Stop Order was taken down and I spotted more workers on the roof over the weekend. They seems to be putting building wrap on the plywood to create a rooftop room adjacent to Apple Lounge. Then another Stop Order was put up on the front door. Now the Stop Order is still there but a building permit for a new roof was added above it. Work seems to have stopped.
What were they trying to put up? A new roof? a roofdeck? Does anyone know what they intend to do?”
12th and U St, NW