2319 Wisconsin Ave, NW
In February Ravi Shankar the previous owner of Tennis Zone passed away. In May Tennis Zone Plus reopened under the ownership of Jose R. Reyes. I’m told they have a “large inventory of Tennis Racquets, Tennis Shoes, and accessories” and are “the only brick and mortar Tennis Store in DC.”
Thanks to Sarah for sending from Sign at 42nd and Davis.
2334 Wisconsin Ave, NW
A reader reports:
“The Indian restaurant Laliguras (in Van Ness) is taking over the old Bruegger’s space (2334 Wisconsin) as well as half of the old Salvadoran consulate. They plan to open in late fall. This will be a second location not a relocation.”
2218 Wisconsin Avenue, NW
You can see Wingos Georgetown menu here.
From Jackie Blumenthal, Commissioner ANC3B-02 via the Glover Park listserv:
“I learned yesterday that a Wingos has received a Certificate of Occupancy for a restaurant seating a maximum of 127-135 people for the location formerly held by Mad Fox Tap Room. Wingos did not apply as a fast-food operation, which would have triggered a need for a zoning exception. However, if it acts like one — for example, by using plastic utensils and paper goods instead of silverware and real plates — we can complain to the zoning administrator. For what that’s worth. (more…)
“renderings via Perkins Eastman, the architecture firm.”
Update on “D.C.’s Historic Spy House” across from the Russian Embassy in Glover Park.
A new 40-foot-tall building is being proposed for the lot at 2619 Wisconsin Avenue, NW. The new structure to be developed by MED Developers is intended to be used as an assisted living facility.
The plans for the lucrative parcel of land resemble MED Developers’ previous plans for a Ward 3 homeless shelter that was to be built on the same spot (plans that were dropped after an investigation by the Washington Post).
The new structure would require demolishing the infamous “Spy House,” used for decades by the FBI to spy on the Russian Embassy. The proposed facility would also violate multiple zoning regulations in this residential neighborhood due to its size and scale.
MED Developers are seeking numerous special exceptions from the Board of Zoning Adjustment in order to move forward with the plans, including a special exception to build a facility in a neighborhood zone for single family homes and an exemption from limitations on parking.”
2218 Wisconsin Avenue, NW
Update from Mad Fox’s Facebook (thanks again to Jamie for the update):
“We regret to announce that as of Tuesday, 27 March, 2018 we have closed our Glover Park, D.C. Taproom. This decision to close comes after careful consideration and much discussion. Unfortunately, we are not able to maintain the profit margins necessary to keep the location viable. The Brewpub (production brewery and full-service restaurant) in Falls Church, Virginia is still open and will continue to make and distribute beer around the DC Metro area including some of your favorite bars. We want to thank the residents of Glover Park and our loyal fans for their support and patronage over the last 2-1/2 years.
When we opened this location in August of 2015, we were warmly welcomed and have worked very hard to be proactive supporters of such a wonderful community. (more…)
The home of one of DC’s most open secrets, widely known only as ‘The Spy House’, has come back under intense focus by a local developer. The house at 2619 Wisconsin Ave NW, which until recently was used for decades to spy on the Russian Embassy, is at risk of being demolished.
For the last three weeks, a surveying team has been assessing the vacant lot and property, including the entire 2600 block of Wisconsin Ave NW.
At the height of the cold war, the home served as the primary observation point for intelligence gathering, including the launching point for a $160 million project to train a cat to spy on the Russians. The historic home still resides in its original condition – an untouched interior that was once home to three shifts of agents working nonstop. As tensions have reignited between Russian and the United States, the DC Council renamed the block where the Russian Embassy sits to “Boris Nemtsov Plaza,” in honor of a slain Russian politician opposed to the Putin government. (more…)
2323 Wisconsin Ave, NW
From a change.org petition (thanks to those who messaged us):
“Re-Open the Glover Park Whole Foods
It has been almost one year since the Glover Park Whole Foods Market closed to renovate in March 2017 to mitigate a rodent infestation.
For those who do not know, the reason for the now eleven-month closure is due to a legal battle between the Landlord, Wical Limited Partnership (LP), a subsidiary of DC real estate development firm S.C. Herman & Associates, Inc., and the Tenant, Whole Foods Market.The Washington Business Journal provides a good recap of the current legal situation. Read the article here.
To summarize, after gutting the store’s interior to mitigate the rodent issue, Whole Foods wanted (and still wants) to renovate and re-open the store, but the landlord, Wical LP, blocked (and continues to block) Whole Foods market from doing so. From the Washington Business Journal: (more…)