Barracks Row ‘Frame of Mine’ Likely Next Victim of the Appetite for Restaurants
Retail on 8th Street Continues to Succumb to Food and Drink Venues
by Larry Janezich
Frame of Mine’s lease on its space at 522 8th Street, SE, will not be renewed when it expires in September, according to sources. Building owner Larry Quillian is reportedly seeking a restaurant to occupy the space. If Qullian’s quest is successful, it will be the second popular retail space on 8th Street to be displaced by a food and drink establishment so far this year. Earlier this month, restaurateur Aaron Silverman announced plans to open a companion restaurant to Rose’s Luxury in the space next door to Rose’s, currently occupied by Homebody.
Frame of Mine, a family owned retail shop on Barrack Row since 1982, hopes to stay on 8th Street, but so far has not found a location to serve its needs. Barracks Row Main Street is working with owner Cissy Webb find the right space for the business to move to at the end of their lease.
Quillian owns other properties nearby, including Mr. Henry’s and the vacant lots surrounding 1230 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE, currently leased to Frager’s for their temporary garden and landscaping business. Frager’s closed their temporary location across from Eastern Market last month, after the Hine project got the go ahead from federal court and the developer announced remediation of the building would begin in March.
Also the owner of the controversial “Shotgun House,” Quillian has jousted with the city for decades over his desire to raze the structure at 1229 E Street, SE. The structure – a darling of preservationists – apparently stands in the way of development of the lots currently leased to Frager’s. Last June, ANC6B reluctantly endorsed the concept of a raze permit for the Shotgun House after expressing unhappiness with Quillian who bought the property in 1985 and, in the eyes of the ANC and many in the community, connived to raze the property for redevelopment using “demolition by neglect.” See CHC posting here: http://bit.ly/1qAicMC