Nana Thai Restaurant on Barracks Row to Close in June
New Owner Douglas Development Plans Substantial Renovation of Building
by Larry Janezich
Nana Thai, the popular Barracks Row family-owned restaurant, will close – likely the first week of June – according to restaurant employees. The building’s second floor is occupied by Natural Kinks Hair and Braiding Salon, and it too will close within 90 days, according to owner Shannon Evans.
Douglas Development has purchased the building at 406 8th Street and the developer plans extensive renovations but the company’s plans for the site remain uncertain. According to sources, the building was owned by the family who runs Nana Thai.
Technically both the restaurant and the salon have 90 days to vacate, but Nana Thai employees say the restaurant will close in early June. Both operations are looking for new locations to reopen, possibly on Capitol Hill. Long time Hill residents remember Mickey’s Pub and Patio which preceded the Old Siam, which last year gave way to Nana Thai.
Douglas Development has been aggressively developing properties on Capitol Hill, including the old Kentucky Fried Chicken site at 15th and Pennsylvania, the retail building at the corner of 13th and Pennsylvania, the building housing Pret a Manger at 3rd and Pennsylvania, and the building occupied by District Doughnuts at 749 8th Street on Barracks Row.
The purchase came on the heels of the announcement earlier this week that Metro Mutts, directly across the street at 407 8th Street, SE, will close on June 12. Employees say that the owner will consolidate operations in the H Street, NE, location, in response to a rent increase. That building is owned by major Capitol Hill commercial property holder Maurice Kreidler. This announced departure of retail follows the closing of City Bikes, the details of which were reported by CHC here: http://bit.ly/1SBzTxA
Ed. Note. An earlier version of this story reported that Capitol Hill Bikes was closing. CHC regrets the error.