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ANC6B Gives & Pizza on Barracks Row a Second Chance

8:30am on the 400 Block of Barracks Row, Tuesday, May 13

8:30am on the 400 Block of Barracks Row, Tuesday, May 13

Steve  Salas at ANC6B Meeting, Tuesday Night

Steve Salis at ANC6B Meeting, Tuesday Night

ANC6B Gives & Pizza on Barracks Row a Second Chance

Neighbors Unconvinced by Owner’s Maneuver

by Larry Janezich

Tuesday night, an earnest Steve Salis, owner of &Pizza, breathed new life into his moribund request for a fast food exception to open a pizza place on Barrack Row.  Salis appeared before ANC6B with a new proposal calculated to head off what appeared to be certain rejection of the exception.  He announced that to allay the primary concerns of his 7th Street residential neighbors across the back fence, he had asked for a one month delay in consideration of his case by the Board of Zoning Adjustment (BZA).  Salis said he has applied for a variance that would allow him to build an enclosure attached to the proposed restaurant for indoor trash storage, and dispose of stored trash by moving it out to 8th Street. He said he would make the application for the exception contingent on approval of the variance and that the delay would allow parties to look at his new proposed solution through an “unbiased lens”.

If the delay is granted, Salis would come back before the ANC on June 10, to present the case for the variance and the request for the exception – to be considered as a package – with the request for the exception  contingent on approval of the variance.  Such an offer appeared to some observers to indicate Salis’ confidence that he can get BZA approval of the variance.

Neighbors were having none of it.  They say that the new proposal is where Salis should have started at a meeting with them in April – rather than stonewalling them then and coming in with a proposal 24 hours before Tuesday night’s meeting.  Neighbor after neighbor arose to ask ANC6B to oppose the application, citing their underlying concerns that an additional fast food restaurant on the 400 block of Barracks Row will increase the rodent, trash, noise and odor issues.  For several neighbors, the trustworthiness of the applicant was at issue.  Salis allegedly told neighbors that with the exception of a couple of DPW warnings because homeless people were dumpster diving in the alley at the H Street &Pizza, he had no violations from either agency.

In response to the claim, neighbors produced evidence of 23 Department of Health violations at the H Street &Pizza between May 23, 2013 and April 15, 2014.  According to InspectionMapper (a website that tracks restaurants and grades them according to number of violations) as of mid-April, H Street &Pizza received an “F” for the accumulation of violations. At that time, InspectionMapper said, 25% of restaurants were rated “A”, 21% “B”, 22% “C”, 16% “D”, and 16% “F”.  Neighbors say the infractions show that Salas has not demonstrated the attention to detail necessary to address their concerns.

Apparently reflecting concern of the neighbors and underlining the need for a comprehensive approach to the rodent problem in the immediate area, Commissioner Ivan  Frishberg told Salis that he expected a good “chunk” of his product would end up being consumed on 8th Street or in Metro Plaza.  Salis agreed and acknowledged a systemic rat problem, but said that he can only control his space and his operation.

Frishberg expressed his concerns regarding the block’s rodent problem in an email to his constituents earlier this week, saying, “If we do not set the highest standard for current and future operators on these densely populated blocks we will only be adding to the problems of rats that are running rampant in backyards, across the metro plaza and all around the restaurants most of us frequent.”

In the end, ANC6B voted 8-0-2, to oppose the application, but added language addressed to the BZA acknowledging that the applicant has requested a delay and encouraging a delay in order to provide an opportunity for the issue to be resolved by negotiation between the restaurateur and neighbors and allowing ANC6B to consider the fast food exception and the variance at the same time.

Those commissioners voting for the delay:  Peish, Frishberg, Pate, Campbell, Garrison, Oldenburg, Opkins, and Loveland.

Those commissioners abstaining:  Flahaven and Jayaraman

(Flahaven said he abstained because he wanted to see a compromise.  Jayaraman said he did not want to say he was opposed to &Pizza on Barracks Row while there was an opportunity to see if the strategy Salis is proposing works better than what other restaurants are doing.)



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Xavier Cervera Undermined Restaurants in Take-Over Bid Say New Owners’ Lawyers

Xavier Cervera Undermined Restaurants in Take-Over Bid Say New Owners’ Lawyers

Update:  Full Text of Cervera’s Statement in Response to the Claim

by Larry Janezich

According to a report by Katy Stech of the Wall Street Journal Bankruptcy Blog on Thursday,  lawyers for the current owners of the Hawk ‘n’ Dove and seven other restaurants recently owned by Xavier Cervera claim that Cervera, in his role of consultant, undermined the profitability of several of the restaurants so the new owners would default on monthly payments thereby returning ownership of the restaurants to Cervera and his partners.  The new owners filed for bankruptcy on March 28, 2014, forcing the issue of Cervera’s accountability into the courts.  Capitol Hill Corner reported Cervera’s reaction to the bankruptcy filing here:  http://bit.ly/1dC2dLY

The lawyers did not say how the alleged deceit was effected, but according to court documents, the new owners fear the funds were diverted for other purposes.

Cervera and his Florida-based partners sold their nine restaurants to a Boston investment firm in December of 2012.  Cervera was brought in as consultant last August after revenues at the chain’s flagship restaurant – Hawk ‘n’ Dove – fell off sharply under the manager for the new owners, Richard Cervera (Xavier’s brother).  Richard Cervera was removed as manager of the eight restaurants and Xavier Cervera was reported to have resumed control of the day to day operations of the restaurants on behalf of the new owners.  (The ninth restaurant, Willie’s Brew and Que near National’s Ball Park, which was part of the deal, is still under construction.)  Richard Cervera’s tenure as manager was marked by an effort to take the Hawk ‘n’ Dove to a new upscale level and a management style which reportedly alienated long time employees.

Update:  In response to the report, Xavier Cervera authorized the  release of the following statement:  “Xavier Cervera had no ownership, management, or financial control over any of the Debtor’s operations at any time following the sale.  Any and all financial decisions and disbursements were those of the buyer, and Mr. Cervera never even had access to any of the buyer’s bank accounts or cash funds.

His only role was pursuant to a consulting agreement with the new owner, where he was called upon from time to time to express his opinions and assist in specific tasks that the new owner assigned to him

One of those requests was to assist and advise  the new owner in attempting to reverse a steady decline in sales and loss of key personnel that had occurred while the restaurants were under the control of Richard Cervera prior to Richard Cervera’s termination by the buyer last fall.  Sales at the venues were increasing steadily after Richard Cervera’s departure and prior to the bankruptcy.

All decisions as to management and financial control — and all aspects of the buyer’s finances and disbursements — were solely those of the buyer and any attempts to blame Mr. Cervera for the actions or inactions of the buyer’s management that led to the bankruptcy are without merit.

This includes any payments made by the new owners with respect to the construction of their new restaurant – Willie’s – which was almost ready to open prior to the filing.  In particular, Mr. Cervera has no “contractual obligation” to fund construction of Willie’s, as the new owners allege.

The purchasers have also asserted in the bankruptcy that Mr. Cervera kept control of a couple of items following the sale that they now claim should belong to the Company and not to him personally  The ownership of these few items is very much at issue and will likely be determined at some point as part of a court proceeding.”

Part of the purchase deal with Xavier Cervera was that he would not open a restaurant on Capitol Hill for ten years.  But Xavier Cervera is planning a new gastropub in Shaw’s Blagden Alley close to the trendy restaurant, Rogue 24.

For the entire WSJ post, see here: http://on.wsj.com/1pvy85W


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Fraud Allegations Behind Closing of Barracks Row Kraze Burger

Kraze Burger Barracks Row Closed Mid-March, Five Months After Opening

Kraze Burger Barracks Row Closed Mid-March, Five Months After Opening

Fraud Allegations Behind Closing of Barracks Row Kraze Burger

by Larry Janezich

Two investors have filed suit against several individuals allegedly involved in the opening of Kraze Burger Barracks Row, naming Virginia attorney Richard MacDowell and his associates as key actors.  MacDowell, reported recently to be the American CEO of Kraze Burger, a South Korean restaurant franchise, is listed as the agent for Kraze Burger Inc., said to be the operator of Kraze Burger on Barracks Row.  The suit filed in DC Superior Court on December 23, 2013, alleges that MacDowell, a partner in MacDowell & Associates, as well as his employees and/or partners in several businesses the documents say are owned by MacDowell, improperly converted funds which the plaintiffs – Great Falls, Virginia, couple Joo Won Kim and T.W. Kim – invested as start-up money for the Barracks Row Kraze Burger.

In related news, the Kraze Burger franchise chain’s first DC-area outlet in Bethesda filed for bankruptcy in late December, listing liabilities between $100,001 and $500,000.  Creditors included restaurant suppliers as well as the county tax department.

According to documents filed related to the Barracks Row lawsuit, MacDowell, in October of 2012, offered the Kims the opportunity to enter into a partnership to open a Kraze Burger franchise at 415 8th Street, SE, Barracks Row.  The documents allege that MacDowell proposed that the Kims would be 70% partners in a Kraze Burger to be set up by MacDowell, who would be the 30% partner, with profits and costs allocated accordingly.  The suit charges that MacDowell “induced” the Kims into allowing him to act as the sole partner responsible to hold and manage disbursement of investment capital as well as serving as counsel for the partnership.

The court documents state that MacDowell claimed startup capital would be $620,948.92 – a figure the Kims now claim MacDowell knew to be “inflated and inaccurate.”  The Kims say they deposited $430,000 in MacDowell and Associates’ escrow account and that MacDowell told them that a “significant portion” of the startup funds would be used to procure a lease with Street Sense, the building’s owner.  The Kims claim that MacDowell subsequently “contracted” with a construction company actually owned by MacDowell to do the build out work to open the franchise.

The documents also claim:

  • The construction company presented false documents which inflated the cost of opening the franchise and that MacDowell only spent funds deposited by Kim to open the franchise without investing his 30% of investment capital.
  • MacDowell never contributed any money whatsoever to the startup costs.
  • After buildout was complete, the Kims were made aware of multiple issues with the franchise resulting from poor management, including delinquent bills.
  • MacDowell ignored or denied numerous requests for accounting of expenditures and of funds being held and the Kims were “left no choice” but to conclude that funds were improperly taken and that MacDowell “intentionally misappropriated” funds and that MacDowell had “acted with malice.”

The documents do not address whether MacDowell put a price on his legal representation or on any activities he engaged in to further the project, nor whether MacDowell agreed to put up any funds at all as a portion of the $620,948.92 estimate for opening the restaurant.

The suit lists ten counts alleging improper “conversion of funds deposited [by the investors] for the use and purposes of… Kraze Burger and/or MacDowell outside the partnership” by ten individuals and an eleventh count alleging conspiracy to commit improper conversion naming all ten defendants.

When contacted by Capitol Hill Corner, MacDowell’s attorney referred questions to MacDowell, who was unavailable for comment.  There was no immediate response from Kraze Burger’s US headquarters.   The attorney for the Kims said that because of the pending litigation, he could not comment.

The building that houses Kraze Burger was once a Dollar Store and Chinese carryout that was purchased and remodeled by DC real estate and development company, Street Sense.  Although ANC 6B seemed anxious to limit the number of carryout restaurants on Barracks Row, commissioners raised no objections to Kraze Burger’s proposed arrival.  While open, the restaurant appeared to be doing little sit down business.

For the time being, it is not clear what the future holds for the Kraze Burger on Barracks Row.  The effect of legal troubles on the other four area Kraze Burgers and a proposed NoMa outlet is uncertain.  CHC reported on Barracks Row Kraze Burger’s opening October 17, 2014 here:  http://bit.ly/1nkoGQR



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Photos From Inside “Barrel” – Owner Plans Stealth Opening for Capitol Hill Whiskey Bar

Barrel is at 613 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE

Barrel is at 613 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE

"Brown Water"

“Brown Water”

Beers and Cider

Beers and Cider

Part of Barrel's 60 Foot Polished Concrete Bar

Part of Barrel’s 60 Foot Polished Concrete Bar

Part of the Dining Room Looking toward the Front of Barrel

Part of the Dining Room Looking toward the Front of Barrel

Electric Lights Point the Way to the Elixer Bar on the Lower Lever

Electric Lights Point the Way to the Elixer Bar on the Lower Lever

The Elixer Bar

The Elixer Bar

"The Dispensary"

“The Dispensary”

Photos From Inside “Barrel” – Owners Plans Stealth Opening for Capitol Hill Whiskey Bar

by Larry Janezich

Matt Weiss, co-owner of Barrel is playing it cagey with respect to exactly when Barrel will open, but he said, “you can print we expect to open next week.”  Pressed, he allowed that if all goes well at a soft opening for family and friends Thursday night, it might open tomorrow, Friday.  Weiss prefers to announce the opening on Twitter and social media, rather than in the blogosphere.

The bar and restaurant will feature more than 100 whiskies and a menu of South Carolina country cooking, heavy on the pork and fried chicken, light on vegetables.  No salads or desserts will be offered.  In addition to aged bourbon whiskies, Barrel will serve a creative line of cocktails, wine, and craft beers.

Weiss is proud of the main dining area’s 25 seat 60 foot concrete bar.  A “BAR” sign and arrow made of  lights at the rear of the restaurant points the way to the low-ceilinged underground “Elixir Bar” and “The Dispensary” – the latter being the liquor storage area behind locked sliding glass doors.  The lower room has a short bar and tables and is suitable for private events.

Formerly the 18th Amendment, the bar, owned by Mike Menard and Mike Schuster (partners in Star and Shamrock, Trusty’s and the future Compass Rose coming to 14th Street) brought in  Weiss as a new partner to open Barrel.  Menard and Schuster are also partners in The Pour House at 319 Pennsylvania Avenue, slated to close after an 11 year run, on April 30.  Weiss, also owns Union Pub and 201 Bar.

Barrel, at 613 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE, will open at 4:00pm daily for dinner.  For the bar and kitchen menus, go here: http://barreldc.com/

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&pizza Looks Again to Barracks Row for New Gourmet Pizza Outlet

&pizza Looks Again to Barracks Row for New Gourmet Pizza Outlet

by Larry Janezich

Last Tuesday night at Hill Center, &pizza chain owner Steve Salis told ANC6B that he hopes to open a sixth location at 405 8th Street, SE, the current location of OXXO cleaners.  Veteran readers of Capitol Hill Corner will remember that Salis flirted with Barracks Row in 2011/2012, when he announced plans to open in the space at 415 8th Street, currently occupied by Chipotle/Kraze Burger.

Salis is again reaching out to engage ANC6B, Barracks Row Main Street, and the community, saying he will apply for a fast food exception which will allow him to open up on Barracks Row.

Barracks Row zoning requires a special exception for fast food restaurants.  &pizza falls into the fast food category because you have to pay for the food in advance, even though inside seating will be provided.  Zoning regulations provide some 15 or requirements an applicant must meet in order to qualify for an exception.  The request will come before ANC6B, likely next summer and approval by that body will send the request to the Board of Zoning Adjustment for final approval.

The issue is a sensitive one for nearby neighbors who have been vigilant in policing food venues on the 400 block of 8th Street because of operational issues contributing to rodent and odor problems.  Salis said he is aware of these concerns and is prepared to address them.

In February of 2012, Salis said he pulled the plug on the Barracks Row project after it became clear to him that he could not launch the business according to schedule in spring of that year.  He cited the uncertainty involved in getting a fast food exception – even though the Capitol Hill Restoration Society had already signed off on it – and uncertainty as to when Streetsense could deliver the store space.  In addition, Streetsense had asked Salis to “put down a substantial amount of capital as a deposit in order to hold the space.”  He said he found his position untenable being faced with “a bad use of my capital and no guarantees” on how the process would be resolved.

&pizza’s website and menu can be found here:  http://www.andpizza.com/


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Kimchi Carry Out Debuts on Barracks Row

Cafe Old Town's Sign is not up yet, but the former Capitol City Sub Shop is open for business

Cafe Old Town’s Sign is not up yet, but the former Capitol City Sub Shop is open for business

Kimchi Outlet Debuts on Barracks Row

One of “World’s Healthiest Foods” – Health Magazine

by Larry Janezich

The popular Alexandria carryout Café Old Town has opened a second location on the end of Barracks Row in the space formerly occupied by Capitol City Subs at 751 8th Street, SE.  Owner Cristina Kwon leased the building last summer and remodeled it.  The Barracks Row location is primarily carry out, but does have limited seating for inside dining.

What makes this place special are the Korean Specialties – particularly the imaginative kimchi tacos (with gluten free corn tortillas), kimchi burritos, and kimchi quesadillas – all with the customer’s choice of marinated rib eye steak (bulgogi), spicy pork, or grilled chicken.  For the uninitiated, kimchi is a traditional spicy fermented Korean side dish made of vegetables with a variety of seasonings.

Kimchi has acquired its reputation as a health food because it is low in calories and contains a high concentration of dietary fiber.  One serving is said to provide over 50% of the daily recommended amount of vitamin C and carotene.  In February, 2008, Health Magazine named kimchi as one of the “World’s Healthiest Foods” for being rich in vitamins, aiding digestion, and even possibly reducing cancer growth.  Kimchi is rich in vitamin A, thiamine (B1), riboflavin (B2), calcium, and iron, and contains a number of lactic acid bacteria, among those the “healthy” species Lactobacillus found in yogurt.

Other Korean specialties on the menu include Bibimbap – lettuce, eggs, carrots, cucumbers, squash, bean sprouts, red cabbage and bulgogi, and the Bulgogi Burger – green peppers and onion with provolone cheese, bulgogi, and Korean hot sauce.

Sandwiches such as the California Club, the Turkey Avocado Wrap, the BBQ Sub with slaw and the Reuben with corned beef and/or pastrami have been popular choices at Café Old Town Alexandria, according to owner and chef Kwon.  The traditional breakfast menu features a Tomato and Fresh Lime Burrito.

The shop is open 6:00am – 6:00pm, Monday through Friday and 8:00am – 5:00pm on Saturday.  Closed Sunday.  202- 546-7827

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ANC Committee Advances New Coffee Shop/Café Planned for Hill East Location

1247 E Street, SE, viewed from Peter Bug Shoe Repair Academy

1247 E Street, SE, viewed from Peter Bug Shoe Repair Academy

ANC Committee Advances New Coffee Shop/Café Planned for Hill East Location

by Larry Janezich

ANC6B’s Planning and Zoning Committee has given conditional approval to a plan to develop a new coffee/shop café at 1247 E Street, SE, diagonally across the corner from Peter Bug Shoe Repair academy.  Hatem Hatem, who owns the building, envisions a public space where the community can meet.  He will renovate the first floor of the building and provide coffee and other beverages, pastries, breakfast, lunch, and light dinners.  He told the committee that he will also sell “farmhouse products,” noting that during summer a weekly farmer’s market sets up across the street.

Hatem does not yet have an operator for the shop but hopes to have one in the next few months and open, perhaps, by late summer.  He anticipates a 9:00am through 8:00pm operation but is trying to work out an agreement with neighbors to remain open until 9:00pm during the summer.  The ANC committee’s approval was conditional upon Hatem working out an agreement regarding summer hours before next Tuesday’s full ANC6B meeting.

Hatem will also remodel and continue to operate the four unit apartment complex on the building’s second floor.  The building, vacant since the end of September, was established as a commercial operation in 1898 and has gone through many iterations, including grocery store, candy store, headquarters for a rugby club, and offices for a world peace organization.

Hatem is asking ANC committee to support a variance from current use provisions to allow the coffee shop/café.  The variance was strongly supported by commissioner Nichole Opkins, who cited the popularity of the nearby Cupcake Café and the Pretzel Bakery on 15th Street, SE.

CHC reached out to Peter Bug who said he has been across the street for 37 years and fully supports the new venture, noting “it will be beautiful to have something on that corner besides what’s there now.  A coffee shop would probably be ideal for folks in the community.”  He said that the only problem he foresees is parking, noting Frager’s temporary store a half block down E Street as well as the school football leagues that practice and play on the field behind Watkins School across the street.  In the past, some residents of the 1200 block of E Street have expressed concerns about the activities which develop around the games.  Parents of the football players who drive their children to the field remain to watch them play and take them home – and in some cases host tailgate parties and even barbeques on the streets around the field.  Hateem told the Committee last night that he did not foresee any impact on parking.


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Pot Belly Sandwich Shop Seeks Barracks Row Location

Tandoor Grill Wants to Move to a New Second Story and Lease First Floor to Potbelly

Tandoor Grill Wants to Move to a New Second Story and Lease First Floor to Potbelly

Pot Belly Sandwich Shop Seeks Barracks Row Location

by Larry Janezich

A plan for opening a Pot Belly Sandwich Shop on Barracks Row was revealed at last night’s ANC6B Planning and Zoning Committee meeting.

Consideration of two cases by the Committee, chaired by Commissioner Francis Campbell, revealed Pot Belly’s interest in expanding onto Barracks Row.  The chain restaurant serves sandwiches, salads, soups, chili, shakes, malts, smoothies and baked goods, and has several outlets in Northwest and one near the Navy Yard in SE.  Since its founding in 1997, the chain has spread to more than 280 locations.

One of the cases which touched upon Pot Belly’s interest was that of the Capitol Hill Tandoor and Grill at 419 8th Street, which is seeking ANC6B’s approval for a Historic Preservation (HP) application to permit a second story addition to the restaurant.  Tariq Hussein, owner of both the building and the restaurant, presented the plan in terms of expansion of the Indian-Pakistani restaurant.  Commissioner Ivan Frishberg – who admitted to being a frequent patron of the restaurant – expressed reservations, saying he suspected that the addition anticipated another purpose and expressed concern that it might be for a fast food restaurant.

Barracks Row currently has a ban on fast food venues – any additional establishment would require an exemption.  Hussein said that although he had had discussions with Pot Belly as a potential first floor tenant, no agreement had been reached.  Given the city’s tendency to give the benefit of the doubt to revenue-producing developments at the expense of the nearby community, ANC6B seems justified in its concern that the city will turn a deaf ear to their concerns.

As of now, the only issue before the ANC is whether or not the proposed design for the addition is compatible with the adjacent buildings and the architectural environment.  Commissioner Kirsten Oldenburg read notes from the CHRS Historic Preservation (HP) Committee which met on Monday night to consider Hussein’s Historic Preservation Application.  The HP Committee – which under CHRS bylaws speaks for the CHRS on historic preservation matters – found that the original structure is too new to be a contributing structure to the Capitol Hill Historic District and expressed the wish that the architect refine the design and be more adventurous and creative in planning the addition.  This finding actually gives the architect considerable flexibility in designing the second story – it also means that there are few historic preservation roadblocks which can be raised to prevent it.  The ANC’s Planning and Zoning Committee voted to take no position on the HP application, pending receipt of more detailed drawings from Hussein before next Tuesday’s full ANC6B meeting.

Pot Belly’s interest in Barracks Row came to light as well in an earlier case heard by the ANC last night.  Maurice Kreindler – who owns several buildings in the 400 block of 8th Street – is seeking to build an enclosure at the rear of OXXO Dry Cleaners – ostensibly for storage.  Since OXXO’s lease is up in two years, building out the rear of the building could be a way to make it more interesting to potential tenants.  When neighbors expressed concerns that a new tenant might be yet another restaurant, Alan Kinney, representing Kreindler, said a new tenant would likely be retail and noted that Pot Belly Sandwich Shop had looked at the location for a possible establishment, but found it lacked the necessary space.  The ANC Committee told Kinney that they could not support the request for a variance to allow the construction because the property lacked the unique circumstances under which a variance can be granted.

Also last night, several residential and business neighbors were in attendance to cite trash and cleanliness problems associated with the area where Kreindler seeks the expansion, voicing fears that new construction would push the rat problems associated with the area onto their properties.  Commissioners pointed out that these were two separate issues, and while the rat problem was ubiquitous and needed to be addressed, it had to be considered separately from the question of granting a variance.  To the extent that the two issues are related, some commissioners told Kinney that they might try to find a way to support the variance if a proposed structure could be used to solve the neighbor’s concerns regarding the rodent problem.


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District Doughnuts Headed to Barracks Row

District Doughnuts Headed to Barracks Row

by Larry Janezich

Capitol Hill Corner has learned that Douglas Development Corporation has signed a lease with the popular doughnut caterer, District Doughnuts, for the first floor space at 749 8th Street, SE, formerly the home of Sneed’s Barbershop.  They hope to open in April of 2014.  Their popular product received high marks in WaPo’s survey of the city’s doughnut offerings earlier this year –  http://wapo.st/16cA9qV

The catering business, founded by Greg Menna and Juan Pablo Segura and currently owned by Menna and pastry chef Christine Schaefer, has been looking for space to open a brick and mortar outlet and was rumored to be coming to the Eastern Market area.  Schaefer came to the area from a gourmet bakery in Buffalo, NY, and trained at Le Cordon Bleu.

From District Doughnut’s website:  “Opening in spring 2014, our shop will serve a rotating assortment of classic and cosmopolitan varieties, meeting nostalgia with sophistication. To complete the classic pairing, we will feature the finest coffee roasts from Caffe Amouri, one of the only small-batch roasters in the DC area.”  Read more here:  http://districtdoughnut.com/

The recently inked deal leaves the second story of 749 8th Street, SE, available for lease according to the company’s website: http://bit.ly/198fGCx

Douglas Development is currently a very active Southeast Capitol Hill player, with three other active projects currently ongoing on Pennsylvania Avenue, SE.  See more here:  http://bit.ly/1akuFzW


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18th Amendment on PA Ave SE Will Become “Barrel”

The Future Site of "Barrel" - Bourbon, Beer, and Southern Fare

The Future Site of “Barrel” – Bourbon, Beer, and Southern Fare

18th Amendment Morphs into “Barrel”

by Larry Janezich

The 18th Amendment at 613 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE, closed since last July after acquiring a new business partner, will be reborn as “Barrel” late this year or early next year.  Thursday night, a spokesman for the 18th Amendment representing the partnership applying for renewal of the liquor license for that location, told ANC6B’s Alcohol Beverage Control Committee chaired by Commissioner Sara Loveland that the new liquor venue would be “more upscale” than the previous occupant, with “better food” prepared by a chef from Charleston, South Carolina.  According to the spokesman, the new bar will serve 18 draft beers, and the interior is being redone to restore the brick and to bring in “classy lighting.”  The spokesman said, “It will be more similar to Beuchert’s than the 18th Amendment as you remember it.”  The new partner and driving force behind Barrel is Matt Weiss, the long-time owner of the Union Pub (formerly the Red River Grille) and Lounge 201.

As has been reported elsewhere, http://bit.ly/1amQZbv “Barrel” refers to “barrel-aged”, i.e. barrel-aged cocktails, infused bourbons, aged bourbons, etc.  Chef Garret Fleming, formerly of The Pig, appears to be the Charleston chef.  For a likely preview of the bills of fare, visit the dinner menu of The Pig here:  http://www.thepigdc.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/Dinner.pdf and “Bourbon Happy Hour menu” here:


or the drink menu here: http://www.thepigdc.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/drinks.pdf

An interesting side note is the apparently continuing connection and involvement of Joe Englert, restaurant and entertainment developer of U Street, H Street, and Capitol Hill.  According to the spokesman for the group on Thursday night, Weiss and Englert are partners in ownership of Pour House on Pennsylvania Avenue, SE.  Englert is reported to be one of the partners in the 18th Amendment as well as Trusty’s.  He began a project to make H Street, NE, a bar and restaurant destination in 2006, after the city announced plans to pump money into the old Atlas Theater in hopes of kick starting the redevelopment of H Street.

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