1100 block of Thomas Jefferson St.
This week on Not So Long Ago, GM stops by M and Thomas Jefferson Streets. Today on the north side of the street there is Sephora, a cosmetics store, Kate Spade, a handbag and apparel store, and Blue Mercury, another cosmetics store. These are square in the middle of the young-women-shopping market that has steadily grown in Georgetown over the years.
But 18 years ago the scene was different. Where Sephora now stands once stood Georgetown Seafood Grill. It was a laid back seafood restaurant owned by Capital Restaurant Concepts, the name behind other similarly laid back restaurants J.Pauls and Old Glory, among others. In 1997, four years after this photo was taken, Anthony Lanier and EastBanc bought out the building. After renovations, Sephora moved in.
There was another restaurant down on 19th and M called Georgetown Seafood and Grill, which renamed itself “Fin”. GM doesn’t know if there was a connection, but either way, it’s closed.
Next to Georgetown Seafood Grill was Rosey Cross. From what GM can determine, it was a new age type store. From one account, it was originally called “Crystals”. GM tried to research more into the store, but when you Google “Rosey Cross” and “Georgetown”, you get tons of conspiracy websites trying to try Rosicrucianism with the Jesuits, and the Illuminati, or something. But GM has said to much already…
It looks like Rosey Cross didn’t last too much longer after this photo was taken. By 2004, at the latest, Kate Spade was in this spot.
Next over was Eyetech, an eyeglass store. GM couldn’t find anything particularly interesting about this store. By 2004, Blue Mercury was already there.
There is also a slight part of the building that is currently housing Miss Saigon. GM can’t make out what the awning says, but it clearly wasn’t Miss Saigon. Anyone remember?
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The District is in the middle of a multi-year project to completely reconstruct the bridges over the canal on 29th, 30th, and Thomas Jefferson. The project began in August of 2009, when the city shut down the 30th St. bridge. While the original schedule called for each bridge to be out of service for one whole year, the schedule has move a lot fast than that. DDOT wrapped up work on the 30th St. bridge in June of last year, a couple months shy one year.
The next bridge was Thomas Jefferson St., which has been out of service since June. Next week, after barely eight months of complete reconstruction, that bridge will reopen.
Once that bridge reopens, DDOT will move to 29th St. and start the final phase of the operation. By the way things have been going, that bridge may be back in service even before the end of the calender year. Continue reading