Not So Long Ago: M St. and Potomac

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Today for Not So Long Ago, GM finally gets back to M St. Specifically, the corner of M St. and Potomac.

In 1993, from right to left this corner held Fettoosh restaurant, Smash Records, Colorfax (a copy store), and Fettoosh Express.

Fettoosh served middle eastern fare. It was open well after 1993, and only closed a few years ago. It was replaced by Morso in the summer of 2010, which was open for about five minutes. It lost its chef before it even opened, and pulled a middle of the night disappearance a couple months later. It’s been empty ever since, although GM hears that Spike Mendelsohn is opening a Good Stuff Eatery here.

Smash Records, a favorite among teen punk fans, closed up shop in 2006, and eventually reemerged in Adams Morgan. The space was replaced with Annie Creamcheese, a vintage clothing store that seems to cater to a similar crowd. It looks like Annie Creamcheese has taken over the old copy store space too.

Fettoosh Express was a take-out space for Fettoosh. Morso similarly opened a “Morso Express” in this space. It also closed at the same time the main restaurant did. GM hears Good Stuff will also use this space, although it’s not clear whether this will be the take-out part of Good Stuff, particularly since Good Stuff is nothing but take out.

GM’s always wondered about this block. It looks like these windows might have originally been garage doors. Anyone know the history?

Here are the photos:


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2 responses to “Not So Long Ago: M St. and Potomac

  1. Brad Altman

    This site was new construction (Eaton Condo) not a historic building. I believe it was the former site of Stohlman Cheverolet.

  2. Pete M

    The condo was built around 1981. Part of the site was a gas station. Smash Records was replaced by Jinx Proof Tatoo. Jinx Proof was formerly next door, which is now Second Time Around. That space used to be a Jerrys Subs. Annie Creamcheese is below the restaurant, and that used to be Trent Graphics, who sold posters.

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