GM noticed in the Old Georgetown Board agenda yesterday that a new tenant for the old Papa Razzi space has been identified: the Frye Company (GM should give credit to Dan Silverman for reporting this first, although Silverman was a bit more equivocal.)
Frye Company is a boot company that touts itself as the oldest continuously run shoe company in the United States. The boot styles tend towards western in style. Beyond boots, the company offers a wide range of (primarily leather) shoes.
GM had heard rumors that this space was going to be a DSW. The Frye Company appears to be a higher end store. Either way, it does seem like a loss for such a huge space to just sell shoes.
Perhaps the new store will design the store with an homage to the building’s history as an old fire station?