The photo above was posted by DDOT to its Tumblr feed earlier this month. It shows M St. in Georgetown at some undetermined date. Surely we can date it!
First off, the block shown here is the 3100 block of M St., just east of Wisconsin Ave. (you can just make out the edge of the Riggs bank on the far left of the photo). Towards the end of the block you can see the notable tall building that now houses Steve Madden.
Just starting from a guesstimate, based upon the cars, GM will say this is probably in the 1930s. The streetcar at the center is a PCC streetcar, which was built starting in the 30s, so that would be consistent.
Where the Urban Outfitters is now you can see the old Woolworth’s. But that’s not much help in dating it because that opened in 1922 (and closed in 1980).
The fact that there were still buildings standing between the Scott’s building and the Riggs bank doesn’t help since there were around in the 1950s. Continue reading
Photo from Eater DC.
New and hip restaurants never open up in Georgetown anymore. At least that’s the common refrain. And there is a lot of truth to it. Even the well regarded restaurants that have opened in Georgetown, like Chez Billy Sud or Fiola Mare, are far from hip. But maybe that’s a good thing?
Recently in Shaw–the epicenter of recently opened hip restaurants in DC–there have been a spate of closings. They’ve even come up with a clever name for it: the Ninth Street Massacre.
While that is (hopefully) a tongue-in-cheek expression, the closings have been a great disappointment. They include Chao Ku, A&D, Table, and the somewhat infamous (and infamously short-lived) Shaw Bijou. The local ANC rep, and unofficial “mayor of Shaw”, chalks up the losses to the “normal course of business” and to bad leases. But there’s also just more risk involved in trying to open an adventurous restaurant in a gentrifying neighborhood. Continue reading