See this post from NextDoor, along with the comments made to date:
Cafe/restaurant coming into 57 N St in Truxton Circle
Hi all, Bloomingdale resident (and firsttime Nextdoor user!) here. I’m involved in opening up a cafe/restaurant space in Truxton Circle (located at 57 N St NW). I believe there’s been some discussion here on Nextdoor on the project, then we also learned last week that ANC 5E voted to protest our liquor license application: https://www.popville.com/2017/09/anc-5e-protesting-liquor-license-for-republic-cantina-in-truxton-circle/ We were apparently a late add to the agenda and didn’t make it to the ANC meeting to be able to speak to the project, so are currently reaching out to the ANC and Hanover Civic Association to better understand neighbor concerns I wanted to do the same here; if you live in the neighborhood I’d love to hear from you about your thoughts/concerns. Feel free to reply here or reach out direct at firstname.lastname@example.org We’re also anticipating a protest vote by the Hanover Association as well as a separate group of nearby neighbors, so if you support the idea of a casual spot to grab a meal in Truxton, I’d love to hear from you. Since the Popville piece came out I’ve heard from a *TON* of supportive neighbors, and it will be great to see some ‘yes’ representation out at the upcoming meetings as well! Here’s a bit more about what we have planned: In short we’re looking to open a casual Tex-Mex cafe & restaurant — for the past few years we’ve been running a wholesale bakery that supplies pastries to many local coffee shops, grocery stores/markets, etc. We’ve been slowly growing the business with an eye toward someday opening a retail storefront. We’ll be open breakfast, lunch & dinner — kicking off with coffee & espresso drinks and of course our pastries in the AM, then a casual lunch & dinner service (tacos, sandwiches, Tex-Mex classics like fajitas/enchiladas). We’re also looking to add a simple beer/wine/cocktail list to accompany our dinner service. Our space is relatively compact at ~1300 sq ft; we’ll have a (very) small side patio on our property, then we’re also requesting a sidewalk cafe permit in front (also relatively small at 10×30′, and cordoned off with planter boxes). The building we’re coming into is a 100-yr old brick structure with a lot of history (e.g. the premises used to be a brewery responsible for Abraham Lincoln’s beer of choice), and our design for the space so far is really airy and beautiful. I’ve also been a resident of Bloomingdale just a few blocks north of our site for 5+ years– so am definitely familiar with the area and am looking forward to providing a good place to grab a meal and a beer in my neighborhood. I look forward to hearing from folks, and eventually becoming a gathering place for neighborhood once we open!
Chris Smythe, ·New