The coming and going of Georgetown businesses — retail and restaurants — seemed to tilt on the positive side in 2021, despite the pandemic and other stressors. Here’s to more good news in the new year — and there’s always something new.
Starr Italian restaurant on M
Stephen Starr is the restaurateur behind Le Diplomate on 14th Street. He will open an Italian restaurant and market in the former Dean & DeLuca building at 3276 M St. NW. Starr owns Starr Restaurants, which is a multi-concept independent restaurant group with more than 30 outlets. Starr shared the news at the Georgetown-Burleith Advisory Neighborhood Commission’s June 1 online meeting. He’s working on getting California-based star chef and baker Nancy Silverton of Osteria Mozza and Pizzeria Mozza, both in Los Angeles. The group has plans for a “mega Italian concept” with lots of pastas and pizzas and a hearth in the middle for baking —”not super expensive,” he said. It will have a market area of 1,000 square feet, with gelato, espresso, breads, and fresh vegetables. In the basement, you may find a wine cellar.
Glover Park Whole Foods will Open in 2022
While Whole Foods lovers will have to wait a little longer for their Glover Park store to reopen, excitement is building that it is one of the first that will use Just Walk Out technology for check out. “We are excited to announce that Whole Foods Market will open two stores featuring Amazon’s Just Walk Out technology as an option for customers. The stores, one in Washington, D.C.’s Glover Park neighborhood and one in Sherman Oaks, California, are expected to open next year,”Jamie Forrest from Whole Foods Market released a statement. According to the company Whole Foods Market, 2323 Wisconsin Ave. NW will reopen within a month. It boasts a 21,500 sq. foot sales floor.
Buck Mason and Pressed
Two coming from L.A.: The straightforward menswear store, Buck Mason, founded in 2013 by Sasha Koehn and Erik Allen Ford in Los Angeles, will set up a store at 3128 M St. NW. Also coming is Pressed which says it began in 2010 as a 25 square-foot “juice closet”Los Angeles. It also has a food truck in Malibu. Pressed serves its cold-pressed juices and plant-based food. It will open in the former Papyrus card store location at 1300 Wisconsin Ave. NW.
Bitty & Beau’s Coffee
There’s a new coffee shop coming to the former Calvin Klein store at 3207 M St. NW in March. But North Carolina-based Bitty & Beau’s is not just a coffee shop. It employs primarily individuals with intellectual and development disabilities. “Brewing up more than just delicious drinks, Bitty & Beau’s Coffee is a human rights movement disguised as a coffee shop. Our shops provide a one-of-a-kind experience that is changing the way people see people with disabilities.”
Afghan Restaurant at M
Taking over the former space of Don Lobo’s Mexican Grill which closed May 31, 2020, after 16 years, Afghania will be another restaurant by Omar Masroor at 2811 M St. NW. His Bistro Aracosia on MacArthur Boulevard gets high marks for serving the likes of sabzi turnovers, lamb chops and beef tenderloin, qabuli palou and veal ryehaan. The new restaurant is situated between Taj of India Cuisine and La Chaumiere.
In November, Bakeshop opened at 3210 Grace St. NW. It’s an award-winning bakery from Arlington with cakes, cookies, pies and more.
English Rose Garden Reblooms
While it had been in a temporary spot, the English Rose Garden, the floral boutique established in 1997, has returned to 3209 O St. NW after the June 2018 fire which began next door at Wingo’s (set to reopen also by the end of January). Drop by to congratulate Taraneh Dadmarz who is excited to welcome Georgetowners back into her flower shop.
Yo Yoga, Curated and Curated by Svetlana
Yo Yoga opened in October at 2805 M St. NW, in the former Georgetown Yoga space, above Freshbee’s American Grill & Cafe. Svetlana Sidilkovskaia, the curator of Yo Yoga, has created a serene, brightly lit Georgetown studio.
Avocado Green Mattress in Cady’s Alley
No, you’ll not be dipping your body into guacamole, but you will feel a unique softness. Avocado Green MattressIn November,, the makers of eco-luxury lifestyle and sleep products, opened its first Washington, D.C. office at 3336 M St. NW, Georgetown.
Georgetown Pizza & Grill Replaces Kitchen No. 1
Kitchen No.1 has taken over the Chinese carry-out. Georgetown Pizza & Grill opened November 3208 O St NW. There are varieties of pizza — along with subs, salads, gyros and kabobs (halal).
Masala Street Indian Eatery in O
Masala Street Indian Eatery — “an authentic Indian restaurant with a modern twist” — opened at 3206 O St. NW in the former Georgetown Dinette space, just before Thanksgiving.
Ally Banks at Book Hill
Ally Banks Interiors opened at 1661 Wisconsin Ave. NW — in the former Egg store — in the fall.
Everlane opens on M
The Everlane Georgetown store opened in November at 3259 M St. NW and features an assortment of men’s and women’s clothing including denim, footwear and sweaters. It is the brand’s first location in Washington, D.C., and its ninth retail location nationally.
Petite Soeur’s Perfect Bonbons
Pâtissier Ashleigh Pearson’s stylish 1332 Wisconsin Ave. boutique, Petite Soeur, opened late October. Pearson honed her chocolate-making techniques at Thomas Keller’s famed Per Se in New York City, where she crafted an entire chocolate course of eight to 12 different bites each day. Her pastry skills reflect training at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris and her work at D.C.’s Marcel’s.
Fat Munchiez, Upgraded Snacks
It’s the candies, snacks and sweet cereals you love, only in bigger boxes and awesome flavors, along with Japanese and other East Asian sweets. The brands at the shop at 1432 Wisconsin Ave. NW — formerly a marijuana pop-up called Up N Down that the police shut down — are an eye-catching upgrade of your standard Twizzlers.
Gorjana, Gems on M
The specialty jewelry store gorjana [sic]— started in Laguna Beach by former models Gorjana Reidel and Jason Griffin Reidel in 2004 — opened at 3029 M St. NW in a 1,675-square-foot space. According to the company: “Inspired by the natural beauty of Southern California, gorjana jewelry incorporates subtle shimmer, colorful gemstones and a signature gold finish.”
Sarah Flint Pops Up
Sarah Flint opened her luxury shoe shop at 1079 Wisconsin Ave. NW. It was previously located in the Lily Pulitzer store. This hip shop is loved by celebrities such as Jessica Alba, Amal Claooney, and Meghan Markle. popYou look great with a make-up.
Noosh, 280 Foodery
While Ledo Pizza at 1721 Wisconsin Ave. NW may be gone, next door Casbah Cafe is opening under the name Noosh. The same owners, the Jannesari family, have opened another restaurant in the former Ledo space — 280 Eatery.
Mono by All About Burger
The Mono Diner, 1424 Wisconsin Ave. NW, was closed by the owners. Now, the place is being reopened as All About Burger.
L. Priori Jewels at Wisconsin & K
L. Priori Jewelry officially opened in July at 1002 Wisconsin Ave. NW. Originally from Philadelphia, the team at L. Priori creates “one-of-a-kind experiences and products”For its second retail space.
FP Movement at the Canal
FP Movement set up shop midsummer at 1063 Wisconsin Ave. NW, next to the C&O Canal, in the former Onward Reserve men’s clothing store and before that the Pleasure Chest. FP Movement offers Free People’s “athletic and athleisure wear” collection for women, i.e., exercise and workout clothes.
Fitzgerald’s, Next to 1789
Clyde’s Restaurant Group and 1789 Restaurant have gone back to the future with the second reboot to replace the celebrated, longtime F. Scott’s, companion to the Tombs and 1789. Located at 1232 36th St. NW, the cocktail-centric Fitzgerald’s opened in June and gets its name, as did F. Scott’s, which closed in 2016, from mid-20th century novelist F. Scott Fitzgerald, who was related to Francis Scott Key. The 1814 edition of The “Star-Spangled Banner”The author lived just one block away from the future three restaurants that Richard McCooey created.
Aerie for All Ages
Aerie opened at 3235 M St. NW. American Eagle, a Pittsburgh-based company, sells lingerie as well as fine apparel.
Gong Cha Bubble Tea
Gong Cha Bubble Tea & More were introduced in June at 3279 M St. NW.
Faherty comes to M
Alex Faherty and Mike Faherty started the Lifestyle American Clothing brand, which revolves around the beach. It has now arrived at 3263 M St. NW just in time to celebrate summer.
Cat Cafe is Back
The Crumbs & Whiskers Cat Cafe at 3109 M St. NW was closed during pandemic restrictions. It reopened to the public late June. Homeward Trails rescue group allows patrons to adopt kittens and cats in addition to coffee and playtime.
Grace: Green Almond Pantry
In May, Georgetown saw the reopening of Cagla Onal’s Mediterranean cafe counter and market. Located within the Grace Street Collective at 3210 Grace Street NW, the new location offers nearly double the seating that was available in its Shaw spot and takes advantage of an open kitchen concept to bring forward Onal’s love for simply prepared, high-quality ingredients.
Mini Me Boutique on P
Liana Vassila, the owner, took her pandemic time building her boutique at 3236 P St. NW. It sells mother-and daughter outfits as well as European threads, unusual novelties, and vintage. toys.
In April, the former Smith Point space at 1338 Wisconsin Ave. NW became a nightlife club for grownups. The Bo Blair old place was famous for its midnight action. It even attracted two daughters. The restaurant was renamed Donahue in honor of a long-standing Georgetown family.
Brow Bar for M
The microblading clinic has moved to 2918 M St. NW. It is just a few doors away from the original location.
MacArthur: European Market
European Market Kitchen & Cafe opened in the spring at 4418 MacArthur Boulevard NW in the space which housed Kristina’s Cafe. Daniel Rossi worked as a Cafe Milano employee and now serves Neopolitan pizza.
Spice baby! If you’re in need of spices, you’ll want to check out Spicez at 1610 Wisconsin Ave. NW, Georgetown’s new one-stop shop for spices, herbs and other Indian and Eastern food items.
The hip, trendy stationery and gift shop opened March 1355 Wisconsin Ave. NW.
Foxtrot at Wisc. & N
Foxtrot — the first-of its-kind corner store/café/delivery retail market — made its East Coast debut in March at 1267 Wisconsin Ave. NW, at the corner of N Street. “We were thrilled when this building and location opened up,”The Georgetowner was told by Mike LaVitola, co-founder and CEO. “We want to be part of the neighborhood in every way. That means hiring local staff — about 20 permanent and temporary — and offering the best local products.”
Goodyear rolls by
Roll by Goodyear, a new tire-change company, opened February at 1336 Wisconsin Ave. NW. The premise of the business — with the slogan “Tires, on Your Terms” — is to let the customer pick the time and place to have tires installed at no additional cost.
Freshbee’s on M
Freshbee’s American Grill & Cafe took over the former Bibibop space at 2805 M St. NW. The spot has been remodeled and offers all-American burgers, all morning breakfast, smoothies, and other sandwiches.
New Owner for Sara’s Market
Girma Hailu, who owns the 7-Eleven at P St. NW, bought Sara’s Market at 3008 Q St. NW in February. The store was restocked with high-quality products and was refreshed. Dry cleaning and alteration services were also available. It is a relief for neighbors and a joy to be with them.
Amigo Mio, Si
You can have pho now, my friend. Amigo Mio, a new Mexican restaurant — in the location that Miss Saigon called home for nearly two decades — opened at 3057 M St. NW in February.
Ray-Ban Sunglasses M
In the spring, a Ray-Ban shop opened on 3030 M Street NW.
Mason’s Lobster Rolls
At the former Paul Bakery, Mason’s Famous Lobster Rolls opened at 1078 Wisconsin Ave. NW. It is available in several locations, including Rehoboth and Miami.
Georgetown Gap’s Closing Leaves Huge Gap
There will be a big vacant space on Georgetown’s main avenue, come the end of January 2022 — and it comes as not quite a surprise. Since a few years, the Gap store on 1258 Wisconsin Ave. NW has been looking for a new home. The clothing retailer has been operating out of a huge historic building — Forrest Hall, built in 1851. It was once an assembly hall. It was also used for offices during the Civil War and as a prison. There was a place where Mark Twain spoke. It was also the location of many community meetings. The building measures 16,266 sq. feet, and has four levels.
La Jolie Bleue No More
La Jolie Bleue was the sweet and salty bakery located at 1560 Wisconsin Ave. NW. It closed in November. Tahar and Djamila slimani are the owners of this popular Georgetown take-out and dine in restaurant.
Budd & Co.
Gone before Christmas: Budd & Co., a concept house of British brands, bespoke suiting and fine leather accessories, which opened in May at 2824 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, near the Four Seasons Hotel. Budd & Co. Washington, the brand’s first foray into the U.S. market, had replaced Sterling & Burke, a luxe British clothing and gift store that was at the same address for eight years.
DCG-District Chicken & Gyro
Due to Raul Silva, its landlord, DCG-District Chicken & Gyro closed the DCG-District Chicken & Gyro shop at 3147 Dumbarton Street NW. Business owners Ahmad Tariq Saylab and Mary Ali Saylab of Sterling owed $136,500 in rent, shown in public documents displayed on the store’s window. The most popular “hole-in-the-wall,” as fans called, offered halal street food — gyros, falafel, chicken and other Middle Eastern treats.
DC Health, Rats Shut 7-Eleven
After being closed by the DC Health Department, the 7-Eleven at Wisconsin Avenue & O Street NW was shut down. “imminent health hazard(s)”July 7, 2007. Because of a rodent problem, the facility was closed permanently.
Police close Charcoal Town
In August, the Metropolitan Police Department closed Charcoal Town Hookah in NW and Shawarma at 1027 31st St. NW. This was after years of difficulties with DC Health and nearby residents. The Alcoholic Beverage Control Board is hearing about the falafel and Mediterranean food spot. MPD wrote: “The Chief of Police finds that continued operation of this establishment will present an imminent danger to the health, safety and welfare of the public; that there is an additional danger to the health and welfare of the public by not closing this establishment; and that there is no immediately available measure to ameliorate these findings.”
M&T Bank closed the 1420 Wisconsin Ave. NW branch. M&T Bank took over the space formerly occupied by Commander Salamander in 2012. The film made a brief return to the area. “Wonder Woman 1984.”
AllSaints Leaves – M
AllSaints Spitalfields, a London-based fashion retailer, has ended its nearly five-year-old run at 3235 M St. NW. AllSaints is sold menswear, womenswear apparel, footwearAccessories in 279 stores across 27 nations
Lou Lou Boutique, a chic boutique on 1304 Wisconsin Ave. NW next to Georgetown Inn, was closed in April. Lou Lou is a chain of stores that was established in Middleburg by Tara Wegdam and Ben Wegdam in 2004.
Kiehl’s on M
Kiehl’s, the high-end retailer of skin, hair and body care products that began in 1851 in New York, has closed its Georgetown shop at 3110 M St. NW.
After 18 years in Georgetown, Café Tu-O-Tu at 2816 Pennsylvania Ave. NW closed. Near the Four Seasons, this eatery was well-known for its coffee, wraps, sandwiches, and Turkish baklava. Mino Sarano was a warm-hearted and welcoming owner.
Bredice Bros. Shoe and Hardware Repair
After nearly 20 years, Mr. Lee closed his hardware shop and shoe repair company at 1305 35th St. NW. Due to declining business and COVID, he returned to South Korea. Many loved Lee for his expertise in tools, screws, and shoes. He was also known for his humorous retorts, teasing nature, and his wisdom.