ANC Report: Praise for O & P Project; New Music Venue on K Street

The Halloween night meeting of Advisory Neighborhood Commission 2E was held three nights late because of Hurricane Sandy. Among the more noteworthy items discussed were the nomination of the O and P Street Project for a preservation award and a liquor license approval for a new restaurant with live music performances.

The Citizens Association of Georgetown has nominated the District Department of Transportation and its O and P Street Project for the Mayor’s 2013 historic preservation award. Pamla Moore, CAG’s chair of the historic preservation committee, sought and received the ANC’s support on the DDOT nomination. The ANC agreed with CAG that the project was a “model of rehabilitation and restoration. . . . DDOT was continuously cooperative with the community and set the highest standard for a public works project.”

Commissioners, such as Jeff Jones and Ed Solomon, regularly communicated with the project’s supervisors at day-to-day operations. “This is not hype,” Jones said. “DDOT deserves this award, from the management level to those who put in the pavers.” P Street business owner, Solomon said that DDOT was “very sensitive to businesses.” Other commissioners concurred on how DDOT listened closely to the community to get the job done right.

Also seeking support from the ANC was Gypsy Sally’s Acoustic Tavern, which plans to open at 3401 K Street, NW, as a live music venue and eatery. It will be on the second floor of the building where the soon-to-open Malmaison will be on the ground floor. Gypsy Sally’s music featured will rock, country, blue grass and folk. The space has a 300-person capacity. One of the owners, David Ensor, is a guitarist and teachers. For more for Ensor, visit

As for Malmaison, a dessert specialty eatery and bar, it is being put together by Omar Popal, who also runs Cafe Bonaparte on Wisconsin Avenue and Napoleon Bistro and Lounge on Columbia Road. It is expected to open mid-November.

Details for Gypsy Sally’s: 3401 K Street, NW, Gypsy Sally’s Acoustic Tavern, LLC, License No. ABRA-090582, application for license (petition date, Nov. 19; hearing date, Dec. 3).

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