CONDOS TO FORCE OUT GYPSY SALLY’S, OTHER BUSINESSES
A condominium development planned for 3401 K (Water) St. NW appears to be advancing. And, as expected, commercial renters in the space will be departing. The planned 49-unit condo complex will convert the existing structure and add five stories, with a parking garage beneath, as well as a penthouse and a pool. After some changes to original designs in 2016, the project — by IBG Partners and Wilco Residential, with designs by architecture
firm BBGM — looks set for action next year. The Old Georgetown Board will soon be reviewing the plans for final approval.
The first business to bail officially is livemusic venue Gypsy Sally’s, which opened in 2013 and was the subject of a Georgetowner cover story in February of 2014.
On Gypsy Sally’s Facebook page last week, co-owner David Ensor wrote: “As you may have heard, our landlord recently sold the building where we have resided since 2013. It will be developed into condominiums. With great sadness, Gypsy Sally’s will have its final loadout on January 5th, 2020 … Thank you for giving us this chance of a lifetime and for walking on this journey with us. We hope to see you in the coming weeks so that we have the opportunity to thank you in person and maybe swap a few memories. It has truly been a long, strange, and wonderful trip … Peace, David and Karen.”
Other businesses on the property include the Popal Group’s Berliner beer hall on the ground floor, an exercise place and a delivery service.
38 UNITS COMING TO 2900 M STREET?
The Pierre Gaunoux Rev. Trust is proposing to build 38 add-on units and a four- or five-story building to the back of its properties at 2900-2924 M St. NW. The block’s tenants include Ike Behar, Georgetown Olive Oil Co. and Georgetown Veterinary Hospital. Office units would be at the bottom of the new structure, with residential units on the upper levels, parking garage included. The project is being designed by Hickok Cole Architects. The Old Georgetown Board will review the plans on Nov. 7.
IN: BAR AT WOLFGANG PUCK’S CUT REOPENS
A fire in the kitchen of the Rosewood hotel’s Cut restaurant shut down the entire hotel on Oct. 10. The hotel is back in operation after a brief evacuation due to smoke conditions. Its bar reopened two weeks ago, but the restaurant will be closed until Dec. 1. The fire, caused by a mechanical failure, was confined to the kitchen but affected the ducts of the building at 1050 31st St. NW, next to the C&O Canal. No one was injured.
IN: CHASQA, HEIR OF HERITAGE INDIA
“They’re back,” announces the business at 2332 Wisconsin Ave. NW, rebranded as Chasqa. “After serving the Glover Park-Washington, D.C., community as chefs for Heritage India for over two decades, Executive chef Surender is back with the executive chef team of Dawa
Tamang and Pawan Khadka.” The name comes from India and means, the business says: “Craving, Zest, Passion, Curiosity, Obsession, Hooked, Addiction, Liking and Attraction” — as in “Your fix for flavor.”
COMING: JANTI CAFE, FOR A TOUCH OF TURKEY
Opening soon (“Pek Yakında”) is Janti Cafe, a Turkish coffee house and market at 1826 Wisconsin Ave. NW, adjacent to Cafe Divan. The best of Turkish coffee, pastries, hot and cold sandwiches, salamis and Turkish cheeses will be available.
RETURNING: GEORGETOWN CARPET
In Glover Park since 1981, Georgetown Carpet is moving from 2208 Wisconsin Ave. NW to 1815 Wisconsin Ave. NW, next to Safeway. The new space was vacated by Noodles & Company. As first reported by gloverparkdc.com, longtime owner Ben Tabar must vacate the Glover Park building, which is part of a 40-unit condominium project.
COMING: TATTE BAKERY & CAFE IN MEIWAH SPACE
Founded 12 years ago by Tzurit Or in Brookline, Massachusetts, Tatte Bakery & Cafe has expanded to a dozen Boston locations and plans to open in D.C. in the spring at 1200 New Hampshire Ave. NW. Expect stylish white tiles in the space that once held Meiwah restaurant, with an Israeli menu of “Halva Latte, Shakshukah, Crunchy Halloumi, Jerusalem bagel, pistachio croissant or chocolate rose,” wrote Or on Instagram. “D.C., we are coming your way, and we have so much to give!”
Didi Cutler contributed to this report.