Business Ins & Outs: Afghania; 7-Eleven, Ledo, Charcoal Town

In: Afghan Restaurant Planned

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. Masroor’s other spots are in McLean and Springfield.

In: All About Burger on Track

The folks who bought you the ill-fated Mono Diner at 1424 Wisconsin Ave. NW plan to reopen the space as an All About Burger, which has other locations in Glover Park, downtown and Arlington.

Out: 7-Eleven Shut by DC Health, Rats

The 7-Eleven at Wisconsin Avenue and O Street NW remains closed after being shut down by the DC Health Department because of “imminent health hazard(s)” on July 7. About to enter its third month, the long closure is due to a rodent problem, according to several sources familiar with the property.

Out: Police Close Charcoal Town

After several years of problems with DC Health and with nearby residents and businesses, Charcoal Town Hookah and Shawarma at 1027 31st St. NW was ordered shut by the Metropolitan Police Department on Aug. 21. The Mediterranean food and falafel spot is subject to a hearing by the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board. 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.” No further comment necessary.

Out: Ledo Pizza Done

Looks like the last slice has been eaten for Ledo Pizza at 1721 Wisconsin Ave. NW. However, whether you liked them or not, there are other Ledo locations in D.C. The property and adjacent space will be redeveloped into condominiums.



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