Ins & Outs: Sarah Flint, DCG, Graham and Fairfax Hotels
By October 13, 2021 0 599•
In: Sarah Flint Pops Up
Sarah Flint opened its luxury shoe shop at 1079 Wisconsin Ave. NW in the former Lily Pulitzer store. With celebrity fans that include Jessica Alba, Amal Clooney and Meghan Markle, the hip pop-up looks the part.
In: Noosh, 280 Eatery
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. The properties being redeveloped into condominiums are elsewhere on the block.
In: Escape Room, Now the Escape Game
The Escape Game, a nationwide escape room company, has acquired Escape Room Live on 3345 M St. NW and reopened under its new name last week after renovating the lobby and escape rooms as well as adding new game features in all five games.
In, Again: Amina Rubinacci, Ike Behar, Equal Halves on M
The Ike Behar shop at 2900 M St. NW has expanded next door in the former Hu’s Shoes (2906 M), along with neighbor Amina Rubinacci. While Ike Behar offers some items at sale prices, Amina Rubinacci offers clothes and accessories right out of its boutique at 2822 Pennsylvania Ave. NW.
Evicted: DCG-District Chicken & Gyro
DCG-District Chicken & Gyro store at 3147 Dumbarton St. NW was closed due to an eviction by its landlord Raul Silva. 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 popular “hole-in-the-wall,” as fans called, offered halal street food — gyros, falafel, chicken and other Middle Eastern treats.
Returning: English Rose Garden
English Rose Garden, the floral boutique established in 1997, will be returning to 3209 O St. NW after the June 2018 fire which began next door at Wingo’s (not yet rebuilt). Drop by to congratulate Taraneh Dadmarz and her team when they reopen their doors.
Moved: Sands of Time Ancient Art
Sands of Time Ancient Art has relocated to 1002 Wisconsin from 3003 P St. NW after years of selling its art, next to Morgan Pharmacy.
Sold: Graham Hotel for $37 Million — Same Price as Five Years Ago
Friedman Capital acquired the Graham Hotel at 1075 Thomas Jefferson St. NW for $37 million from Legacy Hotel Group LLC, which bought the 57-room hotel in 2016 for the same price. “The Graham is an unpolished gem in historic Georgetown with so much potential — these are the types of spaces that have always appealed to me,” Brian Friedman, founder of the Friedman Capital family office, told Commercial Observer. Friedman Capital — which also owns the Glover Park Hotel Georgetown at 2505 Wisconsin Ave. NW and the Watergate Hotel at 2650 Virginia Ave. NW — plans major renovations for the Graham.
Fairfax Hotel Converting to Senior Living Residences
The historic Fairfax at Embassy Row hotel at 2100 Massachusetts Ave. NW has sold for more than $58 million and will become a 174-unit senior living community called Inspīr Embassy Row. A joint venture between Maplewood Senior Living and Omega Healthcare Investors acquired the eight-story, 173,932-square-foot building. Built in 1927, the 259-room hotel was famous in its prime for celebrity guests as well as its Jockey Club.