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Posted at 1:05 PM ET, 04/ 8/2010

No more new restaurants for U St.?

By Washington Post editors

D.C.’s zoning administrator has issued a ruling that means the city will no longer grant new building permits for restaurants and bars along 14th and U streets NW, the Washington Business Journal reports.

On Monday, D.C. Zoning Administrator Matt LaGrant ruled that the city’s Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs will no longer grant building permits or certificates of occupancies for restaurants, bars, diners, coffee shops or carry-out business in the neighborhood because of existing zoning restrictions that only allow 25 percent of the area’s frontage be devoted to such establishments. The restrictions affect the Uptown Arts Overlay District, which includes 14th Street NW from N Street NW to Florida Avenue, U Street NW from Ninth Street NW to 15th Street NW, and some side streets.


By Washington Post editors  | April 8, 2010; 1:05 PM ET
 
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That's ok. Bring your great restaurant concepts up to Columbia Heights where we've proved that a good concept and great service can be rewarded. We still could use great Tex-Mex and Sushi. And we desperately need another grocery to keep Giant honest.

Posted by: LEnfantDC | April 8, 2010 2:30 PM | Report abuse

Stupid decision.

Limit the number of bars, yes.

But this city is desperate for more decent restaurants.

As it is now you have an hour or two hour wait at most decent restaurants in the city.

The people the city tried so hard to woo have returned to the city.

Now they want some place to eat dinner.

As it is many of us don't bother trying to go out to dinner weekends at all, and on weeknights we have to go before 6 pm, or we wait for an hour or longer.

Bar moratoriums are fine.

But limiting restaurant choices is simply stupid.

Posted by: Hillman1 | April 8, 2010 4:48 PM | Report abuse

This is crazy and it is clearly going to stunt the renaissance that has been unfolding in this neighborhood over the past 10 years.

As a resident who lives in this neighborhood, I am disappointed and hope this is rectified ASAP.

Posted by: bosscrab | April 8, 2010 5:42 PM | Report abuse

Wow. It seems everytime the District makes a strive forward to become the perfect city...something shoots it in the foot. We want nice restaurants and great neighborhoods, but how is going to continue if we ban new growth, add parking fees everywhere, and now screw with Metro.
Can the city explain their push-me / pull-u mentality?

Posted by: ericcat | April 9, 2010 4:03 PM | Report abuse

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