Rent hikes deliver a blow to Park View
DC Reynolds, the relaxed neighborhood bar on Georgia Avenue NW known for its everyday dependability, its backyard patio, and a buy-one-get-one happy hour, plans to close in April after eight years of business.
Popville reported the news yesterday, sharing a message from the owners that said the bar’s lease is about to run out and “landlord expectations for rent surpass what we’re comfortable with.” In a subsequent DCist story, co-owner Justin Gifford says landlord Douglass Development was asking for a 40 percent increase.
DC Reynolds is situated on a block that’s seen a lot of change: Tsehay Ethiopian and the Mr. Braxton bar and bistro both opened last year. Situated on the border of Petworth and Park View, DC Reynolds is a casualty to a fast-changing neighborhood emblematic of gentrifying patterns that bring young middle class families into the area at the expense of lower-income residents. The additions in recent years of Call Your Mother deli, Sonny’s Pizza/No Kisses bar, and Hook Hall are attracting a younger, hipper set to Park View.
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- Aroma Indian Cuisine plans to reopen in the old Hula Girl Bar and Grill space in Shirlington in a couple weeks [ARLnow]
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- Lovable local Persian chain Moby Dick House of Kabab is celebrating its 30th anniversary by bringing back a $10 souvlaki sampler platter for lunch (11 a.m. to 2 p.m.). It includes a choice of meat (chicken, ground beef, ground chicken, falafel or veggie kabob), small rice, and a small salad with a side of bread, small hummus, yogurt sauce, and a drink. The chain will roll out specials all year to honor the legacy of founder Mike Daryoush, who died last year.