Wednesday, January 27, 2010

to-open-soon Beau Thai restaurant seeks zoning assistance

See this message from a Randolph Place NW resident:

I have it on good authority (namely, the future owner/operator of the restaurant) that an authentic Thai restaurant will come close to us in Bloomingdale, just slightly west on the corner of R St. and New Jersey Ave., N.W., a couple of blocks from Big Bear Cafe due west on R...

The restaurant is going to be called Beau Thai. [Moderator note: it was mentioned back in October at the DC BACA blog here: http://dcbaca.wordpress.com/2009/10/20/two-new-restaurants /].

She is aiming for an early March opening. She is a veteran in the Thai food business (and a relative of the operator of Thai X-Ing on Florida Avenue NW).

She will at first only have take-out service, as her zoning appears to be restricted to that for the time being (take-out was apparently grandfathered-in through prior use of the, very nice, building). She told me that what she really wants to do is a full-fledged sit-down Thai restaurant, however.

I believe she will need our and our ANC Commissioners' support, as well as that of the Shaw community of course. I don't see why anyone would not want to support more sit-down restaurants. If anyone can help provide advice in this regard (re-zoning for commercial/restaurant use), I'm sure she will be happy to hear it -- I will update the listserv with her information to contact directly, once things are finalized on her end.

Also, does anyone know whether NCMS would be a source of any grants or other support for this welcome business addition, even though it's a few blocks away from North Capitol Street? If not, any other leads for similar organizations that would cover this location along NJ Avenue N.W.?

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Here is an update: Washington Business Journal reporter Missy Frederick spotted this blog enty and wrote about it here at her blog: "Beau Thai to Bloomingdale?"


http://washington.bizjournals.com/washington/blog/top_shelf/2010/01/beau_thai_in_bloomingdale.html?ana=e_du_pub

7 comments:

  1. I'd say the owner needs to connect with DCRA's Mike Rupert through the @dcra twitter account or michael.rupert@dc.gov. Check with the NoMA BID; if Beau Thai's not in the footprint they could at least be helpful for networking.

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  2. It's definitely not in NOMA's footprint. I walk by that building all the time on the way to dupont/logan. I'm assuming its the one on the NW corner.

    It has a HUGE brick patio that would be perfect for outside tables. I imagine that's another hurdle but still interesting option.

    I tried thai xcrosing only once. I've heard wonderful things but we weren't impressed. Was it just an off night? Should I try again?

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  3. Is there anything neighbors can do to help? I'd love to help advocate for sitdown zoning (I live several doors down). And I second the patio area.

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  4. Yes, try Thai Xing again. The food is amazing.

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  5. best of luck to them (though the washington biz journal needs to recognize that that location isn't in bloomingdale, it's in shaw)!

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  6. Yes, this is squarely in Shaw! It would be great to have this restaurant in our neighborhood. If the food is good, people will come!

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  7. I'd frequent it regularly. I LOVE Thai X-ing, but its small size makes it hard to make it a regular destination. If this place had good food and could handle more customers, I'd happily make it a standard stop. Anything we can do to push for sit-down licensing?

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