Young and Hungry

Cursed Corner to Go Glitzy: Local 16 Owner’s New Outpost to Replace Failed Fast-Food Dreams

The northeast corner of 14th and U streets NW was for years a scar on the area's streetscape, even as new construction, renovation, and rehabbing remade the blocks around it, especially in the past decade.

As Jackie Kucinich documented in Washington City Paper back in 2007, the corner has had a history of being stuck in developmental purgatory, where a Burger King franchise once held a 30-year-lease but never ended up serving up Whoppers for the long haul.

While it's not necessarily news that the owner of Local 16 Aman Ayoubi and Eighteenth Street Lounge business partner Eric Hilton (of Thievery Corporation fame) have been planning for new outposts on U Street, The Feast has some interesting details about what Ayoubi plans to do with his prime corner location:

Though plans remain under lock and key, construction and design are underway and the name and concept are in the works. The building will feature a restaurant and lounge on the second and third floors to open in late January, says Ayoubi. The basement club "very similar to Eighteenth Street Lounge" will debut in March. A roof deck will open in the spring.

And how fancy the place will be! The esteemed Georgetown-based firm of Adamstein & Demetriou, which has designed some of the city's most beautiful restaurant spaces (Poste, Bistro Bis, Zaytinya, Zola), has been retained to remake the old bank's interior.

Maybe this place will be better suited for dancing?

Photo of 14th & U streets NW by Flickr user thisisbossi under a Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic Creative Commons license

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