2006-09-05, 16:25

A D.C. legend will make way for mixed use

By: Jonathan Groner
Interesting article in the current issue of Roll Call (Sept. 5, 2006). The Capitol Hill newspaper reports that the A.V. Ristorante, a legendary D.C. restaurant at 6th Street and New York Avenue, N.W., will is now in its 57th and last year of business. A year from now, developer Douglas Jemal plans to buy the 21,000-square-foot property that the restaurant sits on, and Jemal plans to tear down the building, except for the part that is considered historic.

When the acquisition is complete, Jemal will turn most of the area between 6th and 7th Streets and New York Avenue and L Street, N.W., into a mixed-use development of office and retail space, the newspaper reports.

The neighborhood's gain in terms of livable, close-in urban space may be the loss for A.V. patrons such as Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, who is a fan of the anchovy pizza.

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