Restaurant Real Estate: Y&H’s colleague over at Housing Complex, Lydia DePillis, points out how the process of reaching Anacostia’s new Uniontown Bar and Grill by foot will bring many newcomers to the stretch of Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue between the neighborhood’s Green Line station and W Street SE. And that should lead to additional new businesses opening. “…Uniontown already needs a sister bar to catch the overflow from people who can’t get a table—it’s almost inevitable that a nightlife cluster will start to develop around it. In two years, I think that strip is going to look quite a bit different than it does today (or yesterday, as this historic photo depicts). [Housing Complex] First Impressions: Early last week, I was very congested and felt absolutely miserable. But that didn’t stop me from trying the new Cajun Experience restaurant on 18th Street NW in Dupont Circle. My taste buds were not in the best condition to properly assess flavors, so I’ll be returning soon to get a better taste of the place, which has been open for about three weeks. Here’s a recent run-down on what the Cajun Experience has to offer. It’s in a cute space, below street level. It’s a little more homey than Bayou Bakery, which recently set up shop in soulless office building once home to The Washington Post‘s online operations. [Borderstan] Good Cause: More than 150 D.C.-area restaurants are set to be participate in Dining Out for Life, an effort where a percentage of March 10 sales will benefit Food and Friends, a service the provides meals to D.C. residents living with HIV/AIDS and other ailments. Click here for a full list of participating restaurants and the percentage they’re donating. Kudos to the District’s Annie’s Paramount Steak & Seafood House, Ristorante Tosca, and Ristorante Posto for donating 100 percent of the day’s proceeds. Freddie’s Beach Bar and Restaurant in Crystal City will donate 110 percent. [We Love D.C.] Think of the Eateries! If the federal government shuts down, the local food economy is likely to take a hit: “Stores and restaurants near federal buildings relying on daytime foot traffic would suffer, and Metrorail revenue would plummet from lower ridership.” [WaPo]
Photo of what the Uniontown Bar and Grill building used to look like courtesy the Library of Congress’ Printing & Photography Division.