Some time ago, George’s Carryout left its longtime digs on 14th Street below Florida Avenue, leaving room for crazy Brightest Young Things art parties. And this morning, U Street Girl noticed that Mercadito Ramos had picked up stakes as well. Tenants leaving the same building in a good location can only mean one thing: Someone’s bought the property, and has bigger plans for it.
Sure enough, 14th and R Street LLC secured title to 2213 – 2217 14th Street NW in early March (property records show that they bought the building for $4.7 million in 2003, but a recent quitclaim deed made some technical corrections). The mailing address is Dupont Italian Kitchen, and part owner Michael Askarinam—-also the guy behind a new Tex-Mex restaurant across the street, along with his brother—-confirms that they’re signing leases with new retail tenants this week. After some renovation, but not wholesale demolition, the second and third floors will become offices.