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The outside of Eatonville—-Also the outside of Union Row.
Back in March, Washington City Paper (okay, me, in this instance) named Union Row as D.C.’s second best new condo building. This colossal condominium complex has two parts: The “Flats,” which make up the high-rise on 14th Street, and the “Warehouses,” which sit off from the street. Among other things, I liked that the spaces didn’t feel cookie-cutterish, cheap or cheesy—-but rather modern and minimalist. Plus Union Row’s location, a block north of 14th and U Street, is enviable. (The building, FYI, is 85 percent sold, according to a recent press release I received.)
Soon, Union Row will have another amenity to boast: Eatonville, a new restaurant by Andy Shallal, owner of Busboys and Poets, which is right across the street. Shallal held a chef competition to build some buzz about his new venture, as City Paper‘s Tim Carman reported. The pictures in the window feature all of the contestants.
Isn’t this more of a food-related matter, not a real estate-related matter you might be wondering? Yes and no. I’ve already written in the past about how developers court Shallal, hoping to bring traffic and a sense of community to their buildings.
“I get developers calling like twice a day,” he told me back in March.
The next-to-Busboys location is no wild coincidence. Shallal is planning on playing the two restaurants’ themes off of one another. Eatonville is the name of Zora Neale Hurston‘s hometown; Busboys and Poets is a reference to Langston Hughes’ life story (an anecdote which is too long to recount here). And Hughes and Hurston were collaborators in the past. The restaurant is slated to open in May, and will feature Southern cuisine.