Developer Aaron Hirsch has proposed to open a sit-down restaurant at 1539-1541 New Jersey Avenue, NW. The restaurant would occupy two vacant storefronts in the commercial structure that spans the east side of New Jersey Avenue between P and Q Streets, NW. In an interesting twist, the restaurant would include only outdoor seating and, under the developer's current proposal, would not be open during December, January, or February.
Because the property is residentially zoned (although it has long housed commercial uses), Hirsch must first receive a variance from the Board of Zoning Adjustment to open a restaurant. He intends to file a request for the variance within the next month and hopes to have the variance approved within four to six months after filing. Hirsch would then need to obtain a liquor license through the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board. Hirsch's goal is to open the restaurant in March 2013.
The site plan for the restaurant is likely to include picnic tables, a gazebo, bike racks, and recreational amenities (such as bocce or cornhole). Although the current plan is for the restaurant to be closed during the winter months, an enclosed patio section that may be used during the winter months is a possibility.
Images of the current site and a rendering of the proposed restaurant are available after the jump.
Current Site (click to enlarge)
Rendering of Proposed Restaurant (click to enlarge)