Monday, April 18, 2011

Fact check: Lou's City Bar did not replace CommonWealth

A few times recently I've heard people talking about Lou's City Bar replacing CommonWealth: this is not the case. CommonWealth and Lou's are different spaces, Lou's is down the street from CommonWealth's space.

In addition, CommonWealth didn't go bankrupt, which I've heard as well -- it apparently did quite well but was sold by its owner, Jamie Leeds, who apparently got a great offer from her landlord, Terry Cullen. Leeds said she wanted to focus on expanding her other restaurant, Hank's Oyster Bar. Cullen also owns the Highland Park building and Lou's City Bar and said a few months ago that he'd be reopening the place with a similar concept.

So hopefully all is not lost for CommonWealth fans. Let's hope the new place, which I hope to learn more about, will have Scotch eggs.

12 comments:

Jon said...

Two servers at Lou's have told me that the Commonwealth space is going to be a seafood restaurant, which seems like a fine thing to have in the neighborhood, but isn't likely to have Scotch eggs. I join you in mourning their loss. It also doesn't sound like a "place with a similar concept".

Anonymous said...

Hope it doesn't suck as much as Lou's does (but that shouldn't be hard)

Anonymous said...

The sale was likely subsidized by a property tax abatement which is costing the neighborhood millions in city services as in public safety, cleanup and social services. We will maybe get a nice restaurant but will also see the homeless population we have to deal with grow and fewer resources to deal with it.

With everything there's a trade off.

W Jordan

The Centzon Totochtin said...

I am estatic to see that William Jordan has decided to make this blog his own. However, I am sad to see that he was not able to work the previous post about garage sales into his overall narrative regarding the truth about this neighborhood. C'mon, it is easy William- "Donatelli likely gave money to Councilperson Graham, thus Graham provided the persons having the garage sales with a day-long easement, enabling them to have garage sales in the first place."
Just like in this post "Likely" is basically true right? I won't even whip out the map for this one!

Anonymous said...

That was funny, I guess. But I object to the CM taking resources designed to strengthen this neighborhood and giving them to Donatelli Development. Donatelli Development presents itself as a hot developer, but the reality is that its projects depending on the city giving them super sweatheart deals and taking money in this case from the homeless. This is my opportunity to ensure this balance makes it into the public record.

It's interesting that the city no longer has the funds to build the SRO. The cost to build the SRO was about $8.5M and the value of the tax abatement Donatelli Development got from the city was valued at $8.6M.

In a few weeks this same blog will be complaining about the homeless all over the place. And will be asking to police to push them out of sight. And I will make the connection again.

W Jordan

The Centzon Totochtin said...

One thing we can all be sure of is your determination to make yourself heard William, without filter or spell checks!

Will this blog really be complaining about the homeless in a few weeks? Is there some kind of homeless deluge that will hit our fair neighborhood that none of us know about? Andrew supports many worthy causes, but I dont believe that "Asking the police to push the homeless out of sight" is one of them.

Frankly, connections between this blog and dislike of the neighborhood's homeless remain tenuous, as this blog does not even appear on the grand map of conspiracies! Please correct this in your next draft sir!

Anonymous said...

Yep, the homeless are becoming more visible now. And yes as the weather warms it will become more noticeable and will generate complains. I my view, stating what I have was not swipe at Andrew.

The infrastructure including La Casa which provided services to the homeless have been wiped out or is being wiped out. The city to support Donatelli Development shipped the homeless to Ward 8 during the winter. However, as the weather warms many will return and will house themselves on the streets and boarded up buildings of Columbia Heights.

Some say conspiracy and some say denial.

W Jordan

LatinaInDaHood said...

Let's all write a wishlist of places we would love to go into the empty store places. Me first!

I'm pining for a Kebab/Mediterranean joint like the ones they have in Adams Morgan. On a day when I don't feel like making the trek-- a Shwarma King or Astor Mediterranean close by would be heaven.

YUMMMMMMM>

Anonymous said...

I would like to see a cupcake joint with a liquor license in the neighborhood, just to piss WIlliam Jordan off. It would be ideal if said bar/cupcakery received a tax abatement of some sort. :)

Anonymous said...

That's a good one, "Them Eat Cupcakes"

W Jordan

Anonymous said...

"Let Them Eat Cupcakes"

W Jordan

Anonymous said...

Back to the original point of the thread, before it got sidetracked by irrelevant, unfounded speculation ... seafood would be great, that is a big hole in the neighobrhood cuisine. But please PLEASE get a different executive chef from Lou's. The food there is, sadly, really subpar.