Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Madison Courts Restauranteurs

Jennifer Price, a broker with Madison Retail Group, tells Southwest...TLQTC that they are looking to bring a sushi restaurant to the ground floor of the Capitol View office building and a Cactus Cantina or matchbox-like establishment to The Portals. I think any of these restaurants would be a welcome addition to the food scene here, since an overwhelming majority of readers voted in our September survey that what they liked least about Southwest was the lack of retail/restaurants. What types of restaurants would you like to see in Southwest? Feel free to opine in the comments section and/or participate in the survey on the sidebar.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

I can't imagine anything doing well in the Portals, that place is just weird.

Barath said...

They should put one of those restaurants at Waterfront Station instead (when it is finished)

Anonymous said...

As a worker in the Portals, I can say that they have recently been cleaning out the ground level space next to Potbelly's. So it looks like something will go in there.

DavidSW

Anonymous said...

But the question for residents is -- will these new places be open in the evenings and on weekends, or just for the lunchtime crowd on weekdays?

Waterfront Station will have better hours, I'd think. They should open up there.

Anonymous said...

Oh, I agree. The Portals can be quite the "concrete canyon" on the weekends (a lot like L'enfant Plaza Mall). I do think that the Waterfront station buildings would be a better place. But any new restaurant in our larger neighborhood has to be a good thing, if only to keep the critical mass moving forward. None of us wants a return to the Waterfront Mall ghost town of the last five years.

DavidSW

Anonymous said...

Doesn't anyone want to take the Market Inn's space? It seems like it would be easy to set up a restaurant, cafe, or even a small convenience store there. Not only would it be convenient, it's just creepy walking by that dark corner.

SWill said...

Why does it have to be either or with having restaurants at the Portals vs. Waterfront Station? The recently opened CVS at the Portals is open seven days a week. Pizza Autentica, which opened a few months ago on 7th & D Street, is also open 7 days a week. Both of these establishments are located in non-residential areas of SW. The Potbelly at the Portals is only open during weekdays, but I think the right kind of restaurant that has more of a regional draw could do well at the Portals 7 days a week. Just about any type of restaurant could do well at Waterfront Station.

Anonymous said...

I think it would be great to have a restuarant at street level along the northern side of the development (I believe that's D street) with outdoor seating in the patio area enclosed by the green iron fence near 12th street. That space has the potential to be so cool!