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New Restaurant Planned for Heart of Del Ray

Land-Use Committee of the Del Ray Citizens Association will review proposal on Thursday.

2309 Mount Vernon Ave. formerly house State Farm Insurance. Photo credit: Drew Hansen
2309 Mount Vernon Ave. formerly house State Farm Insurance. Photo credit: Drew Hansen

Plans are in motion to open a new restaurant in the heart of Del Ray.

The Del Ray Citizens Association’s Land-Use Committee will review plans next week for a restaurant at 2309 Mount Vernon Ave., the former home of State Farm Insurance.

The proposal requests 40 indoor seats and 20 outdoor seats for the eatery and a 900-square-foot addition to the rear of the building.

The restaurant is requesting hours of operation from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Sunday.

Neighboring business owners said the restaurant plans to offer sandwiches, salads and gelato. The building does not have an exhaust hood and one would have to be installed if it were to offer cooked foods.

The restaurant plans to offer counter service and on-premise beer and wine. The proposal asks for a reduction in the number of required parking spots for a restaurant this size. 

The DRCA Land-Use Committee will discuss the proposal at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12 at Mount Vernon Recreation Center (2701 Commonwealth Ave.).

Scooby's Doo December 06, 2013 at 04:24 PM
An odd building for a restaurant. I wonder when it will reach the tipping point where it makes sense to replace it with something that fits the street better.
Susan D. December 06, 2013 at 06:06 PM
Oh geez, boring
McBrinn December 06, 2013 at 06:41 PM
Yeah, because an insurance franchise was just sooooooo exciting. <rolls eyes>
Larry McDorchester December 06, 2013 at 06:54 PM
You know what we need on the Avenue? ANYTHING besides another sandwich shop. Seriously. Although, it it was a pho and ban mi place, then I'd be all for it.
Renee Altman December 06, 2013 at 09:24 PM
Oh, I would so love a good Vietnamese restaurant or deli!!
Marc December 07, 2013 at 08:58 PM
Will kids be allowed to eat here?
John Fox December 08, 2013 at 11:58 AM
Another example of an old residence along Mt Vernon Ave that needs to be replaced with a proper commercial structure. Trying to force-fit a restaurant into a house is problematic. Just ask the original owners of Del Ray Pizzeria. Floors aren't strong enough, power supply isn't big enough, HVAC systems are too small, etc. Most small business owners don't have the necessary financial resources to proper transform a tired, old house into a successful restaurant. If we want Mt Vernon Avenue to become a proper "Main Street", we need new buildings designed to be commercial businesses. One doesn't have to look but across the street from the old State Farm at Pork Barrel BBQ to see how successful a restaurant can be in a new commercial structure.
Nora Partlow December 08, 2013 at 07:17 PM
I agree John Fox
barbara draughon December 08, 2013 at 10:08 PM
And I sure hope they plan for PLENTY of off street parking.
Lee Perna December 10, 2013 at 10:11 AM
My primary concern is parking. We already have limited street parking on Mt. Vernon and difficult intersections due to the parked cars. When Pork Barrel BBQ applied for an SUP, they met all the off-street parking requirements of city code. I'm all for letting market forces determine whether we need another restaurant, but let's not make the crowded parking situation even worse.
Lee Perna December 10, 2013 at 10:20 AM
If I understand the code requirements correctly, a restaurant of this size would require 12 off-street parking spaces (one for every four seats with the first 16 out-door ones exempt, plus one for deliveries). The article doesn't say how many spaces they plan to reduce the outdoor parking by, but a 900 sq ft addition out the rear would eliminate all four of the existing parking spaces.
dandaman606 December 20, 2013 at 08:47 AM
Given the City's recent infatuation with bicycles it appears we will all be pedaling about town. Awesome !

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