Any students looking for some relief from the D.C. summer sun or simply worrying that there aren’t nearly enough overpriced confections available around Georgetown should soon experience their own moment of serendipity.
Popular New York restaurant Serendipity 3 is scheduled to open its doors in Georgetown sometime this week before Memorial Day, according to The Washingtonian. The restaurant will fill a coveted vacancy at M Street and Wisconsin left behind by the 2009 closure of Nathan’s, a long-established Georgetown eatery and bar.
Although the new location has been in development since early 2010, Serendipity’s opening has been delayed several times, at least once due to design disputes with the Old Georgetown Board.
The original restaurant, founded in 1954, is famous for several signature dishes including foot-long hot dogs and “Frrrozen Hot chocolate” (pictured). The new Georgetown location will serve a full menu including several D.C.-exclusive dishes, such as the “President’s lobster pasta.”
However, although Serendipity serves up a wide variety of dishes including extensive breakfast, grilled and pasta selections; the restaurant is most (in)famous for the trademark dessert which scored it a place in the Guinness Book of World records and in the hearts of yuppie romantics everywhere.
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Serendipity3, the New York-based restaurant that purchased the old Nathan’s building, is scheduled to open in a few weeks. But, September’s Old Georgetown Board meeting may have thrown a wrench into those plans.
While the Advisory Neighborhood Commission initially voted 6-0 to support the concept of the bullnose awnings planned for Serendipity3, the commissioners also recommended that the OGB “take a look at” the building’s design plans.
When the OGB convened later that week, they struck down the concept design, stating that the awnings are “not appropriate to this historic building.”
Britt Swan, owner of Serendipity3, expected to open the restaurant within weeks. Now, he must re-file a design concept for approval by the OGB.
Who would guess that the Old Georgetown Board would slow down a company’s entrance into the neighborhood? That’s never happened before.
h/t Georgetown Dish
[UPDATE: Georgetown Metropolitan taught us a lesson in ANC and OGB politics.]
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After Nathan’s closed in July, the building at Wisconsin & M has remained empty, with plenty of rumors as to who would be moving in. Looks like we need wonder no longer!
According to local blogger K Street Kate, popular New York restaurant Serendipity 3 will be opening a branch in Georgetown as soon as this Spring. Local owners Rodrigo Garcia and Britt Swan have reportedly already signed a lease for the building.
Serendipity 3 is known and loved for its decadent desserts, but also has a wide selection of savory menu items, including macaroni and cheese pizza and footlong hotdogs.
Let’s hope it opens before the semester ends so we can try it out!
Photo from Carol Joynt’s Blog
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