May 17, 2007

Frat Boy Culture Sinking Adams Morgan

At least, that's what Alan Popovsky, owner of Felix at 2406 18th St. believes. "We have to look toward the future," says Alan Popovsky, "and Adams Morgan is not the future," he told the WaPo. Plus there are too many Pizza joints etc.

We agree a little. Adams Morgan has lost some of its off-beat character. Most of the Salvadorean restaurants are gone. There are more bars for suburbans on the prowl. But The Dinner and Design Within Reach show how the neighborhood can grow.

As for Popovsky, the West End is where Popovsky sees potential: bustle and affluence. "It's the next hot residential neighborhood," so he is taking over the David Greggory restaurant (2030 M St. NW) and turning the location into an all-day "contemporary American brasserie" called Hudson. (Eric Ripert of La Bernardin, NYC, also is looking at the West End, says Metrocurean.)

It is odd, though, hearing a bar owner complain about bars.


Anonymous said...

I think a change is coming to AM. Seriously, there are some good places to eat, some decent places to shop but nobody paying 700K for a condo is going to put up with that BS. I looked at a house on Champlain but when I realized that it was 18th St.'s backyard, I said -no way.

alan popovsky said...

Anonymous, there are some good places to eat including Felix. The problem results for a couple of reasons. The advent of other areas as the centers for dining. You can look at Verizon Center and the restaurant that cover the area. Another component is that AM is not really near a metro stop. If you think Woodley Park is our metro, you're kidding yourself. Bad Press. The CP and the Washington Post all ran negative toned stories in the middle to late months of 06. A tipping point sort of speak. Finally, there is a socioeconomic factor. Adams Morgan has steadily become the place where you can still find $2 drafts etc in DC. Where you can still do a bar crawl. Hotels in the area rarely send customers when at one time, not too long ago, sent hundreds of guests a month. I love this neighborhood but it needs an image lift.

Anonymous said...

I am a long time resident of Adams Morgan and its truly sad to see what's happening in this community. One of the things that made Adams Morgan so special is the diversity and mix of cultures.We used to have the hispanic and carribean parades every year. The community looked forward to these types of events not only because it helped unify the community but it helped people like myself appreciate different cultures. Now...Adams Morgan is becoming bland and is populated by college frats and yuppies who have no respect or appreciation for diversity and culture.