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Business In Brief: A Check On Incoming Van Ness Businesses

May 15, 2023 by FHC

Progress report on UDC’s incoming retail tenants: While checking out the May 6th “Around the World” embassy events at the UDC Student Center, we checked on the buildout of the incoming Chick-fil-A and Fuddruckers walkup counters.

We’re waiting on Mom’s Organic Market, which had planned a summer 2023 opening at UDC-owned 4250 Connecticut Avenue.

And at neighboring 4340 Connecticut, the wait is over for AllCare Family Medical, which had placed its business sign next to the UDC law school sign in late 2021. AllCare now operates the first urgent care and primary care facility in Van Ness since Walgreens closed its pharmacy at 4225 Connecticut in 2015. Find more information about AllCare’s Van Ness staff, hours and services here.

Outgoing UDC President Ronald Mason, who was recognized for his support of Van Ness Main Street at its April 29th “Celebrating Community” event, said that night that two more tenants were in the works. He just wasn’t allowed to name them, yet.

More coffee in Van Ness? Maybe: Michael Haft, a Compass Coffee cofounder, attended ANC 3F’s April 18th meeting to announce his company is in talks with the owner of 4422 Connecticut Avenue, which is perhaps better known as the former Van Ness Burger King. While the outcome is not certain, Compass clearly put a lot of time and research into a presentation that ANC 3F provided to Forest Hills Connection after the meeting. The slides showed Compass was interested in operating the location’s existing drive-thru, installing a sidewalk cafe and stormwater runoff controls, and in using all four of the restaurant’s floors, with a “quiet car” workspace on the top floor and a children’s play area on the lowest level.

Delivering a livelier facade: The most remarkable thing about Gopuff’s Van Ness storefront across from the UDC Student Center… is that there isn’t much to see.

Gopuff and Van Ness Main Street want to fill these plain white windows with colorful art. It’s the very definition of a blank canvas, which gave Van Ness Main Street and Gopuff the inspiration to make it an art showcase.

From now through June 30th, Gopuff and VNMS are inviting artists to submit proposals for pieces that can fill the store’s 40 by 72-inch windows. Finalists will be notified on July 10th, and from then through July 21st, the public will be invited to vote on the three winners. You’ll find more details about the art contest here.

Gopuff’s mini distribution center at 4221 Connecticut previously was home to Sushi Para and a 7-Eleven.

Sfoglina on the go: Sfoglina Pasta House is one of the new vendors coming to Dulles Airport by 2026. No grab-and-go here. Sfoglina will operate a full-service restaurant and patio and bar. The original Sfoglina in Van Ness was recognized with a Michelin Bib Gourmand award last year.

Gone fishin’ after 32 years: The Fishery, a seafood market at 5509 Connecticut Avenue, is now under new management. The store’s previous owners, Sue and Bob, announced in April that they had decided to retire, but the market would continue under new owners.

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