By Daniella Gibbs Leger
Could a pop-up restaurant be headed to a vacant property on Rhode Island Avenue? According to an article on Zagat.com, two extremely popular food trucks – Eat Wonky and Red Hook Lobster Pound – are looking for a permanent home during the cold winter months. Among the potential locations is our very own RIA NE. This idea has already popped up (no pun intended) in other DC locations. Just last week BBQ Bus opened up a 5-day pop-up restaurant in an unoccupied space in Georgetown.
So why is a pop-up restaurant desirable for RIA? For a number a reasons. One, we certainly have enough unoccupied space to host one. Two, wouldn’t you rather see these empty spaces being used – even if just temporarily – than remain a blight on the ave? I certainly would. Three, I am convinced that there are plenty of people in the neighborhood who would gladly support these ventures and once other business owners see that we have ample foot traffic and a solid customer base they will be more willing to take a chance and open up something permanent on the avenue.
But look, these guys need coaxing. Contact Eat Wonky and Red Hook Lobster Pound and tell them that we want them on RIA! Have another food truck that you love? Reach out to them and tell them to consider our area. Other neighborhoods didn’t get the amenities they wanted by being quiet. We need to loud and vocal about what we want on the avenue!