Space where the deli was to open

If you remember, when the news first broke that a deli might come to 12th/S, the only information I could find about Charles Emor, the would-be owner, is that he was found guilty of stealing computers from his charter schools. Some people knocked me for publishing this information, as they didn’t see it as relevant.

Well, now we know Charles Emor is no longer associated with the opening of this business, and I think we found out why. The Washington Post recently published a story (thanks to commenter Brian for flagging it) that Emor was charged with stealing $2.4 million in government special education grants and spending the money on cars, electronics, and jewelry.

So, not only is the guy not associated with the would-be deli (we’re not sure what’s happening with it now) he hasn’t changed.

Is the deli still coming?

I hadn’t heard anything about the deli that was supposed to open at the long-vacant property at 12th and S, so I stopped by. Unfortunately, the signs that announced the license hearing are down, and the property looks like it hasn’t been touched since May, when the signs went up.

I did some Googling to see if there was any information about the license hearing, but I couldn’t find anything besides the fact that the hearing had been postponed from July to September. Does anyone know what happened?

UPDATE: The owner of the property (I have confirmed he’s the owner via the DC Property Information Verification System) has commented and said that ”[the building] was rented to a tenant to open a business (coffee shop/deli). After 2 years of negotiating with the Zoning process they had to drop the project. I have since taken over the rezoning and gained overwhelming support from both the neighbors and the ANC.” See his full comment in the comment section. I wish him good luck, as I don’t think anyone wants to see this property vacant.

I thought I’d take the time to update on the business that are (or were) coming to the area. Here’s a list of what is coming, what was supposed to be coming, and when they are supposed to open:

  • Blackbird Warehouse at 14/U- Hilton brother empire expanding more, with what used to be a concept for a wine bar/bakery becoming a cafe/performance space – no estimated opening date.
  • Boundless Yoga/Georgetown Valet at 13/U – Boundless Yoga is moving from space at 15/U and Georgetown Valet is opening. The building should be open in September. Read below post about the Boundless space, I met with the owner last week.
  • Brixton Pub at 9/U – another Hilton brothers space, supposed to be a gastropub. Not much information beyond that, or on when it’s going to open.
  • Burger/beer place at 14/S – while this isn’t confirmed, I’m pretty sure that this isn’t going to be a reality. The concept was going to be similar to the Shake Shack in NYC, but with opposition from the local ANC, it doesn’t look like a reality.
  • Chidogos at 14th/U – this Chicago style hot dog place, with a liquor license, is scheduled to open sometime this summer.
  • Deli at 12/S – this yet unnamed deli will be coming to a long vacant building on 12th street, not much more information beyond that.
  • Estadio at 14th/Church – the Spanish tapas place by the owners of U Street Girl favorite, Proof. The signs are up, they’re working hard inside. Not sure if they’re going to reach their June opening date but it looks like they’ll make it soon.
  • Diamond District at 14/Corcoran – the seafood market from former Saint Ex/Bar Pilar chef Barton Seaver is no longer coming to the area. Sad, I was looking forward to this one.
  • Italian Shirt Laundry at 14/Q – Tom Sietsema broke the news that two restaurants will be coming to the 14th street corridor – this one will be a combination bakery/pizzeria. Should open sometime this year.
  • Italian Cinema at 14/Rhode Island – from same owners of Italian Shirt Laundry – will serve pasta, charcuterie and screen Italian films on the restaurant’s roof.
  • Port Orleans at 13/U – old Polly’s space rumored to become a burger place by owners of next door neighbors Angelico’s Pizza. Could be opening as early as July.
  • Table 14 at 14/T – we haven’t gotten any updates on this space in a while, it’s supposed to be a farm-to-table restaurant with an Italian focus from the folks from Local 16.
  • Also of note: there are signs advertising open spaces at the Solea building at 14th and Florida, any certain businesses that might have been coming seem to not be anymore.

Did I miss anything? Let me know in the comments.

12th/S building to become deli

This property has been empty for years, but clearly used to be a bodega/convenience store of some kind. There’s a notice up saying that Charles Emor wants to change the license for a deli/prepared food shop. This sounds like good news, but after I googled Charles Emor, to perhaps read about other businesses ventures he might own, all I found was stories about a Charles Emor who ran a DC charter school and was sentenced 1 year in prison for his part in a stolen computers ring. I have no idea if this is the same Charles Emor, but it’s quite a rare name – there are only 3 in the United States. So, I think odds are it is.  While I’m not sure that it matters, it’s all I could find when Googling, so I thought I’d share.