WBJ: Mount Vernon Triangle to be seat of Buddha Bar

Washington Business Journal staff reporter Missy Frederick follows up on the buzz about Little Buddha coming to 455 Mass Ave. Frederick reports that the plans are for a full scale 9,600 s.f. Buddha Bar rather than a scaled down Little Buddha.

“To sign a deal for a 9,400-square-feet restaurant in this market is really amazing,” said Bill Dickinson, senior director of brokerage for The Rappaport Cos., who represented the landlord.

The street-level Mount Vernon Triangle location has a soaring two-floor space that provides room for Buddha Bar’s dramatic decor, such as a large gold Buddha statue, among other accents.

Buddha Bar probably will not occupy the location until late 2009, Dickinson said.

Hat tip to Q Street News

UPDATE (1/3/2009): I’ve removed the embedded video because Internet Explorer was automatically playing it when ever readers loaded the page.

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    suicide_blond says

    i have to wonder if the neighborhood can reallly support two large scale asain restaurants?? asia 9 does a good job and is here…ive been to Buddha Bar in vegas…and yeah… im not convinced we need OR can support one here..

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    fourthandeye says

    I don't have a good feel for how many Asian restaurants the area can support. But I think Buddha Bar has deep pockets and would be picking this location based on what it will be in 4-8 years rather than purely on what it is now. Remember at buildout the the Triangle will have ~3500 residential units, K Street will significant office space and 5th & I will have a high end international hotel. Nearby the Triangle is the Old Convention Center site, NoMA, Northwest One, and the I-395 Air rights which will also add significant mixed use density to the area.

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    Kimberly says

    Are you really comparing Asia9 with Buddha Bar? I find Asia9’s food to vary in quality and taste, and the space feels kind of cafeteria-like to me–especially at lunch time when they are trying to push the specials on you.
    I’ve been to the Buddha Bar in Paris, and speaking from that experience, they are two totally different restaurants. Buddha Bar is a high-end restaurant with a loungy atmosphere and will cater to a different crowd than anything else in the neighborhood, IMO.