Douglas Development press release on Sixth Engine

The Triangle blog has been ontop of all the news about the future restaurant at 400 Mass that will be named Sixth Engine. We were the first to spot the liquor license application in early June 2010. A month later we gathered and reported all the details shared by the ownership group to the ANC 6C ABL committee. More recently we shared a glimpse into the complications between the restaurant group and the 400 Mass condominium.

Today the Bravery Corp issued a press release regarding the project on behalf of Douglas Development. There are no new details beyond what we’ve reported in the past but it shows that the project is continuing to progress and hopefully still on track for a late 2011 opening. Follow the jump for the full press release…

Washington, DC — March 14, 2011 — Douglas Development just announced that a new American bistro, Sixth Engine, will move into 3,600 square feet in the Douglas Development-owned Engine 6 firehouse in late 2011. Located on the same block as the upscale Mount Vernon apartment buildings, The Dumont and 425 Massachusetts Avenue, Sixth Engine will directly benefit from the influx of new tenants moving to the area.

The restaurant will be owned and operated by a group of longtime friends, none of whom are strangers to DC’s restaurant scene. Gavin Coleman currently runs the Dubliner, the Irish pub that has been a Capitol Hill staple since his father opened the pub in 1974. Coleman is joined by partners Jeremy Carman, Paul Holder, Paul Madrid, and Tim Walsh; the same partners who opened the Glover Park restaurant and bar, Town Hall in 2005.

Coleman describes how he and his partners decided on the firehouse for Sixth Engine: “We loved the history of the building and wanted to open a neighborhood spot with outdoor seating. We couldn’t think of a better location than Mount Vernon.” Coleman continues, “Our goal is to ensure that Sixth Engine is designed in a way that showcases and preserves the history of the building.”

Norman Jemal, Vice President and Principal of Douglas Development, adds, “The structure is very unique and offers an old world charm, with great outdoor seating. The surrounding neighborhood has matured greatly over the last few years and is continuing to do so. The growth potential for both residential and office space is unsurpassed by any other market in the city.”

The Engine 6 firehouse is the oldest firehouse in Washington, DC. Built in 1855 for the Metropolitan Hook and Ladder Company, the firehouse still retains the original “MHL” insignia above the entrance. Douglas Jemal recognized Mount Vernon’s potential long before other developers and retailers, which is what led him to purchase the firehouse from the city in 2005. Today, the neighborhood is one of the most sought after addresses in the District and continues to attract top restaurants like Sixth Engine.

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    FP says

    I live at 400 Mass, and while I welcome a tenant for that space, I would hate to have annoying drunk people hanging around directly in front of my building, yelling and being otherwise unpleasant.

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    Josh says

    FP — You’re right to be concerned because everyone knows that annoying drunk people hang out in front of every food establishment. Just a fact of life.

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    FP says

    @Josh — way to be obnoxious. Judging from the owners’ previous enterprises, this place will likely serve alcohol until late night. And based on the venue, they will surely have outdoor seating. so, it’s likely that there will often be annoying drunk people being loud directly in front of 400 Mass. i think this is a legit concern.

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    CB says

    Doesn’t buddha bar serve alcohol late and have outdoor seating? And isn’t that more of a club/lounge? Pretty sure this is a neighborhood restaurant and bar. Not sure there’s a lot to get hot and bothered about here, especially since I heard a 7/11 (read open 24 hrs) is going into the currently vacant ground floor of 400 Mass.

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    @FP So basically your view is that nobody in the district should be allowed to serve alcohol, because that might lead to drunk people being annoying outside someone’s building?

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    FP says

    @CB — Buddah Bar is not directly in front of a residential building, it’s directly in front of a commercial building.

    @MY — No, that is not my view. Did you read both of my comments?

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    FourthandEye says

    @CB – regarding 7/11 do you mean the vacant ground floor retail at 300 Mass (i.e. Mass Court)? Sixth Engine and CVS will occupy all the 400 Mass space.

    I haven’t heard the 7/11 rumor so if you have any info please pass along.