Is Petworth Becoming the U Street Corridor?

by Mark Wellborn

Marvin by methTICALman

Prince of Petworth is reporting that the owners of U Street hot spots Marvin and The Gibson will be opening up a new place on Georgia Avenue in Petworth. The establishment (unclear presently if it will be a bar or restaurant) will be in the space that used to house Billy Simpson’s House of Seafood at 3815 Georgia Avenue NW (see map here).

In keeping with their theme of honoring local and international icons (Marvin for Marvin Gaye and The Gibson for pianist Elsworth Gibson), the owners noted that the name of the new establishment will pay homage to Billy Simpson’s restaurant.

In his post, PoP noted that the arrival of a place with this type of reputation “says a lot about the future of Georgia Ave.” So does that mean that this stretch of the avenue is set to transform like U Street did ten years ago?

The signs of change are similar. U Street’s renaissance started around the U Street/Cardozo Metro station, and much of the development in Petworth is centered around the Georgia Avenue/Petworth station. U Street is now home to a number of newish condo and apartment complexes, and comparably, the new Park Place apartment complex, Petworth’s first major residential project with over 150 units, just had its ribbon-cutting ceremony. And just as Marvin, The Gibson and Busboys and Poets made U Street a popular nightlife destination over the last ten years, similarly trendy spots are cropping up in Petworth.

This article originally published at https://dc.urbanturf.com/articles/blog/is_petworth_becoming_the_u_street_corridor/1174


  1. King of Petworth said at 2:53 pm on Monday July 27, 2009:

    Obviously there are pros and cons to development in the neighborhood, but if a few good establishments can come in and the neighborhood can maintain its character then it is good as far as I am concerned.

  1. maria said at 10:46 pm on Monday July 27, 2009:

    Personally, I am just happy that there will be something on that stretch that will take some of the crowds away from the Looking Glass lounge.

  1. rj said at 2:52 pm on Tuesday July 28, 2009:

    Petworth is not now, and never will be U street. It’s too far north, and the neighborhood is too desolate. There are what 2 good bars and some cafes? That does not make it a night spot like U street. U street is sandwiched between dupont / adams morgan on the west & the 930 club / ledriot / howard on the east side. That’s why it developed so quickly, it had a logical ending point. If anything U street was an outgrowth of adams morgan’s saturation. Petworth is way the hell north, and has all the worst parts of columbia heights & pleasant plains shoved up against it, plus Georgia Avenue is a continual eye sore, and 2 bars near a metro station, an organic market & and some condo’s cant bandage that eye sore.

  1. looking said at 3:08 pm on Tuesday July 28, 2009:


    what you basically described as petworth is what U Street was 15 years ago.

  1. rj said at 3:38 pm on Tuesday July 28, 2009:


    Perhaps, but U street has always been close to Adams Morgan, while Petworth is way up north and much more residential. But who knows, in 15 years it might be like U street. Personally I think H street is a better bet, especially with the trolley on schedule for a 2011 install.

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