Wednesday, August 02, 2006
Hard as it may be to envision, the possibility of a District without old standby A.V. Ristorante Italiano may soon come to pass. Months of whispers were proven true this week, when developer Douglas Jemal finally confirmed that he bought the Mount Vernon Square lot where A.V. now sits, for an undisclosed price, with plans to purchase the rest of this block on New York Avenue between Sixth and Seventh Streets NW (between the new Convention Center and the in-progress Yale Steam Laundry condo project) for conversion to office and retail space. A Washington institution, A.V. has been serving old-school red-sauced pasta and wine to regulars since 1949. The restaurant is expected to close in October 2007.