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A sign on the door of Einstein Brothers Bagels (2233 Wisconsin Ave.) says the new shop will open for business on October 23. The storefront has been vacant since Fan Fair and Vespa closed in late 2008.

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Look out Bruegger’s: Einstein Bros. Bagels is coming at you. This morning, the D.C. Board of Zoning Adjustment approved the Colorado-based chain’s application to open a restaurant at 2233 Wisconsin Ave., in the former Vespa and Fan Fair spaces, which have been vacant since 2008. As we reported in March, Einstein’s needed a special zoning exception because its use of disposable silverware and food-warming equipment (specifically a soup warmer, convection oven, and panini press) classified it as a fast-food restaurant, which is limited to 18 seats. Einstein’s architectural plans call for a dining room with 55 seats, plus seating for 27 more outdoors.

According to the website of the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs, today’s zoning decision clears the way for the Einstein’s building permit application to be approved. A spokeswoman for Einstein Bros. did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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From the April 2013 edition of the Glover Park Gazette:

Late last year, Einstein Bros. Bagels applied for a building permit to construct a 55-seat restaurant at 2233 Wisconsin Ave., in the former home of Vespa and Fan Fair. Because the proposed restaurant would use disposable utensils and food-warming equipment, it is considered a fast food establishment under District zoning regulations. This means it needs a zoning exception to operate at its proposed location. In early March, Einstein applied for this exception, and its zoning case is scheduled to be heard on June 4.

Einstein’s had a shop near Safeway until the middle of 2011, when it closed due to redevelopment of the property. Joseph A. Bank clothiers now occupies that space.

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From the March 2012 edition of the Glover Park Gazette:

Bad news for sandwich fans: Potbelly isn’t coming. The quirky chain eatery had its eyes on the former Vespa space at 2233 Wisconsin Ave.—and even secured a building permit to renovate the vacant storefront—but it never signed a lease and “is no longer pursuing this location,” according to spokesperson Jennifer Jaacks.
We have no idea why this particular lease wasn’t signed, but since Vespa closed in 2008, we’ve heard of several businesses that were interested in leasing the space but couldn’t seal a deal. It’s almost as if the landlord, Oliver Carr Properties, doesn’t want to rent it. (A Carr representative did not respond to our request for comment.)

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From the November 2011 edition of the Glover Park Gazette:

We’ve got confirmation that Potbelly Sandwich Shop is planning a new location in Georgetown Plaza (2233 Wisconsin Ave.)—but we didn’t get it from Potbelly. We’d previously reported that the chain deli, known for its live musicians, was rumored to have rented the former Vespa and Fan Fair spaces, but Potbelly wouldn’t confirm. Then on October 4, the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs approved a building permit for “New Potbelly Sandwich Works 25-seat restaurant” in that complex. Bizarrely, Potbelly’s corporate office persists in declining to comment.

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From the January 2011 edition of the Glover Park Gazette:

Sullivan’s Toy Store & Art Supplies (3412 Wisconsin Ave.) continues to hunt for a new location, and several Glover Park properties have been in play. But so far, the shop has not managed to strike a deal with a landlord. We hear that at least one landlord with a vacant Glover Park storefront has turned the family-owned store down because the landlord is holding out for a national retail tenant. Owner Tam Sullivan would not confirm that or say which Glover Park properties he has investigated, but two that would seem to meet the store’s square footage needs are the combined Fan Fair and Vespa space at Georgetown Plaza (2233 Wisconsin Ave.), vacant since late 2008, and the former Mobili space (2201 Wisconsin Ave.), vacant for more than three years.

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In France, the books can fly.From the November 2009 Glover Park Gazette:

At press time, we heard a credible rumor that Ligne Roset, the contemporary French furniture store on M Street in Georgetown, would be relocating to 2233 Wisconsin, into the old Vespa and Fan Fair spaces. Neither the store manager nor the landlord would confirm this news, but our sources say it’s a close-to-done deal.

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