This just in: THIH hears restaurateur Xavier Cervera is buying 224 7th Street, SE – Petit Gourmet – out of its lease and putting a bar in next to Hill stalwart Tunnicliff’s, probably giving the centrally-located gathering place a run for its money and providing a fresh bar scene on traditional ole Seventh Street.
DC tax records show that the building is owned by 224 7th Street LLC, and was bought or refinanced for $695,000 right before Christmas, Dec. 20, 2010. It is assessed at $864,660.
Although THIH couldn’t do much reporting as the plans were still under wraps this morning, we hear The Hill Rag and Petit Gourmet (which I love, and where my daughter first grew fond of Cotswald cheese, chocolates and pates) will be gone. I couldn’t reach Petit Gourmet owner Phyllis Marriott this morning — she wasn’t at her usual place behind the counter, spooning her delicious homemade soups and carefully making made-to-order sandwiches. However, I was able to reach Julia Christian, Executive Director of CHAMPS, Capitol Hill’s Chamber of Commerce, whose offices are on 7th Street above Tunnicliff’s. “We are eager to see what Mr. Cervera has planned for the site and look forward to working with him throughout the process.”
The building will be gutted and refurbished, which leads one to wonder what will happen to the offices of the Hill Rag, which are currently upstairs from Petit Gourmet.
Tunnicliff’s recently bought, refurbished and reopened the old Bullfeathers on First Street SE.