Yesterday, I noticed the following permit rendering for the new awning at 1318 Ninth Street, NW, the former be bar/EFN Lounge/Motley Bar space. Apparently a business called “Mood Lounge” will open there soon. It is most exciting to know that this space will be occupied again soon, and I am hopeful Mood Lounge will be a great addition and draw to Shaw!
I have been unable to find out much of anything, but here is what I know about Mood Lounge. Back in November, I noticed (and Tweeted) that the for lease/sale sign had been removed from 1318 Ninth Street, NW. I also noticed a building permit in the front window that read “REPLACE COUNTER TOP ON BARS ON BOTH LEVELS REFINSH BUILT IN SEATING BENCHES REPLACE FAULTY LIGHT FIXTURES REFINISH BAR SHELVES PAINT EXTERNAL WALLS.”
The Prince of Petworth also noticed the activity at 1318 Ninth and and posted about it in December. One of the commenters to the PoP story revealed a rumor that the new entity would be called Mood.
According to their agenda, ANC 2f considered a liquor license application for this address at their January 5, 2011 meeting. The minutes of that meeting are not yet posted online, so I do not know the contents of the discussion.
Below is a photo of new awning, which was installed on January 20. I saw it last night -- it looks great. The white lettering is back lit and draws your attention to this place.