O Street Market and NCEC Annex Restaurant

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Something on the Shaw listerv got my attention, and it comes off the City Market at O's blog:
"One of the benefactors of the closing was NCEC's planned restaurant on New Jersey Avenue that will be managed and staffed by former offenders. "

NCEC is a church, that owns a building on the corner of NJ Ave and P Street. This building is called the NCEC Annex and as far as I can tell looks unused. Before that the building was a liquor store, so there has been some improvement.

This brings up all sorts of questions. How exactly does Giant's closing help make a restaurant? Second, what kind of restaurant? Something like the Tuning Fork, Shiloh Baptist (9th & P) eatery mainly serving church attendees and the tiny breakfast crowd I occasionally see in there? Or like Saint's Paradise Cafeteria, a soul food restaurant run bu the UHOP?

Anyway, back to O Street Market. I am seeing some minor changes. More bricks, and some equipment. I'm also seeing a big parking lot 95% free of cars. They must be pretty good with keeping people from parking with enforcement.

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The NCEC Anex: www.ncecenter.org/ncecannex.html
Main page www.ncecenter.org

I think they mean that the restaurant got whatever food was left after the Giant closed. Thanks for the link to that blog.

The building is called the NCEC Annex and as far as I can tell looks unused. Before that the building was a liquor store, so there has been some improvement.

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