Originally Posted by mrcccondor
Went to National yesterday for lunch. Food was pretty good (had the prime rib sandwich). The space is a combination of the old wine store and the Mercury club, so it is a lot more open (Mercury was pretty crammed). The large windows on both sides will make have a great presence on 17th avenue. In terms of design and use, it is a huge addition to 17th.
I am constantly amazed by how quickly 17th is evolving. I swear a new restaurant opens up every couple of months. For me, the most noticable and positive additions have been Borgo (adding activity to the strip north of Tomkins Park), CIBO (patio where parking used to be), Jamesons (huge improvement from the dollar store) and Wild Wing (even though I haven't been and it probably sucks, it is a massive improvement over the former Source Adult Video). The rooftop patio on 1410 is going to be the next big change. That street is positively booming.