Columbia Heights

Alive with activity, Columbia Heights is one of DC’s most diverse, dense and urban neighborhoods with more than 38,000 residents.

The catalysts fueling this vibrant transformation includes the development of several major retailers, a revived arts scene and exciting new residential projects. The commercial heart of the neighborhood features more than 640,000 SF of retail and restaurants.

Great Streets Retail Small Business Grants

14th Street and the surrounding commercial corridors are designated Great Streets corridors. As funds become available small businesses can apply for grants to cover capital improvements and certain soft costs. In 2018, up to $50,000 was awarded per location.

11th Street – Home to Independent Entrepreneurs

Notable openings joining mainstays such as The Coupe, Maple, Meridian Pint, RedRocks, and Room 11 include:

  • Queen’s English (Chinese restaurant)—2019 opening
  • Odd Provisions (grocery)—2016
  • Patrick’s Pet Care—2016
  • Bad Saint (Filipino restaurant)—2015


Celebrated Restaurants

  • Bad Saint was named among America’s 38 Essential Restaurants in 2017 by Eater and made Michelin’s 2019 Bib Gourmand list along with Thip Khao.
  • Bombay Street Food (Indian restaurant) opened in Q4 2018 and has already received positive reviews from food critic Tom Sietsema (Washington Post).

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