Warren Clardy, a retired federal employe who has lived in the Washington area all his life and is now president of the Arlington Historical Society, was intrigued by recent news articles on yesterday's opening of the shops and restaurants in the Old Post Office Building on Pennsylvania Avenue. They took note of the lack of eating places_up to now_in that neighborhood.
It wasn't always so, Clardy recalled. His mother, Elsie Davenport Clardy, worked in the building both before and after World War I, he said. The original Harvey's restaurant was just across 11th Street, where the Internal Revenue Service building now stands. "Whenever they'd cook up a batch of spiced shrimp or the like, the aroma would waft in through the windows of my mother's office, and everyone there would just go ape," he said.
Also, according to the 1916 city directory, within two blocks were the Washington Lunch, Donworthy Saloon, Noonan's Restaurant, Bing Restaurant, Mandes Restaurant, Loehl's Cafe, Mount Vernon Cafe, Dade Restaurant and Granato Restaurant, along with several hotels. The Raleigh, one of the capital's top hostelries, was right across the street.
In the 1920s, two food markets, a Sanitary Grocery and a Piggly Wiggly (both forerunners of Safeway) had become established in the neighborhood. They were handy for commuters using the nearby Northern Virginia trolley terminal.