Mae Kuang and Yuan Chen are all smiles after the renovations at Great Wall Szechuan House. (Tim Carman/The Washington Post)

You might not recognize the former hole in the wall on 14th Street NW.

Gone are the dingy black-and-white floor tiles and the vanilla drywall. Construction crews ripped out the drywall to reveal an elegant expanse of old red bricks, which have been cleaned and sanded for the grand reopening; crews also laid down new tiles that look sort of like stone. The mammoth beverage cooler has disappeared, too, replaced with a less conspicuous bottle cooler tucked behind the new bar.

All told, the owners dropped about $50,000 to keep up with the wholesale gentrification taking place in the Logan Circle neighborhood. Take a look after the jump at what $50K buys you today:

Crews had finished cleaning up the space not long before this photo was taken on Monday. (Tim Carman/The Washington Post)