“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

Roma Restaurant

Roma Restaurant Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Allen C. Browne, August 17, 2013
1. Roma Restaurant Marker
Inscription. Cleveland Park was named for Grover Cleveland who bought a country house on now Newark Street in 1886. In the 1890s, electrified streetcars ran on Connecticut and Wisconsin Avenues and led to the development of the Cleveland Park "suburb".

Shops and restaurants followed the development, with the Roma Restaurant and its Italian Garden at 3419 Connecticut Avenue remaining popular from the 1930s until it closed in 1997.

Artist: Mary Belcher
Erected by Cleveland Park Historic District, Art on Call. (Marker Number 1.)
Location. 38° 56.018′ N, 77° 3.433′ W. Marker is in Washington, District of Columbia. Marker is at the intersection of Connecticut Avenue and Macomb Street, on the right when traveling north on Connecticut Avenue. Click for map. Marker is in an old police call-box on the corner in front of Imaj Hair Salon, across from the Cleveland Park Library. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3301 Connecticut Ave, Washington DC 20008, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Commerce (approx. 0.2 miles away); 3524 Connecticut Avenue, N.W. (approx. 0.2 miles away); Mihran Mesrobian (approx. ¼ mile away);
Roma Restaurant Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Allen C. Browne, August 17, 2013
2. Roma Restaurant Marker
Black and Gray Squirrels (approx. 0.3 miles away); Redwood (approx. 0.3 miles away); From Woodley to Woodley Park (approx. 0.3 miles away); Woodley Estate (approx. 0.4 miles away); Long & Winding Woodley Road (approx. 0.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Washington.
Additional comments.
1. Prom Nights
As one who grew up in the DC area, The Roma was one of many area restaurants that we took our Prom Dates, or Valentine Dates to dinner, and Christmas Dance dates.THE place for Italian food.
Good times, fond old memories from the 50's - 60's for me. I want to say it was a Thai restaurant, later, as well
    — Submitted August 26, 2013, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.

2. Good lunch place.
I worked at the Safeway between Ordway and Porter streets in the early '60s. The Roma was my favorite place in the area for lunch. I wonder what happened to all the stuffed animal heads that decorated the restaurant?
Roma Restaurant Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Allen C. Browne, August 17, 2013
3. Roma Restaurant Marker
    — Submitted July 12, 2015, by John Strother Anderson of Spartanburg, South Carolina.

Categories. Industry & Commerce
Roma Restaurant Photo, Click for full size
By Allen C. Browne, August 17, 2013
4. Roma Restaurant
Close-up of Mary Belcher painting on marker
Nam Viet -- 3419 Connecticut Photo, Click for full size
By Allen C. Browne, August 17, 2013
5. Nam Viet -- 3419 Connecticut
3419 Connecticut is Nam Viet, today, but the painting on the marker clearly shows that Roma spanned both 3419 and 3417 Connecticut.
 ripple Photo, Click for full size
By Allen C. Browne, August 17, 2013
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3417 Connecticut Avenue
 ripple<br>eat - drink - gather Photo, Click for full size
By Allen C. Browne, August 17, 2013
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Art Deco Panel<br>ripple Photo, Click for full size
By Allen C. Browne, August 17, 2013
8. Art Deco Panel
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 429 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on , by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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