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Cleveland Park in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

1. Roma Restaurant

 
 
Roma Restaurant Marker image. 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 Cleveland Park, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is at the intersection of Connecticut Avenue and Macomb Street, on the right when traveling north on Connecticut Avenue. Touch 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. 6. Queen Anne Style (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Commerce (approx. 0.2 miles away); 4. Causeway at Tregaron
Roma Restaurant Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, August 17, 2013
2. Roma Restaurant Marker
(approx. 0.2 miles away); Klingle Valley Trail (approx. ¼ mile away); 3524 Connecticut Avenue, N.W. (approx. ¼ mile away); Tregaron Conservancy (approx. ¼ mile away); Mihran Mesrobian (approx. ¼ mile away); Black and Gray Squirrels (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cleveland Park.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Cleveland Park Historic District Art on Call Tour
 
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
Roma Restaurant Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, August 17, 2013
3. Roma Restaurant Marker
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?
    — Submitted July 12, 2015, by John Strother Anderson of Spartanburg, South Carolina.

 
Categories. Industry & Commerce
 
Roma Restaurant image. 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 image. 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 image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, August 17, 2013
6.  ripple
3417 Connecticut Avenue
 ripple<br>eat - drink - gather image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, August 17, 2013
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eat - drink - gather
Art Deco Panel<br>ripple image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, August 17, 2013
8. Art Deco Panel
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Roma Restaurant Postcard image. Click for full size.
circa 1940
9. Roma Restaurant Postcard
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 25, 2018. This page originally submitted on August 18, 2013, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 591 times since then and 7 times this year. Last updated on January 9, 2018, by Devry Becker Jones of Silver Spring, Maryland. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on August 18, 2013, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.   9. submitted on December 20, 2017. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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