The Washington Post: DC Acquires Wendy’s Site

September 21, 2021

The Wendy’s at a crossroads that Washingtonians refer to as “Dave Thomas Circle” in tribute to the fast-food chain’s founder served its last customers Tuesday, marking a finale for a perplexing spot that had risen to become a city landmark.

The city used eminent domain to acquire the property at the center of First Street NE and New York and Florida avenues, where it is planning a $35 million remake of the treacherous intersection that for years has tested the patience of drivers and pedestrians alike. The city is expected to unveil more details this fall of what the next iteration will look like, but it has made assurances that the quirky gathering spot will be safer for those who traverse it.