Wrecking Corporation of America To Award Commemorative Bricks from the Soon-to-be-Demolished Blackies Restaurant for Five Best Stories of “Fun, Romance, Intrigue”

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As Wrecking Corp. prepares to demolish the former Blackies House of Beef, the company seeks reminiscences of the Washington DC landmark. Five winners will be awarded commemorative bricks from the restaurant.

Wrecking Corporation of America (WCA), which has helped pave the way for the future of the DC area through numerous high-profile demolition projects, is preparing to begin demolition of the former Blackies House of Beef at 1217 22nd Street in northwest Washington DC.

“In a city of monuments, Blackies was a Washington institution for more than 50 years,” said Terry Anderson, Wrecking Corp EVP, “and we would like to recognize its contribution to the culture of the community by asking former patrons to send us their stories of fun, romance, and intrigue.”

About the Contest

Wrecking Corp will present a brick with a commemorative plaque to the authors of the five best submissions and will post the winning entries on its web site (address below). The stories can be about Blackies House of Beef, Blackies, the Déjà vu Lounge, or Lulu’s. Winners will be notified early in November, and entries must be received by October 31 in order to be considered.

Local legend has it that the restaurant was started as a hot dog stand in the 1940s, evolving into a steak house that has played host to countless numbers of residents and visitors. “We started thinking that this is a place that probably has meant a great deal to a lot of people, and we’d like to learn some of their stories and share them with the public,” Anderson said.

How to Enter

Entering is as simple as telling the story of what significance Blackies has had for you… whether you made your first business deal there, proposed to your wife, celebrated a new job, came of age, or anything else that has kept the restaurant in memory.

Entries – 500 words or less -- may be submitted via fax, email, the WCA web site, or snail mail.

For fax: 703.997.1070

email: info @ mtvernonpr.com

Internet: http://www.wreckingcorp.com/contest.asp
USPS: Wrecking Corp, 3680 Wheeler Ave. Alexandria, VA 22304, Attn: Blackies Story

About Wrecking Corporation of America

Wrecking Corporation of America took down its first downtown DC building 30 years ago. Headquartered in Alexandria, VA, Wrecking Corp. has worked on a number of high-profile projects downtown and in the surrounding metropolitan areas, including the George Washington Hospital and the former Washington Convention Center. Wrecking Corp. specializes in the challenges of demolishing high-profile commercial projects and cramped urban sites as well as sprawling multi-building complexes. For more information, visit the Wrecking Corp. web site at http://www.wreckingcorp.com or call 703.823.3850.


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