Hibiscus Cafe put up a nice mural here some time in the early 1990s. I never actually ate there - the first time I tried, it was a Monday and it was closed; and by the time I tried again, it was closed for good.
Only in March of this year did it occur to me to photograph the murals I'd been riding by for more than a decade, and good thing too because just a couple weeks later they were gone! An outfit known as the Water Street Project moved into the space and painted over them.
After only a couple of weeks the site was vacant again, the mural whitewashed altogether. It seemed like an awfully quick demise for the new tenant but later I learned it was only a 10-day project, a flash gallery of some sort. I wish they hadn't painted over the (IMHO) much more attractive and interesting Hibuscus murals for something that was going to come and go so quickly.
Within just a few days the new folks had put up their own sign - uninspired, but at least informative. Malmaison is (according to the Georgetown Dish) going to be a "dessert bar and lounge". I am not sure when it's scheduled to open. Time will tell whether they come up with a more interesting exterior motif. I doubt though that it'll last as long as Hibiscus's great effort, though.