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JD commenting on Il Parco (nee Park Tavern) Shuttered for Good
8/16/17 11:18 AM
I don't often do this, but I moved the Il Parco comments made earlier this morning from the previous thread to this one.
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JES commenting on Il Parco (nee Park Tavern) Shuttered for Good
8/16/17 11:16 AM
Park Tavern sucked, but I actually liked the pizza at il Parco (despite the subpar service and horribly stale interior decor). But obviously that restaurant group had no idea how to properly market or monetize that space, and I'll look forward to someone who knows what they're doing taking it over...
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walt commenting on Il Parco (nee Park Tavern) Shuttered for Good
8/16/17 10:44 AM
Re: Il Parco and Park Tavern before that. My completely uneducated opinion: This would be a fantastic place for a casual restaurant if the management were better.
1. Sell pizza by the slice. And cheesesteaks. and Burgers. That's it. Nothing fancy. Look at the people who are there at the ice rink or at the fountains. Mostly kids, and they're just craving calories after playing.
2. Hire staff that cares and that have some brains. The customer service has been a zero here since it opened.
3. Have enough of the ingredients to actually make the items on your menus. If you sell pizza, don't run out of cheese, then serve it to the customer and hope they don't notice (I have noticed...every time).

No, I've never run a restaurant, but I have been to this one on a few occasions and I am acutely aware of what makes my lip curl every time I walk by it. no interest at all but will gladly give the location another shot if the concept, staff, menu, and attitudes change.
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202_cyclist commenting on New Design Unveiled for Douglass Bridge; Design-Build Contract Awarded
8/16/17 10:18 AM
Does anyone know the status of construction at the Zika pit known as the second phase of Parc Riverside. I haven't seen any apparent activity there in about two weeks.

I agree with what others posted about Il Parco. The pizza was actually quite good but the service was lacking.
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conngs0 commenting on Il Parco (nee Park Tavern) Shuttered for Good
8/16/17 10:15 AM
GoNavy, I think you've got Il Parco exactly right. It really is unfortunate that they weren't able to overcome the awkward location (although Five Guys seems to be doing ok across the street) and strange building (it takes some pretty special architectural genius to create a restaurant in the middle of an open space that isn't obviously a restaurant to those walking on M Street).

But despite doing a good job with the pizza (that huge oven is a tremendous asset, their staffing decisions were truly mystifying (super friendly people, but not very well trained and never provided with enough support). I still have hope that some purveyor will be able to take advantage of that huge outdoor eating area, proximity to the Metro and (in the winter) ice skating rink that's increasing in popularity, to be successful there.
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GoNavy commenting on Il Parco (nee Park Tavern) Shuttered for Good
8/16/17 9:40 AM
Sad news about Il Parco. It's really an odd location that I am sure most people don't even know exists from the street. For what I have heard the service has never been great. I went there once for drinks and really didn't have a desire to go back.
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RMP commenting on New Design Unveiled for Douglass Bridge; Design-Build Contract Awarded
8/16/17 9:18 AM
Paper is down at Juice Laundry and there's a sign on the door.



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202_cyclist commenting on New Design Unveiled for Douglass Bridge; Design-Build Contract Awarded
8/15/17 4:15 PM
Unfortunate news regarding Il Parco.

Does anyone know anything about 920 - 922 M Street, SE? There was a banner for AllAfrica.com on the front of the building but it appears to be vacant. The building looks like it might have previously been a motel. This is the first time I've seen this rendering: link

If I had some money to invest, I would buy property along the lower 8th Street corridor.
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walt commenting on New Design Unveiled for Douglass Bridge; Design-Build Contract Awarded
8/15/17 4:14 PM
I always think about what the bridge will look like in a drought. Some bridges lose all of their aesthetic value when the river dries up. We probably don't have to worry about that though.
It looks beautiful as shown.
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JD commenting on New Design Unveiled for Douglass Bridge; Design-Build Contract Awarded
8/15/17 4:02 PM
Wow, swore we discussed it here in the comments, but guess it was just on Twitter.
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ZNY2 commenting on New Design Unveiled for Douglass Bridge; Design-Build Contract Awarded
8/15/17 3:58 PM
Noticed this weekend that Il Parco looked closed for good. Eat DC seems to confirm this

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202_cyclist commenting on New Design Unveiled for Douglass Bridge; Design-Build Contract Awarded
8/14/17 10:35 AM
One question about the design of the bridge-- presumably the vertical arches won't pose a hazard to the many low-flying helicopters in the area, especially with the heliport in Buzzard Point on the other side of So. Capitol Street (will this be relocated with the coming development of that part of Ward 6?). Has DDOT studied this?
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dude commenting on New Design Unveiled for Douglass Bridge; Design-Build Contract Awarded
8/13/17 10:24 PM
@202 hah.

When I saw the bridge design in my email the other day I was pleasantly surprised. The whole profject looks good and seems to make sense. Very cool.
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202_cyclist commenting on Wednesday Tidbits: Progress in Various Forms
8/12/17 3:32 PM
@Gamble Rogers-- Roger that. It also look like progress on the rehab of the building adjacent to the parking lot is moving right along.

The residents of these bundling are going to be in for quite a surprise , however, with all of the barking from the dog kennel across the street.
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Gamble Rogers commenting on Wednesday Tidbits: Progress in Various Forms
8/12/17 3:13 PM
Just seeing progress on the 816 Potomac Avenue site is a relief. We bought our place around the corner in 2009 and our pocket of CHIATNV (Capitol Hill Immediately Adjacent to Navy Yard) has seen little construction progress outside of the CSX tunnel. Of course, the tunnel construction has been the primary reason why everything is taking so damn long.

But the 816 project will really change our little corner of CHIATNV. I'm not a fan of the "Tower of Pisa" design element and think it will look out of place. Byt it beats the barren commuter parking lot!
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JD commenting on New Design Unveiled for Douglass Bridge; Design-Build Contract Awarded
8/12/17 1:11 PM
In other news, Ann's appears to be open today.


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202_cyclist commenting on New Design Unveiled for Douglass Bridge; Design-Build Contract Awarded
8/12/17 9:27 AM
Why so much noise? STFU and go back to sleep!
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conngs0 commenting on New Design Unveiled for Douglass Bridge; Design-Build Contract Awarded
8/11/17 8:54 AM
Totally agree that the renderings of the bridge are pretty solid. Hopefully the finished product looks like that! I also like that the design seems to limit the amount of dead space around the ends of the bridge to the greatest extent possible.
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CJBabyDaddy commenting on New Design Unveiled for Douglass Bridge; Design-Build Contract Awarded
8/10/17 10:07 PM
202_cyclist: I hope D.C. isn't jumping the gun on naming the bridge after this Mr. Douglass guy. Wouldn't it be better to wait a few decades until he retires and we can put his accomplishments into perspective?
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202_cyclist commenting on New Design Unveiled for Douglass Bridge; Design-Build Contract Awarded
8/10/17 4:40 PM
Also, the new DC Water & Sewer Authority headquarters will compliment this new modern bridge design.
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jdc commenting on New Design Unveiled for Douglass Bridge; Design-Build Contract Awarded
8/10/17 4:29 PM
Dock 79 residents are sure going to have a much improved view. What, what a beauty at night!
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202_cyclist commenting on New Design Unveiled for Douglass Bridge; Design-Build Contract Awarded
8/10/17 2:35 PM
It almost makes up for some of the pain of losing the Barry.
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202_cyclist commenting on New Design Unveiled for Douglass Bridge; Design-Build Contract Awarded
8/10/17 2:21 PM
This looks great but I give it about two days before the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts tries its best to make this bridge dull.

Also, it reminds me of the 6th Street viaduct replacement in LA.
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JD commenting on New Design Unveiled for Douglass Bridge; Design-Build Contract Awarded
8/10/17 2:15 PM
Over on that other bridge, you know, the one that always seems to be a year away from getting started.

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202_cyclist commenting on New Design Unveiled for Douglass Bridge; Design-Build Contract Awarded
8/10/17 2:13 PM
Looks good but where will the zip-line going across the Anacostia be placed?
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202_cyclist commenting on New Design Unveiled for Douglass Bridge; Design-Build Contract Awarded
8/10/17 2:12 PM
Frederick Douglass is doing great work. He is being recognized more and more these days.


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JD commenting on New Design Unveiled for Douglass Bridge; Design-Build Contract Awarded
8/10/17 12:51 PM
Be sure to watch the video on the project web site.
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JD commenting on New Design Unveiled for Douglass Bridge; Design-Build Contract Awarded
8/10/17 12:46 PM
Just to be fair, $900 M was probably for the entire South Capitol Street reconstruction project, not just the bridge. Though originally the bridge was priced at more than $600 million, back when it was still going to need to have a swing span.
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Brett M commenting on New Design Unveiled for Douglass Bridge; Design-Build Contract Awarded
8/10/17 12:30 PM
Wow, not only is it a better looking bridge, but costs less than the $900M Vince Gray told us it would cost
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NavyYardGuy commenting on New Design Unveiled for Douglass Bridge; Design-Build Contract Awarded
8/10/17 12:15 PM
Wow, that is so beautiful (the bridge).
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202_cyclist commenting on Photographic Evidence of Additional Progress in Additional Forms
8/9/17 2:05 PM
The photo of the DC United/Audi Field stadium construction is interesting (it seems like everyone went over there this weekend to take photos of it). Buzzard Point is a bit like how the Capitol Riverfront/Navy Yard was 10 - 12 years ago. It will be interesting to see that area develop.
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202_cyclist commenting on Photographic Evidence of Additional Progress in Additional Forms
8/9/17 10:38 AM
Thank you for the updates.

A bit random, but it is slightly creepy that the Capitol Police picked today, of all days, to test the emergency broadcast system.
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JD commenting on Photographic Evidence of Additional Progress in Additional Forms
8/9/17 9:09 AM
The Top of the Yard bar at the Hampton Inn. ("Public" maybe was a mite generous, but still better than needing to organize a visit in advance at other roofs. I like being stealthy. :) )

And @conngs0, yes, that burger and fries hit the spot. Will have to go back for a shake.

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adamdonovan commenting on Photographic Evidence of Additional Progress in Additional Forms
8/9/17 9:04 AM
May be a silly question, but where is the public roof access?
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conngs0 commenting on Photographic Evidence of Additional Progress in Additional Forms
8/9/17 8:47 AM
Thanks, as always, for the pictures and updates, JD! Also, that's quite an impressive trek you took to get them. 9-plus miles! I'll bet that half-time meal at Shake Shack tasted pretty darn good!
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