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As to whether it *will* open Friday at 5, well, we'll see!
Willie's is located on the west end of the Boilermaker Shops, at 3rd and Tingey streets, SE.
If you want to read about the long road to this point, have at it.
In other food news, TaKorean is now going to be open on Sundays from 11 to 7.
UPDATE: In non-food Boilermaker Shops news, the Yards folks also tweeted that Unleashed by Petco is scheduled to open Nov. 3.
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JD says: (10/15/14 11:18 AM)
(and I'm glad I didn't post about the "10/16/2014" posts on Willie's FB page. Just kinda wanted word from another source first)


JD says: (10/15/14 11:45 AM)
To continue talking to myself.... Scarlet Oak has applied for their tenant layout building permit (Oct. 1). No construction there until that gets approved.


screaminglemur says: (10/15/14 1:04 PM)
Willie's was absolutely packed full of people around lunch time today. I was going to grab a photo but it started pouring down rain. Must be a soft opening today.


JD says: (10/15/14 1:13 PM)
Interesting. I wonder if they'll actually be open tomorrow, as originally stated on their FB page, but they didn't want the huge crowds so had the Yards folks give them an extra day.


bwi says: (10/15/14 11:12 PM)
Definitely a soft open today. I walked by around 7, but they were out of food; they were handing out menus and said they'd be open tomorrow for another soft open.


JD says: (10/16/14 12:21 PM)
Here's a picture of the drink menu, photographed via cellphone late last night by Mr. JDLand:

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Bruce says: (10/16/14 9:34 PM)
Went tonight. Good was great, no charge for dinner and great beer. Love the bar area..


Bruce says: (10/16/14 9:35 PM)
(...food was great)


G Street says: (10/21/14 10:31 AM)
We went opening night (sometimes not a good move) but we were impressed by the food, friendly service and atmosphere/decor. Entrees were all tasty, as were the sides (mac n cheese esp.). If you like BBQ, you should check this place out.


JD says: (10/21/14 10:44 AM)
We were there, too, and felt the same on all counts, especially on the Mac n Cheese.



conngs0 says: (11/7/14 7:38 PM)
Finally made it over to Willie's today for lunch. The ribs and the mac n cheese were both excellent! Also, the smoked ice is not all hype - it definitely adds a little bit to the bourbon. I've found the sit-down restaurants in the neighborhood to be mediocre at best, but this place is legit. I'll be returning to Willie's for sure.


202_cyclist says: (11/8/14 2:10 AM)
@conngs0:

What is the bet sit-down restaurant in the greater SE/SW area? Osteria Morini? Masala Art?


conngs0 says: (11/9/14 1:49 AM)
202_cyclist, my favorite spot in the "greater SE/SW area"? That's quite a question!

I'm sad to say I haven't tried Masala Art yet, but it's on the list of places to try. I also have yet to try out Rose's Luxury, but I think if it's half as good as it's been hyped, then it wins the aware for best in the general neighborhood, right?

You mentioned Osteria Morini. The good experiences I've had there (and I can't say I've had a terrible experience there either) involved occasions when I wasn't particularly hungry and thus stopped by for a glass of wine or two and split a few crostini with friends. For a more substantive Italian meal, I'd much prefer Acqua Al 2 up in Eastern Market.

Of the restaurants in the immediate Navy Yard neighborhood, I don't entirely dislike (although I struggle to find good things to say about Kruba, whereas I know I'll enjoy Park Tavern's rueben if I have to go there). I just don't find myself leaving these restaurants thinking about the next time I'll get a chance to visit again, or getting excited about bringing friends there. I actually think that in terms of consistency across the menu, Aqua 301 does a solid job. But even then, I'm never itching to take friends there. I can't wait to bring some friends over to Willie's to try those ribs (and also so I can try some of the other menu items). It strikes me as premature to put that establishment on the top of the list after just one visit, but it's definitely up there.

Back to your original question about the greater SE/SW area, and recognizing that I'm probably in the minority on this, my favorite place in the vicinity is Senart's. I still don't understand why they took the prime rib off the menu, but I consistently have excellent meals there. A very close second for me is Belga. I've been a fan for years (since 2005?). And while I suspect some of my love for this restaurant is due to nostalgia from the great meals I had before, it still does a good job.

Anyway, I could write about food for hours, but I'll spare everyone that and wrap this up. In the meantime, there are a few spots on Barracks Row I haven't tried though, I'm always up for suggestions.

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