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It was way back in March that we heard rumors of a southern-style restaurant coming to the Lumber Shed, to be helmed by Bo Blair of Fairgrounds/Jetties/etc. and his chef at the Bayou, Rusty Holman.
While there has still never been an official announcement of such a venture, Friday's DC register included a public hearing notice for a liquor license application at 301 Water St., SE, under the trade name "Due South." (The sign is up in the window at the Shed, too.)
The application is for a CT Tavern license, for a "Tavern serving Southern food with a seating capacity of 199 and total occupancy load of 250." There is also a request for a 92-seat summer garden (i.e., outdoor patio) as well as an "entertainment endorsement" for the license (i.e., live music, as the Bayou has).
And, with lovely symmetry, the Register also included the news that Shed's other pending restaurant, the Navy Yard Oyster Company, has applied for its Class C liquor license. The posting describes the restaurant as being "a wine-centric oyster bar offering a seasonal, seafood-driven small plate menu drawing its inspiration from the Chesapeake Bay and the states that Washington, DC is connected to, both geographically and culturally." A jazz brunch is also mentioned, along with "other occasional similar performances." It would have seating of 73 and a total occupancy load of 199, along with two summer gardens, with seating for 32 and 18.
As part of normal procedures, both will be taken up by ANC 6D, presumably before the application hearing date of Dec. 29.
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Jaybird says: (11/1/14 2:44 PM)
Thanks JD.

A good discussion can be had over the difference, if any, between "southern" food and "soul" food.

I recall the "grits" building that was on Half??

Man, my mouth is watering now....



Westnorth says: (11/2/14 4:54 PM)
they must be very optimistic about their liquor program to go for a tavern license. (in Near SE, only the Bullpen, Willie's BBQ, and the never-opened Barracks biergarten have tavern licenses; everyone else has a restaurant license. yes, even Bluejacket.)


MJM says: (11/2/14 5:57 PM)
Aren't the rumors that Bo Blair is the owner of this new place? If so, he probably knows what he is doing with the tavern license and is gonna go all out for the baseball crowd.


JD says: (11/2/14 5:59 PM)
@MJM, you mean, as I said in the first paragraph? :-)

Yes, Bo has spent plenty of time with ANC 6D, first for the Bullpen, then for Das Bullpen, then for the Fairgrounds.

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