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A few items for people who aren't currently glued to their TVs or Twitter accounts:
* WHALEY'S CLOSING: Tom Sietsema passed along in today's chat that Whaley's will be closing "before next month," 3 1/2 years after it arrived in the Lumber Shed at the Yards between Osteria Morini and Agua 301. (UPDATE: This statement from Whaley's says that their last day is Nov. 24 except for private events through the end of the year.) But...
* NEW RESTAURANT COMING: Whaley's will be replaced by the new restaurant by Maydan chefs Gerald Addison and Chris Morgan, which Sietsema teased a few weeks ago. No hints yet on what the "concept" will be. The new operation gets the keys to the space on Jan. 1, Sietsema says, and are aiming for a spring launch.
* ENCHANT: As if Nationals Park hasn't been enchanting enough this year, the huge Enchant Christmas experience begins its run on Thursday, Nov. 22, all the way through Dec. 29. It includes "the world's largest light maze," an ice skating trail, a Christmas market, and "seasonal" food and drink offerings. And Santa. Who I'm sure will be getting a lot of requests for stocking stuffers named Rendon and Strasburg. Tickets are on sale, with prices varying based on the time and date of your choosing.
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jdc says: (11/20/19 1:48 PM)
That makes two restaurants that have come and gone before I was able to step food inside (the other being 100 montaditos). Any sense that slow business was the culprit for Whaleys?


conngs0 says: (11/20/19 4:13 PM)
jdc, I have to imagine slow business was the culprit with Whaleys. It's too bad. I thought it was a decent spot, but I saw it as more of a novelty place to go if I needed a place for a drink or a snack between meals rather than as a place to go for a "real" lunch or dinner. I know that's not a ringing endorsement, but I thought it made a nice contributions to the neighborhood's offerings. Looking forward to seeing what the Maydan chefs bring to the table!


RMP says: (11/20/19 4:37 PM)
All restaurants are seasonal to some extent but to me Whaley's felt like more of a summer destination than other places. I am sad to see it go but happy that it won't just be a vacant space.


jsh says: (11/21/19 12:02 AM)
JDC-
Montaditos closed because although their food was better than okay, their staff refused to ever seem interested in serving customers. I went many times and even while sitting at the bar had to distract the bartender from his soccer game to get refills on beers. I was sad but 0% shocked to see them close.

Whaleys was 100% a summer place, and if you want oysters, there are other places nearby to go to (wharf). Will be interesting to see if the rosé bar continues. Walking by, the rose bar would be packed, but never whaleys, even while agua, osteria, and winery were packed. Again, 0% shocked they closed.


Edna says: (11/21/19 8:49 AM)
That would be great if the Ros&eacute garden continues. I always wanted to check it out on those hot summer days.


Edna says: (11/21/19 8:49 AM)
rosé


Dan says: (11/21/19 10:12 AM)
The Rosé Garden is where one shouts nonsense and confesses to having had too much to drink. The Rose Garden is where one shouts nonsense and confesses on live television to impeachable crimes.


202_cyclist says: (11/21/19 2:08 PM)
Dan— you won the Internet. This is the comment of the year on JD Land!


keith18 says: (11/21/19 6:53 PM)
I had a weird experience at Whaley's and never went back. My wife and I ordered the seafood tower for two and the server promised us we'd be satisfied with it. We liked it but we were still hungry. The server dropped the check off without asking us if we wanted anything else. We ended up going next door to Osteria Morini and sharing a pasta and desert to finish the meal. Maybe I should have gone back, dunno. But looking forward to seeing what the Maydan folks come up with.


bdj says: (11/22/19 11:44 PM)
Liking the food but still hungry was 100% Whaley's... That was my experience as well. Tasty but for that much $ you'd like to not leave still hungry and wanting a 2nd meal.


CJBabyDaddy says: (11/25/19 3:38 PM)
@jsh: I, too, loved the food at Montaditos, but I always assumed it closed because the staff treated the place as a sanctuary for roaches and tipped them off whenever the exterminator’s truck pulled up out front.

I swore that place off multiple times after encountering unwanted six-legged company. I’d stay away, start jones-ing for a favorite sammitch, and return a few months later. Only to encounter the great-great-great great-grandchildren of the critters that drove me away the last time.

Finally, with the help of a support group, I embraced the No Second Chance With Visible Roaches Restaurant Lifestyle and found the strength to patronize only establishments that GAF about sanitation.



VelocityChris says: (11/25/19 10:20 PM)
Went to ABC Pony on Saturday for a coffee. Really nice in there, coffee was great, and the little cookie stick was the most perfectly paired treat for coffee, crispy but within 2 seconds was completely soaked.


walt says: (11/26/19 11:35 AM)
Feel same way about Whaley's Too expensive and only interested during the summer.


VelocityChris says: (11/27/19 6:15 AM)
Headline: "Law Firm Relocates to DC’s Navy Yard"

Umm, they were at 439 New Jersey Ave SE, I guess technically that's "relocating" to Navy Yard, but JUST barely!

link


JD says: (11/27/19 10:02 AM)
Looks like the 161-unit apartment building on the southwest corner of Half and L (the "chiller" site) is going to get underway before too long (construction permits are already well into their trip through the DCRA Approval Fun Factory), with a construction loan deal announced: link And there's a rendering:



CJBabyDaddy says: (11/27/19 3:32 PM)
Way back when we were young, the “chiller plant” site was seen as a potential condopalooza. But apartments are nothing to sneeze at. Welcome to the neighborhood.

I’m going to lobby the development partners to give it an appropriate name like The Dupree or The Jacqueline.

I’m flexible.


Westnorth says: (11/30/19 5:39 PM)
Huh. Whaley's never had a proper kitchen setup from the get-go; there was hardly any back-of-house space there. Wonder what Addison & Morgan, who are used to that monster fire at Maydan, can do with the space. It was early to the raw-bar scene, but now there are multiple competitors on either side and with better visibility.

100 Montaditos ran into problems at the corporate level, which this location couldn't have outrun -- however well or poorly it did.


GarfieldPark says: (12/1/19 11:51 PM)
Declaration has indeed cut their hours back. They close early on Sundays after brunch. No more Sunday night pizza for me!


willinrm says: (12/2/19 7:45 AM)
does anyone know what is going on at 4th and M street? Behind the sprint store it looks like they are building out back there.


monkeyrotica says: (12/2/19 12:37 PM)
Would have loved to have gone to Whaley's, but they weren't open for lunch. Same deal with Lavagna. Oh, well. More ramen and Italian food from Morini for me.


jdc says: (12/3/19 9:09 AM)
Thinking of bringing my son to visit the neighborhood on Friday when daycare is closed. Does anyone know if any of the businesses in JDland have donuts?


CL85 says: (12/3/19 9:16 AM)
Stopped in at ABCPony this morning. $5.50 for a "large" (not that large) regular drip coffee. Guess that won't be part of my morning routine.


Shogungts says: (12/3/19 12:17 PM)
@JDC - In the actual neighborhood probably just Whole Foods or Harris Teeter, but the Wiseguys location also has a gelato/pastry shop in it (I forget the name). District Donuts are up a few blocks at the southern end of Barracks Row.


conngs0 says: (12/3/19 1:30 PM)
jdc, believe it or not, Bethesda Bagels actually does a pretty good glazed donut.


jdc says: (12/3/19 1:50 PM)
Thanks Shogungts and conngs0! I'd love to take him to District Donuts if he wants to walk that far, or I guess we could ride the circulator. Bethesda Bagel may be the better choice, though he prefers only chocolate.


conngs0 says: (12/3/19 8:52 PM)
They might have chocolate covered donuts too. Or if the weather is good, just get a bunch from Dunkin and take them to Yards Park.


RMP says: (12/3/19 9:00 PM)
What's the deal with the makeshift front desk at Guild (a guy with a laptop at a folding table near the door)? I always thought it was ill-conceived to have a building of that size with no staff but there were also lots of rumblings that Brookfield is all about cost cutting. I guess they already realized it was a bad idea.

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