will be coming to Dock 79, and signage now confirms that. It will occupy the space along the riverwalk on the building's southwest corner--closest to Bardo, for some hot beer garden-on-beer garden action.
* PUNCH BOWL SOCIA
L: Less way back, in May, it was announced
that "eatertainment" venue Punch Bowl Social
will occupy 24,000 square feet on two floors at 1250 Half Street
, aka the residential building that will soon fill the Half Street Hole directly north of Nats Park. To quote from the press release, Punch Bowl "has made a name for itself with its remarkably balanced execution of the eat, drink, play concept, pairing a Chef Hugh Acheson designed, southern inspired scratch-made menu and craft beverage program with social activities including pinball, skee-ball, karaoke, vintage video games, bocce, bowling, and more."
* STEADFAST SUPPLY
: The "unique marketplace
that connects brands with consumers" has opened anew, now at the Boilermaker Shops
on Tingey Street in the space formerly occupied by Hugh & Crye. Hours are 12-6 pm Tuesdays-Sundays. (Alas, I got my photo about 24 hours too soon, so it's out of date already, but "progress, not perfection" is the current JDLand motto.)
* OTHER COMING SOONS
: While wandering a week ago, I procured photographic evidence of the work going on at Roti
on 1st Street, as well as some of the recent Coming Soon window signage that I don't think I have posted, for Cava Grill
next door to Shake Shack at the Homewood Suites
at 50 M, and both the Juice Laundry
and Cosmopolitan Nail Salon
. (I didn't get Eighteen Eight Salon
because I know I posted that at some point. Not sure if I missed window signage for Shilling Canning Company
A Photo Tour of Insignia on M; Bethesda Bagels Opening June 3
Jun 2, 2017 8:54 AM
The JDLand camera shook off the cobwebs on Thursday and took a tour of Insignia on M
, the new 324-unit apartment building at the corner of New Jersey and M, SE.
The full gallery is here
, and it was good timing that the visit came on the first non-gloomy day in what felt like weeks, since the bright sunlight (remember that?) gives many of the photos, especially from the roof, some added pop.
The final stop on the tour was at the building's first retail tenant, where the official word came that Bethesda Bagels will open for business at 6:30 am tomorrow, Saturday, June 3.
For actual information about the building, check out the official web site
, or to be reminded of the "befores" of 1111 New Jersey, see my project page
Here's a sampling of shots, but there's plenty more in the full gallery
Slipstream Now Open at New Jersey and I
May 29, 2017 10:20 PM
Judging by the packed house at 11:45 Memorial Day morning, very few of you need me to tell you that Slipstream Coffee and Libations
has now opened its second DC location, in the ground floor of the ORE82
apartment building at New Jersey Avenue and I Street, SE.
My lack of interest in coffee and coffee-like beverages is well documented by this point, so I will just leave it to the JDLand Commentariat to weigh in with their opinions. But it is always nice to welcome a new retail outpost to the neighborhood.
(And I got a nice chuckle out of the line of people marching directly from next-door neighbor Orangetheory Fitness right into Slipstream. Hope they burned a lot of calories first!)
Slipstream is just the first of a mini-wave of arrivals, with reports via the Commentariat that the Salt Line is apparently coming this week
and Bethesda Bagels is in Any Minute Now mode
Unfortunately, there is also apparently a farewell, as reader JH_105 reported that a sign at the register says that Congressional Cleaners, in the ground floor of Capitol Hill Tower, is closing permanently on June 14. which is just two weeks short of the 10th anniversary of its opening. Which would also make it two weeks short of the 10th anniversary of it getting robbed just a few hours after it opened
. Things were different then.
(PS: I'm still very much in and out. Patience requested, noted, and truly appreciated.)
Tidbits for Tuesday: Chop't Preview at F1rst; 769N Groundbreaking
May 1, 2017 7:30 PM
Two items being posted Monday that are literally Tuesday Tidbits:
* The first retail offering at F1rst
has almost arrived, as salad purveyor Chop't is opening its doors
on Tuesday for a "preview," from 10:30 am to 2 pm and again from 5 pm to 7:30 pm (or until they run out of food). It's a "Chop't Gives Day," meaning that for a $2 donation to the DC Central Kitchen
, guests will receive a complimentary salad.
I do not have a recent photo of the Chop't exterior, but here's what @JRogers202 sent out on Twitter
last week. Also, the official address for Chop't is 1257 1st Street, SE, if yiou are needing exact coordinates.
* A press release has gone out announcing a ceremonial ribbon cutting on Tuesday at the still-as-yet-unnamed DC Housing Authority mixed-income residential project on the south side of L Street between 2nd and 3rd known for now as "Square 769N
The glitterati will be there to wield shovels to herald the "start" of construction on the next phase of the Hope VI redevelopment of the old Capper/Carrollsburg
housing project, which will bring 179 rental units including 36 affordable apartments immediately to the east of the Canal Park ice rink block. (Pay no attention to those piles already in the ground
(Also note that in the above drawing, the 769N apartment building is the one on the left, as seen from Canal Park--to the right is the long-planned but still in limbo 250 M Street
Latest Restaurant Announcement: Shilling Canning Company, to Arris
Apr 6, 2017 8:57 AM
Word filtered out last week
, and was confirmed to me a few days ago, that Arris
has landed another restaurant: the Shilling Canning Company, centered around mid-Atlantic cuisine, is expected to open by early 2018.
Chef Reid Shilling is at the helm of this "rustic combination of Mid-Atlantic cooking and Californian finesse," according to the press release, and will be working with "local growers and purveyors to source the best in fresh ingredients from the Mid Atlantic, from proteins that will be butchered in house, to seafood carefully selected from local fishermen."
The restaurant is named for the small canning business that Shilling's family operated in Maryland from 1935 to 1958.
It will have 75 seats, and additional outdoor seating as well. There will also be a wood-burning grill and wood-fired brick oven, allowing for pizza to be on the menu. There will also be a raw bar.
Chef Shilling has previously worked at numerous restaurants, including Thomas Keller's Bouchon Bistro and most recently at The Dabney
here in DC,
Open Thread, For a Spell
Mar 7, 2017 10:06 AM
My focus is now zeroing in on a very targeted area in my world, so I am going to be pulling back from full-sized posts here for the foreseeable future. I may still pop up in the comments, and may find a moment or two to pipe up for whatever reason on Twitter
, but for now my time is best spent elsewhere. Continued thanks to the "erstwhile" JDLand commenters for keeping the chatter up in my absence.
But at least before I go I can post links to the news of Dacha coming to Dock 79
, and that maybe a bowling alley will go into some of the retail space
in the Jair Lynch residential/retail project above the Half Street Hole just north of Nats Park. And a reader reports this morning that steel beams have arrived at the NAB HQ site
at South Capitol and M, so work might be starting there.
And thanks to everyone for your patience and good thoughts in these past months.
A Sit-Down Restaurant for Arris: Chloe Coming in Fall 2017
Feb 23, 2017 9:32 PM
It was announced on Thursday that fall 2017 is expected to see the opening at Arris
of Chloe, a multi-genre restaurant from Chef Haidar Karoum, late of Estadio, Doi Moi, and Proof.
The press release says that "Chloe will be a showcase of Karoum's personal culinary journey, including his Lebanese roots and extensive travel around Western Europe and Southeast Asia, all grounded in and linked by the seasonal bounties of the mid-Atlantic."
It will have 103 seats inside, with counter seating for 14 at an open kitchen and another 27 spots in the bar, plus 32 outdoor seats for warm months (like February?).
Washingtonian has much more about the venture
, including a couple of renderings of the interior, one of which seems to hint that the restaurant will be located in the corner space at 4th and Tingey, but I am trying to confirm the exact location for sure.
Restaurant News: Declaration to F1rst; Cava Grill to 50 M; Bardo Latest
Feb 17, 2017 12:03 PM
* The first sit-down restaurant at the F1rst
development has been reported by WBJ
, a 3,500-square-foot restaurant from the Presidential Restaurant Group
, which is Lincoln and Teddy & the Bully Bar as well as the first Declaration at 8th and V NW. WBJ says that it will be in the ground floor of the Residence Inn next door to the actual F1rst apartment building, and will have entrances from both the street and the hotel lobby. It also will apparently "be significantly larger and therefore offer a broader menu" than the V Street location, including "Philadelphia-oriented menu items." This location "aims to open by the end of 2017." It joins the previously announced F1rst lineup of Taylor Gourmet
, Rasa Indian Grill
, and Roti
* Also reported by WBJ, Cava Grill
has signed a lease
to open in the Homewood Suites
on the northeast corner of Half and M, SE, which expectant taste buds may also know as the location-to-be for Shake Shack
* Bardo says
that its new riverfront brewery location on Potomac Avenue across from Nats Park "will open sporadically" between now and April, based on the weather, on a weekend-by-weekend basis.
Welcome to 2017: All is Quiet on Tidbits Day
Jan 1, 2017 2:08 PM
Cleaning out the hopper:
* FIVE GUYS
: There's paper over the windows at the Five Guys on 2nd St., SE, but the official web site says
(and a source has said the same) that this is a temporary closure, for some interior "refresh" work.
: The neighborhood's newest fitness offering
will be opening in ORE 82
at New Jersey and I in March, but starting Tuesday, Jan. 3, pre-sales of "founding memberships"
* EAGLE ACADEMY
: The charter school at 1017 New Jersey Avenue will be relocating
after this school year ends to Naylor Road SE in Ward 8, "after recently learning that its leased facility in Ward 6 will be sold by the building's owner in August 2017." I imagine questioning eyes will now turn to the garage next door at New Jersey and L, wondering if its days are numbered as well, and if a developer is assembling the New Jersey-facing parcels on Square 740 for some future project.
* OH SAY, CAN YOU HEAR:
If within the past month or so you've suddenly started hearing the National Anthem in the air at 8 am, you're not alone
. (The Hill is Home)
There's probably more, but I've been awake for a good 90 minutes since my late-morning/early-afternoon nap and still need to get in my mid-afternoon nap before the game with the Washington Football Team gets underway.
But I'll add this, showing the view from the freeway
12 years ago today (Jan. 1, 2005) and a wider shot of the same general view back in August.
Roti Joining Chop't, Taylor, Chipotle, and Rasa at F1rst in 2017
Dec 21, 2016 9:59 AM
The headline about says it all, but for the sake of fleshing out a full post I'll write that it's been announced this morning that Mediterranean-style fresh-and-wholesome purveyor Roti
will be coming to the apartment project in the block north of Nats Park known as F1rst
It joins previously announced food offerings Taylor Gourmet, Chop't, Chipotle, and Rasa Indian Grill, and this morning's press release says that the retailers are all expected to open in Spring 2017 at the same time the F1rst residences will be completed.
F1rst will have 325 rental units, and a Residence Inn is being completed next door at the same time.
The official F1rst web site
has floor plans and additional information (plus the hours of their now-open leasing center trailer at 1st and N), and my project page
gives more details and history of the site. And my Food Options page
shows you the lineup of everything that's in the pipeline (scroll way way down).
McDonald's Closing For Good Today
Dec 13, 2016 6:55 AM
As first reported by commenter NJAve
late yesterday, and then confirmed on Twitter
(with photographic evidence) by another reader, the McDonald's at South Capitol and I Streets, SE, is closing today, Tuesday, Dec. 13.
It was about 14 months ago that word first started filtering out about plans to redevelop the site, and in early 2016 the designs were unveiled
for a two-phase project starting with a 380-unit apartment building at the corner of South Capitol and I. A raze permit has been filed for, and excavation and foundation permits are currently in process.
Until such time as McDonald's decides to deign the neighborhood south of the freeway with its presence again, the closest outlet
for Big Macs, Egg McMuffins, and the best fountain Diet Coke on the planet is at 4th and C, SW (though 15th and Pennsylvania SE is the closest drive-through, and perhaps the one in Crystal City on Route 1 is the quickest-closest).
See my 2 I project page
for more renderings, and photos. And maybe I'll throw this one out, for one last time. ("One last time / Relax, sit and have a Diet Coke with me / One last tiiiimmmeee.....")
Retail Update: Lots of 'Coming Soon' Signage
Dec 10, 2016 3:03 PM
Why, yes, I did spend part of my Saturday taking pictures of new-and-not-so-new signs in windows! (Also took lots of other photos, which will come soon.)
Both Orangetheory Fitness
and Slipstream Coffee
now have their locations well marked, in the new ORE 82
apartment building at New Jersey and I. Ditto Conte's Bike Shop
, on 4th Street just north of the Yards Park:
Elsewhere, I alas have to improvise, having either been too lazy to walk closer or too boneheaded to take a photo when I was actually standing right in front of the dang sign. But nonetheless here's evidence of Bethesda Bagels
, coming to Insignia on M
, and Shake Shack
, which recently received its building permit for its space at the Homewood Suites
, in the retail space at Cushing and M (a second space does not yet have any announced tenant):
(I'll resort to pointing you to photos I took in October
of the signage for both The Salt Line
and All-Purpose Pizzeria
, at Dock 79.)
In non-signage retail news, here's the current state of construction on the new District Winery
building at the Yards, along with photographic evidence that the shipping containers have indeed been removed from the southern two-thirds of the former Fairgrounds
footprint. They remain up by Half and M, however.
Everything mentioned here is expected to open in 2017, as are some other not-photographed venues. Scroll down below my Food Map
for the full list of announced-but-not-open offerings.
Juice Laundry Coming to Arris; Bardo License Approved, at Last
Dec 2, 2016 10:25 AM
(Sorry for short and sweet. My Own Private JDLand, etc. etc.
* The BID reports that Forest City has announced (I never hear about Forest City things directly anymore) that all-organic, vegan, and gluten-free juice bar and raw-food kitchen The Juice Laundry
will be coming to Arris
in the spring, its first location outside of its home base in Charlottesville. If you want a sneak preview, there's a pop-up version
of the Juice Laundry this weekend at the corner of 4th and Tingey, from 10 am to 6 pm today (Friday, Dec. 2) and tomorrow (Saturday, Dec. 3).
* Barred in DC says
that "the long saga for the Bardo River Brewery appears to be over," with Bardo and ABRA having entering into a consent order this week that will finally pave the way for a liquor license. Barred says that the order means that Bardo can be open until midnight, but is "required to create a security plan and maintain a comprehensive security camera system and cannot seek permission to have entertainment, such as live music or DJs." However, an "anonymous" comment
on Barred's post disputes these items, and says that Bardo "is still pursuing legal measures due to the delays ABRA's illegal actions caused." Gosh, I wonder who wrote that!
Chipotle Confirmed, Coming to F1rst in 2017
Oct 17, 2016 11:41 AM
Another fast casual dining option is being announced today, with word from the developers of the F1rst
apartment building that Chipotle
has signed a lease and is expected to open in Spring 2017, alongside previously announced options Taylor Gourmet, Chop't, and Rasa Indian Grill
A new rendering
accompanying the press release appears to show that Taylor, Chop't, and Chipotle will be in the three spaces on 1st immediately north of the residential entrance to F1rst.
Also speaking of F1rst, there is now a leasing center at the corner of 1st and N, nestled in the "L" of the Hampton Inn. Residences are also expected to be available in spring 2017.
It's getting hard to keep up with the 2017 lineup of offerings, so check out my Food Map
to stay up to date.
District Winery Popping Up, Parcel O Digging Down
Oct 17, 2016 8:55 AM
At 4th and Water Streets, SE
, the steel has started popping up for District Winery
, the winery/restaurant/events space coming in late 2017 to the Yards.
The official web site is online
, along with Facebook
, and Instagram accounts, though right now the site's links are mainly for how to reserve the events space for your wedding
or how to work for the winery
Here's a few more images, along with recognition that I need to get my act together and create a project page, though in the meantime you can read my previous posts
for more info.
Just to the winery's northeast, digging is well underway at Parcel O
, where a joint project is underway that will beget a 138-unit condo building by PN Hoffman and a 190-unit rental building by Forest City. There are hints that the condo building will be called The Bower,
though PN Hoffman's web site
hasn't quite gotten there yet. Completion is expected in 2018.
Rasa Indian Grill Slated for F1rst in 2017
Oct 14, 2016 2:16 PM
The Washington Post is reporting
that Rasa Indian Grill will be coming to the ground floor of the F1rst
apartment building on 1st Street SE between M and N in "summer 2017."
Says Food writer Tim Carman, "Patterned after fast-casual powerhouses such as Sweetgreen and Cava Grill, Rasa will try to fill a gap that the owners identified in the Indian dining market. While there are refined Indian restaurants (think: Rasika, Passage to India and Masala Art, among others) and mom-and-pop joints (Indigo, Bethesda Curry Kitchen, Tiffin, etc.), there are few places to order chicken curry in a hurry (outside such counter-service operations as Merzi in Penn Quarter and Spice 6 in Hyattsville and Fairfax)."
The article says that the restaurant isn't expected to "tone down the spice blends" for non-Indian palates, and that it will "emphasize vegetables as much as meats."
Read the Post piece
for more details, including the back story on the two owners, who are the sons of the co-owners of Indique in Cleveland Park and Bombay Bistro in Rockville.
Rasa joins previously announced offerings Taylor Gourmet and Chop't
at F1rst, which is the middle building in the above not-quite-so-recently-taken photo. A Residence Inn is being built next door. My F1rst project page
has more photos and details.
If you're having a hard time keeping track of what restaurants have been announced, my Food Map page
shows them (especially if you scroll down to the "Announced, But Not Yet Open" section). Next year looks to have a lot of new arrivals, including a second outlet of All-Purpose
, just named this week by the Post's Tom Sietsema as the #1 restaurant in the area
. Also announced as coming to the neighborhood in 2017 and beyond are Shake Shack
, Salt Line
, Bethesda Bagels
, District Winery
, Circa/Open Road
, and Due South "Dockside
." And given how much retail space is in the pipeline, there's probably a lot more announcements to come.
Bethesda Bagels Coming to New Jersey and M in 2017
Oct 4, 2016 7:50 AM
, purveyors of round food and assorted other delicacies, announced on Twitter
on Friday that it will be coming to the neighborhood "in early 2017," and confirmed under tough questioning
that their location will be in Insignia on M
, the new 324-unit apartment building on its way to completion on the northwest corner of New Jersey and M, just above the east entrance to the Navy Yard-Ballpark Metro station.
This will be Bethesda Bagels' third location, alongside its shops in Bethesda (duh) and at Dupont Circle.
The Insignia building has approximately 11,000 square feet of ground-floor retail spaces that both face M Street as well as at the corner of New Jersey and L, and this is the first news of a tenant. (I *think* BB will be in one of the spaces along M, but I don't yet have confirmation
Chix Now Open on Half Street SE
Sep 20, 2016 8:39 AM
After a few days of "soft" openness, Latin-flavored "green eatery" Chix
is now open
at 1210 Half St., SE, just south of the Navy Yard-Ballpark Metro station and next door to Buffalo Wild Wings, in the block north of Nats Park, in the ground floor of 55 M Street
I have been out of town, and so apologies for the pre-opening photo accompanying this post, but you can check out Chix's Facebook page
(or this photo
from JDLand reader @JRogers202) to make up for my failure. (And I hope to make up for it myself before too long.)
Here's the menu for your perusal
. Hours have not yet been posted, but I have asked
and will update this post whence they arrive. UPDATE: Per this tweet
, hours are 11 am to 9 pm daily.
This is now the third restaurant right near the corner of Half and M SE, joining The Big Stick and the aforementioned BWW. The offering expected to arrive next at that central location is Shake Shack, which is targeting a spring 2017 opening
in the ground floor of the Homewood Suites
on the northeast corner of the intersection.
If you want to catch up with all of the nearby restaurant offerings (like Tom Boswell told you to
!), the JDLand Food Map
is at your service.
UPDATE, 24 HOURS LATER:
For the historical record.
Shake Shack Coming to Homewood Suites at Half and M
Aug 3, 2016 10:20 AM
The Washington Business Journal is reporting
this morning that Washington's fifth Shake Shack
outlet will be opening in 2017 in the ground floor of the Homewood Suites
currently under construction at Half and M Streets, SE.
The 2,800-square-foot space will of course be only about two blocks away from the neighborhood's other Shake Shack
, but this new one will not require a ticket to a baseball game to get your fix of burgers, crinkle fries, shake-like concretes, and other delicacies.
WBJ says that the lease is signed, and that the hotel itself is expected to open later this year. There is one additional retail space in the building that does not yet have an announced tenant.
Slipstream 'Crafted Coffee and Libations' Signed for ORE 82
Jul 15, 2016 8:47 AM
In its latest e-mail newsletter (no link yet), the Capitol Riverfront BID announced that retail broker Rappaport announced that Slipstream
will be coming to ORE 82
, the 227-unit apartment building at New Jersey and I that's expected to be completed late this year.
Slipstream's mission statement says that it aims "to elevate coffee and cocktails from seemingly common to extraordinary through engaging service, a comfortable atmosphere and a relentless focus on quality." Its first DC location is on 14th Street NW south of Rhode Island Avenue, not far from Logan Circle.
for the 14th Street location shows not only coffee at all hours and cocktails, beer, and wine from 8 am to close (wheeee!), but menus of sandwiches, bowls, toasts, and soup served for breakfast/lunch until 3 pm and meats, cheeses, salads, snacks, bowls, and toasts for dinner from 5 pm to closing, plus brunch on weekends. Whether that will be the same configuration at New Jersey and I is not yet clear.
All-Purpose Pizzeria Announced for Dock 79
Jul 15, 2016 8:07 AM
The second I posted the news of Slipstream
I realized I had forgotten one other restaurant announcement* that slipped through recently while I was otherwise occupied, which is that All-Purpose Pizzeria
has been announced as the second restaurant tenant at Dock 79, joining The Salt Line
All-Purpose is another venture from the folks behind Red Hen an Boundary Stone, with its first location having opened earlier this year at 1250 9th St., NW.
That location is open six days a week for dinner, and the the menu
has flights of cheese, cold and hot antipasti in addition to the centerpiece pizzas.
City Paper profiled All-Purpose
back in May, describing the process with a 650-degree oven that results in a crust "crunchy on the outside, chewy on the inside, and sturdy enough for the 'New York fold hold.'"
*Though, if you are a wise reader of the JDLand comments, you would already know about this, since we discussed passing references to this without any official announcement back in May.
The Brig Opening Softly at 4 pm Friday, June 17
Jun 15, 2016 4:15 PM
Not sure what I can write beyond this
is located on the northwest corner of 8th and L Streets, SE (1007 8th for your GPS). See my project page
for photos and links to posts on the long and winding road to this milestone. And see you all there for a JDLand Happy Hour at some point in the relative near future.
Due South Working on Plans for 'Dockside' on Yards Park Boardwalk
May 27, 2016 11:10 AM
In the wake of what is clearly a very successful venture at the Lumber Shed
, there are apparently now early-stage plans for "Due South Dockside," to be housed in two of the "bays" along the Anacostia Riverwalk near the pedestrian bridge in Yards Park
owner Bo Blair tells me that there will be a "streamlined menu of Due South's best items," along with frozen drinks, beers, and wines and a kids menu (presumably not including beers and wines).
An April 2017 opening date is being targeted. But I will note that there is apparently not yet a completed agreement with Forest City, as an inquiry to them about the plans was greeted with the standard statement about the company not commenting on any potential deals until a lease is signed.
The early plans were presented to ANC 6D's ABC committee earlier this week, and my understanding is that the committee voted to support a liquor license for the project.
Checking Out the New Kids at the Yards
May 26, 2016 10:11 AM
It's been rainy for so long that I forgot that I should actually go out and take photos when the sun is shining. So this morning I went for a quick visit to the Yards to finally get photos of the latest arrivals and soon-to-be-arrivals.
First, there's Philz Coffee
on Tingey Street, which already looks to be a popular addition to the neighborhood. (I'll leave it to folks who actually partake of this particular beverage to speak to the coffee itself.) The Conte's Bike Shop
pop-up is next door through this weekend, though its permanent space will be around the corner on 4th Street when it opens in 2017.
Next I pressed my camera up against the windows at Whaley's
, in advance of what I hope is a visit that involves actual eating before too much longer. (There's also this shot that better shows the high ceiling
of the space.)
The Yards Park Marina
is said to be opening in June, and the entrance to the slips is looking pretty close to ready. These three shots are a pseudo-panorama, showing the view from the entrance to the east (with a big hole in the horizon where the Barry should be), straight ahead down the ramp where vessels such as water taxis will be able to dock, and to the west. (The large gates will lock.) There will be 50 slips all told.
I did not take any photos of the other "news" in the Yards today, of some initial site work underway at the Parcel O
site on the southeast corner of 4th and Tingey. Don't look for a big hole to open up just yet, though.
Whaley's Announces May 16 Opening (Updated)
May 12, 2016 8:48 AM
: It looks like an Instagram post wasn't even quite solid enough of a source, as there's now been a press release that Whaley's
is officially opening on Monday, May 16. The web site has been updated with that date, and reservations can now be made.
And here's a peek inside
, from Washingtonian.
It was a little circuitous, but this evening on Instagram Whaley's announced
that it will be opening its doors on Saturday, May 14th.
(The folks on the Yards Instagram account "got too excited" and announced an earlier date, which the Whaley's Instagram account corrected in the comments, as seen in the screen shot.)
The official web site still says "Opening Soon
but the dinner and drinks menus are now posted
and the menus are "coming soon" as well (UPDATED
because I'm an idjit). The hours
(which I'm guessing are not the permanent ones) are listed as 5 to 10 pm Sunday through Wednesday and 5 to midnight Thursday through Saturday, with the kitchen closing at 11 pm.
The seafood and raw bar is located in the Lumber Shed
at the Yards Park, in the ground-floor space between Osteria Morini and Agua 301, facing the park's overlook and the Anacostia River.
The web site's About page gives the lowdown on the Whaley's theme, and that "there was indeed a man named Whaley," who was the commodore of the Maryland Navy early in the Revolutionary War, and then became the first casualty in the Maryland Navy in the Revolutionary War.
Philz Coffee Celebrating its Opening with Free Coffee May 13
May 9, 2016 7:47 AM
The neighborhood's next coffee offering is now apparently only days away from arriving, as Philz Coffee
has announced an opening "celebration" for its location in the ground floor of Arris
in the 300 block of Tingey St., SE, on Friday, May 13, with complimentary coffee and pastries from 11 am to 3 pm. (If you think you're going to swing by, let them know via this Eventbrite invite
so that they can gauge how many people will be coming.)
Full operating hours for Philz haven't yet been posted on either the corporate web site or the Yards location Facebook page
, but I imagine they will open at the crack of dawn as they do at their other locations. While waiting for that information, you can check out the menu of coffee and tea offerings
Open Road Coming to 99 M in 2018; A Look at Future Food
Apr 12, 2016 12:59 PM
You know I was feeling pretty sick in recent days if I couldn't even summon the energy to post the news that Open Road Bar and Grill will be coming
to the currently under construction 99 M Street
office building, in the space next to its already announced sibling Circa
on the southwest corner of 1st and M Streets, SE.
Those who read the JDLand comments got a sense a few weeks ago that something along these lines was coming when I posted this 99 M floor plan
showing "new bar concept by Circa," but good to now have Open Road officially named.
According to WBJ
, it's expected that the building will be finished in late 2017 (though it better start coming out of the ground pretty soon to meet that) and that the restaurants would open in mid-2018.
Open Road's Merrifield location has a pretty standard American Bar Food menu
, plus lots of beer options.
And the 99 M location already has a placeholder web site
This is the third restaurant announcement in recent days, joining news of Chix coming to Half Street
this summer and The Salt Line
coming to Dock 79
in 2017, and it occurred to me that people might be starting to lose track of what's in the pipeline. So, of course, I built a map
And while it's neat to see 11 food options in the pipeline (and I didn't even include Nicoletta
, because, well, they will need to re-earn my trust), it's also time to start thinking about the incredible amount of retail space in the pipeline.
has about 17,000 square feet of space left to lease, Insignia on M
has 11,000 sf, ORE 82
has 5,800 sf, 909 Half
has "significant" ground-floor retail space, Homewood Suites
has 4,800 sf, F1rst
has about 21,000 sf left in not only its ground floor but the cute little two-story building
it's planning at 1st and N, Dock 79
has about 12,000 sf remaining, and 1244 South Capitol
will have about 26,000 sf. And even 99 M still has another 2,300 sf of space remaining.
That's well over 100,000 square feet of as-yet-unspoken-for space that will be available just within the next two years, in addition to the smattering of space still available in existing buildings.
And adding in just the JBG
and Lynch Half Street
projects north of Nats Park would double that number by, say, 2019, as each are billing about 60,000 sf of retail and could be getting underway late this year or early next year. Which is why I left a lot of room on my Future Food map--and I bet it'll become a Future Food and Retail map before long.
One would think there is a whole lot of competition behind the scenes for all of this space. It will be interesting to watch.
Fast Casual Restaurant Chix Coming to Half Street in Summer 2016
Apr 5, 2016 1:39 PM
As first reported by Eat DC
and then press-release'ed today by PoPVille
, DC restaurant Chix
has announced it will be opening on Half Street this summer, in the space between Buffalo Wild Wings and the entrance to the Navy Yard-Ballpark Metro station, in the block north of Nats Park.
It's the restaurant's third location, and will be serving the same chicken and vegetarian dishes
as at the other spots. Chix describes itself as "a green eatery that is committed to providing natural, healthy, delicious, affordable, quick, Latin-flavored meals in a casual environment." The press release says that all of Chix's chicken is "naturally raised, certified antibiotic free, hormone free, halal and locally sourced from Shenandoah Valley Organic Farms in Harrisonburg, Virginia." And their motto is "Eat Responsibly."
It will be open seven days a week, with dine-in, takeout, and delivery service for lunch and dinner.
The neighborhood is becoming quite the poultry destination, with Chix joining B-Dubs next door, Bonchon up the street, and Nando's Peri-Peri a few blocks away.
'Top of the Yard' Rooftop Lounge at Hampton Inn Debuting
Apr 5, 2016 12:01 PM
While their web site says that a "grand opening" is still a few weeks away, the rooftop lounge at the Hampton Inn
dubbed "Top of the Yard
" * is apparently open for business, starting at 5 pm every day and with extended hours on days where games at the ballpark start earlier.
With its location immediately north of Nats Park
, and with a view of (most of) the field, it will probably be a destination of interest--and a few occupants were caught on camera during MASN's broadcasts this weekend, and I captured MASN capturing them on camera, as you see above.
The menu (scroll down on the official site
) features burgers and hot dog-type offerings along with "snacks and shareables." According to the Post's Going Out Guide
, the beer lineup is Budweiser-ish, with Bud, Shock Top, and Goose Island. The space will also be available to rent for private events.
I took some photos up on the roof back in December, right when the hotel opened, so the area wasn't quite finished yet, and the low winter sun made for less-than-optimal peeking into the ballpark, but here are some of those images, until I get up there to replace them. (Note that there are also lovely views of the rest of the neighborhood--see more photos here
I also hear tell that the Hampton is looking to open a sidewalk cafe where alcohol would be served.
I've now added this to my What's New Outside the Ballpark page
(if you need to catch up) and also my Food Map
* The logo on the official web site is "Top of the Yard," but all of the site's copy says "Top of the Yards." Looks like someone needs a copy editor.
Seafood Restaurant 'The Salt Line' to Open at Dock 79 in 2017
Mar 31, 2016 11:17 AM
The first news of a retail tenant at Dock 79
arrives today, with the news that "The Salt Line
," a seafood restaurant from the group behind Sixth Engine, Town Hall, and the Dubliner, will open in the Spring of 2017.
Featuring a "New England-inspired menu in a casual and relaxed 3,500-square-foot space with ample outdoor dining and an outdoor riverfront bar," the menu from Chef Kyle Bailey will have seafood and a raw bar at its heart, with "a selection of straightforward New England classics, along with Bailey's own intepretations on the regional fare, and a few Chesapeake Bay-influenced specials."
The restaurant will also have a lineup of regional craft beers and a "creative cocktail program."
The Salt Line will join Whaley's
, coming this spring, up river at the Lumber Shed, as seafood restaurants along the west bank of the Anacostia River. The name "Salt Line" apparently "pays homage to the delicate nature of DC's waterways, referring to the point in an estuary in which the water salinity transitions from salt to fresh water."
Dock 79 will have 305 rental units, and is expected to be finished later this year. It's on the site known in these parts as "Florida Rock," the old concrete plant footprint on the river just south of Nationals Park. It has 19,000 square feet of ground-floor retail space overall, facing both the Anacostia and the new plaza that is being built
between it and Diamond Teague Park.
The Brig Gearing Up for a Spring Opening. No, Really.
Mar 19, 2016 10:24 AM
Here's a good object lesson in reading the fabulous JDLand comment threads on a regular basis--because if you did, you would already know that on Friday, in the midst of the spirited discussion about the Bardo Big River liquor license
, a comment appeared
from the owner of the Brig
, the long (long long) in-process beer garden at 8th and L Streets, SE:
"the brig is on track to open in 30-60 days.
"Pavers are going in as are the 40 taps.
"More info and probably a big story after JD reads this.
"Bring your well behaved dogs here too.
"1007 8th Street SE at the corner of 8th and L."
And lo and behold, as my pictures from mere minutes ago attest, pavers are indeed going in, and temporary signage has appeared, and a new iron fence (currently still behind the existing cyclone fence).
There is still work to be done on the inside of the building, and then certificates of occupancy and health department approval, so I wouldn't carve any date in stone just yet, but the homestretch does appear to be in view.
The road to this point began all the way back in late 2010
with plans for a combination restaurant/beer garden
in a new building right on the corner. It spent most of 2011 in historic preservation review, then returned in 2013 with a simplified design
that eventually was approved, and a building permit was issued in November 2014, with construction getting underway in early 2015
. The work proceeded, shall we say, slowly, with the service building's exterior looking complete in November, but by then it was, well, winter.
When it does open, perhaps it will be a good spot for the next JDLand Happy Hour.
Liquor License Denied for Bardo Riverfront Project at Florida Rock
Mar 17, 2016 2:21 PM
Word has arrived today (h/t Barred in DC
) that the city's Alcohol Beverage Control Board has denied the application for a liquor license submitted by Bardo
for its proposed outdoor beer garden
and "neighborhood-oriented park
" on the west end of the Florida Rock
site, just across Potomac Avenue from Nats Park.
This was Bardo's second attempt
at a license for this site (having withdrawn the original application before a ruling was made), and a previous similar notion for the site was denied a liquor license
for similar reasons back in 2013.
You can read the entire ruling here
, but the gist of it is on page 2:
"While Bardo has presented a modified Application, the Board is not convinced that this new business plan alleviates the problems previously identified at this site. Specifically, the Board is still not convinced that an open air tavern has the capability to prevent unreasonable noise disturbances; that the neighborhood has a sufficient amount of parking; that Bardo can coexist or be included in the neighborhood's official traffic plan; that encouraging stadium attendees to cross Potomac Avenue, S.E., is safe; and that Bardo can exist without delaying or interfering with people and vehicles attempting to the leave Nationals Park after games or other events. Consequently, Board finds itself compelled to once again deny an application at this location."
However, this afternoon, there was this tweet
In the meantime, construction continues on the Dock 79
apartment building just to the east of the Bardo footprint, with leasing about to start and move-ins coming later in 2016.
Is the writing now perhaps on the wall/bulkhead for the notion of an outdoor drinking/congregation establishment on this site?
PS: It's probably worth emphasizing for people wandering through who don't read this stuff religiously that this is not the Fairgrounds site north of the ballpark.
Zoning Commission Gives Approval to District Winery Design
Feb 23, 2016 1:48 PM
On Feb. 18 the Zoning Commission unanimously approved the submitted plans for a new-construction building at the Yards
on the southwest corner of 4th and Water Streets
, SE, that is to be home to District Winery
, DC's first-ever winery (at least, as far as the owners can tell).
Brian Leventhal, one of the owners of both Brooklyn Winery
and the coming DC venture, told the commission that this will be a full commercial winery, processing fresh grapes brought in from various US locations (including Virginia).
And since "you can't have wine without food," there will also be a 90-seat interior restaurant open seven days a week, which will also have outdoor seating.
In addition, the 2nd floor will be an events space, which the winery hopes will become a "very coveted wedding space," as well as a location for corporate and political events. There will also be tours of the winery, and bottles will be available for purchase (with "Bottled in the District of Columbia" on the labels).
Leventhal also showed some slides of Brooklyn Winery's operations to the commission, which you can see here
Forest City's Jonathan Gertman testified that the company is targeting June 1 for the start of construction, and Leventhal said that they are hoping to be open by September of 2017. A liquor license is already in hand.
I posted a few weeks ago the early designs for the building
, which will be a sibling of sorts for the Lumber Shed
(and eventually there will be a third retail pavilion nestled between the two
). The image at the top of this post is a slightly more realized version, though note that the red dots and lines aren't actually part of the design (I grabbed it from the zoning filings). The entrances will be on the wall facing west toward the Lumber Shed, and the restaurant will be on the south end of the building, where outdoor seating will look toward the Anacostia River.
Other than concerns about whether a winery would be a permitted use or an associated use under the zoning overlay, and some small frustrations about not being exactly sure what the differences were between the original approvals back in 2009 and the new case, all the zoning commissioners were enthusiastic about the project and the design. Michael Turnbull said that "I think this is going to be such a cute little building, and I think it'll be a fun place to go," while Robert Miller called it a "very exciting project, a very attractive building, a unique activating use in this Yards area," and that he looks forward to sampling it.
The commissioners felt no need to request additional information or changes, and with the Office of Planning recommending approval, and with ANC 6D's unanimous vote in support earlier this month, the commission took final action and approved the case 5-0-0.
Whaley's, A Raw Bar/Restaurant, Coming to Lumber Shed
Feb 10, 2016 10:39 AM
The Washington Post's Tim Carman is reporting today
that the owners of DGS Delicatessen
are planning to open Whaley's
, a "small raw bar and restaurant" in the final ground-floor space of the Lumber Shed
at the Yards, facing the Anacostia River between Osteria Morini and Agua 301.
It will have a 40-seat dining room and a 20-seat bar, and "will offer shellfish towers, crudos and seafood dishes," but won't focus exclusively on Mid-Atlantic seafood--but "will serve only sustainable seafood, wherever it may be found."
The timeline sounds surprisingly fast--"this spring"--and there's already a placeholder web site at whaleysdc.com
This is not the first seafood raw bar attempted in this space--it was announced in the summer of 2014
that the Navy Yard Oyster Company would be opening there, but by July 2015 that venture fell by the wayside
In the WaPo article, Whaley's owner Nick Wiseman speaks of Crisfield's in Silver Spring and its "personal neighborhood feel" as a model for Whaley's--but also is "not naive" about the "seasonal nature" of the Capitol Riverfront neighborhood:
"'It's a place that, in the summer, it's booming, and we have to be special enough that people want to come in the winter,' he says. 'We're trying to design a restaurant that can do that.'"
And, just as I hit the button to post this, I received the press release from Forest City confirming the lease. It adds that the name "honors the Revolutionary War hero Zedechiah Whaley, commander of the tiny Maryland Navy. History holds that Commander Whaley was a casualty during a storied Chesapeake Bay battle while single-handedly confronting a small squadron of British ships in an effort to protect the local watermen."
The Forest City press release also has these details on other Yards projects, for those itching to know:
* Arris is to "welcome its first residents in early March";
* Philz Coffee is still planning to open in Arris's northwest corner, on Tingey, "this spring";
* District Winery
construction is expected to start this year, with opening expected in late 2017.
* The combo 191-unit Forest City apt bldg/138-unit PN Hoffman condo bldg at 4th and Tingey on "Parcel O
" to start in 2016 as well, but doesn't say when.
Impressionistic First Peek at District Winery's Yards Park Building
Feb 1, 2016 5:02 PM
Recent zoning filings are giving interested observers (i.e., me, and most likely you) a watercolor'ed early rendering of the new Yards Park "pavilion" expected to be home to District Winery
, a "boutique" winery/restaurant/event space on the southwest corner of 4th and Water Streets, SE
As described in the filings, the winery "will produce premium small batch wines served on the premises and occasionally sold in bottles for patrons to consume elsewhere. Guests will be able to tour the winery, taste wines at the wine bar, have dinner at the restaurant and reserve the second floor venue for a private event, such as a wedding receptions, corporate event or private function." It will have a capacity of 750 persons, with 450 seats.
The filing goes on to say that the winery, the "first of its kind" in DC, is expected to open in the fall of 2017.
The drawing above is the view as seen from the Yards Park, on the southwest side of the building (so, as if you are walking east from Osteria Morini). Here are slightly less impressionistic but still early drawings of the elevations from all four sides (click to enlarge):
There will eventually be a third pavilion positioned between the winery and the Lumber Shed
--the filing says that Forest City is "working on securing a retail tenant(s)" and that it will "most likely be a restaurant."
The zoning hearing for the winery is scheduled for February 18. This plan was supported by ANC 6D in a 7-0-0 vote on Jan. 11, "contingent upon the execution of a mutually agreed construction management plan."
Soft Opening Tonight at Il Parco
Jan 30, 2016 3:53 PM
If you are wandering by Canal Park tonight (Saturday) and see the lights on in the former Park Tavern space, it's a soft opening for Il Parco
, the new Neapolitan-style pizza/Italian restaurant.
The doors are opening around 5:30 pm, with a limited menu being served for just a few hours (or until the pizza dough runs out).
A Blizzard of Friday Tidbits: Il Parco Signage and More
Jan 22, 2016 9:31 AM
I am briefly emerging from the JDLand Weather Monitoring Bunker to pass along these items--feel free to talk all things snow (or anything else) in the comments. (The photo is from Feb. 2010, between the two big snow storms, just one of many I took that day
. And no, I'm not going to call it #snowmageddon.)
* IL PARCO:
A reader reports this morning that a sign is being hoisted on the Park Tavern building at Canal Park
for "Il Parco
," with a pizza slice-type icon. I haven't heard anything about how close it is to opening, but the sign should be a good, um, sign. (I expect to have a photo as soon as the official JDLand stringer gets moving.)
: And now the stringer has come through!
* WEEKEND HOURS
: According to Twitter, Scarlet Oak will be open
all weekend, while TaKorean will be open today
(Friday) from 11 to 2 and then closed Saturday. Osteria Morini is closing tonight
at 8 pm, then will be closed Saturday but is expecting to reopen on Sunday
. The Big Stick
is closing its kitchen at 5 pm tonight until Monday, but expects the bar to operate on normal hours. Justin's will be offering
an "extremely limited menu" from tonight at 5 pm through Sunday. Ice Cream Jubilee is closed today and Saturday
but expects to be open on Sunday. I will update if other restaurants announce hours.
is "currently open with a limited menu". Due South is open
all weekend (see down in the comments for the list of their Snow Daze Drink Specials). Aura Spa
is closed for the weekend.
ANOTHER: Nando's is closing
all its DC locations at 8 pm tonight, reopening Sunday at noon.
Everyone will be crushed to hear that the Virginia Avenue Tunnel demolition will be on hold
until Monday morning at 5:30 am. Weekend work will be limited to snow removal and "maintenance of traffic controls."
: Agua 301 is open tonight
, with happy hour drink specials from 3:30 to close. Hugh & Crye is closed
until Monday morning.
* BRIDGE PARK DEEP DIVE
: WaPo's Jonathan O'Connell takes a long look at the 11th Street Bridge Park
and what it might mean for neighborhoods east of the river should it ever be built.
* BILLY JOEL
: The Piano Man is going to be "the first artist ever to play Nationals Park three times," with this week's news of a show scheduled for Saturday, July 30
* RESIDENT SNOW INFO
: ANC commissioner Meredith Fascett has this lineup of tidbits
about city storm preparations and items residents need to know. And snow.dc.gov
is another good resource.
Keep an eye on my Twitter account
for retweets of openings and closings. So far, Bluejacket and TaKorean have said they are closed today, while Willie's and Due South are open. I'll keep updating when I can tear my eyes away from my window.
Bluejacket is open at 1:30, and Morini is open at 2 pm, both with limited menus.
Agua 301 is opening at 3pm.
Due South and Scarlet Oak are open.
Justin's and the Big Stick are open for libations, but the kitchens are closed.
Ice Yards has been moved to Jan. 30.
TaKorean and Ice Cream Jubilee are closed.
The Canal Park Ice Rink is closed, too.
A Speedy Summary of 2015's High Points
Dec 31, 2015 11:28 AM
With a few hours to spare before the year ends, I present to you a Pics-and-Clicks summary of the big moments in Near Southeast/Capitol Riverfront/Navy Yard/Near Capitol Ballpark River Yards (#NeCaBaRY) in 2015.