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Word has filtered my way that Justin Ross's new venture The Big Stick is opening for business at 5 pm today, Dec. 18, in the ground floor of 20 M Street on the northwest corner of Half and M, SE.
Justin tells me that it will be a limited menu for the first few days, and of course there's always some kinks to be worked out, but open is open. As we've found out, the menu will be centered around a beer-and-sausages lineup, with other European-type offerings as well.
Believe it or not, this is the first new (non-temporary) retail establishment to open on Half Street, SE since the revival of Near Southeast began in the late 1990s. If you had told me when the announcement of the site choice for Nats Park was made in September 2004 that it would take a decade to see the opening of just one restaurant on Half Street, well, it's fair to say I would not have believed you.
If you go, give a report in the comments.
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JES says: (12/19/14 10:36 AM)
JD, I saw some menu pics on twitter. Did you go? How was it?


JD says: (12/19/14 12:28 PM)
Mr. JDLand and I did go--I had the polish sausage and he had the half smoke, and we shared the fried cheese curds. I certainly was happy with it. (especially the cheese curds, because fried cheese, I mean, seriously)


Whatevs says: (12/21/14 6:02 AM)
Technically, there still isn't a restaurant on Half St. SE since the formal address of TBS uses a M St. SE designation....


JD says: (12/21/14 9:29 AM)
There is a door into the Stick from its Half Street frontage.


Whatevs says: (12/21/14 10:31 AM)
Sideye...


Jaybird says: (12/21/14 3:58 PM)
We went for lunch and enjoyed it. Love the baseball bats cut off, and the beer list is great. Server was very friendly. Food probably won't be award winning but good enough. This will be the place to be for games.

How many days?



NatsFan says: (12/22/14 9:15 AM)
We went on Opening Night. Food was decent...we each got a sausage and an app of fried pickels and jalepno. Fried pickles were good, but it was a very small portion and there were no jalepnos. So not sure if it was just opening day oversight. The sausages were also legit. Main complaint is they were 9 dollars a piece with no sides?!?!?! Seems VERY steep. For a sauasge with no sides, I'm thinking it needs to be in the 5 dollar range. I'll go there to drink beers (assuming they have HH specials like Justins), but probably wont go there to eat.

Looking forward to the a sweet outdoor patio space when the weather gets nice too.

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