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It's time once again for a look at what Nats fans might find that's new *outside* the ballpark when they head to Half Street this season, other than far fewer fans wearing number 34 jerseys. (If you want to know what's new *inside* the ballpark food-wise, check out this Washington Post report.)
WHAT'S NEW, FOOD-WISE:
Let's start with what has opened since the end of last season:
(I know, one of these things is not like the others, but it still might be of interest.)
Circa and El Bebe are centrally located at 1st and M (kitty corner from Biersch), and will no doubt be big draws before and after games, with Circa offering a wide-ranging menu and Bebe going the tacos-and-tequila route. Both will have lots of outdoor seating, too. Wiseguy Pizza opened in October at Canal Park at 2nd and M, offering both slices and pies (and brews), while its Altani Gelato and Coffee offering is supposed to gear up soon. As for Whole Foods, well, you never know what organic offerings you might need before or after a game. It's at New Jersey and H, just south of the freeway. Not pictured is Bluestone Lane, a coffee shop next to Circa on M Street west of 1st.
WHAT'S COMING SOON, FOOD-WISE:
We'll start with what will be of most interest to stadium-goers, Walters and Dacha:
It looks like fairly soon (April?) we'll see the opening of these two new offerings within steps of the ballpark, albeit on completely different sides of the stadium. Walters Sports Bar will be at South Capitol and N (on the ground floor below Mission and across from the Geico Garage), offering, well, sports bar-y stuff.
Meanwhile, across from the "grand staircase" at 1st and Potomac (and next to the Salt Line), Dacha is prepping to open its second location, serving comfort food inside and offering a large beer garden on the plaza by the Anacostia River.
WHAT'S COMING LESS SOON, FOOD-WISE:
Sit down restaurants Albi (and wine bar-sibling Maxwell) and the Shilling Canning Company should be coming to the Yards later this year, as well as ramen shop Hatoba.
However, mark your calendars for 2020, when all of the retail space in all of the current construction projects starts to come on line. Of most interest of course will be Half Street just north of the ballpark, where JBG Smith's West Half residential building is expected to welcome two highly anticipated ground-floor offerings: a second location for Ivy City's Atlas Brew Works and The Commons (or is it the Gatsby?), a two-story 300-seat "contemporary with an upscale diner feel" restaurant. And, before I could even get this post published, news arrived that West Half will also be home in 2020 to Compass Coffee, Union Kitchen Grocery, and Cold Stone Creamery.
Meanwhile, across the street, the 1250 Half Street apartment building will house Punch Bowl Social, the "eatertainment" venue that pairs a "scratch-made menu and craft beverage program" with pinball, skee-ball, karaoke, video games, bocce, bowling, and more, will occupy two floors facing Half Street, likely early in 2020.
Check out my Food Options map for what's still around and for a fuller look at the coming attractions into 2020.
WHAT'S NEW BUILDING-WISE:
I know nobody is still reading, but I can't bear to not talk about the construction that continues on all around the ballpark, starting with the vastly changed streetscape that stadium-goers will be met with on Half Street (as seen here).
On the west side of the street, the aforementioned West Half project (the funnel-y building) will have 420 rental units along with its scads of retail offerings. Then, across the street on the east side, there are two residential projects in one, the 1250 Half Street apartments facing Half and the "eNvy" (don't @ me) condo building facing N, both of which should see move-ins starting in 2020.
What about all of the other buildings that are under construction? Let me give you a brief summary:
* That beige building with the curved glass right at South Capitol and M? That's the new headquarters for the National Association of Broadcasters.
* That brown-brick sliver of a building at 3rd and Tingey behind USDOT? That's going to be a Thompson Hotel, a boutique offering that is also expected to have a full-service restaurant and rooftop bar by Danny Meyer's Union Square Hospitality Group, the people behind Shake Shack and a whole lot more, probably in 2020.
* That hole in the ground at 2nd and M? It'll be the new HQ of the District Department of Transportation.
* Every other building under construction? Apartments. Take a look at my map at the top of every page of my site for details on each one.
There. That was easy.
(Check back for a link to DDOT's press release on How to Get to the Ballpark, 2019 Edition, which they've e-mailed but not yet posted.)
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Gamble Rogers says: (3/26/19 9:22 PM)
The constant changes to the neighborhood are mind-boggling, JD.

And your annual “what’s new around Nats Park” is a rite of spring for us seven loyal JD Land readers (we know who we are)!

We’re still posted overseas but can’t wait to come back home this summer and check out the tacos and tequila and wine bars and gelato and...

Who would have thunk that in 2019 the neighborhood wouldn’t have either Bryce or Nicoletta — and no one would miss either?


202_cyclist says: (3/26/19 9:36 PM)
Any update on the movie theater?


JD says: (3/26/19 9:49 PM)
Oops, yeah, Nicoletta. I guess it is coming finally, but I have been burned too many times. So that's my excuse for not including it, not that I just forgot or anything.:)

You will not recognize the Hood when you get back.



jdc says: (3/27/19 9:52 AM)
There was a time, although brief, where I had eaten at every establishment in JD Land (or at least sampled a beverage). I don't see that time ever coming again, unless folks would like to crowd source me taking a week off work and eating/drinking all day, every day, for a week.


Edna says: (3/27/19 2:59 PM)
RE: #34 - At the top of your West Half page there's a rendering of the building, and in the foreground is a boy sporting a Harper shirt.

(oops, image URL included with this comment didn't work!)



Jaybird says: (3/27/19 5:18 PM)
NBC News 4 just had a look at JDLand and gave her a photo credit.


Dan says: (3/27/19 5:56 PM)
@Edna- Nonsense. If you look closely, it's clearly a "Herber" #34 shirt :)


JD says: (3/27/19 6:14 PM)
Walters having an open house tomorrow, since they couldn't make the Opening Day target for actual opening.



202_cyclist says: (3/28/19 11:00 AM)
NATS! NATS! NATS!

Also, the mid-century modern facade for Dacha looks great!


CJBabyDaddy says: (3/28/19 11:49 AM)
@Dan: My wife was a huge Herber fan from Day One and has been inconsolable ever since the Philly deal was signed. She got to greet him in RF right before the start of the 2014 J Zimm no-hitter wearing her Herber jersey. I got some great pics. In May 2015, he spotted her jersey and threw her a warm-up ball to keep. She’s now buried the ball, the pics, the jersey and her Herber bobblehad collection in a closet. If you are startled by any loud, mournful wailing coming from Section 205 today, I apologize now on her behalf.


jdc says: (3/29/19 9:53 AM)
Anyone catch the story about proposed Half Street improvements leading to ballpark? link I had thought that something like this was shot down already?


JD says: (3/29/19 10:02 AM)
It was always the plan. Just no lights strung across the street!


MJM says: (3/29/19 10:10 AM)
Dryy is opening any month now too


monkeyrotica says: (3/29/19 2:22 PM)
The Food Options Map should include a link to Taco City. The place has been packed since it got mentioned in the Post as one of the Top Ten Taco places in DC.

(oops, image URL included with this comment didn't work!)





dcgent says: (3/29/19 4:55 PM)
A bit more info on the pizzeria that will never arrive link


JD says: (3/29/19 9:27 PM)
Yes, will do. Mr JDLand would surely have been among the throngs.


bdj says: (3/29/19 10:42 PM)
@monkeyrotica - Taco City is fantastic! Great for them they got the mention, and sucks I won't be able to go back for a little.

Altani Gelato opened today. I walked by with the dog and looked like they have plenty of flavor options.


Ampersand says: (3/29/19 11:40 PM)
I saw that gelato was happening thanks to a timely retweet from JD (thanks!) so at 9:30pm I headed down with my gf to check things out. The owner was serving and insisted that we try basically every single flavor, which were all fantastic. Then the gelato chef (?) came out and insisted we try the ones we missed the first time. They were so friendly, and we had a great time chatting with them. We’ll be back often. Super highly recommended. (Though they said it’ll remain a “soft opening” for a while as they get the recipes and flavors ironed out.)


jdc says: (4/1/19 10:07 AM)
So happy to see no April 1st post on JD Land.


JD says: (4/1/19 10:09 AM)
@jdc, yeah, not really my thing (not to mention that so many of the ones out there are just not funny and not fooling anyone). Also, tbh, April 1 is/was my wedding anniversary (no fooling!), so my thoughts are usually elsewhere.


100CapCaucus says: (4/1/19 10:48 AM)
Does anyone know what's going on under 395 in front of Whole Foods across H ST? I walked through there yesterday and it's a mess with graffiti, trash and homeless.


202_cyclist says: (4/1/19 11:05 AM)
@100CapCaucus:

Much of the graffiti is for the skate park under I-395.

“Skateboarding is not a crime.”


202_cyclist says: (4/1/19 3:37 PM)
It looks like Truckeroo will be back at the Bullpen this year.

link

Does anyone know which concerts will be at Nats Park this summer?


MJM says: (4/2/19 10:08 AM)
Can anyone speak to why no lights across Half St yet by the Rhode Island metro stop they have lights strung across the street? Is it the 100 Sticks of DC just don't want those lights at Half St?


202_cyclist says: (4/2/19 11:25 AM)
There was some discussion on the Navy Yard Facebook group yesterday about construction activity at 11th and M Street, SE. Has anyone heard about this?


CJBabyDaddy says: (4/3/19 7:01 AM)
MJM: For those of us not up-to-date on our DC Sticks, who is/are the 100?


202_cyclist says: (4/3/19 7:10 AM)
Welll, the Phillies fans promise to be insufferable today.


CJBabyDaddy says: (4/3/19 9:27 AM)
202: As annoying as they can be, we sorta gift-wrapped everything for them. We have only our(Lerner)selves to blame.


202_cyclist says: (4/3/19 4:18 PM)
Crap, our bullpen is awful.


JD says: (4/3/19 4:25 PM)
As is our base running.


CJBabyDaddy says: (4/3/19 4:29 PM)
They’re each worse than the other.


202_cyclist says: (4/3/19 4:36 PM)
It's not like our bullpen wasn't awful last year either and we didn't have six months do do something about this...


JD says: (4/3/19 4:37 PM)
It's been bad for at least three seasons.


JD says: (4/3/19 4:59 PM)
On the bright side, we're not the only team with a bad bullpen.


CJBabyDaddy says: (4/3/19 5:25 PM)
That should replace “One Pursuit.”

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