says: (1/10/21 1:31 PM)
Happy New Year, JD! There are, unfortunately, inevitable similarities between this year and the "old year" and there likely will be times when it feels like we're moving backwards, but it isn't the same. It's like the days getting progressively longer - you don't notice the progress on a daily basis, but it's happening. Hang in there!
says: (1/11/21 6:47 AM)
Happy (!) New Year, JD! It's good to hear from you again. I certainly miss the JDLand neighborhood, Fr. Andy Gonzalo at St. Vincent de Paul Church, and WiseGuy Pizza.
Any news from JDLand will be happily received from out here in exile.
says: (1/12/21 9:18 AM)
Happy New Year and take care JD! Thanks for everything you are doing.
says: (1/12/21 11:55 AM)
JD -and everyone else— Happy New Year?
Wasn’t coronavirus supposed to miraculously go away in April (2020)?
says: (1/12/21 10:06 PM)
JDeeeeeeeeeeeeeee! Yay! 2021’s starting to turn around!
says: (1/14/21 8:06 AM)
Thanks for keeping the site going JD. It is an outstanding resource and always fun to check in on. Anyways, I noticed yesterday that an AC Hotel and Rooftop bar are going to be the tenants at the one of the three new buildings on New Jersey opposite Park Chelsea and Whole Foods. I would imagine that bar will be a big draw city-wide with the view of the Capitol.
says: (1/15/21 8:42 PM)
Look's like a new sports bar with the exact same layout is going in at the old Willie's spot
says: (1/22/21 12:19 PM)
Window wrap is now up for Tap99 so I guess that is still happening.
says: (1/22/21 9:23 PM)
@bdj - went by there tonight and the only difference (aesthetically) that I could see is that the lighting seems to be much darker with a lot of blue light under the bar and even the overhead lights. It's almost like they are going for a lounge feel - and a dated one at that.
Sadly (IMO) this looks even less appealing than the previous iteration.
says: (1/25/21 8:30 AM)
Seems like a rebranding for the existing Capitol Yards buildings, to include the new "Illume" buildings: link
says: (1/27/21 2:07 PM)
Bearded Goat opening Feb 1st per their newsletter.
says: (2/1/21 4:56 PM)
Updated renderings for the office building planned for Parcel F at The Yards
says: (2/8/21 1:43 PM)
The wall of TVs at Willie's meant it was pretty much just a sports bar anyhow. Not sure why they didn't just lean into that, rather than even trying with the (unimpressive, IMO) BBQ.
says: (2/16/21 12:54 PM)
@westnorth - I don't think the BBQ was a bad idea as they aren't any BBQ options nearby (never mind good ones).
The original chef tied to it (Rock Harper) was a bit of a celebrity chef as he was on a season of Hell's Kitchen (but left after ~year). I am not sure if he is the one that pushed for BBQ, but they apparently spent $60K on a smoker so I am guessing after that expenditure they decided to stick with it for a while:
"The restaurant has a huge, $60,000 smoker that can fit four whole pigs into it. That means they'll be smoking up everything from pulled pork and ancho-rubbed brisket to St. Louis ribs and jerk chicken, with four different sauces. "
But the place overall (including BBQ) was just very bleh. I am sure it didn't help that it was part of the Xavier Capitol Hill empire of very mediocre restaurants that really started going downhill shortly after Willie's opened.
says: (2/16/21 12:56 PM)
But I agree that they could just have some decent sports bar food and a mix of cheap beer and decent beer and do just fine.
As far as BBQ, I really wish that Federalist Pig would consider opening an location in Navy Yard or Capitol Hill.
says: (2/16/21 2:32 PM)
Not sure this Washingtonian "exclusive"it adds much to what has already come out but the name, Stacks, was new to me for Akridge's Buzzard Point big development that should provide some new dining options near the ballpark...Looks like my bike rides around that Point will have construction to watch for years to come link
says: (2/16/21 3:20 PM)
And more pics of what's coming nearby: "As the first phase of The Yards continues build-out and plans surface for the second phase, Brookfield Properties is sharing the first views of the pedestrian-friendly street that will bisect the Anacostia Riverfront development. Yards Place will be a curbless, cobblestone street running between Navy Yard Metro and Diamond Teague park on the waterfront. The street will be multi-modal and pedestrian-friendly and will span the six blocks of Phase II, just west of New Jersey Avenue and continuing south to the river." link
says: (2/21/21 9:31 AM)
more from slightly outside JDLand, at the reborn Coast Guard headquarters on Buzzard Point. Woodburning grilled fish place from the folks at Profish and Ivy City tavern plus "a boardwalk-type atmosphere with a market called Beside the Point that sells soft serve ice cream, calamari cones, lobster rolls, fries, sushi, bagels, spreads, and Ivy City Smokehouse products like smoked salmon." link
says: (2/22/21 10:25 AM)
For the gents:
A look at Scissors and Scotch, now open at 1 M SE (but still waiting on its liquor license): link
And if you're still feeling scruffy, the Bearded Goat is now open on Tingey St.:
says: (2/24/21 2:55 PM)
24 hour silver diner coming to the corner half and N street( across from Gatsby)
says: (2/25/21 6:18 AM)
I've been skeptical the 11th st Bridge project will get built and this studiously doesn't note the status of money for it, but design/permitting proceed as as if it could be ready in 2024 link
says: (2/25/21 7:06 AM)
Not to flood the comments but this seems cool: When Sandlot Southeast comes out of winter hibernation next month, the shipping container bar and events space that rocks to a Go-Go beat in Navy Yard will host a rotating group of chefs, caterers, and food truck operators representing Black-owned businesses. Under a new social equity program sponsored by Uber Eats, Sandlot Southeast (71 Potomac Avenue SE) will grant temporary, rent-free access to two kitchens — a fully equipped food truck outside its lot and a 600-square-foot catering setup with an indoor dining area inside the Maren DC building — to chefs picked by a selection committee. link
says: (2/25/21 9:34 AM)
On the Bridge Park, let's go to the videotape.
On track for 2023: link
Aims for 2019 opening: link
Me in 2016: "Did we say 2018? How about late 2019." link
My first post on it was in March 2012. So we're now at 9 years, and every year or so they put out a press release saying "we're getting closer," but somehow nothing ever seems to happen....
says: (2/25/21 12:38 PM)
@JD - I think it's been lapped by the new Douglass bridge (original announcement was late 2012, from what I can tell).
says: (2/25/21 1:27 PM)
@JScott280: I am intrigued by your Silver Diner tidbit. Do you have a link?
says: (2/25/21 2:56 PM)
@jd: I do not have a link yet. I spoke to the construction crew that is building tap 99 and kikwins, he mentioned that his crew is prepping to start on silver diner (next door) in the next few weeks.
says: (2/26/21 5:46 PM)
Also heard that they are close to naming a replacement for punchbowl social, as well as a smoothie bar , luxury sports bar concept and a boutique fitness concept on the half street retail.
says: (3/3/21 12:23 AM)
Anyone heard any rumors about what's going into Crossing DC? With the news about half street starting to fill up, that seems like the logical next major group of retail to be leased.
says: (3/3/21 10:29 AM)
Any word on what's coming to old Justin's/Roy Boys? folks have been in there last few days, tvs have been on as they work, looks like something is in the works.
says: (3/5/21 10:00 AM)
Also looks like something is being built underneath Dock79 in the open retail spot, any rumors/news?
says: (3/6/21 11:53 PM)
@DCBaseball - rumor around The Velocity is that it's a Vietnamese restaurant. A box labeled "Pho" was seen being brought in the other day, so I'm excited!
Dock79 I thought was American Ice Company, but that was before Covid.
says: (3/7/21 2:30 PM)
Vet coming to The Garrett . Per the application it looks like it's going to be Heart + Paw Veterinary Care. link
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