What's New and Notable Outside Nationals Park Since Last Season
Updated April 2018 | What Was New in 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012
If you haven't been to the area near Nats Park since the end of the 2017 season, the first thing you will notice is that the neighborhood's development has not in any way slowed down.
And, as you see, the area immediately north of the Center Field Gate is finally getting in on the action. To the left is the West Half residential project, which will have 420 units and more than 60,000 square feet of retail. To the right is 1250 Half, which will have 445 units and more than 60,000 square feet of retail when its two phases are finished.
Needless to say, the walk from the Metro station at Half and M will feel a little different this year.
Zooming out to look at the neighborhood in general:
See the JDLand Food Map for all the offerings, now open and coming soon.
Just Opened or Coming Very Soon
Do you like pizza? There's a lot of pizza coming. All-Purpose on the river opened April 3, while Declaration on 1st south of M will open on April 5. Oath Pizza at 110 M Street is also supposed to open Any Minute Now.
On the beer garden front, it's just been announced that the Aslin Beer Company will have a game-day offering in the empty lot on the northeast corner of 1st and N, SE. (The Bullpen is back for another season as well.)
New Arrivals Since Last Season
There are a few new options for quick bites by the ballpark that have arrived since last season, including Chipotle, Roti, and Rasa Indian Grill on 1st Street between M and N. Also new is Cava Mezze at Half and M, if you can manage to walk past its next-door neighbor Shake Shack.
For a more upscale sitdown meal, Chloe at 4th and Tingey is a well-received "Mediterranean fusion" restaurant. Plus, if wine is your thing, District Winery at 4th and Water has not only fermented offerings but its restaurant, Ana.
And if you haven't heard, both Osteria Morini and Due South have opened outdoor offshoots on the Yards Park boardwalk, for waterside food and beverage. Plus The Salt Line, right across from the ballpark's staircase on Potomac Avenue, has quickly become a popular gathering place, especially at its patio bar.
Also Coming in 2018
Expected in the coming months are the arrival of Dacha Beer Garden, Wiseguy Pizza (plus gelato), at Canal Park, and the Shilling Canning Company at the Yards. And Peet's Coffee at New Jersey and M.
Perhaps by the second half of the season there will be the first restaurant on N Street, as the 10,000-square-foot Mexican offering Mission Dos looks to open on the northwest corner of Van and N.
And maybe Circa and Open Road will arrive before the end of the year at 1st and M in the new office building 99 M, though I think that might be a bit optimistic.
I have made a very preliminary update to my Stadium Parking Map, but it's hard to really know the state of affairs until the season starts.
There is one big change that is definite--the large surface lot at Half and I is no more, since construction is supposed to start Any Minute Now on a block-wide project there. There is underground parking across the street at One Hill South, though.
But it's likely that parking is going to be a little tighter this year.