The News Everyone’s Been Waiting For – Room 11 To Open in August

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I’ve been in contact with the owners of Room 11 on a weekly basis. I’m happy to report that they say:

“We received our certificate of occupancy last week and also passed the health department inspection.”

You can see photos inside the space, located at the corner of 11th and Lamont, here.

And here’s the scoop I received Monday afternoon – soft opening (not open to public) August. 4th, 5th, and 6th.  They will open to the public on August 10th. Of course it’s possible that those dates could change by a day or two but since they’ve got the certificate of occupancy (c of o) they are good to go. There are a few finishing touches needed but you’ll be able to check them out very soon!

Ed. Note: I’m sure there will be a minority that is not happy about this space. And I’m fairly confident they are a very small minority. But those that don’t like this idea are welcome to leave their opinions of course. What I would suggest is that a more helpful response is, not to complain about the “whiners”. That is a vicious circle that really does no good for anyone. I suggest, if you like the spot or the idea of the spot then simply say so. If there are 20 positive comments and 5 negative comments then the sentiment is there. But we don’t need to get into this endlessly repetitive argument of those who like wine bars vs. those that think it is too expensive or whatever. If that’s how they feel then that’s how they feel and that’s cool too. But, if you like it – say so. For the record I am super psyched about this joint and can’t wait to visit it often.

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  • When are they hiring?

  • Prince Of Petworth

    @Emily I’ll ask.

  • Great news- long time coming.

  • This sucks!

  • I’m very excited to try it out and wish them the best!

  • I am happy with Room 11 because it provides a new option for 11st Street. For those who did research before they decided where to live, being near yet not on top of retail allows the best of both worlds.

  • It will be nice to have another choice beside Wonderland in the neighborhood. Don’t get me wrong, i love Wonderland, but options are good too. Also can’t wait for Meridian Pint.

  • While I’m not in love with the cheap looking stools, the patio looks inviting and I for one am thrilled to death for another local watering hole.

  • I think it will be a great addition to the neighborhood. I only wish it had been there when I lived in Mt. Pleasant.

  • Yay, can’t wait until it opens! Think it will be a fine addition to Columbia Heights.

  • As a homeowner a block a way, I am VERY HAPPY about this restaurant. I like having local options for a relaxing afternoon of wine, conversation, and people-watching. Also, I find walking the neighborhood to be much safer when there are more people out, especially when there is outdoor seating. I think that Meridian Pint will also add to the feeling of safety.

  • What a wonderful addition to the neighborhood. I can’t wait for this place to open. Will definitely be paying them a visit! It is great to have local options for things like get-togethers and happy hours.

  • I browsed through their pictures and think it looks great. Just one question, the cool looking floor is glued on individual slices of pine. How in the world are they ever going to remove that when the time comes?

  • Intangibloid blessings atchu!
    Well done.
    Based on the evidence & reportage, this enterprise is hereby endorsed / IA.

  • Good job to the owners for getting your permits squared away before the planned opening. Welcome to the neighborhood.

  • what type of food are they going to be serving?

  • I like how the Prince tells us how to comment.

    “What I would suggest is that a more helpful response is, not to complain about the “whiners”.”

  • Two thumbs up

  • I live 2 blocks away and I’ll definitely be there. Wonderland is fine for the loud, shoulder-to-shoulder beer (albeit good beer) swilling with the young’ins, and drunken dancing on a saturday night, but I’m getting old and a nice joint to get a glass of wine seems like a nice compliment to the neighborhood.

  • MandarinZ:

    It’s reasonable, considering how in recent months the comment scene has gone from generally supportive to a cesspool of ugliness. Buncha gloomy types, bad vibe merchants, pouting demons, un-medicated paranoid booger-eaters, etc. Folks need to step back for a minute and breathe a little.

    Personally I’m not a big wine fan, but I’m very psyched about this development on 11th. I may dance a wee jig in the office. After the next meeting. Yes, definitely.

  • Looks like a great place, can’t wait to try it out.

  • @MandarinZazz: I completely agree that PoP should not tell or strongly suggest people what to write and what not to write on this public blog. Is this DC or Burma??

  • I am looking forward to this great new addition to the neighborhood…. and the positive comments on this thread are most refreshing!

  • I can’t wait to read about the first incident involving a passerby and public urination.

  • can’t wait to drink the kool aid, i mean wine.

  • POP can you please tell them that their next venture should be on MTP Street. tell them to take the old supersave building and turn the parking lot into a wine garden. Rumor has it that they were originally looking to open on MTP anyway. Neighborhood sentiment is really starting to change in favor of new development on MTP Street and the voices of the few naysayers will most definitely be drowned out as they were in the case of Room 11.

  • Hopefully the wine bar trend (and it is a trend) will end as quickly as the cupcake trend. Meanwhile, enjoy the bar, but please, please, please, please, please try to be respectful of the people that live right on top of this place. Wonderland has been annoying, and now that there are more bars with outside seating, I hope people can learn to be respectful. Thanks.

  • Yes Anon 10 02. When will this whole Wine trend end already. Its been going on thousands of years now and leaves me baffled. The slap braclett trend only lasted a year or so but this damn WINE craze… Here is a trend Id like to see end. people moving directly next to commercially zoned corridors. and then complaining about it. People like you ruined the Black Cats chances at a roof deck. ironically screwing one of the businesses that anchored the corridor and brought it back to life only so ungrateful people like you could set up shop. and now you are shouting down another proposal for room 14. denying the whole city of places to get outside and enjoy food and drink. all because you didn’t think things over before buying nextdoor to a commercial property. Allow me to point something out. if every nimby got their way there would be NO roof decks to enjoy a beer. NO patios to sit with friends and enjoy some chips and dip. think about that.

  • @ Anonymous 9:55 ~ It’s not a “public” blog, it’s private. He can do whatever he wants.

  • Are those red Lyon stools? Please tell me where to get those… I have never seen them in red.

  • Some folks moved in before it was a yuppie commercial corridor and a bar/restaurant area. Long before.

    But, whether or not folks moved in earlier or later, everyone has a legal and societal right to quiet enjoyment of their home, including peace and quiet during late hours and lack of urine and trash in their yards or smelling space.

    There is nothing wrong with hanging out outside with food and drink, but it can be done respectfully of others.

    Finally, the trend is with the wine BAR, not wine. Special places for rich people to drink overpriced wine and feel cool and privileged about it is a trend.

  • wine bars have been around a looong time. I think you are going to have to accept them. They are no more a trend then Coffee houses or FastFood chains.

  • Great News! Hopefully this will divert some of the Arlington traffic away from Wonderland. I want my bar back! I would really like to have a beer again whilst wearing my CCCP T-Shirt and not have someone say to me “why the shirt? we already have a communist in the white house!” and then stumble over to the jukebox to put on the Killers before spilling his beer on his pink polo and punching his girlfriend.

  • doesn’t matter if you moved there before or after. sure in the case of Black Cat it was there before the residents who complained about the proposed roof deck. But in the case of the wine bar and wonderland. the fact remains this was not a residential strip rezoned out from under you. I looked at a ton of houses before buying mine. many i passed on because they were across the street from commercial spaces. sure they were unoffensive at the time. a latin grocery or vacant even. But I knew better than to buy there and just hope for the best. For all i knew it could become a mcdonalds. I passed on these and went with a house in a resiidential area. Some people have no foresight I guess. Next time you are eating outside at an establishement look around at all the residences within ear shot. and give them a big thanks for not being a nimby. also i dont think the wine bar folks are the ones who will be pissing on and trashing the neighborhood. wonderland maybe.

  • yes, you do have the right to “quiet enjoyment”, move out to Ashburn, or even better, West Virginia. It’s very quiet there.

    newsflash, you live in the city. If you think reasonable chatter from a nearby wine bar is a nusiance, you better get out of the neighborhood while there’s still time. once Meridian Pint opens, than you’re really in trouble. oh the horrorible noise of people having a good time over a glass of wine…

  • Fortunately, the law protects people who live in the city as well as Ashburn, and even they are allowed to quietly enjoy their home. There is a difference between chatter at 8 pm, and loud shouting from midnight to 2 am. There is also a difference between people hanging out respectfully and hanging out and peeing and leaving trash. No one should have to move to West Virginia to get a decent night’s sleep and be able to enjoy their own back yard or porch without dealing with urine stench. I’d think that would be beyond debate.

  • changing the subject… WOW, that is some crappy landscaping!

    But not to be a hater, it seems like a nice spot. It reminds me of RedRocks at 11th and Park.

  • But it’s sooooo tiny! the CofO is for 15 seats inside.

  • Look, I got people “hanging out and peeing and leaving trash” outside my place and I’m several long blocks from anything that could be defined as a “bar”. A bar adds tax revenue, eyes on the street and jobs to the urine, vomit and worse that’s already there. Not to mention a good time to those who are tolerant enough to roll with it, no matter the clientele. How is that not an improvement?

  • Awesome! So great to see another spot to eat and hang out in that area. Once Meridian Pint opens, it’s really going to be hoppin’!

  • What happens if a business violates its Certificate of Occupancy?

  • I think they should get a roof deck!

  • Regarding public urination, that happens now, and the people doing it are not the clientele from Wonderland or the yet-to-be opened wine bar. They are generally homeless people or people who appear to be on heavy drugs.

    Opening up these vacant commercially-zoned buildings to business will put more eyes on the street and will improve the neighborhood. It will lead to a decrease in public nuisances.

  • the haters are foolish, my feeling is this place will be pretty tame compared to wonderland. and plus theres an herb garden out front ripe for the pickin’

  • I’ve personally witnessed clientele from Wonderland pissing in the alley, but you’re right, a lot of people in the neighborhood wander around and do that.

  • Love the number of uninformed comments about a business that has yet to open.

    First, I agree that in this neighborhood, you can walk a block in any direction and find trash strewn all over the place. I’d be willing to bet big bucks that there is a lot less trash directly proximate to Room 11 — a business opened by local folks with great track records who have an economic incentive to keep their block clean — than on the average random block of Columbia Heights, where there are still fall too many people who use the street as a trash receptical and don’t bother to keep their yards / adjacent sidewalks in decent shape.

    Second, this place is not going to be some pretentious, over-priced spot. They didn’t hire some fancy designers for a slick Policy-style build out; rather they did almost all the work themselves, using almost entirely reclaimed or recycled materials. The wine is going to be priced for the most part at a very reasonable price point (unless you believe 5-8 dollars per glass for good wine is in some way snobbish / over the top, in which case you really SHOULD move out of the city), as is the food. This is cozy, neighborhood gathering spot, not some huge Adams-Morgan frat boy haven, and to essentially discuss it in those terms simply because of one common feature — serving alcohol — is just dumb.

    Third, I am 99.9 percent confident that anyone adjacent to this or the rest of the 11th street commercial corridor did NOT move to this area before the existence of some restaurants, including a few with liquor licenses, but at the very least some commercial presence in the area. You had a choice: you could have moved to any of the vast majority of properties in Columbia Heights (let alone the city) not directly adjacent to a stretch with commercial enterprises. You didn’t. This is not to say that you don’t have a right to complain if people are urinating in public or making excessive noise late at night, but in case you didn’t notice, none of this has happened because this place is not OPEN yet. And I really, really, really doubt it will, or at least not with any degree of frequency: I imagine it will draw a similar crowd to Redrocks, which I have observed closely as a neighbor since the day it opened, and I have yet to personally observe a single problematic incident there that I personally observed. Again, if you buy next to a commercial stretch, you can’t really be shocked when — gasp — businesses open on that stretch. That is what it is zoned for, after all. If a wine bar was opening on, say, the corner of 13th and Kenyon, then I’d at least understand the concern a little bit.

    Welcome to the area. I can’t wait for the huge crowds of satisfied customers to silence the very few, but very vocal, naysayers.

  • the patio looks beautiful! they did a great job renovating this location.

  • I think the winners are the winers… and hopefully the whiners turn into wino’s and everyone is happy.

  • What’s up Big Perm, I mean Big Worm

  • wow, i really see what PoP is talking about with the comments! i noticed the vitriol and arguing before but hadn’t realized it was getting to be a trend. i’m on a bunch of neighborhood listservs and they’re recently gotten a lot more negative and petty in the past 2 months too. maybe it’s something about summer? or the gentrification battles are becoming even more heated? it’s really surprising, and sad, how unable people are to see each others’ points of view.

  • Question: Will this place have a huge crowds where you can’t possibly get in to save your life due to the tool cool for life crowd that frequents Cork or will it have a big surge due to being the new thing on the block and fall in to a nice neighborhoody type place where you can stop in for a glass of wine? I hope it is the former and not the latter. Is Red Rocks an example of the latter?

  • I wonder what happens when 50 people show up for the 15 spaces inside, and the patio is already filled up? Will the crowd spill out onto the sidewalk? Or is the demand not all that high anyway? If the crowd does spill out, isn’t this a safety issue and nuisance issue?

  • Positive

  • Any truth to the rumor that they were thinking of purchasing the adjoining property and/or building a second floor to expand the size of the business? Maybe they’re going to wait to see what demand is like?

  • Yeah I’ve pissed in an alley on my way home from Wonderland and I’m employed

  • About two weeks ago, on a weekday night, I was walking home from work late from the Metro, as I approached Wonderland I watched four 20 something folks exit the bar, and get in their car. They drove one block down Irving to Sherman, then pulled over. One of the young women got out of the front passenger seat, ran to the alley, lifted up her dress, squatted, and pissed, leaning up against the back wall of the house on the alley. I yelled “disgusting!” and kept walking, but it didn’t deter her.

  • 1) Wonderland is on Kenyon, not Irving.

    2) You can’t see the intersection of Sherman and Irving from Wonderland.

  • Anon: 1:27

    thats hot.

  • Sorry, I should have been more clear. I got to the corner of 11th and Irving where you can see Wonderland. They got in their car, which was parked across the street at 11th and Kenyon, drove south on 11th, turned left on Irving, drove one block, then stopped for the peeing.

  • Q: What does all this public urination tell us?

    A: There aren’t enough Starbucks in the neighborhood yet.

  • I love the idea of this place and hope it thrives. I’ll be there.

    I do, however, have some constructive criticism (seriously, I want to be constructive). I’d like to see Room 11, Red Rocks and Wonderland present a better face to the commercial corridor. What’s up with the big cooler next to RedRocks? I know there’s probably no other place to stick it, but can’t they grow some ivy or something up a trellis to shield it? It looks awful. Their sign is also kind of beat up.

    Someone above already mentioned Room 11’s landscaping. I agree, but I’m not expecting perfection. But what’s w/ the fence, which looks half-assed? The poles are different heights, it’s part wood, part metal. Slapdash. I can live with it, but it makes me wonder how well the new improvements, both inside and out, are going to weather over time.

    Is Wonderland composting its leaves in the front yard, because there’s a big sack out there that I’ve never been able to figure out. Compost the leaves, but do it in the back.

    These are all nit-picky things, but they add up to give the corridor a seedier vibe. These are also seemingly easy things to address.

  • You would have to wait your turn if you want to use our Piss Alley. Drunk Hispanic men have ours on lock-down.

  • sounds like people are pissed off about this.

  • This isn’t the fault of the restaurant. Call your councilmember and complain about lack of police enforcement. It isn’t illegal to go to the bar and have one too many. It is illegal to relieve yourself on the porch.

    Dead comment thread.

  • I actually think the landscaping for Room 11 is quite attractive, not sure what folks are talking about, they did a great job. The fence I imagine isn’t totally done yet, or so I hope. The inside is definitely NOT slapdash, as you can see from construction blog, flooring, etc. there is a tremendous attention to detail, so I imagine the exterior is still a bit of a work in progress — remember, they still have a few weeks before opening. In all events, it, like Redrocks, is a MASSIVE improvement over what was there before … the former Room 11 place was, quite frankly, hideous inside and out — the patio was disgusting and the interior was a mess, including a horrible drop plaster and board ceiling that, once removed, exposed a gorgeous original beam ceiling. Before Redrocks, that property was just an immense eyesore. And they have been gradually improving the exterior even since opening, although there are still a few small things mentioned above that can be improved. And even Wonderland has taken steps to beautify its exterior, including installing an attractive iron fence about a year ago. Bloombars has also done a lot to beautify its exterior.

    If you are worried about aesthetics, it is the long-standing businesses on that stretch that are the problem — for example the laundromat with its hideous parking area always filled with huge overflowing garbage cans, or the various other businesses with ugly exteriors, none of which opened in the last few years. Basically every new business that has opened has done a TON to make far more attractive what used to, indeed, be a very seedy stretch. Remember what it was like 3.5 years ago? I do.

    Oh, and on the public urination, I have several times in recent months found men (I imagine drunk) urinating in public, in broad daylight, in my alley, and I’m quite confident none of them were coming from Wonderland.

  • Yeah, public urination, especially in the alleys, is a big problem in CH, and it comes from all sorts of folks, Wonderland patrons and non-Wonderland patrons. Not sure what can be done about it. Adding more bars would seem to add to the problem though.

  • Nick — I think the wooden part of the fence is intended for the neighbors’ privacy and the iron part accomodates a better street view.

    And as for the landscaping, it will take a while to fill in. It’s much less expensive to plant less mature plants, but it takes a year or two (at least) for them to fill the space. Give it some time!

    I’m very excited about the place.

  • Can’t wait for this to open.

  • I can say this, I make 6 figures and no way, no how am I paying $8 for a glass of wine when I need to drop $22k on construction projects this year, but $5 is fine.

    I wonder about the comment about “rich people” going to this place. I don’t believe rich people live on 11th st at all. Even the people I know on 17th, 18th and 19th st who are millionaires are not rich by DC standards. They had enough money to buy a house that requires five figure construction projects annually.

    I wonder about people’s definitions of words like “rich” in a city where townhouses routinely top $1 million.

  • regarding people doubting that a wine bar is a trend.


    it’s a definite trend. to say there were wine bars as bars opening up anywhere in DC 10-20 years ago is a joke. one or two maybe, but nothing like this.

  • If you make $200,000 or more per year in gross income, you are rich relative to others in Washington, DC. However, relative to the world, you don’t have to make much at all to be rich. Anything over about $3,000 a year is like being a millionaire to most people in the world. Sad to say.

  • Has anyone seen their menu? Or are they still working on it?

  • From the early 17th to mid 19th century, urine was a valuable commodity, essential for the production of saltpeter, which was needed to make gunpowder.

    King Charles I commanded his subjects to “carefully and constantly keep and preserve in some convenient vessels or receptacles fit for the purpose, all the urine of man during the whole year.”

    In the US, saltpeter plantations collected saved urine from surrounding towns and The Massachusetts Bay Colony required every farm to erect a shed for nitre production.

    Maybe this is the next business for 11th St!

    (Info and quote from “The Alchemy of Air” by Thomas Hager – a perfect book for reading on those fragrant alley nights. )

  • I believe “rich” defined by populist pandering politicians is households with taxable incomes in excess of $250k…

  • I’m a Landscape Architect, and in my professional opinion the landscape is terrible, from the gap-tooth irregular block edge, to the “one from column A, one from column B” smattering of plant material, to the soon-to-be-underwatered-and-perpetually-dead planter boxes smushed in the back row. It’s not about simply ‘filling in’ over the next few growing seasons, it’s about the poor choice of material – for example, it looks like there is one evergreen shrub in the entire bed, meaning that the bed will spend almost half the year as an empty mulch patch. This happens all the time, projects run out of money and since landscaping is installed last it gets the shaft.

    But this is my personal soap-box, and I understand that the ultimate success of this place is not going to depend entirely on having a nice flower bed in the front. However as [email protected]:47 pointed out, lots of little half-assed things on a streetscape contribute to a general landscape that invites disrespect.

  • I’ve been reading a lot lately how you can use urine to fertilize gardens too.

  • Maybe they didn’t want to invest a lot on either the landscaping or the fence because they eventually plan to expand the patio to include the area currently occupied by the garden. Makes sense to me. In my humble opinion, they’d be much better off doing that and just adding planter boxes to the railing of the fence of the new and expanded patio. Bigger patio = more seats = more $$$

  • Neener- Just because something has gained in popularity doesnt make it a trend. Trends rise fast and die hard. Sometimes things get popular for good reason and stay that way. I can just see your great great grandfather sitting on his porch telling people about this fast food burger joint trend. “not to worry. they werent around 5 or 10 years ago so the trend will die soon”… ha. Logic escapes you yet again neener. as if a year from now the residents of dc will say. as much as i like wine and good food. I dont enjoy the two together outside of my house. god forbid. the Bar trend may be in danger soon too!

  • Wine bars: it is only a new trend concept in DC. Most cities of this size have many more and they’ve been around for many years. Don’t worry, if there isn’t a market for it, some of them will close. In the meantime, instead of a vacant storefront, you’ve got a responsible and caring business owner. Why does this bother so many people, and why aren’t they out there establishing their own businesses of a different sort, instead of whining about it on PoP?

    Certificate of Occupancy: To answer the question above, fire marshalls conduct random inspections of businesses. They do this in the evening hours for restaurants and bars. If the bar is too full, they will force people out, and require the ownership establish a doorman to control a ‘one in one out’ policy. The owners will get a fine and a mark on their record, intended to be a deterrent against allowing future occupancy exceed the allowable.

    To Steve @ 12:27: I think the CofO pretty much negates your fear of ‘huge crowds’. Incredible the worrying and whining that goes on unnecessarily on this board. All it takes is a little investigation and you will find that the fears are baseless.

    15 seats: This is not the occupant load. This is the description of the space. The occupant load is 43 as clearly seen on the occupancy permit. This means the owners are providing 15 chairs but there can be an additional 28 people standing around at the bar. The occupant load is determined solely by square footage of a space, divided a factor written in the building codes. The factor is different depending on the use of the space (in this case, an A-2 occupance–food and drink consumption–with moveable furniture, it is 15 SF/person, which tells us that the dining area is approx. 645 SF). The description of 15 seats is written on the permit solely for reference by the plan reviewer at the building department and by the fire inspector. At a glance, the inspector can tell if the space has been altered without obtaining the proper approvals and could shut the place down if necessary.

    Crowds on the sidewalk being a safety or nuisance: I would be surprised if such crowds ever appear. Given the size of the space, if it is filled to capacity, any large crowd would have to wait for a complete turnover of patrons before being seated. Why would anyone wait that long. But assuming a crowd does appear, residents would have to file complaints with the police and the councilman’s office. Because the sidewalk is a public space, Room 11 has no jurisdiction to demand that people not congregate outside their business. They can ask that their patrons be good neighbors to the people living in the area, and they can force anyone in their outdoor seating area to leave if they are being loud. But once that patron crosses the threshold and is not on Room 11 property any more, the owners cannot force that person to leave. Only the police can do this.

  • Neener- Just because something has gained in popularity doesnt make it a trend. Trends rise fast and die hard.

    sigh! I go by this B-School definition:

  • Logic escapes you yet again neener.

    oh fercrissakes, you didn’t need to write that when your definition of trend is flat out incorrect! Logic escapes me??? You don’t even know the definition of the word I used. what-ever people!

  • MACRO TREND!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Let’s put this trend thing to bed with some input from a real trendspotter.

    “From Andrew Freeman & Co., a San Francisco marketing consultancy for the restaurant and hospitality industry, here is its list of Restaurant & Bar Trends for 2008:”

    ^He nailed the cupcake thing and gastropubs (and mentions wine a few times, but not a wine bar trend)

    Oh, and from the same guy, here’s what we’ll all be arguing about next year:

  • @New2CH — Definitely agree with your point about comparing the new businesses (and all the great things that accompany them) to the shabby ones that have been there for a while. I think it’s more likely that the owners of the former are more likely to see my comments on this blog, which is why I’m addressing them here. I’d like to see my suggestions taken up by every property owner/lessor in the neighborhood, commercial and residential alike.

    @AJ — I was referring to the fact that the metal fence is strapped to wood posts (in lieu of metal posts) and that those posts are at varying heights. But since you point it out, the unfinished privacy fence (and trashcan shield) should probably be treated or even painted black to match the trim/fence elsewhere on the property. As for the quality of the landscape, Larchie’s post hits the nail on the head. It wouldn’t have cost more to have grouped the plants in a more effective manner or to have made better plant selections.

  • I am still sad to see that a bar and not a more family friendly location like the deli will be there. I was really excited when 11th Street Deli opened, but the image of the bar doesn’t seem rowdy at all. It will be a calm addition to the neighborhood – get some wine and charcuterie and then slip down to Bloom

  • I walk by Wonderland daily and almost daily and especially on weekends I see familys with infants and toddlers in the tables and chairs along the sidewalk that runs along the side of the establishment on 11th street. Clearly, there is a family-friendly atmosphere there or the families with children would not be eating there.

    My understanding is that Meridian Pint will also be family-friendly.

    After 9 pm or so, the children are (will be) gone, but kids should not be out at that hour anyway.

  • I’m a neighbor that checks up on the owners every so often and must say that I love what they have done with the patio. I know they are far from done and will continue to work on that patio for months after they open.

    First off, I appreciate that they decided to keep the garden instead of turning that section into seating….

    Secondly, I appreciate how they have been reusing old materials….all the plants have been donated, the metal fence was from Community Forklift, and the concrete pavers and blocks were reused from the previous business.

    I do wish the plants luck though… the soil was so bad, not even weeds were growing in there!!!

  • Neener – Vinoteca on 11th and U has $5 glasses of wine for happy hour Tues – Thurs, 5-7 pm. And the selection is pretty good, 20 different wines to choose from.

  • 90!! comments on a wine bar wow i’m truly amazed. best wishes to the owners and fun for all the wine drinkers !

  • bitching for the sake of bitching

  • Please fine people of Utopia DC. Get over your damn selves! Speaking as a proud resident since 1979, gosh almighty if you want to bitch without a positive thought go the f—- away! Your neighborhood needs you as much as I need the dog poop on my front yard or the super sized (used) Trojans in my back. GROW UP!

  • I haven’t ever really been to a wine bar. I hope they serve beer too. haha. (seriously).

  • Oh, and I forgot to add that once you leave our fine neighborhood, you should think twice before posting a critical comment. You are no longer walking that mile.

  • “gosh almighty”??

  • is the opeing still soft? can non-insiders get an invitation to become beta customers. my wife and I would love to visit tonight.

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