Grilled Oyster Company joining Barcelona Restaurant & Wine Bar, Raku and other retailers at Cathedral Commons

3336 Wisconsin Ave, NW (just north of Macomb)

From the Bozzuto Group:

“The Bozzuto Group, a Greenbelt, MD-based real estate services company, announced today that it has signed seven additional tenants for Cathedral Commons, a brand new mixed-use development on Wisconsin Avenue in Washington, D.C.

The new retailers include Grilled Oyster Company, [solidcore], Wylie Wagg, Le Village Marche, Core 72, Pure Barre and Parks Fabricare.

Seafood and steak restaurant Grilled Oyster Company will open a 4,169 square foot space fronting the Newark Street plaza in Spring 2015.
[solidcore], a 2,100 square foot fitness facility offering Pilates-inspired total body workouts in a class or private setting, is now open for business.
In March 2015, Wylie Wagg will open its 2,817 square foot, family-run specialty pet supplies and food store.
Le Village Marche, a 1,515 square foot boutique-style store offering home furnishings, accessories, and a variety of specialty gifts inspired by French style, will open its second location in Spring 2015.
Core 72, a women’s active wear and lifestyle brand retailer, will open a 952 square foot store in Spring 2015, its second location.
In Spring 2015, Pure Barre, a specialty fitness studio focused on core strength, will open a 1,400 square foot space.
Parks Fabricare, a dry cleaning service and an original tenant of the prior development, will re-open a 1,656 square foot storefront in Spring 2015.

“We’re thrilled to add retail establishments to Cathedral Commons that will bring convenient services, wellness offerings and shopping destinations to residents and neighbors alike,” said Toby Bozzuto, president, The Bozzuto Group. “These retailers will round out the community’s terrific line up of local and national health, retail, and dining options.”

In May 2014, Bozzuto announced seven Cathedral Common tenants: Barcelona Restaurant & Wine Bar, Raku, iDoc Optical, Wells Fargo, SunTrust Bank, Starbucks and a recently-opened CVS Pharmacy. The retail offerings are anchored by a new, 56,000 square foot state of the art Giant Food that opened earlier this month.

The residences at Cathedral Commons, opening this fall, will offer 137 apartment residences and eight townhomes, as well as high-end services and amenities including a boutique hotel-style lobby; fitness center; a library; resident lounge for hosted community social functions; rooftop deck and private outdoor courtyards; and a 24-hour concierge offering Bozzuto’s Top Notch services.

Each residence will feature a chef-inspired kitchen with quartz countertops, custom oak flat-panel cabinetry, white beveled subway backsplashes and upgraded GE stainless appliances. Living spaces will include hardwood flooring and contemporary chrome LED track lighting, while bathrooms will include Florentine Carrera porcelain floors and showers, chrome Moen fixtures, and custom-designed vanities with integrated square sinks.”

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  • Too bad upper NW has such trouble getting quality dining along the lines of what you see going to logan circle. Grilled Oyster company looks pretty uninspired from the yelp of their other location. Raku is meh as well. Never been to Barcelona but its a chain so not expecting too much. How come we can’t get a pearl dive? a rustico? or even a meridian pint or teds bulletin. I get that it’s a boring neighborhood but Im sure all these new apartments will be filled with young people. The dining is equally bad in tenleytown and glover park for that matter. Some of the richest neighborhoods in DC have some of the worst amenities

    • Barcelona is pretty dang good. Chains aren’t intrinsically bad. But I agree that there is a general lack of fantastic dining options in this area (aside from 2Amys obviously), and I was kind of hoping that Cathedral Commons would be bringing more than just one quality restaurant.

      The problem with these sorts of large developments is that developers set artificially high rents. Chain establishments have a much more time dealing with the overhead required to operate in such a development. It’s a damn shame really. These town centers have so much promise, but then they go and seek out uninspired retailers to fill their space.

      • If they succeed in renting them out, then the rates are not, by definition, “artificially high.” They may be “regrettably-high-because-I’d-prefer-small-businesses”, but if the price fetches a tenant, it is by definition the market price.

        • It seems to me that, for new developments, the first tenant “class” is the canary-in-the-coalmine class. Businesses can be desperate to get into new places. The general length of stay of the initial tenants, why they left, and how long it takes to replace them, is a better indicator of whether the rents are too damn high.

      • It’s not just the rents. Projects like this are syndicated or flipped to investors who want the tenant credit profile that only chains can really provide. That’s why you’ll see three (!) banks at Cathedral Commons and restaurants that are at least local chains. I give the developer credit for one thing — they told a community meeting that Verizon has been wanting to lease prime space for another boring mobile phone store and that they’ve resisted in hopes of getting a more interesting tenant.

    • I’m not so sure the apartments will be filled with young people. They are super expensive!

      • The prices may be high, but I would expect that a many of the tenants will be well to do AU students whose rich daddies can co-sign leases and write big rent checks. That’s been the case at 3333 Wisconsin, another Bozzuto property across Wisconsin Ave.

    • I suspect Logan Circle has a higher proportion of youngish, well-to-do people who dine out frequently. Perhaps people in upper NW are more likely to have kids and thus have less disposable income/not dine out as often?

  • maxwell smart

    seems a little strange to have 2 places focused on core / pilates strength. – like aren’t they competing for the same stay-at-home mommy crowd? Couldn’t we at least get 1 bike shop in upper NW? Or maybe get our running store back?

  • Any word on how many of their units have been rented? $2500 for a 451 sq ft studio is absurd in Logan Circle, let alone Glover Park where you can get a 2 BR apartment for that much. I’m confused by what inspired the pricing, given that the amenities aren’t anything to write home about either.

    • A whole lot of really wishful thinking. This part of town is nice for cheaper rents, though you’ll eventually pay the difference to uber/cabs for carting you crosstown to meet with friends.

    • maxwell smart

      I agree they seem very pricey for what sounds like fairly standard amenities, however McLean Gardens next door is no bargain, so maybe they are basing on that.

  • The Raku in Bethesda is good. The DuPont location, not so much. Maybe this new one will fall somewhere in the middle.

    I thought Barcelona was mediocre, but the setting is nice for drinks. I Yelped about it and got a nasty-gram from one of the chef’s “buddies”, so I won’t be going back.

  • Is the Giant any good? I’m about halfway between this one and Colombia Heights. The CH one is good, but it’s always such a zoo.

    • The new giant is pretty sweet. It’s way bigger than the old one and seems like much less of a mad house than the one in CH. Also they refill growlers and have a juice bar.

    • It’s a Giant. What more can you say? Big, but meh quality. The drink and shop feature seems kind of curious, probably Giant’s attempt to seem cool and somehow appeal to a younger crowd. Nothing says hip like meeting your friends at Giant for a glass of [yellow tail]!

  • The prices are nuts. But the thing is that some people really strongly and irrationally want to live in brand new construction — they’ll pay thousands and thousands of dollars a year extra for new construction — even though this is a silly thing to do from a personal finance standpoint. I think some people also are basically paying a tax for laziness. You know, if you’re looking for an apartment, go to this building and they’ll get you in. If you’re looking for a place in an existing building it’s more hassle, less openings, more competition. Signing the lease on that new building is so easy, and you don’t realize in the moment that you’re paying $10,000 for a minor convenience. People screw up the big financial decisions in their life all the time.

  • Am I the only one who finds the architecture of Cathedral Commons to be totally boring and uninspired? I’m glad the NIMBYs finally lost and this development actually took place, but could the developer have been any more cheap? There’s hardly any architectural detail and it feels very boxy.

    I agree that the rents are out-of-whack. I’d never pay that kind of rent when you can live for less money in a new building on 14th St. Cathedral Heights isn’t exactly a hoppin’ place. It’s more a place where people go to die.

    • maxwell smart

      most of the “lifestyle centers” or “town centers” or whatever cutesy name developers apply to these properties around the DC area are all pretty bland and uninspired. Rockville, Bethesda, Reston, etc… you could rearrange the buildings from one development to the other and not really see the difference.

      • I totally agree that the architecture is boring, uninspired and cheap looking. Frankly the design looks like it was assembled from plans on the Internet — Anywhere Town Center Generica. The north block looks like the design of an airport hotel next to ATL or DFW. Contrast this project with the extension (6 story building) at Bethesda Row, which has much more detail in its exterior finishes, windows, eaves, etc. I also feel a bit sorry for Giant. The store is big, but that’s all. It has a tunnel like dark entrance (feels a little like a Metro station) and now windows. The cafe is also windowless. Too bad that there weren’t at least a few windows and an entrance to Wisconsin Ave., to make the place more inviting to pedestrians and bring in more natural light.

  • I live in McLean Gardens next door and have a hard time understanding how they expect to get that high of rent. We love the quieter part of the city, but don’t love being a mile + from a metro. I did a tour through the section that’s currently open, $3,900 for a one bedroom and a “den” that’s really an open loft space for a desk? Way too high. Not to mention, pet rent, parking on top. The finishes are really nice though and the building has solid construction.

    ‘ll be excited when all the stores finally open – we love having Solidcore in the neighborhood and though it’s a Giant, you can’t beat walking distance to a brand new grocery store! With wine and beer you can take with you while you shop! I was hoping for something a little more exciting for the large restaurants space where Grilled Oyster will be. Here’s hoping for some good outdoor seating and happy hour specials! I’m most looking forward to Barcelona.

    • I love that they are touting these as “metro accessible”. I suppose it is accessible if you don’t mind walking a mile or finding other transportation to take you to the metro.

      • They sold this to the Zoning Board as Metro accessible and also said everyone would take the 30s buses to work. Right.

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