CIRCA coming to 1st and M Street, SE near Nats Park

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More action for Navy Yard/Ballpark.

From a press release:

“Skanska USA Commercial Development announced today that CIRCA, a bistro owned by Metropolitan Hospitality Group, will be the first retail tenant at 99M. CIRCA will take 5,000 square feet at the 11-story, 234,000-square-foot Class A office building in Washington’s Capitol Riverfront submarket.

“We selected 99M for our next CIRCA because it is at the heart of the vibrant, mixed-use Capitol Riverfront neighborhood,” said Matt Carlin, President, Metropolitan Hospitality Group.”

Located at the corner of 1st and M Streets SE, 99M will include approximately 220,000 square feet of office space, with approximately 11,000 square feet of retail/restaurant space on the ground floor. 99M is designed to LEED® Gold standards.

“Circa embodies what we look for in a retail tenant – it activates the street, provides a high quality amenity for our future office tenants and fosters a strong sense of community within the neighborhood,” said Rob Ward, Executive Vice President for Skanska USA Commercial Development.

CIRCA at 99M will include outdoor seating and offer fresh, creative American fare, a vibrant community bar scene with Happy Hour and a wide selection of beers, seasonal, handcrafted cocktails and a carefully curated wine list.

99M is located steps from both Navy Yard-Ballpark Metrorail entrances and is less than five blocks from Capitol Hill. It will be the northernmost anchor of the redevelopment of Square 701, which, in addition to the new office building, includes a new 170-key Residence Inn by Marriott, a 325-unit apartment building, a new 168-key Hampton Inn & Suites and another 29,000 square feet of retail space along 1st Street SE.”

You can see their Foggy Bottom location’s menus here.

“CIRCA at Foggy Bottom has been conceived as a local bistro serving great food, great drinks and offer the clientele a great time. CIRCA at Foggy Bottom is warm, inviting, current, and offers an energized social scene.

Whether dining for brunch or dinner, every meal will be complimented by the extensive wine list, including over 20 wine offerings by the glass, and an original cocktail list for every season. The bar scene will be kicked off with Happy Hour Monday through Thursday, boasting a hightop table that is a community fixture, and will extend until closing every night with a comfortable lounge vibe.”

3 Comment

  • What is the appeal of this place? Have one by work and by my old neighborhood and while I’ve been there a few times bc we have limited options near the office, I don’t understand why it’s so wildly successful but for their choice of locations.

    • Agree that it’s dull, but just like Clyde’s, it’s completely safe and predictable. There’s nothing on the menu you have to Google, and a picky eater should be able to find something. While I think of it as barely a step up from TGIF, I have to respect their success.

      • I agree, but I think it’s a step down from Clyde’s. Circa seems to try to be fancy and innovative, and just comes out mediocre (and expensive, for what you get). At Clyde’s I’ve had unexciting, but fairly well prepared, food. I’ve always been confused how Circa stays in business (and keeps expanding).

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