“Open Road will have an industrial chic décor, featuring reclaimed wood, steel, brick, and iron”

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rendering 1st and M St, SE courtesy of Skanska

From a press release:

“Skanska USA Commercial Development announced today that Open Road, owned by Metropolitan Hospitality Group (MHG), will be the second restaurant and bar tenant at 99M. Open Road joins MHG’s CIRCA in the 11-story, 234,000-square-foot Class A office building in Washington’s Capitol Riverfront submarket.

“We believe this location will become the center and heartbeat of the revitalized Capitol Riverfront neighborhood, which is why we are bringing Open Road to 99M,” said Matt Carlin, President, Metropolitan Hospitality Group. “Open Road and CIRCA will thrive here as a place to come as you are, grab a drink and share a meal with friends and family.”

Open Road will have an industrial chic décor, featuring reclaimed wood, steel, brick, and iron. The menu will feature seasonal ingredients used to create culinary variations to traditional American favorites complimented by handcrafted cocktails, and an extensive beer, whiskey, and bourbon collection. Many of the beers on tap will be sourced from local craft breweries.

Open Road and CIRCA will utilize approximately 8,400 square feet of the 11,000 square feet of retail/restaurant space located on the ground floor of 99M. MHG and Skanska anticipate a summer 2018 opening for both restaurants.

“Having Open Road and CIRCA together offers a unique urban experience that reflects the vibrant personality and energy of the Capitol Riverfront,” said Rob Ward, Executive Vice President for Skanska USA Commercial Development. “Together they provide high-quality dining options to the community and our future office tenants.”

Located at the corner of 1st and M Streets SE, 99M will include approximately 220,000 square feet of office space. 99M is designed to LEED® Gold standards.

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.”

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  • “an industrial chic décor, featuring reclaimed wood, steel, brick, and iron. The menu will feature seasonal ingredients used to create culinary variations to traditional American favorites complimented by handcrafted cocktails”

    So, it’s just like every other restaurant that’s opened in the last three years.

  • …and terrible acoustics.

  • palisades

    The Open Road in Merrifield is poppin off as soon as the clock strikes 5 every day. That might just be because there isn’t much in the ways of bars around here, but hey, people like it.

  • A restaurant press release that mentions the decor before and in more detail than the food demonstrates the priorities of the restaurant owners.

  • Comment Artist

    Pretty much all of these new buildings in the Navy Yard area are being built in a style that will look dull and outdated 20 years from now.

    • maxwell smart

      Let’s be honest… most of the office buildings in DC are generally built in a dull style, regardless of when they were built.

    • that’s not just now. welcome to Washington DC…… Height Limits + competitive & expensive RE market = square box buildings that maximize $/SF

      • Comment Artist

        They’re basically built to be disposable.

        • jim_ed

          In what way are any multistory office buildings in this city built to be disposable? I’m honestly curious to hear your reasoning.

          • maxwell smart

            Well there have been a fair share that have been demolished recently downtown to build newer, glassier versions. I can think of 4 or 5 right off the bat.

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