Soapstone Market coming to the Park Van Ness will have Sidewalk Seating for 40

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4465 Connecticut Avenue, NW

The Soapstone Market placards say:

“Grocery store with prepared food and deli also containing an eat-in café. Beer and wine available for on and off premises consumption. Tasting Endorsement.”

and

“Restaurant-style food such as sandwiches, salads, and entrees made-to-order in a counter-service, grab–n-go style within a full-service grocery store. Beer and wine available for on premise consumption. Tasting Endorsement and Sidewalk Café seating 40 patrons. Total Occupancy Load of 100. Seating for 60 inside premises.”

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looking north to Albermarle

Stay tuned for the Italian Restaurant from the Fiola Folks.

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looking south towards the metro

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  • I checked out the prices for this place and is it me or are they way too high for the area?

    • Where did you see prices? Really hoping it’s not way too expensive (although Bread Furst seems to be doing just fine despite being on the spendy side)

      • Sorry, I was referring to Park Van Ness, not Soapstone Market.

        • It actually seems relatively low considering all the amenities. Walkable yet quiet neighborhood, close to the metro, $2100 for a 1br in a building with a pool that is a 15-minute walk to Rock Creek and across the street from Bread Furst? And the building is beautiful. If I were in the market for an apartment, I’d seriously consider this place. A new building just went up in Cathedral Commons renting for about $2300 for a 1br without a pool and not walkable to Rock Creek.

          • Yeah, $2100 for a new one bedroom with all those amenities right on the metro is a really great deal. Also agree with the posts that this building looks great. Van Ness has a ways to go, but the streetscape is slowly getting more vibrant.

          • Cathedral Commons blows my mind. Not metro accessible, not really near anything except maybe AU, and charging 14th street prices. I really don’t know who they are trying to attract.

        • It’s 2100 but I believe plus utilities, and not rent controlled. So that adds substantially to the potential costs.

  • Wow, that’s a handsome building. It really fits in with the historical architecture style of upper Connecticut Ave.
    Was the developer forced to design the building this way by an HPRC?

    • I’m actually really torn on it. When you walk by, it has a very Disney-esque quality to it, in that it’s so trying to be of a certain era but in a way that feels really fake. I half expect to walk around the back and see that it’s all a stage set.

    • There’s another development a little up the road at Connecticut and Military that took the opposite approach – went a little more Richard Meier all-white exterior, modern – that the neighborhood was up in arms over because it “didn’t fit the context of the neighborhood” that I think is actually more successful. It’s not pretending to be 1920’s Art Deco, but it’s also not as obscenely out of place as the NIMBY’s made it out to be.

    • This isn’t in an historic district, so I’m guessing the developer just went with this design. You’re starting to see more neo-deco in new builds these days.

  • As If

    Whoa… when did this pop up? I haven’t been around there in years, but is this where Delhi Dhaba & Pier 1 used to be?

  • Another key element to this building is that, while it faces CT Ave, it backs onto Soapstone Valley and the opening in the middle leads to a platform overlooking the valley. I can totally see coming down here on a nice night for an ice cream etc. There’s a Giant, CVS and an awesome liquor store with a nice deli just up the road so this market will need to offer something they don’t.

  • I just moved to Van Ness (not this building) and I’m really looking forward to when this opens!

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