It seems to be a vacant building on F Street, NW between 9/10. It’s been this way since I moved to the city in 2008 and the entire area has become shopping and eating hotspot but nothing happens to this building. It’s next to Ultra Bar and even has a fancy security cameras on top… Doesn’t seem vacant.
I’m wondering if anyone knows what is going on here?
The space was then used briefly for a teen dance club called Club Bounce that was closed in October 2008 after a shooting incident nearby. New owners planned an events-oriented venue, to be called the “Museum of Arts and Sciences,” but the new club never officially opened. Finally, Douglas Development purchased the property in 2011, announcing that it would be renovated for retail or restaurant use rather than as another nightclub.
A bit more exciting than an eyefit vision – another retail space has been filled at 777 6th St, NW. A liquor license application reveals it will be:
“A upscale restaurant and wine bar serving brunch, lunch and dinner. Food will be prepared with fresh, seasonal and locally sourced ingredients with a seating capacity for 71 patrons and total load of 132. Request an entertainment endorsement with live performances only for special occasions and sidewalk café with a seating capacity for 24 patrons.”
It’s right next to the Corner Bakery at 6th and H St, NW:
Walgreens will officially open the doors to its newest Well Experience flagship store on Thursday, March 21. A ribbon cutting ceremony will commence the grand opening at 9 a.m.
Exclusive experience and preview of the flagship location:
Ceremonial ribbon cutting with Walgreens executives and local officials.
Pharmacy and Take Care Clinic: Insights into a new approach to community pharmacy.
LOOK Boutique: Showcasing upscale and premium beauty products and services.
Fresh/Up Market: Preview Walgreens approach to healthy, convenient and high-quality food offerings such as fro-yo and smoothies.
Walgreens and Bausch + Lomb recently announced the SightSense™ online and in-store patient education program – an initiative to heighten eye health awareness and encourage consumers to take proactive steps to protect and preserve their sight.
The new NPR headquarters comprises two integrated blocks: the bulk of a historically preserved four-story 1920′s era warehouse and a new, modern seven-story office block that rises behind. Designed by the Washington D.C.-based architectural firm Hickok Cole, and built by Balfour Beatty Construction, the building contains approximately 330,000 square feet of above-grade space and 440,000 total square feet. It will accommodate NPR’s DC-based staff of approximately 767 that is currently spread across three buildings – 635 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, and two nearby leased locations.
The heart of the building is a two-story open newsroom with broadcast and production studios to accommodate NPR’s round-the-clock schedule. NPR’s news, music, programming and digital staff are co-located on these floors. In addition to serving as center for NPR’s operations, the building is also home to the Public Radio Satellite System, an independent distribution system that moves public radio content across the country.
Visitors will enter the building through a landscaped plaza. Upon entering they will find an exhibit and a multimedia mosaic dedicated to NPR’s story, a performance studio that seats up to 250, and the NPR Commons, an events space for small groups and site of the NPR Shop. NPR expects to host many public events in the new headquarters.
The 1111 North Capitol building is expected to earn LEED Gold certification; environmentally sensitive features include a green roof and highly efficient cooling system to support energy conservation, and a system that captures street run-off within the tree-pits adjacent to North Capitol Street.
NPR established its current headquarters at 635 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, in 1994, before Gallery Place became a prime development zone and popular destination. Since then, NPR’s stature as a media organization and its popularity have grown rapidly and its weekly audience doubled.
Back in Oct. 2012 we learned a Taylor’s would be opening in the former Meat Balls space in Chinatown.
From a press release:
Taylor Gourmet will open its seventh store at 624 E Street NW Washington, D.C. on Thursday March 21st, 2013 at 11am. The authentic Philadelphia hoagie shop will offer over 36 different signature hoagies and its breakfast hoagies (weekends only) to Chinatown, Penn Quarter & Mount Vernon Triangle neighborhoods. Just a short stroll from Verizon Center and the Gallery Place Metro the shop will also offer delivery service to these neighborhoods.
“The chain makes more than 85 flavors of yogurt, including Jolly Rancher pomegranate raspberry, Greek froyo, and blueberry burst. The company has rolled out an espresso bar in some locations to provide more business year round, and that concept could appear in D.C., according to the spokesman.”
The only specific address announced is in Adams Morgan on Columbia Road. Forever Yogurt’s website lists other coming soon locations without specific addresses for Georgetown, Connecticut Ave (Dupont Circle), Verizon Center, and U Street (seeking space.)
In addition to the restaurant’s regular brunch menu Cedar’s Chef Aaron McCloud will prepare a three-course prix fixe brunch menu for Easter weekend. The $40 per person menu will be served on Saturday, March 30 and Sunday, March 31. It includes a first course warm English pea cream soup or a shellfish stew of mussels, oysters and lobster and three main course selections: house-made rabbit sausage and eggs, roasted lamb from Maryland’s Martin’s Farm or a spring vegetable tart. Chef McCloud’s version of a key lime pie and a peanut butter cup complete the courses.
“Close to Chinatown & Penn Qtr. 2 blocks to Gallery Metro.2 story loft featuring 2 master bedroom and 2 full bathrooms.High-end kitchen, balcony, Fitness Center, and staffed front desk.Garage parking available next door for a monthly fee.”
A few folks have written and tweeted asking who is moving into the former Potbelly space at 726 7th St, NW in Chinatown. This will be the Lime Fresh Mexican Grill we heard about in Sept. 2012. They should be open “mid-2013″. You can see their menu here. We judged the Lime Fresh Columbia Heights location here.
In Jan. we learned that condo sales had begun at CityCenterDC. CityCenterDC’s boundaries are New York Avenue NW, 9th Street NW, H Street NW, and 11th Street NW. Last week I took a tour of a model unit and got to see this unbelievably cool 3-D model of the development by LIDCM Corporation. I think I have underestimated how transformative this development is gonna be. To say I was blown away is an understatement. I can’t wait until we get confirmation on the retail and restaurants (“With over 295,000 sq ft of retail space, CityCenterDC will feature nearly 60 stores, restaurants and cafes”) but in the meantime – check out some more photos of the model: