Eleanor ivy city

Holy mackerel – my dream is becoming a reality!! For those still doubting the hotness of Ivy City – behold The Eleanor from Adam Stein and Nick Freshman:

“The Eleanor will be a Bar and Restaurant from several of the city’s industry veterans. Located at 1900 Kendall Street, Washington, D.C. in the Ivy City Neighborhood, the space is just under 7000 square feet to accommodate four bowling lanes, event/music space, movie screen, bar, arcade, large outdoor patio, and kitchen. From bar stools, to high-top seating, couches/lounge areas for seating at the lanes, and outdoor patio, we are expecting an occupancy of around 300 people. (more…)

Kendall Street NE at Capitol Ave NE

This rental is located at Kendall Street NE at Capitol Ave NE. The Craigslist ad says:

“$1250 / 1br – Charming and Inviting Home in Hip Ivy City

LOCATION: 1827 Kendall Street NE #201


• Located next to Gallaudet University. This apartment is close to Noma-Gallaudet and Union Station Metro Station as well as Florida Ave, Rhode Island Ave, New York Ave, and Bladensburg Road, for great access in and out of the city.
• Incredible options for entertainment, nightlife, tourist attractions, and great access to all points in the city, including Union Market, the H Street Corridor which includes various shops, restaurants, cafes, bars/lounges and eateries. There’s now an Angelika independent movie theatre behind Union Market. Both Union Market and H Street are within five- to ten-minutes’ walking distance. Bardo, an excellent, local beer garden and artisanal brewery, is also a five-minute walk.
• The D4, D8 bus lines depart two blocks away, providing easy access to all points around the city and a direct route to downtown. The H Street trolley is up and running, providing direct access to Union Station, and there is a Capital Bikeshare stop one block away.



Full menu here: la-puerta-verde-mock-menu (PDF)

From a press release:

“Completing Mindful Restaurant Group’s culinary trifecta within the historic and newly renovated Hecht Warehouse in the up-and-coming Ivy City neighborhood, La Puerta Verde (2001 Fenwick Street NE, Washington DC 20002; www.LaPuertaVerdeDC.com; @LaPuertaVerdeDC; (202) 290-1875) – a casual Mexican eatery paying homage to both Mexican cuisine and the many individuals owner Ari Gejdenson has had the pleasure of working with throughout his journey in the hospitality world as a restaurateur – will open to the public beginning with dinner service on Tuesday, January 17th.”


Located in the newly renovated historic Hecht Warehouse, La Puerta Verde – which translates to ‘The Green Door’ – is simultaneously reminiscent of a traditional Mexican Hacienda and nostalgic to its Ivy City roots. Featuring 3,800 square feet (6,800 square feet total between the three connected restaurants including Ari’s Diner, DOCK FC, & La Puerta Verde), and seating for up to 85 guests – 60 in the main dining room and 25 at the bar – celebrated design gurus Eric Gronning – owner and principal of Gronning Architects PLLC (www.gronningarchitects.com) – and Tony Mize of Septcarres (www.Septcarres.com), teamed up to create a space that fuses traditional Mexican accents while maintaining the integrity of the Hecht Warehouse’s raw structure. The airy space with high ceilings features pops of bold colors including deep blues, earthy greens, warm oranges, and bright yellows, walls and flooring adorned with talavera tiles, and three large vibrant and original murals from DC-based graffiti artist and pioneer CHELOVE coexist amongst a backdrop of repurposed cargo containers, while still embracing rustic elements including the original warehouse columns. In Mexico the color green represents hope and Mindful Restaurant Group’s hope is that through their green door guests will find the perfect place to connect and enjoy the spirit of Mexico right here in the heart of Northeast Washington DC. (more…)

Courtesy Dock FC

From a press release:

“Dock FC, a soccer-centric sports bar, opens this Friday Dec 16th in the Hecht Warehouse, Northeast DC. Dock FC (Football Club) takes its name from the great powerhouses in international soccer while paying homage to its DC location, the site of the original loading dock of the historic Hecht Warehouse in Ivy City.

“I remember as a kid growing up here in DC wishing there was a place to go watch soccer on the weekends,” Ari Gejdenson, owner of Dock FC and founder of Mindful Restaurant Group, said. “This is going to be a great gathering place to watch a game and have a really communal atmosphere.”
At the age of 16, Gejdenson left his DC home to play soccer professionally abroad, eventually landing in Florence, Italy. There, he transitioned from a soccer career to a restaurant career with his first restaurant, Ari’s Diner. Now 12 years later, inspired by his life-long love for the game and the community and camaraderie that surrounds it, established DC restaurateur Gejdenson hopes for Dock FC to be a special place for his hometown to gather, cheer, and celebrate the world’s most popular game.

Multiple large screen televisions line the tiled walls, and projectors hang from the warehouse style ceiling. A large garage door storefront promises an open outdoor feel come spring. Soccer from around the world will be the focus and always on display, but Dock FC will also be home to fans of all DC sports teams and plans to showcase lesser-known in America but popular international spectator sports such as rugby, cricket, and Aussie rules football. (more…)

via Ari’s Diner Facebook

From a press release:

“DC native Ari Gejdenson and his Mindful Restaurant Group opens Ari’s Diner, the first of their three restaurants opening in the Hecht Warehouse in Ivy City.

At the age of 22, Ari Gejdenson opened his first restaurant, an American diner, in Florence, Italy. Now, 12 years later, he opens the doors to his new diner, this time just a short distance from where he grew up in Northeast Washington DC.

“Diners are where I got my start, and I love them. I love the familiarity, the look, and obviously the all-day breakfast,” Gejdenson said.

The design is timeless American diner; green vinyl booths and a 16 stool counter. The menu is comprised of diner classics and a couple of twists, all made using high-quality and fresh ingredients. Classics like a two-egg breakfast and French toast join newcomers like a DC- inspired omelet filled with half smoke and mumbo sauce. Breakfast and lunch will be available all day, with a beverage selection of classic milkshakes, floats, and malts, as well as beer, wine, and a select choice of breakfast cocktails.

Ari’s Diner
Opening: December 9, 2016
Hours: 6 AM- 5 PM (breakfast and lunch) Tuesday-Sunday
Address: 2003 Fenwick St NE”

via google maps

From MPD:

“On 12/1/2016 at approximately 8pm MPD responded to sounds of Gun Shots in the 1800 block of Capitol Ave NE. Upon arriving on scene a Male was found in the driver seat of a Green Ford Van suffering from multiple gunshot wounds to his back. The male was transported to the hospital for treatment but was pronounced while at the hospital. This case is under investigation by MPD Homicide branch”


From the Facebook:

“Sunday at 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM
The Park at Capitol Ave and Mt. Olivet Rd.

Celebrate the stories and spirit of Ivy City!

+ Enjoy free food
+ Listen to live perfomances by local Ivy City artists
+ Screenprint your own free t-shirt

We’ll also celebrate the big “reveal” of the brand new IVY CITY sign that #theRealIvyCity youth created with the support of the Screenprinting Team at The Sanctuaries. More info below. (more…)

ivy city shooting
via google maps

From MPD:

“Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a fatal shooting that occurred in the 900 block of Mount Olivet Road, Northeast on Wednesday, August 10, 2016.

At approximately 1:47 am, members of the Fifth District heard the sound of a single gunshot in the area of Mount Olivet Road and New York Avenue, Northeast and responded to the rear of the location. Upon arrival on the scene, members located an adult male suffering from a gunshot wound. The victim exhibited no signs consistent with life and remained on the scene. (more…)

grand opening 2

From an email:

“Located across the street from The Hecht Warehouse at 2002 Fenwick Street, Big Chief will have two bars downstairs, and one on the rooftop. There is also a 1970s Airstream on the rooftop that will soon be open and available to be rented out for small parties.

Doors open at 8 PM tonight with live music by Brass Connection and two DJs. Friday there will be a free crawfish boil and a DJ at night. Saturday there will be live music all day with a cookout at 12 PM on the rooftop. Every Monday at 8 PM Big Chief is going to host “Motown On Mondays”, where DJs will play Motown originals and remixes all night.

2002 Fenwick Street, NE. courtesy Big Chief