1135 Okie Street, NE via One Eight Distilling

From a press release:

“The season’s most hotly anticipated food holiday, National Biscuits and Gravy Day, returns with all its buttery ballyhoo on Saturday, February 21st, 2015, from 1:00-4:00 p.m., at One Eight Distilling in Ivy City.

The new distillery (which opened in January as only the second in Washington, D.C. since prohibition) will offer tours and tastes of One Eight Distilling’s latest, while Mason Dixie Biscuit Co. (Washington, D.C.’s first mobile biscuit shop) sets up shop in the tasting room, selling hot, home-style wares from a special National Biscuits and Gravy Day menu.

“Our spirits are wonderful alongside Southern-style comfort food,” said One Eight Distilling CEO Alexander (Sandy) Wood. “Naturally, we are delighted to be celebrating National Biscuits and Gravy Day with the most expert among us, Mason Dixie Biscuit Co.”

WHAT: National Biscuits and Gravy Day
WHEN: Saturday, February 21st, 1:00-4:00 p.m.
WHERE: One Eight Distilling, 1135 Okie Street NE, Washington, D.C. 20002

Admission is free, and advance registration is NOT required. Tours are provided every half-hour, first-come, first-served. Participants must be age 21 or over with valid I.D. in order to attend. One Eight Distilling and Mason Dixie can accept all major credit cards for food and merchandise purchases.”

1356 Okie Street, NE

Back in January 2014 a liquor license placard was posted here for Ivy City Tavern:

“New Tavern. Seafood base menu. Entertainment with dancing, live bands, cover charge and DJ. Occupancy load is 49. Summer Garden.”

I didn’t really know much beyond that – but now tons of info from the Washington Post:

“Ivy City Smokehouse will serve Profish’s smoked salmon, whitefish, trout and more, said Rorapaugh. “We embrace the name. Obviously, we’re going to be smoking in-house. It’s going to smell like applewood or hickory, or whatever we’re smoking with.” They’ll also give customers a view of the smoking process, and welcome them into the kitchen for educational demonstrations.”

Well I guess that settles it – I’m moving to Ivy City!

1401 New York Avenue, NE

If you had any doubts about Ivy City blowing up – you can officially drop them. Big news from the Washington Business Journal:

“The next retailer to open at the Hecht Warehouse in Northeast D.C. will be a Nike Factory store, as the athletic apparel retailer will plant its flag there by late April.

Jemal also had some more Hecht restaurant news to share: Bar magnate Geoff Dawson — of Buffalo Billiards, Jackpot and others — has signed a lease to open there with Peter Bayne, his partner in Lost & Found, Iron Horse and Rocket Bar. The bar from Dawson and Bayne will be located at 2002 Fenwick St. NE.”


Ed. Note: BicycleSpace is currently popped up at 700 5th Street NW as of January 3rd, before moving to permanent space at 440 K St NW.

From BicycleSpace:

“We are excited to announce the signing of a lease for a new location in the up and coming Hecht Warehouse District. The repurposed industrial space will be at 1512 Okie Street NE, and feature over 4000 square feet of retail and service space. A summer 2015 opening is planned.

The new shop will join the dynamic and rapidly changing neighborhood and pair well with established neighbors like Open Studio DC, Atlas Brew Works, New Columbia Distillers, One Eight Distilling and Mom’s Organic Market – all less than a five minute walk away- while forming part of the foundation for the community that will rise outside our doors . The shop will be an easy ride from Capitol Hill, neighborhoods in NE, as well as from east of the river, and will be a convenient stopping point for commuters in Prince George’s county and beyond. We look forward to bringing great products, great service, and great community support for everyone living in and moving through the area.

“I am thrilled that BicycleSPACE is going to be part of this transformational Douglas Development project; from the rebirth of the abandoned space, to creating a walkable-bikeable community that is connected to the greater city, to serving the residents of the historic Trinidad and Ivy City neighborhoods, we can’t imagine a better place to meld the old & the new as our city continues to grow.” Cofounder Phil Koopman”

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1135 Okie Street, NE via One Eight Distilling

From a press release:

“One Eight Distilling – only the second distillery to open in Washington, D.C. since prohibition – will officially open its doors on Saturday, January 10, 2015, offering public tours, sampling, and spirit sales from 1:00-4:00 p.m. at the distillery’s northeast D.C. facilities.

Customers will be invited for a behind-the-scenes glimpse at One Eight’s 7,500 square production space, and given the opportunity to sample and shop for bottles of District Made Vodka (a rye-based vodka with a smooth, clean flavor) and Rock Creek White Whiskey (a rye-forward un-aged whiskey with hints of spice and pepper). One Eight’s Ivy City Gin, named after the neighborhood where the distillery is located, will be released in subsequent weeks. (more…)


“Dear PoPville,

Perhaps you can help me out with this – it’s been bugging me.

I’ve attached a photo below, on the left you’ll see a new building in the Linq complex in Las Vegas, NV. It opened in 2014. On the right you’ll see the old Hecht Company Warehouse, built in 1937 on New York Avenue.

How on earth did this happen? Is it an homage?

Link to NV photo.

Thanks for any insight you can give!”

Photo via Atlas Brew Works Facebook page

From a press release:

“Atlas Brew Works, the District’s newest production craft brewery, today announced an additional offering in its Tasting Room: Pints!

“We are excited to now offer our guests a pint of Atlas beer which they can enjoy in the brewery!” said Atlas CEO Justin Cox, “We’re glad the DC Council took notice of a need in our brewing community and worked with us to find a solution.”

Previously, production breweries in the District of Columbia could only offer tasting flights totaling no more than twelve ounces per visit. The new law allows patrons who stop in for a tasting and tour to also enjoy Atlas beers on premise at the brewery. “It’s great to allow our visitors to enjoy the beer in an appropriate serving quantity,” said Head Brewer Will Durgin. Growler fills and bottles will remain available at the brewery for consumption off-premises.

Atlas Brew Works will extend its tasting room hours to open Friday 5-8pm, Saturday 1-8pm, and Sunday 1-5pm opening for its first Friday Happy Hour this Friday, July 25th. 2052 West Virginia Avenue NE Suite 102

Founded by Justin Cox and award winning professional brewer Will Durgin, Atlas Brew Works is located in the Ivy City neighborhood of Northeast DC. Atlas offers its signature fresh, local beers Rowdy and District Common as well as rotating seasonals to thirsty Washingtonians in taverns and restaurants across the District.”

1401 New York Avenue, NE via @MOMsOrganicMrkt

“Dear PoPville,

I was in the Alexandria MOM’s Organic Market a couple of days ago. The pretty dated strip mall where they’re located is renovating, and eventually MOM’s will be relocated to a new adjacent building. Still not completely clear on the details, but we started talking about other future locations.

They said they’ll also have a store near Union Market in an old Sears building – I think they meant Hechts. MOMs has a FB entry on the January groundbreaking and tells a commenter they’ll be open in the fall.”

Last Thursday they tweeted the rendering pictured above:

“Can’t believe this is happening! Can’t wait! @douglasdevdc #DCMOMs #NYAve #IvyCity #Hechts”

Another reader sends some photos of how the site looks today:


Douglas Development’s website says:

“This property was originally built in 1937 and expanded in 1948 as the central warehouse for the Hecht’s Company Department Stores. The six story building was constructed in a Streamline Modern style featuring glass block extensively, culminating in a twelve-point star shaped cupola at the corner that is illuminated at night. Douglas Development purchased the building in 2011 and is currently redeveloping the property into mixed-use retail and office complex. Construction has began on a new seven story attached garage with 900+ parking spaces.

The new Hecht’s Warehouse District will be a dynamic mixed used development featuring shopping, dining and offices.”



From a press release:

One Eight Distilling, only the second distillery to open in Washington D.C. since prohibition, has released bottle and label designs for the first round of spirits to be sold by the distillery upon its opening in Summer 2014.

One Eight’s Rock Creek White Whiskey will be distilled and bottled in its warehouse from locally-sourced rye grain. Rock Creek White Whiskey’s design honors the history of mills and small distilleries in D.C., such as the historic Pierce Mill and adjacent distillery in Rock Creek Park. The laser cut image depicts the leaf of a beech tree, found throughout Rock Creek Park. Future whiskey releases will also explore this design theme.

One Eight’s Ivy City Gin, named after the neighborhood where the distillery is located, will also be distilled from locally-sourced rye grain and infused with botanicals in a dedicated gin still. The Ivy City Gin design evokes early city maps demarcating city lines with boundary stones. This intricate label is screen printed directly onto the bottle.

District Made Vodka will pay tribute to the ancient roots of vodka by also being distilled from rye but at the same time employing the latest filtering technologies for a smooth and clean flavor. The District Made Vodka design combines an urban industrial design with a hand-made aesthetic that is central to One Eight’s distilling style.

About One Eight Distilling (more…)