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Rendering via Property Group Partners

Earlier this month we were psyched to learn of a potential home for Eataly in DC. Here’s lots more info from PGP’s website:

“Capitol Crossing will be a multi-phase master-planned development located in Washington’s supply-constrained Central Business District that is bordered by Massachusetts Avenue to the north, E Street to the south, Third Street to the west and Second Street to the east.

The 247,000-square-foot site consists of a recessed portion of US I-395 that slices through the east side of the CBD, which is surrounded by a multitude of public transportation options.

The project will be built over the active highway utilizing a platform to support the development of an expected 2.2 million square-foot mixed-use project.

The development’s focus will be predominately office. It will also include a significant ground floor retail component, below-grade parking and a small component of residential use.

Washington has encouraged the development of a platform over I-395 since the initial approval in 1990, with the expectation that it would re-connect F and G Streets between Second and Third Streets as originally conceived in L’Enfant’s master plan for the city. Restoring the site to grade level and filling in the highway overpass will result in a dramatic transformation of the area into a true destination.

This is the largest continuous undeveloped site remaining in Downtown Washington. Its size will offer tremendous opportunity for private firms to lease large blocks of contiguous space for current needs as well as future expansion space.”

Check out many more renderings here.

And how the site looks today:

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3rd and Massachusetts Ave, NW looking east

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looking south

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looking west

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655 K Street, NW (at New York Ave)

A reader writes:

“Out walking Sunday morning and saw this. It appears that one of the saved buildings that was moved from its original foundation, then moved again to its new location,adjacent to the new medical college headquarters building, has collapsed! I asked the construction guy, putting up the caution tape, what happened but his only response was “I can’t discuss it”.

Another reader writes:

“Spotted this on the walk to work this morning. One of the facades of a building that was move at the NY Ave Assoc. Of American Medical Colleges collapsed overnight. It’s cool to watch them move and preserve these buildings so it’s kind of a bummer that this happened.”

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Demoed lot in front of new building at 7th and Massachusetts Ave, NW

Thanks to a reader a for sending a link to this interview on 94.7 Fresh FM:

“…they are getting ready to open another RPM Italian restaurant right here in Washington, D.C.

“It’s under construction right now. It’s the old NPR building right in Downtown D.C. You’ll see that whole process [on the show].” They hope to open the restaurant by 2015.”

The old NPR building was demoed in June 2013 and the office space has been leased to the Arnold & Porter law firm. NPR’s new home is at 1111 North Capitol Street, NE in NoMa. I hadn’t realized there would be retail/restaurant space too. You can see RPM Italian’s menus here.

Side note: I still think keeping those old buildings looks cool at the other new building next door to where this one is coming:

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Update from Walmart:

“It was a mistake at the store level. We immediately corrected the number as soon as we became aware. The top numbers were changed to 20 items or less.”

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917 5th Street, NW

Silo opened up a few months ago back in January. Not sure how many folks have already checked them out but you can see their new full new menu here: SILO Spring Menu April 2014

Lots more info from a press release:

“NOW IN THE KITCHEN AT SILO:

Michael Walters, Chef

Chef Michael Walters has joined the Silo team as a consulting Chef who has revamped the menu with Modern American Bistro Food. He spends his mornings as the Production Chef at Barcelona Wine Bar & Restaurant, and the evenings in the kitchen at Silo.

Chef Walters got his start in the restaurant business working for the renowned Jean-Louis Palladin at his famed Jean-Louis Restaurant at The Watergate. Palladin quickly promoted Walters from dishwasher to grill cook, teaching Walters how to grill the perfect steak. From there, Walters went on to work as a chef in the kitchens of other well-known DC chefs Michel Richard, José Andres, and Roberto Donna. Eventually, Walters branched out and opened his own restaurant, Good Luck Cafe in Tampa, FL, which earned a spot in USA Today’s 2006 “Top Five Culinary Destinations.” He returned to DC and opened The Brightwood Bistro before joining Barcelona Restaurant Group and Silo.

Calvin Di Giovanni, Chef de Cuisine

Born in the United States, but raised in Paris, Chef Calvin Di Giovanni began his culinary career at the early age of 16 while training in the kitchen with the renowned Sommelier Philippe Faure-Brac at his Bistrot du Sommelier restaurant in Paris after attending culinary high school. At 18, he returned to New York and worked in the kitchens of Chef David Burke, Chef Jean-Louis Peulade, and Chef (and Silver Toque Winner) Guy Reuge. In 2013, Di Giovanni made his way to Washington, DC, landing the position of Pastry Chef at Lavagna in Eastern Market. He then became the Sous Chef at Pesce in Dupont Circle, before being recruited to join the team as the Chef de Cuisine at Silo when it opened.

NEW DISHES on Silo’s Modern American Bistro Menu include: (more…)

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Whoa huge news from Urban Turf:

“Eataly has signed a letter of intent for somewhere in the vicinity of 30,000 to 35,000 square feet of retail space at the massive Capitol Crossing project planned for above I-395 of Massachusetts Avenue NW…

Eataly wouldn’t arrive until 2017, at the earliest.”

Holy cow, thank God it’s not April 1st today! We’ve been tracking potential Eataly locations since 2011. For those not familiar with Eataly, you can read about it here. Keeping my fingers crossed!!!

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1017 7th Street, NW

Vigilante Coffee had hosted a pop up at Hogo since March 1st, 2013 and after a year finished up service last Saturday. Vigilante Coffee will be part of the Maketto venture with the folks from Durkl and Toki Underground coming to 1351 H St, NE.

I’ve also heard a rumor he could be opening up a space in Hyattsville too.

Sadly no update on his van stolen with 7-10k dollars worth of raw green coffee inventory and equipment.

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923–925 5th Street, NW

Some details about the second planned Dacha Beer Garden coming to Mt. Vernon Square from a liquor license application:

“New Tavern, The establishment will offer a choice of draft beers and light fare. 
Food will be pre-cooked offsite and reheated on site. It will be outfitted with a 20’-foot x 8’-foot pre-fabricated building that will be connected to public sewer and water supply and will have the following functions; 1. To provide service counter space, 2. Store and refrigerate beer kegs, 3. Reheat remotely prepared light fare on a gridle, 4. Wash beer glasses in a code compliant three compartment sink, 5. Wash glasses in an automatic glass washer, Store a supply of bottled water in an under counter refrigerator.

Total Occupancy load #35. Summer Garden-Seats #150. With Live Entertainment

Hours of operation are listed as Sunday through Saturday: 8am-2am. Though live entertainment in the summer garden (occurring or continuing after 6pm) is listed as Sunday through Saturday: 8am–8pm.

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“Dear PoPville,

Noticed this listing in Mt Vernon Square. The business was busted last year for dealing in stolen goods.

The listing states zoning will allow for up to 6 stories for construction. How can they add 6 stories it the structure w the Sonata condos on the right w windows that would be blocked? Or am I just missing something?

Address: 309 Northwest H Street
Price: $1,500,000″