Back in August we learned that the owner of Tico at 14th and U, Michael Schlow, was bringing a new restaurant to the former Kushi space that has been closed since Sept. 2014. A new liquor license placard has been posted at the former Kushi space for Alta Strada:
“Restaurant serving Italian food with a seating capacity of 150. Total occupancy load of 199. Requesting a sidewalk cafe with a seating capacity of 50 and entertainment endorsement.”
You can see Alta Strada’s menu from Massachusetts here. Updates as they get closer to opening.
As I’m sure you recall, the Gentleman’s Club at 5th and K St. NW, “the Cloakroom” (formerly Louis’ Rogue) has been closed since it partially collapsed last spring. Construction activity to repair the building has been intermittent and it hasn’t been clear if it would ever reopen.
However, I saw some curious activity going on behind the mural wall separating the remainder of the building from the street. It looked like some people were shooting glamour shots of young, scantily-clad women in construction worker outfits. Photos attached – I guess this indicates that the Cloakroom is preparing some marketing for the club and is therefore planning to reopen sometime after all.
PS: Credit to the young woman who toddled down into the construction pit in very high heels to do a lying down pose on the equipment.”
This unit is located at 460 New York Avenue, Northwest. The listing says:
“Amazing new contemporary building in Mt. Vernon Triangle. #1006 is the last 1+Den. Top floor! Upgraded appliances, wide plank flooring throughout (incl den and bedroom), quartz counter in kitchen & bathroom, kitchen glass backsplash, Juliet balcony, southern exposure, views incl top of Capitol dome! Nice, open floor plan. INCL 1 garage space! 460NYA offers concierge, sky lounge, terrace, & more!”
“the Boulangerie as it opens first on Friday, September 4th and will operate daily, from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. serving breakfast options like house-made breakfast pastries, sandwiches for lunch, as well as coq au vin, boeuf bourguignon, cakes and patisseries to go, for those who’d like to enjoy their French meal at home. Then the 170-seat L’Hommage Bistro Francais’ main dining room and spacious bar will commence for dinner service on Friday, September 11th, and will be served Sunday through Thursday, from 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, from 5:30 p.m. to 12 Midnight. Lunch will debut Tuesday, September 15th and will be available weekdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. with a late lunch offering available from 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. and weekend brunch will also become available in the near future.”
“Restaurateur Hakan Ilhan is pleased to announce his newest French restaurant venture, L’Hommage Bistro Francais, which will open in stages beginning in early September at 450 K Street, NW, within the Mount Vernon Triangle neighborhood. Those craving French pastries and freshly baked bread will want to stop in at the Boulangerie as it opens first on Friday, September 4th and will operate daily, from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. serving breakfast options like house-made breakfast pastries, sandwiches for lunch, as well as coq au vin, boeuf bourguignon, cakes and patisseries to go, for those who’d like to enjoy their French meal at home. Then the 170-seat L’Hommage Bistro Francais’ main dining room and spacious bar will commence for dinner service on Friday, September 11th, and will be served Sunday through Thursday, from 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, from 5:30 p.m. to 12 Midnight. Lunch will debut Tuesday, September 15th and will be available weekdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. with a late lunch offering available from 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. and weekend brunch will also become available in the near future. (more…)
“Events DC, the official convention and sports authority for the District of Columbia, announced today it has hired Streetsense, a multidisciplinary design and strategy firm specializing in retail, restaurant, hospitality, and real estate solutions, to lease retail spaces around the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. The brokerage team working on the project consists of Director of Retail Strategy, Jared Meier; Director of Investment Sales and Leasing, Roy Hill; and Retail Strategist, Michael Johns.
Capitalizing on the spirit of Events DC’s ‘Bring Your Imagination’ campaign, this new partnership will activate retail spaces on the exterior of the Convention Center, consisting of 11 retail locations, totaling approximately 19,000 square feet.
“The vacant retail spaces in and around the Convention Center present a tremendous opportunity to invigorate the community,” says Max Brown, board chair for Events DC. “Engaging the local neighborhood is one of our top priorities and we are focused on finding the right retailers to fill the available space to continue the revitalization of Shaw, and connect the corridor from U Street down to NY Avenue.”
Events DC is focused on bringing in the right mix of vendors, including restaurants, services and local merchants to serve both local residents and event attendees.
“There is positive momentum to bring our vision to life – in fact, our partner Streetsense has already hit the ground running,” said Gregory A. O’Dell, president and chief executive officer of Events DC. “They have been actively pursuing exciting new concepts for retail at the Convention Center and, as a result, we are in discussions with several amazing prospects that we believe our customers, residents and visitors to the Convention Center will thoroughly enjoy.”
Streetsense is recognized as a top design, brokerage, and strategy firm, known for its involvement in high-profile projects such as the upcoming Collection at Chevy Chase and the DC Vibrant Streets Toolkit, and work with influential clients including JBG, Mike Isabella, and The Ritz-Carlton. The firm is also well known for integrating market analysis, urban planning, architecture, branding, and retail strategy. The brokerage team has played an active role in real estate transactions throughout the Shaw and Mount Vernon Triangle neighborhoods, and have established the immediate area as a food haven for the city.
Current plans for the area include exploring the modification of existing retail storefronts, offering neighborhood-serving goods and amenities, and repositioning the fascia along 9th Street NW by incorporating artistic elements, murals and vertical plant installation.
“We are thrilled to join Events DC in this endeavor and remain enthusiastic about the area’s growth and long-term potential,” said Marc Ratner, chief executive officer of Streetsense. “We look forward to making a constructive impact on the community and the cityscape of the Convention Center.”
“SoulCycle Mount Vernon will feature a 62-bike studio, home to the signature SoulCycle workout, and an expansive SoulCycle lifestyle boutique, selling SoulCycle’s original clothing collection. Additional rider amenities include full men’s and women’s locker rooms with three showers each, multiple bathrooms, and locker area.”
This rental is located at 811 4th Street, Northwest. The listing says:
“Fresh paint – new carpets!! metro = 4 blocks, Penn Quarter, GW Law school, City Center, restaurants & shops all close! hardwood floor, 10ft ceiling, carpet in bedroom(s) – den can be converted to bedroom. reserved covered parking. tenant pays electric only. 24 hr concierge, fitness ctr + fab roof deck. 3% rent increase after each year.”