Yesterday @TheYardsDC tweeted the good news:
“This just in: Nicoletta NYC Pizzeria will be opening in the seasonal stalls at The Yards Park/The Yards DC”
A recent liquor license posted at the Lumber Shed lists Osteria Morini/Nicoletta:
“New full service, fine dining restaurant specializing in authentic Italian food. Separate kiosk for casual dining and takeout/delivery. Inside seating capacity is 165. Two summer gardens with a total of 136 seats. Background music, occasional live music and/or DJ will be provided.”
This is gonna be awesome.
Yesterday we learned Rocklands BBQ would be expanding their Glover Park location. They’ve also some plans to add beer sales to their food truck when they are at to 1st and N Streets, SE while the Nats are in town. From a liquor license application:
“New Tavern, Food Truck. JBS is planning to serve barbeque and related food products from its food truck on private property at Ball Park Square (at the corner of 1st and N Streets, SE) on days of Washington Nationals home games. JBS is seeking an ABRA license to serve beer at the property on those days in conjunction with its food sales.”
Photo via @GarberDC
On Thursday The House Subcommittee on Government Operations had a hearing to address the future of 49 L Street SE. The Half Street Market blog wrote:
The hearing is being called to discuss “the costs to the taxpayer of underperforming or vacant Federal assets and, in particular, the status of the vacant GSA Warehouse located on L Street in southeast Washington, D.C.” The committee has invited representatives from the GSA, GAO, and Ward 6 Council to testify on possible uses of the warehouse. Councilmember Tommy Wells (Ward 6) and Ed Kaminski (ANC 6D02) have been invited to testify.
ANC Rep and Half Street Market Supporter @GarberDC tweeted:
“@HalfStMarket hearing went really well. Congress & GSA very aware of community interest. …What a great building”
However Washington Post reporter @TimCraigPost wondered:
“Has anyone considered some won’t want to spend $19 million to build another Union Market, which many in DC can’t afford?”
Post reporter @OConnellPostbiz also wondered:
“We already have @EasternMarketDC and @UnionMarketDC — hard to see a third this close being best economic use.”
So what do you guys think – should DC buy the vacant L St, SE warehouse for $19 million and convert it into a new Market? If not, what do you think should become of the old warehouse?
When the azaleas are in full bloom Yards Park is a must visit spot in Navy Yard.
4th and M Street, SE
The building’s website, Twelve12, says:
COMING SPRING 2014
Convenience meets style
in one of DC’s most interesting urban districts. This newly-constructed signature building will offer its residents unique and exciting amenities, including upscale finishes and a sense of community in a vibrant, growing neighborhood. Additionally, we are proud to announce that a brand new Harris Teeter and a VIDA Fitness will provide unparalleled on-site conveniences for residents to enjoy.
202 M Street, SE
The eagerly anticipated Park Tavern has finally opened at 202 M Street, SE in Navy Yard. Thanks to all who sent emails. Park Tavern joins the recently opened Gordon Biersch brewery near the baseball stadium.
Anyone happen to stop by Park Tavern yesterday?
The equity group that bought out Cervera is reportedly headed by his brother and has other restaurant franchises. Xavier’s brother is currently in Washington and is actively managing the restaurant group. Part of the deal was Xavier’s continued involvement in the management as a consultant.
Rendering via ANC Rep David Garber’s Facebook page
Last week a commenter pined for a movie theater in Columbia Heights (I also wondered about that possibility back in 2009.) On March 1st, Navy Yard ANC Rep David Garber posted a rendering for a proposed movie theater in Navy Yard:
“Curious to hear what you think of the design for this new 16-screen ShowPlace ICON movie theater near the ballpark!”
Personally I think a movie theater would do very well in Navy Yard as more and more development continues to sprout near the baseball stadium and coming soon to the nearby SW Waterfront as well. Anyway, it got me thinking about what other neighborhoods – could realistically – support a movie theater? I think NoMa probably could as well. Which neighborhoods do you think could support a 16 screen theater? How ’bout a smaller independent two screen theater like West End Cinema?
Photo by PoPville flickr user rpmaxwell
From a press release:
The Washington Nationals announced today that Blues Traveler (June 8), Thompson Square (July 6), Gavin DeGraw (August 31) and Montgomery Gentry (September 21) will comprise the lineup for the 2013 NatsLive Free Postgame Concert Series following select Nationals home games throughout the summer.
“We are thrilled to be opening the NatsLive Concert Series for the Washington Nationals this year!” said John Popper, lead singer for Blues Traveler. “My visit to Nationals Park last season to perform God Bless America was so rewarding that I’m excited to return and bring the whole band with me.”
The performances will begin approximately 15 minutes after the final out of each Nationals game. Fans who wish to attend the free concerts must have a valid ticket for that day’s Nationals game, which can be purchased at nationals.com/NatsLive.
100 M Street, SE
@CapitolRvrFront tweets the good news:
“newest bar in the Capitol Riverfront @Gordon_Biersch – open to the public on Monday – 1st & M ST, SE @Nationals Fans”
Anyone get tickets for opening day?
Foundry Lofts at 300 Water St, SE
From a press release:
The roster of retailers and restaurants locating at The Yards continues to grow and diversify with the announcement that Desi Living Loft Furniture plans to open its newest store at The Yards. Forest City Washington, the master developer of the 42-acre, urban mixed-use, waterfront development project made the announcement of this latest retail signing.
Desi is the DC area’s premier stop for the most affordable, stylish and unique concepts in living room furniture. The stores provide many color choices, including approximately 200 different fabrics and 70 different leather colors. Desi strives to give customers abundant options in fabric, leather, configuration and style for the most affordable price. Additional information about Desi Living Loft can be found online at www.desisofas.com.
Expected to open in late spring of this year, the 3,000 square foot Desi furniture showroom at The Yards will be located on Water Street at the south end of the Foundry Lofts Apartment building, facing The Yards Park. The Yards will be the third area location for the growing furniture retailer which has existing stores in Rockville and Annapolis.
Photo by PoPville flickr user Joe in DC
From a press release:
New Belgium Brewing today announced the long-awaited Tour de Fat 2013 schedule. The tour, now in its 14th year, will spin into 12 cities across the nation. This daylong festival in the park celebrates the bicycle, showcases New Belgium beers, and provides eclectic and engaging entertainment for all. The event is free, yet all proceeds from food and beer go to local biking groups. Over its course, Tour de Fat has raised more than $2 million for nonprofit organizations.
Each festival kicks off with a police-escorted bicycle parade through city streets in celebration of the bike. Costumes are encouraged but not mandatory, though the truly aware come prepared. Each parade route is designed for people of all skill levels, wrapping up at the park for a day of both sensory stimulation and relaxation.
After the parade, the festival stages heat up with national musical acts, touring comedy groups, artistic ensembles and unexpected entertainment. New this year is the opportunity to heighten your beer knowledge through beer contests, providing the chance to explore new brews and revel in a unique lineup of New Belgium selections. Kids of all ages can test their bicycle prowess on art bikes, dance in the grass and explore a wide variety of games and activities, such as giant versions of telephone and Plinko.
“Tour De Fat brings together entire communities to celebrate the bike as a vehicle for social change and good-time fun,” said Matt Kowal, New Belgium Brewing’s Tour de Fat Impresario. “This is a chance to see world-class entertainment in your own backyard with a beer in hand while you raise money for bike advocacy. That’s like a win-win-win situation.”
One brave role model in each city will volunteer to trade their car for a bike and live car-free for at least one year. With a ceremonial pledge and a handing over of car keys, the celebrated figure commits to a year of human transport on the fully loaded commuter bike of their choosing. The crowd goes wild and the seed is planted: one inspired person on two wheels can make a difference in each of our communities.
Car-for-Bike Swappers are chosen after submitting an application describing why they are ready to give up their vehicle for the gift of two wheels: www.newbelgium.com/tour-de-fat.
Photo by PoPville flickr user caroline.angelo
From the Capitol Riverfront BID:
The Capitol Riverfront BID will host an Outdoor Movie Series for ten weeks this summer in Canal Park. Beginning May 30th, we will bring to life all of your favorite DC Comics and Marvel Comics characters each Thursday night at sundown.
Mark your calendar:
May 30th – Captain America
June 6th – Green Lantern
June 13th – Iron Man
June 20th – Batman and Robin
June 27th – The Hulk
July 4th – No Movie (Holiday)
July 11th – Batman Begins
July 18th – Thor
July 25th – The Dark Knight
Aug 1st – The Avengers
Aug 8th – The Dark Knight Rises
Every week there will be trivia for each comic, as well as special giveaways on designated theme nights and more. Canal Park is accessible from the New Jersey Avenue entrance of the Navy Yard Metro.
And in other Navy Yard News – thanks to a reader for sending coming soon signage for Nando Peri Peri coming to the Boilermaker building:
Back in Dec. 2012 we learned that a huge Gordon Biersch Brewery restaurant was coming to Navy Yard near the baseball stadium. Looks like they’re hoping to be open by opening day.
1st and M St, SE
From a press release:
Nando’s Peri-Peri, the fast growing international chicken restaurant, is opening its doors at a new location in Washington, DC’s renovated Boilermaker Building at The Yards. The restaurant, scheduled to open in June 2013, will occupy 2,866 square feet and offer patio seating for those who want to enjoy the heat this summer. This will be the flame-grilled chicken restaurant’s twelfth location in the United States, following the March 2013 opening of its first Baltimore location.
Originally a naval industrial building, the Boilermaker building is undergoing an extensive renovation and will contain 34,000 of Retail Square Feet. Forest City is developing the Boilermaker Shops, which will include the following restaurants:
Nando’s Peri-‐Peri, BlueJacket brewpub, Buzz Bakery, Willie’s Brew & ‘Que, among others.
We judged their Dupont location back in Sept. 2010.
I am blown away by how awesome the Lumber Shed development is starting to look. In early Dec. ’12 we learned that Agua 301 Mexican restaurant from the owners of Zest will be opening up here in addition to an Italian resaurant – Osteria Morini. There is no doubt this going to be one of the coolest spots in DC.
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