Photo by PoPville flickr user Clif Burns

Ed. Note: I’m told “if Joaquin wakes up swinging Saturday morning, there is a possibility that the event may be postponed, so folks should check VegFest Facebook or Twitter for updates before heading out the door.”

From a press release:

“On Saturday October 3 from 11am­-6pm, more than 15,000 Washingtonians and visitors will celebrate the best of all things vegan and vegetarian in and around the nation’s capital. This year’s DC VegFest promises to be the biggest and best yet with more food vendors, a larger Barking Lot for dogs, a bigger Kid’s Area with a moon bounce, and inspiring, informative speakers including Gene Baur, from Farm Sanctuary, the award­ winning chefs from Vedge restaurant, and vegan ultra athlete Rich Roll. The highly anticipated emcee is the ​award­winning television journalist and bestselling author J​ane Velez­Mitchell.

“This year’s DC VegFest will be an action ­packed plant­ based celebration with even more delicious food vendors, free samples, dynamic speakers, an interactive kids’ area, live music and more,” says Erica Meier, Executive Director of Compassion Over Killing. “Bring the whole family ­­ including your furry four ­legged friends ­­ for a fun and festive day!”

During this day­long celebration, more than 125 exhibitors, partners, and sponsors will showcase a wide range of products, services and resources to help Washingtonians discover the joys and benefits of plant­based eating ­­ for our health, the planet and animals.
VegFest will take place at Yards Park, corner of N & 1st Sts SE, Washington, DC.

VegFest attendees will have the opportunity to: (more…)

385 Water Street, SE

From a press release:

“In the latest of a recent flurry of retailer leasing activity at The Yards, Forest City, the project’s master developer has announced today that Brooklyn Winery, the popular urban winery based in that New York City borough, has signed a lease for exclusive use of a new building to be developed at the north edge of Yards Park at the corner of Water and Fourth Streets SE.
To be aptly named District Winery, it will be the first urban winery within the District of Columbia and will feature the most popular components of its sister winery in Brooklyn— namely, a full-service restaurant and wine tasting area, a private events space with an open-air terrace and, of course, an impressive collection of wines, crafted and aged onsite.

District Winery will occupy 16,000 SF as the sole tenant of a new pavilion building to be developed by Forest City just east of the existing Lumber Shed, which is home to several restaurants itself including Osteria Morini, Agua 301, Due South and Ice Cream Jubilee. The new building has been designed with a striking façade of alternating wood and glass to complement both the Lumber Shed and the surrounding Yards Park. Construction is scheduled to begin in spring 2016 with opening projected for fall 2017.

Brooklyn Winery has become a very popular venue for weddings and other family events and private parties, as well as a distinctive space for business events. With a sleek new building complemented by natural waterfront beauty, District Winery is poised to take that popularity to a new level in DC.”


via google maps

More action for Navy Yard/Ballpark.

From a press release:

“Skanska USA Commercial Development announced today that CIRCA, a bistro owned by Metropolitan Hospitality Group, will be the first retail tenant at 99M. CIRCA will take 5,000 square feet at the 11-story, 234,000-square-foot Class A office building in Washington’s Capitol Riverfront submarket.

“We selected 99M for our next CIRCA because it is at the heart of the vibrant, mixed-use Capitol Riverfront neighborhood,” said Matt Carlin, President, Metropolitan Hospitality Group.”

Located at the corner of 1st and M Streets SE, 99M will include approximately 220,000 square feet of office space, with approximately 11,000 square feet of retail/restaurant space on the ground floor. 99M is designed to LEED® Gold standards.

“Circa embodies what we look for in a retail tenant – it activates the street, provides a high quality amenity for our future office tenants and fosters a strong sense of community within the neighborhood,” said Rob Ward, Executive Vice President for Skanska USA Commercial Development.

CIRCA at 99M will include outdoor seating and offer fresh, creative American fare, a vibrant community bar scene with Happy Hour and a wide selection of beers, seasonal, handcrafted cocktails and a carefully curated wine list.

99M is located steps from both Navy Yard-Ballpark Metrorail entrances and is less than five blocks from Capitol Hill. It will be the northernmost anchor of the redevelopment of Square 701, which, in addition to the new office building, includes a new 170-key Residence Inn by Marriott, a 325-unit apartment building, a new 168-key Hampton Inn & Suites and another 29,000 square feet of retail space along 1st Street SE.”

You can see their Foggy Bottom location’s menus here.

“CIRCA at Foggy Bottom has been conceived as a local bistro serving great food, great drinks and offer the clientele a great time. CIRCA at Foggy Bottom is warm, inviting, current, and offers an energized social scene.

Whether dining for brunch or dinner, every meal will be complimented by the extensive wine list, including over 20 wine offerings by the glass, and an original cocktail list for every season. The bar scene will be kicked off with Happy Hour Monday through Thursday, boasting a hightop table that is a community fixture, and will extend until closing every night with a comfortable lounge vibe.”

1220 Half Street, SE

They’ve also posted a liquor license placard that says:

“Full-service restaurant, offering a full-service bar and specializing in chicken wings, while offering a variety of signature sauces. Establishment includes state-of-the-art televisions, allowing guests to catch their favorite game, as well as coin-operated amusement devices.

Seating for 233 inside, Sidewalk Café with 28 seats and a Total Occupancy Load of 260.”

You can see Buffalo Wild Wings menu here.

It’ll be right outside the metro within site of Nats Park:


sizzling xpress
300 M Street, SE

A reader reports:

“The Sizzling Express at 300 M Street SE has closed. There is yellow tape up over the door and signs stating “closed” and “thanks for you patronage.”

It makes me sad. I went there and had a sandwich after my first job interview in DC. It always struggled with cleanliness being shut down several times by the DC Health Inspector. It’s just the Harris Teeter was the last straw for business.”

25 Potomac Ave, SE plans from Bardo

A brief update on Bardo Riverfront – they’ve applied for a liquor license:

“New outdoor tavern with Summer Garden seating 750 patrons and brewpub. Total occupancy load of 750.”

For those not familiar with the plans:

“Initial plans call for riverfront seating, a sculpture garden, outdoor films over the water, DC’s largest dog park, an on site bicycle shop designed to interface with the location on the metropolitan branch trail, and a large outdoor space designated for activation by the local community in the form of farmers markets, swap meets and assorted community events.”

More info here.

Updates as milestones are reached.