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Photo courtesy New Belgium Brewing

From a press release:

“The Washington, D.C. stop kicks off the 2015 season of Tour de Fat and will feature eclectic entertainment, yo-yo performances and even vaudeville acts. Everyone 21 and older is invited to sample new and classic favorites from New Belgium including the brewery’s flagship brew, Fat Tire, New Belgium’s latest year-round offering, Slow Ride Session IPA, and selections from the acclaimed Lips of Faith series.

Tour de Fat is free to participants, but beer and merchandise proceeds from the Washington, D.C. stop will go to:
Washington Area Bicyclist Association
Black Women Bike DC
Fairfax Advocates for Better Bicycling
Mid-Atlantic Off-Road Enthusiasts
Phoenix Bikes

Last year, the Washington, D.C. Tour de Fat stop had approximately 7,000 attendees and raised more than $57,000 for local non-profits.

Tour de Fat – Washington, D.C. Details
Date:
Saturday, May 30

Location:
Yards Park

Main Stage: (more…)

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Image via google maps

Yesterday we learned “Hill Country Backyard BBQ not coming back to the Building Museum but They’re Gonna do Something in Navy Yard”. A commenter with the scoop on the new location for Navy Yard:

“They’re setting up shop at the corner of N St. SE and South Capitol where the gas station used to be. They have string lights, picnic tables, bathrooms and a ‘Hill Country’ bar set up already.”

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401 F Street, NW

“Dear PoPville,

Have you heard anything about Hill Country doing their Backyard BBQ at the Building Museum again this year? Last year it started at the beginning of May, but I haven’t heard anything, and can’t find any updates online.”

Folks from Hill Country tell me:

“We will not be at the Building Museum this year, but will have happenings at the Navy Yard. We should have more info soon!”

In 2013 Hill Country had plans for:

“Seasonal Outdoor Tavern at Tingey Plaza South East Federal Center serving barbecue food and beverages with Live Entertainment.”

Stay tuned to see if that’s back on track.

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101 Tingey Street, SE

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Last week we learned that District Winery had applied for a liquor license at 385 Water Street, SE:

“Multi-Purpose Facility with 450 seats and a Total Occupancy Load of 750. Requesting an Entertainment Endorsement to include dancing, wine pub and summer garden with 100 seats.”

I just saw where that actually is – holy smokes this has some pretty amazing potential.

Right by the Lumber Shed:

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Photo courtesy Washington National Opera

From a press release:

“Washington National Opera (WNO) celebrates its seventh season of free opera simulcasts at Nationals Park with title sponsor Mars Chocolate North America for the M&M’S® Opera in the Outfield performance of Rossini’s charming romantic comedy Cinderella on Saturday, May 16, 2015. This dazzling production has been acclaimed worldwide for its witty characterizations, rainbow-bright sets and costumes, and easy-to-follow English translation, making it a perfect opera for the entire family. Gates open at 5 p.m. for “pre-ball” activities, and the opera will be broadcast live from the Kennedy Center Opera House to the high-definition NatsHD scoreboard at the ballpark at 7 p.m. Free seating will be available in the stands, while access to the outfield grass will be limited on a first-come, first-served basis when gates open at 5 p.m. More information, including a chance to RSVP to win prizes, is available at OperaintheOutfield.org.

Attendees are encouraged to arrive early and enjoy the festive ballpark atmosphere. Beginning at 5 p.m., the special pre-show entertainment will include: (more…)

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Photo by PoPville flickr user Jennifer

From ABRA:

“Several new types of alcohol licenses are available to District businesses beginning today. The licenses are part of a new law that is now in effect in the District.

One provision of the law provides a new permit to District distilleries and wineries. The on-site sales and consumption permit would allow a distillery to sell their spirits on-site in the form of cocktails for the first time. A winery with the permit could sell and serve glasses of their wine to customers. Until now, on-site sales and consumption permits were only available to breweries in the District. The application for the permit is available on the Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration’s (ABRA) website.”

The legislation also creates a new license for alcohol-infused products such as cupcakes. The class C manufacturer’s license allows a bakery to manufacture and sell baked goods—with a maximum of five-percent of alcohol per volume—to persons 21 years of age or older. Products could also be sold to other businesses that have alcoholic beverage licenses. A bakery licensed under a class C manufacturer’s license is limited to selling and serving alcohol-infused baked goods and would not be permitted to sell and serve alcoholic beverages.”

Speaking of which – District Winery has applied for a liquor license at 385 Water Street, SE near Yards Park:

“Multi-Purpose Facility with 450 seats and a Total Occupancy Load of 750. Requesting an Entertainment Endorsement to include dancing, wine pub and summer garden with 100 seats.”

CityPaper notes that these are the same folks behind Brooklyn Winery:

“Locally crafted wine, eats, and private events

Our boutique urban winery is set in the heart of Williamsburg, one of the borough’s most vibrant and creative neighborhoods. Winemaker Conor McCormack produces our premium small batch wines, combining the quality of tradition with the freedom of innovation. Tour the winery to learn about how our wines are produced, then settle into the wine bar and savor our artisanal wines while indulging in our seasonal menu. For those looking to commemorate a special occasion, we also function as a private event venue, featuring full-service weddings with wine crafted on-site, exquisite cuisine, and the beautiful winery as a backdrop.

Origin Story

Co-founders Brian Leventhal and John Stires previously worked together at an internet startup. While there, they made their own wine with a group of co-workers at a winemaking facility in New Jersey for three years running. After realizing what an incredible amount of fun winemaking is, then observing a nearly complete lack of wineries in Brooklyn, and recognizing that New Yorkers are obsessed with all things local, Brian and John quit their jobs (in a terrible economy, no less) to open the business. In the end, it was Brian and John’s unrelenting passion and dedication to their innovative idea that led them to officially open the winery less than a year after the company’s inception. It’s that passion and dedication that permeates every aspect of Brooklyn Winery, from the wines they craft to the exceptional service they and their team provide.”

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1025 First St, SE

A reader tweets us:

“I don’t know much about these, but I imagine this isn’t good for @justinscafe1025 what say you @PoPville ?”

Normally these closures are ordered for underage sales or violence of some kind. Anyone know what happened? Looks like a letter up top in the photo – anyone happen to see what it said. Ed. Note: Of course I asked OP but haven’t heard back yet.

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909 New Jersey Avenue, SE

Back in January we learned that Scarlet Oak was shooting for a mid-May opening:

“Same partnership group as Southern Hospitality (SoHo) in Adams Morgan will be opening Scarlet Oak. We have hired a new Exec. Chef for both SoHo and Scarlet Oak he previously worked at Red Hen and Proof – there will be some carry-over from the new SoHo menu.”

They’ve now posted their liquor license placard:

“New American fusion restaurant. Seating inside premises is 81. Total load inside premises is 120. Sidewalk Cafe with seating for 75.”

Updates when they have an exact opening date.

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New Jersey and K Street, SE

Right near the future Whole Foods just ahead (behind the new brown building) and the Capitol peeking out in the background:

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Rendering courtesy Grosvenor Americas

From a press release:

““F1RST” on First Street SE to have Marriott Residence Inn Taylor Gourmet, Chop’t plus other retail

Grosvenor Americas (Grosvenor), a property development and investment company with 1.9 million square feet of office, retail, and hotel space in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, today, in partnership with McCaffery Interests, unveiled the brand of their new mixed-use development at the Capitol Riverfront in southeast D.C.

F1RST, located directly north of Washington Nationals baseball stadium in the newly revitalized Capitol Riverfront District, will be a 450,000 square foot, mixed-use community designed by architect Hickok Cole that will offer 325 rental apartments, a 170-room Residence Inn by Marriott hotel and nearly 25,000 square feet of retail space adjacent to Nationals Park baseball stadium. (more…)