This would be awesome. The building hoped for Half Street Market is located at 49 L Street, SE near Nats Park. Their website says:

“The Half Street Market is a re-use concept for an existing GSA property in Southeast, Washington, DC that will provide the neighborhood and city with a public venue for a food market, restaurant, and flexible community space.”

1212 4th Street, SE

@GarberDC tweets the good news yesterday:

“It’s like there’s a grocery store coming to the neighborhood or something. Sched. opening 10/1.”

Hours on a liquor license placard posted out front (for beer and wine sales) says hours will be Sunday through Saturday *6 am – 12 am (with beer and wine sales starting at 7am.)

This is the Twelve12 building also soon to be home to Takorean and Vida Fitness:



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From a press release:

“Presented by Art Whino, the Petworth Jazz Project, the Chris4Life Colon Cancer Foundation and Capital Bop, the New Vintage Jazz & Wine Festival is back for another year on Saturday, August 9 fom 2:00 – 10:00pm.

Following the success of last year’s event, New Vintage Jazz & Wine Festival returns again this year to the Fairgrounds for its second edition. Come relax at at this beautiful outdoor venue across the street from Nationals Park, sample over a dozen world-class wines, experience the latest sounds in modern and classic jazz, and enjoy food from eight of DC’s well loved food trucks. This year’s lineup includes Warren Wolf and Wolf Pack, the R&B and soul sounds of Soul Understated featuring Mavis ‘Swan’ and returning for a second year Funk Ark. Also performing is Allyn Johnson and Sonic Sanctuary, Lenny Robinson’s Wayne Contingency, and Elijah Jamal Balbed Quintet. Renowned wine producer Bobby Kacher presents a selection of 15 world class wines curated specifically for the New Vintage Festival. Art Whino will add visual vibrancy and complexity to the event with a wine inspired art exhibit and live painting by artists participating in the show. Throughout the day, these pieces will evolve into finished works contributing to the sensory experience of the festival and fostering the innate relationship between art and music.

Art Whino will add visual vibrancy and complexity to the event with two live painting stations where artists will create large scale pieces for silent auction. Throughout the day, these pieces will evolve into finished works contributing to the sensory experience of the festival and fostering the innate relationship between art and music.

A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Chris4Life Colon Cancer Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to raising funds and awareness for colon cancer treatment and prevention.

Saturday August 9, 2014. 2:00 – 10:00 PM

DC Fairgrounds (Directly in front of National Stadium)
1299 Half Street, SE
Washington, DC 20003
Super convenient 50 feet from the Greenline Navy Yard Nationals Ballpark Metro Stop

This is a ticketed event. Admission prices vary.
Purchase tickets here


“Dear PoPville,

My wife walked outside this morning and found the front window of her car smashed in. There was nothing of value in the car it doesn’t seem like anything was taken. There have been a string of these incidents in Navy Yard over the past few weeks. We did call the police who sent an officer to file a report and was told that there seems to be a pattern of these cases, though they have no leads or suspects. I hope you’ll remind your readers to make sure that no valuables are visible in their cars if parking on the street.”

Photo of Yards Park by PoPville flickr user caroline.angelo

From a press release:

WHAT: The third installment of DC’s monstrous beer festival is returning to Yards Park this year. Snallygaster, named for the fearsome and toothy mythical beast said to terrorize the region at the turn of the century, is a beer festival that unleashes the most sought after selection of beers and benefits Arcadia Center for Sustainable Food & Agriculture. This year, Snallygaster is once again setting new heights tapping no fewer than 250 unique craft beers against a backdrop of fine foods from the area’s top toques and food trucks, music, entertainment, games, family-fun and more.

Beer Director Greg Engert, the man behind the beer programs at Bluejacket, Birch & Barley, ChurchKey, GBD, Rustico and more, will of course be curating the beer list once again for Snallygaster III, and each of his nearly 250 picks will be announced as we approach the big event. Guests can expect a sea of the scarcest and most delicious ales and lagers on draft, including a growing number of breweries and brews rarely–if ever–available in the District, all sourced from from the very best local, domestic and international craft breweries. In addition, we will feature an exciting array of autumn seasonals, German style and German-inspired beers, a huge collection of cask ales, assorted barrel-aged brews, craft cans, Franconian gravity-poured/rubber-clad kegs, brand-new Bluejacket small batch releases, and even an artisanal cider garden.

WHERE: The Yards at Capital Riverfront
The Lot located on First St SE & N St SE
Across from Nationals Park (1 block from the Navy Yard metro)

WHEN: September 13, 2014 from 1 PM to 6 PM

DETAILS: (more…)

The Navy Yard Oyster Company

From a press release:

“Brine, wine and stunning waterfront panoramas are coming to The Yards as the ink dries on Forest City Washington’s newest lease signing. Tenured Washington, DC restaurateurs and friends August Paro and Elias Hengst, founders of Beuchert’s Saloon and Sonoma Restaurant & Wine Bar, respectively, and Forest City Washington are excited to jointly announce the addition of The Navy Yard Oyster Company.

The new oyster and wine bar is the second joint project by Paro & Hengst and will occupy a 1,887 square foot waterfront/parkfront space on the south side of the historic Lumber Shed building at The Yards, featuring stunning views of the southeast waterfront and Yards Park. Opening is planned for Spring 2015.

The Navy Yard Oyster Company will occupy a soaring, two story, light-filled space capped by the 40-foot, exposed roof truss work of the historic original Navy Yard building. The restaurant design is inspired by the building’s ties to US Naval history, Washington, DC, and to the water itself. (more…)

Ice Cream Jubilee
Photo courtesy Ice Cream Jubilee

From a press release:

“Ice Cream Jubilee, the only DC-owned and operated small-batch ice cream company, will open the doors of its first scoop shop on Saturday, July 12, 2014 at 301 Water St, SE, at Yards Park along the Capitol Riverfront. Ice Cream Jubilee’s Grand Opening event will be open to the public during its regular store hours from 10:00AM – 10:00PM.

Ice Cream Jubilee was founded by Victoria Lai, an attorney-turned-icecreampreneur who began making and selling ice cream three years ago from a professional kitchen while working as a presidential appointee at the Department of Homeland Security. Since 2013, Ice Cream Jubilee has been selling its small-batch ice cream through select local markets and its old-fashioned ice cream cart. Ice Cream Jubilee won the People’s Choice Award for Best Ice Cream at the 2013 DC Scoop competition in a field of 19 entrants. It is also featured on the front page of this week’s Washington Post Food Section.

“After perfecting my flavors for three years, I am excited to make and serve ice cream at our new scoop shop and to bring more smiles to Washington, D.C.,” says Lai. “I love bringing people together around the joy of ice cream and the challenge of building something new.”

Ice Cream Jubilee reimagines the childhood joy of ice cream by combining sophisticated, international flavors with childhood-favorites like Banana Bourbon Caramel, Dark & Stormy, Mango Habanero, Thai Iced Tea, and Blueberry Pie. Using an all-natural super-premium local cream from Maryland, Ice Cream Jubilee’s product has a higher cream content and is scooped at a colder temperature than gelato, which makes it ideal for ice cream cones and sundaes. The full pictorial history of past flavors is available at

Ice Cream Jubilee’s opening menu will include an assortment of no fewer than 12 ice cream and sorbet flavors served in cups and cones, along with drip and iced coffee from local roaster Zeke’s. Sundaes and other baked and frozen treats will follow in the coming months. Ice Cream Jubilee’s summertime hours are 10:00am to 10:00pm Monday through Saturday, and 11:00am to 8:00pm on Sundays.”

Photo by PoPville flickr user jsmjr

“Dear PoPville,

My friend went to the baseball game yesterday and brought all the goods to tailgate, as he has done for already this season as well as most games for the past 4 years. He was told that tailgating AND BEER was no longer allowed in the parking lot. This is unbelievable! Have you or other readers heard anything about this?! Is it just certain lots that you can’t tailgate in???? Was it an April Fools joke in July?! Please advise…”