Sometimes I say holy cow after visiting a new spot but that is simply not strong enough for this preview – a holy shit is required. Holy shit this place is awesome. The eagerly anticipated Bluejacket Brewery had a preview party last night and as expected the place is jaw dropping. Bluejacket is actually the name of the brewery – the restaurant and bar inside will be called The Arsenal (the building was part of a munitions manufacturing complex.) It opens on Tuesday though if you live in the neighborhood keep your ears open for a neighborhood preview before then.
Here are some facts about the space:
As always the photos do more justice than any words (though more background details are provided after the jump.) But to be honest these photos don’t even do justice to how cool the space is. I highly recommend you check it out in the next six months before baseball season starts when this place is likely to get smashed crowded. Two of my favorite beers from last night were the Forbiden Planet Kolsch and the Bombshell Belgian Blond Ale. I seriously can’t wait to go back and try some more.
“Whole Foods Market, in partnership with the WC Smith real estate firm, has signed a lease for a new store location in Southeast Washington, D.C. The 36,000 square foot store will be located near Navy Yard and Nationals Park at 800 New Jersey Avenue SE. Whole Foods Market will anchor the retail portion of its $443 million development in the District’s Capitol Riverfront neighborhood.
The target opening date is early 2017. There are currently four Whole Foods Markets in Washington D.C.
“Washingtonians asked and we listened,” said Scott Allshouse, Whole Foods Market Mid-Atlantic regional president. “People who live and work in Southeast have been requesting a Whole Foods Market for some time. We are thrilled about finding the right fit given the combination of factors that go into deciding on a new location.” (more…)
“Happy to finally be able to announce that the entire second floor as well as one retail space of the Boilermaker Shops in The Yards DC will be taken by Ideaspace, a brand new concept for the tech and industrial design community in DC, where “members enjoy access to open work space, classes and experiential workshops, world-class speakers and events, as well as a state-of-the-art maker lab and wet lab.” Essentially, this will be a 16,000 square feet co-working space and event space, as well as a separate maker lab for building anything from robots, to hardware, to new product prototypes, to “DIY bio hacking” using the wet lab. Membership will start at $99/month, which makes it a pretty accessible place for a wide range of entrepreneurs and “makers.” So really, like nothing that currently exists in DC at this size and level.
Their goal right now is to open in the first quarter of 2014.”
According to a recent liquor license application for 1212 4th Street, SE they will also have:
“A Penthouse Lounge with Swimming Pool and ancillary food and beverage service. There will be occasional DJ performances and recorded music. Summer Garden with 235 Seats. Live Entertainment. Total Occupancy Load 299.”
Hours of operation are listed at Sunday through Thursday: 8am-2am, Friday and Saturday: 8am-3am.
“In the wake of last week’s tragic Navy Yard shooting, the organization most known for facilitating “Happiness Sprinklings“ in cities across the U.S., will set up shop at Navy Yard, Sprinklinghappiness on those still grappling with tragedy.
While this is no solution to the ongoing problem of gun access and violence in our nation, it is an avenue to show that there is still an ounce of humanity, love and compassion in our community.Come join us! Don a bright yellow shirt, hold an encouraging sight that we’ll provide, make someone smile or hug a stranger and most importantly, have fun!
“The Navy Yard Relief Fund will support the victims’ families and those injured in the attack.
This fund will provide direct support where it is most urgently needed in the short-term to assist our neighbors as they heal. 100% of contributions to the fund will support the victims’ families and those injured.
The Safer Communities Fund will address the long-term, systemic challenge of violence in our region. As a community foundation – and as residents of the region – we believe it is our duty to do all we can to help make our community a more healthy, safe, and stable place to live. Thus, the Safer Communities Fund will support nonprofit organizations that offer mental health services and reduce gun violence in our community.
The mission of The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region is to strengthen the Washington metropolitan region by encouraging and supporting effective giving and by providing leadership on critical issues in our community. The Foundation, and our two regional affiliate foundations – The Community Foundation for Montgomery County and The Community Foundation for Prince George’s County – are part of a network of some 700 community foundations nationwide, each a tax-exempt, public charity made up of charitable giving funds established by individuals, families, corporations and other organizations. We currently manage more than 700 donor funds with assets totaling more than $326 million. We are the largest funder of nonprofit organizations in the metropolitan Washington region, with annual grants of more than $90 million.”
“The Mayor’s Assistance Center will be open today, 9.17.13 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm at the King Greenleaf Recreation Center ( 201 N Street, SW) for anyone affected by the Navy Yard shootings. Crisis counselors and advocates will be on hand to assist with any needs, including mental health assistance, compensation assistance, and assistance with return of property left in the buildings at the Navy Yard. Crime Victim Compensation will be on hand at both sites.
The FBI has established a Family Assistance Center for the families of the deceased and seriously injured at the Residence Inn-Pentagon. Their hours of operation are unknown, but family members of missing, deceased, or seriously injured victims may go to either location for assistance.
People who are seeking emergency mental health treatment can contact the DMH Access Helpline, which is available 24 hours a day/7 days a week. Friends, family and survivors who are in need of follow-up or longer term care should contact the Wendt Center for Loss and Healing (202) 624-0010 or the Network for Victim Recovery of DC (202) 727-1727.”
“Aaron Alexis, deceased, is believed to be responsible for the shootings at the Washington Navy Yard, in the Southeast area of Washington, DC, around 8:20 a.m. on September 16, 2013. The FBI is asking for the public’s assistance with any information regarding Alexis.
If you have any information concerning this individual, please contact the FBI’s Washington, DC Field Office at 202/278-2000 or 1-800-CALL-FBI.”
“The white male being sought in connection to the #NavyYardShooting has been identified and is NOT a suspect.”
“We encourage everyone to be observant. We are looking for two individuals- Possibly Connected to the Shootings at Navy Yard.
**Please use caution and do not approach them – these individuals should be considered armed and dangerous.**
1) Black male – 50 years old, carrying a long gun (rifle), wearing a drab olive military-style uniform
2) White male – carrying a hand gun, wearing a Navy-style khaki uniform (with a short-sleeved shirt), and wearing a beret-style hat
As additional descriptions become available, we will inform you. Please call MPD at 202.727.9099 if you have any further information regarding these individuals. Please call 911 if there is an emergency.”