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.
Quiznos shrinking presence in DC continues. The one at 8th and M St, SE (at the very bottom of Barracks Row toward Navy Yard) closed at the end of December. Looking forward to seeing who takes this space.
Lumber Shed Dec. 2012
From The Yards facebook page:
Forest City Washington, developer of The Yards, announced today the signing of an additional sit-down restaurant to open in mid-summer 2013 in The Lumber Shed, an adaptive reuse component of the massive mixed-use redevelopment project located near Nationals Park in the Capitol Riverfront. To be known as Agua 301, it will feature Modern Mexican cuisine, according to the new restaurant’s owners.
The 3600 SF restaurant is the latest creation of DC’s Amanda and Stephen Briggs and David Bonior, residents of nearby Capitol Hill and creators/owners of the popular Zest Bistro on 8th Street SE. Zest’s reputation as a welcoming, family-friendly place will be apparent at Agua 301 as well, only now with a Modern Mexican flair. The restaurant’s name comes from a blend of the cuisine, its location near the waterfront and the address of The Lumber Shed, 301 Water Street SE. The menu is being developed by Dot Steck, executive chef at Zest Bistro.
Currently under construction, the Lumber Shed is an historic, former Navy Yard industrial building which is being transformed by Forest City into the latest mixed-use component of The Yards. Upon completion in summer 2013, The Lumber Shed will feature space for five restaurants on its ground level with office space on its second level. The building’s floor to ceiling glass façade will take ample advantage of the surrounding views of the award-winning Yards Park, as well as the riverfront.
Agua 301 will occupy the southwest corner of The Lumber Shed with great views of the iconic Yards Park bridge and riverfront from both the light-filled dining room as well as Agua 301’s outside/parkside dining area. Osteria Morini, a Northern Italian restaurant concept from renowned New York City Chef Michael White, was announced in early 2012 as also opening at The Lumber Shed in summer 2013.
We previously judged Zest Bistro here.
735 8th Street, SE
1st and M St, SE
A Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant is coming to 100 M Street, SE near the baseball stadium and Navy Yard metro. The liquor license application says:
“New full service restaurant and brewpub with occasional live music. Serving American cuisine, including steaks and seafood. Total Occupancy Load is 346, number of seats inside is 326, number of Sidewalk Café seats is 26, and number of Summer Garden seats is 64.”
M St SE & 2nd St SE
Friday, November 16th, 2012
10:30am – Sat 10:00pm | FREE!
Grand opening weekend will kick off with a performance by the String Poets at 10:30 am and a grand opening ceremony at 11:00 am with remarks by U.S. Representative Eleanore Holmes Norton, Mayor Vincent Gray, Councilmember Tommy Wells, and other honored guests. The launch of the interactive light cube will take place at dusk.
The ice skating rink will officially open at noon on Friday with free skating from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm. After 2:00 pm, skate rental is $3; admission is $8 for adults and $7 for children, seniors, and military. Come watch ice performances at the top of every hour for several hours on Friday and Saturday. Many activities and performances will take place on Saturday, including music by The Singing Lizard, John Henry and Justin Traywick; face painting and recycled art by SCRAP DC; and fitness classes and a kids obstacle course provided by Results Gym.
See all of tonight’s and the week’s events here. To add your event, click the events tab up top and then click “add an event”. You can add concerts, museum/gallery exhibits, fundraisers, sporting events, bike rides etc. You can add anything you think will be of interest to PoPville.
DC Boxing & Fitness, a locally owned and operated fitness studio, was created to welcome members of all fitness levels. The classes are built around varied fighting techniques that will maximize cardio output while teaching self-defense basics. Each workout will target your upper and lower body, as well as your core, while testing your individual limits. In consideration of our client’s busy schedules, we designed each high intensity class in 45 minute intervals. Class sizes are limited to provide individual attention by our staff.
We are so confident in our product that we require NO LONG TERM contracts. Unlike other gyms, membership is cancelable on a monthly basis.
1000 New Jersey Ave., SE
Yesterday Navy Yard ANC Rep David Garber tweeted:
“Work begins on #NavyYard’s newest restaurant, Gordon Biersch. Word on street is that lease official at 100 M St SE”
EaterDC shares a few more details:
“The new brewery will be about 8,500 square feet in size; the opening date wasn’t immediately available.”
Gordon Biersch currently has a DC location at 900 F Street, NW. Any fans of Gordon Biersch?
Think they’ll be able to compete with the Bluejacket Brew Pub from the Neighborhood Restaurant Group?
We first heard about Kruba Thai coming to Navy Yard back in June 2011. Thanks to a reader for sending in these great shots of Kruba – located in the Foundry Loft building (300 Water St, SE).
300 Water St, SE
And a peek inside:
The new Canal Park at the Navy Yard is looking great. What a surprise when this sign went up yesterday, announcing the new skating rink. Looks like the rink is planning to open up next month!
See ya on the ice!”
Rendering via Grosvenor Americas
From a press release:
Grosvenor Americas (GA) and Skanska USA Commercial Development Inc. today announced plans for a mixed-use project of more than 650,000 square feet directly north of the new Washington Nationals ballpark in the Capitol Riverfront district of Washington, DC.
The site, which offers direct access to Metrorail’s Navy Yard station, comprises the eastern half of Square 701, bounded by N Street, SE to the south, M Street on the north, 1st Street on the east, and Cushing Place on the west.
On October 1, 2012, the Washington, DC Zoning Commission supported plans with minor modifications for this mixed-use development in conformance with the District’s Capitol Gateway Overlay District. Final approval is expected later in the month. On September 10, the project received support from Advisory Neighborhood Commission 6D. The plans allow:
· A 224,000 SF Class A office building, to be developed by Skanska on the northern end of the site fronting M Street. This building, with direct access to the Metro station, is designed to meet the criteria for LEED Platinum certification and include 11,000 SF of ground-level retail space, a green roof, rooftop terrace, and below-grade parking for over 140 cars.
· A 170-key hotel, to be developed by GA directly south of the office building fronting 1st Street.
· Two residential buildings with 285 units, 23 of which are designated affordable dwelling units. The two structures, to be developed by GA, would be separated by a courtyard and connected by a trellised glass bridge. This new community would feature a green roof as well as a rooftop pool, spa, and garden terrace. It would provide approximately 180 below-grade parking spaces
· 43,000 square feet of retail space on the ground level of the office, hotel, and residential buildings, as well as in a separate two-level structure to be developed by GA on the corner of 1st and N Streets.
I’ve been curious about this week’s question for a while. It has me stumped. While I know that not everyone likes the name NoMa, I think it’s fair to say that it has been adopted by most folks. I know some still pine for Swampoodle but I think NoMa is staying for good. In contrast not one person I know calls Navy Yard – the Capitol Riverfront. Some people I know now call it the ball park but most have stuck with Navy Yard. Both neighborhoods have BIDs and banners. Both neighborhoods have had and continue to have major developments. So why do you think NoMa has stuck while Capitol Riverfront hasn’t?
Photo by PoPville flickr user caroline.angelo
From a press release:
The team behind acclaimed beer destinations such as Birch & Barley, ChurchKey, Rustico and Bluejacket will present Washingtonians with an unprecedented craft beer festival called Snallygaster. Named for the fearsome and mythical dragon-like beast said to terrorize the region at the turn of the century, this celebration of artisanal craft beers, fine food and fun is showcasing no fewer than 100 unique and exquisitely crafted beers all handpicked by famed beer director Greg Engert. Snallygaster is on Saturday, October 13 from 1 to 5PM at Yards Park (located at 3rd and Water St. SE) and is an event to benefit Arcadia Center for Sustainable Food &Agriculture.
Beer enthusiast can expect the absolute best in Oktoberfest style beers at the inaugural Snallygaster, including German style and German-inspired beers, exciting autumn seasonals, plus a bevy of coveted international finds, and unheard of rarities. Highlights include one-off beers brewed specifically for the event, an impressive collection of cask ales, assorted barrel-aged brews, and even a host of Franconian gravity-poured, rubber-clad kegs, hardly ever tasted stateside.
From a group that firmly believes beer and food are the happiest of pairs, comes a menu of fantasticfestival fare to tempt and delight the palates of Snallygaster attendees. Red Apron Butchery is offering their classic handmade hot dogs, a German-inspired bacon bratwurst, and their new Pork-strami sandwichwith bacon kraut and fontina cheese wiz. The team at Rustico is serving up a Heavenly Meatball Hero with red sauce, while Chef Kyle Bailey and his team at ChurchKey and Birch & Barley are shelling out sud-friendly snacks like Disco Fries, Tater Tots and Fried Piggy Tails. Arcadia will be offering a seasonal treat with a Fall Harvest Wrap, highlighting the bounty of fall produce sprouting up at the farm. Of course in the spirit of Oktoberfest, guests can also expect some classics like spit-roasted turkey legs & Tiffany MacIsaac’s pretzels. Buzz Bakery is providing sweets and pint-size offerings for the kids, while Dolcezza serves up scoops of their amazing artisanal gelato.
Live music, a mix of DJ’s, and recreational activities are providing the day’s entertainment. Special features include musical acts presented by One Love Massive such as Nappy Riddem and DJ John Jazz and recreational lawn games like corn hole and bocce from the DC Bocce League. A kid-friendly zone near Yards Park’s fountain will include face painting, bubble machines, entertainers, plus educational and farm & kid-friendly activities with Arcadia Farm & their Mobile Market.
Snallygaster is being held at The Yards Park (located at 3rd and Water St. SE) on October 13, 2012 from 1 PM to 5 PM. Guests will be asked to pay a $5 donation at the door to benefit Arcadia Center for Sustainable Food & Agriculture. Children under 21 that are accompanied by a parent will be admitted at no cost. Food and beverage tickets ($1 for 1 ticket) will be sold separately with items costing on average between 4 and 9 tickets. Advance ticket packages include the “Rodan Pass” including admission, entry through will-call, 25 food + drink tickets, and a customized mug, priced at $25 and the “Gargantuan Pass” offering 1 hour of VIP early access to the event at 12PM, 25 food + drink tickets, and a specialty Snallygaster t-shirt, priced at $50. To purchase tickets, see the full beer list or get ongoing updates about the event visit here.
300 Tingey Street, SE
The much anticipated Bluejacket brew pub has applied for a liquor license in Navy Yard:
“This is a new restaurant serving American style cuisine with a Brew Pub. Serving beer that is brewed on site. Total Occupancy Load is 199, with 150 seats. Summer Garden with 80 seats.”
Capitol Riverfront says:
“Bluejacket will be a brewery and restaurant and the latest creation from Neighborhood Restaurant Group (Churchkey, Birch & Barley, Rustico, Evening Star Cafe, etc.). NRG’s beer director Greg Engert and head brewer Megan Parisi will oversee the beer program and production.”
They anticipate opening in 2013. Looking forward to seeing the inside take shape:
Photo by PoPville flickr user Mr. T in DC
From a press release:
Washington National Opera (WNO) celebrates its fifth season of free opera simulcasts at Nationals Park with the M&M’S® Opera in the Outfield performance of Don Giovanni on Saturday, September 29. Gates open at 5 p.m. for “pregame” activities, including The Fly Ball, co-hosted by Kennedy Center MyTix and Brightest Young Things. The opera will be broadcast live from the Kennedy Center Opera House to the high-definition screen at the ballpark at 7 p.m. Seating will be available on the outfield grass and in the stands.
301 Water St, SE
From Capitol Riverfront:
The Lumber Shed will be an adaptive reuse of an historical Navy Yard industrial building into a two level iconic glass structure that will house the corporate offices of Forest City Washington. The ground floor will include a variety of restaurants including the recently announced Osteria Morini by award winning New York City chef Michael White. Renovation is targeted to begin in 2012 with completion in 2013.
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