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From an email:

“Join Team Geared for Good on Thursday, May 12, from 5-7 at the Navy Yard Gordon Biersch for a happy hour in support of Bike MS Chesapeake Challenge and the National MS Society, Greater DC-Maryland Chapter! The generous brewmasters at GB Navy Yard will be tapping a NEW hoppy India Red Ale and the proceeds from 5-7 will be going to Bike MS: Greater DC-Maryland! We’ll have delicious apps, #MSactivist orange themed goodies, and raffle prizes — so come enjoy an evening out in support of a great cause.”

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Capitol Riverfront BID has released A Letter from the Capitol Riverfront Business Improvement District:

“Good afternoon:

We are writing to you as patrons and supporters of the Capitol Riverfront Friday Night Concert Series at Yards Park. We want to thank everyone who has attended the concert series and made it and Yards Park such a popular riverfront destination. The park has become what the creators of the Anacostia Waterfront Framework Plan envisioned back in 2003 – an opportunity for all to enjoy access to the Anacostia River through a beautiful public park.

Over the past five years, the popularity of the concerts has soared. Back in the summer of 2011, crowds averaged 100 people. Now the concerts routinely top 3,000 attendees, with one concert attracting over 5,000. As we continually evaluate the operation of the park and the concert series, we have considered annually whether the BYOB option is consistent with our park operations, and also whether it is operationally sustainable and insurable.

We discussed the likely changes with city officials and Capitol Riverfront stakeholders. The decision to omit the BYOB option, which occurred prior to any sponsorship decisions, was made for several important reasons, including: (more…)

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Photo by PoPville flickr user Eric Wilfong

Update: Sign the change.or petition here.

“Dear PoPville,

Another blow struck against parents who want to act like responsible adults. The Friday night concert series now features Corona and Modelo beers exclusively, plus the fun of rent-a-cops searching your bags. I’m hoping the PoPville community can help contact the Riverfront BID and let them know what a terrible decision this was.”

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Small updated on Whaley’s coming to the awesome Lumber Shed building. The placard says:

“New full-service upscale casual seafood restaurant. Live Entertainment will be provided. Total Occupancy Load is 71. Two Summer Gardens, one with 32 seats and one with 18 seats.”

They’ll be located right between Agua 301 and Osterini Morini, with a beautiful view of the river.

Side note PSA: Yards Park, Capitol Riverfront, Navy Yard whatever you want to call it is absolutely beautiful this time of year.  If you don’t work or live nearby – it’s well worth a visit.

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From a press release:

“Grosvenor Americas, a property investment and development company, today released a rooftop rendering of their F1RST residential community in Washington, D.C.’s Capitol Riverfront neighborhood. The rendering reveals the District’s first rooftop stadium-seating view into Nationals Park. F1RST will deliver in early 2017. [1277 First Street, SE]

“F1RST will be the first residential community in the Capitol Riverfront with expansive views into Nats Park,” said Jonathan Carr, senior vice president of development for Grosvenor’s D.C. office. “Next year, F1RST residents can be a part of Opening Day by relaxing at home – on their rooftop. The F1RST rooftop will be a fantastic environment for the residents.”

F1RST is designed to LEED Silver and will offer 325 rental apartments, of which 50 will be offered at below market rental rates. F1RST not only provides an outdoor rooftop theatre for residents, but the 450,000-square-foot mixed-used development will also provide an array of amenities including a rooftop pool and hot tub, full-service concierge staff and a 2,300-square-foot fitness center. The development also includes a 170-room Residence Inn by Marriott and over 24,000 square feet of retail space – where Taylor Gourmet and Chop’t are already confirmed. (more…)

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From a press release:

“Skanska USA Commercial Development announced today that Open Road, owned by Metropolitan Hospitality Group (MHG), will be the second restaurant and bar tenant at 99M. Open Road joins MHG’s CIRCA in the 11-story, 234,000-square-foot Class A office building in Washington’s Capitol Riverfront submarket.

“We believe this location will become the center and heartbeat of the revitalized Capitol Riverfront neighborhood, which is why we are bringing Open Road to 99M,” said Matt Carlin, President, Metropolitan Hospitality Group. “Open Road and CIRCA will thrive here as a place to come as you are, grab a drink and share a meal with friends and family.”

Open Road will have an industrial chic décor, featuring reclaimed wood, steel, brick, and iron. The menu will feature seasonal ingredients used to create culinary variations to traditional American favorites complimented by handcrafted cocktails, and an extensive beer, whiskey, and bourbon collection. Many of the beers on tap will be sourced from local craft breweries.

Open Road and CIRCA will utilize approximately 8,400 square feet of the 11,000 square feet of retail/restaurant space located on the ground floor of 99M. MHG and Skanska anticipate a summer 2018 opening for both restaurants. (more…)