whaleys
301 Water Street, SE

When I said yesterday Navy Yard was about to be flush with oysters, I didn’t realize just how soon that was – Monday!!

From a press release:

“Whaley’s, a raw bar and restaurant, will open Monday, May 16th in the historic Lumber Shed at The Yards, located at 301 Water Street Suite 115 SE in the growing Navy Yard/Capitol Riverfront District.

Under Chef Daniel Perron— formerly of Fiola Mare, Blue Duck Tavern and The Oval Room—the opening menu will feature shellfish towers, crudos, a selection of seafood-focused plates and a rotating family-style platter for sharing. Dishes will feature items like:

Day Boat Scallop Crudo, Muscat Grapes, Sea Beans & Fennel Pollen
Jumbo Lump MD Crab Salad, Sea Urchin, Celery, Cucumber & Old Bay Chips
Crispy Soft Shell Crab, Peanut Romesco, Charred Tomatillos & Pickled Pearl Onion

Longtime collaborator, mentor and friend Brian Zipin has assembled a beverage program featuring specialty cocktails, thoughtfully-selected wines and craft beers. (more…)

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79 Potomac Avenue, SE

The placard for The Salt Line says:

“New restaurant, specializing in oysters. Total Occupancy Load is 130. Summer Garden with 120 seats.”

Back in March we learned the “group behind Sixth Engine, Town Hall and The Dubliner, is pleased to announce plans to open The Salt Line in Spring 2017.”

Seafood – not to mention a prominently featured raw bar – will be at the heart of Chef Kyle Bailey’s culinary program at The Salt Line. The menu will offer a selection of straightforward New England classics, along with Bailey’s own interpretations on the regional fare, and a few Chesapeake Bay-influenced specials. Chef Kyle Bailey’s affinity for whole-animal butchery and charcuterie will translate nicely to his plans for The Salt Line, which will include items such as seafood sausages, smoked and cured fish, and a variety of crudo. Bailey also plans to work with local oyster farms to create a proprietary oyster for the restaurant.

The Salt Line will also showcase a regional craft beer selection and a creative cocktail program that will be the centerpieces for the outdoor bar located along the riverfront. The Salt Line plans to serve dinner daily and weekend brunch upon opening.

With Whaley’s opening in Yards Park – Navy Yard will be, rightfully, flush with oysters soon!!

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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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Photo by PoPville flickr user Eric Wilfong

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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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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image tweeted by @GarberDC

whaley
301 Water Street, SE

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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