OITO Promo
Photo courtesy Washington National Opera

From a press release:

“Washington National Opera (WNO) celebrates its seventh season of free opera simulcasts at Nationals Park with title sponsor Mars Chocolate North America for the M&M’S® Opera in the Outfield performance of Rossini’s charming romantic comedy Cinderella on Saturday, May 16, 2015. This dazzling production has been acclaimed worldwide for its witty characterizations, rainbow-bright sets and costumes, and easy-to-follow English translation, making it a perfect opera for the entire family. Gates open at 5 p.m. for “pre-ball” activities, and the opera will be broadcast live from the Kennedy Center Opera House to the high-definition NatsHD scoreboard at the ballpark at 7 p.m. Free seating will be available in the stands, while access to the outfield grass will be limited on a first-come, first-served basis when gates open at 5 p.m. More information, including a chance to RSVP to win prizes, is available at OperaintheOutfield.org.

Attendees are encouraged to arrive early and enjoy the festive ballpark atmosphere. Beginning at 5 p.m., the special pre-show entertainment will include: (more…)

District Winery
Photo by PoPville flickr user Jennifer

From ABRA:

“Several new types of alcohol licenses are available to District businesses beginning today. The licenses are part of a new law that is now in effect in the District.

One provision of the law provides a new permit to District distilleries and wineries. The on-site sales and consumption permit would allow a distillery to sell their spirits on-site in the form of cocktails for the first time. A winery with the permit could sell and serve glasses of their wine to customers. Until now, on-site sales and consumption permits were only available to breweries in the District. The application for the permit is available on the Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration’s (ABRA) website.”

The legislation also creates a new license for alcohol-infused products such as cupcakes. The class C manufacturer’s license allows a bakery to manufacture and sell baked goods—with a maximum of five-percent of alcohol per volume—to persons 21 years of age or older. Products could also be sold to other businesses that have alcoholic beverage licenses. A bakery licensed under a class C manufacturer’s license is limited to selling and serving alcohol-infused baked goods and would not be permitted to sell and serve alcoholic beverages.”

Speaking of which – District Winery has applied for a liquor license at 385 Water Street, SE near Yards Park:

“Multi-Purpose Facility with 450 seats and a Total Occupancy Load of 750. Requesting an Entertainment Endorsement to include dancing, wine pub and summer garden with 100 seats.”

CityPaper notes that these are the same folks behind Brooklyn Winery:

“Locally crafted wine, eats, and private events

Our boutique urban winery is set in the heart of Williamsburg, one of the borough’s most vibrant and creative neighborhoods. Winemaker Conor McCormack produces our premium small batch wines, combining the quality of tradition with the freedom of innovation. Tour the winery to learn about how our wines are produced, then settle into the wine bar and savor our artisanal wines while indulging in our seasonal menu. For those looking to commemorate a special occasion, we also function as a private event venue, featuring full-service weddings with wine crafted on-site, exquisite cuisine, and the beautiful winery as a backdrop.

Origin Story

Co-founders Brian Leventhal and John Stires previously worked together at an internet startup. While there, they made their own wine with a group of co-workers at a winemaking facility in New Jersey for three years running. After realizing what an incredible amount of fun winemaking is, then observing a nearly complete lack of wineries in Brooklyn, and recognizing that New Yorkers are obsessed with all things local, Brian and John quit their jobs (in a terrible economy, no less) to open the business. In the end, it was Brian and John’s unrelenting passion and dedication to their innovative idea that led them to officially open the winery less than a year after the company’s inception. It’s that passion and dedication that permeates every aspect of Brooklyn Winery, from the wines they craft to the exceptional service they and their team provide.”

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1025 First St, SE

A reader tweets us:

“I don’t know much about these, but I imagine this isn’t good for @justinscafe1025 what say you @PoPville ?”

Normally these closures are ordered for underage sales or violence of some kind. Anyone know what happened? Looks like a letter up top in the photo – anyone happen to see what it said. Ed. Note: Of course I asked OP but haven’t heard back yet.

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909 New Jersey Avenue, SE

Back in January we learned that Scarlet Oak was shooting for a mid-May opening:

“Same partnership group as Southern Hospitality (SoHo) in Adams Morgan will be opening Scarlet Oak. We have hired a new Exec. Chef for both SoHo and Scarlet Oak he previously worked at Red Hen and Proof – there will be some carry-over from the new SoHo menu.”

They’ve now posted their liquor license placard:

“New American fusion restaurant. Seating inside premises is 81. Total load inside premises is 120. Sidewalk Cafe with seating for 75.”

Updates when they have an exact opening date.

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New Jersey and K Street, SE

Right near the future Whole Foods just ahead (behind the new brown building) and the Capitol peeking out in the background:

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Rendering courtesy Grosvenor Americas

From a press release:

““F1RST” on First Street SE to have Marriott Residence Inn Taylor Gourmet, Chop’t plus other retail

Grosvenor Americas (Grosvenor), a property development and investment company with 1.9 million square feet of office, retail, and hotel space in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, today, in partnership with McCaffery Interests, unveiled the brand of their new mixed-use development at the Capitol Riverfront in southeast D.C.

F1RST, located directly north of Washington Nationals baseball stadium in the newly revitalized Capitol Riverfront District, will be a 450,000 square foot, mixed-use community designed by architect Hickok Cole that will offer 325 rental apartments, a 170-room Residence Inn by Marriott hotel and nearly 25,000 square feet of retail space adjacent to Nationals Park baseball stadium. (more…)

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From Change.org:

“We realize it is not mandated by law that your facility provide any accommodations, however we implore the organization to consider the fans and their families who love coming to games with their nursing and bottle-fed babies, but do not want to be isolated from enjoying a game we have paid a ticket to see. Additionally, for mothers who may be away from their children for the extended period that a game lasts, it would be courteous for the Washington Nationals organization to provide a space for pumping mothers to take a break in a private, sanitary space to express milk as necessary while attending a baseball game.

An ideal sanctioned Family space in Nationals Park would be ADA-compliant and include:

Comfortable armchairs for the nursing and bottle-feeding parent
Outlets for plugging in breast pumps
Counter space for diaper changing
A sink, trash cans, possibly lockers for renting
HVAC temperature maintained at a level which would be comfortable in a Dressing Room type of environment
Possible adjacency to the children’s play area
Privacy from the passing crowd
Display and sound of the live baseball game

We compel the Washington Nationals organization to consider this upgraded amenity to Nationals Park in order to better provide the team’s fans with an experience and accommodations to be expected from a family-friendly organization.”

You can read the full petition here.

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A reader writes:

“I’m lamenting the potential end of the Bullpen/Fairgrounds…

Used to be cheaper, but it’s still a great place for a pre- or postgame meet up and awesome on nice days to grab a cold one before hitting the stadium just a minute away.”

Will you miss the Fairgrounds too? With all the new spots opening up around Navy Yard where’s your favorite spot to go before/after a game?

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8th and L St, SE

In more beer garden news – looks like the one coming to lower Barracks Row has made some serious progress.

From Capital Riverfront:

“The Brig

Status of Project: Under Construction
Anticipated Completion: Spring/Summer 2015

The Brig on lower 8th Street is a 210-seat beer garden that is expected to open in late spring or early summer of 2015. Located at 8th and L Street, SE, The Brig will have 15 beers on tap, a bar that opens to a garden, some food offerings, and space for food trucks. There will be live outdoor music at The Brig as well.”

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