03/04/14 11:15am

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From a press release:

“WHAT: Talented Washington Nationals fans who are interested in performing the national anthem throughout the 2014 season are invited to submit their applications beginning today. The first 50 anthem hopefuls to submit their resume (performance or otherwise) to anthem@nationals.com will be invited to audition live at Nationals Park on Saturday, March 8.

Anthem performers must meet the following prerequisites:

- The anthem should take no longer than 90 seconds to sing
- The anthem must be performed in the traditional style; all auditions must be a cappella
- Groups and instrumentalists are invited to audition as well
- Please be sure to write “2014 Live Anthem Auditions” in the subject line of the email

These auditions are not open to the public and will take place rain or shine. For more information, visit nationals.com/anthem.

WHEN: Saturday, March 8, 2014
9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

WHERE: Nationals Park – 1500 South Capitol Street, SE”

01/24/14 12:00pm

Lumber Shed at Water Street at Third Street SE

From a press release:

“Springtime at The Yards will bring the opening of Ice Cream Jubilee, the first dedicated store location for the popular DC ice cream brand that won the People’s Choice award at the DC Scoop competition last July. The 1,076 square foot store will be located in the Lumber Shed on Water Street at Third Street SE in The Yards, DC’s exciting new waterfront neighborhood in the Capitol Riverfront area.

Featuring a wide variety of creative flavors including Thai Iced Tea, Banana Bourbon Caramel, and Peanut Butter and Jam, made with local cream and other delicious ingredients, the Ice Cream Jubilee store at The Yards will offer ice cream and sorbet lovers of all tastes and ages individual servings, as well as a selection of pre-packaged half pints in a wide variety of exotic flavors that have quickly become DC favorites. Special limited-time seasonal flavors will also be available through the new store.

“Ice Cream Jubilee is the perfect complement to the growing array of places to eat and enjoy at The Yards,” said Deborah Ratner Salzberg, president of Forest City Washington and self- described ice cream aficionado. “It will be located at the edge of Yards Park which is the perfect setting to enjoy their imaginative ice creams and sorbets on a sunny day, or just about any day in my book.”

01/23/14 12:30pm

300 Tingey Street, SE

Washington Post reports:

“Megan Parisi, the veteran brewer who was hired at Bluejacket with considerable fanfare in 2012, has parted ways with the brewery and restaurant less than three months after the operation opened near the Navy Yard. Her last day was Friday, Jan. 17.”

Ed. Note: Earlier this month we looked at a review of the Arsenal restaurant in the Bluejacket Brewery.

01/23/14 11:15am

From a press release:

“Live Nation announced today that Billy Joel will perform at Nationals Park – home of the Washington Nationals – in Washington, DC on Saturday, July 26, 2014. The performance marks Billy Joel’s first solo headlining appearance at the ballpark.

American Express® Card Members can purchase tickets before the general public beginning TUESDAY, JANUARY 28 at 10:00 AM
through FRIDAY, JANUARY 31 at 10:00 PM.

JANUARY 30 will also mark the special pre-sale period for Nationals Season Plan Holders. Tickets will be available for purchase by the general public beginning 10:00 AM on SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 1 via nationals.com/billyjoel.”

01/09/14 12:00pm

300 Tingey Street, SE

From the Washington Post:

“You are likely to empty your glass but leave food, sometimes a lot, on your plate.

For the sake of comparison, I revisited Bailey’s Birch & Barley last month after a long time away and found the onetime trendsetter to be a shadow of the upscale tavern it was when it sprang on the scene four years ago. Although the service was genial, the cooking was muddled; even dishes I used to recommend are no longer their good old selves.”

Aresenal is located in the Bluejacket brewery at 300 Tingey Street, SE in the Boilermaker building. Birch & Barley is located at 1337 14th Street, NW in Logan Circle. Have others noticed a decline in the food at Birch & Barley?

12/18/13 10:30am

301 Water Street, SE

Last month it was Osteria Morini and on Saturday Agua 301 is opening next door in the Lumber Shed building in Yards Park. From a press release:

“A modern Mexican menu with less than traditional touches will be created by Chef Antonio Burrell when Agua 301 opens December 21 in Yards Park in the Capitol Riverfront. Taking its name from its 301 Water Street SE location the 4,000 square-foot, 106-seat waterfront restaurant is housed in the historic Lumber Shed Building in the burgeoning Navy Yard/Nats Park neighborhood.

Burrell’s menu includes Bocaditos or “little bites” that he says are perfect with drinks. Among those will be Empanadas de Venturas del Mercado made from seasonal vegetables and Beef Barbacoa Flautas with shredded braised beef and caramelized onions which he says are his Mexican version of a Philly cheese steak along with three versions of guacamole.

Entrees include a pan seared black bass with butternut squash, bacon, sweet potato hash and cumin scented orange agave butter, a roasted Mexican spiced adobo chicken and a braised short rib chichilo with creamy nixtal and winter vegetables accented with a lime crema.

Tacos will be a specialty with the pork belly al pastor to be among the highlights. This crispy friend pork belly creation will incorporate pineapple habanero salsa and al pastor aioli. Another highlight will be the carne asada con kimchi tacos with grilled marinated skirt steak, housemade kimchi, cojita and citrus.


A 44-seat patio will open when the weather warms. Owners Amanda and Stephen Briggs see this as becoming a popular spot at which to enjoy a variety of margaritas while enjoying a pre-Nats game cocktail or an afternoon sojourn with a river view.

Designed by GrizForm Design Architects the restaurant’s interior was inspired by Mexican design, landscape and historic ancient ruins. Its color palette is based on neutrals of sand, taupe and rich brown along with natural wood tones reminiscent of Mexico’s terrain. Custom-routed wall panels were inspired by the ancient city of Teotihuacan and wood trellis accents mimic the steep steps of the Mayan Pyramids.

NOTE: Agua 301 will open for dinner service on December 21; lunch service will begin on December 28. Brunch will begin on New Year’s Day and continue as a Saturday/Sunday brunch thereafter.

Hours of Operation

Lunch: Monday-Friday 11 am -3 pm
Dinner: Sunday- Thursday 3:30-10 pm, Friday – Saturday. 3:30-11 pm
Lunch/Brunch: Saturday-Sunday 10:30-3 pm
Happy Hour: 3:30-7 pm 7 days a week”


Here’s a look at the dinner menu – and a look inside:

Agua 301 interior night
PHOTO CREDIT: Jeff Aitken courtesy Agua 301

12/17/13 5:00pm

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From a press release:

“The 10,000 square foot ice skating rink in Canal Park is now open daily for skaters of all ages and abilities. Monday’s opening marks the beginning of the second full season for the Canal Park Ice Rink.

The ice skating rink is open seven days a week. Patrons can bring their own skates or rent them on site, and skating lessons are available for kids and adults. Ice skating rink hours and rates are as follows:

Adult Admission – $8
Children (under 12)/Seniors (55+)/Military Admission – $7
Skate Rental – $3

Monday – Wednesday: 12pm – 7pm
Thursday – Friday: 12pm – 9pm
Saturday: 11am – 10pm
Sunday: 10am – 7pm”

12/16/13 3:15pm

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From a press release:

“The Washington Nationals are looking for outgoing and energetic personalities to be a part of the team’s entertainment crew for the 2014 season. Beginning this week, the Nationals are accepting applications for the NatPack, the Racing Presidents and the Ball Girl squad. Fans across the Nation’s Capital have until Friday, January 3, 2014 to apply for these seasonal positions by visiting the Job Opportunities section on nationals.com or checking out www.teamworkonline.com.


The NatPack is a quintessential part of the Nationals fan experience at the ballpark and around the District. NatPack duties include interacting with fans, distributing promotional items, motivating the crowd, facilitating entertainment with live, on-screen interactive features, and other duties as assigned. Qualified candidates must:

· Have prior experience performing in front of and entertaining large crowds
· Have strong interpersonal skills with a positive, energetic personality
· Be available to work all Nationals home games and outside appearances as needed, including days, nights, weekends and holidays


Fans with presidential aspirations are encouraged to audition to fill the shoes of George, Tom, Abe, Teddy and Bill. Beyond participating in the traditional GEICO Presidents Race, the Presidents interact with fans by posing for photos, signing autographs and appearing at select events across the region. Qualified candidates must:

· Be between 5’7″ and 6’6″ in height
· Be able to run while wearing costume weighing approximately 45 lbs
· Be able to run from right field to home plate (approximately 200 yards)
· Be available to work roughly 40 percent of the Nationals home games

The Racing Presidents application process is threefold: in addition to applying online, candidates must answer a short questionnaire before select applicants are invited to take part in a live audition in January. Tryouts will take place regardless of weather conditions and additional details will be released in the coming weeks.


This position necessitates a strong knowledge of baseball, as candidates are required to field both fair and foul balls and know the difference between the two, among other assigned duties. In addition, qualified candidates must:

· Have strong interpersonal skills with a positive, energetic personality
· Have strong communication and public relations skills
· Be athletic (softball experience a plus)
· Be punctual and reliable, and available to work days, nights, weekends and holidays
· Be at least 18 and a resident of the Greater Washington, D.C. Metropolitan area”