About a month ago we learned Pleasant Plains Workshop would be expanding into the former Soul Vegetarian space at 2606 Georgia Avenue, NW. They’re about half way towards their goal of raising $10,000:
Pleasant Plains Workshop is a shared studio space, classroom, gallery and retail outlet for local artists in Washington, DC. It was founded in 2010 by DC-based artist, Kristina Bilonick. In January of 2013, the Workshop took on the building adjacent to its existing location. Over the next few months, they will be building a state-of-the art screen printing studio so that they can provide space for more artists to work, and present more exhibitions and classes to the community. The workshop’s current location will become solely the retail and gallery component offering goods created by resident artists and other local artists and artisans.
Since its opening, the space has quickly become a hub of the neighborhood- offering 6 art exhibitions a year, a variety of programs and classes, and wide variety of handmade items by dc artists and artisans. Almost everyone who visits the space goes on to become a regular at PPW gatherings and events.
With the funds raised on this platform, we will be able to take our Workshop to the next level, offering more opportnities for local artists, and more exhibitions and programs that our community can come by and enjoy!
Earlier in the week we noted that Mothership, coming to 3301 Georgia Ave, NW, had applied for a liquor license. We also learned they were 3 weeks out from opening. I stopped by for some early photos yesterday and was happy to learn that permits were getting issued and they were still on track for an opening in about 3 weeks. You can also tell from these early photos that the space is starting to look great. You can track their progress and follow them on twitter @MothershipDC. And of course I’ll post again when an opening date is finalized. In the meantime – here’s a first look inside the former Brown’s Caribbean Bakery. Note that over 80% of the materials have been recycled.
A new restaurant is coming to the former Tax Services storefront at 3124 Georgia Ave, NW. A liquor license application posted out front says:
“A new full scale restaurant serving Asian & African inspired food, with an atmosphere for lounging and listening to DJ music or Live Bands. Entertainment with a cover charge. Total number of seats is 99. Summer Garden seating is 18.”
Sounds promising! More info as it becomes available.
A few weeks ago I shared some news that a new restaurant was coming to the long vacant building at the corner of Girard and Sherman Ave, NW. Thanks to a reader I was able to speak with one of the owners – Sam Jahanbeen. Sam was kind enough to share his plans for the space. First of all Sam is the nephew of the owner of Saloon on U Street. And that’s not the only Saloon connection – Sam’s business partner is Kaleabe Getaneh the former bar manager of Saloon.
And like Saloon, The Hilltop Restaurant and Bar will focus on German beer and other imports. But in addition to the focus on beer the duo also plan to offer a solid dining option. Nothing fancy but comfortable “American fare”. The key to Sam is comfort. Unlike the Saloon, The Hilltop Restaurant and Bar will not enforce (love it or hate it) no standing rules. They hope to keep the atmosphere relaxed and a real neighborhood spot.
The restaurant and bar will take over the whole first floor. And in the warmer months there will be an outdoor seating area as well as a window that opens up like El Chucho on 11th Street and Pearl Dive on 14th Street. Lots of updates as construction progresses. Can’t wait for late Spring/early Summer!
Harrar Coffee and Roastery recently opened at 2904 Georgia Ave, NW. I’m hoping it’s because of the holidays but it’s been dead empty the last couple times I stopped in. It reminds me a lot of Columbia Heights Coffee on 11th Street, which is to say it is awesome. If you live nearby you should def. check them out.
“Renovated rowhouse. Three bedrooms and bath upstairs. fourth bedroom with full bath on main level. Renovated kitchen, living room & dining room. Stackable washer/dryer Deep backyard and off street parking for one car.”