A friend of mine asked what’s going on with Fort Reno this year. The Fort Reno website doesn’t have the schedule posted yet and by this time last year it had already kicked off. An organizer of the concert series tells me it’s still happening:
“Once everything is set the schedule will be posted.”
Any more word on Firelake Grill? The sign has disappeared. We’ve been waiting in anticipation for it’s opening.”
Very strange. I looked in the window and it seems ready to open. A few weeks ago I saw them interviewing folks so I thought it’d just be a matter of days before they opened. Anyone hear what’s going on?
Located at the bustling intersection of Wisconsin Avenue and Brandywine Street, the new building will include a modern, mid-rise atop the former Babe’s Billiards building. The property will feature over 19,000 square feet of retail on the lower two levels and five levels of apartment units. This project was the first new construction residential development in the District of Columbia to receive approval to be built without any parking at all.
68,500 rentable square feet (18,260 sf retail; 50,240 sf residential)
Historic building built 1949; Acquired 2009; Redevelopment 2013-2014
60 rental apartment units
It’s been a big year for anniversaries – next up – Happy 40th anniversary Dancing Crab! Dancing Crab is located at 4611 Wisconsin Ave, NW. You can see their 40th anniversary menu for the month of May here. Check out the fancy new patio too:
After many years at 4231 Wisconsin Ave, NW Armand’s closed back in June 2012. Thanks to all who sent emails and tweets about the new development. A recent liquor license posted out front says a Nando’s Peri Peri will be taking over the space:
“Restaurant serving primarily chicken and side dishes with seating for 148 patrons and total occupancy load of 160. Sidewalk café with seating for 58 patrions.”
“Large (1,200 sf) 2 bedroom / 2 bathroom condo within a half block of American University. Private outdoor patio. Updated kitchen w/ granite countertops, living room and dining room. All utilities and 2 unassigned outside parking spaces included in the rent. Extra storage for bicycles. Available June 1st. Minimum 12-month lease.”
On Monday we learned that Neisha would become a EurAsian restaurant in Tenleytown. Turns out Tenleytown will be their second location, which according to workers at P Street should open Apr. 16th.
Saigon Bistro at 2153 P St, NW changed ownership last week and reopened as Pho EurAsian. They’ll only be open for a couple of weeks before they close the P Street location for a complete gut renovation after Tenyleytown opens. A brief look at the menu, as the name implies, revealed tons of Pho options. We’ll be back for a proper judging in a few months.
Thanks to a reader for sending word in the forum. For super big fans of Neisha they’re moving to Vienna and reopening in the summer. Stay tuned for an opening date for EUR Asian where renovations are ongoing.
“Available immediately!! This 3-level home has 3 bedrooms and 2 baths. Open and light, featuring an updated kitchen, wood floors and master suite with generous walk-in closets. Great outdoor space with oversized front porch and spacious rear yard. Bonus: 5-car prking pad. Near shops and public transport.”
Back in Oct. we learned that a new spot called Firelake Grill would be moving into the former Ruby Tuesday’s space at Van Ness and Wisconsin Ave, NW. Here’s a bit more info from a liquor license application which says:
“New Restaurant serving American Classic and featuring grilling over a live oak and hickory burning fire. Jazz music will be played, including live performances. Number of seats inside is 193. Total Occupancy Load is 225. Number of Sidewalk Café seats is 60.”
A restaurant called Fork and Spade is coming to the retail space of the new building at 4619 41st Street, NW next to the Dancing Crab in Tenleytown. A recent liquor license posted says Fork ‘n Spade will be a:
“New Restaurant serving American cuisine with various types of live music, DJ, and dancing. Seating is 150. Total occupancy load is 200. Sidewalk Café with approximately 40 seats.”
The Fork & Spade will be farm-to-table establishment offering innovative American Cuisine with a twist. Our mission is to provide quality, delicious, local, fresh food to the DC Metro Area. We want to bring the area’s best products, raised and grown at local farms, directly to our customers. We plan on doing this three ways; first with a food truck that can hit the roads and literally deliver our food to the community, next by establishing a temporary pop-up restaurant in our brick and mortar space so that we can serve our neighbors as soon as possible, and finally by opening the completed space at 4619 41st Street, NW that will seat approximately 150 guests and serve both lunch and dinner seven days a week. During the summer months there will be additional seating outside on our patio. The Fork & Spade will be a family friendly restaurant that, as our name suggests, will remind our customers of the synergy between the dinner table and the farm.
Culinary Institute of America graduates and Executive Chefs, Alexander Bous, and his fiancee Renee Straus, and Executive Sous Chef Robert Cain, adopt a humble approach to educating guests through delicious food, wine, beer and spirits in a communal environment. Boasting high quality local food and unique menu design, the Fork & Spade will be an elegant yet approachable New American restaurant with regionally influenced plates and beverages in a family friendly atmosphere. Our bar will offer a generous selection of wines and beers by the glass as well as wine and beer flights, non-alcoholic beverages and cocktails that encourage our guests to experience and explore new flavors and sensations.
Ultimately, we will strive to strengthen the bonds of community between farmers, chefs, and our customers by feeding them deliciously prepared, high quality, local food. We are committed to conducting and promoting sustainable business practices on a local, national, and global level. We hope to make our internal community a positive influence on our external community and we believe that by offering our guests a night out that is highly enjoyable and educational, we will create an experience unlike any other. This experience, along with an attractive offering of unique beverages and creative seasonal menus, we believe, is what ‘dinning out’ should be about.
Cava Grill opens in the former Ayzen/Chanya Thai restaurant space in Tenleytown. Get a free lunch for the grand opening on Thursday, and donate to Micro Greens DC. I stopped in for photos on Monday and was amazed at how great the place turned out.
From a press release:
To celebrate the opening of its newest location, Cava Grill will offer Tenleytown customers a free pita, bowl, salad, or minis and a fountain drink from 11am – 1:30pm on Thursday, October 4th. Local beverage company, Honest Tea will be on hand with free samples of their organic drinks. Through the Free Lunch Day, voluntary donations will be accepted and go directly to Micro Greens DC. Founded by American University Graduate and Chef Allison Sosna, Micro Greens DC teaches underprivileged kids to cook affordable, healthy meals based on a SNAP budget.
The new grill is conveniently located at 4237 Wisconsin Ave in northwest Washington DC. Cava Grill provides a quick healthy option for residents, area office workers, students of American University and local schools.
Located at 4237 Wisconsin Ave, the 2,400 sq. ft. Tenleytown location includes a large deck for outdoor seating and will serve beer and wine once the existing liquor license transfer is complete. Xenohristos, along with partners Ike Grigoropoulos, Dimitri Moshovitis, and Brett Schulman plan to continue expanding Cava Grill, opening several outlets in the Washington, D.C., metro area, as appropriate locations become available.
The new space looks amazing. I particularly like the open wood beams:
And the outdoor patio looks like it’ll be fantastic: