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Update on New Sports Bar, The Blue Banana, Coming to 3632 Georgia Ave, NW

by Prince Of Petworth November 9, 2010 at 10:10 pm 63 Comments

After our brief reader update last week I wanted to talk to Project Manager Ted Trabue to get a bit more info. He was kind enough to meet me Tues. afternoon at the space at 3632 Georgia Ave, NW next to Looking Glass Lounge.

Let me start off by setting the record straight (no pun intended) on some reader speculation – despite the name it’s not going to be a gay sports bar in the mold of Nellie’s on U St, NW. (In the words of Jerry Seinfeld, not that there’s anything wrong with that!) It is going to be a sports bar for everyone – gay, straight, black, white, men, women, football fans, soccer fans and even cricket fans if folks are interested. In other words – this is going to be a sports bar that will cater to the entire community/neighborhood.

Now a bit more about the bar. As you can tell from the photos, the construction has progressed nicely and they should be finished in the next week or so. The construction team is the same folks behind Clyde’s and Old Ebbit Grill downtown so they are very experienced. If and of course that is a big if – all the permits are acquired in a timely manner, the bar should open the first week of December. There is no kitchen in the facility but fresh food will be catered on a daily basis.

There will be 12 draft beers, consisting of a mix of domestic and imported, on tap. There will be 9 TVs with the possible addition of a 10th. The bar will seat between 12-15 and the total capacity inside will be around 80. There will be a small outdoor area out back that will hold 4 tables. As mentioned above they will show all sports and will try as best as possible to cater to the requests of the patrons.

So for now, let’s all hope that they get their permits in a timely manner! I’ll update when the menu, beer list and an exact date for opening is released.


Project Manager Ted Trabue

More photos of the interior after the jump.


Front of the bar will have seating and two tvs in the corner


Bar will fit 12-15 patrons. Note the boxes where the tvs will be mounted.


View from back to front. Note exposed brick wall.


Refrigerator in basement will hold kegs for 12 beers on tap.


Small outdoor area in back will hold four tables.

  • Marcus Aurelius

    In the words of Marv Albert – “YES!”

  • Coraline

    Why would people think its a gay bar? Because it has the word banana in it? That’s hysterical!

    again-not that there’s anything wrong with that!

    • Ocho

      Banana Cafe in SE is a gay bar…probably wanted to make it clear

      • bingo

        no it isn’t.

  • Eric in Ledroit

    really nice looking space they are making. very impressive.

  • WarderResident

    POP — did you ask why they changed the name in the first place? What was wrong with the Green Room?

  • cranky pants

    Blue Banana, more like Blue Oyster Bar :) —> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AvmBtRz429A&translated=1

  • Greg

    After dabbling with they Rusty Trombone, it seemed the better name option.

  • Ghost of Your Free Time

    No kitchen? Really?

    • PT Varnum

      More room for beer!

  • Great addition to the neighborhood, can’t wait to watch some NCAA hoops there in the Spring!!! The interior space is looking really nice, well-done! Glad there will be a lot of TV’s. PLEASE position them so you can see several from virtually any place you are sitting. And I hope they have at least a few really large TV’s in place for big events. I also hope the eight beers aren’t the typical sports bar standards. Every sports bar in DC seems to have Bud, Miller Light, Corona, Heineken, Coors Light, Sam Adams it seems. A few of those are fine, but have a few more interesting beers please!

  • Irving Streete

    Thank goodness somebody is addressing the tragic shortage of multi-screen sports bars in the DC area. Now, if only a we could find the committed individuals we need to fill the unmet yearning for expensive burgers and upscale pizza.

    • Matt G

      Eff off…
      If I could, I’d beam myself up to one of the soprts bars “in the DC area”. But since I live in Petworth, actually having a place closeby is most welcome.
      And oh yeah, eff off.

      • caballero

        Agreed.

    • schweeney

      Why so cranky? Is it not better than an empty store front?

  • Stavros

    Anyone know if they’ll be open weekend mornings for soccer?

    • Agreed. If they open weekend mornings for English Premier League, life will be worth living, con gusto.

    • ColHeights1

      I would totally be there for EPL.

      • Absolutely fourth-ed.

        I was disappointed that after the World Cup, apparently no additional bars got the idea to open early and show EPL games this season. There’s no way I feel like dealing with the Fado and Lucky Bar bananas.

        Go Villa!

        • Stavros

          UTV!

  • Yuppehell

    Awesome a place to watch the Ravens. Blue Banana does sound a little gay but less gay compared to I love Penis.

    • Shawn

      I Love Penis will always be a great place to pound one back, though

    • Kev29

      I know a great place to watch the Ravens… it’s called Baltimore.

  • Charle Nelson Reilly

    Actually Blue Banana is a horrible name for a gay bar unless you are into gay Smurfs.

  • Divine

    It’s really great to see something move into that long empty space. I wish them the best of luck!

  • The no kitchen thing is a big big concern.

    • fz

      +1

    • Eric in Ledroit

      why?

      • Because what are they serving? Sandwiches made the day before? Microwaved chicken sandwiches? Crudites?

        • Rich

          U ain’t gotta eat there, Markus, u can just have ur appletini n watch the ball game. Maybe they will have peanuts to snack on.

        • Eric in Ledroit

          i think they are serving beer. why does every bar need a kitchen?

          • Reggie

            It don’t.

      • Ghost of Your Free Time

        I need me some wings or potato skins when I go out to watch sports.

    • RD

      Will they allow you to bring food in with you a la iron horse/rocket bar? I would rather bring in sweet mango jerk chicken than eat any mediocre bar food.

  • Current Resident

    Looking forward to walking down and watching some college hockey this season. Nice addition to the local environs.

  • Shawn

    I can’t wait for this place to open, but that name really is goofy sounding.

  • Shawn

    Also I expect this to be a Terps bar!

    • Kev29

      Good luck with that

      • Yuppiehell

        Go Terps!

        • Kev29

          Don’t get me wrong, I’m a Maryland fan too… but no one in the city gives a sh*t about the Terps

          • RD

            there are a lot of terp fans uptown here. downtown is full of people who have settled and are fans of any number of big 10, dc and virginia schools. but i see terps gear up here more than any other college by far.

  • McBanks

    Blue Banana…isn’t that the name of the bar in “Pretty Woman”? You know, where all the prostitutes and heroin addicts hung out in the first 15 minutes of the movie…way before Richard found Vivian and she rescued him right back?

    So…um…yeah. Some EPL on Saturday mornings would be mighty fine.

  • Anonymous

    I think the term “blue banana” refers to Europe’s urban and industrial core. When you view it from space, all the lights form a “blue banana” that stretches from northern Italy to southern England.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blue_banana

    In my opinion, such a funky and dare i say pretentious name does not bode well. i am a person who likes my sports bars dirty and humble. In my opinion, a sports bar doesn’t need 12 beers on tap. you aren’t supposed to go for the beer. you’re supposed to go to have fun and drink whatever is there with people from all walks of life. A sports bar should trend toward the median, and Sam Smith’s Purple Pumpkin Pygmy Ale isn’t really necessary. In my opinion.

    I’m still happy to have it.

    • Tres

      I’m really not sure how an expanded menu of beer offerings diminishes your ability to have fun. Appealing to a broader base of non swill drinking peeps is a good business decision. You can always go to the Green Turtle if you want something run of the mill. Or maybe you can open your own bar, McQuaintly’s. In any case, thanks for being the one person who explained the name.

    • Ghost of Your Free Time

      That is so cool, I had never heard that phrase before.

  • EPL Please

    Please oh please Mr. Trabue & co, open weekend mornings for Premier League!

  • Rod

    Please, PLEASE let this place become the #1 spot for watching NBA Development League games in all of Washington DC!

  • InTheGaP

    Would love to have a foosball table in the hood. Small, cheap, fun. $20/hr for shuffleboard at Meridian Pint cuts into beer budget.

    • Anonymous

      dude, they charged us $25 an hour because we had five people. and they didn’t even tell us it cost anything to begin with. i guess it was naive to think that they were holding our credit card just to ensure we would return the equipment. haven’t been back since.

      • InTheGaP

        Does seem a smidge pricey, but those tables are probably expensive and take up a lot of valuable space. Hard to get too angry at Meridian Pint . . . try the nachos with pork. Another issue is that shuffleboard is just kinda dull. Foosball is a kick, is cheaper, can fit in a corner, and fits the sports theme better than sliding pucks to an edge. Btw, I haven’t played in years, and sucked at it last time I did. Not a fanatic . . . just think it a good departure from same old same old.

        • Yuppiehell

          Beer Pong is where it is at. For some reason it is looked down upon but frankly I find it an entertaining game.

  • Picholas

    Any news on the sports bar that was suppsoed to be coming to DCUSA? I think the name they were throwing around was Sweet Lou’s

    • TCofDC

      I hear the name is Lou’s and it will open in March

  • RD

    PoP, did you mention that the name of the bar was almost universally disliked amongst the blog commenters?

    • TCofDC

      Which name? The Blue Banana?

  • Anon

    I am a gay smurf and I vote.

    • Herb

      +1

  • 14th Street Resident

    Hey GUYS,
    Let’s meet at the Blue Bananan!

    FAIL

  • David

    Well I noticed MoMos is either closed or doing a massive redecorating job so that’s one fewer sports bar.
    Also, my understanding is there are different types of liquor licenses, most of which require that food be available. So having a kitchen on site is important. Some bars have improvised considerably such as The Pug which basically serves cheese curls and maybe hot dogs. I remember the old Common Share always joked that the kitchen would be in next week in time for city inspectors but every time I went they said the same thing.

    • Cheese curls and maybe hot dogs

      I just loved the poetry of “cheese curls and maybe hot dogs.” And the succinct greasy life satisfaction it offers.

  • TMZ DC

    Word is The Blue Banana has the type of Liquor License that they do not need to serve food however they will be initially serving sandwiches and other fresh items brought in daily. Based on customer demand they will determine how extensive or simple a menu to provide.

  • Mark Barber

    Looks like a great place to get a beer and a blumpkin! cant wait to take my buddy BBASS!

    • Terry Graham

      OOH! I knew It! you two homos make me sick!

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