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Massive (Year Round) Roof Deck Beer Garden Nears Opening on Florida Ave

by Prince Of Petworth December 10, 2015 at 3:45 pm 10 Comments

old photo of 715 Florida Ave, NW

You win some, you lose some. More info on that giant roof deck emerging over Florida Ave from Takoda:

“Shaw welcomes TAKODA, an American restaurant and year-round rooftop beer garden featuring 24 American Draft Beers, 51+ American Whiskeys, and an exciting twist on Americana cuisine!”

Shaw’s burgeoning restaurant and bar scene is arguably the hottest in Washington, with a slew of new projects. The next big name in the neighborhood: TAKODA, an American restaurant and year-round rooftop beer garden from hospitality entrepreneurs Ryan Seelbach and Eric Lund. The two-story space at 715 Florida Ave., Northwest is being built from scratch in a 1920’s-era brick structure, originally a Federal Life Insurance building.

Edit Lab at Streetsense (Red Hen, Daikaya) is behind the classic-industrial look of the entry-level bar and dining area, and 120-person beer garden above. Guests on the first floor will find two and four-person booths and seated tables, surrounded by the building’s original brick walls and wood ceiling beams. The roof deck will be accented with hanging and potted plants around a horseshoe-shaped bar, and will be partially covered with a canopy system. Removable windows allow for year-round eating and drinking with an outdoor feel.

Check out their menu here.

Now hiring so standby for an opening date.


  • CHSC

    Nice. I’m excited about this. That menu looks perfect for a drunken meal after Bear Happy Hour at Town.

  • Duponter

    I didn’t realize how wide that building is until the second picture. That seems like it will make for an awesome roofdeck/rooftop. Until of course the inevitable noise complaints push the owners into walling it in (a la Nellies).

    • Nathan

      That looks like an earlier pic. Just walked by this morning and its enclosed now but has glass doors all around the building to open it up.

    • The OP Anon

      I don’t think they have too many SFHs nearby as neighbors. The Shay is right across the street, but that’s about it. And let’s be frank – no one is moving into The Shay for peace and quiet. Unlike Flash or Nellie’s one block over, which have many SFHs backing up behind it and directly around the corner.

  • Trip Throckmorton

    Menu doesn’t seem to have much variety. No?

  • Jean-Claude

    It looks horrible! I mean, great location and yet looks like another cheap eatery.

    • John L

      What specifically looks “horrible” it? The place is clearly still under construction and it looks like none of the finishes are done yet.

      • Jean-Claude

        The ceiling on the top. You can tell it’s cheap construction. Zero effort, zero creativity, zero design care… But hey, I don’t know where you come from and what you are used to, so you enjoy it!


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