Thursday, May 12, 2011

The Ground Floor


DCMud presents the week's retail happenings

Shake Shack- The sign is up and the countdown to May 17th has begun: the date Danny Meyer's burger joint opens up at 1216 18th Street N.W., in the former Fuddrucker's space. Known for its burgers, hot dogs, and custard shakes - as well as formidable lines - Nationals fans are eagerly awaiting Danny Meyer's Shake Shack and Blue Smoke scheduled to open at the stadium in June.

Pizzeria Da Marco: Opening May 16th in Bethesda, the Neapolitan pizza restaurant scheduled to open at 8008 Woodmont Avenue is a 5000 s.f. space seating nearly 160 people. Housed inside is a massive 4500 pound wood burning pizza oven that cranks up to 900 degrees.

SouperGirl: Sara Polon started her vegan soup delivery service in the basement of her home in 2008. This month, she'll open a brick and mortar store at 314 Carroll Street in Takoma Park. Initially she'll remain a delivery service, with an eventual expansion.

Blue 44: This farm to table restaurant has opened uptown this week at 5507 Connecticut Avenue N.W. in Chevy Chase in what had previously housed Senor Pepper.

Tortilla Coast: Coming at the corner of 15th and P Streets near Whole Foods is Tortilla Coast, the inexpensive Mexican restaurant with siblings in Bethesda and on Capitol Hill. We're guessing the opening will be fall, since the build out has yet to begin.

To Be Named Taqueria: Jackie Greenbaum, the proprietor of Jackie's, Sidebar and Quarry House Tavern in Silver Spring, will open this sliver of a Mexican joint in Columbia Heights at 2620 Georgia Avenue N.W. mid-summer. The restaurant will seat 36, including space on the roof deck that will be open until 11 P.M. weekdays, midnight on weekends.

Sullivans Toy Store
: This toy store and art retailer has moved from Cleveland Park to Tenley to make way for the Wisconsin Avenue Giant development. The expanded location is slated for a mid-June opening will be housed in a 5,000 s.f. space owned by American University at 4200 Wisconsin Avenue.

Sax Lounge & Restaurant: From the folks behind Oya and Sei comes Sax, set to open tomorrow. Perhaps a linguistic play on sex, Sax is gilded to the hilt and suggests the act in infinite scenarios, from the burlesque every fifteen minutes on the infinity stage to the phallic murals of God, George W. Bush, and Justice Clarence Thomas's member - tipping the scale of justice. (The burlesque, however, is pretty tame). The performance space and restaurant at 734 11th street is owned by Nancy Koide and Errol Lawrence. Oya chef Jonathan Seningen will oversee the menu.

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