Friday, June 17, 2011

The Ground Floor


Fuel Pizza: North Carolina's Fuel Pizza will open at 600 F Street and 1606 K Street in the former Burger King space. The chain started in 1998 by a handful of New Yorkers who had moved down south. To satiate a craving for New York-style pizza, they opened their first shop, which happened to be in a former gas station, hence the name.

El Rey: a pop-up taco stand from Ian and Eric Hilton- the brothers behind Marvin and American Ice Company- will nestle on the lot next to Dodge City on U Street, Tom Sietsema reports in The Washington Post. With seating for 150, El Rey's conception is in the works, though Ian Hilton said to expect "beer garden with tacos." Projected opening is March 2012.

Black and Orange: With a similar menu to Rogue States, the restaurant at 1300 Connecticut Avenue co-owned by Reynold Mendizabal, Black and Orange is the round two of the burger shop he hoped to run, with additional renovations and re-outfitted vents that neighbors had complained about.

Grist Mill: Executive chef of the now-defunct Posh Restaurant will open a comfort food restaurant at 815 14th Street in the Hilton Garden Inn later this month.

Shake Shack at Nationals Stadium: Danny Meyer's burger joint as well as his three other concepts, Blue Smoke, Box Frites and El Verano Taqueria opened Tuesday, in time for the series against the Cardinals. The four restaurants are part of a remodeling of the right field upper deck concourse, which includes astroturf, live trees and shrubs, couches and chairs and shade sails.


Lost Society: Co-owner of Local 16 Aman Ayoubi and partners will open this steakhouse at 14th and U on June 23rd. Grass-fed beef, produce from Whipple Farms, and sustainable seafood will grace the menu. The space entails a dining room, lounge and roof deck.

The Hamilton: In the former Borders space, Clyde's Restaurant Group will open a 35,000 s.f. restaurant, making it one of the largest in the area. The lower level will be outfitted as 15,000 s.f. nightclub and concert venue. The projected opening is December 2011.

Going Underground:

Bartleby's Books: The true booklover's bookstore lost their lease at 1132 29th St. in Georgetown when the building's owner announced unexpectedly that he was putting a restaurant in the space. The antiquarian bookstore will close on July 2nd and has discounted its inventory by 30% in the meantime. Rather than look for a new space, the bookseller will move online to Bartlebysbooks.com

Washington D.C. retail news

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Where's the location of "Black and Orange" going to be? Is this going to be in the same space Rogue States was? If so, that seems like a very poor call on the part of the owners...

BB said...

Why do you think it is a poor call to have it in the same location?

Anonymous said...

It looks like it's going to 14th and u based on the storefront signage I saw yesterday.

Anonymous said...

The 900 block of U Street has really been taking off lately. Another venture from the Hilton Brothers will definitely bring in a lot more foot traffic to that block. Once the Brixton finishes up construction and opens up (likely not until 2012 though), I'm guessing this area will be the hottest spot on U St.

IMGoph on Jun 19, 2011, 12:07:00 PM said...

melissa: is it 'del ray,' or 'del rey?' you have it spelled both ways here.

Anonymous said...

Those Hilton Bros are serious ADD in their business plans - they get one almost geared up to go, lose interest and start another. Currently I believe they have in the works Blackbird Warehouse (which has been in development for like 2 years it seems), the Brixton, and the pizza place by the 9:30 club?

Anonymous said...

Which borders location? L St or 14th St? I heard Clydes was looking at both...

Mr. 14th & You on Jun 23, 2011, 3:40:00 PM said...

So, bartleby's is closing because the landlord wants to bring in a restaurant?

Look, I love going out to eat and all, but this city is turning into one giant restaurant. Places like bookstores (used to) serve important roles in the urban fabric as community spaces and gathering spots. I understand and accept that bookselling isn't the profitable business it once was, but it does sadden me a bit to see them lost.

 

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