Friday, July 15, 2011

The Ground Floor

DCMud presents the week's retail happenings

VIDA: The city's newest VIDA opened Wednesday at 1612 U Street. The newest locale will be the chain's flagship, going over the top with a rooftop pool, lounge, bar, and cabana area. The fitness center will of course feature a Bang salon, a new look designers are calling “street chic” with barebones industrial design. This venture will be the first site to gather all four of David von Storch’s affiliates, including Aura spa and, for the first time, a Capitol City Brewing site. While expanding the empire, Von Storch is also stepping out in a new direction in northeast DC, closing his Capitol Hill location...

Capital City Brewing at the Postal Museum (2 Mass Ave., NE); Von Storch will reopen within Union Station. Sources say the Postal Museum is expanding to fill the former restaurant space, and that Von Storch will close the restaurant this weekend to work on plans for next door.
Lavagna: Like lasagna, but...different. The new restaurant on Barracks row will feature casual and traditional Italian fare starting this weekend. The restaurant started with a friends and family early this week and is beginning its "soft open" this weekend. 539 8th St., SE.

Boqueria: The New York-based tapas restaurant has signed for a space in the Golden Triangle at 1837 M St., taking the place of Penang Malaysian. The chain plans to open in the 4th quarter.

Irish Whiskey: Next door to Boqueria, in a space also owned by Grosvenor, owners of The Mighty Pint will open a "traditional public house" at 1207 19th St. serving Irish/American food, beer (naturally) and, of course, the fermented grain mash that lends the pub its name.

Roti: The expanding griller is jumping the river, reports the Washington Business Journal, opening its first Virginia location in Rosslyn - the first location not in Chicago or DC. Roti promises to bring thousands of years worth of great food history to Monday Properties' office building at 1501 Wilson Boulevard.

TruOrleans: An "authentic Cajun Creole experience with a twist" is now open at the corner of 4th and H Street, NE.

Teppanyaki Grill and Supreme Buffet has signed a 12,000 square foot lease at 9301 Baltimore Ave. in College Park.

Washington D.C. retail news


Anonymous said...

Shame that Capital City Brewing is closing that location, its their best looking space. For more Postal Museum?? Does anyone go to that?

Anonymous said...

Does anyone go to Cap City Brewing? Let's hope the underwhelming food and service don't make the trip across the street.

Does anyone know what space in Union Station they are replacing? Hopefully that horrible America restaurant.

corn said...

i go to cap city. true they have uninspired food but i like their beer. i've never had bad service.

IMGoph on Jul 17, 2011, 6:44:00 PM said...

Ken: There is no apostrophe in Barracks Row. Please fix that.

Ken on Jul 18, 2011, 9:54:00 AM said...

We don't put it in, it's those damn hackers that always add it in the middle of the night.

Anonymous said...

This is sad news. Cap City added life to that block, especially at night. The Postal Museum will add nothing.

Anonymous said...

The expansion of the Smithsonian Postal Museum is a major part of American History, something that children and their children need. Like the museum of Natural History, the Smithsonian Postal Museum has a lot to offer informed people that wish to broaden their mind as to how this wonderful country evolved.

Truly, sorry for the beer lovers but WE need the Smithsonian Postal Museum, beer is everywhere!

Jay Hoffman


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