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Marrakech Restaurant Coming to Georgia Avenue

September 13, 2018

(Marrakech Restaurant will be moving into the old Waters space at 3632 Georgia Avenue, NW)

According to an ABRA notice that will be placed at 3632 Georgia Avenue on September 14th, a new tavern called Marrakech is planning to open in the old Walters space between Looking Glass Lounge and DC Reynolds. The description of the tavern is that it will be specializing in Moroccan cuisine with 62 seats inside and a 20 seat Summer Garden, for a total of 82 seats and a Total Occupancy of 100. The licensee is requesting an Entertainment Endorsement to include Live Entertainment, Dancing, and Cover Charge.

The Midlands Hosting Welcome Back Dogs Halloween Party Tomorrow

October 30, 2017

To celebrate the return of dogs back to the patio of The Midlands, they are having a celebration on Halloween to commemorate the occasion. Below is the announcement from their Facebook page.

Mayor Bowser signed the dog legislation! Dogs are welcome back to our patio and we’re celebrating on Oct 31st! Free hotdogs for all dog’s with humans, a Flying Dog Brewery Beer Special and a raffle to win a Whistle3 Dog GPS & Activity Monitor! Tickets will be given to all humans who visit between 4P and 8P with their dog. Humans who are with dogs in costumes will get 2 tickets!! Dogs may bring as many humans as they like.

Post Takes Notice of Growing Nightlife in Park View

November 17, 2016
Mural at The Midlands, 3333 Georgia Avenue.

Mural at The Midlands, 3333 Georgia Avenue.

Earlier this week, the Washington Post‘s Fritz Hahn took note of Park View’s growing bar scene, referring to the neighborhood as “one of the more interesting and growing neighborhoods for bar hopping.” Yes, Hahn made mention of DC Reynolds and Colony Club, but merely in passing. What he points out that is worth reflection is how Georgia Avenue is filling in from Bravo Bar to the south up to the Georgia Avenue Metro.

It wasn’t all that long ago that the neighborhood “go to” spots were little more than Looking Glass Lounge and later DC Reynolds — both tightly nestled together a block and a half south of the Metro. Over time, and accelerated this past year, bars and eateries have popped up and added to the mix — the two newest arrivals being Union Drinkery and The Midlands located in the central part of the neighborhood.

Being able to tout a bar crawl in Park View may seem like a strange thing to be celebrating, but considering that such a thing would have been unthinkable a year ago and impossible in 2011 it is a notable milestone. And while the Post’s article was focused on bars, I’m particularly happy that not all new businesses have been bars. In addition to the bars and restaurants the neighborhood has welcomed in the past five years there have also been coffee shops, yoga studios, a dance studio, and a book store to name a few.

 

 

The Midlands Beer Garden Making Progress

October 3, 2016

I noticed progress at the Midlands Beer Garden as I was walking along Georgia Avenue over the weekend. Below are a some photos to illustrate. The Midlands is located at 3333 Georgia near the post office.

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Ruta Del Vino Applies for Liquor Liscence on Upshur

December 17, 2015

800-802 Upshur Street(Future site of Ruta Del Vino, 8th and Upshur Street, NW)

800-802 Upshur Street, NW, was recently placarded for a liquor license application for Ruta Del Vino, a new restaurant and wine bar coming to the Petworth community. The eatery will be serving Latin American cuisine, wine, cocktails, and bear. The application includes an entertainment endorsement for flamenco guitar. The total occupancy is 141 with seating for 76 inside and a sidewalk cafe seating 20.

Upshur Street has certainly come into its own and its nice to see it continue to grow. I’m really looking forward to this addition to the strip.

Progress at Union Drinkery

September 15, 2015

At the end of December I posted details and plans about Union Drinkery, a new tavern that was in the works for 3214-3216 Georgia Avenue. Earlier this summer there were a number of questions about if this establishment was still planning to come to the neighborhood. As I understand it, the snag was with getting permits from DCRA. This hurdle has been cleared and anyone walking past the place will clearly see that work has commenced (see photos below).

Union Drinkery is planned to have capacity for 86 patrons inside on the first and second levels and a rear summer garden with capacity for 63 patrons. A separate but complimentary fast casual type of business will be located next door.

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Colony Club Celebrates Opening of Patio on Friday, July 31st

July 28, 2015
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Colony Club, located at 3118 Georgia Avenue.

Colony Club‘s rear patio is finished and open. To celebrate the new patio, they will be having an opening event this Friday (July 31) beginning at 5 p.m. Colony Club is located at 3118 Georgia Avenue and well worth the visit.

As part of the celebration, the Timber Pizza food truck will be parked out back. There will also be a DJ, a balloon artist, and drink specials. It should be a fun way to wrap up the week.

Below are some photos showing how the patio turned out. I thought it was wall thought out, attractive, and like the inclusion of the planters.

Colony Club Patio

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IMG_9184(There is also some bike parking out back.)

Walters Opening in Park View This Friday

July 15, 2015

Following up on my May 9th announcement that the former Blue Banana/Park View Patio space would become a new bar/tavern called Walters, I’m please to announce that plans are to open this Friday at 5 p.m. Walters is located between Looking Glass Lounge and DC Reynolds at 3632 Georgia Avenue..

Last night I was able to check Walters out during a soft opening. My initial impression is very positive, and this seems like the first business in the space over the last 10 years that actually understand what a business needs to, well, stay in business. Overall, it was comfortable and welcoming.

Currently, the food selection is limited to house-made beef jerky, warmed and salted pretzels, baked buffalo wings, foot long hotdogs, a side salad, and traditional potato salad. Starting on Friday there will also be two sandwich choices as well. This is all a far cry and an improvement over the previous businesses in this space. There is also a small kids menu, complete with a connect the dots puzzle and a coloring page. Not bad.

I believe Walters has a lot of promise, and may prove to be a home run once its in the swing of things.

Below are a few photos from my visit.

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IMG_9115(Beer, jerky, and pretzel.)

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Hush Lounge Denied Liquor License

June 1, 2015
3124 Georgia Avenue, NW

3124 Georgia Avenue, NW, where Hush Lounge is hoping to locate.

On Friday, May 29, I learned that Hush Lounge’s Liquor License application had been denied by the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board. We first learned of Hush’s intentions to move into 3124 Georgia Avenue back in November 2014. During that time, I introduced a protest that was unanimously supported by Advisory Neighborhood Commission 1A as the business sounded like a club more so than a tavern as it listed an entertainment endorsement, cover charge, and dancing. This seemed like a prudent course of action that would also allow Rashida Brown, the Commissioner-elect for Single Member District 1A10 to take office and work with her community to address concerns.

As it turns out, the precaution turned out to be well worthwhile as there were several serious problems with the application, and another local business associated with the applicant had known problems including operating with an expired license and disorderly patrons. However, in reading the full Board Order denying Hush’s applicaiton, the problems go deeper than this.

The introduction of the Board Order reads:

The Alcoholic Beverage Control Board (Board) hereby denies the Application for a New Retailer’s Class CT License filed by Anyado Hospitality Group, LLC, tla Hush Restaurant & Lounge, (hereinafter “Applicant” or “Hush”) for the following reasons: First, Mr. Nwaeze is unfit for licensure under District of Columbia (D.C.) Official Code § 25-301, because, as the owner of Taste, he illegally transferred the license to a new owner in violation of §§ 25-301(a)(5) and 25-405, and filed a false renewal application in violation of § 25-401(c). Second, the Board finds the Application inappropriate under D.C. Official Code § 25-313, because Mr. Nwaeze’s actions as the owner of Taste demonstrate that he cannot properly superintend a licensed establishment. Therefore, the Application is denied.

While the liquor license was denied, the Anyado Group is still under a lease agreement at 3124 Georgia Avenue. It is too early to know what, if anything, that may mean. None-the-less, the 11 hour protest hearing that resulted in the Board Order was epic, with Commissioner Rashida Brown representing the community and ANC 1A. She did a stellar job on this protest and is to be commended for her hard work and dedication.

 

Park View Patio Space to be Revitalized, Reopened as Walter’s

May 9, 2015

Park View Patio

I’ve learned that plans are in the works for the former Park View Patio space at 3632 Georgia Avenue to reopen as a joint venture between DC Reynolds and Looking Glass Lounge. The new place will be named Walter’s, after Walter Johnson, a right handed pitcher who played his entire 21-year baseball career for the Washington Senators (1907–1927). He later served as manager of the Senators from 1929 through 1932 and for the Cleveland Indians from 1933 through 1935.

Walter Johnson on a 1909–1911 American Tobacco Company baseball card.

Walter Johnson on a 1909–1911 American Tobacco Company baseball card.

As one might expect with a bar named after Johnson, the place will have a sports bar emphasis. One of the problems with the prior Park View Patio, and the Blue Banana before that, was that it was a watering hole in need of an identity. Food is definitely planned to be a part of the new venture, and while it hasn’t bee worked out yet will exceed anything offered by the former Blue Banana.

Another small detail includes a reduction in the size of the patio from what the Park View Patio had, with the goal of making it more kid and family friendly.

If the popularity of DC Reynolds and Looking Glass Lounge is any indications, Walter’s will turn out to be another popular venue in Park View’s growing array of eateries and taverns.

Update: Potential Opening Menu

  • Mac N Cheese
  • 7 layer dip
  • Potato Munchers
  • Wings
  • BBQ Pork Sandwich
  • Brisket Sandwich
  • Caprese Sand
  • Grilled Cheese
  • House Salad
  • Brats Half Smoke

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