In a promising sign, Wunder Garten–the large proposed outdoor beer garden in NoMa–has applied for an alcohol license. You can read our preview post here.
Fare Well (406 H Street), the vegan bistro and bakery serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner by the owner of Sticky Fingers Bakery in Columbia Heights, is aiming to open by this spring or summer. However, before opening, the building needed a complete renovation and reconstruction. The building’s construction has significantly progressed over the past several weeks and a wood skeleton of the building is now up. There is still significant construction ahead, but the building is steadily progressing at this point.
There is still a ways to go, but construction has begun on the site for the future Nando’s chicken on H Street. The initial plan was for the restaurant to open in the spring, but now it looks more like fall or later in the year.
Last summer, NoMa came close to getting a beer garden in the vacant lot in between the NoMa-Gallaudet Metro station and the Flats 130 apartment building (at 150 M Street, NE). The large lot has previously been used as a construction staging area but is now vacant for the time being. At that time, negotiations between the potential business partners and Stonebridge Carras, the landowner, did not work out. Now, however, negotiations have resumed and it seems very likely that the beer garden will become a reality this spring.
Business partners, including the owner of L’Enfant Cafe in Adams Morgan, are planning a hybrid beer garden and park that will cater to guests of all ages (and will likely allow dogs as well). The fenced in lot will be leveled and landscaped in a way that maintains a large open area for recreational activities. The partners in Wunder Garten are working closely with the NoMa Business Improvement District on the design to maximize the park area as NoMa currently has a deficit of parks. There will be beer benches like one would find in a German beer garden and a significant portion of the space will have a tent over it for rain. They will have multiple beers on tap at the bar they will build on site that will mostly be German and Austrian, but they do plan on having a few local microbrews as well. The space will not have a kitchen (the nearby Harris Teeter that is technically on the same land restricts what kinds of food can be sold in the space); however, there will be 2-3 food trucks in the space that will rotate. High end portable restrooms will be available for customers. In all, the space will be designed to fit 200-300 people inside.
Addis Ethiopian Restaurant (707 H Street) has been under construction for many months, but it is planning on opening next week. A peak inside the window shows that they are putting the final finishing touches on the dining room, and we are told that next week is when they will open.