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Wunder Garten to Open in May

30 Apr

Good news for NoMa today–Wunder Garten, the beer garden planned for 150 M Street, NE in NoMa, is planning on opening in the month of May.  You can see our preview here.  Wunder Garten received building permits this month and over the past several days we have noticed light construction activity taking place inside.

Complete press release from NoMa BID:

NoMa Beer Garden Opens in May

WASHINGTON, DC, April 30, 2015 — In May, Wunder Garten beer garden is opening at 150 M Street, NE, just steps from the NoMa/Gallaudet U Metro station. The beer garden will occupy the last parcel in the 2.5 million SF Constitution Square development. The 300-seat venue is styled as a Bavarian beer garden and is a place neighbors and friends can meet, socialize,or take an outdoor education class with REI. The drink menu will feature Bavarian, Austrian, and German beers, as well as regional microbrews. Food will be provided by a rotating selection of the region’s most popular food trucks.

“I’m looking forward to sitting down and having a Hefeweizen with my friends,” said Robin-Eve Jasper, President of the NoMa Business Improvement District. “We’re tickled to combine great outdoor education, craft beers and good food in a fun neighborhood space.”

Wunder Garten is operated by Proust Partners, which is owned by Christopher Lynch (co-owner of L’Enfant Cafe in Adams Morgan) and Biva Ranjeet. Munich native Allon Pultuskier advised on the beer garden’s design and ambiance. The owners have been working with property owner StonebridgeCarras and the NoMa BID over the last year on this initiative.

REI, which is opening a 52,000 SF flagship store in the Uline Arena just a few feet away, will hold free classes at the beer garden on a wide range of topics on how to live a life outside. Whether locals want to learn a new activity or advance their skills, REI will offer its expertise on bike repairs, camping, the best local outdoor destinations and more. REI will also host fun events like presentations from outdoor personalities and celebrations of the local nonprofits that take care of DC’s trails, bike lanes and rivers.

Wunder Garten will use umbrellas and tents to shade benches and tables on the rear of the lot. Decorative landscaping will create a causal and inviting atmosphere and transform a currently unused lot into an urban oasis.

“We are excited to provide an inviting space for the neighborhood and the city to gather, enjoy themselves outdoors, and have a beer,” said Christopher Lynch. “With all the rapid growth in NoMa, bars and recreational spaces were two things we have consistently heard that residents want.”

Operating hours are as follows:

MondayThursday: 4 PM to 10 PM

Friday: 12 PM to 12 AM

Saturday: 12 PM to 12 AM

Sunday: 12 PM to 10 PM 

For more information, visit wundergartendc.com.

 

Wunder Garten in NoMa Applies for Alcohol License

31 Mar

wunder garten license

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.

Construction at Fare Well Bistro and Bakery Progressing on H Street

24 Mar
View of Construction (from backside) of Fare Well Bistro and Bakery

View of Construction (from backside) of Fare Well Bistro and Bakery

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.

Sally’s Middle Name Hosting Popup at Boundary Road on March 29th

17 Mar

Sally's Middle Name popup

Sally’s Middle Name (1320 H Street), the restaurant that will be replacing Pizza Parts and Service on the eastern end of H Street, will be having a popup tasting at Boundary Road (414 H Street) on March 29th from 10pm-12am.

Construction Begins at Future Nando’s on H Street

16 Mar
Future Nando's Site at 411-413 H Street NE

Future Nando’s Site at 411-413 H Street NE

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.

Wunder Garten, a Pop-Up Beer Garden and Park, Coming to NoMa in April

9 Feb

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.

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Addis Ethiopian Restaurant Opening Next Week

19 Jan

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.

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