Big dining news for the H Street Corridor yesterday: Toki Underground’s Erik Bruner-Yang is a semifinalist for the prestigious James Beard award in the Rising Star of the Year category. James Beard awards are a huge deal in the restaurant industry, and Bruner-Yang’s nomination is a testament not only to his hard work but the quality of H Street’s dining scene as a whole. The James Beard Foundation will present its finalists on March 24th in New York City. Congrats Erik!
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.