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NoMa Hilton Garden Inn Restaurant Space for Lease

27 Dec
Courtyard in Restaurant Space at NoMa Hilton Garden Inn

Courtyard in Restaurant Space at NoMa Hilton Garden Inn

Earlier this year, Todd Gray’s company split ties with the Hilton Garden Inn in NoMa, which had previously housed Watershed by Todd Gray.  After that restaurant closed, the Hilton Garden Inn ran its own restaurant in that space.  It now appears that the Hilton Garden Inn would like to fill that space with a new restaurant.  A new real estate brochure from Papadopoulos Properties advertises a turnkey restaurant with guaranteed conference and events business in the Hilton Garden Inn.  With the recent closure of Union Social, NoMa is definitely a prime target for a sit down restaurant.

Old City Market and Oven Opening Wednesday (Nov 16) Near H Street

16 Nov
Remodeled Exterior for Old City Market and Oven

Remodeled Exterior for Old City Market and Oven

District Cuisine has been excitedly waiting for the opening of Old City Market and Oven (522 K Street, NE) for several months.  The former convenience store turned gourmet market officially plans to open its doors on Wednesday (November 16th), according to General Manager Mahadi Lawal.  Our friends at Borderstan had a good preview piece late last month that you can view here, but District Cuisine recently learned some additional exciting details about the new spot.

Owner Curt Hansen has owned the property at 522 K Street for over 30 years but decided recently that he wanted to change it from a typical corner store to a gourmet market that would better meet the needs of the community.  The entire space was completely renovated over the past several months and will now sell gourmet groceries, wine, prepared foods, and coffee.  While they will not serve pizza for the first several weeks, eventually they will have pizza fresh from their pizza oven featuring topics such as hummus, caramelized onions, potatoes, and salmon as well as other more traditional pizza toppings.  The coffee will be from M.E. Swings, and they will offer cappuccinos, macchiatos, lattes, and mochas.  We look forward to stopping by soon to check everything out!

Union Social Officially Closed in NoMa

6 Sep

Closed Notice for Union Social

District Cuisine reported several weeks ago that a for lease posting had been put online for Union Social in NoMa.  That listing was promptly taken down; however, it now appears that Union Social is officially closed.  The space is very large (it could probably be two restaurants) and located towards the top of NoMa.  We’ll be on the lookout for what the space may become.

Indigo Now Offers Online Ordering (And It Works Well!)

24 Aug
Street Map Painted on the Wall at Indigo

Street Map Painted on the Wall at Indigo

H Street/NoMa favorite Indigo (243 K Street, NE) has a new website that allows you to order and pay online and then pick your food up inside without waiting (check it out here).  Indigo’s popularity is evident every night with the packed patio (they now have a bar outside) and the line out the door.  On particularly busy nights, if you order in the restaurant for takeout, it can be close to a half hour wait.  While they have call ahead service, sometimes getting through can take sometime.  Indigo has recently solved that problem with the new online ordering platform.  District Cuisine recently tried ordering online and picking up, and it worked very well.

Union Social Space in NoMa for Lease?

16 Aug
Union Social in NoMa

Union Social in NoMa

Union Social (100 Florida Avenue, NE) only opened in October of last year, but the space may already be for lease.  According to a real estate brochure that was recently added to KLNB’s site (but has since been taken down), the restaurant space is available immediately.  However, after District Cuisine contacted both KLNB and Union Social, the posting was taken down and does not currently appear on the site (you can see a screenshot below).  The listing notes that it is a “second generation restaurant space” and one of the site plans lists the “as-is condition” that is a schematic of the current Union Social layout.  Union Social remains open for now, but its future is unclear.  Requests for comment to both Union Social and KLNB were not returned.


Ground Broken for 100 K Street, NE

18 Jul
Preliminary Construction at 100 K Street, NE

Preliminary Construction at 100 K Street, NE

Preliminary construction has begun on a future residential development at 100 K Street, NE.  This project has been in the works for quite sometime with J Street Development first purchasing it back in 2007.  The current plans are for ground floor retail and over 200 apartment units by Equity Residential.  To demonstrate how many iterations this project has gone through, here’s a retail brochure on this project from 2012.

Mussel Throw Down in NoMa This Weekend

15 Jul

noma mussels

Belgian Restaurant Week kicks off in DC today (Friday) and runs through next Thursday, the 21st.  The week kicks off tomorrow (Saturday) in NoMa at the future Storey Park (corner of 1st and L Streets, NE where the Greyhound Station used to be and where the NoMa summer movies are now) with a mussel throw down party.  Chefs from Brasserie Beck, Mussel Bar and Grille by Robert Wiedmaier, Belga Cafe, BToo, Haute Saison Catering, and the Soveriegn will all be on hand to compete for who can create the best mussels.  For $21 at the door, you can eat mussels, fries, and waffles and enjoy beer from Stella Artois.  Doors open at 11 am and the event runs until 6 pm.  More details here.