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.
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!
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.
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.
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.