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.
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.
Wunder Garten (previously 150 M Street, NE and now at the corner of 1st and L Streets NE) will be holding its season preview party this coming weekend. As District Cuisine previously reported, Wunder Garten has inked a deal for a more permanent location in NoMa starting this summer. Their preview party will be Friday and Sunday from 4-10 pm. They hope to be open permanently for the season soon thereafter.
Demolition has begun at the corner of 1st and N, NE at the site that will become a seven screen movie theater in NoMa in the coming months. The site–the lot is adjacent to the north of what used to be Ibiza nightclub– is currently a vacant parking lot and an office building. The office building is in the midst of demolition but soon the site will be transformed into a residential building with retail and the seven screen movie theater. More details on the project from Curbed here.