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Trader Joe’s Applies for Liquor License Near Union Market

23 Mar

Future Edison Building and Trader Joe’s Near Union Market

The Trader Joe’s near Union Market has taken another step forward by applying for a liquor license.  The store will be opening on the ground floor of The Edison building (350 Florida Avenue, NE) and was tentatively scheduled to open later this year.  The exterior construction of the building is largely complete, although the interior appears to have significant work ahead.  According to the liquor license application, the store will be open daily from 8 am until 10 pm.

Yum’s Carry Out Closed on Florida Avenue

23 Mar

Yum’s Carry Out on Florida Avenue Now Closed

It appears that Yum’s Carry Out at 416 Florida Avenue, NE has closed for good.  The takeout restaurant has been closed for a little while now and the phone number has been disconnected.  Eden’s (the dominant Union Market developer) purchased the building back in 2015 and has plans to develop the entire block.

Blue Bottle Coffee Coming to 1250 4th Street in Union Market

22 Mar

Future Site of Blue Bottle Coffee in Union Market

The Washington Business Journal had previously broken that Blue Bottle Coffee out of California would be opening a store and training facility in Union Market at the intersection of 4th and Morse Streets, NE.  Based upon building permits and construction progress, District Cuisine can now confirm that the location will be 1250 4th Street, NE, which is directly north of the new Edison building (a future Trader Joe’s) in Union Market.  Construction and renovation on the site is well underway; once completed, it will be two stories.

Demolition, Ground Breaking Ceremony for The High Line in Union Market

17 Feb
Site of the Future High Line at Union Market

Site of the Future High Line at Union Market

Recently, the vacant Burger King at 3rd and Florida Avenue, NE was demolished to make way for The High Line, a major apartment/retail/park development by Level2 Development (read more here).  Earlier this week, a ground breaking ceremony was held to formally begin the project.  This project is immediately next door to The Edison apartment building which should be opening later this year and which will have a Trader Joe’s on the first floor.  To keep track of all of the development in Union Market, check out our interactive map here.

BBQ Joint Closed in Union Market

30 Jan
BBQ Joint Closing in Union Market

BBQ Joint Closing in Union Market

The BBQ Joint, located next to District Fishwife in the main Union Market building, closed yesterday after two years of operation.  Another location of the BBQ Joint closed quickly on 14th Street several weeks ago.  The sign noted that catering will still be available in DC, despite the two locations closing.  No word yet of what may replace the BBQ Joint in Union Market.

Major Demolition Underway for Union Market Apartments and Culinary Market

26 Dec
Major Demolition Underway at 1270 4th Street, NE

Major Demolition Underway at 1270 4th Street, NE

Major demolition is underway at 1270 4th Street, NE, the future location of The Shapiro, a major residential and retail project in the Union Market area.  This lot–almost an entire city block long–is located immediately south of Masseria and Neal Place Tap and Garden on 4th Street).  Previously the Cash and Carry, the new building will be over 400 units of apartments (built in two phases) and will house a major culinary market by Chef Jose Garces (retail managed by Union Market developer Edens).  As you can see from the photo above, the entire building has been demolished except for the front wall which is being preserved to become a part of the new building.  You can learn more about the design of the building from the developer here.

You can check out a comprehensive map of existing and future plans near Union Market, by checking out District Cuisine’s interactive map here.

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Cotton & Reed Distillery Opens This Saturday in Union Market

11 Nov
Interior Bar Area at Cotton & Reed

Interior Bar Area at Cotton & Reed

Cotton & Reed (1330 5th Street, NE) has come quite a long way since District Cuisine toured the space last November (you can see our post with construction photos here).  The rum distillery and tasting room by friends and former co-workers Reed Walker and Jordan Cotton will open this Saturday in Union Market (less than half a block away from the main Union Market building).  District Cuisine got a sneak peak as part of the media preview last week.

A Peak Through the Door to the Distillery at Cotton & Reed

A Peak Through the Door to the Distillery at Cotton & Reed

Cotton & Reed will be open from 4 pm until midnight Wednesday-Friday and noon until midnight Saturday and Sunday.  The distillery has a beautiful bar in the front where customers can order craft cocktails featuring Cotton & Reed rum created by mixologist Lucas Smith.  In their opening run, Cotton & Reed created a white rum and a dry spiced rum, both of which are available for purchase or as shots.  During good weather, the front window will be open to allow a fresh breeze to come in through the bar.  Visitors will be able to get a tour of the distillery located in the back behind the bar area during business hours.  The entire space is also available to rent for larger parties and events.

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As Cotton & Reed becomes more established, they will produce additional varieties of rum.  They plan to distribute their rums to area restaurants and stores when they open.  Cotton & Reed will be a very welcome addition to the Union Market area, and we hope that it inspires similar local businesses to join the area in the near future!

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*Photos courtesy of Farrah Skeiky from Dim Sum Media