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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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!
*Photos courtesy of Farrah Skeiky from Dim Sum Media