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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.

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.

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Todd Gray No Longer Affiliated with Watershed in NoMa

4 Apr
Patio Area at Watershed by Todd Gray

Patio Area at Watershed by Todd Gray

Chef Todd Gray (Equinox) is no longer affiliated with the NoMa restaurant that was previously called Todd Gray’s Watershed, representatives for Gray and the NoMa Hilton Garden Inn confirm.  According to a representatives who answered the phone at the Hilton Garden Inn, the menu remains the same for now, but the restaurant is transitioning to a new management team and new concept (there is a liquor license for a different, unnamed restaurant in the window).  The restaurant remains operational for the hotel and the general public.

Watershed opened in mid-2011 in the Hilton Garden Inn as part of NoMa’s Constitution Square development that also includes Harris Teeter and Flats 130.  When the restaurant opened up, NoMa was first becoming a residential neighborhood, and it was the only real sit down restaurant in the area.  Gray brought star power to the restaurant, but overtime Gray had less and less involvement with the restaurant.  A management company had taken over the operations of Watershed, but it maintained Gray’s name and influence.  Most recently, Joseph Paire had taken over the kitchen at Watershed and introduced several new items to the menu.  However, Paire is now the chef at Mulebone on 14th Street.

Union Social Opens Today

15 Oct
Main Bar Area at Union Social

Main Bar Area at Union Social

Union Social (100 Florida Avenue, NE) opens up for dinner service today (brunch will be added soon).  You can check out the menus here.  The restaurant is part of a family of restaurants including Copperwood Tavern in Arlington.  Chef Randy Mosteller will be in charge of the kitchen at Union Social, having previously been the Executive Chef at Redwood in Bethesda before leaving to open Union Social.

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DC Brau Mussels at Union Social

There will be a focus on local ingredients that are served fresh everyday.  Mosteller says that he likes to take simple ingredients and prepare them well using creative preparations and drawing on his training at the New England Culinary Institute.  Playing off “social” in the restaurant’s name, many of the dishes are intended to be shared among friends at the table, including the (very) large flatbreads that are available.

Seared Scallops at Union Social

Seared Scallops at Union Social

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Union Social Will Have Private Event Area, Large Pet Friendly Patio

14 Oct
Exterior of Union Social

Exterior of Union Social

Union Social (100 Florida Avenue, NE)–opening Thursday in NoMa–will have both a private event area inside and a large patio space out front that (they hope) will be dog friendly.  The private area is towards the back of the restaurant and features its own bar, a retractable glass garage door, and a TV.  Once Union Social opens up, the space will be available for renting out for parties and events.

Bar in Private Space at Union Social

Bar in Private Space at Union Social

While they are still working out the details, the entire space in front of the restaurant (which is quite long, almost a full block) will be a large patio for the restaurant.  Union Social’s owners are dog lovers, so they are hoping (pending DC permitting) that the space will be dog friendly.

Roll-up Garage Door Window

Roll-up Garage Door Window

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Union Social Opening on Thursday in NoMa (Complete Menu)

13 Oct
View from Inside Union Social Overlooking Florida Avenue

View from Inside Union Social Overlooking Florida Avenue

Union Social (100 Florida Avenue, NE–immediately north of the NoMa Metro stop) will open officially on Thursday.  They will be hosting residents of their building tonight (Elevation at Washington Gateway) and friends and family on Wednesday prior to opening to the public on Thursday.  Union Social is from the owners of Copperwood Tavern in Arlington and hopes to be a neighborhood destination where diners can enjoy locally sourced dishes and an extensive bar.  Union Social has a transit theme to its interior and many of the items on its cocktail menu.  They will be open for lunch, dinner, and brunch on the weekends (although not initially).

Interior of Union Social

Interior of Union Social

The complete dinner and brunch menus are below.  Click here for a larger version of the dinner menu and here for a larger version of the brunch menu.

Full Dinner Menu at Union Social

Full Dinner Menu at Union Social

Full Brunch Menu at Union Social

Full Brunch Menu at Union Social

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TD Burger’s BBQ: The Taste Doesn’t Match the Smell

1 Sep
Patio at TD Burger

Patio at TD Burger

We really want to like TD Burger (250 K Street, NE).  It has a great location right across the street from the always popular Indigo and who doesn’t like a good burger place with an awesome patio?  Sadly our previous experiences at TD had taught us to avoid the place.  However, recently the restaurant has set up a smoker on its patio that wafts delicious hickory BBQ smells for multiple blocks.  After attempting to avoid the temptation multiple times, we finally gave in and gave TD Burger another shot.

Brisket at TD Burger

Brisket at TD Burger

Unfortunately, we should not have.  Let’s start with the logistics of takeout: an unnecessary nightmare.  You order the BBQ inside and then pick it up from the guy at the smoker outside.  Makes sense but wait: there are only certain BBQ items that you pick up from the guy outside–for other random ones, you pick them up inside.  For example, we ordered a half BBQ chicken and an order of brisket.  The chicken comes from outside, the brisket from inside.  It didn’t make any sense, but we went with it.  We placed our order and then went outside to pick up the chicken.

BBQ Chicken at TD Burger

BBQ Chicken at TD Burger

TD Burger was not busy at this time.  There was one guy in front of me also waiting for chicken.  It took about ten minutes for him to get his chicken (even though it was already done in the smoker), and then it was our turn.  The chef manning the smoker told us to wait a minute and then he would be right with us.  He disappeared inside for five minutes or so and reemerged with a tray of raw pork ribs.  He proceeded to marinate the various racks of ribs and threw them in the smoker while we waited.  He then washed his hands in a bucket full of dirty water (no soap) and then proceeded to grab our chicken out of the smoker.  Using his bare hands (which he had 30 seconds ago been marinating the raw pork ribs with) and tongs that he had also “washed” in the dirty water he divided my (measly) half chicken into thirds and cut it up.  When we asked about having BBQ sauce on the side, it was interpreted as an odd request.

The whole process took at least 20 minutes, despite the fact that the chicken was done and ready to go the second we walked outside.  We walked back inside to pick up the brisket that was surely done by this point.  Wrong.  Took another 5-10 minutes for that to come out as well. Continue reading