Photo (above): Construction site on May 31, 2015
We now know which hotel nameplate will adorn the building between the Panera Bread and the Vapiano at 627 H Street NW, close to the 7th Street intersection. The new building will be branded as a Pod Hotel of which there are currently two in New York City. We’ve stayed at The Pod Hotel (51) in New York City and definitely enjoyed the shared communal spaces and affordable rates so we expect the same here in Washington DC. We first told reported on this project in June/July of last year.
- 245 rooms on 11 floors
- rooms will be 150 square feet also known as “micro-units”
- pricing will be 20% to 25% less than market rate for standard hotel rooms
- project sized at $60 million
- no parking
- two level restaurant area
- free Capital Bikeshare is made available for guests who stay at the hotel
- planned opening is late summer/early fall of 2016
The rendering below of the finished building is also available at The Pod Hotel website:
We had a great time celebrating DC’s best in the food and beverage industry Sunday night at the convention center for the annual RAMMY Awards. Some PQ neighbors were winners, including:
Victor Albisu, Del Campo (777 I St., NW) – Chef of the Year
Jose Andres and Rob Wilder, ThinkFoodGroup – Restaurateur of the Year
The event had just the right amount of splash – from Mayor Bowser’s opening remarks about DC’s thriving dining industry as a major contributor to our strong economy, to the multiple media personalities presenting awards to inventive decor from Design Foundry, and DJ Neekola keeping the dance floor packed all night!
Thank you to Linda Roth PR for inviting us to the event!
The National by Geoffrey Zakarian will be one of the two restaurants opening in mid-2016 in the Trump Hotel at 1100 Pennsylvania Avenue. The liquor license posted at the construction site above provides the evidence; a request formally entered on this evening’ s ANC2C meeting agenda for consideration confirms it. It will be in the northwest corner of the building at ground level according to this rendering posted by DC Eater.
Geoffrey Zakarian also helms The National restaurant in midtown New York City. The menu at The National offers classic bistro dishes with Zakarian’s signature Modern American touch; the New York menus can be found here.
The posted license petition mentions the following:
Nature of Operation
- New Restaurant serving French and American cuisine. Total occupancy load is 350. Summer Garden with 60 seats.
Hours of Operation for Premises and Outdoor Garden
- Sunday through Thursday 7 am -2 am, Friday and Saturday 7 am -3am
The second Monday of the month means that it’s time for the ANC 2C (Advisory Neighborhood Commission) to meet in the MLK Library on Monday, June 8 at 6:30 pm (Lower level – Room A-3).
On to the full agenda as delivered to us by the Penn Quarter Neighborhood Association:
Call to Order
Approval of Agenda
Approval of January Minutes
Treasurer’s Report and Business Items
1. Treasurer’s Report – Commissioner Harold Closter, ANC2C02
2. Approval of Business Items
Local Events Impacting the Community
1. Race to End Women’s Cancer, Sunday, November 8, 2015, Jackie Fenton, 703.533.4837, email@example.com and Steve Winter, firstname.lastname@example.org
2. Medical Heroes Appreciation Walk, Monday, June 15, 2015, Ellyn Getz, 781.626.2256, email@example.com
3. Navy Mile on Pennsylvania Ave, Sunday, October 4, 2015, George Banker 202.685.3408, George.firstname.lastname@example.org
Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration Licensing
1. The National, ABRA Application. 1100 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Restaurant Class “C” license, Andrew Kline 202.686.7600, Sidewalk café alcohol sales hours: 8:00am to 3:00am
2. Pennsylvania 6, ABRA 098879, 1350 Eye Street, NW. Restaurant Class “C” license, Andrew Kline 202.686.7600. Sidewalk café alcohol sales hours: 8:00am to 3:00am
Transportation, Zoning, and Public Space
1. Mastro’s, Valet parking, DDOT Application. 1324 G St NW, FKA McCormick & Schmick’s, 1301 F Street, NW. Christopher, email@example.com
2. Capital Crossing/Third Street Tunnel, 301 Mass Ave, 202.367.6485, www.3rdsttunnel.com
Calendar of Events
1. Capital Pride Festival, Sunday, June 14, Pennsylvania Avenue between 4th and 7th Streets
Next meeting: Monday, July 13, 6:30 pm – same location
ANC 2C01 – John Tinpe, 2C01@anc.dc.gov
ANC 2C02 – Harold Closter, 2C02@anc.dc.gov
ANC 2C03 – Jeffrey Higgins, 2C03@anc.dc.gov
The Our City Festival runs June 5 to 7 and is a weekend-long event in downtown DC showcasing films, music, art and literature by, for and about Washingtonians. The festival is put on in partnership with the DC Public Library and Kendra Rubenfield Public Relations. The weekend will consist of a film festival along with four separate showcases curated and performed by local musicians, writers and artists. We looked at the schedule and saw events both at the MLK Public Library (9th and G St NW) and the Goethe-Institut (812 7th St NW).
The event is backed by an advisory committee including local luminaries as George Pelecanos (The Wire), Brendan Canty (Fugazi), Esther Kim (Fantom Comics), Grammy-nominated rapper, Chistylez Bacon and restauranteur, Paul Ruppert.
Pennsylvania 6, a new restaurant featuring contemporary American cuisine, is coming to 1350 I Street NW on McPherson Square. If the DC incarnation of the restaurant follows the menus from restaurants open in Philadelphia and New York, Pennsylvania 6′s offerings will include a raw bar, a neatly assembled menu of American dishes, a basic wine list, a more extensive beer list, and craft cocktails. Readers can click on the liquor license posting photo in the photo gallery below (lower right) which shows that a sidewalk cafe is a part of the application – this will activate that side of the street with outdoor life.
We’ll keep you posted on when the restaurant opens up – the website indicates ‘Summer 2015′ as an opening timeframe which could mean anything from next week to late August.
The DC Passport Program launched this past weekend. At select venues around town throughout the Summer, Passport members ($20), you can enjoy 2:1 drink specials. Some of the participating locations in our neighborhood include, Penn Social, Toro Toro and Zengo. Cheers!