Surfside has opened a large fast-casual restaurant with a spacious patio at 4200 Wisconsin Avenue on the south side of Tenleytown. The site is directly across from the WUSA9 television station. Surfside has established itself as one of DC's favorite spots for tacos, burritos, and fresh-Mex. Visit www.surfsidedc.com/
Western Market – a Food Hall - is planned for the 2000 block of Pennsylvania Avenue in Foggy Bottom – just four blocks from the White House. The development already includes several restaurants, and more will open later this year. Frenchman Pierre L’Enfant – the original designer of Washington - planned to have a Western Market near that location, and one opened in 1802, but the market closed in the 1960s.
L’Enfant also planned Eastern Market, which is still in operation, and a Central Market, which never materialized.
Image below: The site of the emerging Western Market on Pennsylvania Avenue, surrounded in part by historic buildings that have historically been called Red Lion Row.
Potbelly opened a long-awaited Sandwich Shop at the corner of Willard Avenue & The Hills Plaza in Friendship Heights in February. In addition to warm sandwiches, they offer salads, soups, cookies and other items. The shop has more than 60 seats, including tables for four and high tables by the window. Potbelly doesn't sell coffee, which some diners consider a necessity.
Urban Plateswill open in the Third Quarter of 2020 in The Collection at Chevy Chase - next to Farr Park - opposite Little Beet Table. The company has several branches in California but relatively few in the East. At their branch in Montgomery Mall, their selections include a $10 Everyday Menu that features chicken, beef or vegetables as the entrée.
W. & Garrison - a one-stop destination for luxury fashion, accessories and home décor - plans to open in The CollectionatChevy Chase in space formerly occupied by Rangoni in March. The products which they sell are produced by independent designers and small companies from around the world. They will bring to The Collection the “creativity, beauty and uniqueness that exists among small scale luxury designers and artisans who are producing pieces with the highest ethical standards and a sense of social responsibility.” Images below: Fashions from W. & Garrison. Follow the company on Instagram @WandGarrison for updates and latest news.
The CollectionatChevy Chase has added Crittergami, an imaginative art installation, to the parks and sidewalks of the property. Crittergami features metal animal sculptures created by sculptor Kevin Box of Santa Fe, New Mexico. The works are inspired by the intricate paper-folding art of origami. It took Box about a year and 35 labor-intensive steps to make each sculpture, which includes an owl, tortoise, squirrel with an acorn, bird, caterpillar, and a pair of birds. Box’s goal for the installation was to create work that was engaging and interactive for all audiences and ages – visitors can climb on them and take pictures with them. Each sculpture has a name and its own personality; some are mischievous, some are wise, and all are imaginative.
The Collection will have a Spring Critter Crawl along Parkside Lane on April 18th from 11 AM-2 PM to introduce The Critters to the community.
Images below: Five of the Crittergami sculptures
There is nothing new to report about the grocery store which will open in the space formerly occupied by Giant food store & pharmacy in The Collection.
Papyrus, the greeting card and stationery chain, closed all of their stand-alone shops at the end of February, including the shop in The Collection at Chevy Chase. The shops offered their cards and other products at sale prices, and filed for bankruptcy protection. Their greeting cards continue to be available at select retail stores and online. Visit www.papyrusonline.com/
Nic & Zoe, the apparel shop for women, has finished their popup tenure at The Collection and has moved on.