Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Restaurant Build-Out Inches Closer to Completion

More progress has been made to the storefronts at Waterfront Station reserved for Station 4 and Z-Burger. More windows have been exposed along 4th Street and along the side facing the patio area, which according to the Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration (ABRA) public hearing notice posted on the front door of Station 4, will accommodate up to 70 seats. Station 4 is applying for a Class C restaurant license with a summer garden, which means wine, beer, and spirits can be served. Proposed hours of operation of the restaurant are as follows:
Sunday - Thursday: 11am - 2am
Friday - Saturday: 11am - 3am
The hearing notice proposes that alcohol can be purchased during these hours and outdoor seating to be allowed daily from 11am - 12am. Alcohol in the outside patio could be permitted at all times the patio area is open. Live entertainment at the restaurant would be permitted Sunday - Thursday nights from 9pm to 1:30am and on Friday & Saturday nights from 9pm to 2:30am. The ABRA hearing is scheduled for March 14th. There's no update on exactly when Station 4 and Z-Burger will open, but once I hear something, I'll let you all know.

18 comments:

larry said...

Has anyone heard more on the possibility of TD Bank opening a branch in Southwest?

Bob Craycraft, ANC6D01 Commissioner-Elect said...

I've been advised that Station 4 is looking at an April opening; Z Burger in May.

I have also learned that a lease has not been signed, as of three weeks ago, with TD Bank despite earlier reports to the contrary.

HRH King Friday XIII, Ret. said...

*screams like Mel Gibson in Braveheart*

"BRUNCHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!"

PostIt said...

Awesome! So glad to hear we'll have a bit of nightlife close to our new SW "downtown." This will help with both safety and future development on the Waterfront. Can't wait!

TFFC said...

Station 4's website is claiming an opening date of Winter 2011, but I'm not clear as to whether that refers to the winter we're currently experiencing, or the one that will begin in December. I'd be inclined to believe the April date Mr. Craycraft gives, and to agree wholeheartedly with PostIt.

Anonymous said...

I am crossing my fingers I'll be able to celebrate my mid-May birthday at Station 4!

Bob Craycraft, ANC6D01 Commissioner said...

I heard yesterday that Station 4 is aiming for a late March opening. I should have a confirmation on that by Monday and will make the update here and our Facebook page "6D01."

Anonymous said...

I really hope they open in late March, just in time for the Cherry Blossom festival. Station 4 would have a superb opening week, especially with all of the people passing by to see the festival. It'll also allow people to see how amazing SW has become. Having a resturant/resturants is what this neighborhood has needed for some time.

All we need now is to remove Greenleaf. I'm convinced crime, robbery, and theft will be reduced once that area is cleared.

Mary said...

Does anyone know if there are plans for PN Hoffman to also re-develop those homes at Greenleaf?

I've definitely passed by there a few times and its not an area I recommend walking alone, especially at night. I've been verbally harassed the few times I've walked by.

SWill said...

TFFC: Winter 2011 means the first three months of the year, not the last week and a half of December :-)

Mary & Anon @ 12:35pm: I'm not aware of anyone planning to do anything to Greenleaf a la Capper Carrollsburg in Near SE. PN Hoffman has their hands full with the waterfront and St. Augustine's. If anyone wanted to redevelop Greenleaf, it would take SEVERAL years to get done, so don't get your hopes up.

Anonymous said...

@swill. thanks for your response. hopefully something happens to that piece of land. its really sad to see all of this great development happening and have 2 blocks ruin it all.

i did hear plans about the empty lot across the street from Greenleaf. something is in the development stages over there, am i correct?

AMK said...

I agree with the excitement expressed by others of finally having a decent restaurant/bar in the neighborhood. I've heard that some in the neighborhood have expressed concern about the liquor license and late hours of Station 4, but I think people need to realize that this place would be unlike the scary clubs with their incidents of violence that have recently closed on Maine Ave. I've been to Tunnicliffs, Stoney's, Ulah Bistro, and Bullfeathers, all of which are owned by the same people as Station 4. All are nice, comfortable, affordable neighborhood spots to get a decent meal and a drink in a civilized environment. I look forward to Station 4 finally bringing the same to Southwest -- hopefully the first of many more such places to come. It'll be nice to finally have an option to go out for drinks and/or a meal in my own neighborhood instead of always having to go elsewhere.

Bob Craycraft, ANC6D01 Commissioner said...

You are absolutely right, AMK, on all points. I don't think anyone has concerns with the operators as much as with our rapidly evolving neighborhood. Several of your ANC Commissioners had a great meeting with the owner of the restaurant group and the woman who will be managing it yesterday, and they have our full support to get their liquor license approved with hopes for an early April opening. We did request they remove the ability to have dancing, which we felt lended itself to a nightclub, versus restaurant, atmosphere, and they agreed.

SWill said...

Anonymous @ 2:24pm: The empty lot across the street from Greenleaf will become a new St. Matthew's Church and an apartment building.

Bob: Thanks for the update on Station 4's opening date and for the fact that the restaurant has the ANC's support!

SADK said...

Here's the site: http://station4dc.com/

I can't wait!! As long as it's open by summer, I'm good! :)

PostIt said...

Thanks for all the updates, SWill and Bob. Bummer about the dancing, though. I understand the concern about a nightclub threat - I'm definitely not a fan of that scene. But slow dancing with my girlfriend while a talented jazz band plays would be really nice. That's the kind of thing you see on the Odyssey (the boat), which one can hardly call a nightclub.

In my opinion, what makes a nightclub a "nightclub" isn't so much the dancing as it is the lighting. Make a deal to say no flashing or moving party lights inside, and you're good. After all, it's the atmosphere that you're trying to prevent, not so much the activity.

AMK said...

Glad to hear Station 4 has the support of the ANC! I'm fine with no dancing; I just want a place to go for food/drinks in the neighborhood. I hate to sound like the preacher in "Footloose," but I agree that eliminating dancing and keeping the place as simply a neighborhood restaurant/bar could potentially help avoid the problems that often accompany nightclubs.

In response to PostIt, I see your point about lighting being a significant factor in creating a nightclub atmosphere. I think the type of music is also an important factor. A live jazz band, like you describe, would probably not be a problem at all. DJs and rock bands and such would be a different story. I'm not sure what type of music/dancing Station 4 had in mind. But for now, I'm just happy that we will soon have another restaurant option in the neighborhood, and one that isn't fast food! Now we just need to recruit a Pete's Apizza!

Anonymous said...

We don't need a nightclub. We need a good restaurant, where you can enjoy good food and drink, and actually hear yourself talk.

Heck, if all they did was to open a "Tunnicliff's II", I'd be perfectly happy!

DavidSW