The Eastern, New Wine Bar Coming to Eastern Market, Hopes to Open in May/June

As first reported extensively last month by WCP’s Laura Hayes, The Eastern, a new wine bar from the owners of Barrel, is coming to the new 700 Penn building in Eastern Market. It will be located along 7th St. SE across from Pitango. At last night’s ANC 6B ABC meeting, owners Mike Schuster and Matt Weiss laid out a few additional plans about the new concept:

  • Hopes to open this May/June
  • Despite not having a hood for much stovetop cooking/grilling, will serve enough food for folks to have dinner (small plates, charcuterie, possibly house-made pasta;
  • Plan on serving weekend brunch starting around 10:30a (tentative);
  • There will be around 50 seats interior, 30 seats outside;
  • Slightly larger than Truxton Inn (owned by Weiss);
  • 30-50 wines available by glass
  • Full bar available.

Weiss explained that Stanton-Eastbanc, the building developers wanted a wine bar for the space and they were able to make a deal.

During the meeting, the committee (partial disclosure: I’m a member) voted to support the application for a tavern license with full interior hours authorized and somewhat long patio hours considering fact there are no residents directly above or across street. Expect the full ANC to support application next week with liquor license approved shortly thereafter.

Hill East Don’t-Call-It-A-Food-Hall Food Hall From NRG Appears to Have a Name: The Roost

The Don’t-Call-It-A-Mini-Union-Market-Or-Food-Hall multi-concept establishment coming to Hill East from the Neighborhood Restaurant Group later this year or in 2020 across from the Potomac Ave. Metro apparently has its name: The Roost. This name appeared on the website (see above, but who knows if it will be taken down after this post) for the building in which it will be located at 1401 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, Blackbird (DCist or PoPville commenters will have a field day with the quotes and imagery being used to advertise the 170-apartment mixed used development; these quotes also front the building during construction).

My earlier post (which demanded a retraction from NRG but was confirmed by big J journalists 2 months later), contains details on the possible concepts inside The Roost, including beer & wine/cocktail bars, tacos, pizzas, etc.

Thanks to a tipster neighbor (dunno if he wants to be identified) for alerting Barred in DC to the website.

Note: I did not ask NRG for confirmation if this is accurate because I’m not a real journalist and I wanted to put this out there.