In: Clubhouse, instead of the church
No children allowed. Church, the old brewery at 1070 Wisconsin Ave. NW, transitioned to a 23+ bar during the evening and, in a few days, will operate a cafe, which will open at 8 a.m. Still owned by the Tin Shop hotel group, the 9,000-square-foot Clubhouse appears to be geared toward true adults after being labeled a college hangout.
“We had problems with ABRA [Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration], and fake IDs are super good these days,” Tin Shop co-founder Geoff Dawson told DC Eater. “We are not fighting the students. We want them to be adults and a bit more grown up than “it’s my first night drinking”. ”
The more sophisticated menu will include wine, cocktails and fancy pizzas and burgers, as well as parmesan truffle fries, burrata and caprese salads and oysters. As it’s called Clubhouse, the Tin Shop operator is offering a new Social Club for regular customers to get free drinks or food. The morning cafe opens on August 25.
New owners for Georgetown Wine & Spirits
Georgetown Wine & Spirits at 2701 P St. NW — opened in 1934 as a neighborhood market and operated as a liquor store since the 1950s — has new ownership. Nate Smith, a consultant whose family worked in the hospitality industry, bought the business for around $400,000 from the Kapoor family. The property is owned by Washington native and Georgetowner Bob Enzel, who lives nearby, and also owns the former 7-Eleven building. Smith lives near the Navy Yard, while his wife, Dana Bokil, will continue to work as a cancer specialist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York.
Alo Yoga takes over the Banana Republic space
Another retail icon drops. As first reported by UrbanTurf, “Yoga apparel and accessories company Alo Yoga appears to be taking over Georgetown’s core retail space currently occupied by Banana Republic at the corner of Wisconsin Avenue and M Street. Plans filed with the DC Historic Preservation Review Board outline a series of changes to the exterior of 3200 M Street NW to make way for the new tenant.It’s unclear when Banana Republic will close.
Coming soon: Wolford, Austrian clothing for the skin, clothing
Founded over 70 years ago, Wolford, the Austrian clothing and skincare brand, will open its first Washington, DC store in Georgetown this fall. The brand signed a ten-year lease with EastBanc for nearly 1,000 feet as part of the redevelopment of 1238 Wisconsin Avenue NW, bringing sophisticated ready-to-wear, activewear, knitwear, tights, lingerie, accessories and more in the neighborhood. This will be Wolford’s 23rd store in the United States.
“Wolford is evolving and we are opening retail stores that allow us to showcase both our heritage category offerings and our direction as a brand. Our customers will experience Wolford’s three pillars – from iconic hosiery and lingerie to ready-to-wear and athleisure, as well as designer collaborations. It’s critical that our customers have the opportunity to experience these new product lines – to touch and feel the quality, to experience the lifestyle,” said Tina Gershoff, President of Wolford Americas.
“Wolford is a brand we’ve been looking to bring to Georgetown for some time,” said Philippe Lanier, director of EastBanc. “Especially as an Austrian and a fan of all the quality retailers we’ve helped introduce to this market, I can’t wait to see the store open, especially in such an important corner. We look forward to announcing additional tenants later this year to join Wolford on Wisconsin Avenue as we continue to bring fresh and notable brands to this neighborhood.
Coming soon: hobo bags
Hobo Bags, founded in 1990 by Koren Ray and David Brewer in Annapolis, will move to 1265 Wisconsin Ave. NW in former John Fluevog space. “Designed for a long-term relationship and enhanced through use and wear,” as the company puts it, Hobo’s handbags and wallet have achieved iconic status in the industry – and with millions of women.
Coming soon: Naadam on M Street
The finest cashmere in the world — Naadam — will arrive at 3003 M St. NW, the former i-Thai restaurant. The company notes: “NAADAM was founded in 2013 by Matthew Scanlan and Diederik Rijsemus. The college friends traveled to remote areas of Mongolia’s Gobi Desert, befriended local herders, and saw with their own eyes how traditional cashmere traders and brokers drove up prices and took the profits. By cutting out these middlemen, Matt and Diederik realized they could pay their fellow breeders more while selling higher quality clothing at a lower cost.