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Eataly To Open In DC During 2012

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Well, here comes some more NYC restuarant/food innovations. Mario Batali confirmed this today in a Huffington Post story.

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  1. hopefully it's IN DC and we can all enjoy it and not far, far away in someplace like Tysons or whatnot.
    yay!

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    1. re: Jeserf

      They're going to need a very large location and I can't think of where that would be in DC that would be centrally enough located. I bet it's in the burbs.

      1. re: ChewFun

        Two huge empty spaces are the Borders and the ESPN zone. Both are huge and central.

        1. re: Jeserf

          My dream is that this will be part of the new development at The Wharf, at the SW Waterfront. There is also lots of space around Navy Yard. Either would be awesome!

          1. re: dcandohio

            I agree that there are plenty of underdeveloped Metro-accessible locations within the District itself that would be perfect for this. Eatily could really stimulate development of such a neighborhood.

            1. re: dcandohio

              yes, but there will already be a LOT of food options there. I think that might be something of a reason for the company to not pick it....

              1. re: Jeserf

                isn't there a strange "law" of business that the food places like to locate near other food places? like a burger king near a mcdonald's?

                eataly is fun, and i'm curious as to whether they will want to locate their retail store of wondrous and pricey wares in a neighborhood in d.c. with space (but probably little parking), or in an established wealthy area like tysons.

                1. re: alkapal

                  Does the NYC one have parking?

                  1. re: Jeserf

                    No.......it is at Madison Square (23rd St. and Fifth Avenue).......

                      1. re: Jeserf

                        Remember though that hardly anything has parking in NYC. Few people drive around the city.

                    1. re: Jeserf

                      You mean like where Eataly is in Manhattan? LOL

                    2. re: Jeserf

                      There are actually 2 Borders locations that are unused at the moment (near the White House and K Street). But I feel like I've heard that one of them is being taken over by a restaurant--can't remember which though.

                      Still the Eataly in NY is even bigger than those locations I believe. I remember if feeling more like the size of a Macys.

                      1. re: Elyssa

                        According to Prince of Petworth, Eataly is 40,000 sq feet....and some people posted that the old ESPN zone building is 72k and one of the Borders/Barnes and Noble spaces is like 42k.

                        1. re: Jeserf

                          ESPN Zone would be a good spot. I could go to Eataly and then a movie at E Street and all my yuppie dreams could come true :)

                        2. re: Elyssa

                          I think the Clyde's group is taking over one of the Borders locations.

                          I'm excited for this, no matter where it ends up...

                      2. re: ChewFun

                        If you've been to the NYC flagship, it is very much an urban experience in a building with a traditional, old world character. Assuming they stick with that theme, something like the Old Post Office at Union Station would be perfect, though it could very well be something like the old yellow building at the corner of 7th and H(?) near Chinatown, or the mall across the street that could use some life zinged into it, or do a complete build out in a newer building with an "old Italy" kind of look. They'll want to have both the tourist and lunch trade and those locations, as well as something in the new City Center would give them both. I wonder if they are consulting with/working with the Italian Embassy? What a wonderful cultural outlet- Eataly is more than just Italian food, but an Italian experience that would drive cultural relations, tourism, etc... hope you are reading this, Mario... and welcome to DC!

                    3. This is the best foodie news I've heard in a long time! I spent probably 3 hours at Eataly when I went to NYC. Looooove that place!

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                      1. re: Elyssa

                        Yes, I agree. Best Foodie News in a long time!

                      2. I am so excited to have an Eataly here. YAY!

                        1. Just read that Cap City Brewery near Union Station is closing. Could that be where Eataly is coming?

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                          1. re: laurentobias

                            that's not a very big spot for eataly, is it -- compared with the one in nyc?

                            is the new d.c. eataly going to have the various mini-restaurants?

                            1. re: laurentobias

                              Actually, it is a very good place if they can expand the space. The Eataly in NYC is in a historic (looking) space with a good portion taken over by prepared foods/restaurant. It would be easy for people to get to and could have a similar vibe to NYC if that is what they are looking for. BTW if you want to see how much the fixtures etc at Cap City went for, take a look at Rasmus.com (also if you want industrial restaurant equipment)...

                              1. re: ClevelandDave

                                key phrase: "if they can expand the space."

                                that location couldn't be better for an "eataly."

                                1. re: alkapal

                                  If I'm not mistaken, the building is under historic preservation and is owned by the Feds. That would limit what they can do. It's also not really that big a space.

                                  1. re: ChewFun

                                    my point exactly... my office used to be just next to (well, across the street) from that restaurant on north capital, so i am really familiar with the space and the building overall.

                                    1. re: alkapal

                                      There is a ton of space in the building that is being used for different purposes. I know a large portion is the National Postal History Museum, which is part of the Smithsonian, and there are offices, but I believe there is a great deal of other space above, below and next to the restaurant, though it would have to be reconfigured internally. But hey, who knows what they've got planned and what is really possible...

                            2. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/g...

                              “As I understand it, they’re not coming,” one broker told me. “I specifically spoke with somebody involved with them…They came down and took a look around and didn’t see anything they like.”

                              C'mon people!

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                              1. re: ahack

                                Yea, but now for the rest of the story:

                                “I don’t know what anyone is telling you, but I think to go and do it right in D.C., it has to be the same size,” Batali said. “I don’t want to do it smaller. Smaller? That’s like a little outpost. It’s like a remainder store.”

                                He also mentioned that he and his partners hadn’t signed a lease yet, which got me worried. So I made a few calls today to commercial real estate brokers, who all spoke anonymously since the search for an Eataly space apparently continues.

                                There is, I think, lots to see, but maybe they don't want to spend the money...or maybe their financing didn't work out... yet...

                                1. re: ClevelandDave

                                  here is my cut… they ain't wanting to spend the money…..

                                  WORD.

                                  1. re: alkapal

                                    What do you base that on?

                                    WORD.

                                      1. re: alkapal

                                        Update -Eataly closes in on District location

                                        Eataly, the Italian-themed culinary concept by chef Mario Batali, has engaged brokerage firm CBRE in a local real estate search and narrowed its options to open a Washington version of the New York City marketplace-and-restaurant hub to three or four locations.

                                        http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/c...

                                        1. re: agarnett100

                                          well this should be interesting….looking for 30,000 sq.ft. with brisk foot traffic, tourists & locals, high ceilings and an 8,000 sq. ft. roof garden.

                                          agarnett, thanks for the update!