Outside the world is blooming, and a crop of new businesses is sprouting up all over the Hill. Here’s a round up of some of the new and upcoming places that have recently opened, or will come online in the next few months.
Rewild (232 Seventh St. SE)
It’s been a while since anyone can remember a business operating out of the quaint bay-windowed storefront at 232 Seventh St. SE, right across from Eastern Market. But it’s about to get wild. Rewild, a plant and flower studio with studios in Shawn and Balston is in the process of rebuilding the interior. The studio offers expert advice and sales of houseplants and planting pots as well as workshops and events. Learn more at rewilddc.com
Newland | 327 7th St SE | 202.525.1395 | Tues-Thurs 5:30-10p, Fri & Sat 5:30-11p
From Chef Andrew Markert, the giver who gave us Beuchert’s Saloon and sandwich pop-up Fight Club (see below) comes Newland. The New American diner opened last month in the space formerly occupied by Montmartre. Named for the Baltimore street where Beuchert grew up, the restaurant serves gorgeous spins on American fundamentals with his Maryland showing in the seafood and spices.
Union Kitchen | 430 Eighth St. SE | Opening TBD
Daniel J. Sernovitz reports in the Washington Business Journal that Union Kitchen is planning a new location in the 1400 square foot former Subway sandwich shop (430 Eighth St. SE.
Beginning primarily as a food business accelerator, Union Kitchen is now a local chain with eight retail outlets, including one on the Hill at 538 Third St. NE
The new location will be both café and grocery, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner in addition to selling offer specialty grocery items and household needs. The shop specifically highlights items made in DC and coming from the accelerator. Sernovitz reports a fall opening is targeted. www.unionkitchen.com
Ledo’s Pizza | 415 Eighth St. SE | Soft Opening expected late April
The Annapolis-based chain opens their fourth location soon on Barracks Row. In addition to their trademark square pizza, they also offer submarines, wings, soups, salads and pasta. A kid’s menu is available. Signs indicate a soft opening expected around April 22. Watch the store facebook site for details.
Maison & Greens | 801 Pennsylvania Ave. SE | Opening TBD
The Mason & Greenes slated to open at 801 Pennsylvania Ave. SE will be the second. The first is at 913 King Street in Alexandria.
Mason & Greens is a Sustainable Dry Goods Grocer that claims to be DCs largest vegan shop. The space they have taken is one of the largest ones on Barracks Row –the former Dunkin Donuts space is about 4,000 square feet.
The shop carrries ethically-made and sustainably sourced with a zero waste ethos — “new goods, packaged in an old way.”
Goods are free of toxic chemicals, synthetic fabric and palm oil. The product line includes items for the home, kitchen, beauty, kids, and the outdoors, as well as food, snacks, and books.
Santa Rosa Reopening April 16 | 301 Pennsylvania Ave. SE | Daily 11:30a-10p
Spike Mendelsohn’s Mexican taqueria is set to reopen in the new location at Third and Pennsylvania Avenue SE on Saturday, April 16. The patio has already been laid out, filled late the week before with customers from sister restaurants We Are the Pizza and Good Stuff Eatery. Santa Rosa offers margaritas, ice cold beers and Mexican tacos.
Zoca | 319 Pennsylvania Ave. SE | Spring 2022 opening TBD
Harvest Tide (212 Seventh St. SE) founder Chef Danio Samoza opens his second restaurant on the Hill this spring. The Mexican-themed Zoca will follow the pattern of the Delaware locations. The restaurant opening at 319 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, the former Stanton & Greene location will offer seafood, tacos and jumbo margaritas.
Fight Club | 633 Pennsylvania Ave. SE | Opening TBD
Born of Beuchert’s Saloon during the pandemic, sandwich shop Fight Club has grown up and is out on its own, finding a forever home at 633 Penn, the former site of Hank’s Oyster Bar. The shop will sell the sandwiches and cocktails that raised it up right over the last three years, but also large plates featuring shanks of lamb and roast chicken with an array of sides. Watch the website for details.