Photo via Instagram : WhaleysWhaley’s, a new raw bar and seafood restaurant, is slated to open next Monday, according to the restaurant’s website.

The new seafood-centric eatery is a new project by Nick and David Wiseman, the brothers behind DGS Delicatessen.

Whaley’s will open with a menu that includes scallop crudo, Maryland crab and other plated seafood selections. The restaurant is set to initially open for dinner only, with plans to expand later into lunch and brunch.

Read more about the new restaurant in this press release:

Whaley’s, a raw bar and restaurant, will open Monday, May 16th in the historic Lumber Shed at The Yards, located at 301 Water Street Suite 115 SE in the growing Navy Yard/Capitol Riverfront District.

Under Chef Daniel Perron– formerly of Fiola Mare, Blue Duck Tavern and The Oval Room–the opening menu will feature shellfish towers, crudos, a selection of seafood-focused plates and a rotating family-style platter for sharing.  Dishes will feature items like:

  • Day Boat Scallop Crudo, Muscat Grapes, Sea Beans & Fennel Pollen
  • Jumbo Lump MD Crab Salad, Sea Urchin, Celery, Cucumber & Old Bay Chips
  • Crispy Soft Shell Crab, Peanut Romesco, Charred Tomatillos & Pickled Pearl Onion

Longtime collaborator, mentor and friend Brian Zipin has assembled a beverage program featuring specialty cocktails, thoughtfully-selected wines and craft beers.

The new restaurant’s design, from Edit Lab at Street Sense, is anchored by the building’s floor-to-ceiling, 35-foot tall glass façade with the original roof trusses exposed. The Lumber Shed was an integral part of the Washington Navy Yard, the US Navy’s oldest shore establishment founded in 1799.

Artist John DeNapoli has designed a 100-foot mural “Under The Sea” inspired by mid-century geometrical artists.

Whaley’s will be located on the south face of the Lumber Shed building, between Osteria Morini and Agua 301. The restaurant’s layout will include a 22-seat counter bar and a 44-seat dining room, as well as outdoor patio seating, facing the riverfront and the surrounding Yards Park.

Partners, cousins and fourth generation Washingtonians Nick and David Wiseman, the team behind DGS Delicatessen & Specialty Bar, are the creative force behind Whaley’s. Dave and Nick began prowling the fish barges on Maine Avenue as kids and dropping chicken necks to catch crabs on the Delaware shore.   “We grew up eating clams, crabs and oysters right out of the water or just off the boat,” said Nick Wiseman. “Imagine how excited we are to open our own raw bar on the waterfront in DC.”

Whaley’s will initially be open for dinner, with plans to expand to brunch and lunch service. Make reservations online at for dinner starting Monday, May 16th. Reservations are now available.

Photo via Instagram / Whaley’s


300 block of North Carolina Ave SE

The wind may have made today feel even colder than it was, but fortunately warmer weekend weather is blowing in. Temperatures are expected to reach into the 60s this weekend, and with several outdoor events planned across the Capitol Hill area, there are plenty of chances to take advantage of the springlike weather before it cools down again next week. Here’s everything you need to know to make the most of this weekend in the Capitol Hill area:


Public Observances for Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia
Supreme Court Great Hall
Friday 10:30 a.m.-8 p.m.

Members of the public can pay their respects to the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia until 8 p.m. Friday at the Supreme Court building. Scalia’s body is currently laying in repose at the Supreme Court’s Great Hall. His funeral will be held on Saturday at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception at Catholic University. 

14th Annual Old Fashioned Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser
Capitol Hill Presbyterian Church (201 4th St. SE)
Saturday, 8 a.m.-noon

Capitol Hill Boy Scout Troop 500 will hold a pancake breakfast to raise funds for their programs and community service projects. The breakfast will feature all-you-can-eat pancakes, sausage, bacon, juice, coffee, tea and hot chocolate. Tickets will be available at the door and will cost $15 for adults and $5 for children under 12. 

Winter Grill Out at Ocopa
Ocopa restaurant (1324 H St. NE)
Saturday, 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Peruvian restaurant Ocopa’s new chef Yuki Nakandakari will be enjoying the sunny weather on the restaurant’s patio, where guests can sample unlimited Peruvian grilled skewers called anticuchos and Nakandakari’s Incajito cocktails for $35. Tickets are available online

‘A Will for the Woods’ Screening
Congressional Cemetery (1801 E St. SE)
Saturday, 6 p.m.

The Congressional Cemetery will host a screening of “A Will for the Woods,” a documentary about green burial, followed by a discussion led by the film directors and officials at the cemetery. Those interested in attending can RSVP to [email protected].

Light Yards Art Installation at The Yards
The Yards (355 Water St. SE)
Saturday, 7-10 p.m.

The Yards in Navy Yard are celebrating the arrival of Light Yards, a new art installation that will be at Yards Park through March 6. Several art installations by New York based light artist and architect John Ensor Parker. The opening party on Saturday night will feature a live DJ. The event is free and open to the public.

I Draw Slow at Hill Center
Hill Center (921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE)
Saturday, 8-10 p.m.

Dublin roots band I Draw Slow will bring their unique blend of Irish traditional music and Amaricana to Hill Center in support of their new album “White Wave Chapel.” Tickets are available online

The Coil Project presents “Three Days of Rain”
Capitol Hill Arts Workshop (545 7th St. SE)
Saturday, 8 p.m.

The Coil Project presents a two-act play about the children of Greenwich Village architects in the early 1960s. 


Weekend repairs will take place on all six lines this weekend:

  • Red Line trains will be single tracking between Friendship Heights and Grosvenor and between Forest Glen and Wheaton. Trains will run every 24 minutes between Shady Grove and Glenmont and every 12-13 minutes between Farragut North and Silver Spring from 9 a.m.-9 p.m.
  • Orange and Blue line trains will be single tracking between Smithsonian and Federal Center SW and will run every 20 minutes starting at 7 a.m. Saturday
  • Silver Line trains will only run between Wiehle-Reston East and Ballston
  • Yellow Line trains will run every 20 minutes between Huntington and Mt. Vernon Square only starting at 10 p.m. Friday
  • Green Line trains will be single tracking between L’Enfant Plaza and Navy Yard and will run every 20 minutes starting at 10 p.m. Friday

Rendering of Whaley's (Photo via Whaley's)

The Lumber Shed building near Yards Park in Navy Yard will soon get its fifth eatery, Whaley’s raw bar and seafood restaurant.

Whaley’s is slated to open this spring in the building at 301 Water St. SE, according to a press release. The restaurant is a new project by Nick and David Wiseman, the brothers behind DGS Delicatessen.

For Whaley’s the brothers are planning a seafood menu that includes clam chowder, scallop crudo and grilled swordfish, in addition to raw oysters. The restaurant is set to initially open for dinner only, with plans to expand later into lunch and brunch.

Designs for the restaurant show a 20-seat bar and a 40-seat dining room with additional seating outdoors. The eatery is named after Zedechiah Whaley, the commander of the Maryland Navy during the Revolutionary War.

A different seafood restaurant, Navy Yard Oyster Company had initially planned to open in this location in spring 2015, but backed out of its lease in August.

Photo via Whaley’s


Noon Yards Eve (Photo via Facebook/ Noon Yards Eve 2015)Parents in the Navy Yard area can ring in the new year and still put the kids to sleep by bedtime thanks to Noon Yards Eve at Yards Park on Thursday.

The kid-friendly celebration is set to take place between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. on New Year’s Eve and will feature a balloon drop at noon to mark the beginning of 2016.

According to the event’s Facebook page, the free party will include music, dancing, face painters, inflatables and crafts for kids. The celebration is hosted by The Yards development and will take place at Yards Park at the intersection of Water and 4th streets SE.

Photo via Facebook/ Noon Yards Eve 2015


Morning Rundown

Eastern Market

Friendship Charter Schools Founder Plans to Retire — Donald Hense, the founder and head of Friendship Public Charter schools, plans to retire this summer. Friendship is one of the largest charter networks in the District and includes Chamberlain Elementary and Middle schools in Hill East. [Washington Post]

Folger Shakespeare Library Offering Ward 6 Discounts for Christmas Performance — The Folger Shakespeare library will offer discounted tickets for its Christmas performance at the Church of the Reformation at 212 East Capitol St. NE to Ward 6 residents. [Hill Rag]

Developer Secures Financing for 138-Unit Condo Building at The Yards — Developer PN Hoffman announced they have secured financing for a 138-unit condo building at the intersection of 4th and Tingey streets SE in The Yards, which will break ground in the beginning of next year. [JDLand]

H Street Streetcar Test Runs to Increase Today — The empty H Street streetcar will be making more trips up and down H Street NE for the next three weeks as the beleaguered tram gets ready for safety certification to carry passengers. [Hill Now]


Morning Rundown

Union Station

Police Conduct Five-Hour Search for Relisha Rudd at Construction Site, Find No Evidence — Police searched a construction site in Northeast for five hours yesterday looking for evidence related to the disappearance of Relisha Rudd, who was kidnapped from D.C. General homeless shelter in 2014. [Washington Post]

Video Shows Danger of Crossing North Capitol Street in NoMa — Steven Glazerman, a writer for Greater Greater Washington, filmed his daily commute across North Capitol Street at the intersection with Pierce Street NE, showing that most cars don’t stop even as he makes his way across the crosswalk. [Greater Greater Washington]

Developers Plan to Break Ground on Condos at The Yards in Early 2016 — PN Hoffman, the developer behind condo projects at The Yards development in Navy Yard, is set to begin construction on a 10-story, 138-unit building in the first quarter of 2016. [Washington Business Journal]

Plans Revealed for Two Apartment Buildings North of Nationals Park — Developer JBG released plans for the intersection of Half and N streets SE that would add 225 condos, 200 apartments and retail space. [Washington Business Journal]

Capitol Hill Bar Makes List of Best New Bars in the District  — Capitol Hill bar Stanton & Greene, which opened in February at 319 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, made DCist’s list of the best bars that opened this year in D.C. [DCist]


Morning Rundown

Yards Park in Navy Yard

Multiple Developers Refining Plans for Residential Projects in Hill East — Hill East is poised to become more densely populated over the next few years as developers work to build residential projects at Watkins Alley, Buchanan School, 1401 Pennsylvania Ave. SE and other locations. [District Source]

Developer Proposes Redevelopment of Potomac Gardens Housing Complex — The developer of Potomac Parc on Barracks Row proposed a rehabilitation of Potomac Gardens and Hopkins Apartments to add more affordable housing units. [Capitol Hill Corner]

Philz Coffee Holding Pop-Up at Bluejacket to Preview Navy Yard Location — Navy Yard residents can get a free pour-over from Philz Coffee this morning at a pop-up at Bluejacket Bottle Shop in Navy Yard. The coffee company has plans to open its first D.C. location at The Yards development. [Eater]

Spotting Houses Designed by Capitol Hill’s Most Prolific Architect — Architect Charles Gessford designed many Capitol Hill houses in the late 19th century, many of which have retained original design elements today. [Curbed]


Side Yards 2014 (via Facebook:The Yards DC)

A carnival complete with magicians, fire breathers and contortionists is coming to the Navy Yard.

The second annual Side Yards event is scheduled for this Saturday at Yards Park (355 Water St. SE) from 6 to 10 p.m.

A collection of East Coast sideshow performers,many from the traveling Circus of Wonders, will put their quirky talents on display for guests. A burlesque show is also planned for one of three performances stages, a new feature to this year’s event.

There will be live music, food available for purchase and a beer garden by Due South, which opened near Yards Park in August.

Tents will cover the carnival attractions, so the show will go on as planned regardless of weather.

The event is hosted by the developers of The Yards. According to Clare Zenczak, a spokesperson for The Yards, the carnival with be a party with “something for everyone.”

Zenczak added there will be some activities for younger audiences, including balloon artists and a bubble fairy.

The Yards regularly throws themed celebrations in the park. Most recently, Ice Yards was a winter version of last summer’s Splash Yards, which drew more than 2,000 people.

“These events are a way to get people into the area,” Zenczak said. “It’s so they can see how exciting the development is down here.”

Side Yards is free and open to the public, but organizers are recommending interested guests reserve tickets in advance online.


Morning Rundown

NoMa sculpture

Driver Crashes Into Metrobus on 11th Street Bridge — A man threatened to jump off the 11th Street Bridge last night after hitting a Metrobus with a stolen car, according to D.C. Fire and EMS Department officials. [WJLA]

Eastern High School Booster Club Looks to Build Support for Ramblers — Two Capitol Hill residents created the Eastern High School Booster Club to raise funds for athletics at the Capitol Hill school. [Hill Rag]

Four-Story Mixed-Use Building Planned for Barracks Row — A development company has submitted plans to build 22 condos and retail space at the corner of 8th Street SE and Virginia Avenue SE with the aim of connecting Barracks Row and Navy Yard. [Capitol Hill Corner]

Public Marina in Navy Yard Slated to Open in Spring — Construction is slated to start soon on a public marina that will run along the Anacostia River from Yards Park to the border of the Washington Navy Yard, according to developer Forest City Washington. [Hill Now]


Rendering of the marina near Yards Park (Photo via Forest City Washington)

Boats are set to start docking along Yards Park early next year, the area’s developer announced today.

Construction is slated to start soon on a public marina that will run along the Anacostia River from Yards Park to the border of the Washington Navy Yard, according to developer Forest City Washington. The marina is slated to open by this spring.

The docks will have slips for 50 boats, about half of which will be reserved for short-term docking of less than 10 days. The marina also will have a water taxi dock and a space for kayaks and other paddle-powered watercraft.

Forest City Washington also plans to include an education dock where local students can learn about the river.

The area around Yards Park, known as The Yards, also will add 327 luxury apartments with the addition of the Arris residential building in early 2016. Many of the new homes will have views of the marina.

“The development of the marina will put The Yards more in touch with one of its best assets — the river,” Forest City Washington president Deborah Ratner Salzberg said in a statement. “We’re eagerly looking forward to adding the boating community to the wonderful mix of residents, tenants and visitors at The Yards.”

Photo via Forest City Washington


Brooklyn Winery glasses (Photo via Instagram/Brooklyn Winery)

A boutique winery in New York is planning to open an outpost at The Yards in Navy Yard by fall 2017, the area’s developer announced today.

Brooklyn Winery, which bills itself as an “urban winery that crafts boutique small batch wine and seasonal eats,” is scheduled to start construction of a 16,000-square-foot location at Water and 4th streets SE this spring, according to developer Forest City Washington.

The winery’s D.C. branch, which will be called District Winery, is the first business of its kind in the city. It will make wine on site and have a tasting room, full-service restaurant, an outdoor terrace and space for weddings and other private events.

The Washington Business Journal reported in May that Brooklyn Winery was looking to open in Navy Yard. But a lease wasn’t signed at the time. The winery has since signed a lease for a new building that is set to occupy a now-vacant lot.

“We are very excited to make Washington, D.C., our new home,” Brooklyn Winery co-founder Brian Leventhal said in a statement. “The Yards is the perfect location for District Winery, and we look forward to being a part of this thriving neighborhood for years to come.”

Photo via Instagram/Brooklyn Winery


Philz Coffee (Photo via Facebook/Philz Coffee)A San Francisco-based coffeehouse chain is slated to open one of its first locations outside of California at The Yards in Navy Yard next year, the area’s developer announced today.

Philz Coffee is expected to bring its Tantalizing Turkish, Philharmonic and other java blends to a mixed-use building across from the Boilermaker Shops on Tingey Street SE this spring, according to developer Forest City Washington. The building, known as the Arris, is still under construction.

Founded in 2003, Philz currently only has locations in California. But the chain is set to move into the D.C. market with a shop in Adams Morgan later this year, according to District Source.

The shop along the Capitol Riverfront in Navy Yard is slated to be Philz’s second location in the District. Forest City Washington’s announcement followed hints by the developer last month that Navy Yard would have a new coffee shop.

“Philz Coffee is a California-based company on a mission to better people’s days by reinventing the coffee drinking experience,” Forest City Washington said in a news release. “In addition to an impressive array of exclusive, handcrafted, flavorful blends, Philz Coffee prides itself on its extraordinary customer service and culture, where each cup of drip coffee is personalized by their baristas.”

Navy Yard also is slated to get a Pacers Running this fall, according to the developer. The chain, which sells running shoes, workout clothes and other accessories, is slated to open at the Boilermaker Shops on Tingey Street SE in October, after initially looking to open this month.

Pacers Running currently has stores in Northwest D.C., Arlington, Alexandria and Fairfax.

Photo via Facebook/Philz Coffee


Navy Yard mural

A construction site in Navy Yard is getting a little color, with the help of D.C. students and an artists collective.

Dozens of students, under the guidance of Albus Cavus Open Walls DC artists, are creating a mural inside a temporary covered walkway in The Yards, according to a spokesman for the development. The pathway runs between Foundry Lofts on Tingey Street SE and the Arris mixed-use building under construction on Water Street SE.

The students started painting the walkway’s walls with spots of blue, green and orange on a yellow background Sunday. Work on the mural is expected to conclude this upcoming Sunday. The mural will be almost 300 feet long when finished.

The final design of the mural is unclear, however. A representative of Albus Cavus Open Walls DC didn’t respond to a request for comment.

Students from Capitol Hill Day School, DC Scholars Public Charter School and DC Scholars Stanton Elementary are among the young artists participating in the project.

Albus Cavus Open Walls DC has five other murals, including public art behind 128 M St. NW and by the ad hoc skate park under the Southeast Freeway near 2nd Street SE.


The Yards rendering (Photo via Forest City)

Navy Yard is slated to get a public marina this year amid a flurry of construction at The Yards.

The marina should be completed by the end of this year, after construction starts this summer, Yards developer Forest City announced today. The marina will have 50 slips and may accommodate a water taxi, according to the developer and a General Services Administration report.

By early 2016, The Yards also is expected to have “substantially” completed an 11-story, 327-unit apartment building known as the Arris at Tingey and 4th streets SE, according to Forest City. The building will have 19,000 square feet for street-level retail and a rooftop pool with views of the Anacostia River.

Across from the Arris, construction of a 10-story, 130-unit condo building from P.N. Hoffman will begin later this year. Forest City also is planning to build a two-building, 190-unit apartment complex with 16,700 square of retail space next to the condo building.

The construction will displace the Trapeze School New York – Washington DC this fall. The school, which offers flying trapeze, static trapeze, trampoline classes, will move two blocks west to N Street and New Jersey Avenue SE.

Photo via Forest City


(Updated at 7:35 p.m.) A men’s clothing store that specializes in slim-fit dress shirts is moving to Navy Yard.

The company Hugh & Crye will open a shop at The Yards next month, management of the Water Street SE development announced this afternoon.

Hugh & Crye, whose name is a reference to medieval England, tweeted a photo of their empty new location, in which The Yards advertising is papered over the windows.

The menswear company started in Dec. 2009 sells shirts that take into account buyers’ height and build, and start at $75 each. Their website breaks down their offerings into “Shirts for Skinny Guys,” “Shirts for Slim Guys,” “Shirts for Athletic Guys” and “Shirts for Broad Guys.” They operate another store at O Street and Wisconsin Avenue NW in Georgetown.

Hugh & Crye did not immediately respond to an inquiry.

Photos via Twitter/PhilipSoriano and Facebook/Hugh & Crye


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