Not up to cooking for Thanksgiving? You have several alternatives along the southeast and southwest waterfront — including dining aboard a boat.
An annual Thanksgiving lunch cruise will depart from 6th and Water streets SW at 12 p.m. tomorrow (Thursday). A buffet menu of roasted turkey, brown sugar-roasted pork tenderloin and butternut squash will be served by Spirit Cruises
“We try to recreate a typical Thanksgiving meal,” representative Ryan Meadors said.
The cruise that ends about 2 p.m. is currently at three-quarters capacity, Meadors said. Tickets cost $54.90 for adults and $32.95 for children.
For those who prefer to stay on land, the 1101 4th St. SW restaurant Station 4 will host a prix-fixe Thanksgiving meal from 2 to 11 p.m. The menu includes turkey and pumpkin pie, plus atlantic salmon and turkey meatballs. The meal costs $38 per person.
For a more casual — and more football-oriented experience — Willie’s Brew & Que is one of the few local restaurants that will be open for normal hours. Co-owner and chef Rahman “Rock” Harper said the restaurant’s 14 TV screens will be tuned to football.
“This will be a great option for people who want to escape the Thanksgiving madness,” he said. Located at 300 Tingey St. SE, Willie’s will be open from 11 to 2 a.m.
Photo via Spirit Cruises
Harris Teeter: The area’s first grocery store is set to open Nov. 4. A ribbon-cutting ceremony with samples is scheduled for 5:30 p.m., the company’s website says. Located at 1212 4th St. SE, the store will include a Starbucks and a pharmacy.
Unleashed by Petco: This smaller, more upscale version of the ubiquitous pet store is slated to open within the 42-acre Yards complex on Nov. 3. It will be found at 300 Tingey Street SE.
Willie’s Brew And Que: A new barbecue restaurant led by Hell’s Kitchen’s Rahman “Rock” Harper and his brother opened Oct 17 at 300 Tingey Street SE. They told Hill Now they have had lines out the door for their brisket, pulled pork, Korean-style wings and extensive list of beers.
Vida Fitness: The high-end fitness club opened its doors on Oct. 18 at 1212 4th St. SE. The facility boasts a pool, four fitness studios, a spa and a hair salon.
These businesses are just one part of Forest City’s plans for the Yards. A set of businesses including the salad spot Sweetgreen, Ice Cream Jubilee and the Korean barbecue taco restaurant TaKorean opened this year. The Spanish tapas chain 100 Montaditos will open next to Bluejacket, according to the Capitol Riverfront Business Improvement District.
Willie’s Brew & Que opened in the Navy Yard on Friday, and the duo of brothers who run the restaurant say they’ve working on serving “the best ribs in D.C.”
Ed Howard and Rahman “Rock” Harper, who was featured on the show “Hell’s Kitchen,” are serving brisket, pulled pork and Korean-style wings.
“I’m fascinated by cooking with smoke and preserving with smoke,” said Harper.
Howard, who manages the restaurant, said the popularity of Willie’s thus far has been “pretty overwhelming.” Located at 300 Tingey St. SE, next to the Department of Transportation building, the restaurant offered free lunches to DOT workers for three days last week before they opened their doors to the public on Friday.
Howard said the bankruptcy of the restaurant’s parent company, Barracks Row Entertainment, delayed the opening of Willie’s. When “the dust settled,” the company was still enthusiastic about the project, Howard said.
Willie’s is serving more than just “the normal mix of beers,” Howard said. The restaurant has 12 beers on tap and more than 10 canned and bottled beers, including New Belgium’s 1554 Enlightened Black Lager, Dogfish Head’s Namaste Belgian white and a “lot of North Carolina and Georgia beers, in keeping with Southern barbecue.”
The 105-seat restaurant has 14 TV screens. Howard hopes sports will be a big draw, and has a beer discount planned for Monday Night Football next week.
The brothers aren’t yet serving vegetarian entrées yet, but Harper said he is “in the lab with tofu.”