Archive for the ‘Construction’ Category

Say so long to Bourbon (2348 Wisconsin Ave.). After October 17, the bar will close for an estimated 10 months of construction, according to the Washington Post.

Owner Bill Thomas “has wanted to renovate what he calls a ‘very disjointed’ building for years, but didn’t want to begin any major projects until he was able to purchase the real estate, which happened just over a year ago,” the Post reports. Plans include new plumbing and electrical systems, new bathrooms, a new roof, and step-free access to the front patio and main dining room, according to the paper. Thomas also plans to add 1,000 square feet of space to the rear of the building, which is expected to reopen—with a new name and a more ambitious menu—next fall.

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Balance Gym (2121 Wisconsin Ave.) is undergoing a renovation that will enlarge the gym’s weight training area, add a group exercise studio, and double the size of the space devoted to CrossFit Glover Park. The redo will also add indoor access to the gym’s lower-level workout area, which is now accessible only from outdoors. Space for the renovation will come from taking over two vacant office spaces.

The construction is expected to last for two months, but club management anticipates minimal disruption for members during that time. “Most of the work will be completed on our newly acquired space, with very little impact on the existing club during construction,” explains CrossFit director Emily Baskin.


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Glover Park Hardware will open in its new ground-floor location (2233 Wisconsin Ave.) in mid-September, according to the Georgetown Current. The company rented the vacant storefront shortly after its lease at the prior location (2251 Wisconsin Ave.) expired in January. The owners have been working ever since to renovate the space and install a needed freight elevator. “Glover Park Hardware’s new space is smaller in square footage than the old store,” the Current states, “but [owner Gina] Schaefer said the store benefits from a friendlier relationship with the landlord, cheaper operating costs, and a nicer appearance than the unrenovated old space.”

The store’s old space underneath Washington Sports Club is slated to become a Rite Aid.

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Plans for a rooftop deck featuring drinks and lite fare at the Savoy Suites Hotel (2505 Wisconsin Ave.) has some near neighbors worried about  late-night noise and parking problems, according to the Northwest Current. The deck is part of an ongoing renovation that will end with the hotel being renamed “The Glover Park Hotel.”

“The hotel is now working with its residential neighbors who worry about noise and parking impacts,” the Current states. “The Glover Park neighborhood commission voted unanimously to oppose the roof deck’s alcohol license if no agreement is reached with neighbors by the city’s Aug. 10 deadline.”

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Mad Fox Taproom (2218 Wisconsin Ave.) is planning an early-August opening, its owner tells the Washington Business Journal. The newspaper story offers a slideshow of interior shots of the fully renovated restaurant, formerly home to Mayfair & Pine.

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The Mad Fox Taproom (2218 Wisconsin Ave.) is slated to finally open this spring, more than a year behind schedule, according to the Washington Business Journal. Surprises during renovations of the aged building have created delays and raised construction costs from $500,000 to $1.3 million, reporter Rebecca Cooper writes. But soon, the uncovering of long-forgotten windows, hearths, and archways “will lead to an end result that is full of original brick, interesting architectural details and a relaxed, neighborhood pub feel,” she adds. The building is the former home of Mayfair & Pine.

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From the December 2014-January 2015 edition of the Glover Park Gazette:

The Mason Inn (2408 Wisconsin Ave.) is looking to crowdfund the construction of a rooftop deck. An online campaign launched on October 7 offers rewards in exchange for investment. Anyone who donates $20 will get a $20 credit towards his or her Mason Inn bar tab. Donate $100 and get a $100 bar credit plus a “sweet T-shirt.” Any funds raised will go towards building “a spectacular rooftop that will over look Wisconsin Avenue and Guy Mason Park,” the campaign’s page states. Last year, Mason Inn secured permission from the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board to serve drinks on a future rooftop deck.

Donations were not exactly pouring in at our press time in mid-November: only $90 had been pledged towards a goal of $150,000. The campaign runs through December 6 at indiegogo.com/projects/glover-park-rooftop.

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