Updates to Aren’t They Building

Every once and awhile, GM remembers to get around to updating his “Aren’t They Building” list. And today is one of those onces in a while.

So here’s GM’s updates on the items that need updating:

Paul Bakery
-GM’s old predictions: November 2010spring 2011 Late summer 2011
-Clearly GM’s been wrong now three times on this project. But it really does look like it’s opening soon; so GM is going to say November, a full year after the first prediction.

Calvin Klein Underwear
-GM prediction: fall 2011
-GM was a bit too conservative, they opened a few months ago

All Saints
-GM prediction: August 2011
-That one was about right.

Boutique Hotel on 31st St.
-GM prediction Late 2012
-They are now finally moving forward with this one, but don’t have a new announced date, but late 2012 still seems likely.

Georgetown Waterfront Phase II
-GM prediction: -Late 2010 to early 2011 August 2011
- They were just one month later.

Developing Georgetown Post Office
-GM prediction: 2011 at the earliest Late 2012
-This project seems to have been a bit stymied. It’s still moving forward, but the procedure is just taking a lot longer. GM thinks this now won’t come on-line until 2013 at the earliest.

Billy Reid
-GM prediction: Fall 2011
-This one was supposed to go into the Riccardi shop on M St., but last time GM checked, Riccardi hadn’t left yet. So it’s unlikely Billy Reid is coming in very soon.

Jack Wills
-GM prediction: Winter 2011
-Another one GM was way too conservative on. This one’s been open for months. 

Saigon Bistro
-GM Prediction: June 2011
-GM can’t remember exactly, but he thinks this new Chinese restaurant opened in July, not June.

Fuhggetaboutit
-GM Prediction: Summer 2011
-This new pizza place going in to where the Philadelphia Cheesteak Factory used to be is obviously taking longer than predicted.

Michael Kors
-GM Prediction: Early Summer 2011
-That was about right.

Redoing O and P Street Streetcar Tracks
-GM prediction: 2012
-We’ll see…

K St. Streetcar
-GM prediction: @2016-2018
-Unlikely

Wisconsin Ave. Streetcar
-GM prediction: @2020
-Even less likely

As for new additions, this is what GM can think of off the top of his head:

Stachowski Brand Charcuterie – This butcher shop is planning to go into the old Griffin Market. GM predicts it’ll be open Feb-Mar 2012

Unnamed coffee shop – A new coffee shop is supposedly planned for the old consignment shop at P and 27th. GM’s only heard a few rumors, so this probably won’t come to fruition until next spring at the earliest.

O’B Sweet Pies – This store, which appears to be trying to capture some of that Georgetown Cupcake lightning, is supposed to open on M St. next to Dixie Liquors. It’ll probably be open by winter.

Dunkin Donuts – GM’s heard that Dunkin Donuts is trying to move into M St. One location GM thinks they may have their sights set on is the Crepe Amour space. GM is a native New Englander, so it’s somewhat blasphemous for him to say this, but he really doesn’t want to see Dunkins move in and, besides, their coffee isn’t any good [GM ducks behind the desk as various Red Sox-themed commemorative memorabilia is thrown at him].

Einstein Bagelry – Einstein Bagelry was kicked out of their space on upper Wisconsin Ave. several months ago in connection with Safeway’s redevelopment of that building. GM later heard that Einstein’s already has a lease for some of the space in the new building, thus they will eventually return. GM doubts the building will be done until late 2012 at the earliest.

Panera Bread – GM heard that Panera Bread is moving in next to the 5 Guys, but so far it’s just a rumor. GM has no idea when they would open.

PinkBerry – This frozen yogurt restaurant is opening up in the old Sangaree space. They should be open pretty soon.

Is there anything GM’s missing?

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5 responses to “Updates to Aren’t They Building

  1. Off the top of my head, these are much more questions than updates:

    – the Good Stuff Eatery rumors (in the old Fettoosh/Morso space?).
    – what will go into the Barnes & Noble space (NikeTown? blech)
    – Georgetown Park Mall replacements, as well as Garretts (I can’t imagine that space staying empty for long).
    – If the O’B Pies is going in on M Street, rather than 34th and Prospect, does that leave an empty space there? (I remember hearing that the gallery moved out).
    - Z-burger on Wisconsin? (I haven’t been paying attention, this may have already opened, but I zoom right past the space on my morning bike commute).

  2. TJ

    What’s going into the Tommy Hilfiger space? I heard that was supposed to be Billy Reid. There’s construction going on that says “coming soon”

  3. Topher

    Jacques: Thanks for reminding me on those others. I really don’t have any more info on them though.

    TJ: My understanding was that Athleta is going in to the Hilfiger space. And yes, I forgot to mention that one too.

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  5. Topher,
    PAUL Bakery is opening next week. And a rumor says that Australian retailer Cotton On is interested in street-level space in the area.

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