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:
-GM’s old predictions:
November 2010 spring 2011Late 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
-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.
Developing Georgetown Post Office
2011 at the earliestLate 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.
-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.
-GM prediction: Winter 2011
-Another one GM was way too conservative on. This one’s been open for months.
-GM Prediction: June 2011
-GM can’t remember exactly, but he thinks this new Chinese restaurant opened in July, not June.
-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.
-GM Prediction: Early Summer 2011
-That was about right.
Redoing O and P Street Streetcar Tracks
-GM prediction: 2012
K St. Streetcar
-GM prediction: @2016-2018
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?