Next week the ANC will hold its last meeting of the year. This will be a somewhat unique meeting because it will be held on the campus of GU at the Leavey Center (it’s still at it’s normal time: Monday 6:30).
The item on the agenda that jumps out at GM is the one regarding the zoning application by the Georgetown Park Mall to add a bowling alley.
GM was excited to hear the plans. And so far most of the people he’s spoke with around Georgetown about it have been in support of it too. However, GM is aware that some of the Georgetown Park condo dwellers are less enthused about the idea. Next Monday should be the first airing of any objections. Continue reading
Last Friday, Martin Austermuhle of DCist had a major scoop about Vornado’s plans for the Georgetown Park mall: the developer was planning on bringing in a bowling alley.
The plans envision a restaurant on the mall’s first level—fronting Wisconsin Avenue—that seats 100, the 12 bowling lanes and three bocce courts. A second floor would include banquet rooms and two more bocce courts. Each game at Pinstripes’ other locations cost $5 not including the $4 for shoes, while entrees range from $17 to $27.
Intimating that the plans might be controversial, he also noted Vornado’s preemptive strategy:
Seemingly prepared for some pushback from local residents, the proposal tries to downplay the bowling element, saying that only 20 percent of the restaurant’s square footage will be dedicated to the sport and that less than five percent of its clientele are expected to partake. “The primary focus of the establishment will be on its food,” says the proposal, which cites menu items such as filet mignon, maple glazed salmon jumbo lump crab cake and “other fine-dining items.” Continue reading