Is the possibility of Eataly coming to D.C. becoming real again?
UrbanTurf is reporting that the massive Italian restaurant center and market from Mario Batali has signed a letter of intent for the Capitol Crossing project, coming to Massachusetts Avenue NW. The development has between 30,000 and 35,000 square foot of retail space available. The article does not reveal the source of the information, and an Eataly spokesperson declined to comment on the LOI to UrbanTurf, though she says they're working to bring a location here.
Talk of Eataly in D.C. has surfaced before, though there haven't been a lot of potential locations with enough square footage to accommodate the large project. Capitol Crossing has clearly been eying the retailer (there's even a rendering of an Eataly in the project's brochure). The earliest an Eataly could open there is 2017 or so.
Eater has reached out to the Eataly team and the developer for any additional information.
Update: David Happ of developer Property Group Partners declined to comment on the matter. Eataly spokeswoman Cristina Villa said, "We are currently working to bring Eataly to DC, but we don't know when or where at this stage."
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