It would be nice to write a joke about Metrobar, an outdoor drinking space with its own subway car that expects to open this spring by the Rhode Island Ave-Brentwood station, but this Twitter user already made the best one, so why try. The bar, Washingtonian reports, comes from partners with backgrounds in construction and rec leagues for karaoke and bocce. The retrofitted 5000 series car has been mostly gutted, but customers can expect a diner-type atmosphere with old concert posters featuring Go-Go and punk bands. The whole According to Metrobar’s website, it will host art installations and other events to make it a hub for D.C. culture.
"Bar that looks like your commute to work" is peak DC https://t.co/EUXpmff8Fc— Mark LeMunyon (@MarkLeMunyon) March 11, 2021
In other news ...
- For the 1-year anniversary of D.C.’s state of emergency, DCist tracked down (and analyzed) 375 business closures around the city, with 235 confirmed as permanent. [DCist]
- Meanwhile, Washington City Paper checks in with four D.C. bar and restaurant owners to report on how they made it through. [WCP]
- Washington Post critic Tom Sietsema has good things to say about Glover Park Grill, restaurateur Michael Schlow’s new place for American classics, writing that “familiar is not another word for Ambien.” [WaPo]
- Food truck Pho Junkies is moving into a restaurant space in Navy Yard. Barred in D.C. flagged the news on a liquor license application.
- Bitty & Beau’s, a coffee shop chain that mostly hires people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, is coming to Georgetown. [WBJ]
- The Cheesecake Factory in the old Woodward Table space downtown is opening at the end of the month. [Popville]
- Colada Shop’s all-day cafe and cocktail bar on T Street NW has started taking rooftop reservations on Tock. There’s also a new mural up there from artist Kilia Llano.