2.21.2007

New Tenant For Drinx Space?

Thanks to the eagle eyes keeping up with permits over at Gallery Place Living, it appears that Maryland-based sports bar chain The Greene Turtle is taking over the prime, but tricky, real estate at the southeast corner of the Verizon Center. The most recent tenant at 601 F St. NW, Drinx, lasted about a year and a half.

As Fritz Hahn wrote in a Washington Post story last year, "Restaurants that open inside MCI Center are invariably cursed. Since the arena opened in 1997, it has housed the Velocity Grill sports restaurant and cigar lounge; the pricey Nick and Stef's steakhouse; and an upscale lounge called the F Street Sports Bar. No matter which format they tried, the owners just couldn't lure crowds outside of game day or concerts, and even then, there were always seats to be found."

The Greene Turtle's vibe looks more casual than Drinx, which may help them lure more sports fans, but will the neighborhood embrace it?

7 comments:

Giada said...

The problem with the site is that it's on the 6th Street side, which doesn't get much foot traffic, and requires non-Verizon Center visitors to wade through the the crowds visiting the Verizon center. I wouldn't mind seeing another bar, but with so much already right on 7th, I don't have high hopes for this one, either.

MonkeyBoy said...

Has anyone visited the other iterations of Green Turtle? Are there reasonable prices? Drink specials? Hoping to frequent this place - will it be open in time for march madness? I know some where is looking for my all-day business on the first Friday of the tourney :)

Anonymous said...

Well, part of the problem with Drinx was that it was terrible - not just a bad location. The last time I visited Drinx there was a mouse (I hope just a mouse) scurrying around. I know this is DC, but it ran under a booth, and the waiter did not alert them to the mouse beneath their table or attempt to capture the rodent.

Anonymous said...

It's not the location at all. I work in the neighborhood, and go out of may way to go to Rasika, Zaytinya, Jaleo, Zola, etc., because their food is worth it. People will happily walk a block if the food is good. All the food that has been in that space has been sub-par.

beerfan said...

If the beer selection at this location is anything like the selection at their other restaurants (i.e. Bud, Coors Light, Yuengling, Miller, Heineken), they won't last six months.

MonkeyBoy said...

GP Living says Greene Turle to open in April:
http://gpliving.blogspot.com/2007/02/green-turtle-to-open-in-april-one-metro.html

Amanda said...

Well, here's hoping they beef up the beer selection - they have stiff competition on that front already (RFD, Old Dominion).