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At 3251 Prospect Street, NW, the former home of Morton’s, Hakan Ilhan will bring modern french fare to Georgetown with his Brasserie Liberté.

Restaurateur Hakan Ilhan is pleased to announce the mid-October anticipated opening of his new 250-seat restaurant, Brasserie Liberté, located in the heart of historic Georgetown at 3251 Prospect Street, NW, 20007. This modern 6,000-square-foot brasserie will open serving lunch, dinner, weekend brunch, and late-night services. Swatchroom, a design, art and fabrication firm based in the nation’s capital, is the design firm of record for Brasserie Liberte. Inspired by the unique confidence and influence that French culture has had internationally on design, fashion and art, the space will boast a palette of rich confident colors and globally inspired materials and fixtures.

For this endeavor, Ilhan has tapped Jaryd Hearn as the executive chef for Brasserie Liberté and Richard Kaufman, formally of 1789 Restaurant, to serve as general manager. The 25-year-old Hearn relocated to Washington, D.C. from Polo Grill & Bar in Lakewood Ranch, Florida to accept this new appointment. His former experience was cooking at award-winning Alinea, Grant Achatz’s world-renowned Michelin three-star restaurant in Chicago. Here at age 21, he became an integral part of the kitchen team. Within three months, he was moved to a kitchen management position surrounded by 40 of the best cooks in America. Hearn’s innovative mind was put it to good use while serving on Alinea’s research team where he was responsible for developing progressive food concepts. He also served as part of the opening team at Alinea’s Michelin three-star pop-up restaurants in Madrid, Spain and Miami, Florida.

At Brasserie Liberté, the menu will be comprised of classic dishes that incorporate traditional cooking techniques that pay tribute to the true flavors of French cuisine. The dinner menu will feature a collection of appetizers, flatbreads, salads, frites as well as entrées from the land, sea and garden. Appetizers will range from $18.95 to $23.95, and entrées from $13.95 to $34.95. Highlights from the dinner menu include French Onion Soup with gratinée beef mushroom broth and emanthaller cheese; Country Boudin with roasted mushrooms, caramelized onions and mustard cream; Cured Salmon Rillette with crème fraiche and fine herbs; Escargot a la Bourguignon with parsley butter, escargot and mushroom; Tarte Flambees; Tuna Niçoise Salad, herb-crusted sushi grade tuna, egg, haricot verts, tomato, boquerones, potato and olives; Crispy Leg of Duck Confit with seasonal greens, duck-fat smashed potatoes and mustard cream sauce; Chicken Chasseur, braised chicken thigh, bacon lardons, pearl onion, button mushrooms and smashed potatoes; Boeuf Bourguignon, red wine braised short rib with bacon lardons, pearl onions, button mushrooms and fingerling potatoes; Scallop Almandine with brown butter, green beans, fingerling potato and almonds; Vegetable Cassoulet with white beans, mirepoix, and wild mushrooms as well as Steak Frites, marinated hanger steak, served with a petit salad, house frites and a choice of classic Maître d’Hôtel butter or peppercorn sauce.

Wine will be front and center at Brasserie Liberté, vertically displayed as a backdrop in the private dining room. A climate-controlled, glass-enclosed wine wall will showcase an extensive collection of French and American labels. The highly accessible list will feature great value wines from classic varieties and regions, as well as a nod to the ever-evolving dynamic of new winemakers and styles from around the world. An extensive collection of over 150 labels will be available by the bottle and over 20 wines by the glass. Prices range from $28 to $2,000 by the bottle and from $8 to $23 by the glass. The cocktail program at Brasserie Liberté will reflect the overarching narrative of the restaurant – using the best ingredients to offer quality products at a great value. Cocktails range from $11 to $13 each. The offerings will pay respect to the classics – focusing on the world’s favorite and most endearing libations along with similarly styled sippers. While not exclusively French, the cocktail program will offer a French accent spotlighting ingredients and traditional drinks from Paris to Dejon and the New Orleans’ French Quarter.

Swatchroom was tapped to create the design scheme for Brasserie Liberté, which will be warm and welcoming. Guests will enter through French-style folding doors and pass under a series of curved archways where they will be greeted by a bright white bar sporting a hunter-green accent. The 48-seat bar will be reminiscent of a French farmhouse with an ambience that is energetic, bold and comfortable.

The 64-seat main dining will offer a warm palette of pumpkin, crimson and rich navy. The space is anchored by a creamy white fireplace that evokes the shape of a Moroccan tagine. This room is the heart of the restaurant, with large curved booths upholstered in masculine woven plaids.

The spacious private dining room will be covered with navy walls and light blue floor tiling with a rose gold mirror. Blackout drapes will create more privacy. The space can also be divided into two rooms, which will accommodate seating for 25 and 31 guests respectively. The room will offer a private side entrance and bar, as well as a view of the wine cellar. Two outdoor patios will also be available during the spring and summer months (weather permitting) and can accommodate an additional 70 seated guests.

Brasserie Liberté is located in historic Georgetown at 3251 Prospect Street, NW, 20007. Lunch will be served Monday to Friday, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and dinner will be served nightly, from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Brunch will be served Saturday and Sunday, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. A late-night menu will also be available Sunday through Thursday, from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. and Friday and Saturday, from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Punjab Grill DC signed and now open in washington dcOver the most recent year, an American eatery was worked in India. Utilizing techniques that were ignored down ages, craftsman’s hand cut a 40-foot, 12,000-pound swath of pink sandstone to enhance one divider. A white marble bar was decorated with mother-of-pearl (another case of the method can be seen at the Taj Mahal) and situated under a striking, faceted roof. High-quality wooden screens in many-sided geometric examples separate rooms. The eatery, Punjab Grill this interface opens in another tab, opens on March 11, approximately seven thousand miles away, on Pennsylvania Avenue, this connect opens in another tab in Washington, D.C.

“We didn’t get parts of the restaurant in India,” says Punjab Grill CEO Karan Singh. “The entire restaurant was built and assembled in India, then dismantled and sent over in five shipping containers.” This painstaking process, and each opulent detail it bore, add up to 4,700-square feet of stunning space.

“I wanted to build a restaurant that had a very rich, traditional feel, but done in a way that was relevant to Washington, D.C. in 2019,” says Singh. He did so with the help of not one but two architecture and design companies—local firm Grupo7, and Incubis based in India.

Punjab Grill is a piece of an accumulation of eateries by a similar name, however, the organization doesn’t think of it as a chain. Every one—incorporating those in Singapore, Bangkok, and India—exhibits Punjabi flavors and cooking by means of its own particular menu. Singh, who has called the territory home since 2012, says the choice to open the primary North American station in D.C. was made, to a limited extent, due to the city’s various populace, just as its rise as of late as a sustenance capital.

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J. Paul's Georgetown closing Bill Miller Restaurant space for leaseJ. Paul’s will close its doors before the year’s end. Marking the most recent sign that Georgetown’s restaurant scene is entering a new stage.

The saloon debuted at 3218 M Street NW in 1983, kicking off a mini restaurant empire in Georgetown for Capital Restaurant Concepts. The group owned Paolo’s, which just flipped into High Street Cafe, and Old Glory, which reinvented itself as America Eats Tavern this summer.

“There is a lifespan to independent restaurant groups — they are graciously retiring after a long successful career. It’s a changing-of-the-guard moment,” Georgetown restaurant broker Bill Miller, principal at Miller Walker, tells Eater.

He adds that, with J. Paul’s, Capital Restaurant Concepts can be credited with changing the “strictly bar culture” of Georgetown into more of a “cafe culture” and “a more polished bar and grill” scene.

The wood-lined restaurant features 5,000 square feet across two levels, and Miller says the space is currently entertaining potential restaurants to take its place. Eater reached out to the building’s owner Richard Levy, a prolific Georgetown landlord, but did not immediately hear back.

“While I’m sad to see eras end, Georgetown is due for another chapter,” Miller says.

A manager at J. Paul’s declined to discuss the closure but says it’ll stay open until at least past the end of the month.

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Big-Name Restaurant Chains May Bring Problems to the D.C. Restaurant Market

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D.C.’s burgeoning scene is attracting big-name out-of-town restauranteurs. This market explosion may seem beneficial on the surface but two local restaurant founders believe otherwise.

Andy Shallel, founder and CEO of Busboys and Poets, while speaking at Bisnow’s D.C. Metro Retail event, said “We have to be mindful of what’s happening now, the market has been so hot and a lot of people have suddenly discovered D.C. and so they’re paying extraordinary rents and they’re jacking up prices for everybody else who’s been there for a long time.” He continues on to say “I think a day of reckoning is about to come.”

Amazon HQ2 is on it’s way to the District. This could mean higher rents for local tenants. Busboys and Poets experienced this in September. Its landlord attempted to raise rent by 30%. With news of Apple’s new store opening up in the Carnegie Library building there are high expectations. This is two blocks away from Busboys and Poets’ Mount Vernon location. “I’m told the reason why rents are going up so high is because Apple is opening up around the corner, and now God forbid Amazon is across the river and suddenly all of these things start to become a tsunami on really good retailers,” Shallal said.

Ultimately, Shallal chose to move the Busboys and Poets City Vista space across K Street to a different location.

Rising Rent With Slowing Growth

Shallal said he has heard a lot of negativity in the market about sales growth flattening while rents continue to rise. Another well-known D.C. restaurateur said he is hearing similar sentiments.

“It is the most negativity I have heard from restaurateurs ever in my career,” Founding Farmers founder Dan Simons said. “While I’m bullish on the big picture, I think D.C. has a lot of greatness ahead of it, I’m cautious with the individual growth and the business models that can make it work.”

Simons also has a recent experience in Mount Vernon Triangle that makes him concerned about the D.C. market. When he signed a deal to open Farmers & Distillers at 600 Massachusetts Ave. NW, he said everybody he spoke to was bullish on the location, in contrast with previous openings in Foggy Bottom and Tysons when people weren’t as optimistic. The restaurant opened in December 2016 and has underperformed expectations, Simons said.

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“It has been slower than we thought,” he said. “Allegedly, the Apple store is going to solve all of our woes and I hope it does. Real estate is really hard … Somehow there’s that magic that if it looks like it’s going to be perfect, the economics don’t work and it won’t be as great as you think because everybody thought the site was great.”

Miller Walker Retail Real Estate principal Bill Miller, a broker who represents both retail tenants and landlords, said he sees an oversupply of retail space in new developments that has shifted the market in the tenant’s favor. “What we’re seeing is more supply of retail by far on new developments and we’re seeing less retailers wanting to lease space, and that works against one another,” Miller said. “There is a bubble. We’ve got a restaurant opening every day in Washington. We’ve got fast fitness on every street corner. We are seeing landlords competing for these deals more and more. They are being taken to task financially more often than they had in the past because there’s so much available.”


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Menomale and sweet science are coming to the Belgard DC

The Belgard in DC will open it’sMenomale the belgard sweet science coffee 33 N Street NE NoMa The Belgard DC doors to some new and interesting tenants.

Menomale, a Neapolitan pizzeria, and it’s sister deli, Salumeria 2703, are on their way. The two brands will be housed in a 3,000 SF retail space at The Belgard: 33 N Street NE – Washington, D.C. The Belgard is one of the newer additions to the NoMa neighborhood. It is a 13-story, 346-unit residential building, chock full of amenities.

Joining them will be Sweet Science Coffee. This is Sweet Science’s first standalone store.

Menomale first debuted in 2012. Meanwhile, other up and coming retailers began to follow suit. In 2016 Salumeria opened it’s doors.

The deal was completed by Alex Walker and Connor McCarthy of MILLER WALKER Retail Real Estate who represented the landlord, Wood Partners, Sebastian Restifo of H&R Retail who represented Menomale and Matt Pacinelli of Stream Realty who represented Sweet Science.

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Why is Rockville Town Square struggling?

Rockville Town Square Struggling Restaurant Retail Space for lease DC

It’s location is conveniently located less than a quarter mile away from Rockville Metro station. It has ample parking and a robust mix of local retailers and restaurants. Even more, Montgomery County, the home of Rockville Town Square, is an affluent area with an encouraging 3.6 unemployment rate.

Yet 11 years after first opening, the $370 million project, comprised of a private-public partnership backed by the city of Rockville, Federal Realty Investment Trust and Montgomery County, is struggling.

Dawson’s Market is one of the many small business retailers that have recently closed it’s doors at Rockville Town Square. Over the past couple years about a dozen other business have also closed their doors.

Retail expert Bill Miller of MILLER WALKER Retail Real Estate was interviewed by the Washington Business Journal about his thoughts on why Rockville Town Square may be struggling.

‘Tenants may be more interested in opening at developments along Rockville Pike that provide more visibility than the town square’s tucked away location.’

“The competition is getting fiercer. The landlords are becoming more aggressive in winning the deal over the other guy,” Miller said. “Who’s not going on Rockville Pike in terms of retailers and restaurants?”

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Restaurant space for lease in dc gets new tenant

Restaurant Space for Lease in DC

The owner of Sakerum, the 14th Street restaurant and bar that combines Latin and Asian cuisines, has a second project in the works: Tokyo Pearl Gastropub in Dupont Circle. 

Owner Stephanos Andreou has signed a lease for 2,000 square feet at 1301 Connecticut Ave. NW, confirms Alex Walker of Miller Walker Retail Real Estate, which represented the landlord in the transaction. Nick Papadopoulos of Papadopoulos Properties represented the tenant. 

Tokyo Pearl will serve sushi and cocktails in the space formerly occupied by Avenue Jack, a men’s clothing boutique. 

“…Sakerum made a name for itself when it opened with its over-the-top cocktails that incorporated sushi and other food…”

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Tropical Smoothie Cafe Leases Restaurant space

Restaurant Space for Lease in DC

Tropical Smoothie Cafe leases restaurant space at The Boro in Tysons Corner, Virginia: 

“Bethesda, Md.-based developer The Meridian Group has announced seven food and drink retailers and two service businesses that will open in 2019 at The Boro in Tysons Corner, Va., about 15 miles outside of Washington, D.C.

The restaurants and cafés include Fish TacoBluestone LaneNorth ItaliaFlower ChildTasty KabobTropical Smoothie Café and Taylor Gourmet. The service businesses are MyEyeDr. and Boro Cleaners… 

Alex Walker and Connor McCarthy of Miller Walker Retail Real Estate negotiated Tropical Smoothie Café’s 1,200-square-foot outpost. Asadoorian Retail Solutions’ John Asadoorian represented hoagie shop Taylor Gourmet for its 2,300-square-foot eatery.”


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Miller Walker Retail principal Bill Miller also sees concessions rising from the $100/SF range to as much as $200/SF, but he said this is still a fraction of the cost of some build-outs. Typical restaurants spend $400/SF to $600/SF on creating their interiors, while larger companies like Joe’s Stone Crab and Clyde’s can spend as much as $1K/SF.

Smart restaurateurs understand that saving a fraction of their build-out costs is not going to help a restaurant succeed long term if it does not have an appealing concept and location, Miller said.

Tenant Improvements

“Tenant improvements sound sexy, but if you don’t do sales it doesn’t matter at all,” Miller said. “If you’re a really sharp operator, you know $100/SF in TI doesn’t matter as much as a great location … No amount of TI is going to cover a site that doesn’t do the sales, you’re still going to be going out of business.”

Kazaba said she has worked with restaurateurs who have turned down deals with $200/SF of tenant improvements because they didn’t like their chances of succeeding in the space.

“Just because they’re getting that offer, it doesn’t mean we’re saying yes to the deal,” Kazaba said. “When it’s not a good restaurant space to begin with and you have a landlord giving significant TI, the answer isn’t always ‘yes, let’s move forward,’ because it is about location and concept.”

But not all restaurateurs are smart, Miller said, and some restaurant groups can be enticed by the cost savings into opening more locations than they can handle.  “A number of restaurant groups have gotten overly ambitious,” Miller said. “Guys who are less experienced might be like a moth to a flame and say, ‘I’m getting such a good deal, I might as well do three,’ but they don’t realize the manpower and complexity is going to put them in a tight position … If you open too many, you shoot yourself in the foot.”

Miller also said he is seeing mistakes on the part of developers who are building too much retail into projects in areas without enough demand…

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Streets Market plans to open the NoMa store in early 2019 and the West End store next summer. Burns said the decision to sign on at Legacy West End came down to the project’s location.

“We thought this area in West End was fantastic because it borders on the daytime crowd coupled with a permanent, residential, nighttime crowd as well,” Burns said. “It’s a mix between both worlds.”

Tasea Investment Co. and the Auger Family earlier this year completed the Legacy West End project, a conversion of an office building to 192 apartments with retail. Miller Walker Retail principal Bill Miller, who represented the landlord, said the landlord could have gotten a higher rent by signing a national fast-casual chain, but decided to come down on price to have the local grocer.

“This is a better amenity for the project,” Miller said. “They stretched a little bit and said, ‘This is the right thing to do, and it’s going to get you more rent upstairs’ … Long term what’s sexy is a grocery store, and this is a cool market that’s halfway between a bodega in New York and a Whole Foods.”

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Morton’s is closing in Georgetown

The Morton’s in Georgetown, in the same block as Cafe Milano and Peacock Cafe, was the second-ever location of the now ubiquitous chain, which opened in Chicago in 1978. Old Glory, the Daily Grill and Sea Catch have also closed in Georgetown.

Morton’s lease expires in November, ending a long run for the stalwart steak spot and ushering in a new French restaurant concept by Ilhan, who said he recently signed a lease to open there. Miller Walker Retail Real Estate represented both Ilhan and the landlord in the deal.

Although he hasn’t finalized a name, Ilhan said his concept would be a more lively, modern and casual version of his other French effort, Mirabelle, in downtown D.C.

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After breaking into the D.C. market in October with a $140M Bethesda acquisition, French insurance giant AXA has come back for more.

The investor acquired 1401 New York Ave. NW from a JV of Minshall Stewart Properties and Heitman for $165M, CoStar reports.

The 12-story, 210K SF office building, constructed in 1983, sits just two blocks from the White House. Minshall Stewart and Heitman acquired it in 2014 for $95M. Law firm Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP signed on for 37K SF in the building in 2015. The building features a Starbucks in the ground-floor retail space and has a 5K SF available retail space that Miller Walker Retail Real Estate is marketing.

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Morton's steakhouse leaving Georgetown. Prospect street looking for new restaurant space for lease

Morton’s The Steakhouse leaving Georgetown

Most Georgetowners and DC diners are familiar with Morton’s The Steakhouse. Although there are other locations, the upscale steak restaurant is closing it’s Georgetown location.

Formerly located at Georgetown Court at 3251 Prospect Street NW. The property owner of the complex says it will depart its Georgetown location during the first half of next year.

Although Morton’s has been on Prospect Street for almost three decades it’s time at that location is coming to an end. Connor McCarthy of Miller Walker Retail Real Estate said the 7,000-square-foot retail-restaurant space will be available in the spring of 2018. Marketing to find a new tenant for the space for lease has begun.

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Book Arts DC New Location seeking retail space for lease in dcBook Arts is looking for a new home

Book Arts is a DC based company that produces high-end bookbinding and printing. They have put hand-tooled leather volumes into the hands of hundreds of heads of state — including but not limited to Pope Francis, The Obamas, Hilary Clinton and President and Mrs. Trump. Miller Walker Retail Real Estate is proud to represent the Book Arts team.

The high-end bookbinder and printing operation has lived for the past 10 years at the corner of 19th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW, in the sole retail space on the ground floor of the International Monetary Fund. But now, that entity is re-configuring its lobby, and there will no longer be space for the 15-year-old stationer.

For their new showroom, Vanilio and Greenwalt are looking for some similarly visible space that suits its high-end customer. (Case in point: Greenwalt recently hand-delivered a funeral guest book to a customer who needed his Social Security number, because she lives on the same street as the Obamas.) They are looking for between 1,000 and 1,500 square feet of retail space in either a downtown or Georgetown location. The Book Arts team is represented in its search by Miller Walker Retail Real Estate.

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How Will The DC Wharf Restaurants Survive?

The DC Wharf is a $2.5 billion, 3.3 million-square-foot project will transform the city’s waterfront. No one denies that. But there are also plenty of non-believers who feel it won’t last. Some retail brokers and restaurateurs think there are too many restaurants. Some feel that the waterfront destinations are too seasonal to sustain all the available seating. Others say both. Just in its first phase alone, there are 2,200 seats at The Wharf’s nearly two-dozen restaurants.

“They’re never going to have lunch, so what makes you think that they can pay twice as much as all the early JBG deals on 14th Street?” said Bill Miller of Miller Walker Retail Real Estate, who also called the waterfront project “spectacular” and does not identify as a Wharf skeptic.

The Wharf includes an open park the can found from Maine Avenue, a few docks open to the open day and night, and seats and places to sit and appreciate the waterfront. Transports will hurry to the L’Enfant and Waterfront Metro stations, and water cabs will touch base at the site from the Washington Channel side.

Back when the Washington Harbour made the Potomac River available to the public for the first time, despite everything, it took “a couple of years” to balance out, Herb Miller said. Eighteen months after it opened, an eatery there by the proprietor of New York’s observed Tavern on the Green needed to close down.

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Mill operator said he’s pulling for The Wharf, given that Western is chipping away at its own substantial retail venture close-by at Buzzard Point with Akridge Development. Western’s arrangement calls for 518,396 square feet of blended use improvement, 70,000 square feet of it being retail, which would supplement contributions at both The Wharf and The Yards in Southeast.

Broaden, expand, enhance: One of the manners in which Armstrong is endeavoring to set up Kaliwa for progress is to have different business lines. The eatery’s structure joins a committed zone for takeout requests — he plans to intensely showcase takeout and conveyance alternatives to the homes encompassing him. He’s likewise purchasing an Airstream trailer from which to sell easygoing Korean grill on the promenade itself, planning to catch potential clients who aren’t searching for a formal dinner.

Additionally, the group from Cantina Marina, which will open an unrecorded music setting, bar, and eatery called Pearl Street Warehouse and a smaller than usual variant of Cantina called Cantina Bambina, is likewise looking at a scope of pay streams (see more on Cantina Marina, Page 46). That incorporates parallel streams amid the mid-year that may help counterbalance the winters.

Bambina has a permit to serve liquor all through the transportation wharf, which will enable it to serve drinks for any occasions facilitated on the dock, from motion picture evenings to extraordinary occasions to shows. What’s more, it’s planting a snack bar on the wharf to peddle quick easygoing Mexican nourishment, for example, quesadillas, and solidified custard. In addition, Pearl Street’s group intends to begin its days sooner than most bars, opening for breakfast and lunch. Great DC wharf hours.

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Thousands Of People Live And Work In NoMa, Where There Are No Sit-Down Restaurants

Stroll around DC’s NoMa neighborhood and you will see a slew of glass-box office buildings. Look left and you’ll see new loft towers loaded up with Millennials. Look right and you’ll handful of construction sites where more are coming. Be that as it may, search for a sit-down restaurant to grab dinner and drinks, and there’s nothing there.

The DC restaurant scene has seen it’s share of changes over the last few years. Chef-driven concepts are opening throughout the city and Michelin giving out its first-ever stars to restaurants in Washington D.C.. Meanwhile the developing NoMa neighborhood has been forgotten.

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On June 18, 2017, BISNOW featured an article entitle “Is Retail Really ‘F*cked’? 28 Global CRE Leaders Speak Out“. The article poses the question of the future of retail real estate and if brick-and-mortor retail stores are dying. In this article, BISNOW reached out to 28 Commercial Real Estate leaders. They asked MILLER WALKER Retail Real Estate’s very own Bill Miller his thoughts on the topic. Read his comments below.

NAME: Biller Miller

COMPANY: Miller Walker

CITY: Washington, D.C.

Brick-and-mortar retail is changing just like almost every business sector due to the internet. No one should find that alarming or shocking. We have seen it coming for years at this point. Simply put, what people are leaving home to buy is changing, but people are certainly leaving home and spending money.

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DC Marijuana head shop looking for retail space to lease

DC Marijuana Laws Create New Territory

The smoke shop’s landlord, Demers Real Estate, took the retailer to court to have the store evicted. Eventually, Capitol Hemp won the case. Technically, what it was doing—selling pipes and smoking accessories under the guise of tobacco use only—was not illegal. Yet still, they were forced to close down the store. This was due to an agreement reached to reclaim their thousands of dollars of seized inventory.
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Honeyfish Poke DC from California, Duke Park, represented by MILLER WALKER Restaurant space for lease

Honeyfish Poke opening in DC

Honeyfish Poke has several shops in the greater Los Angeles area. And now its looking to open its first East Coast locations in the D.C. market. Co-owner Duke Park has enlisted real estate broker Alex Walker of Miller Walker Retail Real Estate to find several locations for the fast-casual restaurant. Their goal is to open the first by year’s end, if possible.

Park decided on D.C. after falling in love with the area after a recent vacation here. His background is franchising. Park has opened 15 Pinkberry locations (including the first in the United States) before founding Honeyfish with partner Jimmy Hong, who hails from the wholesale fish business. Ultimately, they teamed up with a master sushi chef to develop the concept further. They also operate the Big Fish Poke chain. Continue reading ..

Top Chef Mike Isabella's Next big project Restaurant space for lease miller walker retail Washington dcTop Chef Mike Isabella’s next project

Ask a dozen food geeks to name the first thing they associate with Mike Isabella. They’ll probably rattle off a list of biographical highlights. He’s the “Top Chef” contestant, New Jersey bad boy, clam-shucking chauvinist, serial restaurateur, the dude with the gypsy tattoo to ward off evil.
With his next major project, however, Isabella may forever shed his tats-and-work-shirts image. He may potentially confirm his status as one of the most ambitious restaurateurs in the Mid-Atlantic. In the summer of 2017, the chef will open Isabella Eatery in Tysons Galleria. It is an ambitious, 10-concept undertaking that will combine a few brands that are already familiar to D.C. diners — and several that are not.

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