Eataly Signs On For a DC Location

by UrbanTurf Staff

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The Eataly in New York City

Eataly has signed a letter of intent for somewhere in the vicinity of 30,000 to 35,000 square feet of retail space at the massive Capitol Crossing project planned for above I-395 of Massachusetts Avenue NW, UrbanTurf has learned.

Since 2011, there has been talk that the massive Italian gourmet market-bar-restaurant combo might be coming to DC, but the news that an LOI has been signed is the first concrete sign that the project is moving forward. Eataly could go in at the corner of Massachusetts Avenue and 3rd Street NW (map), but that location has not been finalized.

Now, it should be noted that Capitol Crossing, the 2.2 million square-foot, $1.3 billion project planned around and over the Center Leg Freeway portion of I-395 (map), is still several years from completion, meaning that Eataly wouldn’t arrive until 2017, at the earliest. And, an LOI is just the first step in securing a tenant, so there is always the possibility that Eataly could back out.

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A rendering of the retail space at Capitol Crossing.

Developed by Property Group Partners, the plans for the mixed-use development include four office buildings, totaling 1.9 million square feet, and one 150-unit residential building, as well as five levels of underground parking and a retail component. The plans also include public spaces, like a promenade and outdoor plazas, and on-site child care. The project will reconnect several DC neighborhoods, easing the path between Capitol Hill and downtown.

Eataly is an Italian food lover’s dream. The New York City location includes 50,000 square feet of Italian restaurants, wine bars, bakeries and food stands that has become a favorite destination of foodies and tourists alike.

Representatives from Eataly did not immediately respond to comment for this article, but we will update it when we receive a statement.

Update: Eataly’s Cristina Villa responded to UrbanTurf with the following: “We are working on bringing Eataly to DC. Regarding the LOI specifically, we prefer not to comment on it.”

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This article originally published at http://dc.urbanturf.com/articles/blog/eataly_signs_on_to_come_to_dc/8308

13 Comments

  1. Aaron said at 2:05 pm on Wednesday April 2, 2014:

    Prayers = answered! At least in 2017 or later…

  1. Nathaniel Martin said at 2:25 pm on Wednesday April 2, 2014:

    This is exciting, though I’d sure love to see it get here before 2017.  The Eataly in Rome is fantastic!

  1. h st ll said at 3:30 pm on Wednesday April 2, 2014:

    I was in the NYC one recently, excellent store. This is a great location to have one also.

  1. P'worth said at 4:36 pm on Wednesday April 2, 2014:

    Yippee!

  1. Kristin said at 11:53 am on Thursday April 3, 2014:

    30k square feet? That’s less than half the size of the Chicago store. Why even bother?

  1. Bernardo said at 12:16 pm on Thursday April 3, 2014:

    Right on Kristin! In DC (pop 0.6 million) we demand a store at least as big as that in Chicago (pop 2.7 million). Don’t show up if you’re opening anything smaller.

  1. Alex said at 4:19 pm on Thursday April 3, 2014:

    @Bernardo To be fair, the DC-Baltimore metro is 9.3 mil, essentially the same size as Chicago’s metro.

  1. Tom said at 1:02 am on Friday April 4, 2014:

    @bernardo you’re an idiot. Obviously 80% of Chicago’s population is poor and has no disposable income except to buy guns and Nike foamposites. DC on the other hand, with the exception of Anacostia, has tons of single infertile white people with more money then they know what to do with plus stress free federal government jobs that end at 4:45 (not including telework days which can be spent entirely at Eataly). The DC store is too small.

  1. Mary said at 8:46 am on Friday April 4, 2014:

    maybe they’re spending too much of their money on lawsuits instead of larger stores!
    http://mobile-cuisine.com/off-the-wire/celebrity-chef-mario-batali-goes-after-indy-food-truck-name/

  1. lastrega said at 9:04 am on Friday April 4, 2014:

    Am I the only one here who prefers to see SMALL stores instead of these huge chain retailers ?
    In the DC Metro and Baltimore areas there are some good Italian groceries that are not as fancy but have a good selection.  My favorite is Litteri in NE DC- 

    .. And I would appreciate not to be called idiot just because I disagree with someone.  Grazie !

  1. Eugene Abravanel said at 4:53 pm on Saturday April 5, 2014:

    What will be the planned height and breadth of this mega-project? The Height Limitation Act has recently be re-affirmed by the DC Council and the National Capital Planning Commission. Much of the central city is being overly built and with little concern for setbacks,green spaces, and abundant trees to reduce pollution and carbon emissions. The present restoration plan for the MLK Library renovation appears to have ignored these issues, and I hope that the Italia concept is fleshed out with more attention to the local ecology.

  1. Alan said at 9:38 pm on Saturday April 5, 2014:

    Excellent news. That development needed an anchor tenant. This is a great lunch option for all the workers on the east side of Mass Ave

  1. Karen said at 2:41 pm on Monday April 21, 2014:

    Please, Oh Please come to Dallas!

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