Washington, D.C., September 13, 2010 – Potbelly Sandwich Works opened in NoMa to a warm welcome, with patrons lined up out the door in anticipation of their ‘Wreck’ sandwich and milkshake. Potbelly’s signature live musician sang the classics while the neighborhood poured in.
Potbelly and Constitution Café, the first two restaurants to open at Constitution Square, will soon be joined by Georgetown Valet, Tynan Coffee and Tea, Roti Mediterranean Grill, Harris Teeter and TD Bank.
Potbelly’s NoMa location will be open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. They offer lunchtime delivery on weekdays. The restaurant features unique local relics of NoMa’s past. Tickets from the Beatles first North American concert at the Uline Arena, just one block away from the restaurant, are proudly displayed on the wall alongside various artifacts from Washington, DC and ‘Swampoodle,’ which was NoMa’s nickname in the 19th century.
Fall 2010 has been a busy season for the NoMa neighborhood: The Community College of the District of Columbia started classes at 801 N. Capitol Street in September, bringing more than 2,500 students, faculty and staff to the neighborhood. Employees with the Department of Justice are nearly moved into 145 N Street, NE; and the 1, 400 employees from the General Services Administration will move into 1275 First Street, NE, starting in October.
The first phase of Constitution Square, delivering throughout 2010, totals 1.6 million SF of mixed-use space located adjacent to the New York Avenue Metro station at First and M Streets, NE. One Constitution Square has pre-leased all of its 330,000 SF of office space to the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) for headquarters swing space. Two Constitution Square has pre-leased all of its 575,000 SF of office space to GSA for Department of Justice offices. In addition to the 80,000 square feet of street-level retail space, the first phase also includes The Flats 130, a residential building with 440 apartments, and a 204-key Hilton Garden Inn Hotel that will open in April.
NoMa is a mixed-use neighborhood north of Massachusetts Avenue and the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. Between 2007-2009, private developers have invested more than $1.5 billion in the 35-block area covered by the NoMa BID, and have plans to develop more than 20 million square feet of office, residential, hotel, and retail space over the next 15 years. More than 5,000 new employees and residents will move into NoMa in 2010. For more information about the BID, including an interactive development map, visit the BID Web site at nomabid.wpengine.com.
StonebridgeCarras, LLC is a privately held real estate investment and development firm based in Bethesda, MD, focusing primarily on developing mixed-use properties in the Washington, DC metropolitan region. During the past 20 years, the principals of StonebridgeCarras, LLC have been involved in the acquisition, development, joint venture, financing, and disposition of real estate assets in the Washington area exceeding $5.0 billion in value. Constitution Square is a joint development of affiliates of StonebridgeCarras of Bethesda, MD and Walton Street Capital of Chicago, IL.