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The future of Capitol Riverfront wine and oyster bar Navy Yard Oyster Company appears to be up in the air.
“We have a signed lease in place with Navy Yard Oyster Co. but are currently in discussions with the tenant, at their request, as to whether they intend to continue,” says Gary McManus, a spokesperson for landlord Forest City, via email. “No interior build-out work has begun in the space since the lease was announced last summer.”
The bar from Beuchert’s Saloon co-owner August Paro and Sonoma co-owner Eli Hengst, who are both also partners in Stanton & Greene, was initially slated to open this spring. Reached yesterday by phone, Paro declined to comment about plans for the business.
Meanwhile, Capitol Riverfront BID president Michael Stevens says via email that it was his understanding that the Navy Yard Oyster Company owners “have pulled out of the lease… So Forest City will be leasing it to another restaurant tenant to take this space in the Yards development in the Capitol Riverfront.”
Hat tip to @eat_dc for first reporting the news.
UPDATE, Aug. 3: McManus says the lease for Navy Yard Oyster Company is “no longer active as the tenant has decided not to proceed with this signed lease.” The landlord is looking for a new restaurant tenant and hopes to have an announcement soon.
Photo by Jessica Sidman