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The Lot at Union Kitchen is back this Saturday with music from local bands and hip-hop groups plus food from D.C.’s up-and-coming food businesses. But it will be the last event that the food incubator hosts at the corner of 3rd and L streets NE, a block from its kitchen space. Union Kitchen co-founder Jonas Singer says the land will be used as a staging area for the redevelopment of Uline Arena by Douglas Development, “which we knew was going to happen all along, so it’s fine.”
But fear not—this isn’t the end of The Lot concept. Singer says he’s already working on some back-up lots to rotate through this summer, including one where Relay Foods parks its grocery delivery trucks at 50 Florida Ave. NE and another where the District Flea market is held at W Street and Florida Avenue NW. “We’re going to be a little nomadic,” Singer says.
This year, The Lot festivities will be held monthly, not weekly like they were last summer. In addition to food, drinks, and music, Union Kitchen hopes to incorporate other activities into the afternoons, whether it’s a “doggie fest” or an art show. Chez le Commis chef Tom Madrecki says he would like to bring back his wine bar pop-up Vin de Chez, but stay tuned for details.
In the meantime, check out the lineup for this weekend’s event below. There will also be a happy hour from 3 to 5 p.m. with discounts on beer and wine.
Photo by Jessica Sidman