Last night, four developers—finalists whittled down from a group of ten—presented plans for projects on the site of Hine Junior High School, down the street from Eastern Market.
The Fancy Stuff Plan: StreetSense/DSF/Menkiti Group
DSF may be based in the Boston area, but they know how to impress the locals. Kimpton Hotels is already interested in opening up a 80-room hotel on the site and Robert Wiedmaier, 2009 Rammy Chef of the Year, wants to do the cooking there.
Wiedmaier was at the meeting, staying quiet until called upon to explain his concept during a later Q&A. He said he envisions a restaurant that’s something of a cross between downtown’s Brasserie Beck and Alexandria’s Brabo. Not too fancy, the “kind of place you eat three times a week,” Wiedmaier said (…if you wine and dine senators?)
DSF’s plan also includes 235 units of housing, 20,000 square feet of open space and 40,000 square feet of retail. The Tiger Woods Foundation—originally a competitor at the site—wants to be “part of our strategy,” said one team representative. Plus the tax revenue will be “compelling.”