Water Taxi Connects Georgetown to National Mall, National Harbor
A new water taxi route — which began Aug. 31 — connects Georgetown to the National Mall. Part of the Potomac Riverboat Co. service which already connects Alexandria to National Harbor, the extended route will take the 49-passenger boat, Miss Sophie, to Washington Harbour.
From Georgetown, passengers can disembark at Ohio Drive at Potomac Park in Southwest or continue on to National Harbor. The service operates five times a day, Tuesday through Sunday, March through December. Depending on the trip ticket, prices range from $5 to $30.
El Centro Opens This Week
The Mexican restaurant, El Centro, will be open by the weekend. There will be soft opening nights mid-week, according to Greg Talcott, who is re-opening the new restaurant in the old Third Edition space under a new management arrangement with Richard Sandoval Restaurants. “We signed a 20-year lease four years ago,” Talcott told the Georgetowner in April. “I hope we continue as a Georgetown institution.”
El Centro touts its Mexican bona fides and adds that “Georgetown has a new hot spot.”
And it seems ready to please with a Sunday brunch as well as early-week specials: “Sangria Sundays: Half-priced sangria, 5 p.m. to close; Nacho Mondays: $5.95 nachos, 5 p.m. to close;Taco Tuesdays: $2 tacos, all night long; Margarita Wednesdays: $5 Margaritas, all night long.”
Italian Restaurant, Rialto, Coming to M Street
Another famous space — once the home of the legendary Guards restaurant which closed last summer — at 2915 M St., NW, is getting a new occupant: Rialto, an Italian eatery, owned by those who own Thunder Burger across the street, as first reported by Washingtonian. The chef will be Thunder Burger’s Ryan Fichter. A mid-September opening is planned.
Key Bridge Exxon Food Shop Shut Down
You know the D.C. Board of Health is really doing its job, when it shuts down a gas station convenience store. The Key Bridge Exxon’s food store was closed over the weekend by the District government. The gas station staff was cleaning the interior of the place Aug. 29, as the business — at Canal Road (M Street) and 36th Street — continued to sell gasoline and other non-food items, such as cigarettes.
T.J. Maxx Opens on Sunday
As previously reported, T.J. Maxx and HomeGoods, a new combo store at the Shops at Georgetown Park, will have a grand opening Sept. 8. At 3222 M St., NW., the clothing and housewares businesses will join the vibrant retail mix of commercial Georgetown. The opening day will run 8 a.m until 8 p.m.
Tugooh Toys Moves
Tugooh Toy, the eco-friendly toy shop, moved to 1319 Wisconsin Ave., NW, over the weekend. The educational toy store occupies its former Chic space.
Linen Store Opens on Book Hill
Sabun Home, a bedding and bathroom accessories shop, has opened at 1631 Wisconsin Ave., NW. Along with soaps and toiletries, most of the items are imported from Turkey, where the owners lived.
Cannon’s Fish Market Temporarily Closed
Cannon Fish Market — “purveyors of quality seafood since 1937” — closed Aug. 12. A window notice by the business at 1065 31st St., NW, read in part that Cannon’s “is closing for the next few months . . . for medical reasons.” Calls to the business have not yet been returned.