New Bars, Eateries Near Wisconsin & M

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Church Hall in Georgetown. Courtesy Tin Shop.

Updated March 27.

Church Hall Will Be ‘Georgetown’s Cozy Hangout’

Calling itself “Georgetown’s Cozy Hangout,” Church Hall is set to open Friday, March 30, during Holy Week no less, at 1070 Wisconsin Ave. NW in what’s left of the Georgetown Park complex.

It is a beer hall down the parking-garage stairs of the retail complex (on the canal level) and another neighborhood spot from Peter Bayne and Geoffrey Dawson of Tin Shop restaurant partnership, creators of Big Chief, Franklin Hall, Penn Social and more.

The 7,000-square-foot space is actually under the parking-garage ramp, hence the angle of its ceiling (cathedral-like with space for a mezzanine). There will lots of special beers and drafts at the three bars.

With chef Justin Clements at the helm, Church will open at 4 p.m. weekdays and 11 a.m. weekends, with closing hours of 1:30 a.m. and 3 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

Bluestone Lane Coffee Brewing Soon

Right next door to Church — at 1066 Wisconsin Ave. NW — will be Bluestone Lane coffee, the fancy Aussie-style coffee shop that serves coffee as well as “wellness drinks,” along with juices and teas. The fab food includes avocado toast and more, all very Instagramable. (There’s a large Bluestone Lane in the newly opened West End Library.)

Reren Lamen & Bar in the Works
Meanwhile, across the avenue in a former sushi restaurant, plans are afoot for Reren Lamen & Bar. It’s “Chinese-style ramen made with fresh noodles, plus dumplings & Asian entrees,” they say. There’s where the lamen comes in; they are not ramen noodles.

Bluestone Lane coffee shop at 1066 Wisconsin Ave. NW will open soon. Georgetowner photo.
Across from the entrance to Church Hall stands a two-panel, large-scale mural, created by artist Elliot Gerard and installed by Jamestown, owner of Georgetown Park, in time for the NCAA Basketball Men’s Final Four. The art features Georgetown University basketball stars Patrick Ewing, Allen Iverson, Alonzo Mourning, Dikembe Mutombo and Otto Porter. Courtesy Jamestown LP.
Church Hall is down the stairs from Wisconsin Avenue on the canal level of Georgetown Park. Georgetowner photo.
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