Last week, the 9th & D Street entrance to the L'Enfant Plaza Metro station reopened after closing for a couple weeks to allow construction crews to make upgrades to sections of La Promenade - the retail area of L'Enfant Plaza that has been under renovation since last November. After the first phase opens in the first quarter of 2011, a new food court will be in operation (March?) with confirmed tenants including Au Bon Pain (which was at the old Promenade), Potbelly Sandwich Works, Roti Mediterranean Grill, Mamma Ilardo's, Frozen Yogurt Indulgence, and Gourmet Too (also in the old promenade). Hours of operation have not been set for all the restaurants yet, but some of them most likely will remain open in the evenings and weekends. Contrary to popular belief, the promenade is not located underground. The retail area under renovation now has windows facing the courtyard next to HUD headquarters to bring in more natural light as well as a modern design. Once phase one is complete, phase two will begin, which includes the remainder of the promenade and the installation of a large glass atrium to replace the pyramid currently used as a skylight. The second phase won't open until fall/winter 2012. To me, the new promenade looks a bit like an airport terminal. The old design, though definitely looked dated. See below.