Thursday, January 26, 2012

Late Night Burgers Coming Soon and Preliminary Work Underway at Waterside Metro Lofts

The "Help Wanted" sign has been removed from the window, speakers installed outside, and today, the menu was hung over the register. Barring any more delays with the build-out, Z-Burger is now scheduled to open next week. An exact date still can't be pinned down, but I hope to get more information (and interior photos) in a couple of days. The hours of operation on the restaurant will be:
Sunday - Thursday: 10am - 10pm
Friday - Saturday: 10am - 12am
Although the color scheme may resemble a certain global burger chain, Z-Burger is no golden arches. According to Z-Burger's website: 
Z-Burger offers you food made fresh daily from ingredients of the highest quality. Our burgers are hand-formed...our potatoes are fresh cut...always fresh, never frozen.
Z-Burger serves burgers (veggie and turkey ones too), hot dogs, cheesesteaks, fries, onion rings, and 75 flavors of shakes & malts. You can find their full menu here.  

General contractor Hamel Builders is on site at what will become Waterside Metro Lofts - the former EPA office buildings that are the last vestiges of the old Waterside Mall complex. Once renovations are complete in late 2013, there will be more than 500 residential units at Waterfront Station, with more housing planned at the northeast parcel (and potentially the northwest parcel). Representatives from Urban Atlantic are supposed to be at February's ANC 6D meeting to discuss their plans for the buildings.


Barath said...

Great news on Z-Burger! Are there any updates on when construction will actually start on the EPA buildings? It will be great to get rid of those eyesores AND bring more foot traffic to Fourth Street.

Craig said...

Let's hope that ZBurger has hired well and we'll get friendly and enthusiastic service. We can only hope the employees won't try to start closing up the store an hour or two early (see Safeway/Subway). We hope that these employees appreciate their employment and realize that it is a job in the service industry. I hope the owner reads this. That would be a nice add to our neighborhood.

runwaysmack said...

Will - Thanks for the update as always.

In one of my previous posts I was asking about the use of land in front of the EPA tower. Your picture is exactly what I'm talking about - the fenced in grassy/paved area where those vehicles are parked. The Waterfront Station development footprint has the Phase 2 office buildings blocking about 2/3 of that plot from the entrance inwards. With 250 (500%2) residential units going in, is there any talk of an underground parking lot there?

Hopefully that'll be revealed at ANC6D meeting.....

runwaysmack said...

Here's a random comment:

I recently spent a couple of weeks in Memphis for work, and spent a many evenings taking in the sights, sounds, and food of Beale St.

It must have left an imprint on my mind, because I had a dream a couple of nights ago where we sort of had a pseudo-Beale St. at the Waterfront Station. I had to look at a map for it to make sense.

Essentially, K St. was extended as a pedestrian only road through to 4th Street and was lined with four 8'ish story buildings that were condos/apartments... with the lower two stories containing bars, restaurants, small live music venues (not DJ clubs), and retail. It seemed to be a bit of a destination....

It may be insanity, but it seemed pretty nice. Probably a million reasons not to do anything like that, but I had to put it out there!

SWill said...

runwaysmack: There will not be surface parking in the Waterfront Station development. The land in front of the EPA towers will be used to extend the access road and the rest will be taken over by the office buildings planned along M Street. I believe there will be a connection to the parking garages at 1100 and 1101 4th Street.

runwaysmack said...

Thanks for the response Will.
I >hate< urban surface parking lots.

Caity Rose said...

awesome news on Z-burger. it will be great to have a place for a cheap bite that is a little fun.

hope the construction at waterside metro lofts isn't too loud. already have to deal with the safeway truck loading zone!

AshleyB said...

runwaysmack- As someone who gets claustrophobic underground I LOVE surface lots! You don't see many around DC.

SWill- Thanks for the updates, as always! I think I'm in agreement with everyone that we are looking forward to Z-Burger opening up!

PostIt said...

AshleyB - Claustrophobia is no joke, and I can see why underground lots might have that effect. But in all honesty, it should be no more of a factor in the planning of parking lots than triskadekaphobia is in planning thirteenth story in buildings. Thirteenth floors are thankfully commonplace.

Surface lots are hugely problematic in an urban setting: they waste valuable downtown land for an unproductive, life-less slab of asphalt. Think about how much *more* economic and social activity can happen in the same amount of space if downtown surface lots are replaced with denser buildings with underground lots. With *location* being such a valuable asset, especially in this city, why should any developer waste it on a parking lot that provides no economic, social, aesthetic, or environmental benefit?

Surface lots are also a huge environmental problem. First, they encourage more car dependence -- not only because they provide parking (a moot point if comparing to undergound lots), but they also make distances between buildings a lot bigger. That makes public transit like Metro less effective. Think about it: people will only want to walk a certain distance away from a metro stop if they commute that way. To walk to the 7th building down the street, a metro rider will have to walk that much farther if there are surface lots in the way. What are the chances they'll do that?

Second, they are a large contributor to contaminated runoff into rivers. Whereas buildings can have stormwater management systems and greenroofs to manage large rainstorms, parking lots don't. That means we get a sudden rush of water through our sewer system, and (yes) raw untreated stormwater filled with nasty car gunk goes straight into the river. In some parts of the country that means raw sewage can get in there too (I'm looking at you LA, which closes its beaches for 3 days after a major rain storm due to fecal coliform -- yuck).

No, surface lots are basically just put up by selfish and lazy developers who want to get something up quick and cheap, but with little care for the long-term surrounding effects.