In January Atlas Brew Works announced plans for a brewery in Virginia, becoming the first DC brewery to expand into the Commonwealth. We noted then that Atlas had another river to cross, a brewery in Ward 8 has been in the works for some time. Before that, however, Atlas is crossing a larger body of water, the Chesapeake Bay.
Kentmorr Restaurant, in Stevensville, Maryland on Kent Island, closed for the season on October 3, 2022. Its longtime owners, Dave and Tammy Harper, decided to retire. When Kentmorr reopens in May, it will be thanks to Atlas, which bought the restaurant, and after much discussion on Facebook, will keep the name. Google Maps notes that the establishment is “Kentmorr Restaurant, an Atlas Brew Works Outpost,” and there’s scant information on a website, atlaskentmorr.com, beyond a May 1 opening date.
This is a partnership between Atlas and Ryan Gordon, chef at The Queen Vic and Granville Moore’s. “Justin and Ryan have been frequenting Kentmorr Restaurant for over a decade and are ecstatic at the opportunity to continue its operations. With Kent Island being a popular vacation spot amongst the DMV, it only made sense to develop an Atlas outpost,” writes Avery Meetre, who handles public relations for Atlas via Linda Roth PR.
The brewery isn’t just spending money to expand, they’re raising it as well, though this investment opportunity appears to be focused on their upcoming Alexandria brewery. Will they open yet another facility at Sandy Point State Park and annex the Bay Bridge? Stay tuned.
Next up after that, Atlas will move their primary brewing operations from Ward 5’s Ivy City to Ward 8’s Anacostia. “The new 24,260 square-foot location in The Douglass development will feature a large tap room, expansive outdoor seating, brewery operations, and food from award-winning Andy’s Pizza. It’s slated to open in early 2025,” says Meetre. This will be the first brewery in the District east of the Anacostia river, which has been a socioeconomic boundary for decades, in addition to a physical one.
Atlas will anchor a series of buildings named The Bridge District, which will have over 800 residential units, and an additional 20,000 square feet of retail, The Anacostia metro and 500 underground parking spaces are a short walk away. “What we really need is a larger, centralized production component, and that’s what the Bridge District is perfect for,” Atlas CEO and Co-founder Justin Cox told The Washington Business Journal. “This is a brand new neighborhood location. The views of the Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge are awesome, there’s transportation options, and it just checks all those boxes.” Atlas will keep their Ivy City brewery open as well. “Bridge District will not replace Ivy City at this time. It will become Atlas’ mothership when it opens due to its size and ability to expand production capacity and operations,” says Meetre.
A press release is below and we’ll keep you updated on Atlas happenings.
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Avery Meetre, LRA PR
Redbrick LMD Signs Atlas Brew Works as Anchor Retailer at The Douglass in the Bridge District in Washington, DC
Popular DC-Based Craft Brewery Noted for Focus on Sustainability to Lease More than 24,000 Square Feet for its Third DC Location
Washington, DC (April 10, 2023)––Redbrick LMD today announced that Atlas Brew Works has signed a 24,260 square-foot long-term lease at The Douglass, the first building of the transformative Bridge District development. The award-winning craft brewpub, along with its food partner Andy’s Pizza, plans to feature a large tap room, outdoor seating, and brewery operations. Atlas Brew Works is the anchor retail tenant at The Douglass, which is currently the largest multifamily development to pursue Zero Carbon Certification from the International Living Future Institute (ILFI), and the only one in the DC area.
“The lease with Atlas, an established and successful food and beverage operator, is an important affirmation of our vision for the Bridge District and signals that great things are coming to this exciting new neighborhood. Atlas, which serves beer brewed by solar power, shares Redbrick LMD’s commitment and focus on the highest levels of sustainability. In addition, having Atlas in the Bridge District supports our goal of creating dynamic experiences for residents and visitors alike. We are thrilled to have Atlas as an activated anchor for our placemaking strategy at the Bridge District,” said Britt Snider, Principal at Redbrick LMD.
The company is expected to begin its operations in the Bridge District in early 2025.
“We’re extremely excited to bring Atlas Brew Works’ award-winning craft beer to the Bridge District and Anacostia,” said Founder & CEO Justin Cox. “We pride ourselves on being sustainable stewards and love the eco-conscious design and values of The Douglass development. We’re also ecstatic to expand capacity and operations to keep up with demand in over 24,000 square feet of space.”
Currently under construction, The Douglass is a 757-unit multifamily building overlooking the Anacostia River and adjacent to Anacostia Park, with sweeping views of the Washington, DC and Arlington, VA skylines. The extensive retail offerings and amenities at the Bridge District will enable residents of The Douglass to enjoy a lifestyle of convenience in an urban environment surrounded by nature.
The Bridge District encompasses approximately eight acres of entitled matter-of-right, mixed-use density in support of nearly 2.5 million square feet planned to be developed into a dynamic neighborhood of multifamily apartments, retail, and offices. Strategically located in the path of growth along the Washington Metro’s Green Line, the Bridge District intends to provide premier work-from-home capabilities, attractive amenities and services for residents and visitors, a health and wellness theme, and access to nature in an urban environment. All buildings planned for construction at the Bridge District currently target ILFI Zero Carbon Certification and the highest levels of sustainability that are practically achievable for near-term multifamily development in Washington, DC.
Steve Gaudio at District Equities represented Atlas Brew Works. David Ward and Ray Schupp at H&R Retail represented Redbrick LMD.
About Atlas Brew Works
Located in DC’s Ivy City and Capitol Riverfront neighborhoods, Atlas Brew Works creates balanced, great-tasting ales and lagers in a solar-powered facility. Its second location opened across from Nationals Park in early-April 2020, and its third location is slated to open in Alexandria, Virginia, in late-2023. Atlas is available in bars, restaurants, and stores throughout DC, Northern Virginia, Maryland, and Tennessee. DC, Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Ohio residents can order Atlas through DTC shipping. For a full list of Atlas’ beer portfolio visit www.atlasbrewworks.com.
About Redbrick LMD
Redbrick LMD is a community-minded developer, owner, and asset manager of high-impact real estate, helping to create transformative buildings and dynamic urban neighborhoods that reflect how people want to live, work, and play. Headquartered in Washington, DC, Redbrick has extensive experience and knowledge in developing new projects from the ground up, acquiring, and repositioning existing projects, navigating entitlement processes, and structuring real estate transactions to maximize risk-adjusted returns. Redbrick LMD has developed, redeveloped, and managed more than 5,000 multifamily units nationally across a diverse portfolio of mixed-use assets. Since 2000, the principals have closed more than $2 billion in real estate transactions and are currently managing a development pipeline of approximately 8 million square feet on owned or controlled land. For more information, visit our website.