The Triangle is definitely not just parking lots anymore… the parking lots have turned to condos and high end apartment buildings. And a beach! In what has to be the most creative use of an empty parking lot, Tom Brown, co-owner of The Passenger, has covered an underused asphalt area with 70 tons of sands (from Ocean City we hear… so kind of locally sourced right?) and opened the most anticipated outdoor bar of the summer. The New York Avenue Beach Bar officially opened Friday night, with Mayor Gray cutting the ceremonial ribbon (and sticking around for a few rounds of corn hole) and over 700 people showed up for $10 rum cocktails and lukewarm canned beer ($5-6 each). That was definitely more than the owners expected or were prepared for
[Editor's note: Joni Mitchell once sang "They paved paradise and put up a parking lot." Does the Beach Bar mean we've come full circle?]
Hopefully, the crowd will thin out and “new” venue will be able to better serve their customers and a line up of guest bartenders have apparently already signed up to try their had at rum-based tiki type cocktails. As far as beach eats are concerned, Shaw sandwich shop Sundevich has set up a food truck that’s not actually rolling the street but staying put on the “beach” and serving chipotle-mayo corn, pulled pork and chorizo sandwiches as well as peel n eat shrimp ($5 each).
So far, the New York Avenue Beach Bar seems to be a resounding success with the left-behind in the city on Memorial day weekend crowd. I do recommend going to the bathroom before you head there… the porta potties are definitely one of the downside of setting up a bar on an empty parking lot. But if that’s the price to pay to wiggle your toes in the middle of the city on a hot summer night… well, I think that’s a fine trade-off
[Editor's note: on twitter the Beach Bar tweets increasing their restroom capacity is planned for week two.]