The Dew Drop Inn, a tavern similar too and owned by the owners of Wonderland, plans to open in the space above the soon-to-close Chocolate City Brewery, right alongside the Met Branch Trail. The Post reports that
In what appears to be a coincidence, the owners of Wonderland Ballroomtold POPville this morning of plans to open a bar called the Dew Drop Inn on the second floor of the Chocolate City Brewery building near Eighth and Franklin streets NE. When I spoke to Wonderland owner Matthew McGovern, who also owns the Chocolate City/Dew Drop Inn building, he said the two announcements are unrelated.
"I'm the landlord, but I don't know what's happening [with the downstairs]. The question is whether it will be a retail space or continue to be a non-retail space," he said.
The Dew Drop Inn, however, is a sure thing. McGovern described it as "a neighborhood bar with a simple menu – not too unlike Wonderland. We're not trying to do a whole new concept."
McGovern said the Dew Drop Inn is looking for a late spring or early summer opening date. "It totally depends on licensing at this point. We're pretty much ready to go … If things go well with [D.C.'s Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration], it could be sooner."
The Circle of Life, or something...