As the the oldest open-air market in the U.S., the Maine Avenue Fish Market has been a landmark in Washington, D.C.'s culture since the early 1800s, and soon it will get a fresh, new look. The Washington Business Journal reported that Developer Hoffman-Madison Waterfront submitted plans to the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts to give the fish market utility and accessibility upgrades. With an opening hoped for in fewer than two years, the developer is planning on renovating the historic oyster shed to become an oyster bar and adding a distillery building that will feature a tasting room, retail store, and event space. The developer also hopes to relocate the fish cleaning building and construct a market shed and market pavilion that will offer fresh-cut flowers, pottery, coffee, and pastries. The plaza and piers will hold more than 10,000-square-feet of outdoor seating space. Other plans of the developer, as reported by the Washington Business Journal, include a wine bar, full-service dining with an Italian butcher in the market hall.
· Here's the plan to restore D.C.'s historic Maine Avenue Fish Market (Video) [Washington Business Journal]