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Sandlot Georgetown Outdoor Bar Entertainment Space Black Chefs Opens DC

Sandlot Southeast, a huge outdoor culture and entertainment space and food/drink garden showcasing Black-owned businesses, will open a second DC location in Georgetown on May 6. Sandlot Georgetown takes over the site of a demolished gas station, and will offer 240 outdoor seats, weekly live entertainment—recently permitted by DC’s revised Covid regulations—and a rotating cast of food and drink vendors.

Shipping containers act as portable bars and food destinations at Sandlot Southeast. Photograph by George Tarrant GT Studios

Co-founder Ian Callender, a DC native and owner of event design firm Suite Nation, has been a game-changing force in Washington’s art and entertainment scene. He is on a mission to  transform vacant or underutilized spaces, like the Georgetown gas station lot, into vibrant gathering places that tap into a diverse set of cultural resources. Nearly a decade ago, Callender was behind the transformation of Friendship Baptist Church in Southwest DC. The historic property, which sat vacant for over 20 years, was reinvented as Blind Whino (now Culture House DC), a gallery and event space.

A before photo of the demolished gas station site, which sat empty until Sandlot Georgetown was built. Photograph courtesy of Sandlot Georgetown

In 2018, Callender and business partner Kevin Hallums of creative events agency Rock Creek Social Club launched the first Sandlot in Southwest DC, which was later relocated to Navy Yard in order to make way for development at Buzzard Point. That current iteration, called Sandlot Southeast, was designed with versatility and mobility in mind. Food and drink vendors set up shop in portable shipping containers, a mobile art gallery hosts exhibits, and a rotating cast of Go-Go and

Article source: https://www.washingtonian.com/2021/05/03/sandlot-georgetown-outdoor-bar-entertainment-space-black-chefs-opens-dc/

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