Restaurant With Rooftop Deck to Help "Animate" Woodmont Triangle

Owner of Tommy Joe's will lease space in a new commercial building planned for Cordell and Norfolk Ave., Bethesda Magazine reports.

A lot at the corner of Cordell and Norfolk is soon to be developed into a vibrant commercial space with up to four restaurants and, according to a Bethesda Magazine report, the owner of Tommy Joe’s is planning a new restaurant for the top floors.

Developers Park Place Properties have scrapped plans for a mixed-use condominium project at the site known as The Veneto and are now planning a commercial development with two floors and a roof deck, according to architect Steven Karr of Steven J. Karr, AIA Inc.

The project is known as Norfolk-Cordell II.

The owner of Tommy Joe’s will lease the second floor and the roof deck, and there’s space for up to three more restaurants on the first floor, complete with patio seating, Karr said.

The project’s vision is to “animate the Woodmont Triangle,” Karr said.

“The design was intended to attract a restaurant entrepreneur with a vision for a major rooftop scene,” Karr said.

According to an online description, the project will encompass renovations and additions to an existing two-story building on the site and construction cost is estimated at $1,750,000.

Demolition at the site is set to begin soon, Karr said.

The yet-to-be-named restaurant will serve upscale bar food, small plates, and entrees in the $20 range, Tommy Joe's owner Alan Poho told Bethesda Magazine’s Table Talk blog.

The 6200-square feet space will accommodate up to 600 people, Bethesda Magazine reported, and should be open by the summer of 2013.

Check out an animation of the project at the Steven J. Karr, AIA Inc. website.

Correction: A previous version of this article mis-named the architecture firm Steven J. Karr, AIA Inc. We regret the error.

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