Neighborhood Restaurant Group owner Michael Babin is considering hosting month-long pop-up restaurants featuring NRG chefs in the patio space in front of the former Barkley Square building, according to Northern Virginia Magazine.
Babin is considering building a utility kitchen “in a small building in the back of the patio” and filling the patio with picnic tables and covering them with a retractable awning, according to the report published Wednesday on the magazine’s Gut Check blog.
No word if the “small building” is the Barkley Square space.
Babin purchased several of the buildings in the 2000 block of Mt. Vernon Avenue last year, including those that held his Evening Star Cafe and Planet Wine as well as the Barkley Square building and the Exotic Planterium and Card and Comic Collectorama.
In the Gut Check report, Babin said the rotating pop-up idea is to highlight not just the NRG chefs, but also some of the sous chefs and the different things they're working on.
The logistics of the pop-up are still being determined, but ”it could happen quickly,” Babin said in the report.
Pop-up fever in Del Ray has extended beyond just the restaurant scene, too; Banana Tree will hold a pop-up homewares sale in the Lofts of Del Ray for much of May.