Now Open - Bolt Burgers at 1010 Mass Ave NW

UPDATE 11/22/2013: ANNOUNCEMENT (Top of Post)
Update 10/1/2013 Photographs (top of post)
Update 9/5/2013: Content and Photographs (bottom of post)
Update 8/10/2013: Content and Photographs (bottom of post)
Update 7/23/2013: Renderings (top of post)
Update 7/16/2013 Photographs

Update 7/11/2013 ANNOUNCEMENT

 Update 11/22/2013: 
The sign is up and a quick telephone call confirms that Bolt Burgers is open for business at 1010 Mass. Ave NW.  The latest information that I was given is that the hours are 11am to 11pm - 7 days a week......Bolt Burgers emphasizes the use of technology, with a touch-screen ordering system and other additions. So head on over and check it out. Go to their web-site and check out the unique menu......

Update 10/1/2013
Oh so close.....most furniture is in place, there is a bit of finishing to do and the exterior signage and clean-up is in progress...look for an opening really soon (stay tuned here)
Booths and Seating in place and ready to go
Lights on!! - all in order
If you have been by 1010 Mass Ave NW lately you can see that the builders have been working overtime to get Bolt Burgers ready for their fall opening, and its looking good!! Bolt Burgers have now released their renderings, and looking at the layout and concept, its definitely time to get excited

Open, bright space with tall ceilings and plenty of seating

Keep checking back here for more updates.....

I have spoken to the representative of Bolt Burgers (they are obviously as excited as we are about the coming "concept") So here's the news. No we do not have to wait long for this to happen! Expectations, and they seem strong, are that Bolt Burgers will open in early fall. So get ready for something new in town:
  • Spice rubs, such as Toasted Peppercorn & Herb, and Fiery Chili, Cumin & Paprika
  • Artisanal Cheeses, such as Local Virginia Goat Cheese, Truffle Pecorino and Smoked Gouda
  • Exclusive Sauces, such as Tomato and Sweet Basil, and Habanero, Cilantro & Lime Mayo
  • Homemade relishes, such as Black Bean, Corn & Onion, and Crunchy Asian Slaw 
(Food information from Bolt Burgers website: I will publish the menu as soon as it is available)

Original Post
As reported here and in the Washington Business Journal, Bolt Burgers have their building permit in place for 1010 Mass Avenue NW. If you know 1010' s available retail space, its large. Subway opened earlier this year on 11th Street NW, but mid-block, so there is a lot of space vacant. The reports concerning Bolt Burgers did not specify their location in the building. So here is the news. The Bolt Burgers will face Mass Avenue and take the prime corner space with 11th Street NW.
Bolt Burgers will be located facing Mass Ave. NW, at the corner of 11th Street
There is activity, delivery has been made of air/hood ducting, so I expect that actual (internal) construction will start soon.
Air/Hood Ducting delivered to new space
Bolt Burgers has a large space to build-out
Bolt Burgers does have a web site setup that includes the menu, looks tasty! The menu also includes Beer and Wine, so there will be a Liquor License Application, which is not posted yet.  I have reached out to Bolt Burgers and their representatives for more information, so stand by.

Update 7/16/2013 just a few photo's updating construction; no captions, just a view of the framing going in; more to come as stuff changes.

Update 8/10/2013
Lots of activity at 1010,  build-out seems to be going well (I don't have an opening date yet, but standby). 

Permits are now posted, for Liquor License and for exterior seating. Also, if you are passing check out the menu posted on the doors; So here are the numbers;

  • Total Occupancy; 137
  • Inside Seating; 79
  • Sidewalk Seating; 48

Sunday - Thursday  7am - 2am
Friday - Saturday 7am - 3am

Here are some shots of the progress.....
View from Mass Ave NW
Sweet staircase from 11th Street NW (see rendering above)

serving area (above 2 pics)
Update 9/5/2013

Bolt Burgers is hiring, yes! and that's good (See Employment Opportunities Below) - opening will not be that far away now. I dropped by today, quite a bit of progress, and you can now compare the renderings with the work completed - the opening can't come soon enough....
The kitchen is already being installed - whoot! The slate-grey wall is sweet
Its still a little difficult to "get-in" a take pictures - gotta respect the owners wishes - kinda
                                Looking for great people to work at Bolt Burgers!
                              at 1010 Mass Avenue, NW  Washington, DC 20001

We are looking for team members for the following positions:
Kitchen Help Level 1 & 2
Duties to include working the grill, assembling burger orders, salad and side orders and maintaining a clean and organized kitchen.
Preparation and Utility
Duties to include prepping daily food items for lunch and dinner service, helping kitchen team and maintaining a clean and organized back of the house.
Seeking fantastic customer service provider! Making sure all guests of Bolt are welcomed, educated on the Table and ordering process, overseeing seating flow and able to manage table seating and kiosk ordering.
Food Runner
Duties to include running food orders to dine in and carry out orders and maintaining a clean and organized dining room, beverage station, etc.
Register person
Duties to include taking guest orders, payments, making smoothies, handling phone orders and maintaining a clean and organized front of the house. Must have great smiles and happy attitudes .

At Bolt Burgers, we are driven by our enthusiasm for exceptional food and people. We strive to create an atmosphere of teamwork, hospitality, and high standards.

• Strong work ethic and full commitment to guest satisfaction
• 100% commitment to teamwork approach
• Knowledge of Micros preferred
• Knowledge of Fast Casual operations preferred
• ServSafe Alcohol & Food certification preferred

Please complete an employee Criminal Background Check-
It can be obtained by going to the
MPDC Headquarters
300 Indiana Ave. NW, Rm1075  Washington, DC 20001
Mon-Fri 9am-5pm - Bring $7.00 fee (cash or money order payable to DC Treasurer/ NO credit cards or personal checks)

All candidates must be 18 yrs of age & will need to present one of the following:
- Drivers License
- ID Card
- Original Birth Certificate & Social Security Card

All resumes will be reviewed by the management team. Please email your resume and a copy of your Criminal Background check to
We will contact viable candidates to schedule in-person interviews. NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE.