Looks like we're getting more places to watch sports and drink beer. A resident of the Highland Park building at 14th and Irving says they just received a note that build out has just begun on a sports bar. They're aiming at opening in February 2011. Another tipster spoke to a construction worker in the space who said the place would be called something like News Grill, and that they had another location in the area, but I haven't been able to find any place around with that name.
Interestingly, last year there was news about a sports bar coming to the Highland Park building, which was reported in the Washington Business Journal but nothing came of it. I wonder if this is the same place?
In any case, it seems like the demand is there, given the popularity of Meridian Pint on game days.