New Wooden Robot to open next week—and other NoDa news that will impact your summer

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The 36th Chamber at Wooden Robot will have a 3,000-square-foot rooftop patio.

Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams and Rush Bowls are the latest retailers to have opened in the past six months next to the 36th Street Station of the Lynx Light Rail. Wooden Robot will open in its newest location next week, with a grand opening celebration on June 29. Its rooftop patio is sure to be one of summer’s hot spots. If you haven’t been taking notes, here is a quick guide to what you can eat, drink, and do just a few light rail stops from Uptown.

(1) The Barre Code

424 E. 36th St., Unit 4

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The Barre Code franchise owner Lauren Travis

In addition to barre classes, The Barre Code also offers total body conditioning and cardio kickboxing classes several times a week. The classes can be adapted to any fitness level. New clients can take a class for a discounted rate of $10. The studio has parking, changing rooms and a retail boutique — pick up some new athletic gear or barre socks.

(2) Idlewild

424 East 36th St., Unit 2

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This cozy craft cocktail bar opened its doors on Valentine’s Day this year.  Bartenders at this no-menu spot mix up custom cocktails catered to each guest’s liquor and flavor preferences from 5 p.m.-2 a.m. seven days a week.  There is a limited beer and wine menu as well, along with a few tasty treats on the small food menu to accompany your beverages.

(3) Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams

416 E. 36th St., Suite 400

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Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams Salted Peanut Butter with Chocolate Flecks in a Waffle cone

The second location of Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams is currently in its soft opening phase.  Like its popular South End location, Jeni’s NoDa has a variety of adventurous flavors and includes dairy-free, vegan and gluten-free options. Stop by the grand opening next Thursday, June 27  from 7-11 p.m. for free ice cream for everyone and a swag bag for the first 50 people in line. Once you get your cone, snap a photo next to the “Confetti Stripes Wall” mural located right outside the shop doors.

(4) Rush Bowls

416 E. 36th St., Suite 400

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Rush Bowls

Rush Bowls, currently in its soft opening phase, offers fresh fruit-based meals in a bowl and hearty smoothies with a variety of vegan and food-allergy friendly options. The entire menu is free from artificial sweeteners, preservatives, and additives.

Owner Ben Wilhelm recommended the PB&J bowl, complete with peanut butter and jelly made in-house, and the Beach Bowl, an acai bowl topped with bananas, mango, and guava juice. The grand opening is this Saturday, June 22, from 8 a.m.-7 p.m. The first 50 guests in the morning and the first 50 guests in the afternoon will score some swag — and all guests will get a coupon for discounted food.

(5) The 36th Chamber by Wooden Robot

416 E. 36th St., Suite 100

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The 36th Chamber at Wooden Robot

Wooden Robot’s second location, The 36th Chamber by Wooden Robot, will feature a rooftop beer garden as well as a 3,000-square-foot patio. The NoDa Wooden Robot will feature an expanded selection of barrel-aged sour and saison and farmhouse style beers, a rotating selection of food trucks, community events and live music. Look out for the soft opening early next week and the grand opening celebration on Saturday, June 29, said CEO Josh Patton.


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