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How Mission by Nats Park pulled off an All-Star-ready opening

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Mission, a new Capitol Riverfront restaurant from two D.C. restaurateurs, met an extremely aggressive time line for its opening.
The mayor’s office and others wanted to create a more lively scene on N Street SE for the MLB All-Star Game.
The spot aims to be open for a preview weekend before the All-Star Game with a limited menu.

The team behind Mission, the massive Mexican restaurant in Navy Yard that expects to open Friday in time for the christening of Audi Field and, a few days later, Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game, is very close to having pulled off the impossible: They’re going to open on time. 

Actually, they’re going to meet what they said in January was their “stretch goal,” to be open at 1221 Van St. SE in time for baseball’s Midsummer Classic, being held at Nationals Park for the first time July 17. 

Restaurants so notoriously run behind schedule that many restaurateurs decline to even project an opening date. When Mission Group’s…

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