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Washington, D.C., June 13, 2011 - The Washington Nationals are thrilled to announce the grand opening of four new eateries from Danny Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group (USHG) at Nationals Park. Blue Smoke, Shake Shack, El Verano Taquería and Box Frites make their debut on the Miller Lite Scoreboard Walk on Tuesday, June 14 when the Nationals host the St. Louis Cardinals at 7:05 p.m.

Fans can choose from a variety of new culinary offerings including mouthwatering real pit barbecue from Blue Smoke, addictive Belgian-style fries and dipping sauces at Box Frites, authentic Mexican food and flavors at El Verano Taquería, and ShackBurgers, hot dogs and frozen custard from the popular Shake Shack. The Nationals collaborated closely with USHG to create this iconic ballpark destination that brilliantly showcases the company’s renowned cuisine.

The new food options will highlight a completely refreshed Miller Lite Scoreboard Walk, which features live trees and plants that give the space a park-like atmosphere. The cutting-edge redesigned space will give fans an “All-American” baseball experience, inspired by the game’s backyard origins. Guests can relax and stay cool under 14 shade sails (provided by Tenshon) in a casual lounge-like setting.

“Our fans will be treated to a completely different experience the minute they step onto the Miller Lite Scoreboard Walk,” Nationals Chief Operating Officer Andrew C. Feffer said. “This will become the hottest destination in sports, pairing unique designs, inspired hospitality, and lush greenery with the delicious new food items from USHG.”

In addition to the new offerings, $5 happy hour beer specials will be available 2 ½ hours prior to scheduled first pitch at the Miller Lite Scoreboard Walk Bar for ALL remaining home games of the 2011 season.

Located on the Mezzanine Level behind the Main Scoreboard, the Miller Lite Scoreboard Walk offers fans an elevated view of the field while enjoying an exceptional combination of dining choices, pregame music and drink specials only available at Nationals Park. This ballpark hotspot has been enhanced with the addition of a 15’ x 25’ HDTV screen behind the scoreboard and brand new furniture, giving fans a place to kick back without missing a minute of the action on the field.

Union Square Hospitality Group

Danny Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group (USHG) includes several of New York City’s most celebrated restaurants: Union Square Cafe, Gramercy Tavern, Eleven Madison Park, Blue Smoke, Jazz Standard, Shake Shack, The Modern, Cafe 2 and Terrace 5 (located at The Museum of Modern Art), El Verano Taquería and Box Frites (both at Citi Field & Nationals Park), Maialino, Untitled at the Whitney Museum of American Art, as well as Union Square Events and Hospitality Quotient, a learning business. USHG is best known for its blend of excellent food and its unique style of warm hospitality. Actively involved in the community, USHG and its employees are committed to extending its enlightened hospitality beyond the walls of its restaurants through its support of hunger relief and civic organizations as well as other causes. Meyer, his restaurants, and chefs have earned an unprecedented 24 James Beard Awards, as well as numerous other media accolades. Six of the company’s restaurants are included in Zagat’s list of the Most Popular Restaurants in NYC, including the #1, 3 and 5 spots.

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