April 1 is Opening Day, but not just for Nationals fans: A spokesperson confirms that it's also the opening date for the new Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant, which is just a line drive away from the stadium at 100 M St. SE.

(Ricky Carioti/The Washington Post)

How big is this news? With room for 226 diners (plus 88 more in an outdoor beer garden), the new Gordon Biersch is the largest bar or restaurant to open near Nationals Park since the stadium opened in 2008. And unlike the converted Half Street SE lot that is the Fairgrounds, there will actually be a roof over patrons' heads as they eat their garlic fries and drink pints of lager, hefeweizen or marzen brewed on the premises under the direction of former Capital City Brewing Company brewer Travis Tedrow. (It looks like a sure bet to open ahead of the even more anticipated Bluejacket, which is aiming to open in May or June.)

The 8,290-square-foot restaurant, which becomes the fourth Gordon Biersch in the D.C. area, sits above the New Jersey Avenue entrance of the Navy Yard Metro station. And while it promises to be full of Curly W-wearing fans when the Nats are in town, the restaurant will be open at 11 a.m. seven days a week, with happy hour from 3 to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and the bar open until 2 a.m. Friday through Monday. That's good news for Capitol Riverfront residents and government workers, too.

JDLand snapped some photos inside the new Gordon Biersch in early February.