Top 10 Reasons Why The Wharf is Destined to be the Hottest New Neighborhood in Washington D.C.
Move over U Street! Located 1 mile away from National Park, The Wharf is a brand spanking new neighborhood in South East D.C. that's bringing restaurants, retail, entertainment, and a new urban lifestyle to the nations capital. For years, developers of The Wharf have been carefully designing and constructing an area that's all around innovative and unique to the city. From their "no-national-chain restaurant" rule to figuring out some over-the-top obstacles with construction....like how to build a 6,000-person concert hall atop of high-end condos that'll need to be completely sound-proof. Crazy. This waterfront area is a development project on the verge of dominating the District of Columbia.
1.) The U Street Nightlife Scene Will Be All Over The Waterfront
The brothers behind popular hotspots like The Brixton, American Ice Company, and The Gibson just confirmed that they're opening up a new high-energy waterfront bar at The Wharf. Nightlife gurus, Eric and Ian Hilton, announced last week that they're opening up The Brighton, which will be their first bar/restaurant on the water.
2.) There'll Be Lots of Rooftops by the Water
La Vie is a confirmed new project from nightlife champs Social Restaurant Group that will have a 5,000-square foot rooftop terrace overlooking the river. SRG's resume includes trendy new restaurants with an impressive after-hours scene such as U Street favorite, Provision No. 14.
3.) 9:30 Club is Opening a 6,000 Person Concert Arena in the Middle of Everything
Let me guess, 75% of the time the shows you wanted to snag tickets for at the 930 Club are sold out right? Well, Washingtonians your prayers have finally been answered. The owners of the 930 Club are opening up 6,000 person concert arena at The Wharf which pretty much guarantees to fix this problem soon.
4.) And Unlike The Verizon Center (Which is Surrounded by Chain Restaurants) Concert-Goers at The Wharf Will Have Better Food Options to Choose From
“We have no national chains coming into the Wharf,” says Monty Hoffman. Hoffman is the chief executive developer of PN Hoffman, the lead developer of The Wharf. Earlier this year Hoffman told The Washington Post, “We searched for the best in class in Richmond, Philly, New York and D.C. -- we're also very selective about who we choose to come in here.”
THE CURRENT LINEUP OF CONFIRMED RESTAURANTS:
- Another Hank’s Oyster Bar ! Hank’s on the Water will be much bigger than the other three locations of Hank’s and have both seating inside and outside.
The group behind Bonfire and Provision No. 14 are opening La Vie, a French-Mediterranean restaurant. La Vie will also have that big rooftop we just mentioned above where they'll fix patrons unique "coastal-inspired beverages."
James Beard award-winning chef Fabio Trabocchi, is opening up a two-level Spanish and seafood restaurant called Del Mar. Trabocchi is the brains behind some of the areas best restaurants like Fiola, Fiola Mare, and Casa Luca...so you know Del Mar is going to be damn good.
Chef Cathal Armstrong from Old Town Alexandria's most praised restaurant, Restaurant Eve, will serve up Filipino, Thai, and Korean food at his new waterfront restaurant Kaliwa.
Dolcezza Gelato will also open up another dessert and coffee shop at The Wharf. The new café will be located directly across the water on Wharf Street and will be featuring their famous gelato, carefully crafted coffee, additional sweets, more savory items on the menu, and beer/wine.
Aside from seafood, the team behind Indique is bringing a new (and currently unamed) Indian restaurant "with a slightly playful" twist to The Wharf.
Mike Isabella and Top Chef Finalist Jennifer Carrol are collaborating on a Mediterranean-French restaurant called Requin. The restaurant will have a lengthy wine list, indoor & outdoor seating, and some of the neighborhoods best waterfront views.
And of course, everyones favorite local sandwich shop Taylor Gourmet is moving in to the area too
5.) Additionally, West Coast Fast-Casual Favorites Are Also Expanding Here
San Francisicos Eatsa will open the first D.C. outpost at the waterfront. Eatsa is a popular lunch & take-out spot for anti-social busy bees, that enjoy "fast" food that actually tastes good AAAND is pretty healthy too. At Eatsa, diners can create custom quinoa combo bowls, salads, and scrambles during breakfast by using an automated ordering machine. Check out the MENU for a quick sneak peek.
6.) Plus What's a "Foodie" Area Without a High-End Food Market?
If you're a fan of high-end specialty food courts like Eataly, you'll be stoked about this opening. A three-story Italian market & restaurant is opening up at The Wharf. Nick Stefanelli, the popular area chef behind Union Market Italian eatery Masseria, is the mastermind of this unique new project. So far Stefanelli plans to have the market on the first floor, the restaurant on the second, and make the third floor of the venue a chic waterfront rooftop for special events.
7.) And Besides Eating Out at Good Restaurants, There'll be Lots of Fun Things To Do That Don't Just Involve Food...
Everyone knows time flies when you're having rum! A new Rum Distillery is coming to the waterfront. Potomac Distilling Company and a new tiki bar from Eat Good Food Group’s Todd Thrasher, is confirmed to open up at The Wharf.
If you think D.C. lacks live music venues...Pearl Street Warehouse will be the the Cantina Marina groups new live music venue at the waterfront.
And speaking of Cantina Marina, the longtime favorite restaurant / bar on the water won't be going anywhere either!
Also, you can expect tons of free events happening in the area. Waterfront Workouts at The Wharf have already started and are only the first of many exciting events beside the water.
8.) The Landscape & Lifestyle of the Area Will Make the Neighborhood One-Of-A-Kind in D.C.
Memorials: Trees intended for the 9/11 Memorial site at the Ground Zero location in New York City are now being planted at The Wharf to honor those lost on September 11.
Transportation: Uber? Traffic?? Those two things may be a thing of the past (or less frequently seen/used) around the The Wharf. A brand new Water Taxi System will be introduced to the Washington D.C. area from the Southeast waterfront location. The main water transportation hub will be located at a docking area that's currently being developed in the neighborhood.
9.) Fun Fact: The Lighting Company That Illuminated The Eiffel Tower Just LIT This Place Up Too
Even with all the construction going on at The Wharf, Citelum, the same company that worked on lighting the Eiffel Tower, unveiled their latest light installation on the Francis Case Memorial Bridge last month. Citelum’s website states that their D.C. light installation will, "mimic how light changes from sundown to sunrise, changing from warm hues to cooler ones as the hours grow later."
10.) Expect to Hear More Exciting Openings & Development News in the Next Few Months as Construction Continues
ADDITIONAL THINGS WE KEEP HEARING ABOUT...
- MakeOffices largest D.C. area location will be coming to The Wharf.
- New York chef Roberto Santibañez, known for his popular Mexican spots Fonda and La Botaneria, is rumored to be looking to open a new restaurant at the waterfront too.
Delivering in 2017.
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