Finally! Baby Wale Opening Up at 1124 9th St, NW Next Week

1124 9th Street, NW

A couple weeks ago we admired tbe new copper windows at Baby Wale coming to 1124 9th Street, NW by the convention center. EaterDC shares the word that they are opening up to the public next week:

“Menu items at Baby Wale will range from the lobster roll to the pupusa. Power says he sees the place as a bar with a focus on food and wine. He’s working on a roast chicken for two that will be a bigger version of Corduroy’s roast chicken dish. There will be soups, salads and other dishes (a crispy salmon with refried black beans is in the works).”


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  • andy

    has it been determined whether it is pronounced “baby whale,” (as in tasty) or “baby wa-lay,” (as in DC hippety hop music for the youngsters)?

    • The owners named this restaurant as a play on words in relation to their first restaurant and next door neighbor, Corduroy. (And yes, wale is pronounced like whale.)

      “Baby wale” is actually a type of corduroy: The width of the cord is commonly referred to as the size of the “wale” (i.e. the number of ridges per inch). The lower the “wale” number, the thicker the width of the wale (e.g., 4-wale is much thicker than 11-wale). Corduroy’s wale count per inch can vary from 1.5 to 21, although the traditional standard falls somewhere between 10 and 12. Wide wale is more commonly used in trousers and furniture upholstery (primarily couches); medium, narrow, and fine wale fabrics are usually found in garments worn above the waist.

      • Of course you know that you’re going to overhear people talking about this place in public, pronouncing it the other way 🙂

    • This was my first thought.

  • I encourage all other patrons to call this “baby Wale (wah ley)” and leave childhood pictures of Wale on the tables and in the bathrooms.

  • Woot! Can’t wait. Corduroy is a gem, and I bet this place will be too.

  • Wale as in the rapper?

  • Corduroy is a wonderful, wonderful restaurant. I can’t wait to try Baby Wale!!

  • seems absolutely ridiculous to use the name Wale as an obscure reference to fabric, unrelated to the biggest currently performing musician from the city. I hope Wale sues the pants of these people. He built the brand associated with that name in this city and across the country.

    • it’s a really smart use of the word. stop being a slave to pop culture.

    • How is wale an obscure reference to fabric? Just because you aren’t familiar with the term doesn’t mean it is obscure.

      But if you want to use that logic then I’d say that Wale the singer is obscure because I’d never heard of him.

      • Well, let’s look at Google search results.

        wale corduroy: 229,000 results

        wale rapper: 9,970,000 results

        One is a particular type of fabric measurement for an unpopular type of fabric. The other is a Grammy-nominated rapper with an album that hit #1 on Billboard who used DC as his springboard to his success and fame.

        • you people are so strange.
          who cares?
          it’s pronounce “whale”
          maybe most people won’t get it. most things go over most peoples heads.
          oh well.

        • This is irrelevant really. So Wale is from DC and is a popular rapper right now. It’s silly to think he has any legal right to the name “wale”

          • Silly, for sure, but the awesome Rogue 24 in Blagden Alley right near Baby Wale was just threatened to be sued for their use of the name “Rogue” by a brewery no one likes from Oregon. I am sure more people know of Wale, but also sure Wale is much nicer than that brewery. Maybe he will get a special table at Baby Wale and it can be kind of like the new baller spot for DC hip-hop royalty? Why do we all just assume it will be a lawsuit?

          • Before I read this comment thread I thought this restaurant was trying to be a baller spot for DC hip-hop royalty. Names are important, and if you have a name that’s confusing or gives completely the wrong perception of your business it will be harder to succeed, lawsuit or not.

  • Wale the fabric style has been around and will be around alot longer than Wale the musician. Though Wale the musician might be a big deal to you, to many many of us he is just another singer, if known at all; in addition I am sure does not own the rights to the word ‘wale’ to be able to sue. This reminds me of the Concrete Blonde ‘controversy’ which I’m not sure was resolved and not curious enough to google.

    • Exactly. He’s a regional celebrity, at best.

    • Well, I’m pretty oblivious to pop culture, and I sew as a hobby, but when I saw the name I still thought of the singer and not the fabric.

    • Exactly. Since it’s a sister restaurant to Corduroy, it is pretty clear that Power was making a play on that name. And Power is famous enough in foodie circles that he doesn’t need to capitalize on anyone else’s fame.

  • That window is sick

    cant wait to see how it patinas

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