Marriott Marquis, Opening May 1, Announces DC Restaurants – “from seasonal casual dining and a specialty restaurant to a power-player lounge and techy sports bar”

Rendering via Marriott Marquis Washington, DC

From a press release:

“Marriott Marquis Washington, DC, opening May 1, announces five Americana-inspired dining experiences for the District’s soon-to-be-largest hotel. The varied food and beverage establishments, located on the hotel’s ground floor, will further position the property as a brand-new social hub for its vibrant downtown Shaw neighborhood.

Marriott Marquis Washington, DC will debut: Anthem, casual dining restaurant; The Dignitary, an upscale lounge; High Velocity, a high-tech sports bar; a dramatic, high-design Lobby Bar; and a specialty restaurant (to be announced). The hotel’s culinary vision will be helmed by Executive Chef Matthew Morrison, a DC native who was most recently executive chef at The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner, Virginia. The hotel’s dining experiences will feature fresh, seasonal menus sourced from both local and Mid-Atlantic purveyors as well as the hotel’s on-site rooftop garden.

More details on the restaurants/bars after the jump.

“We’re thrilled to welcome Chef Morrison to lead the culinary team at Marriott Marquis Washington, DC,” said General Manager Dan Nadeau. “With our ideal location and connection to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Marriott Marquis’ diverse dining and nightlife options will cater to seasoned business travelers and discerning visitors, as well as our valued meeting planners. With three restaurants boasting street entrances, we anticipate becoming a favorite amongst local residents exploring the rejuvenated downtown area.”

Anthem will offer seasonal cuisine in a bright, friendly restaurant space, with a nod to the original 1927 Marriott Hot Shoppes (from the Mighty Mo burger to the nine-seat, throwback coffee shop countertop). Incorporating fresh ingredients from the Mid-Atlantic area, the diner-inspired menu will include both great-tasting comfort food and Marriott Hotels’ signature healthy-eating options, including good-for-you kid’s menu options. A contemporary, vibrant design will offer communal dining and floor-to-ceiling windows as well as two private dining rooms inside the restaurant for intimate group parties.

The $520-million, four-star hotel will accommodate three ground-level bars: The Dignitary, High Velocity, and the Lobby Bar:

• The Dignitary, an upscale lounge, will have a speakeasy feel, rich with dark woods, a red brick bar, an antique cash register, red leather club chairs, a simmering fireplace, and polished tin ceiling tiles. Barside, talented mixologists will serve up handcrafted, farm-to-fork cocktails, including of-the-moment mule drinks and a robust lineup of high-end whiskeys. Reflecting Dignitary’s power-player vibe, Chef Morrison has created a sophisticated small plates menu. The Dignitary will be located within the site’s original Samuel Gompers AFL-CIO headquarters, known as the “Plumbers Building,” which plays a key role in the hotel receiving LEED Silver accreditation upon opening. The “Plumbers Building” will also house the hotel’s 8,000-square-foot bi-level fitness center and several suites. And opening just in time for sunny days, guests can enjoy fresh juice cocktails and craft beers on the Dignitary’s outdoor patio, seating up to 65, on the Plumbers Building corner at Massachusetts Avenue and 9th Street.

• High Velocity, an interactive high-tech sports bar, will boast 36 large flat-screen TVs, smartphone charging stations, Wi-Fi, tickertape screens with the latest sports scores, a central focal-point bar, communal dining, and floor-to-ceiling windows to enjoy street-level views of the bustling Walter E. Washington Convention Center (which Marquis will be connected to via underground concourse). Locals will recognize several DC-area breweries on offer from the 48-brew tap. High Velocity will serve up high-concept bar food for lunch and dinner, featuring samplers for sharing and beer-infused dishes alongside international beer flights.

• The Lobby Bar will be the hotel’s active center, surrounded by each dining outlet and infused with natural light streaming through the glass ceiling of the high-design grand atrium lobby. Guests can enjoy a quick bite and a coffee, or tapas plates and a cocktail underneath the hotel’s centerpiece: a 56-foot sculpture, “The Birth of the American Flag,” designed by sculptor Rodney Carroll to be the largest piece of art in any Marriott hotel, reaching the fifth floor of the 15-floor hotel. The expansive, design-rich lobby will also feature two smaller-scale sculptures, two dramatic bronze and stainless steel walls at more than 50 feet in height, and water features.

The hotel’s catering program will be in line with its world-class meetings experience, offering more than 105,000 square-feet of indoor/outdoor function space, including the 30,000 square-foot Marquis Ballroom. Chef Morrison has innovative F&B breakouts in the works for the hotel’s sizeable group business, as well as seasonal and sustainable banquet menus. With 1,175 rooms, including 49 suites, and an unprecedented 6,500-square-foot high-tech concierge lounge, Marriott Marquis Washington, DC will be the capital’s largest hotel upon opening on May 1.

Slated to be the neighborhood’s culinary crown jewel, Marriott Marquis joins the already-transforming downtown dining and nightlife scene.”

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  • “Slated to be the neighborhood’s culinary crown jewel, Marriott Marquis joins the already-transforming downtown dining and nightlife scene.”

    Seasonal Pantry, Sundevich, and Corduroy are some stiff competition culinary crown jewel wise. Also I guess there is Rogue 24. And the Mongolian place!

  • These all seem pretty boring, not surprising given it’s a Marriot convention hotel. I’m more curious how this will affect the 9th street scene. I all honesty, I have mixed feeling about that. I would love to see 9th street emerge as a restaurant row, but not with mediocre Americana aimed at middle-America suburbanites.

    • I’m not too worried about the negative impact it would have on 9th street. I suspect most American suburbanites staying at that hotel will prefer to walk southward towards the comfort of the chain restaurants in Chinatown and Downtown, as opposed to the residential areas up 9th street that they assume are rundown and dangerous.

    • I’m sure most of the owners of the restaurants north of the hotel will happily take they money of the suburbanites. Of course, many of the convention goers will eat at events in the hotel or the convention center anyway.

      People seem to be pretty short sighted and forget the only reason that neighborhood has transitioned at all is because of the convention center. Let’s not complain about the people who come and spend their money in our fine city.

      • And assuming every convention goer only wants mediocre chain food or is from middle America is about as ignorant and shortsighted as assuming everything up 9th Street is rundown and dangerous. Though I guess it’s still OK to stereotype some people.

        • +1. I have suffered through much over-priced over-hyped crap in D.C. and have had plenty of decent-to-good reasonably priced food at chains. I keep wondering (hoping) that this kind of urban snark is mostly meant to be ironic; otherwise it really just looks silly and provincial.

  • While I realize you guys aren’t exactly kind to topics regarding organized labor, I think it’s worth noting that the beautiful old building around which the new hotel has been constructed is the old American Federation of Labor building, which is a National Historic Landmark.

    • Marriot co-opting organized labor? You don’t say! 😉

    • It was most recently the Plumbers Union building, and was a bone of contention in the plans for the convention hotel.

      I’m iffy on how beautiful I think it is. And regardless, I think it ruins the cohesiveness between the hotel and the convention center. But I am not terribly surprised they were forced to incorporate it into the design.

  • Where exactly is this?

    • Answering my own question, since no one else did… Apparently it’s at 901 Massachusetts Ave. NW, which is (obviously) 9th and Massachusetts, or (less obviously) off 9th between L and K, just northwest of Mount Vernon Square.

  • I wish they had gone ahead and called “Anthem” a “Hot Shoppes.” The nostalgia value would be very high for the 40 and over crowd in the DC area. There is nothing special about the name “Anthem.”

  • Has anyone else walked by the hotel at night and noticed that you can see straight through the lower rooms when the lights are on and the curtains are open? I suspect this Marriott is going to become DC’s new Highline Standard for exhibitionists rather quickly.

  • this place will bring a lot of jobs to dc.

  • I don’t think there’s ever been a Marriott drinking or eating establishment anywhere in America that hasn’t been immediately recognizable as a mediocre-at-best effort by a soulless multinational corporation to extract maximum cash from its “guests” before they leave the hotel for better options. Hard to believe that these will be any different though, if one’s idea of a good time is flirting with the type of credential-wearing out-of-towner who thinks DC is too crime-ridden (or is just too uncreative) to launch themselves into the night, The Dignitary might be a good place to start. While there, you can also find out what a “farm-to-fork” cocktail is.

    Of course, maybe I’m just a cynic.

  • This is very good news. I was thinking the fronting on 9th would be nothing but hotel- another blank spot like the convention center and city market at O currently present to 9th. That there will be something to draw pedestrian traffic is great. It is contributing to my personal vision of the connecting of downtown with U St. via 9th. Right now there is little reason to walk North on 9th from anywhere for a wandering or curious pedestrian, but as these developments come and bring newness, lighted streets, and commercial activity Shaw will gradually feel less and less like the hinterlands it has so long been.

  • What’s going on with the Adams Morgan Marriott?

  • Um, the places sound cool to me? WTF?

    There are plenty of great hotel restaurants and bars scattered through hotels in the US.

  • Excited by the family diner style restaurant in our hood. Hate the names. Anthem sounds like an Ayn Rand book; High-velocity bar like a cheesy marketing concept. What’s wrong with the original name, Hot Shoppe? Retro appeal and it sounds like the kind of food and dining experience you’ll get? The bar could be named Velo. Still douchey, but less lame sounding.

  • I’m sure it will be about as “exciting” as the Wardman.

  • Negtive people make negative comments and lead negative lives. Why do we need to stereotype?

    • I know, it’s sort of ridiculous. It’s a hotel next to a convention center. I doubt the restaurant planning has local residents in mind, nor should it.

      I actually love the Marriott burger.

    • Why are you asking rhetorical questions?

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