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Dear PoP – Is Wagamama Coming to Penn Quarter?

“Dear PoP,

Walking home from Hill Country yesterday I noticed that the proposed Wagamama spot has a new sign — Wagamama 2012. Do you or any of your readers know if this is for real? The last I heard was that they’d be opening in 2011, but that news barely had any buzz. I love Wagamama but I’m tired of these fakeouts!”

Back in Sept. ’10 we spoke about some of the biggest retail/restaurant teases we’ve experienced. Wagamama was high on the list. There is a whole Facebook page devoted to bringing them to DC. The Internationalist blog says:

“The Internationalist received confirmation today from Wagamama’s Nancy Barrett (U.S. Marketing Director) that the Penn Quarter location WILL open in 2012.”

Of course if you look at the storefront of the old Olson’s bookstore at 418 7th St, NW you can still see a desperate plea from a fan written under the coming soon sign (which used to say 2010):

“When, oh When?”

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