La Vie (French-Mediterranean cuisine), District Hardware and Bike, Vigilante Coffee, Cordial Craft Wine, Beer & Spirits and CVS also coming to The Wharf in 2017

by Prince Of Petworth June 30, 2016 at 3:00 pm 33 Comments

SW Waterfront

From a press release:

“The following is an updated list of restaurant and retail offerings coming to The Wharf in 2017, as part of the development’s Phase I grand opening:

Social Restaurant Group’s 9,800-square-foot concept La Vie, their largest venture to-date, will feature French-Mediterranean cuisine that includes an extensive moules-frites menu, a wide selection of sweet and savory tartines and a variety of coastal-inspired beverages. Situated along The Wharf’s most expansive and stunning vistas, their space boasts a 1,100-square-foot waterfront terrace, and serves the resident pool deck above. La Vie also includes private access to a 5,000-square-foot rooftop terrace, poised to be Washington’s premier events space.

District Hardware and Bike, the nearly 50-year old family-owned hardware store, full-service bike shop and now café and water sport retailer, is expanding from its current location in Foggy Bottom. Their new 6,300-square-foot location will be designed by Natalie Park Design Studio and is the latest in a series of expansions for the store, which has been owned and run by the Conway family for three generations. To strengthen the concept, District Hardware and Bike has teamed up with local coffee roaster, Vigilante Coffee, to help design and launch the new café and coffee bar.

Cordial Craft Wine, Beer & Spirits by Eric Rohleder is expanding from its current operation in Union Market. His 525-square-foot location at The Wharf will feature a water view and products from independent importers and boutique distributors across the globe.

America’s largest pharmacy retailer CVS will occupy a 9,000-square-foot space at The Wharf.

Earlier this year, The Wharf announced the first round of restaurant concepts:

Fabio Trabocchi, a James Beard Award-winning chef, leads The Wharf’s restaurant line-up. Having received numerous international honors, Fabio’s use of fresh seafood brilliantly combined with quality ingredients will come to life at Del Mar in a menu that pays homage to the seaside town of Mallorca. Fabio’s two-level waterfront Spanish and seafood restaurant at The Wharf is destined to become a standout in the DC restaurant scene.

Mike Isabella and Top Chef Finalist Jennifer Carrol are collaborating at Requin – their restaurant on the edge of District Pier—bringing the Mediterranean coast of France to The Wharf. The riverside restaurant will have an extensive European wine menu and a social-centric sharing menu. The restaurant’s indoor-outdoor setting will have expansive waterfront views.

Jamie Leeds is one of Washington’s most highly recognized chefs. Jamie is reinventing her famed Hank’s Oyster Bar for The Wharf. Hank’s On The Water will be known for its simple, approachable seafood menu, consisting of “urban beach food” in small and large plates for sharing—in an incomparable waterfront setting along 7th Street Park and Wharf Street.

Todd Thrasher has a true talent for mixing ingredients and turning them into unforgettable cocktails. At The Wharf, Todd’s passion and creativity will come to life at the Potomac Distilling Company. His waterfront commercial rum distillery and two-story tavern will feature some of the best hand-crafted cocktails anywhere along the East Coast.

Since 1899, the Croxton family has farmed oysters from Virginia’s Rappahannock River. Cousins Travis and Ryan are fourth generation Croxtons carrying on the family’s oystering legacy with Rappahannock Oyster Bar. They are widely recognized as passionate and inspiring restaurateurs known for “good food—grown well.” Their Rappahannock Oyster Bar will occupy the restored historic oyster shed (circa 1912) building at the Municipal Fish Market—a truly fitting location for a family business that has been in operation for more than a century.

After working for Guinness for more than nine years, Ireland native Mark Kirwan is creating an authentic Irish Pub that will honor the rich Irish heritage of the Southwest Waterfront. Kirwan’s waterfront pub will be reminiscent of the Irish charm and hospitality of Mark’s beloved homeland. The waterfront bar and traditionalist Irish menu is the heart and soul of Kirwan’s. Live Irish music will complement the convivial scene.

The team behind DC’s original dock bar, Cantina Marina will continue to be a District Institution at The Wharf—a wonderful addition of live music, great libations and bar food on the waterfront.

Casey Patten is adding Taylor Gourmet and its hand-crafted, Philly-style hoagies to District Square. Casey’s commitment to “make you the best damn sandwich in the District” is one of the reasons that Taylor Gourmet has become a perennial DC favorite and will create a new fan base at The Wharf.

Dolcezza Gelato will also open up shop at The Wharf, featuring old-world gelato and carefully crafted coffee at a waterfront café on Wharf Street, featuring locally sourced ingredients. Husband and wife team Rob Duncan and Violeta Edelman will be expanding Dolcezza Gelato’s artisanal offerings with hand crafted sweets, savories on the menu, and beer and wine.

Negotiations continue with great chefs, food purveyors and retailers to complete the remaining restaurant and quick service food spaces at The Wharf.”

  • jch

    Georgetown East!

    • Philippe Lecheval

      City Center South. And every bit as soulless.

      • MtP

        This was my thought too – a cross between the Georgetown waterfront and city center. Sure it is “nice,” but seems more in line with a manufactured “downtown” in the suburbs or a place like National Harbor.

    • Finitor

      Has CityCenter been deemed a failure yet? I’m sure the housing and restaurants are fine but it’s hard to imagine the retailers expected to just stare at the few passers-by day after day.

  • Anon

    La Vie is also opening up a craft cocktail spot around the corner titled “Couchez Avec Moi”.

    • Jerry Grundle

      I hope they have lots of big comfy couchez to stretch out on.

  • domrep

    Maybe my expectations were too high, but after living in SW for 5 years, I kinda expected something…better. Just seems like a combination of Georgetown and City Center. I expected Baltimore Inner Harbor type of vibe, so it is what it is. Good for property values I guess.

    • so a Ripley’s Believe it or Not museum and a Hard Rock Cafe? How often would people who actually live in the neighborhood frequent these types of places.

      • domrep

        Didn’t mean it like that, the fish market is staying which is great but there doesn’t seem to be any character. The whole thing now seems to be “let’s just put a bunch of overpriced fancy restaurants here and use the water as a backdrop.” Maybe that was there intention the whole time, who knows.

        • domrep

          Like a 9,000 square foot CVS. Does it have to be that big? Is another one necessary when there’s one on 4th street, not to mention C street?

          • SWChick

            My thoughts exactly. I can walk to ALL 3. I went to the current two BOTH, just today lol But I’m thinking its there for the tourists.

        • DM

          See, I would assume “a combination of Georgetown and CityCenter” was exactly what they were going for. It’s very hard to manufacture essentially a whole neighborhood like this that’s full of character, because what we consider character is how a neighborhood has evolved over time. It is *much* easier (and presumably far more lucrative) to say “let’s put a bunch of fancy restaurants up against the water” and “let’s sell luxury condos in slick, modern buildings.”

          • MtP

            Yeah, I think you’re right, that is what they’re going for, and it is completely due to the nature of the development happening all at once by one firm. I guess it is just sort of sad it is happening this way.

    • Cassie

      The Baltimore Inner Harbor is a desolate wasteland, just like the old SW Waterfront Mall.

    • MtP

      I am not sure what “vibe” you are going for with the Inner Harbor. Its basically like an urban shopping mall on the water. To me, this actually seems exactly like a nicer Inner Harbor. I was hoping for a more organic, urban vibe honestly.

      • CharmCityInThe1980s

        The Light Street Pavilion before Ripleys went it – it was a food court on steroids, plus food retail with a lot of local character, plus an almost beach resort style of tourist retail.

  • That Guy

    Hahaha! Doesn’t it seem a bit unfortunate to have a bar directly under an infinity pool. I guess it’ll be a wet bar. Cannon Baaaaall!

  • stacksp

    Seems geared toward catering to the yacht owning, khaki shorts, tucked polo crowd and I honestly do not blame them as waterfront property is a premium in the district and they need to be able to sell those dock slips. Should also serve as another stop along the tourist route between National Harbor, NOVA and Georgetown. Overtime, I can see them slipping in a frozen yogurt place and a gourmet burger chain to go along with the redesigned wharf

    • stacksp

      Guess I shouldve kept reading as they are putting in a Taylor Gourmet and a Dolcezza Gelato. I wasn’t too far off

      • these are both locally owned businesses with roots in DC. I have nothing against local shops being successful.

    • ***

      “yacht owning, khaki shorts, tucked polo crowd” – so basically, most of DC

      • IOAB

        You think most of the people in DC own yachts? If so, where do you hang out? I’ve been trying to find a friend with a boat for years.

        • Anon

          Georgetown and Old Town.

      • Anonymous

        Even as snark this comment is wildly off the mark.

        • stacksp

          Wasn’t snark at all. I definitely plan on checking it out with my polo on to boot.

      • Anon

        What a strange characterization. I’m guessing most people do own a pair of khaki shorts and a polo; quite an attainable feat for anyone with $30 to spend on new clothes. Yachts, not so much.

        • Skeeter

          But the real question is how many people where that uniform (khakis and a tucked in polo shirt) every time they go out?

  • Anonymous

    The inclusionary zoning condominiums are listed on DC’s Department of Housing and Community Development website, dhcd.dc.gov. Go to the inclusionary zoning page and click on the DCHousingSearch.org link. You can search for zip code 20024.
    The prices depend on income (although the income limits aren’t given on the web-site). There are two one bedroom/two bath, approximately 940 square feet units for $97,200 and $97,400. Another similar condo is $218,700. There are three studios (which they note have a bedroom without a window) of about 540 square feet for $102,900 to $116,200. Several slightly smaller studios are $219,100. And there is a one-bedroom, one bath, 730 square feet, for $243,400. Purchasers must meet the DHCD inclusionary zoning program requirements and have a mortgage pre-approval letter from a lender.

  • anon

    Moules-Frites is from Belgium, which is quite a distance from the Mediterranean.

  • DupontDC

    Has there been an announcement regarding the current Wharf/fish markets there now? Are they going to tear that all down as well?

    • Leeran

      I believe they’re staying.

  • This city keeps building too many nice things. Can’t we have some more half-assed development that looks old with fake character?

  • Anon

    I just can’t wrap my head around calling it “The Wharf”. Every time I hear the name I’m like “… where? Is this in Maryland?” and I have to reset myself.


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