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Roaming Rooster is coming to the Western Market Food Hall this Fall. This is not a drill.

rendering for 2000 Pennsylvania Ave, NW

Westbrook Partners and MRP Realty (MRP), developers and managers of commercial, residential, mixed-use and industrial real estate across the Mid-Atlantic region, along with Baltimore-based Cana Development (CANAdev), food and retail asset management experts, announce more details behind the newest restaurants coming to Western Market. The new food hall, first announced in February, will revive the original historic marketplace at 2000 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, D.C.

“We continue to be inspired by the resiliency of restaurant owners, given the current retail environment,” said Tim Hill, Vice President of Investments, MRP Realty. “At Western Market, we welcome our roster of local, small business owners who reflect the kaleidoscope of DC’s culturally-rich food scene.”

The original Western Market was constructed in 1802 as one of three original markets in Architect Pierre L’Enfant’s blueprint for the city. Located in the heart of the Foggy Bottom neighborhood adjacent to George Washington University, Western Market will feature a dynamic line up of vendors, offering both locals and visitors a modern culinary destination that reflects the diverse and resilient community of Washington, D.C.

Western Market welcomes the latest additions to the development:

Capo Deli: Capo features a menu reminiscent of classic Italian delis found in New York, Philadelphia and Boston. With old school subs, hearty traditional favorites and witty cocktails — like their popular “Fauci Pouchy” – Capo’s second brick-and-mortar location promises to bring the classic Italian deli experience to Western Market.

RAWish: RAWish, a new concept from Gangster Vegan DMV owners James and Taneea Yarborough, offers an organic raw menu of creative salads, sandwiches, bowls, smoothies, and freshly pressed juices and nut milks. With a focus on making nutritious food affordable and accessible, RAWish is an exciting new chapter in the Yarboroughs’ commitment to re-inventing the plant-based lifestyle. The couple owns two Gangster Vegan locations (in Baltimore’s Cross Street Market and in Riverdale, MD).

Roaming Rooster: Roaming Rooster puts a modern spin on classic, homestyle southern fried chicken, using only hormone- and antibiotic-free grain-fed free-range chicken. The popular eatery that started as a single food truck in 2015 and rapidly expanded to a fleet of four trucks and a location in Woodridge, will open its second brick-and-mortar at Western Market. Roaming Rooster has not only a dedicated local following, but also received national attention during last year’s #chickenwars.

Sushi Onkei: Sushi Onkei will offer authentic Japanese cuisine in a sleek, modern sushi bar, designed for an exceptional dining experience. Ferry Huang, owner of Glover Park’s Sushi Keiko and master of Japanese cuisine, will bring more of his East-meets-West small plates and fine wines to this new concept.

These four tenants will join others at Western Market, including Shouk, Mason’s Famous Lobster Rolls and a new concept from the founders of Elle, along with mainstays Captain Cookie & the Milkman, Chipotle, Duke’s Grocery and Bindaas.

“We are entering a new era of dining out and being social, and food halls offer the perfect way to transition into this new phase,” said Michael Morris, Principal, Cana Development. “We are proud to welcome some of D.C.’s best small business owners who are able to expand their dynamic concepts at Western Market.”

The reimagined Western Market will include unique food & beverage, retail and office space that blend the development’s historic past with a modern experience. Upgrades include a new entrance on 21st Street, allowing easier street access, a reconstructed interior concourse, and revamped and expanded outdoor seating.

In addition to the exciting lineup of tenants, Western Market is actively pursuing healthy food, specialty fitness operators and bar-focused concepts, including breweries and sports bars.”

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