Western Market Opening in Foggy Bottom “late summer 2021”

rendering for 2000 Pennsylvania Ave, NW

From a press release:

“Westbrook Partners, MRP Realty, and CANA Development are thrilled to announce the forthcoming debut of Western Market (2000 Pennsylvania Avenue NW) later this summer. Western Market’s modern marketplace will be a one-stop shop for Washingtonians including more than a dozen of the city’s favorite food and beverage vendors all in one place. Today, five more options were announced,

adding to the dynamic experiences visitors will enjoy when the property opens.


The talents behind Mount Pleasant neighborhood favorite Elle will open the new Tigerella concept at Western Market. The planned menu includes a variety of breakfast, lunch, and dinner options ranging from morning pastries, baked goods, and coffee to sandwiches, dessert, and a full bar. New menu items will be added specifically for the Western Market location.

Bandoola Bowl

The Southeast Asian salad shop is the latest concept from The Myint Family, which also operates Mandalay restaurant in Silver Spring, MD, and the original Bandoola Bowl in Georgetown. The new location at Western Market brings flavors from Burma, Vietnam, Thailand, and beyond highlighted across a menu of fresh ingredients. Guests will enjoy customized salad or warm bowls, topped with spicy rice noodles or brown rice and a variety of proteins, spices, fruits, vegetables, and garnishes.

Arepa Zone

What began as a bright yellow food truck in 2014, Arepa Zone now serves guests at locations in downtown D.C. and inside Audi Field. Best known for arepas, cachapas, and tequenos, the popular eatery will offer authentic Venezuelan food to diners in Foggy Bottom with its latest expansion at Western Market. The large menu will easily satisfy meat lovers and vegetarians alike.

Nim Ali

The Guatemalan street food concept started as a pop-up inside Jake’s Tavern in Shaw earlier this year, and lands at Western Market with a variety of snacks and full plates including shukos (street hot dogs), antojitos, mixtas, tacos and more. Owners Rosario Guzman and Karla Alonzo chose the name Nim Ali in reverence to the Guatemalan nickname given to female family leaders, referencial to a strong Mayan queen.


Newcomer Alitiko, from the Greek word for punk, is rooted in owner Dimitri Piskapas’ childhood in Greece. The Greco-Middle Eastern menu is inspired by classic Greek street foods – gyros, sandwiches, and fresh Mediterranean sides. The new concept’s inaugural menu includes cucumber & zucchini fritters, slow-roasted shawarma, glazed pork neck, and house cut fries.

The new marketplace tenants join an exciting lineup of concepts including Capo Deli, Captain Cookie & the Milkman, Mason’s Famous Lobster Rolls, Onkei, RAWish, and Roaming Rooster. Together, the 12,300 square-foot space will transform the historic market, originally built in 1802, into a reimagined, contemporary space for commuters and neighbors to enjoy meals, happy hours, social gatherings, monthly events and more. The highly anticipated renovation of the market is almost complete, with adaptations in both design and function being made in real time to ensure all safety measures and guidelines are thoughtfully applied throughout the space.

Design updates include a variety of comfortable, socially distant seating options for small groups, a reconstructed interior concourse offering spacious indoor access to all dining options, ample, sunlit outdoor patio seating on the south face of the building, and an additional entrance on 21st Street NW, allowing easy flow of foot traffic and street-level access from multiple points.

“We have been fortunate to partner with an incredible line-up of restaurants, creating a vibrant food hall at Western Market,” says Vice President of Investments with MRP Realty, Tim Hill. “The mix of new, high quality and diverse options cultivates a unique dining experience, setting Western Market apart and making it a really exciting addition to our local food scene.”

Western Market will bring diverse cultures and cuisines to the heart of Foggy Bottom, just steps from Georgetown and the West End, easily accessible from George Washington University, the GWU Hospital and medical campus, the World Bank and IMF, the State Department, and other nearby businesses and agencies. Each new restaurant offers a unique opportunity for guests to experience ingredients, drinks and dishes from all over the world.

The founder of Arepa Zone, Gabriela Febres says, “We chose Western Market as our newest venture because we want to bring a taste of Venezuelan cuisine to this area of town. We’re most looking forward to being in a food hall surrounded by awesome vendors, greeting the GWU students and faculty once they come back on campus, and spreading what we call the Arepa Love in this part of town!”

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