The Wharf is the result of Hoffman-Madison Waterfront’s commitment to revitalizing the Southwest waterfront, stretching across 24 acres of land and more than 50 acres of water from the Municipal Fish Market to Fort McNair. From a storied maritime history to untapped potential and vibrant cultural scene, The Wharf is the waterfront escape that Washington so richly deserves, one that puts it in the illustrious company of world-famous waterfronts.
A remarkable, mile-long waterfront neighborhood is taking shape in Washington, D.C. The Wharf is a mixed-use waterfront opportunity, coming to life in the heart of the Nation’s Capital. Located within walking distance of major commerce, The Wharf is centrally situated on the Potomac River, along the historic Washington Channel, a short distance from beloved national monuments, The White House, The Capitol and Smithsonian Museums. The Wharf holds an unrivaled location and an extraordinary vision for a new waterfront neighborhood, presenting what is truly a once-in-a-generation opportunity. With 24 acres of land at 50 acres of waterfront and an exciting, innovative vision, The Wharf is poised to become D.C.’s next great meeting place.
The Wharf is being brought to life as a result of multiple visions: restoring the Southwest Waterfront, celebrating the culture of the waterfront lifestyle, and creating a cohesive public space that the community can truly rally behind.
The D.C. Council has approved the District of Columbia Soccer Stadium Act of 2014 in its second and final vote, approving the development of the new 20,000-25,000-seat stadium for D.C. United in the Buzzard Point neighborhood of Southwest Washington. The legislation’s passage targets the opening of the stadium in 2017 and ensures that D.C. United will make the District of Columbia its home for generations to come.
The stadium is expected to cost around $300 million, which will be split between D.C. and the team. D.C. United chose its contractor this July, signing a $150 million contract with Turner Construction, Washington Business Journal reported.
While the project is slated to take between 14 and 18 months to complete, according to The Washington Post, the team has said that it will not play games at RFK Stadium after the 2017 season. That means that DCU could “end up starting the 2018 campaign with several away dates before debuting at Buzzard Point.”
Here is the amazing list of restaurants and retail offerings coming to The Wharf in 2017:
Eric and Ian Hilton, renowned for creating neighborhood mainstays including Georgetown’s Chez Billy Sud, and The Gibson along 14th Street, will open The Brighton, a high-energy waterfront pub
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Hank’s Oyster Bar by Jamie Leeds, one of Washington’s most highly recognized chefs, is a reinvention of 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.
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.
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.
Chef Vinod and Surfy Rahman of Indique, who, after 14 years as one of DC’s most beloved Indian restaurants, will open a new Indian dining concept at The Wharf.
Cathal Armstrong will open Kaliwa, a new dining destination with a distinct Filipino, Thai and Korean menu.
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.
Nick Fontana, Bruce Gates and Henry Gandy, the team behind DC’s original dock bar, Cantina Marina, are bringing a small-format, live music venue and tavern named Pearl Street Warehouse to the waterfront.
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.
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.
Nick Stefanelli is opening a three-story market and restaurant at The Wharf. This first floor operation will house an artisanal Italian market. The second floor trattoria will accommodate 80 for full-service dining, with an exclusive table for twelve in the wine cellar of the restaurant. On the third floor of the building, guests will be able to linger, late night, at the rooftop bar along with the private events space for up to 80 guests.
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.