According to the Washington City Paper, Zanzibar on the Waterfront, located at 700 Water Street has shut down. If this is true, then the entire stretch of the Southwest Waterfront from 7th Street to 9th Street will be shuttered, which will be the first phase to be redeveloped in the new Southwest Waterfront. In the summer, Hogates closed (the City Paper article incorrectly states that Hogates has been demolished - there was a ceremonial demolition ceremony in August, but the building is still standing) and a raze permit was issued in September (h/t reader JD). It is supposed to be demolished by the end of the year, but will Zanzibar also be demolished soon? Shutting down Zanzibar two years before construction is supposed to begin on the new Southwest Waterfront probably means the building will soon meet the wrecking ball. Perhaps by next spring, the temporary park at 7th Street Landing will expand all the way to 9th Street (it has been mentioned that part of the National Cherry Blossom Festival may be celebrated at the soon-to-be-demolished Hogates site next year). Once I hear more about this, I'll let you know.