A couple weeks after the newest Shake Shack opened to the east of South Capitol Street, another one is headed south of the freeway – this one will be opening at District Wharf. This will make the third Shake Shack to open within ANC 6D. The first opened inside Nationals Park and the other opened late last month on M Street SE. According to a press release, the burger chain’s District Wharf location will be a 3,500 SF restaurant with an interior mezzanine and outdoor waterfront dining. It is scheduled to open this fall.
In addition to Shake Shack, I’m hearing that Hen Quarter will be opening at District Wharf. Hen Quarter serves Southern cuisine and currently has two locations in Old Town Alexandria and Silver Spring, as well as a third one coming soon to Penn Quarter. I’ve also heard that a lease has been signed for a live music venue called Union Stage that will be approximately 6,000 SF. Union Stage is from the same group that operates Jammin’ Java in Vienna, VA. Although it’s not known yet how Union Stage will be operated, Jammin' Java is a 200-seat club, bar and cafe that offers daily live music and features Tot Rock during the day, which is a family-oriented music series. Music lessons are also offered.
Here’s some additional information about previously announced Kirwan’s on the Wharf from Mark Kirwan, which has applied for a tavern license. The Irish pub will be located at 749 Wharf Street and will have 181 seats – a summer garden will have 142 seats. Indoor live entertainment will be offered Thursday through Sunday. According to the license application, the tavern would stay open until 2am during the week and 3am on weekends. Live entertainment would end by 1am as well as use of the summer garden on weekends (midnight during the week).
Meanwhile, Pearl Street Warehouse is also applying for a tavern license. The tavern will be located on the new Pearl Street (33 Pearl Street) and is proposing a 155-seat venue with a total occupancy load of 300. There will also be live music daily and diner-style food will be served. The proposed closing time during the week would be 2am and 3am on weekends. Live entertainment would end at 2am on weekends and 1am on weeknights.
District Hardware and Bike wants to operate a café within the bicycle shop that would serve alcohol until 7pm on Sundays and 8pm every other night. The shop would be open from 8am to 8pm on Monday – Saturday (alcohol sales would start at noon) and from 10am to 7pm on Sunday (alcohol sales would start at 11am). The café would have 30 seats with a total occupancy load of 100.
Stay tuned for more retail announcements over the coming months…