The Wharf keeps growing
Heads up, Anthem: fellow rock fan Jammin’ Java is adding a new music venue/restaurant to the dizzying roster of places taking shape within the still-developing Wharf complex.
The Washington Business Journal reports that the Vienna, Virginia-based performance space/bar plans to open a 7,500-square-foot, 450-person capacity, all-ages friendly music hall called Union Stage at the evolving Southwest waterfront. Union Stage joins 9:30 Club spin-off Anthem and Cantina Marina’s planned Pearl Street Warehouse as cornerstones of The Wharf’s entertainment line-up. [WBJ]
Addendum: An earlier version of this story alluded to the emerging music venues being in competition with one another. Luke Brindley, co-owner of Jammin' Java wrote Eater to say "there is zero competition" between Anthem and Union Stage. He goes on: "We are very friendly with the 9:30 club people. In fact, my brother Daniel worked at 9:30 for a year and a half. Our venue is tiny compared to anthem's 6,000 capacity. We will only complement each other in the bigger picture of the wharf development."
Bowls are the new small plates
Vitality Bowls, a budding West Coast eatery with dozens of stores spread across the country, is opening its first location in Virginia (1515 Wilson Boulevard) on Saturday, June 24. The local franchisees of the fast-casual chain — which deals in custom bowls built around acai berries, and also serves up nitro cold brew coffee, kombucha, and gourmet sandwiches — plan to open additional restaurants in the future.
New happy hour in Georgetown
Beer crazy The Sovereign is now offering select $4 drafts, wines, cocktails, spirits, and snacks from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. The bar is also bringing in special sour beers each Wednesday (through August 16) beginning with a quartet of funky, barrel-aged brews from Oklahoma’s American Solera brewery on July 5.