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Wilson Hardware Brings Three Bars and a Glam Look to Clarendon

The replacement to Ri Ra is almost here

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Tierney Plumb is the editor of Eater DC, covering all things food and drink around the nation's capital.

The Clarendon nightlife scene will get a fully renovated drinking destination later this summer with the arrival of Wilson Hardware, a new bar that plans to woo neighbors with textured leaf-print walls and candle-lit vibes.

The 7,000-square foot restaurant and lounge at 2915 Wilson Boulevard pays homage to Virginia Hardware, the hardware shop that occupied the same location for nearly half a century.

The space most recently housed now-shuttered corporate Irish pub Ri Ra. A complete makeover by design firm Swatchroom includes a huge papier-mâché mural affixed on the exposed brick wall, fabric-and-leather banquettes, and glass-encased candles.

Expect three distinct bar areas: a 27-foot-long quartz-top rail on the main level, a patio lounge, and a tile bar on the rooftop.

The new restaurant, announced last fall, comes from co-owners Jad Bouchebel (also involved with Provision No. 14 and The Prospect), Faris Ghareeb, and Alex Haje. Menu information is scarce for now, other than a focus on “contemporary American fare.”

Design accents include:

  • A 16-seat main bar decorated with flowers, polka dots and an image of a “mystery woman” reminiscent of vintage movie stars.
  • The patio lounge features textured walls, wooden light fixtures, and banquette seating.
  • The 17-foot-long bar of the roof features a graphic tile motif in black and white and a quartz counter top. There’s also high tops, two large flat-screen televisions, and overhead greenery.
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