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5 Wharf Properties Now Projected to Miss Opening Weekend

Dozen other new eateries on target to debut October 12

New buildings rise out of the Wharf along D.C.’s southwest waterfront.
Photo by Warren Rojas / Eater DC

A handful of the new bars, restaurants, and entertainment venues taking up residence in the massive Wharf complex are unlikely to be ready for next month’s grand opening celebration.

Organizers of the remaking of the southwest waterfront are bringing in a slew of bands to commemorate the initial roll-out (there’s more coming next spring) on Thursday, October 12, including film star Kevin Bacon’s side gig, The Bacon Brothers. D.C. native Dave Grohl and the Foo Fighters are scheduled to headline the first show at massive music hall The Anthem the same night.

The places eager concertgoers should probably not count on piling into afterwards include:

  • La Vie: Of all the tenants slipping past the expected delivery date, this Mediterranean-themed offering from Social Restaurant Group is closest to the finish line. A spokeswoman for the Wharf tells Eater skyward-reaching La Vie could still pull everything together in time for opening weekend. If not, it’ll follow soon after.
  • Florentijn: The dual-themed restaurant from former Belgian Embassy chef Jan Van Haute — think: informal cafe by day, wine-friendly eatery by night — is now expected to open in late October.
  • Kaliwa: The temple to Southeast Asian cuisine coming from Restaurant Eve co-founder Cathal Armstrong is now expected to open in late October.
  • Lupo Marino: The new pizzeria from the team behind aspiring Italian chain Lupo Verde is now expected to open in late October.
  • Union Stage: The new music hall from the team behind Jammin’ Java in neighboring Northern Virginia is now expected to open in early November.

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