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A New Deli in the Watergate Complex Is Weeks Away From Opening

Plus, Park View’s square-shaped pizza pad Sonny’s reopens next week

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

A new grab-and-go sandwich spot expects to open in the iconic Watergate complex in Foggy Bottom in three weeks, according to a representative. The Deli at Watergate, located next to an airy, central courtyard (2538 Virginia Avenue NW), will serve sandwiches, wraps, salads, and smoothies for carryout, delivery, catering, and outdoor dining.

The original Watergate deli opened at the same site in 1979, the same year renowned French chef Jean-Louis Palladin unveiled Jean-Louis at the historic hotel. The opening marks the revival of the 9-to-5 classic, this time under different ownership. Look for wraps filled with maple turkey bacon, grilled chicken, and mozzarella; or tuna and lettuce with spicy mayo, served with a pickle and side salad. The Watergate lost a reliable sub shop last year with the closure of Italian eatery Campono.

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