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Foggy Bottom Food Hall Western Market Announces a Late Summer Opening Date

Five more vendors have signed on, slinging everything from Guatemalan hot dogs to pastries

Rendering: Western Market

Renovations are wrapping up at Foggy Bottom’s upcoming food hall, Western Market, which will bring more than a dozen vendors to a historic space near GWU and the World Bank. The anticipated, 12,300-square-foot food hall (2000 Pennsylvania Avenue NW) will open in late summer, per a press release on Wednesday.

Located in a market built in 1802, Western Market will feature multiple entrances and outdoor patio seating. The design features nods to coronavirus safety concerns, including “socially distant seating options for small groups.” In addition to the opening date, Westbrook Partners, MRP Realty, and CANA Development today announced new businesses that will open up shop, in addition to previously-announced vendors.

Here are vendors to look for at Western Market:

Alitiko: Find Greek street food like slow-roasted shawarma, glazed pork neck, zucchini fritters, and house cut fries at this stall from owner Dimitri Piskapas, who grew up in Greece.

Arepa Zone: This popular Venezuelan business serves dishes like plantain sandwiches, cheesy tequenos, and arepas (of course).

Bandoola Bowl: Georgetown’s Bandoola Bowl is making the jump to Foggy Bottom, with a menu inspired by Burma, Vietnam, and Thailand featuring customized salad or warm bowls with spicy rice noodles or brown rice.

Capo Deli: This playful Italian deli (and home of the Fauci Pouchy) serves meatball parmigiana subs and cheesecake in its Shaw location.

Captain Cookie & the Milkman: The business that began as a food truck is known for all sorts of cookies like peanut butter, double chocolate, and ginger molasses.

Mason’s Famous Lobster Rolls: This lobster roll chain from Annapolis opened a shop in Dupont Circle last summer for its classic chilled rolls dressed in mayo and lemon butter.

Signage at Western Market
Photo: Western Market

Nim Ali: Rosario Guzman and Karla Alonzo made waves with their Guatemalan street food operation, serving massive beef franks with all sorts of toppings (including Mexican chorizo, fajita asada, al pastor, bacon, ham, cabbage, cauliflower, guacamole, and cactus chunks). After pop-ups, now Nim Ali is opening a permanent food hall outpost.

Guatemalan-style shukos from Nim Ali get doused in condiments
Guatemalan-style shukos from Nim Ali get doused in condiments.
Rey Lopez/Eater DC

Onkei: According to Instagram, this traditional Japanese restaurant is all about sushi and Japanese comfort food.

RAWish: Look for healthful bowls, salads, toast, smoothies and juice from the minds behind Baltimore’s Gangster Vegan.

Roaming Rooster: This fried chicken sandwich spot is on a roll, adding a stall at Western Market to its location lineup.

Tigerella: As previously announced, Mount Pleasant’s Ellē (Eater D.C.’s 2018 Restaurant of the Year) will open an all-day cafe in the food hall. The morning will mean a menu of pastries, baked goods, and coffee, followed by sandwiches, dessert, and a full bar later on in the day. New Tigerella items will join favorite dishes from Ellē.

Photo: Western Market