This week began with one opening on the stretch of Ninth Street, Northwest, surrounding the Convention Center. But Thally’s reign as the area’s youngest restaurant did not last long. Long-awaited Baby Wale, the bar from Corduroy chef/owner Tom Power, was finally born on Wednesday night.
A copper bay window is the main feature of the restaurant exterior; a distressed look characterizes the interior, which has lots of exposed brick and rough-hewn wood. The menu includes salads—shiso and Caesar—plus sandwiches and bigger stuff. You can also order soup at the new spot, and probably should, because Power is something of a soup sorcerer, conjuring layers of flavors into delicious broths that are hard to forget. The opening menu offers corn and charred tomato.
Baby Wale. 1124 Ninth St., NW.