The Next Restaurant from the DGS Delicatessen Owners: Whaley’s

A new raw bar and seafood spot coming to Navy Yard this spring.

Whaley's, a seafood-centric restaurant from the DGS owners, will open in Navy Yard. Rendering courtesy of Edit Lab at Streetsense

DGS Delicatessen owners Nick and David Wiseman will trade corned beef for crudo with the opening of Whaley’s, a seafood-centric restaurant slated to debut in the Navy Yard/Capitol Riverfront neighborhood this spring. The 60-seat space—even bigger with an outdoor patio—will be housed in the Yards development facing the river.

The team plans to serve a menu of sustainably-sourced seafood, including raw bar items, small plates such as scallop crudo with charred grape vinaigrette, and frequently-changing family-style platters. Though an executive chef has yet to be named, an entirely new culinary team apart from DGS will run the kitchen. Edit Lab at Street Sense is behind the design of the space, which will feature a 20-seat counter bar and 40-seat dining room.

As for the name, it refers to Zedekiah Whaley, a Revolutionary War hero and 18th century commodore of the Maryland navy.

Whaley’s isn’t the only new project from the DC-born cousins. The team opened Little Sesame, a fast-casual hummus shop, adjoining DGS earlier this year.

Whaley’s. 301 Water St., SE. Opening spring 2016.

Food Editor

Anna Spiegel covers the dining and drinking scene in her native DC. Prior to joining Washingtonian in 2010, she attended the French Culinary Institute and Columbia University’s MFA program in New York, and held various cooking and writing positions in NYC and in St. John, US Virgin Islands.