The Wharf—the massive $2 billion, mile-long development rising along the Southwest DC waterfront—seems to be becoming more of a foodie and nightlife destination by the second. The development team, Hoffman-Madison Waterfront, tells Washingtonian that DC nightlife impresarios Eric and Ian Hilton have made the rumors official: they will open a “high-energy waterfront pub” at the Wharf called the Brighton. (The brothers are behind the Gibson, the Brixton, American Ice Company, Chez Billy Sud, and other popular DC haunts.)
Also just announced for the Wharf: The team behind longtime Southwest DC dock bar, Cantina Marina, will bring a new concept to the neighborhood with a live music venue and tavern called Pearl Street Warehouse. And, as reported earlier by the Washington Post, the team behind Indique and Bombay Bistro are opening a new Indian restaurant at the Wharf. It was also recently announced that chef Nick Stefanelli of Masseria will bring an Italian restaurant and market to the Wharf, and chef Cathal Armstrong of Restaurant Eve will open Kaliwa, a restaurant with a Filipino, Thai, and Korean menu.
In a statement, developer Monty Hoffman says that collaborating with local chefs and business owners is part of the overarching vision for the development, which he promises will be “one of the most exciting urban waterfront neighborhoods in the nation.”
The newest additions join a host of other restaurants, including Del Mar from Fabio and Maria Trabocchi, Requin from chefs Mike Isabella and Jennifer Carroll, and new locations for Hank’s Oyster Bar and Rappahannock Oyster Bar. Diners can expect the eateries to begin opening in October 2017.