The year’s highest-profile food-hall debut—by the developer behind the Bourse food hall in Philly—will take over an early-19th-century market building in Foggy Bottom later this summer. The massive destination will have indoor and outdoor communal seating, QR-code ordering, and an eclectic group of vendors—plus ExPat, a newly announced bar and restaurant with sports betting with Lucky Danger chef Tim Ma that’ll debut next year. Here’s what to expect when the hall launches in August, with more openings to come in September.
*Slated to open in August. Other vendors will debut later.
Georgetown’s sunny Southeast Asian salad shop from the Myint family will soon welcome a sibling. It’ll have a similar menu to the original, with customizable salad and rice bowls taking cues from Vietnam, Thailand, and Malaysia. Look for a September opening.
Annapolis-based Mason’s sources its lobster, crab, and shrimp from Maine for a variety of buttery rolls, chowders, and bisques.
The team behind the Mount Pleasant bakery and restaurant Elle expands for the first time with this cafe (named after a favorite variety of heirloom tomato). Vegetables will play a central role on the menu, which will serve breakfast, lunch, and, come evening, pizzas and pastas.
4. Capo Deli*
Shaw’s popular Italian deli will have a second location for its massive subs—sliced-to-order deli meats, house-roasted beef, chicken parm—and witty pouched cocktails (the Fauci Pouchy was Capo’s creation).
5. Roaming Rooster*
The hugely popular, fast-growing string of fried-chicken-sandwich spots grew out of a food truck. Expect to line up for its Nashville-style, Buffalo, and honey-butter sandos.
6. Sushi Onkei
Ferry Huang, owner of Glover Park’s Sushi Keiko, is opening this sleek sushi bar serving raw delicacies and East-meets-West small plates.
Fresh-baked cookies are matched with local milks and crafted into made-to-order ice-cream sandwiches.
8. Arepa Zone
The Venezuelan vendor stuffs arepas with a variety of meats, cheeses, and veggies, plus serves tasty tequeños (cheese sticks) and baguette sandwiches.
Baltimore-based Gangster Vegan owners James and Taneea Yarborough will debut their latest concept: an organic, raw-food venture offering salads, sandwiches, bowls, and freshly pressed juices and nut milks.
Greek street eats from native Dimitri Piskapas are everything you’d want for an ouzo-filled outing—think fresh-cut fries, shawarma sandwiches, and glazed pork neck. Look for a September opening.
11. Nim Ali
Shaw’s former Guatemalan street-food pop-up from partners Rosario Guzman and Karla Alonzo finds a home here. Bring your appetite for loaded hot dogs on toasty buns (shukos) or tucked into tortillas (mixtas); tacos; and more.
Western Market, 2000 Pennsylvania Ave., NW.
Photographs courtesy of Western Market.
A version of this article appears in the July 2021 issue of Washingtonian.