New Water Taxi Previewed Today With DC Mayor and Media
By Susan Able, Edible DC
The Wharf may have felt like it was a long time coming, but the results are worth it. A tour of the new development from the water today was a great way to understand the enormity of the project, its design as a entertainment destination and just how much new access to the water DMV residents will have when it fully opens.
Think large scale; there is almost a mile of promenade for walking, sitting, shopping and eating. Twenty new restaurants, from casual to fine dining will help on the eating front and four public piers will provide access to the water by paddleboarding, kayaking and even room for docking boats. The developers envision activating the piers with fitness classes and yoga, as well as performers and musicians.
And yes, the completed buildings hold today's urban neighborhood blend of office, residential, retail space and three hotels. We noticed a new Politics and Prose bookstore (yay!) and lots of other interesting small shops like District Hardware, Harper McCaw chocolate and a new version of the iconic fish market. We've been eagerly awaiting Fabio and Maria Trabocchi's Del Mar, and well as the Italian Market by Nick Stefanelli. Other restaurants scheduled to open soon are Mike Isabella and Jennifer Carroll's Requin, Belgian restaurant Florentijn owned by former Belgian embassy chef Jan Van Haute, Kaliwa by Cathal Armstrong, Mi Vida by Roberto Santibañez, Hank’s Oyster Bar, La Vie, Potomac Distilling Company’s Rum Distillery and our second outpost of Rappahannock Oyster Bar.
Not enough to do, right? The owners of the 9:30 Club are opening The Anthem, a concerts and events venue with a capacity of up to 6,000.
The Water Taxi will leave from the Transit Pier and connect The Wharf to Georgetown and Alexandrian, and in 2018 will also go to National Harbor. We're so happy to see the water taxi employed to use the river as a transportation resource. You can enjoy the ride, take in the view and skip the road traffic. And even more good news that will help give access to one of DC's gems: A smaller jitney (it's free!) will make runs to always lovely Hains Point for picnicking, walking and biking.
For more information on this weekend's opening festivities and on the project, go to www.wharfdc.com