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The Washington Post's Tim Carman is reporting today that the owners of DGS Delicatessen are planning to open Whaley's, a "small raw bar and restaurant" in the final ground-floor space of the Lumber Shed at the Yards, facing the Anacostia River between Osteria Morini and Agua 301.
It will have a 40-seat dining room and a 20-seat bar, and "will offer shellfish towers, crudos and seafood dishes," but won't focus exclusively on Mid-Atlantic seafood--but "will serve only sustainable seafood, wherever it may be found."
The timeline sounds surprisingly fast--"this spring"--and there's already a placeholder web site at whaleysdc.com.
This is not the first seafood raw bar attempted in this space--it was announced in the summer of 2014 that the Navy Yard Oyster Company would be opening there, but by July 2015 that venture fell by the wayside.
In the WaPo article, Whaley's owner Nick Wiseman speaks of Crisfield's in Silver Spring and its "personal neighborhood feel" as a model for Whaley's--but also is "not naive" about the "seasonal nature" of the Capitol Riverfront neighborhood:
"'It's a place that, in the summer, it's booming, and we have to be special enough that people want to come in the winter,' he says. 'We're trying to design a restaurant that can do that.'"
And, just as I hit the button to post this, I received the press release from Forest City confirming the lease. It adds that the name "honors the Revolutionary War hero Zedechiah Whaley, commander of the tiny Maryland Navy. History holds that Commander Whaley was a casualty during a storied Chesapeake Bay battle while single-handedly confronting a small squadron of British ships in an effort to protect the local watermen."
The Forest City press release also has these details on other Yards projects, for those itching to know:
* Arris is to "welcome its first residents in early March";
* Philz Coffee is still planning to open in Arris's northwest corner, on Tingey, "this spring";
* The Yards Park marina is also scheduled to open in spring 2016;
* The Showplace Icon movie theater construction is expected to start "later this year with completion anticipated for 2018."
* District Winery construction is expected to start this year, with opening expected in late 2017.
* The combo 191-unit Forest City apt bldg/138-unit PN Hoffman condo bldg at 4th and Tingey on "Parcel O" to start in 2016 as well, but doesn't say when.
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MJM says: (2/10/16 12:55 PM)
Too bad "Fudgie the Whale" was already taken as a name.


JD says: (2/10/16 12:57 PM)
When I saw the graphic design of the Whaley's web site, I admit I immediately thought of a different whale:

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conngs0 says: (2/10/16 1:18 PM)
Awesome news. I was disappointed that the Navy Yard Oyster Company didn't work out. I think there's a niche to be filled by a place like this, and I think it can certainly succeed during the "offseason".


MJM says: (2/10/16 1:57 PM)
Good find, the Twitter Whale Fail looks a little closer to the logo
Maybe still time to change the name to "20,000 Oysters from the Anacostia"


MarkinDC says: (2/10/16 2:27 PM)
Unrelated to this article, but I just have to ask: does anyone know what is going on with the empty space next to Takorean? It seems so odd that such a highly visible location has yet to snag a tenant after all this time.


JD says: (2/10/16 2:37 PM)
@Markin--I know at one point there was talk about it becoming a leasing office for all the nearby Yards apt buildings, but I don't know if that's still the case.



JES says: (2/10/16 4:27 PM)
Isn't there some restriction on that space that it can't have a kitchen because of lack of venting? Or something? If you throw out the whole "food service" category, your types of retail are pretty limited.

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