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Restaurants, retail, entertainment: How The Wharf will ‘change DC …

Editor’s Note: This article is part of a five-part series on D.C.’s new Southwest Waterfront development, The Wharf.

What to expect at The Wharf: ‘There’s something exciting about it’

WTOP’s Rachel Nania

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WASHINGTON Cathal Armstrong has been an active part of D.C.’s culinary community since he opened Restaurant Eve in Alexandria, Virginia, 13 years ago. And over the years, he’s resisted mounting pressure to cross the river and launch an eatery in the nation’s capital.  

That is, until now.

In October, Armstrong will open Kaliwa, a Filipino, Korean and Thai restaurant on D.C.’s Southwest Waterfront — and he’s just one of a handful of lauded chefs to claim a piece of real estate along the newly redeveloped shoreline.

“We went there and did a site visit, and you could start to really get a sense of what was happening here and how different this was going to be,” Armstrong said about his decision to open a restaurant, his sixth, in D.C.

“This is going to be something exciting. It’s going to change D.C. forever.”

What to expect at The Wharf

Plans for District Wharf have been in the works for more than a decade, and when the first phase of development opens to the public next month, visitors will be greeted with new dining, retail and recreation options.  


In addition to Armstrong, chefs Jamie Leeds, Fabio Trabocchi, Mike Isabella and Nicholas Stefanelli all have concepts planned for The Wharf. In fact, more than 20 cafes, bars and restaurants will open along the mile-long waterfront community between October and

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