Mayor Muriel Bowser and other local authorities in the District of Columbia joined Events DC, the convention and sports authority for the District, to announce six new retail and restaurant tenants that will occupy spaces that have been vacant for years at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.
By filling 100 percent of the available space at the Convention Center’s street-facing retail establishments, Events DC is demonstrating its dedication to the Shaw community, while contributing to Washington DC economic development.
Collectively, the new leases with these businesses represent a 10-year revenue of $7 million for the District.
“The realized potential of the convention center’s retail is yet another sign of DC’s economic vibrancy,” said Mayor Bowser said in a release. “I’m excited to see District-based businesses bring new services to residents and tourists in the Shaw neighborhood.”
The new tenants at the convention center are as follows:
Unconventional Diner – A locally owned and operated high-end diner concept founded by two DC residents and business owners.
Union Kitchen Grocery – A locally inspired corner market that will be expanding the brand’s footprint to the Shaw neighborhood.
Union Kitchen Grocery – This new location will add to their existing location in the Capitol Hill neighborhood.
Smoked & Stacked – A fast-casual sandwich shop that will showcase in-house brined and smoked pastrami.
Morris – This will be a craft cocktail bar, featuring notable DC-based chef and restauranteur, Spike Mendelsohn, and will be an expansion from their Sheppard concept which had its original location in Dupont Circle.
Urban Athletic Club and Composition ID – A fitness marketplace and health diagnostic center. This new location will add to Urban Athletic Club’s existing locations in both Georgetown and Glover Park.
A Barbershop Concept – This firm will relocate their existing location in the Shaw neighborhood.
These businesses add to the success of the District in attracting projects, as demonstrated by the recent DC economic development mission to China. Mayor Bowser was joined for the at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center announcement by several key business leaders and organizations, including those that joined the Mayor on the China mission.
Max Brown, chairman of the board of Events DC, added that “On behalf of Events DC, we are thrilled to activate and fill the Walter E. Washington Convention Center’s retail spaces with a blend of tenants that will serve the Shaw neighborhood, the rest of Washington, DC and our visitors from across the country and globe.”