Western Market readies Phase II restaurant openings, including Alitiko, Bandoola Bowl, Nim Ali

Arepa Zone, Sushi Onkei, Tigerella also slated for latest round of unveilings

Phase II of Foggy Bottom’s new food hall, Western Market, will be unveiled this fall, with concepts like Alitiko, Bandoola Bowl and Nim Ali slated to join the dining collection there. We’re getting a feel for the diversity and breadth of this latest round of openings. Recently-debuted ventures include Capo Italian Deli, Mason’s Famous Lobster Rolls, RAWish, and Roaming Rooster.

The historic market, built in 1802, spans 12,300 square feet. It will attract a mix of commuters, residents, and neighbors with tasty dishes reflecting global flavors and local nuance, experiential events and more.

With a flagship location in Annapolis, Md. Mason’s Famous Lobster Rolls dates back to 2014, evolving into a fast-casual concept that imports comforting, seafood fare from Maine. Guests can indulge in Maine Lobster, Crab, and Shrimp Rolls, Chowders, Bisques, and Maine Root sodas, which all come from the New England state. Western Market is the chain’s latest location.

Originally from the Shaw neighborhood of DC, Capo Italian Deli is a popular Italian sub shop that serves up Boar’s head meats products, sliced in front of customers. Italian specialties come in the form of chicken parmigiana, special homemade Italian dressings and on-trend cocktails, like the sought-after “Fauci Pouchy.”

Roaming Rooster, known for its homestyle southern fried chicken, opened its second brick-and-mortar restaurant at Western Market. The eatery, which serves hormone- and antibiotic-free grain-fed free-range chicken, started as a food truck in 2015, and now has a fleet of four trucks.

Gangster Vegan DMV owners James and Taneea Yarborough created the RAWish concept, which offers an organic raw menu of creative salads, sandwiches, bowls, smoothies, pressed juices, and nut milks. The Yarboroughs’ ongoing focus on creative ways to help customers enjoy a plant-based lifestyle is on full display.

With a flagship location in Annapolis, Md. Mason's Famous Lobster Rolls dates back to 2014,  evolving into a fast-casual concept importing seafood-centric comfort food from Maine
A DC outpost of Mason’s Famous Lobster Rolls is operating out of the Western Market food hall in Foggy Bottom. Photo by Mason’s Lobster Rolls.

Arepa Zone, Bandoola Bowl, Sushi Onkei and Tigerella are upcoming restaurant concepts that will make up Phase II openings at Western Market, in addition to

  • Alitiko, which comes from the Greek word for punk, is inspired by owner Dimitri Piskapas’ childhood in Greece. The Greek concept, featuring a Greco-Middle Eastern menu, takes its cues from Greek street foods. Enjoy gyros, sandwiches, and fresh Mediterranean sides. On the opening menu, Piskapas’s restaurant will offer cucumber & zucchini fritters, slow-roasted shawarma, glazed pork neck, and house cut fries.
  • Nim Ali features Guatemalan street food. The concept began as a pop-up inside Jake’s Tavern in Shaw, DC earlier this year. The eatery will feature a diverse selection of snacks and full plates including shukos (street hot dogs), antojitos, mixtas, and tacos. The “owners Rosario Guzman and Karla Alonzo chose the name Nim Ali in reverence to the Guatemalan nickname given to female family leaders, referencial to a strong Mayan queen,” according to Western Market’s announcement.

Next year, ExPat Hospitality partners Chef Tim Ma (American Son/Lucky Danger), Jonas Singer (Union Kitchen/Blind Dog Cafe), and Ben Sislen (Kingfisher/The Crown and the Crow) will open at Western Market, ExPat, their first project together. The new venue will come in the form of a full- social bar and restaurant concept—the largest restaurant in Western Market—offering a barbecue menu with southern staples and high-tech sports-betting accommodation.

The food hall will schedule events on a monthly basis, including live music. Check out the events calendar here.

Western Market, 2000 Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest, #3500, Washington, DC 20006

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