Downtowner Oct. 25, 2017

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The Wharf celebrated its grand opening Oct. 12. Photo by Kate Oczypok.

Bacon Brothers, Foo Fighters Launch the Wharf
The Wharf, the new neighborhood along D.C.’s Southwest waterfront, opened its first phase Oct. 12. The massive development is now home to destination restaurants like the Spanish Del Mar by Fabio Trabocchi and the Italian Officina by Nicholas Stefanelli, plus hotels, apartments and music venues. The Anthem and Pearl Street Warehouse venues have already brought in acts like the Foo Fighters, Eli “Paperboy” Reed and High & Mighty Brass Band. Actor Kevin Bacon was at the grand opening, playing a set on the pier with his band the Bacon Brothers.

4 D.C. Locations Proposed for Amazon HQ2
Mayor Muriel Bowser announced the four locations D.C. is proposing for Amazon’s second headquarters, known as HQ2: the Anacostia Waterfront, NoMa-Union Station, Capitol Hill East and the Shaw-Howard University neighborhood. D.C.’s proposal, submitted Oct. 19, highlighted the attractiveness of the city, mentioning such accolades as: number-one city for women in tech (Forbes, 2017), number-one restaurant city (Bon Appétit, 2016) and number-one coolest city (Forbes, 2014).

Now in Dupont: Exclusively D.C. Brands, Eats

The first all-D.C.-all-the-time shop and café opened last week. Courtesy Shop Made In DC.

Mayor Muriel Bowser kicked off #ObviouslyDC Week Oct. 16 with the opening of Shop Made in DC, an all-D.C.-all-the-time store and café. Part of the Department of Small and Local Business Development’s Made in DC program, the shop, at 1330 19th St. NW by the Dupont Circle Metro station, was jointly organized with the Golden Triangle Business Improvement District, Boston Properties, People Make Place and the Neighborhood Restaurant Group, which will oversee the café’s monthly rotation of D.C. fast-casual fare.

Sports-Themed Art Space Pops Up on H

Interactive sports-themed exhibition on H Street. Courtesy Victoria Michael PR.

“The Future of Sports,” an interactive pop-up art exhibition by production company MITD, opened to the public at 700 H St. NE on Oct. 6. The installation, which explores the relationship between sports and art, features interactive rooms, each of which focuses on a different sport (hologram basketball court, volleyball court made out of salt, etc.). There is also a bar — as opposed to a barre — on the first floor. Admission is $15.

Mock Burger Makes D.C. Debut at Founding Farmers
Founding Farmers locations in the D.C. area are now serving the Impossible Burger, created by California-based Impossible Foods. The Impossible Burger is genetically modified to look and taste like meat, Washingtonian magazine reported, even mimicking the way a meat patty squirts juice when bitten into. This is D.C.’s first experience with the cutting- edge veggie burger, which has been sold in markets in New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles.

Racist Banner at Immigration Lawyers Association
Earlier this month, a suspected hate crime took place in downtown D.C. Two men were observed hanging a racist banner in front of the American Immigration Lawyers Association’s national office on G Street NW, Washington City Paper reported. A witness saw the “generic 20-something bros” hanging a banner that read “Identity Evropa,” the name of a white supremacist group he recognized from watching coverage of last August’s Charlottesville, Virginia, march and protests.

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