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Clarendon’s new bar boom continues with Wilson Hardware set to open late this summer serving contemporary American cuisine and cocktails.
The Arlington neighborhood has seen Bar Bao, Pamplona, Ambar, and Baba Bar debut. Others, like sports bar The G.O.A.T and beer garden The Lot, still have coming-soon status.
Co-owner Jad Bouchebel says the bar’s name is a hat tip to Virginia Hardware, which occupied the storefront (2915 Wilson Blvd.) from the 1960’s through 2005. The most recent tenant, Ri Ra Irish Pub, closed in June 2015.
Bouchebel is also a partner at Provision No. 14 and The Prospect along the U Street NW corridor in D.C. He’s partnered with Faris Ghareeb, who adds a few more details about the food.
“The menu includes a variety of contemporary American dishes as well as some favorites from around the world,” Ghareeb says. “This includes both small plates and modernized versions of American classics.”
SWATCHROOM is responsible for transforming the 7,000-square-foot bar and lounge into a chic, artsy space with a papier-mâché mural, metal chandeliers, liquid metal mirrors, candles, and greenery.
Though it sounds a little like Anthropologie Noir, Wilson Hardware has the potential to be a stunner given that the firm has also designed Pennsylvania 6, Provision No. 14, SEI, Chaplin’s, and other dining rooms that have gotten attention for their looks.
Customers can expect three distinct bar areas: a main level, a patio lounge, and a rooftop.
Wilson Hardware, 2915 Wilson Blvd., Arlington; wilsonhardwareva.com