Thursday, November 4, 2010

Zanzibar Closed?

According to the Washington City Paper, Zanzibar on the Waterfront, located at 700 Water Street has shut down. If this is true, then the entire stretch of the Southwest Waterfront from 7th Street to 9th Street will be shuttered, which will be the first phase to be redeveloped in the new Southwest Waterfront. In the summer, Hogates closed (the City Paper article incorrectly states that Hogates has been demolished - there was a ceremonial demolition ceremony in August, but the building is still standing) and a raze permit was issued in September (h/t reader JD). It is supposed to be demolished by the end of the year, but will Zanzibar also be demolished soon? Shutting down Zanzibar two years before construction is supposed to begin on the new Southwest Waterfront probably means the building will soon meet the wrecking ball. Perhaps by next spring, the temporary park at 7th Street Landing will expand all the way to 9th Street (it has been mentioned that part of the National Cherry Blossom Festival may be celebrated at the soon-to-be-demolished Hogates site next year). Once I hear more about this, I'll let you know.

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

Whatever will happen to Cantina?

SWill said...

Cantina Marina is located in what will be the third phase of development, which won't get underway until 2016 or so. No announcement has been made whether Cantina will move to another space along the new Southwest Waterfront, but District Doghouse (the food cart at 7th Street Landing) is operated by the proprietors of Cantina Marina. Therefore, I imagine there will be a home in the new development for Cantina Marina since they currently have a good working relationship with the Hoffman-Madison Marquette Waterfront team.

Anonymous said...

Hopefully the new developments around them will encourage them to improve their food/menu to complement the awesome location/atmosphere.

Anonymous said...

SWill, what's the story on building #3 at Waterfront Station? That's the location of the old Safeway. The lot has been excavated,and it looks like concrete foundations are being poured for the office building that's planned for the site. But I haven' heard any news about it. Do you have any info?
Thanks,
DavidSW

SWill said...

DavidSW: The Southwester reported this month that the concrete foundation you see under construction is for a shared underground parking garage, but vertical construction isn't imminent because there is no financing available to construct the office building at this time. However, I haven't received confirmation from Waterfront Associates that this is what they're doing at the site.

Edward said...

November 20,2010 Saturday night.
I just drove past the SW Waterfront no Neon, totally Black, no cars; or people buzzing around or going to the famous Night Spot in DC called 'The Zanzibar."

I saw great acts in that Club: Roy Ayers, Angela Bofill, Marshall Keys, Spur of the Moment, great DJ's , great local Jazz talent on the Terrace area; nice birthday parties, won door prizes there,
Nice meeting places for business and dancing , great for a Happy Hour.
Really the staff and management should be recognized for running such a nice venue for so many years at least 12 years that I know of.

What happened to the Staff members who worked there ...many have been working there since it Opened ?

Very Sad ...we must be careful too be "included" in the process of this redevelopment; because losing Zanzibar on The Waterfront is a "LOSS" to alot of people who enjoyed going there !!!!
Much akin to the LOSS of TRAX which was one of the best, spacious Nite Club's in DC; much like the one's you will find in NYC.
GONE.... Imminent Domain

Anonymous said...

I'm glad they are tearing all that crap down... We need to have some quality stuff there instead of living in 1972....

I wish they would speed up development of the waterfront, I don't understand what the holdup is. They managed to build the National Harbor in 2 years, why the delay with us?

Anacostia1234 said...

Do you have a copy of the development plan?

SWill said...

Anacostia 1234: Here is a link to my Southwest Waterfront Redevelopment project page.

Blake Ourso said...

I wish I could find out some info on getting in on the remodeling project. Time to contact the community folks! I want to open up a bar.