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#1 synaesthesia

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Posted 12 March 2008 - 01:22 PM

Woot! According to Amanda Wagamama is going to open in Chinatown. YAAY! Their noodles and broths are really good. And you don't feel mega-unhealthy after you eat there. The menu is different from the UK version though, from what I experienced in Boston. But the majority of the main event - noodles are the same.
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Posted 12 March 2008 - 01:33 PM

How does the US version differ? I had a fun experience there in London many, many years ago...

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Posted 12 March 2008 - 01:33 PM

Interesting. I heard a rumor that Wagamana was set to open in the now-empty corner restaurant space near the 18th/M St Vapiano and the Molecule salon. Either way, I am excited!

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Posted 12 March 2008 - 02:23 PM

I noticed a few different, additional appetizers from the original. Duck wontons with cherry hoisin sauce. Although maybe they have it in the UK now.
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Posted 12 March 2008 - 02:26 PM

Nice! I'm moshing - They should stay open late to accomodate the late-night noshers...although with volume of bars down there, this asks for trouble.

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Posted 12 March 2008 - 03:40 PM

oh, man, Wagamama was a staple of my student diet when I lived in London. It was what qualified for a treat (eating out instead of cooking on a student budget).

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Posted 12 March 2008 - 08:37 PM

Interesting. I heard a rumor that Wagamana was set to open in the now-empty corner restaurant space near the 18th/M St Vapiano and the Molecule salon. Either way, I am excited!

I can't believe it's been that long since I've been in that area...I guess I've been awaiting the thaw. What restaurant is gone? The only one I can think of on the corner is Daily Grill.

We enjoyed Wagamama when we were in London a few years back, and I remember thinking I'd be happy to have a place like this in DC. Even nicer if it would be at 18th/M!

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Posted 12 March 2008 - 10:27 PM

I can't believe it's been that long since I've been in that area...I guess I've been awaiting the thaw. What restaurant is gone? The only one I can think of on the corner is Daily Grill.

I believe they're talking about the old Yuca space, in that little nook on 18th, just south of M. Next to where Vapiano has staked out their space. Could be wrong, though.
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Posted 13 March 2008 - 07:25 AM

I believe they're talking about the old Yuca space, in that little nook on 18th, just south of M. Next to where Vapiano has staked out their space. Could be wrong, though.

I think this place is going in Penn Quarter - near the planned Vapiano there.

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Posted 13 March 2008 - 07:33 AM

I think this place is going in Penn Quarter - near the planned Vapiano there.

My source - one whom I would bet on - says they have signed a lease for the Olsson's Books space on 7th.
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Posted 13 March 2008 - 08:00 AM

Interesting. I heard a rumor that Wagamana was set to open in the now-empty corner restaurant space near the 18th/M St Vapiano and the Molecule salon. Either way, I am excited!

I'd heard that rumor too. It's not a bad plan of attack. Similar style of audience. Hopefully they won't use those silly cards or undercook their pasta.
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Posted 13 March 2008 - 09:33 AM

I believe they're talking about the old Yuca space, in that little nook on 18th, just south of M. Next to where Vapiano has staked out their space. Could be wrong, though.

Correct.

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Posted 23 March 2008 - 10:53 AM

My friend was talking about the new one coming to DC (no details on which of the discussion locations is correct though). Am headed to Boston & Cambridge this week and will try to check out 1 of the 2 US locations there.

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Posted 27 June 2008 - 10:40 PM

Wagamama is now scheduled to take over Olsson's in Penn Quarter. Sad. I hadn't realized this was going on. I loved that store.

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Posted 24 October 2008 - 11:57 AM

Wagamama is now scheduled to take over Olsson's in Penn Quarter. Sad. I hadn't realized this was going on. I loved that store.

When? I am so in the mood for Wagamama today.
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Posted 24 October 2008 - 12:15 PM

When? I am so in the mood for Wagamama today.

This mentions late this year or early next year. I haven't walked by that Olsson's in a while, but I would guess that the early next year estimate is a bit more realistic.
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Posted 24 October 2008 - 11:42 PM

Loved wagamama as a student! I have an e-mail from their marketing dept. saying February, on 7th street...

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Posted 25 October 2008 - 11:51 AM

This mentions late this year or early next year. I haven't walked by that Olsson's in a while, but I would guess that the early next year estimate is a bit more realistic.

I walked by last night and peeked in the windows - it looks like it could be a while. Didn't seem to be any significant construction under way - just lots of book store debris - shelving, walls, etc. I could go for some Wagamama today too!

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Posted 07 January 2009 - 03:53 PM

I walked by last night and peeked in the windows - it looks like it could be a while. Didn't seem to be any significant construction under way - just lots of book store debris - shelving, walls, etc. I could go for some Wagamama today too!

According to a response to a question submitted to their website, they are not going to open the DC location until May 2010 now!

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Posted 07 January 2009 - 04:34 PM

According to a response to a question submitted to their website, they are not going to open the DC location until May 2010 now!

Nooooo - that's VERY disappointing. I was much more excited about Wagamama than the other half of the British invasion (Pret a Manger). Guess I'll need to plan a trip to Boston (or London) for my fix.

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Posted 07 January 2009 - 04:51 PM

Nooooo - that's VERY disappointing. I was much more excited about Wagamama than the other half of the British invasion (Pret a Manger). Guess I'll need to plan a trip to Boston (or London) for my fix.

Wow, that really blows. I was hoping it would be around by summer. I wonder what the reason is for the insane delay? I mean, that's a HUGE delay.

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Posted 30 January 2010 - 12:48 PM

A trusted source tells me that Wagamama has backed out of the deal, and that 418 7th. St. NW is now available for lease.

Confidence Level: Medium-High (a very knowledgeable informant, but I'm a bit too far removed from the actual blood and guts to bet the ranch on it).

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Posted 01 February 2010 - 02:01 PM

A trusted source tells me that Wagamama has backed out of the deal, and that 418 7th. St. NW is now available for lease.

Confidence Level: Medium-High (a very knowledgeable informant, but I'm a bit too far removed from the actual blood and guts to bet the ranch on it).

Well, crap.

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Posted 03 February 2010 - 08:50 PM

A trusted source tells me that Wagamama has backed out of the deal, and that 418 7th. St. NW is now available for lease.

Confidence Level: Medium-High (a very knowledgeable informant, but I'm a bit too far removed from the actual blood and guts to bet the ranch on it).

Boo Hoo! I've really been looking forward to that ever since I saw the sign! I remember commenting in London that I thought the Wagamama model would be really popular in DC - it had that kind of familiar vibe. That sucks.
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Posted 14 February 2010 - 09:35 AM

Any new confirmation?

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Posted 15 February 2010 - 09:45 AM

Would definitely be a shame if Wagamama doesn't open. Loved eating there in London all the time

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Posted 13 March 2010 - 08:25 AM

The latest noncommittal word from Wagamama in response to an email query (a far cry from 'opening May 2010'):

"wagamama are extremely happy to have opened in america, and whilst only in boston at present, we hope that in the years to come there are many more cities and us locations we are lucky enough to open in!! at present we are researching and exploring all opportunities in america, washington dc being one of them amongst many others, once we have completed our research and have a better idea of our position we will let customers know if we are proceeding"

The space on 7th is still marked with Wagamama signs, but absolutely nothing seems to have been done to fix up the interior...

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Posted 15 May 2010 - 09:13 AM

Bring Wagamama to DC! Like this page and show Wagamama they should open in DC as soon as possible. It worked to put Betty White on SNL!

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Posted 18 May 2010 - 08:46 AM

Having been a PQ resident and watching all the buzz drum up and die down, I've got little faith in Wagamama opening in Penn Quarter. http://pqliving.com/...agamama&x=0&y=0

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Posted 19 March 2011 - 11:35 AM

Just when I thought I was out... they pull me back in!

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Posted 25 March 2011 - 09:50 AM

Just when I thought I was out... they pull me back in!

Duke Street's purchase of Wagamama might help move this along.

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Posted 09 August 2011 - 09:32 AM

Duke Street's purchase of Wagamama might help move this along.

It would appear you are right. Nice to see they'll be updating that now dated signage down there too.

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Posted 18 October 2012 - 08:31 PM

A trusted source tells me that Wagamama has backed out of the deal, and that 418 7th. St. NW is now available for lease.

Confidence Level: Medium-High (a very knowledgeable informant, but I'm a bit too far removed from the actual blood and guts to bet the ranch on it).


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Posted 19 October 2012 - 09:56 PM

So they hung up a sign that basically said "Eat Me, DC!" for the last three years. People probably would have yawned if they ever had opened.
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Posted 28 October 2013 - 06:37 PM

According to the Best Bites Blog this location will be a new Jose Andres Chifa concept.    


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Posted 28 October 2013 - 07:44 PM

Here's Tom S's input from the Post:  http://www.washingto...uarter/?hpid=z4

 

There are only 4 comments.  3 positive and 1 negative, but it made me laugh:  "he should stick to spanish tapas...even jaleo sucks and now he wants to venture into chifa?"  It's rough out there!



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Posted 28 October 2013 - 10:53 PM

sorry to hear that Wagamama won't open here, although it has been looking doubtful for some time.  at there at Heathrow Airport last week and thoroughly enjoyed it. 


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Posted 07 November 2013 - 06:28 PM

I think the concept would work great here.  I loved it when I was in London for fast casual.


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