In Celebration of Shaw Neighborhood’s Restaurant Boom,Mayor Gray to Cut Ribbons at Three New Restaurants in Less Than an Hour



CONTACT: Alexander M. Padro | 202-265-SHAW/C: 202-365-6892 |

Mayor Gray to Cut Ribbons at Three New Restaurants in Less Than an Hour,
In Celebration of Shaw Neighborhood’s Restaurant Boom, September 6, 2013

On September 6, 2013, Shaw Main Streets will host Mayor Vincent C. Gray and other invited guests at a Triple Play of ribbon cuttings for new Shaw restaurants on a five block stretch of revitalized 9th Street, NW, between L and P Streets.  These three establishments are the vanguard of more than 20 new restaurants and bars that are slated to open in the next six months, with more on the way.
At 2:00 PM, the celebration of Shaw’s restaurant boom will begin at Baby Wale, 1124 9th Street, NW. Chef/Owner Tom Power, whose Corduroy Restaurant is located next door, has developed this 150-seat casual concept in a dramatic sky-lit space, decorated with vintage Day Glo GoGo concert posters. And what is likely the longest bar in DC, topped in white marble. Power’s one word description of Baby Wale’s menu: “fun.” (, under construction; 202- 202-450-3311).

At 2:15 PM, the action continues at Thally, 1316 9th Street, NW. Chef/Co-Owner Ron Tanaka (ex-New Heights, Cork), General Manager/Co-Owner Sherman Outhuok (ex-Maple, Posto), and Co-Owner Paolo Sacco (Owner of Ristorante Tosca, Co-Owner of Posto) have teamed to create this 70-seat Modern American restaurant decorated with colorful graphics celebrating adjacent Naylor Court’s historic stables. Tanaka refers to his menu as being “simple, fresh and flavorful.” (, 202-733-3849).

At 2:30 PM, the event will conclude at Mandalay, 1501 9th Street, NW. Chef/Co-Owner Aung Myint’s 125 seat Burmese restaurant is an offshoot of his family’s Silver Spring, MD Mandalay Restaurant & Café, but with a twist: he’ll only be offering a chef’s menu at dinner, including dishes not available at any other restaurant in the United States. (, under construction; 202-644-8806)

Shaw Main Streets’ website ( features a running list of businesses that have signed leases along the historic 7th and 9th Streets, NW, commercial corridors, with 27 listings prior to the opening of the three Triple Play restaurants. Twenty of those establishments are bars and restaurants. Of the approximately 120 businesses that have opened in central Shaw since Shaw Main Streets began operations, the vast majority have been restaurants and bars.

“For a decade, Shaw Main Streets has been conducting annual community surveys to identify new business preferences,” says Alexander M. Padro, executive director of the non-profit Shaw Main Streets, which is hosting the ribbon cuttings. “Every year, the number one category of desired businesses has been restaurants. So we got the message, and focused on attracting restaurants. We’re not going to do any more surveys.”

Shaw Main Streets is a designated DC Main Streets local program, funded in part by the DC Department of Small and Local Business Development, Vincent C. Gray, Mayor.