Mi Vida, Milk Bar open at The Wharf

WASHINGTON — The Wharf’s roster of restaurants continues to grow with Mi Vida and Milk Bar opening over the weekend.

Mi Vida, at 98 District Square SW, is from Roberto Santibanez, chef and owner of New York City’s Fonda restaurants. The 11,000-square-foot, two-story restaurant on the waterfront serves what it describes as a menu inspired by Mexican street food in an elevated setting.

Milk Bar, from James Beard Award-winning pastry chef Christina Tosi is at 49 District Square SW. The 721-square-foot store serves up cakes, cookies, pies, shakes and fresh-baked bread.

Coming later this winter is the replacement for the Southwest waterfront’s longtime bar Cantina Maria. Cantina Bambina, from the original Cantina Maria team of Nick Fontana, Bruce Gates, Henry Gandy and Rich Hemmer, opens in mid-March.

Cantina Bambina is on a pier and includes a deck bar with waterfront views.

Southeast Asian restaurant Kaliwa, from chef Cathal Armstrong of Restaurant Eve, will open in early March. And Lupo Marino, a 2,000-square-foot pizzeria and Italian street foods, will open soon.

Phase 1 of The Wharf, which had its grand opening last October, will have more than 20 restaurants with the latest openings.

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