The Wharf already in talks for potential replacement for Taylor Gourmet

Almost exactly one year since opening, The Wharf is dealing with its first storefront closure.

Last weekend, D.C.-based hoagie chain Taylor Gourmet abruptly shut down nearly all of its locations in the Washington region and Chicago, including a prominent spot at the Southwest waterfront destination.

And Monty Hoffman, founder and CEO of Wharf co-developer PN Hoffman, said his company has already heard from several retailers interested in taking over that spot at 85 District Square SW.

Hoffman said Hoffman-Madison Waterfront must wait for Taylor Gourmet to take care of its legal obligations before officially re-leasing the space, which he says was successful despite the company’s struggles. He said he’s leaning toward another fast-casual spot to balance out The Wharf’s other dining options, including higher-end, sit-down restaurants Del Mar de Fabio Trabocchi and Kith and Kin.

“It’s an ideal size for a fast-casual restaurant and can easily be replaced with someone else,” said Hoffman,…

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