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The Wharf’s Luxe New Pendry Hotel Unveils Incoming Chef and Restaurants


Pendry Washington DC – The Wharf is finally ready to release details on the planned opening of its food and beverage outlets at the upscale Southwest Waterfront hotel this fall.

The new executive chef at the 131-room property perched on the Potomac River is Barry Koslow, a DC hospitality veterinarian who previously oversaw culinary operations at DC’s W and Watergate hotels.

Laguna Beach, Calif. full-service luxury brand Montage International tapped Koslow to lead the three stylish dining destinations at its first DC hotel (655 Water Street Southwest). This includes Flora Flora, an indoor and outdoor restaurant overlooking a pool deck; Moonraker, a rooftop lounge serving sushi and Japanese spirits; and Bar Pendry, a lobby-level cocktail bar decked out in gold and navy decor.

Pendry is part of the new glassy phase of the Wharf which will be delivered this fall.
Pendry Washington DC — The Wharf

The second phase of the $3.6 billion Hoffman-Madison Waterfront wharf development will also add a dozen new restaurants to the scenic mile-long stretch of the Southwest neighborhood, including hit celebrity chef arrivals Gordon Ramsay and Philip Chow.

Here’s a first look at each new food and beverage outlet spread across the 144,000 square foot Pendry, complete with a lavish top-to-bottom look put together by Design Agency.


Located on the 14th floor, the glamorous rooftop Moonraker Lounge is Pendry’s biggest dining attraction with a capacity of 150 people. Moonraker will focus on a Japanese-leaning menu full of Tokyo-fried chicken, yellowtail sashimi, and specialty rolls. A chic circular bar anchors the scenic site with a curated library of Japanese whiskey and custom cocktails. Look for live music and DJs to cater to a late night crowd. Moonraker is a nautical term that refers to a sail used on a clipper sailboat – and the title of a 70s James Bond film. (It will also be Wharf’s second food destination with “Moon” in its name; the Chef Kevin Tien’s modern Vietnamese restaurant, Moon Rabbit, sits at the foot of the InterContinental.)

Flora Flora

Bright and airy, Flora Flora is Pendry’s all-day dining option.
Pendry Washington DC — The Wharf

This 80-seat Latin-influenced restaurant combines the cuisines of Mexico, Peru and Argentina. The all-day affair on the second floor of the hotel will serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner, with a South Beach-style poolside setup. Flora Flora honors its identity with lush vegetation and a vegetarian menu showcasing local farmers and suppliers. Look for a selection of small plates and a tasting menu option with global wine pairings.

Flora Flora will also offer seasonal poolside service to hotel guests.
Pendry Washington DC — The Wharf

Bar Pendry

Pendry’s lobby level cocktail den.
Pendry Washington DC — The Wharf

Tucked away in the lobby, this intimate, dimly lit tavern will be staffed by “expert bartenders who have mastered the art of the perfect cocktail,” according to a statement, along with a selection of light bites. The 60-seat space invokes a sense of modern grandeur, splashed with sleek gold and navy decor and polished finishes.

Executive Chef Barry Koslow will oversee all aspects of food and beverage at Pendry, including banquets, in-room dining, menu development and culinary partnerships.
Pendry Washington DC — The Wharf

Koslow, who trained in classic French cuisine, honed his culinary skills at DC-area venues like Mendocino Grille, 2941, Citronnelle by Michel Richard, Equinox and Tallula. DGS Delicatessen’s opening chef left in 2014 to roll out Italian restaurant Pinea at DC’s W and continued to oversee the entire hotel adjacent to the White House until last summer, when he Popped into the Watergate hotel for a brief stay of 10 months in charge. He joined Pendry in June.

The fast-growing brand debuted in 2017 with openings in San Diego and Baltimore (Sagamore Pendry). There are also Pendry hotels in West Hollywood, Chicago, New York and Park City, with more on the way (Natirar, Tampa, Newport Beach). Hotel rooms in DC start in the mid-$400s for stays beginning in November, though the hotel’s opening date is expected closer to opening.

Pendry will be the Wharf’s third hotel, joining the InterContinental and the dual brand Canopy by Hilton and Hyatt House.

Pendry’s perks include a dazzling spa and fitness center.
Pendry Washington DC — The Wharf

Rooms at the chic new hotel in Pendry offer views of the Potomac River.
Pendry Washington DC — The Wharf