The new lounge and restaurant coming to the former Ri Ra space in Clarendon is shooting for a June opening.
Crews working on Wilson Hardware at 2915 Wilson Blvd recently removed the black wooden façade erected to obscure construction. The forthcoming bar’s co-owners previously said it would be removed once work is nearly done, then said last week they are confident that they will be able to open in June.
A license application filed with the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control indicates that the new spot will have over 150 seats. And permitting applications filed with the county show the restaurant will have outdoor and rooftop seating.
Construction on the work-in-progress rooftop deck at the rear of the venue can be seen from N. Garfield Street. Inside, the venue is more expansive than its front entrance would suggest, with two levels, high ceilings and a brand new interior taking shape.
The bar’s name is an homage to Virginia Hardware, the hardware shop that occupied the storefront until 2005.
Representatives with Wilson Hardware declined to comment further with a more concrete opening date or with more details about the new restaurant.