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The Salt Line Plans Expansion to Ballston Office Building Next Year

The Salt Line seafood restaurant is planning an expansion to Ballston next year.

The eatery is now set to open at the base of an office building at 4040 Wilson Blvd, part of the Liberty Center development, according to a news release. Chef Kyle Bailey is aiming to have the new location open by spring 2020.

Bailey opened up his first Salt Line location, specializing in oysters and other creative fish offerings, in D.C.’s Navy Yard in 2017, and it’s since earned a slew of accolades from diners and critics.

Bailey and his partners at Long Shot Hospitality are aiming for the Ballston restaurant to be about the same size as the original, with room for 100 patrons inside and another 100 diners in an outdoor patio space during warmer months.

“We’re especially excited to activate the great outdoor space here in downtown Ballston, replicating the open-air plaza that’s been so popular at the D.C. location,” Long Shot Hospitality’s Gavin Coleman wrote in a statement. “It’s going be a real neighborhood gathering place.”

The Shooshan Company is still hard at work constructing the building at 4040 Wilson, with plans to eventually open the entire 20-story structure for residential, retail and office tenants sometime next year.

The company also owns several other mixed-use buildings in the area as part of the six-block Liberty Center development.

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