Crunch time is officially here for National Harbor and Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center … As you can see from yesterday’s posts, Gaylord is making a push with key food and beverage hires as they ready themselves for the job fair in a couple of weeks. With management in place they can fill the 2,000 or so jobs needed to run the hotel complex.
Less clear is what is happening with the retail/restaurant side of project as rumors fly about who is in and who is out. At the beginning many names were leaked, released or rumored as potential tenants. Here is a list of who is out and more importantly who is in.
Gallagher’s Steak House
Morton’s The Steakhouse
IN: (officially announced by National Harbor as a signed deal with approximate opening date)
Sauciety (restaurant inside of Westin), April 2008 … link shows Boston as a concept example
McCormick & Schmick’s, April 2008
Dolce Enoteca, June 2008
Rosa Mexicano, June 2008
Grace’s Mandarin, July 2008
Ketchup, February 2009
As the names come on board, I will keep you posted … but only when they are a signed deal … there are plenty of other resources for rumors. Now it looks like the Hampton, Westin and Gaylord along with McCormick & Schmick’s will own the opening rush … the second phase looks like in reality a mid-to-late summer affair. The foto above shows the primo location of Grace’s Fortune curving between the Gaylord and the Westin … it looks like National Harbor is giving the local Bowie clan a fighting chance for success.