In a series of events that mirrors the famed Balducci’s story that took place across the street, Wagamama has again confirmed (to DCist.com) that it will be opening later this year at 418 7th St NW in Penn Quarter. The space, which features window decals of “Wagamama 2010″, has been sitting vacant ever since Olsson’s bookstore closed in 2008.
We truly hope that Wagamama opens up this year in the Penn Quarter location, but we are all too familiar with the struggle to welcome Balducci’s into the neighborhood in the past. With years of flip-flopping, Balducci’s ultimately decided not to open a store in Penn Quarter. Does lightning strike twice?