Club Monaco to Take Over Rhino Bar Space
No, it's not the kind of club you were hoping for. The retail take-over of restaurant space continues. Four years after the Ralph Lauren-owned retailer left town, Club Monaco will return to 3295 M St. NW, an address which once held Rhino Bar & Pumphouse, which closed Feb. 28 after 18 years. The building for decades held a bar, more or less for college kids, such as Winston's and the Shamrock.
Real estate broker John Asadoorian, who represented the landlord in deal, told the Washington Business Journal that the store is aiming to open by early 2016. The new Club Monaco will mark the brand’s return to greater Washington. The company used to have stores in Georgetown and at Pentagon City.
Club Monaco has changed its approach to casual wear in recent months, adding denim and other trendy styles to its shelves. To boost its rebranding, the company had a pop-up boutique in Noma restaurant — considered one of the best restaurants in the world — in Copenhagen, Denmark. The new location will also give shoppers a view into the preppy revamped appeal of Club Monaco.