Clarendon's New Premier Sports Bar & Gaming Lounge is Now Open


Mike Cordero is bringing the “greatest of all time” in food and drinks to Clarendon. Today, Cordero’s MACNAC Hospitality is opening The G.O.A.T. – An 8,800-square-foot, two-story sports bar and dining complex featuring gourmet American comfort food and a full-bar with a variety of craft cocktails and beers supplied from area microbreweries. The new cutting-edge gaming lounge will offer professional team paraphernalia and “G.O.A.T.” player memorabilia. Located at 3018 Wilson Boulevard, The G.O.A.T. is Cordero’s seventh Northern Virginia restaurant and is housed in the former Hard Times Café space.

Designed by restaurant interiors specialist Yvette Irene, who incorporated a chic, contemporary vibe throughout the two floors, the reimagined and fully renovated restaurant seats 350 guests between three full bars and full service tables. The 200-person dining room boasts a mix of high tops and long banquette style tables. The bar stools and high top table chairs presents plush cushions and foot rests to make seating for extended periods most comfortable. To ensure all seats are “the best seat in the house,” The G.O.A.T. showcases three large viewing walls. Each wall is entirely comprised of individual TV monitors that together display one single televised event to maximize the overall viewing potential from each table. Separate from the main floor, The G.O.A.T. will house a private function room on the second level that is equipped with its own bar, several TV monitors, DJ booth and seating for 25.

All of The G.O.A.T.’s menu’s recipes will use locally sourced ingredients and Cordero’s homemade marinades and sauces. Featured menu items include fillet mignon skewers, bigubi wonton tacos, smoked duck sliders, seared rare tuna salad, short rib grilled cheese. The G.O.A.T. signature cheesecake headlines a host of dessert items.

Planned with extended hours for lounging in mind, during evening hours The G.O.A.T. transitions from a traditional sports bar to a chic and relaxed evening lounge. Daily deals, late night menus and live entertainment will be a regular part of The G.O.A.T.’s rotating specials.

“The G.O.A.T. is an inviting sports bar that can be enjoyed on game day and well into the night,” says Cordero. “Our relaxing environment, delicious food and assortment of drinks presents a comforting lounge atmosphere and is a wonderful addition to the Clarendon neighborhood. We’re thrilled with the final look and feel and looking forward to providing goers with the greatest guest experience of all time.”

The G.O.A.T. is open Monday-Friday from 3:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m., Saturdays and Sundays from 10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. for brunch and dinner from 4:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m. For more information on The G.O.A.T., please visit: For more information on Mike Cordero, please visit:

About Mike Cordero

Mike Cordero is a Bronx native with a lifelong passion for food. He started working at his local pizza shop at age 13 and there learned to make New York style pizza. At age 20, Cordero moved to Fairfax, VA to pursue the President of Operations job with Italian Delight (a New York pizza chain). Cordero then launched his own venture, Bravo Cucina Italiana fine dining Italian restaurant, with chef and business partner Sergio Castilloni. After opening five Bravo locations in the greater Washington area, Cordero sold four of the five locations to Castilloni and kept the original Fairfax site to operate himself. Cordero then went on to open Malibu Grill, a Brazilian steakhouse, and six various restaurants in the Northern Virginia area. He is now the executive chef and owner of A-Town, Barley Mac, Bronx Pizza, Don Tito, Don Taco and Primetime Sports Bar. He is in the process of developing two new restaurant concepts to open in the greater Washington metropolitan area. Cordero is opening The G.O.A.T with MACNAC Hospitality business partners Nick Cordero, Scott Parker, Ryan Demagistris and Jason Fisher.

About Yvette Irene

With offices in Washington, DC and New York, Yvette Irene is a premier designer and a national television personality with a worldwide presence, as seen on her regular appearances on HGTV’s show “Curb Appeal.” Her custom interior design house specializes in restaurant interiors and has created stunning spaces for numerous Washington-area eateries and lounges, including: Dirty Bar, Darna, District Kitchen, Manor, Winery at Olney and all seven of Mike Cordero’s MACNAC Hospitality restaurants in Northern Virginia. Yvette’s latest television series “That’s So ’80s” and “That’s So ’90s” can be seen on the DIY Network. In addition to being featured in Home & Design Magazine as “Hot New Talent,” Yvette has been featured on two specials for HGTV and appearances on Better TV. Yvette has also been featured on nationally syndicated radio shows as well as in the New York Times, Chicago Tribune and countless other national publications.

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