Family-run and minority-owned hospitality company, Thompson Restaurants, announce the opening of Makers Union at Amazon HQ2, located at 1450 South Eads Street, Suite 65 Arlington, Va. 22202.This opening marks the third Makers Union location in Thompson Restaurant’s portfolio with plans for further expansion in 2024.
Joining the wide variety of amenities at the new headquarters, including Amazon’s signature Banana Stand, the new 3,075 square foot Makers Union offers a total of 160 seats, distributed across the dining room, bar and patio. Always designed with the surrounding community in mind, Makers Union truly embodies its tagline, “made for the people.” Residing on the first-floor retail section of the Amazon building, the space features the brand’s signature navy blue crushed velvet banquettes, open kitchen concept and floor-to-ceiling nano doors which open the entire restaurant onto their pet-friendly patio. The centerpiece of the restaurant features a large wraparound bar boasting eight TVs for prime gametime viewing and imbibing.
“We are delighted to announce the grand opening of Makers Union at Amazon’s second headquarters in Arlington,” said Alex Berentzen, chief operating officer at Thompson Restaurants. “Being part of this esteemed venture fills our team with enthusiasm, and we eagerly anticipate catering to both Amazon employees and the local community. Our restaurant is intricately designed to harmonize with its neighborhood, and we are devoted to cultivating an atmosphere of inclusivity. Our goal is not only to bring joy to our patrons in this locale but also to extend the influence of the Makers Union brand, ensuring that each location retains its distinctive charm.”
Makers Union embodies the essence of timeless cuisine infused with a modern flair. The diverse menu presents a playful array of approachable choices, with standout options like the indulgent Three-Course Tomahawk Ribeye Dinner For Two, innovative Moroccan-style “Impossible” Kebabs, locally sourced Virginia Oysters, and invigorating Poke Bowls, among other enticing selections. Brunch takes center stage at Makers Union, boasting a Family-Style Menu that showcases culinary delights such as Maryland Crab Cake Benedicts, Breakfast Nachos, and bottomless Mimosas.
Furthermore, Makers Union takes pride in its curated beverage offerings, championing the finest local makers and breweries featured on tap. The beverage menu is meticulously crafted to enhance your dining journey, featuring favorites like the Blood Orange Mule, the Blackberry Bourbon Smash, and the exclusive Makers Light Lager, crafted solely for Makers Union. As a fun play on Amazon’s banana stand, guests can enjoy There’s Always Money In The Banana Stand cocktail made with rum, banana liqueur, lime, simple syrup and garnished with a banana wheel, offered exclusively at the Arlington location.
Makers Union is a dynamic venue designed to cater to the community’s every need. It’s a place to celebrate all of life’s occasions, whether that’s watching a game with a cold beer at the bar, dinner with your BFF, date night, happy hour with colleagues, or bottomless brunch with friends. Makers Union will also be the place for live music every Thursday, Friday and Saturday.