<< Jul 2014 >>

DC AREA restaurant
and bar openings

Do you know who’s open? And who’s not? Find all the delicious details on every new space that has opened its doors. Remember: If you’ve heard about one you thought was open, but don’t see it here, they may still be putting on the finishes touches. To know for sure, click to Coming Soon.

Sauf Haus Bier Hall

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1216 18th Street, NW

A new bier garten has officially opened at the corner of Jefferson and Connecticut Avenues in Dupont. The upscale tavern features a 2000 square foot patio and two floors with full bars and event space. Inspired by traditional German Bier Garten’s, Sauf Haus offers 16 beers on tap, directly imported from Germany, and a variety of seasonal, local craft and European beers in cans and bottles. Sauf Haus’s bar program also includes specially designed cocktails, inspired by German influences. Focusing on simplicity and authenticity, the menu offers Bavarian style pretzels and Bratwursts, Frankfurters and Oysters starting in August. The warm colors and décor of Sauf Haus are reminiscent of beer taverns in Germany while the hallways and stairwells feature old-fashioned black and white photos of German Bier Garten

GRK Fresh Greek

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1140 19th Street, NW

GRK Greek Fresh, named a “Breakout Brand of 2014”  by National Restaurant News, has opened its first DC metro area location. As a fast-casual eatery, GRK’s menu features its signature made-to-order “Yeero” that offers patrons a choice of lamb, beef, chicken, pork or vegetables served on a traditional pita, and topped off with one  of three distinct, yogurt-based tzatzikis: classic and zesty GRK, spicy kaftero, or basil infused prassino. The menu includes entrée salads or side choices like the Aegean slaw, and a variety of Greek yogurts served with sweet and savory toppings imported from Greece. Beverages range from beer and wine to a variety of Greek sodas and Illy coffee drinks. GRK is open Monday through Thursday 11:00am to 10:00pm, Friday 11:00am to 3:00am, Saturday 12:00pm to 3:00am, and Sunday 12:00pm to 10:00pm

Chaplin Cocktail Bar

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1501 9th Street, NW; 202.644.8806

Mixologists and brothers Ari and Micah Wilder, along with partners Armin Amin and Adrian Williams, have added another area bar to their growing list, Chaplin Cocktail Bar.  Named after famous English actor, comedian and filmmaker Sir Charles Spencer “Charlie” Chaplin, the bar showcases cocktails from the 1920’s with unique, handcrafted twists. The two story, 83-seat dining room evokse the feelings of a flickering black and white cinematic experience. The space features layers of antiquated textures and artifacts from film and entertainment with accents of rich gold and reds. It also boasts an expansive 80-seat outdoor patio, the “Piano Bar”, which will be open during the spring and summer. Chaplin is open Monday through Thursday from 4:00pm to 12:00am; Friday from 4:00pm to 1:00am; Saturday from noon to 1 :00am, and Sunday from noon to 12:00am.

The Sheppard

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1337Connecticut Ave., NW; 202.744.4253

Top Chef alum Spike Mendelsohn and Vinoda Basnayake have officially introduced a new speakeasy to the district, The Sheppard.  The Sheppard, for all you history buffs, is named after Senator Morris Sheppard of Texas, who penned The Sheppard Bone-Dry Act of 1917 banning alcohol consumption in DC. In keeping with speakeasy tradition, the bar has no exterior signage or markings apart from a green light hanging over the front entrance. The 35-seat space serves a variety of bar snacks and craft cocktails shaken by Jack Caminos. Spots are filled on a first-come-first-serve basis.

Rural Society

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1177 15th Street, NW; 202.587.2617

Jose Garces, award-winning chef, has now opened Rural Society, an Argentine steakhouse at the Loews Madison Hotel this summer.  After the completion of a multi-million dollar renovation, the Loews Madison Hotel is home to Chef Garces’ first DC-based eatery. Inspired by a recent trip Garces and his team took to Argentina and Uruguay to learn first-hand about its cultural and culinary traditions, Garces felt compelled to bring the flavors of the Parilla culture, which includes cooking over open fire, to the nation’s capital. The menu is centered around wood-fired meats and fish prepared Desde la Parrilla- on a grill in the center of the restaurant using charcoal and quebracho, an Argentine hardwood.  The bar boasts t a primarily South American wine list, a variety of whiskey, Italian aperitifs, and classic Argentine and South American cocktails reinvented.

The Embassy Row Hotel Rooftop

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2015 Massachusetts Avenue, NW; 877.989.

Phase one of the $15 million renovation at The Embassy Row Hotel has just been unveiled with the opening of its rooftop pool and terrace. The 4,130-square-foot, open-air roof terrace features a 450-square-foot swimming pool and outdoor lounge area adorned with resort cabanas and lounge seating. The Embassy Row Hotel offers the only outdoor rooftop terrace in Dupont Circle providing visitors with views of the city including picturesque observations of the Washington Monument, National Cathedral and the surrounding DC and Virginia skylines. Food and beverage director Carlo de Leon has created an exciting menu for guests that utilizes fresh, local ingredients and regional tastes. The menu features dishes such as whitefish tacos, savory sausages, a hearty crab cake sandwich, ramen burger, and edamame cilantro hummus, while the beverage program features specialty cocktails and a variety of wines. Limited memberships and day passes are now available for the 2014 season.