July 24, 2021


Cooking is a hobby

DC-Region Bars and Dining establishments Reopening Just after Pandemic Closures

Victura Park reopens at the Kennedy Centre. Photograph by Mykl Wu

A quantity of bars and dining places about DC resolved to briefly near their doors—or go into “hibernation”—for the bleak pandemic winter season (or for a longer time). But now, with warm temperature ahead—and potentially PPP financial loans and other monetary boosts—some have made the decision to reopen. Here’s a managing list of reopenings, such as some dining establishments that are supplying dine-in for the 1st time in months.

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Echo Park reopens in Shaw. Photograph courtesy of Echo Park

Just lately Reopened

Rooster & Owl – The creative finer-dining cafe on 14th Street reopens for indoor and outdoor eating on Friday, March 19 after going to takeout-only throughout the pandemic. Diners can construct their individual four-study course menus ($75). Reservations are advisable (and takeout is nevertheless available).

Dolcezza – The beloved regional gelato firm is on the rebound after announcing programs to near 5 shops previous slide (only two shuttered completely). The Dupont Circle area opened March 19 and the enterprise is giving absent cost-free gelato rejoice.

Electrical Amazing-Assist – Shaw’s new outdoor bar closed for a handful of frigid months but arrived again on March 17 with frozen and canned drinks, and weekend foods vehicles like Swizzler and Schmaltz Bros. 

Solly’s – The U Road watering hole just reopened on March 15 with foodstuff from neighbor Lulu’s Wine Back garden and an outside screen for athletics-viewing. 

Brookland’s Best – The neighborhoody gastropub lately reopened for on-premises dining (indoor and an out of doors patio) immediately after only providing takeout and shipping and delivery this winter season. 

Echo Park – Eric and Ian Hilton recently introduced they’re reopening lots of of the bars and dining establishments they closed indefinitely final fall. Between the 1st is this atmospheric pizzeria with fireplaces and a rear patio. 

Hill Prince – H Street’s lovely neighborhood bar reopened with a new reservation plan (only full functions can be seated) and several non-public space options—including a single with darts—for you and your pod. 

Sonny’s Pizza – The Park Look at pizza shop reopened for takeout and delivery after a wintertime closure, and is revamping its significant outside pizza backyard garden to host diners this spring. 

Dan’s Cafe – Versus all odds, the beloved Adams Morgan dive is back in action on Fridays and Saturdays with food items from neighbors Pitchers DC.  

Saturday is Peru's National Pisco Sour Day. Celebrate with $5 pisco sours at China Chilcano. Photograph courtesy of China Chilcano.
Diners at China Chilcano in Penn Quarter. Photograph courtesy of the restaurant.

On the horizon

Victura Park – The kid and doggy-helpful food and wine back garden at the Kennedy Centre, opened by the Hilton brothers and chef Erik Bruner-Yang final calendar year, is back again for the year on Friday, April 2 (Friday by means of Sunday). A picnic-style menu of treats, beer, wine, and non-alcoholic drinks is joined by fare from a new outdoor grill. Snag a desk or convey a blanket.

By means of Sophia – The Italian restaurant in downtown DC’s Hamilton hotel reopens on Friday, April 2 for dine-in and takeout. The eating place will function breakfast via dinner—think wooden-fired pizzas and seasonal Italian fare—and there’s a new 20-seat patio for outdoor dining. 

Yunnan by Potomac – The homey southwestern Chinese noodle store will reopen quickly soon after two-in addition months. The down time resulted in a new seem and a menu with far more do-it-yourself dumplings and skewers.

La Ferme – Bethesda’s stalwart French cafe ideas to open “shortly right after Easter Sunday” (April 4).

American Ice Enterprise/ the Brixton/Gibson – In addition to Echo Park, Eric and Ian Hilton program to reopen several of their other bars. American Ice Corporation and the Brixton will make a comeback this spring. Ian Hilton explained to Washingtonian that the Brixton will return to its roots as “the major neighborhood pub on the corner” (not a nightclub). Meanwhile, Eric Hilton tells us the Gibson will resurface this spring, in a new area TBA. 

China Chilcano – José Andrés states his Peruvian cafe in Penn Quarter will reopen “not afterwards than April” with a minimal menu of Chifa and Nikkei (Peruvian-Chinese and Japanese) dishes. 

Maialino Mare/Anchovy Social – Danny Meyer’s DC dining places, which opened in Navy Yard suitable in advance of the pandemic, are slated to come back again by early summer.

The Public Option –  The Woodridge brewpub is hoping to open up by summer time.

Tyber Creek – The entrepreneurs of the Brookland restaurant say the “tentative approach would be to reopen late March for outdoor dining and takeout only.”

Tonari – The Daikaya group’s Japanese-Italian location is eying an opening in phase 4 (when that is reached).

Ristorante Tosca – Owner Paolo Sacco claims the great eating Italian restaurant, which shut in October, is undergoing a revamp. Tosca 2. is slated to reopen this spring with a “lighter” (significantly less official) vibe and new menu.

Coconut Club – Chef Adam Greenberg claims he’s hoping to reopen his island-themed NoMa cafe but is “still negotiating.”

Foodstuff Editor

Anna Spiegel addresses the eating and drinking scene in her native DC. Prior to joining Washingtonian in 2010, she attended the French Culinary Institute and Columbia University’s MFA program in New York, and held numerous cooking and creating positions in NYC and in St. John, US Virgin Islands.