We’re heading into winter, but the owners of Takoda are already dreaming up beach fare like fish tacos, spicy margaritas, and piña coladas for their next Shaw venture. Cortez, named after the sea that separates the Baja California Peninsula from Mexico, will open in the former 1905 Bistro space with coastal Mexican and SoCal cuisine. The […]
When chef Nathan Beauchamp and business partner Greg Algie were envisioning their new Shaw venture, they didn’t picture a traditional bar or restaurant. “My whole perspective is that we’re throwing a dinner party a day,” says Beauchamp. “We want to be like that guy in your neighborhood who’s a great cook and is always having […]
Fall weather is on the horizon, so the team at El Techo isn’t wasting any time starting brunch at their so-called “adult treehouse” in Shaw. The rooftop bar/restaurant is designed to feel like a tropical hideaway with abundant flowers, palms, and potted herbs for mint mojitos and spicy margaritas. Patrons can climb up on Saturday […]
We may be nearing the end of prime roof deck season, but it still feels like mid-summer at El Techo. Shaw’s newest rooftop bar and restaurant is designed to feel like “an adult treehouse,” according to co-owner Louie Hankins. The lush space is perched beneath a giant tree and filled with hibiscus flowers, herbs, and Australian […]
The Italian sub, laden with provolone, cold cuts such as Genoa salami and mortadella, shredded lettuce, tomato, hot peppers, and vinaigrette, is a wonderful thing—if you live in New York City or Providence or any other city with a thriving Italian-American community. In Washington, you have to work a little harder to find one. If […]
The fast-casual trend has boomed in DC, but what about fast-fancy? That’s a new style of service that the owners of Sushi Capitol and Sushi Ogawa will explore when their Shaw restaurant, Mirai, serves its first dinner on Sunday, July 9th. Can Yurdagul, co-owner and son-in-law of chef Minoru Ogawa, says the restaurant will open with “quick-service […]
After a series of wildly successful pop-ups (Christmas Bar, Cherry Blossom Pub), Derek Brown and Angie Fetherston’s Drink Company will launch a Game of Thrones-themed watering hole in Shaw on June 21. Given the long lines at their past pop-ups—and excitement from GOT fans, including a friendly mention from author George RR Martin himself—the wait time may […]
Salvatore Falcone is serious about his subs. The Queens native and his brother left New York, where their father owned a deli, to open their own Italian sandwich shop and market in Boca, Florida over three decades ago. Now “Sal” is back in the Mid-Atlantic (at least part time) for a similar venture in Shaw: […]
Just like the cherry blossoms themselves, DC’s Cherry Blossom Pub proved a fleeting beauty that’s nearing its end. Fans hoped that barman Derek Brown would extend the pop-up bar’s run—his wildly popular Christmas Bar was granted extra weeks—but no such luck. The last round of Neko Coladas will be served on Saturday. “We feel like […]
The team behind DC’s pop-up Christmas Bar (a.k.a. Miracle on Seventh Street) are back with another ephemeral watering hole—this time celebrating spring. The Cherry Blossom Pub opens today in Shaw, taking over Mockingbird Hill and Southern Efficiency at 1843 and 1841 Seventh Street, Northwest through April 15. Owner Derek Brown and his team spent six […]
If you’ve been to the trio of Shaw bars run by Derek Brown and Angie Fetherston, you know they’re really into themed pop-up bars. The duo launched the holiday-themed Miracle on Seventh Street in their Mockingbird Hill sherry bar in November 2015, and the combination of original cocktails and over-the-top decor attracted huge crowds (and […]
As is often the case when conceiving new restaurants, the idea for Tiger Fork started small—and escalated quickly. Chef Nathan Beauchamp and business partner Greg Algie of the Fainting Goat originally thought to open a high-quality Chinese carryout of the kind they crave and rarely find in DC. Fast forward over a year filled with […]
The owners of Sushi Capitol and Sushi Ogawa aren’t sticking to traditional Japanese fare at their forthcoming Shaw restaurant. In fact, you may not even find sushi on the menu at Mirai, which translates to “future” in Japanese. Like Seasonal Pantry, which previously inhabited the space, Mirai will operate as a daytime market with a handful of […]
1. The Bird The team behind pork-centric the Pig has turned its attention to poultry with this new restaurant. The menu includes a dozen-plus preparations of poultry, from fried chicken to duck meatballs. More adventurous? Try the tartare of ostrich, a lean red meat that tastes like beef. A daily “early bird” happy hour features […]
In many ways, Union Kitchen Grocery just wants to be an average neighborhood corner store. You can get toilet paper, tomatoes, and flour. But blended in with the household names and pantry staples is something a little less average: around 100 District-made products. Union Kitchen, a culinary incubator and commissary that’s helped launch a wide range of local food companies, […]
Union Kitchen Grocery wants to be your new corner store. In a city where CVS and 7-Eleven plop down locations separated by what you could barely call a stone’s throw, that sounds like a tall order. But Union Kitchen Grocery is working on it. “We really see our radius as being two or three blocks,” said […]
The Christmas Bar comes but once a year, though one portion of the holiday-themed pop-up will persist through January: a space dedicated to hit Netflix series, Stranger Things. Owner Derek Brown plans to keep the theme going at Eat the Rich—one of three that participated in Miracle on Seventh Street.
Fans of the hit Netflix series will find the same creepy-chic decor—blinking holiday lights, the alphabet wall—plus a new themed menu. Patrons can grab a hot “Barb Deserved Better” cocktail with rum and pineapple butter, and snack on Eggo waffle-fried chicken sandwiches or a “Strange Grilled Cheese” ...
Founders Ali Bagheri and Daniel O’Brien—A and D—created a Shaw trifecta with the opening of this skinny, storefront bar tucked between their sandwich shop, Sundevich, and the now-closed market/supper club, Seasonal Pantry. Cocktails—a Shaw Sling, with bourbon, pear nectar, and bitters; a ginger-infused Old Fashioned—are listed on chalkboard menus, and snacks such as Goldfish crackers and gummy bears are served in Mason jars.
Nearly two months after opening, the Shaw Bijou is cutting the price of its prix-fixe in half. Previously, a ticketed 13-course tasting went for $185 per person (no tax, tip, and alcohol). As of January 3, chef Kwame Onwuachi will offer a new seven-course lineup for $95, which includes a welcome cocktail.
“When people ask me ‘why DC?’ my immediate response is always ‘DC chose me.’ And it did,” says Onwuachi in a release from the restaurant. “I came to this city because of the energy. The Shaw Bijou’s vision was simply an extension of a 5-year dream of ...
The Shaw Bijou’s opening was met with a collective side-eye from Washingtonians who balked at chef Kwame Onwuachi’s prices — as much as $1,000 per couple for a multicourse dinner with wine pairings. It was especially galling, some thought, in light of the chef’s resume. Though Onwuachi is a “Top Chef” and Eleven Madison Park alum, the Shaw Bijou is his first restaurant. […]
The Shaw Bijou opens today, and is one of the most expensive dining experiences in Washington. Still, if you think $185 tasting menus are exclusive, consider the restaurant’s members-only club.
Private membership at the Shaw restaurant/club isn’t the kind where any Joe Schmoe III can pay his way in.
“We have almost a 1,000 person waitlist,” says owner Kelly Gorsuch. “The dues won’t be much—just enough to keep frat boys out. It’s more about curating the people. We’re shooting to have people in different circles, because otherwise it’s going to become a boy’s lobbyist club, and that’s what we do ...
Chicken has a reputation for being one of the least exciting proteins — you know, the safe choice on many a wedding and banquet menu. Chef Michael Bonk, however, is ready to pay chicken its rightful due at the Bird, opening Monday night in Shaw. The restaurant, from EatWell DC group (the Pig, Grillfish, Commissary, Logan […]
Chef Michael Bonk sampled chickens from 48 different purveyors for Shaw restaurant The Bird. After trying out poultry of all sizes, prices, and origins, he settled on free-range, organic chickens from a farm in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.
If that seems like a lot of research just for chicken, that’s because Bonk and the rest of the team from EatWellDC (the group behind The Pig, Logan Tavern, and Grillfish) initially planned to open a fast-casual fried chicken joint. But when a downtown real estate deal fell through, they changed course. Their new full-service restaurant, The Bird, will instead feature dishes made from 13 ...
One of DC’s biggest restaurant openings of the year is here: the Shaw Bijou, which serves its first $185 tasting menus on November 1. The restaurant has been two-and-a-half years in the making—and a lot has changed, both with the business and DC’s restaurant scene.
In that time period, the Bijou’s 19th-century building was transformed from a private residence to a stylish bar/restaurant, and head chef Kwame Onwuachi gained national attention as a finalist on Top Chef. The competition for diners’ dollars also became a lot stiffer between new, pricey tasting rooms (Metier, Pineapple and Pearls), ...