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January 18, 2013 

10 New Restaurants Near Eastern Market


Move over 14th Street: Barracks Row is ripe with new restaurants, too. Here’s a look at six new concepts coming to the Eastern Market area in the next few months, as well as four others that have recently opened.


Tash and Nooshi


Husband-and-wife owners Nariman (Nari) Modanlou and Vanessa Lim are putting the final touches on Tash House of Kabob at 524 8th St SE. They hope to softly open at the end of next week. Iranian-born Nari is a 10-year veteran of Moby Dick House of Kabob and actually owns its Ashburn location. He tells us that Tash will be a “totally different experience” from Moby Dick, with table service and artful Persian-inspired decor instead of a fast-casual atmosphere. The menu will, of course, center around kabobs but will also offer a wider range of Mediterranean-inspired options.

While Nari is downstairs running things at Tash, Vanessa tells us that she will be busy upstairs with the second location of pan-Asian restaurant Nooshi. “This will be one building with two separate restaurants, and we hope to open Nooshi in February,” she tells us. The original Nooshi is located on 19th between L & M St NW, and serves sushi and a wide variety of Asian noodles (now do you get the name?) including pad thai, spicy Singapore noodles, and a number of Nooshi originals. Vanessa says the menu at the new Nooshi will be similar, but to expect some new twists.

Beuchert’s Saloon


No one knows what the original Beuchert’s Saloon at 623 Pennsylvania Ave SE looked like. A true speakeasy, its (illegal) existence was a well-kept secret behind two separate front businesses, so there were no photographs or renderings of any kind. When the Singer sewing machine shop didn’t make enough noise to mask the bar’s ruckus, the owners replaced it with the area’s first gramophone shop. With this rich history in mind, the new owners of the Beuchert’s space (Brendan McMahon, August Paro, and Nathan Berger) have set out recreate the original saloon—or at least what they imagine it must have looked like.

The newly restored Beuchert’s will feature an impressively small open kitchen with a chef’s table, a back patio covered with wrought iron accents, and a well-stocked garden of herbs, fruit trees, root vegetables, and more. Produce that can’t be found in that garden will come from EastOaks Organics Farm, operated by Brendan’s family. The farm also provided them with wood for the restaurant’s floorboards and tabletops and will be supplying chicken and eggs. The menu will change every week, promising a new experience with each visit. The modern-day incarnation of Beuchert’s Saloon is slated to softly open at the end of the month.



Ivan Iricanin came to DC as chef/restaurateur Richard Sandoval’s partner in 14th street hot spots Masa 14 and El Centro. He’s decided to return to his Serbian roots and opened modern Balkan restaurant Ambar at 523 8th St earlier this week. Ivan tells us the name refers to a structure traditionally used for drying maize and is a nod to the restaurant’s agricultural roots. Executive Chef Bojan Bocvarov’s menu features hearty, rustic dishes like slow-cooked veal shank, but be sure to save room for dessert. Front-and-center on the lower level is an open pastry kitchen showcasing Pastry Chef Danilo Bucan’s sweet creations. At the bar, try one of the 50-plus Balkan wines, or the rakia—a fermented fruit liquor popular in the region.


Rose’s Luxury


Chef Aaron Silverman earned his stripes cooking in some serious kitchens, including Falls Church’s 2941 and Manhattan’s Momofuku Noodle Bar. He’s now elbow-deep in the process of opening Rose’s Luxury at 717 8th St SE. The eclectic menu will draw from the wide range of styles he has worked with. He tells us to expect dishes like popcorn soup with poached lobster and crispy goat with goat cheese and honey. Construction is still in early phases, so don’t expect an opening soon. But meanwhile, you can sample his work at one of his many pop-ups by getting on his mailing list.

Sips & Suppers Satisfy


José Andrés, Joan Nathan, and Alice Waters (fashionable in orange) request your appetite at two amazing evenings featuring America’s finest chefs. The two-day Sips & Suppers events support DC Central Kitchen and Martha’s Table, which serve DC’s neediest. On Jan. 26 at the Newseum, Sips will feature top chefs and mixologists and their signature offerings for 500 guests. For the next day's Suppers event, celebrity chefs will create intimate dinners in two dozen homes. Many are already sold out. To find out more and to give, visit www.sipsandsuppers.org.

Back To Barracks Row:
Don’t Forget Fast Casual


Table service concepts aren’t the only ones popping up in this area. Barracks Row has also seen an uptick in fast-casual concepts. Popular burrito chain Chipotle opened a location this past August. And the Korean-based American-style hamburger chain Kraze Burger has posted “Coming Soon” banners on its website and its Barracks Row storefront.


It All Began with a Lobster Roll…


Some say that the recent Eastern Market explosion began with the July opening of Hank’s on the Hill, the newest location of the beloved Dupont seafood spot that features an elaborate beverage program spearheaded by chef Jamie Leeds’ new business partner, mixtress Gina Chersevani. (If you were worried about the fire at the restaurant Wednesday morning, no one was hurt; the restaurant suffered minimal damage and should reopen in a few days.)


In November, Ari Gejdenson of Acqua al 2 and chef Johnny Spero opened the nature-inspired Suna across the street from Eastern Market. In December, the team opened speakeasy Harold Black—sort of. The owners are intent on keeping an air of secrecy around the place, forbidding photos and requiring reservations without providing a website or clear way to obtain contact info. Even the entrance is hidden—it’s a sliding wooden door embedded in the wall of Suna’s entrance. Will Washingtonians take the bait? Or will empty seats force Harold Black to drop the Wall Street act and provide a little transparency?


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