CAUSE: DC’s First PhilanthroPub

by October 10, 2012 at 12:00 pm 2,228 1 Comment


Cause: DC’s Philantropub at 1926 9th Street NW. (Luis Gomez Photos and courtesy of Cause)

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DC’s U Street area is no stranger to the city’s latest and greatest bars and restaurants. But no other bars, as of yet, possess a business model quite like CAUSE, a “PhilanthroPub” set to open sometime this fall on the U Street corridor.

That is because this American cuisine-style restaurant and bar (the brain-child of Nick Vilelle and Raj Ratwani) will donate its dining and drinking proceeds to charitable organizations. The designated charities (a mix of local and international) will rotate quarterly, and the patrons of CAUSE will decide where they want to donate their dining dollars.

Vilelle and Ratwani, co-founders of CAUSE, teamed up with restaurant veterans John Jarecki and Dave Pressley of The Light Horse in Old Town Alexandria. Additionally, former Queen Vic chef Adam Stein will work as the executive chef for CAUSE. With a deep passion for local farming, Stein will focus on utilizing seasonal local foods in the menu, including a number of vegetarian options.

CAUSE is at 1926 9th Street NW. For more information, visit the website.

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