Olivia’s Diner, the hotly anticipated greasy spoon at 1120 19th St. NW, will open July 1 with a menu of burgers and breakfast items.
“We hope to serve the typical diner fare,” says Olivia’s co-founder Thomas Marr, who’s also part owner of Pete’s New Haven Style Apizza.
“Burgers on cast-iron plates the old-fashioned way, eggs, hashes, several different benedicts,” Marr adds. The diner will also serve liege-style Belgian waffles in waffle irons ordered from Belgium and a handful of dinner items such as steaks, hand-cut fries, meatloaf and fish and chips platters.
Marr says he also plans to include draught beers from local brewers such as DC Brau, Lost Rhino, and Port City.
But, there’s a catch: The diner won’t be open around the clock as previously reported, at least not at first.
When it opens in July, Olivia’s will serve customers from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and until midnight on Friday and Saturday.
However, Marr says the goal is to go 24 hours eventually.
“We feel like there’s a good likelihood that we’ll be able to be 24 hours over the weekend [in the future],” he says. “Once we get into September and October we’ll have a good idea of what to expect.”