From the owner of Drafting Table, Aaron Gordon’s bar di Bari is open. At 1401 R Street NW the red umbrellas and colorful outdoor patio furniture are welcoming guests since Saturday morning. Although they had been offering morning coffee since Wednesday last week as a sort of soft opening.
From the corner of 14th Street the smell of fresh baked goods is inviting and once inside it is hard to choose. The food is Italian-Mediterranean inspired. A selection of salads and healthy meals is on the menu. There are cheese and charcuterie plates, antipasti and entrees and sandwiches.
Happy Hour starts at 5 pm with a menu of three draft beers and 10 bottled beers plus a list of 20 French and Spanish wines.
Bar di Bari wants to be a casual place to enjoy a coffee, a pastry or have a bite for lunch or dinner. Coffee service and a lighter fare is available from the counter all day. Dinner service starts at 4 pm.
bar di Bari Will be open Monday trough Friday from 7 am to 11 pm, Saturday from 10 am to midnight and Sunday from 10 am to 9 pm.
With The Aston and Northern Exchange both completed a few weeks ago — and already sold — the corner of 14th and R streets has a completely different look and flavor. Not only the buildings are ready, but signs have also appeared for what seems to be the arrival of at least two of the Italians restaurants opening soon in the corridor.
One of the corners (1634 14th Street NW) will house M Cafe Bar. The new 14th Street restaurant is expected to open this April, and will feature menu items such as homemade pastas and pizzas, as well as meat and fish dishes. The 90-seat space will have a bar/lounge area and an outdoor terrace.
On the other side of the street at Northern Exchange, Bar di Bari, from Aaron Gordon of Drafting Table and Zeke’s D.C. Donutz, also has its signs up and is expected to open this spring. It will offer an espresso bar serving coffee, cocktails, gelato and food including charcuterie, lasagna and cannoli. The cafe will have both indoor and outdoor seating for diners.