by Tim Regan August 12, 2015 at 2:30 pm 1 Comment

Atlantic Plumbing building, photo via JGBThe Neighborhood Restaurant Group is one step closer to opening a new restaurant at the Atlantic Plumbing development (2112 8th Street Northwest) near the 9:30 Club and U Street corridor.

A new document from ABRA reveals the restaurant group, which also owns Birch & Barley, ChurchKey and several other local restaurants, has applied for a Class C liquor license for its new restaurant, Hazel.

Neighborhood Restaurant Group’s director of public relations, Megan Bailey, confirmed that the new restaurant will arrive in the “late fall.”

“Hazel will open in the Atlantic Plumbing development in D.C.’s Shaw neighborhood,” she told Borderstan via e-mail.

The restaurant, a concept by former Tallula chef Rob Rubba, will feature a 38-seat dining room, a 38-seat patio and a 16 seat bar connected to the patio.

“Rob’s menu will feature his style of progressive American cuisine, combining flavors from around the world with traditional and contemporary techniques to create dishes that are refined, distinctive and satisfying,” Bailey said. “Complementing the menu will be a beverage program from Greg Engert, Jeff Faile and Brent Kroll.”

Photo via JGB

by February 23, 2012 at 8:00 am 1,719 0

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Birch & Barley is on 14th Street just south of Rhode Island Avenue NW. (Luis Gomez Photos)

By Michelle Lancaster. You can follow her and let her know your news on Twitter @MichLancaster. Email her at michellel[AT]

If the 60 degree weather makes you a bit nostalgic for winter and fireplaces, you can see why Engert was nominated for that James Beard award. He’s showcasing smoked beers, which are exactly as they sound.

These beers, explains the The Washington Post, get their smoky taste from roasting barley over a fire. There are several options available at Birch & Barley, and the Post article has some pretty tasty recipes if you’d prefer to leave the smoke out of your glass and on your ‘cue.

by February 22, 2012 at 8:00 am 2,683 0

By Michelle Lancaster. You can follow her and let her know your news on Twitter @MichLancaster. Email her at michellel[AT]

Featured photo: Birch & Barley on 14th Street NW.

Show the chefs some love! Johnny Monis’s Little Serow is in the hunt for ‘Best New Restaurant’ while he is competing for ‘Best Chef: MidAtlantic’ for his work at Komi


17th Street corridor: Johnny Monis’ Little Serow is in the hunt for ‘Best New Restaurant.’ (Matthew Rhoades)

The James Beard Awards are among the most coveted in the high-end dining world. We have a ton of semifinalists in DC and many of them are restaurants in Borderstan.

The Columbia Room (the private back bar of The Passenger) is competing for ‘Outstanding Bar Program’. Birch & Barley’s Tiffany MacIsaac is a nominee for ‘Outstanding Pastry Chef’ and the beer director of Neighborhood Restaurant Group (which owns Birch & Barley), Greg Engert, is a semi-finalist for ‘Outstanding Wine and Spirits Professional.’

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by September 26, 2011 at 8:00 pm 1,942 0

BorderstanThere is still time to Stuff the Bus with healthy foodstuffs for DC Central Kitchen — the bus will be in Logan Circle on Wednesday at Birch &  Barley 1337 14th Street NW, from 5 to 7 pm.

What is “Stuff the Bus”? DC’s largest food charity, DCCK, has teamed up with the restaurant app, Venga, to collect food and donations. DCCK provides meals for the homeless from its downtown kitchen and headquarters. The bus will be at various food and restaurant locations around the city through this Friday, September 30.

You can always donate online to DCCK if you can’t make it to the bus! Venga is a mobile app featuring exclusive offers from more than 100 of DC’s top restaurants.

by September 7, 2010 at 9:00 pm 3,009 5 Comments

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Passion Fruit Ice Box Cake at Birch & Barley. (Alejandra Owens)

From Alejandra Owens of One Bite At A Time

Beer. There seems to be a growing interest in (or in Tim Carman’s case an obsession) beer. It’s the less stuffy, more approachable second cousin twice removed to wine and there’s a growing contingent of restaurants that want you to try pairing it with food.

Birch & Barley opened near Logan Circle last year with just that goal. Chef Kyle Bailey, Pastry Chef Tiffany MacIsaac and Beer Director Greg Engert have pulled together a menu comprised of rich, indulgent foods that don’t disappoint. Take for example, my brat burger… or the Passion Fruit Ice Box Cake (pictured here).

Have you guys been? Any favorites, thoughts, tips for not being overwhelmed by the huuuge beer menu!?

Birch & Barley

Where Am I Going: 1337 14th Street NW (14th and Rhode Island).

Birch & Barley Luis Gomez Photos 14th Street NW Logan Circle

Birch & Bailey at 1337 14th Street NW. (Luis Gomez Photos)

When Am I Going: Tuesday to Thursday 5:30 to 10 pm, Friday & Saturday 5:30 to 11 pm, and Sunday 11 am to 8 pm.

Paycheck Pain: Get ready to spend. Appetizers are between $12 and $15. Flatbreads, a lighter meal option, $14. But entrees are all above $20. Add in beer tastings, drinks or wine and you can easily drop a hundred at a dinner for two. However. You have another option: If you’re on a more modest budget and aren’t one of those brunch haters, Birch & Barley has a really enticing brunch menu with plates averaging $15. I hear good things about their sticky buns.

Say What?: The restaurant is not stuffy at all,so there’s no need to whisper here. Volume gets loud but it’s the kind of loud that doesn’t overwhelm you and still leaves you feeling like you can have an intimate conversation.

What You’ll Be Eating: Birch & Barley offers quiet a variety of dining options. Everything from vegetarian flat breads, pastas, and meats beyond the basic beef. I had a brat burger when I went, and there’s lamb, sea bass, pork and skate all on the menu right now. Lots of options–that change! Entree options are modified as ingredients come in season (I remember venison being on the menu in the winter) and are available.

by October 29, 2009 at 4:00 am 2,354 0


Birch & Bailey and ChurchKey, 1337 14th St. NW. (Photo: Luis Gomez Photos)


Asian-Latin fusion: Masa 14, 1825 14th St. NW. (Photo: Luis Gomez Photos)


Teaism, 2009 R St. NW. (Photo: Luis Gomez)

Birch & Barley and ChurchKey at 1337 14th Street NW are two new additions to the 14th Street corridor of restaurants and bars. Birch & Barley offers what sounds like as a delicious menu in the high-priced range. Both of these places offer an extensive list of beers. We are still waiting to go. Let us know what you think.

Masa 14 is at 1825 14th Street NW and is another new addition to the neighborhood, offering Latin-Asian inspired cuisine in small plate offerings. Ever since its soft opening last week the place has been full every night (I walk by regularly). It is beautiful inside and I was able to photograph it last Sunday. Reservations are recommended. Again, we are still waiting to go; let us know what you think if you have already been.

Teaism at 2009 R Street NW is a favorite around the neighborhood with a nice selection of teas and wonderful food. Perfect for a weekend brunch with a great and fast service–I had a very good meal last Sunday.


by October 23, 2009 at 7:52 am 1,808 2 Comments

The Sexist at the Washington City Paper has the latest info on “Men’s Parties” at 1618 14th Street NW. You will find the sign amusing.

The Washington Business Journal reports that two-thirds of the units at the Metropole, 15th and P NW, are sold.

14th & You has two good postings on new 14th Street restaurants, including some great interior photos: Sneak Preview: Birch & Barley and ChurchKey and Masa 14 open for business.


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