by Tim Regan September 7, 2016 at 3:45 pm 0


(Updated at 7:18 p.m.) A new restaurant with “American food” and a rooftop seating area is in the works in Shaw.

The forthcoming eatery, dubbed 647 Rooftop, is slated to open at 647 Florida Ave. NW, according to a liquor license application recently filed with D.C.’s Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration.

The restaurant aims to serve “American food” and will also feature live music, DJs, dancing and charge a cover at the door, the application reads. As outlined in the application, the restaurant would have seats for 15 people on the roof and could span some of the building’s upper floors. Additionally, a public hearing notice says the eatery could have room for as many as 475 people, though it’s not clear exactly where.

It also looks as though 647 Rooftop could be related to next-door business Flash. Amir Yerushalmi, who is listed on the application as having previously held the nightclub’s liquor license, is one of 647 Rooftop’s managing members.

When asked about the connection, however, a representative for Flash said, “sorry, but we have no knowledge of this new business next door.”

If all goes according to plan, the forthcoming restaurant would join the ranks of nearby hangouts Takoda (715 Florida Ave. NW), 801 Restaurant and Bar (801 Florida Ave. NW) and The Dirty Goose (913 U St. NW), which all opened earlier this year with rooftop decks.

by Tim Regan July 11, 2016 at 10:15 am 0

A new restaurant with a rooftop bar is on track to showcase its menu of burgers, steak and drinks near the U Street corridor this Thursday.

801 Restaurant and Bar will open for limited dinner service in the former Dunya space at 801 Florida Ave. NW this Thursday, according to partner Eric Heidenberger.

“Join us for our soft opening weekend this week,” reads a Facebook post about the opening. “We will be open Thursday at 5 p.m. Stop by and say hello to the 801 family.”

On opening night, patrons will be able to order steak frites, pan seared halibut and “The Burger,” a beef patty topped with fontina cheese, sautéed onions, bacon and lettuce and wedged between brioche buns. The eatery will launch its full menu next week, Heidenberger said.

The new bar and restaurant — which according to the Washington City Paper is owned and operated by the team behind The Front Page, Bottom Line and the Madhatter — will span three floors in total, two of which will be centered around dining.

Photos via Facebook / 801 Restaurant and Bar

by Tim Regan August 26, 2015 at 3:00 pm 0

Dupont Circle beer hall Sauf Haus (1216 18th Street NW) is set to debut a new retractable roof by Sept. 19, says the bar’s general manager John Issa.

Currently, the bar’s top floor patio is protected only by a few moveable sheets. The new retractable roof will help protect the bar area from the elements as well as control the temperature there, Issa says.

The new roof will also contain noise coming from late night bar crowds and live music.

“This was a big motivating factor in the owners’ decision as they’re working hard to be a fun, neighborhood bar and not a late-night nuisance,” says Sauf Haus marketing and event coordinator Brittney Roberson.

Designer Adam Ford Roll-A-Cover designed the new roof, which Issa says will have cost “in the six figures” once installed. Ford has also designed retractable roofs for the Argonaut, Jack Rose, Ivy & Coney and Red Rocks on H Street.

Renderings courtesy of Sauf Haus


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