Chef Michael Soper reintroduced his mid-Atlantic, low-country cuisine last night at the grand opening of Acre 121, named for the 121-acre plot of land that originally made up Columbia Heights. Owner Terry Cullen has made a few changes from the old CommonWealth design, to include taking out the private dining room — now outfitted with leather banquettes and high top tables — and replacing the wood bar with a marble one. There's still some furniture that hasn't yet come in, but they do already have a small stage set up in the corner for musical entertainment.
The beer list here sports a variety of microbrews from locals DC Brau and Flying Dog Raging Bitch to Bells Oberon and Goose Island Matilda. The only light beer on tap is Abita Light. Meanwhile, there's a variety of Southern favorites on the menu, such as an oyster po'boy, shrimp and grits, chicken and greens and fried green tomatoes. But there's also a variety of barbecue platters on offer: pulled pork, pulled chicken, ribs and chicken thighs. Desserts include an ice box lemon pie, while the debut seasonal entrees include a grilled shrimp BLT with pork belly, bleu cheese, a fried green tomato and barbecue ranch.
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