Things didn't go very well the first time around for Penn Quarter's 901, a new concept from the people behind Capitol City Brewing Company that opened in May serving global small plates in a flashy dining room. The menu got a smack from Washington Post critic Tom Sietsema back in July and has been pretty much ignored by the critics ever since. Even a press release admits that diners were telling the self-described "sexy Chinatown bistro" that its menu "did not embrace the personality" of the neighborhood. So not a great start.
Today, though, 901 reveals a totally revamped menu that a rep says they've been working on for two months as part of a restructuring of the concept. And what's that new menu like? Well, they are located just by Chinatown, so why not go Asian, right? There already was an Asian spin on the menu and now it will go bigger to about 30 Asian-inspired dishes to include both shareable plates and bigger entrees — things like Chinese spiced duck breast, craft beer satay using the restaurant's own beer, wonton ravioli and more.
901 [Photo: Facebook]