Named after a Motorhead song, Shaw's Eat the Rich is the latest installment from local restaurateur Derek Brown. It's two doors down from his recently launched Mockingbird Hill, and will soon bookend Derek's trifecta of dining spots along 7th St when his Southern Efficiency opens later this year.
While Mockingbird Hill was all about jamon and sherry, Eat the Rich is all about oysters and pitchers of cocktails. There are four types of cocktail pitchers, including mezcal and bourbon, and the pitchers capture the spot's ethos because patrons will be able to share their oysters and their drinks. And since this is from the same guy behind The Passenger and Columbia Room, expect the inclusion of housemade bitters, unique syrups, and unusual flavors in the cocktails.
Mustachioed man Tim Hayes will be Eat the Rich's general manager and says Eat the Rich will be open later than other places in the neighborhood letting people in the industry grab a bite to eat after hours. Diners will be able to order cold and raw food until last call. Like Mockingbird Hill, Eat the Rich will be closed on Mondays.
Eat the Rich is pretty minimal with its decor, with exposed brick painted a dark gray and lots of wood. The restaurant's interior has a bar in the front and picnic table seating in the back holding a bit more than 50 people, but many more patrons can fit into the space. And it will be sharing a kitchen with its neighbor Southern Efficiency once that's up and running.
With Eat the Rich opening up and another restaurant on the way, don't expect Derek and his team to slow down anytime soon. If hitting up any of his spots and Derek Brown happens to be around, ask him about the latest tattoo on his forearm of a saber and a bottle of bubbles. There's a good story behind it. Status: Soft opening today, official opening Saturday. 1839 7th St NW; website.
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