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Natural Beauty: A Tour of the New Iron Gate

Missy Frederick is the Cities Director for Eater.

[Photos: R. Lopez]

Iron Gate is a restaurant with history. When it closed a few years ago, it had been the oldest continuously operating restaurant in the city. Neighborhood Restaurant Group brings their own version of the place back next week, and there are plenty of nods to the building's past within its design.

The building that houses the restaurant used to be own by a Civil War cavalry officer, and the kitchen and dining room occupy the space where his stables used to be. The old restaurant's most dramatic feature — a century-old wisteria tree that's essentially built into it — remains, along with the grapevine-decorated courtyard. Iron Gate has a 10 seat bar, year-round dining space for 16, and 50 seats in the outdoor courtyard (there's a protective cover to allow for dining there nearly year-round). An a la carte menu from chef Tony Chittum will be served outside, while a tasting menu will be available indoors. Iron Gate opens for dinner next Tuesday.
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Iron Gate

1734 N St. NW Washington DC