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Inside Red Light, the New Boozy Dessert Bar

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Missy Frederick is the Cities Director for Eater.

Red Light [Photos: R. Lopez]

Desserts and drinks (and in many cases, a combination of both) are the focus of the new Red Light from restaurateur Aaron Gordon. The restaurant, which replaces Gordon's Bar di Bari, has a menu of ten different desserts that changes each day, many of which are spiked with liquor. That means dishes like Black & Tan Donuts, a Grand Marnier souffle and more. There are also takeout cupcakes from Gordon's Red Velvet venture.

The restaurant was designed by SwatchRoom, which has added "love-nest" seating (red leather banquettes and club chairs), plus some tables. There is also a concrete, 18-seat bar (there are 27 seats total) and a pastry bar. They'll be adding a 44-seat patio soon. The restaurant's name refers to 14th Street's more salacious years.

Rounding out the offerings are cocktails from Ari and Micah Wilde. Drinks include alcoholic slushies, a "Cake Shake" spiked with rum and cupcake and more. Red Light is scheduled to open April 10.

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1401 R St. NW Washington, DC