Two high-profile local chefs have signed up to operate restaurants at The Line, the upcoming Adams Morgan hotel bound for 1789 Columbia Road NW next year — including Baltimore's Spike Gjerde, who will debut his first project in D.C. there.
The hotel will feature restaurants from both Erik Bruner-Yang (Maketto and formerly Toki Underground) and Gjerde (Woodberry Kitchen, Parts and Labor) when it opens in early 2017. The restaurants for the hotel, as well as its other public spaces, are slated to be housed in the historic First Church of Christ building on the property, which dates back to 1912.
Sydell Group, which operates such high-profile hotels as The NoMad in New York (another is coming to Los Angeles), and Freehand in Miami and Chicago, is developing the multi-million dollar project. The company's hotel restaurants across the country often emerge as destinations, such as acclaimed The NoMad restaurant in Manhattan. There is another Line hotel in Los Angeles's Koreatown, which houses restaurants from celebrity chef Roy Choi.
Though Gjerde has a major presence in Baltimore, this is the first D.C. restaurant for the James Beard Award-winning chef, who is known for his intense commitment to local sourcing. He and Bruner-Yang have collaborated in the past on pop-up events in Baltimore. For his D.C. restaurant, Gjerde will partner with longtime collaborator Corey Polyoka, who will handle the mixology program.
The hotel is expected to have 220 guest rooms, two restaurants, a coffee shop, plus other amenities like an indoor pool, sauna, steam room and events spaces. The development company works to try to incorporate the character of the neighborhood into its properties, such as its nods to Koreatown in the Los Angeles Line Hotel.
A hotel for the Adams Morgan historic property has been in the works for many years, though it has changed hands and names over time. Sydell Group christened it The Line in 2014.