Hotel Monaco’s new restaurant opens this weekend.
In early August, hotel company Kimpton announced Dirty Habit would be replacing Poste, and the turnaround has been relatively quick for the new project.
Kimpton has described the space in Penn Quarter as having a "stylishly dark attitude" and and "edgy apocalyptic vibe." Chef Kyoo Eom, who oversaw Poste as well, has put together a shared plates menu with items like spicy tuna tartare, fried meatballs, roasted duck breast, hazelnut dacquoise, and coconut lime tarts.
There will be a large atrium and patio, so fans of Poste's destination outdoor space should be reassured on that front. Designers Dawson Design Associates went for a noir and Gotham-inspired look "designed to make you feel pleasantly uncomfortable," as the original release said.
Poste, the hotel's longtime restaurant and bar, closed this spring to make room for a new restaurant. There is a Dirty Habit restaurant in San Francisco as well, though it is now no longer affiliated with Kimpton.
Sommelier Sarah Ruiz was plucked from San Francisco for D.C.'s Dirty Habit, and she's concocting drinks like the sherry and walnut bitters-spiked Seeing Spots and the Matcha Picchu, which combines pisxco, falernum, guava, citrus, and matcha.