Ten-year-old Cork Wine Bar just completed its first weekend of service at its freshly renovated restaurant/retail shop (1805 14th Street NW), welcoming diners with some familiar offerings served in an entirely new setting.
Co-owners Diane Gross and Khalid Pitts announced in September that they planned to leave their standalone location at 1720 14th Street NW and move up the block, folding the neighborhood restaurant into the market and tasting room they also operated just down the road. The unification included some improvements, such as a new patio, private dining room, and first-time lunch service.
Eric Gronning of nearby Gronning Architects helped with the redesign. There’s handmade black-and-white geometric tiles from neighbor Ann Sacks, light wood flooring that doubles as wall and ceiling coverings from Floors on 14th, and glassware from HomeRule. Amanda McClements, founder of retail outposts Salt and Sundry and Little Leaf, is working on beautifying the garden patio.
Back in the kitchen, market chef Ian Morrison will prep a lineup of cheese, charcuterie, salads, sandwiches, as well as Cork’s famous fried chicken and avocado bruschetta. New to the menu is a weekly grilled cheese night and a kid-friendly menu. Executive chef Jason Schreuder is also still on board.
Status: Certified open. 1805 14th Street NW; website.
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