The long delayed venture (1770 Euclid Street NW) moved closer to a full-fledged opening earlier this month by unveiling the first of five planned dining operations: local restaurateur Erik Bruner-Yang’s all-day restaurant and bar, Brothers and Sisters; James Beard Foundation Award-winning restaurateur Spike Gjerde’s all-day coffee shop and bakery, the Cup We All Race 4; and A Rake’s Bar, the drinking den helmed by citrus-eschewing Woodberry Kitchen beverage guru Corey Polyoka. Additional eateries are expected to follow in the new year; Bruner-Yang’s intimate, grill-centric restaurant Spoken English is projected to arrive after Gjerde’s inaugural D.C. restaurant, A Rake’s Progress, comes online.
Though still technically in preview mode, locals are already making themselves at home at Bruner-Yang’s latest outpost.
“In D.C. especially, hotel bars and restaurants have a negative connotation and aren’t the place to be,” says Brothers and Sisters collaborator Todd Thrasher. “This could change that. This is a party atmosphere.”
In its first weekend up and running, Thrasher reports that the bar blew through seven gallons of its bloody mary mix. “That’s just insanity,” Thrasher says.
Bruner-Yang describes Brothers and Sisters as a “Western experience in a foreign country.”
“We didn’t try to do crazy food. We tried to make really simple food clean and delicious.”
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