A slice of Alpine living is scheduled to land in D.C. on Tuesday, April 4, complete with a cozy raclette station, soaring sun-drenched ceilings, and a chic apres-ski environment.
Stable, the new 3,200-square-foot restaurant at 1324 H St. NE, is going for a farmhouse feel with lots of reclaimed woods, candles, and bright red pops of color — contributed by everything from lighting fixtures to napkins — intended to honor Switzerland’s flag.
Swiss-trained chefs David Fritsche and Silvan Kraemer tackled the design themselves, scouring the area for vintage accents. Windows were salvaged from an 1800s-era house in Luray, Virginia, while embossed roofing materials were obtained from a farm in Maryland. The kitchen counter tops are constructed out of wood that once pertained to a 120-year-old log cabin.
Durable Swiss military blankets were fashioned into cushion covers for a booth-laden area, which will accommodate interactive raclette service year-round. An illustrated steinbock, an iconic animal native to the Alps, hovers above. The wooden nook was built by Fritsche’s longtime friend, who visited from their hometown earlier this year. The mountainous region Fritsche grew up in is depicted in the 65-seat spot, as is the scenic area Kraemer hiked as a youngster.
Kraemer wants Stable to emulate top restaurants found on the Swiss slopes, both in its appearance and taste. He said the fare features French, German, Austrian, and Italian influences, including potato rosti with mushroom cream sauce. (More details about the menu to follow next week.)
Guests can expect a proper Swiss send-off when departing; Ricola drops are stationed by the door.