Today, West End's new Squash on Fire sports club has opened its "sexy and dynamic" full-service bar and restaurant. It's called Upper West Side Cafe and it's now serving up a full menu featuring everything from fried rice balls and bread salad to alcoholic beverages.
The centerpiece of the sleek 19,700-square-foot membership-free squash facility deals mostly in small plates, sandwiches, juices, coffees, and specialty drinks.
The chef behind the menu hails from Austrian-influenced Kafe Leopold in Cady’s Alley. Shareable selections ($5-$6) include Brussels sprouts and arancini, while the salads and bowls section ($11-$13) spins out roasted Amish chicken, cauliflower and curry, as well as hanger steak salad. Heartier fare ($14-$21) includes Mediterranean cod, and Spanish octopus with summer panzanella salad.
Customers can also take it outside; there’s an outdoor terrace overlooking M Street next to the bar area.
Upper West Side Cafe is expected to operate from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and is open to outside guests/non-squash players.
Squash on Fire sits in a growing fitness mecca in D.C.; trendy athletic clubs Equinox and SoulCycle are neighbors.
Status: Certified open; 2233 M Street NW; website.