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Jake’s Tavern Is Finally Nearing An Opening Date In Shaw

The first phase is scheduled to debut next month at 1606 7th Street NW

Jake’s Tavern is hoping to open its downstairs bar and back patio next month.
Kristen Ciuba/Jake’s Tavern
Tierney Plumb is the editor of Eater DC, covering all things food and drink around the nation's capital.

Delayed neighborhood newcomer Jake’s Tavern, originally projected to arrive this spring, is now slated to debut its bottom half in early November in Shaw.

Locals Kristen Ciuba and her husband Todd Ciuba, a co-owner of five-year-old Black Whiskey (1410 14th Street NW), are behind the two-story casual gathering spot landing next to Dacha Beer Garden.

“Painting has started and we are getting closer to opening the first floor and [back] patio,” Kristen Ciuba tells Eater.

Jake’s Tavern (1606 7th Street NW) plans to serve an assortment of bar fare, like burgers, sandwiches, wings, and other shareable apps, as well as beers on tap, wines by the glass or bottle, and cocktails. A head chef has not yet been named.

Downstairs at Jake’s, the bar area will seat 20 and high top tables will fit 30.
Kristen Ciuba/Jake’s Tavern

Jake’s will get a new neighbor in the next few weeks with the arrival of Laotian restaurant Hanumanh (1604 7th Street NW), from the owners of critically acclaimed Thip Khao in Columbia Heights and Padaek in Falls Church. Expect a vegetable-heavy lineup of small dishes and Lao-inspired cocktails at the new 40-seat space. And growing Balkan eatery Ambar is considering going into a space across the street next year.

“We’re in good company over there and excited to get up and running,” adds Ciuba.

Jake’s will eventually grow with the addition of an upstairs space, opening at a TBA date, that will house another bar and event space.