Seasoned chef Will Artley is back in a D.C. kitchen this week with the opening of Scotts Restaurant & Bar, which will serve roasted meats tableside off a vintage trolley while surrounding patrons with walls of literature. There’s also an adjoining members-only drinking club.
Scotts Restaurant & Bar (927 F Street NW), the first stateside venture from British hospitality vet Simon Lowe, is scheduled to kick off lunch and dinner service this Thursday, November 15.
Customers will have a hard time remembering the space’s former life as the dimly lit chocolate-centric eatery Co Co. Sala: Lowe’s color-soaked overhaul of the 3,500-square-foot restaurant adds inviting orange and blue seating and murals showcasing what diners are eating and drinking in the restaurant.
The restaurant is divided into three rooms: a dining room, a bar, and a club. To enforce its strict membership model, access requires a fingerprint scan from a private entrance on F Street. Once inside the intimate library-style setup, 35 members at a time can sample hard-to-find spirits from the associated Scotch Malt Whisky Society. The separate 850-square-foot venture is open to those who pay a $495 annual fee.
Weekend brunch will start right out of the gate and will feature live jazz. Eater will share more details about the menu before opening night. For now, here’s a first look at the exclusive space: