The new restaurant British hospitality vet Simon Lowe has in mind for Penn Quarter will serve roasted meats tableside from a rolling cart and carve out space for a members-only drinking club.
Lowe’s debut D.C. restaurant, which is currently scheduled to open this September in the space formerly occupied by chocolate-centric eatery Co Co. Sala (927 F. Street NW), is divided into two parts.
Scotts Restaurant & Bar is the 3,500-square-foot template for upscale dining he’d like to see spread from here to New York City and Seattle and everywhere in between. The restaurant will offer seating for 70 in the main dining room, with room for another 45 at the Long Bar. The Cask Club is a separate 850-square-foot venture available to those who pay the $495 annual fee. It will have a private entrance (with a thumbprint scanner), seating for 35 in a personal library-like space with a fireplace, and access to select spirits carried by the associated Scotch Malt Whisky Society.
The opening menu for Scotts Restaurant & Bar includes assorted seafood offerings (raw oysters, shrimp cocktail, sushi), composed dishes (turkey burgers, crab cakes, New York strip), and daily specials (soups, pastas, catch of the day). There’s also a section dedicated to roasted meats — including lamb, prime rib, and pork — that would be presented to diners on a rolling cart.
Brunch offerings range from assorted pastries to a full Scottish breakfast. There’s also pitchers of bloody marys and mimosas.
Scotts Restaurant & Bar is projected to serve lunch on weekdays, dinner daily, and weekend brunch.