Adams Morgan is losing four eateries but gaining a new five-in-one, gay-friendly sports bar this summer with Pitchers.
JR’s bar manager turned first-time restaurateur David Perruzza is assuming the Herculean task of transforming the existing structure at 2317 18th Street NW — which most recently housed Italian eatery Spaghetti Garden, dive bar Brass Monkey, casual restaurant Roxanne, and basement karaoke lounge Peyote — into a fully integrated unit by this June. Metro Weekly reports that Perruzza plans to carve out room for five different bars inside the 10,000-square-foot-space, including: a basement bar geared to serve the lesbian community; a tavern-style restaurant on the first floor; a communal meeting area for local charities and civic groups; and two rooftop bars projected to broadcast various sporting events throughout each season.
The goal, Perruzza tells Metro Weekly, is to create a “positive, safe space” for members of D.C.’s LGBTQ community to be themselves. Eater reached out to Perruzza for comment about his ambitious plans but has not heard back.
According to Metro Weekly, Pitchers is projected to open on Friday, June 8.