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Neighborhood Favorite Pursuit Wine Bar Reopens in a New H Street Location This Week

Pursuit has a bigger, brighter space and more fresh pastas

Assorted dishes at Pursuit Wine Bar
Pastas, meatballs, and small plates at Pursuit Wine Bar.
Meaghan Webster Photography/Pursuit

After closing for a few months, Pursuit Wine Bar & Kitchen returns to H Street NE this week in a bigger, brighter location that will dish out fancy grilled cheeses, pastas made on-site, and wines from a global list. The reinvented restaurant from owners Kathleen Davis and Thomas Boisvert is scheduled to open at 5 p.m. on Thursday, October 31.

The date-night spot went dark this summer to relocate a few blocks west to 1025 H Street NE, a corner property with loads of natural light. All-day cafe and cocktail bar Ella Grace has since slid into the space where Pursuit opened five years ago (1421 H Street NE).

The second iteration features more food options than the original. Longtime favorites like its BLT pasta and “Little Salty Sweet” panini will make a comeback alongside dishes like Romesco radiatori and meatballs. Other Italian and French-themed small plates are also in the mix.

Meatballs from Pursuit
Meatballs from Pursuit
Meaghan Webster Photography/Pursuit
Bolognese from Pursuit
Bolognese from Pursuit
Meaghan Webster Photography/Pursuit

The wine list plays up more small producers, multi-generational family wineries, and female makers. H Street is also home to 2-year-old natural wine bar Dio, which recently retooled its menu with help from local gourmet market Odd Provisions.

The roomier layout includes a patio, an indoor/outdoor bar, banquettes, dining tables, and a communal table designed for large groups and tastings.

Floor tiling at Pursuit
Whimsical floor tiling spells out “Cheers!” at Pursuit.
Meaghan Webster Photography/Pursuit
The wine wall at Pursuit
Soaring whitewashed brick walls show off wine bottles.
Meaghan Webster Photography/Pursuit

Pursuit 2.0 will debut lunch service for the first time, starting at 11 a.m. on Monday, November 11. For now, hours are daily from 5 p.m. to 12 a.m. There’s also happy hour seven days a week (4 p.m. to 7 p.m.) and weekend brunch.

Wine pours at Pursuit
Pursuit will offer flights and by-the-glass options.
Meaghan Webster Photography/Pursuit
Olives and wine at Pursuit
Warm olives with lemon and feta at Pursuit.
Meaghan Webster Photography/Pursuit

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