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.
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.
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.