After more than 40 years across D.C. and Virginia, iconic Clarendon sports bar Mister Days reached the end of its run this spring. Mister Days’ 80-year-old owner Owner Robert E. Lee closed the doors for good, and news immediately broke that chef Patrick Crump of nearby Clarendon Grill would take over.
Now there are more details about what Crump is planning for Mister Days, and it is not a sports bar. A replacement called The Renegade is slated to move in later this month to the two-story space at 3100 Clarendon Boulevard, transforming it into a coffee shop, restaurant, and live music venue.
“The neighborhood has really been missing IOTA Club since they closed last year,” Crump stated in a press release. “We want to give people a place to eat great food, have a drink, and catch a good show.”
The cafe will open early (6 a.m. on weekdays and 7 a.m. on the weekends) with plans to serve Stumptown coffee. The Renegade’s menu goes beyond typical wings and nachos, with plans to serve cuisine with influences from across the globe. Dishes will include lemongrass beef with crushed peanuts and crispy shallots, crispy Korean chicken with spicy gochujang barbecue sauce and moo shu pancake, and fried yucca with jalapeno aioli.
The Renegade won’t look anything like Mister Days, either. Expect to find moody matte black walls, Bauhaus-style art, metal-topped bars, concrete floors, and crystal chandeliers.