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A New Bento Box Spot in Dupont Turns Into a Club With Boozy Boba at Night

Neon-lit Tokyo Pearl opened on Connecticut Avenue NW last Friday

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Tokyo Pearl will sell bento boxes by day and start selling boozy bubble tea and Japanese street food at night.
Tokyo Pearl [official photo]

Dupont Circle just got an anticipated, graffiti-lined Japanese gastropub that transforms into a Tokyo-style lounge at night.

Tokyo Pearl (1301 Connecticut Avenue NW) welcomed its first customers last Friday and opened for lunch yesterday. Stephanos Andreou, who owns Asian-Latin restaurant Sakerum on 14th Street NW, opened the new two-part venue.

The daytime operation in the colorful space focuses on fast-casual bento boxes prepared from a walk-up ordering counter. A nearby back patio fits 43 patrons on bright red chairs and benches. A retractable awning will be installed to protect the outdoor space and keep it open year round.

Each box order ($9.88) includes a base of rice or greens, protein options including hot teriyaki meats or cold seafood, two veggie sides, a sauce, and toppings. Here’s a look at the opening menu:

Hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. to start, with dinner and brunch bentos joining the rotation soon. Happy hour starts at 3 p.m. and runs until 8 p.m. On weekends, bentos will be sold until midnight, and the bar will stay open until 3 a.m. An online app will help speed up the ordering process.

At night, the //3877-designed venue will flip into a club featuring a menu full of Japanese street foods such as bao buns and sushi. There’s also hookah service, with modern vape-enabled options inside. Soon Tokyo Pearl will start selling six types of bubble tea, including three boozy versions for adults.

Late-night Lebanese street foods spot Muncheez is also capitalizing on the day-to-night Dupont corridor by opening a new location this summer in the former DGS Delicatessen space nearby .

This week Tokyo Pearl will install a Function One sound system — Shaw nightclub Flash is one of the few venues that have one in the city — alongside a high-tech light system similar to the ones at LIV and Story clubs in Miami.

A grand opening party is scheduled for Friday, August 16, starring Las Vegas’s DJ Manifesto.

Cult-favorite anime cartoons playing across a huge TV wall also aim to bring a slice of Japanese culture to D.C.

Glossy benches painted with koi fish line Tokyo Pearl’s 800-square-foot patio.
Tokyo Pearl [official photo]
Assorted wine and cocktails at Tokyo Pearl.
Tokyo Pearl [official photo]
Neon signage spelling “It Was All a Dream” and “Now Let’s Play” set the scene.
Tokyo Pearl [official photo]
Asian-themed art of pandas, maneki-neko figurines (lucky cats), koi fish, and toothy tigers line the walls at Tokyo Pearl.
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Attention to detail also creeps into the bathrooms, where there’s a circular light installation, a black light-lit gorilla pattern on the ceiling, and a metal octopus-shaped mirror.
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A curtain covered with an image of sumo wrestler shields the kitchen area.
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Sushi at Tokyo Pearl.
Tokyo Pearl [official photo]
Bento boxes at Tokyo Pearl.
Tokyo Pearl [official photo]

Tokyo Pearl

1301 Connecticut Avenue Northwest, , DC 20036 (202) 817-3187 Visit Website

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