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The Adams Morgan Bar that Tried to Replace the Black Squirrel Has Already Closed

Seasons & Sessions lasted a little over a year

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Tierney Plumb is the editor of Eater DC, covering all things food and drink around the nation's capital.

Seasons & Sessions, the reincarnation of the Black Squirrel bar that was a longtime burger destination in Adams Morgan, is closing a little over a year after after the owners rebranded it.

Listing broker Pat Patrick tells Eater the three-story restaurant “decided to leave” and poured its last craft beer in the past few weeks. Seasons & Sessions opened in fall 2018 with a continued focus on beer and comfort foods. Other levels were used for private parties, live concerts, and arcade games.

The longtime owner of the building just put the four-story row house (2427 18th Street NW) on the market, but leasing out the restaurant space is also an option if a buyer doesn’t materialize.

The “Seasons” portion of the property encompassed a 60-seat gastropub on the first floor. Executive chef Moe Atari’s opening menu included duck wings slow-cooked in a sous-vide bath and coated in smoked mumbo sauce and a 7-ounce house burger with includes pork belly, onion straws, and barbecue sauce, noted WCP.

The basement was dedicated to “Sessions” — an 80-person bar and live music venue splashed with D.C.-themed murals of Freedom Plaza and the drum circle at Meridian Hill/Malcolm X Park. A third floor upstairs, formerly a private event space, was flipped into an arcade room with a virtual pinball machine. The fourth floor is residential.

Weekly deals included half-off burgers on Thursdays, a $34.99 three-course boozy brunch on weekends, and Sunday drag shows.

The popular nightlife strip in Adams Morgan is also home to draft beer mainstay Roofers Union and another subterranean music venue, Songbyrd.

Co-owner AJ Fastow’s group purchased the Black Squirrel — which had been known for burgers and beers since it opened in 2007 — in 2017. A second location opened under different ownership in Vienna, Virginia, but has since closed.

The Black Squirrel

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