Monday, October 19, 2009

"Proof" team coming to Logan; Birch & Barley opening next week?

A quick bit of restaurant news to pass along: it seems that the team behind trendy Penn Quarter wine bar Proof are headed to Logan. They are planning to open a Spanish-themed restaurant called "Prado" that is current unnamed in the space at 14th and S streets formerly occupied by the Garden District (before they moved across the street). No word on how much of a focus wine will be at this new establishment, but if Proof is any indication, it will feature a fine selection.

No opening date has yet been set for the new establishment.

With Cork already firmly entrenched, and the forthcoming Cork Market and Cork and Fork, is 14th Street becoming the city's hangout for oenophiles?


In other restaurant-related news, nothing's official yet, but...we have received a tip that the folks behind the long-awaited Birch & Barley and ChurchKey--the restaurant and beer-themed bistro, respectively--set to move into the former Dakota Cowgirl space are aiming for a soft opening as early as next week. If you've been by the space recently, you see that they're putting the finishing touches on the interior, while staff training is commencing as well.

Anyone who has followed these two establishments knows that there have been several false starts, so any discussions of opening dates should be taken with several grains of salt. However, the opening date does appear to be imminent, and who knows...they might be able to coax a couple more pleasant evenings out of the weather in order to test drive their rooftop deck.


Anonymous said...

thats so funny, you didn't say a word about masa 14!

Anonymous said...

There were patrons and candles lit last night (10/19) at Birch and Barley. I think their soft opening is going on quietly or it was some sort of a test run of the kitchen by management.

Kevan said...

I spoke to management last week and they informed me that the rooftop will not be open until next year (spring).

Anonymous said...

i went by last night (20th) and there was a soft opening going on. the guy at the door suggested that they are opening tonight (21st).

Anonymous said...

The owner of the wine-themed Proof in Penn Quarter has signed a lease for a second restaurant in Logan Circle. Estadio is its name, and Spanish will be its game.

"Everyone else is doing Italian," says Mark Kuller. "I thought we should do something different." Estadio (that's "stadium" in Spanish) is taking the place vacated by the Garden District store at 1520 14th Street NW (at Church Street); the 100-or-so-seat restaurant is expected to be serving northern Spanish food by late spring or early summer, according to Kuller.

Mr. 14th & You said...

Thanks anon!

A bit strange to call a restaurant "stadium", no?