Penn Quarter Restaurant/Development News

Carmines located on 7th St, NW between D and E will be opening Aug. 3rd! I took a peek inside and it is huge. They’ll be training for a month and will be immediately ready to roll on Aug. 3rd. Menus are on the wall:

Sadly nearby at 410 7th Street, NW there doesn’t seem to be much movement on the bbq place Hill Country. The alcohol permit application has been removed from the window so I assume that’s not a good sign.

However there is some movement next door (where Apartment Therapy used to be):

I saw something about a theater on one of the permits but it wasn’t very clear. Anyone know what’s coming to this space?

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  • Holy Christ, 26.50 for Lasanga?!?!? That better be made with pure endangered animal meat and tomatoes hand picked by the pope for that price.

    I know people in DC don’t bat an eye at paying $13 for hamburgers, but this is just getting out of hand

    • ah

      Same stuff that goes into the $13.50 side of meatballs.

    • I’m assuming that this one will work like the one in NYC. For $26.50, you get a literal fuck ton of lasagna. Enough to feed 3-4 people at least. It’s a family style Italian restaurant, and pretty tasty!

      • +1

        I quite enjoy Carmine’s. IMO, it’s a better-done Buca di Beppo. I’m excited for it to open.

        That said, I don’t know if the height of summer is the best time to open an Italian restaurant. But, since there’s already some degree of name recognition, I don’t think Carmine’s will have any problems.

  • I was looking forward to Hill Country big time. BBQ is a sad state in DC.

  • Supposed to be family style so I’m guessing one entree is supposed to feed 2 people. Thus, $26.50 for 2 isn’t so bad ($13.25 each). At least I hope its family style. Otherwise, wowsers.

    Sucks about Hill Country, I was looking forward to that place.

  • SusanRH

    It is family style and will feed at least three people if not four.

  • Hill Country is still on — they are taking the entire first floor — the permits are for the restaurant (I believe they are using theater as a euphemism for live music/performance in the restaurant).

  • I should have added that the owner (a Bethesda native) hopes to be open this Nov/Dec.

  • Ditto to what the others said about the family style breakdown. I’m a New Yorker who grew up on Carmines and I’ve been waiting for this opening forever! Tip for eating right there is to go with a group of at least 6-10. I know that sounds absurd, but if you really want to sample different dishes (and you will want to!), you need a big group to justify ordering several plates. 3-4 people per plate is about right.

    I’m nervous that this one won’t be as good as the original on the UWS, but let’s hope that’s not the case. We need good Italian family-style food in DC! Bucca is just gross.

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