Old Porter’s and Penang Spaces Get Leased on 1200 block of 19th St, NW in Dupont

Former Porter’s space to become Irish Whiskey

Back in Jan. ’11, I wondered what was going on with this section of 19th St, NW just north of M Street. Sounds like it is back on track. The old Porter’s space at 1207 19th St, NW is going to become Irish Whiskey and the old Penang space 1837 M Street NW (just above the Chipotle) is going to become a Boqueria.

From a press release:

Boqueria, a popular contemporary tapas restaurant with two successful New York City locations, has signed a lease with Grosvenor Americas for 5,331 square feet of space at 1837 M St., NW in Washington, DC. Moving into the space formerly occupied by Penang Malaysian Cuisine, Boqueria plans to open in the fourth quarter of 2011.

Grosvenor Americas also has leased the adjacent 3,815 SF space at 1207 19th Street, NW to Irish Whiskey, which will take over the space formerly occupied by Porters Dining Saloon. A new concept from the owners of a nearby bar, The Mighty Pint, Irish Whiskey will be a “traditional public house” with a large selection of Irish whiskeys, unique beers, and Irish/American food.

“Grosvenor Americas is pleased to facilitate Boqueria’s expansion into Washington, DC,” said Perry C. Reith, Senior Asset Manager, Grosvenor Americas. “We are confident that Boqueria’s contemporary yet casual small plates concept will be as popular in the Golden Triangle as it is in New York City. Boqueria and its new neighbor, Irish Whiskey, will provide new social venue alternatives in this popular area just south of DuPont Circle.”

“Washington, DC is an exciting and bustling food town and we are honored to join the ranks of the city’s operators and restaurants,” said Boqueria owner Yann de Rochefort. (For more information, see www.boquerianyc.com.)

Former Penang space to become Boqueria

12 Comment

  • This is just perfect. When you leave Boqueria, still hungry despite blowing $75 on tiny plates of food, you can go downstairs and get an enormous burrito!

  • Sounds good to me. That’s smack dab in the middle of my office and thus on my happy hour radar.

  • Hopefully they can keep that awful smell in the alley right next to Porters

    • Haha! So true, Mony. The smell is usually accompanied by a nasty stream of greenish liquid that runs down the alley into 19th Street.

  • I loved Penang…

  • I didn’t even realize Penang had closed.

    I guess I haven’t been on that stretch of 19th in a while. When did it close?

    • A while ago…at least 3 months ago. And yeah, it was always busy, the food was good and inexpensive, the bar was always full too. I took my parents there when they visited in November and they loved it…a couple months later (my best guess is March/April) it was gone.

  • That property/lease must be ultra-super pricey. Penang was always busy.

  • This corner is less Golden Triangle, more Herpes triangle.

  • ledroittiger

    Can I just say that I hate The Mighty Pint and seriously doubt the worth of anything they plan on cobbling together. I can’t think of a worse group to open a “traditional public house.”

  • We’re looking forward to opening up in the old Porter’s space. The building has a lot of character. We are working with a great designer and think the changes will really improve the space. We plan to have around 30-40 irish whiskey’s as well as a good selection of scoth and american craft whiskey. We also are planning on around 12 drafts (as many craft as we can put in) as well as an extensive bottle selection.

    And with all due respect to “J”, we think The Mighty Pint is a great, no attitude, come as you are neighborhood bar with a great clientele. Hopefully you’ll give Irish Whiskey a go. We think it’ll be a great addition to the area.

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