I’ve been wondering for a while who’d be moving into the prime space formerly held by Randstad (next to Godiva Chocolates) at 1141 Connecticut Ave, NW.
Turns out it will be Mari Vanna Restaurant. According to a recent liquor license application, it will be:
“A fine dining restaurant serving traditional Russian cuisine with a seating capacity of 215 people inside and sidewalk café seating for 25 people outside. Total occupancy load is 250. Background music will be provided. There will be no entertainment and no dancing. No nude performance.”
It sounds like it’ll be from the same folks behind Mari Vanna in New York City:
“The menu offers time honored Russian classics such as the flavorsome customary soup Borsch with Pampushka, Beets, Broth, Beef, Cabbage, Carrots and Potatoes served with Sour Cream in a beautiful tureen that holds enough for seconds or thirds; try the dish that can be found on any dining table across Russia on any given holiday, the Olivier Salad, Diced Carrots, Green Peas, Pickles, and Cubed Bologna with a Light Sage Mayonnaise. There is also the beloved Beef Stroganoff served with Buckwheat and Mushrooms in Truffle Oil, warmed in an adorable Russian doll koozie of sorts; or the succulent Chicken Kiev Cutlets, cooked to perfection, juicy and moist, filled with a decadent herbed butter sauce. And the piece de resistance is of course the Petrossian Caviar platters from red to black served in a stackable Russian doll dish with Russian style blinis, sour cream, diced red onion and crumbled egg yolk.
Complementing the authentic fare is a vodka program like none other, featuring dozens of top-shelf Russian vodka, as well as selections from all over the world, more than 70 varieties total. Mari Vanna also makes an eclectic list of house-infused Russian vodkas with flavors ranging from sweet to spicy and savory. Guests can sip on vodka infused with Horseradish, Beets, Oats & Honey, Apricot, Watermelon, Garlic & Dill and Pineapple, just to name a few, all displayed in giant canisters at the bar.”
You can see their full NYC menu here.
I’ll be sure to update as construction progresses.