El Chucho’s Roof Deck Gets a Roof in Columbia Heights

Following in the footsteps of Red Derby’s roof deck getting a roof comes El Chucho located at 3313 11th St, NW. DC Eater reports it will be heated as well. I understand the desire to utilize the space year round but I’m anti-roofs for roofs deck. What do you guys think – do you prefer an open roof decks that can only be used in the warmer months or covered roof decks that can be used year round?

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  • i wish i lived in columbia heights.

  • Come’on summer! Margarita’s on the roof!!!

  • I generally prefer a combo of both, if possible. A covered area and an uncovered. I like Red Derby’s because the sides are still open, but you can be up there in the rain. For a place as tiny as El Chucho, I think they have to cover it just take advantage of the increase in seating capacity.

  • I wish their tacos were better….

  • El Chucho is always packed so they really do need to open up more space in such a small bar.

  • I prefer a roof because if it’s raining you can still go up there and if it’s sunny you don’t have the sun beating down on you.

  • Can they put a deck on this new roof, basically enclosing the “second floor”, and expand their seating capacity?

  • A roof deck definitely needs some kind of shade. Maybe one of those rolling retractible thingies is the happy medium. But there is NO question of sitting on a DC roof in the DC summer without serious shade. To do without it would cut the usable time to about three weeks of the year.

  • Chucho=Dog in Central American Spanish slang. I hope the owner is not korean and that chucho is his nickname….just sayin.

  • I’ll give this place another shot soon. I wasn’t impressed last summer– the wait staff wasn’t friendly, the food was mediocre and they wouldn’t serve my partner and I double margaritas (which weren’t very strong).

  • My wife and I call this Chucha which, in Panama, does not mean dog. It means something else.

    • Not just panama. Also where I grew up in nueva jersey.
      And every single Ecuadorean man I know.

    • Haha, I lived in Panama too and know what that means :) And is that really a zinc roof I see (like you might find on a chucha’s ranchero shack in the Panameno countryside)? It will be hotter than hell up there if so…

  • Now all they need is a chef.

  • 16 comments and I’m surprised that no one has commented on the bedroom window facing new rooftop deck! I wonder – if I were the neighbor – if I would have guessed that a successful small business would move in next to me AND commercialize their roof. Just goes to show that you have to be really careful when considering residential property mixed in with/next to/on top of/below/across the street from commercially zoned areas. But, that’s the glass (potentially) half empty. First on the roof for happy hour? Glass overflowing!!

    • squish

      That’s the first thing I thought of as well — glad I don’t live there!!

    • If Chucho was smart, they’d give that neighbor free drinks and food whenever they wanted. Most people can have their acquiescence bought.

      Or give the neighbor a small amount of profit sharing in the business (1-2%). That would really align their interests.

      • My friend lives in the bedroom facing the roofdeck. She benefits from a consistent good neighbor discount every time she goes in.

  • My main issue with El Chucho’s roof deck is that it only has dinner seating. What’s the point of a roof deck if you can’t just casually enjoy a few drinks in the sun? Since the food’s not so great, it would give me a reason to go. I think they could squeeze more people up there, expand their clientele, and make more money by converting the roof deck to a bar.

  • Love that place and a roof deck sounds awesome.

  • I hope they got the permission of the owner of the adjacent building to anchor the beams for the roof to his or her wall.

    Also, a restaurant roof deck that looks into someone else’s window? Rude.

  • I live up the road from El Chucho and have been there about 8 times but never gotten a table. I leave my name for hour plus wait no matter what night it is then head to Meridian Pint for a drink to wait. As right as rain I end up just eating at Meridian. I’m convinced that El Chucho is intentionally that small so Meridian Pint will have more downstairs business. I’m not being serious but I really have never been able to eat at El Chucho. It better be amazing once I finally do.

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