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  • I mis sthe Red Palace but Vendetta looks very nice!

  • I thought the Palace was a hipster favorite? What happened?

  • I hope the new place is good but I’ll miss the Red Palace. It was a really solid place to grab a beer and chat with friends with no hassle.

  • Can we have one post without some simpleton mentioning hipsters? I’m sorry you can’t grow facial hair,I’m sorry you don’t own a bike,I’m sorry you have a decent job,I’m sorry you’re too fat to wear skinny jeans….We get it…

    Chrissakes can we move on? Just stay at your meat market bar with their 40 flat screen TV’s and the same tired Hyatt regency decor..Better yet get a sixer and stay home.

  • That paint job is tight.

  • I miss Red Palace as well

    Their brunch was one of my favorite hideouts in the early morning when i didnt want to see sun lol

  • It seems that even Englert wasn’t able to predict just how quickly H St. would become bro-ified. Going straight from vaudeville to bocce seems somehow counter to his presumed ethos.

    • Is bocce a bro thing now? That’s really disappointing. I was looking forward to coming here and revisiting a game I haven’t played since I was a little kid, but not if the atmosphere resembles a frat house.

      • I was coming here to say that it is not a “bro” thing. It is one of the fastest growing social sports in the district. I have had a blast playing with DC Bocce on a number of occasions and it brings every walk of life. Come have a beer and play a damn social game with your friends and give up on the labels.

        • +100000000

          Get over yourselves. While you’re anonymously pontificating how bros are ruining everything you never went to anyway, I’ll be out playing bocce, enjoying a drink and making some new friends.

      • I don’t know if you’d call it a “bro” thing, but it is one of those “social” sports along with kickball.

    • Do people really consider bocce ball to be a bro thing? It’s a game that old men play in Italy and people play at the beach. It’s just a game, it’s been around forever. I’ve been to places that have bocce in Brooklyn and there was always a good vibe. Seems pretty chill to me.

  • Aww, poor palace of wonders, and its later names. I thought it was only extra burnery on nights where burners were performing. I think their crowd was wider than that. This new place looks generic and boring as hell.
    Any chance of the palace re-opening somewhere else? What did they do with all the crazy decor?

    • “This new place looks generic and boring as hell.”

      What does that even mean? No place is boring if you’re with a good crowd.

  • Oh, good, you can still trip on the gas meter when leaving. Every time I bash my shins, I’ll think of good times at R&B.

  • justinbc

    My biggest complaint with this is that their menu online hurts my eyes to read. Their web designer should be fired.

  • justinbc

    To me the strangest part of this restaurant is that the bocce courts exist in the middle of the dining spaces. At least at Black Jack or Vinoteca those people who want to play are in a different area and don’t really distract / detract from those who want to eat.

  • Went there last night and I know it was their first service and there are kinks to be worked out, but it just wasn’t a good experience. My girlfriend ordered pinot grigio – they were out. I ordered papparadelle (to which the waitress responded, “Do you know what papparadelle is?”) – they were out. I ordered a beet salad – it never came. The bolognese had not been seasoned at all and just fell flat; it was also a tiny portion for $16.

    • If you’re going to share negative experiences of restaurants with the world, my advice is to wait a month after a place opens before you go.
      Cuz that’s just rude.

      • Just rude? Get outta here… s/he did give fair warning that it just opened, so that there are kinks to be worked out. But to be out of items on the first day of service? That’s not entirely excusable.

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