Judging Restaurant Previews – The New (no name yet) Restaurant Coming to Upshur Street in Petworth


A couple weeks ago we noted that Hogo (1017 7th Street, NW) would be previewing the menu of the new restaurant (still to be named) from Paul Ruppert (Room 11 etc.):

The project is coming into focus as a neighborhood bar with great bar food and a literary focus. Our back room will host literary events – author readings, book launches, poetry slams, fundraisers for literacy programs, and a Free Book library. Our chef, Makoto Hamamura, was the Sous Chef at Cityzen and we will offer elevated bar food plus a beverage program similar in quality to Room 11 and the Passenger. We hope to open around Labor Day.

Did anyone try out the menu?

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  • They should do a PoPville poll to pick the name. First take recommendations similar in nature to the caption contest. Then they pick their top three or five or whatever, and have an online voting period. My entry is “Abel’s” after Abel P. Upshur.

  • That sounds fantastic! I had a conversation just the other day about the massive book desert around here. Our closest non-religious or super-specialized bookstore seems to be Politics & Prose? Thank goodness for the Petworth library, but geez.

  • We didn’t have a chance to check out the preview, but we are definitely looking forward to it! Petworth is ripe for some new restaurants! Thanks for coming to the neighborhood!

  • Well, the author Philip K. Dick lived at 708 Varnum, NW, when he was a kid, so maybe something paying homage to him or to Upton Sinclair (buried at Rock Creek Church Cemetery).

  • Move the comments to the bottom of the posts. Searching for the button made me totally forget what I wanted to say! Again!

  • Wonder how I’d go about promoting my new book at this place…

  • justinbc

    We had a few things off the menu…
    Pork belly + grits + egg was like the perfect breakfast combination, and the egg was poached nicely. The serving size was relatively small, but it indicates that on the menu.
    The chicken sausage was fantastic, loaded with flavor, but served on totally plain white bread. Perhaps the intent was to make the flavor of the sausage the whole standout, but it definitely detracted some.
    S’mores waffle was excellent, exactly what it sounds like.

  • Love the name. Hey Petworth Citizen, can you please extend your menu to include the scrumptious pastries from Paisley Fig for the am?

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