Major Refresh for Spaghetti Garden

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2317 18th Street, NW

A reader reports:

“Spoke with an employee and was told the inside is being redone and a relaunch of an Italian restaurant is going where spaghetti garden is located. Saw a draft menu online. No idea when it was opening. Hopefully soon since Pasta Mia closed.”

Spaghetti Garden’s website says:

“It all began in 1980 with two brothers and a dream.

In 1980 brothers Solemin and Iraj set foot in Adams Morgan and began preparing food they enjoyed eating upon arriving in America. They opened what was then the second restaurant in Adams Morgan and it was a great hit. Times changed, the baton has been passed and now a passionate culinary team with equally passionate bartenders have come together to bring small plates, spot on cocktails, great wines and select beers to Adams Morgan”

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9 Comment

  • Wait, does the current one even serve food? I thought it was a late night cheap beer bar only much like Roxanne. If this new look is going to succeed they will need to throughly steam clean the bud light and college sweat out and make those classic, but mundane, Italian dishes really really well.

  • Now I feel old – I remember when it opened in my old neighborhood. We were so eager to have another restaurant, especially an affordable one (the old Serbian Crown was NOT affordable) and we wished for more like that. So basically it’s all our fault ;).

  • Grey, the un-color.

  • Ashy Oldlady

    This place along with the enormous bar complex attached to it (Roxanne/Peyote/etc.) is dirty and sketchy, pretty much the last place I’d want to eat. But the rooftop is an oasis on the weekends. They will probably do well now that Pasta Mia is gone.

  • The food was awful 25 years ago. It’s amazing they’ve stayed in business as anything.

    • The Adams Morgan liquor license moratorium allowed a lot of otherwise unprofitable, generic establishments to remain in business for a loooooooooong time thanks to monopoly power. As long as you sold booze, you basically had a license to print money. The end of the moratorium two years ago has forced out a lot of the old venues to step up your game. Hence, Spaghetti Tavern is getting a re-boot, Pasta Mia is exiting, Millie & Al’s is being sold while rates are still low and a tavern license is still worth $$$, etc. I’d expect more mediocre places to close as now any new restaurant can apply for and receive a liquor license (taverns and nightclubs are still under the moratorium until 2018).

  • “Times changed, the baton has been passed and now a passionate culinary team with equally passionate bartenders have come together to bring small plates, spot on cocktails, great wines and select beers to Adams Morgan” — Aaagh. Small plates march onward.

  • I remember when this was briefly converted into Spaghetti Western in the 1990s, I think. Then it quickly reverted back to Spaghetti Garden. I haven’t been there in years. Do they still have the house salad with the super-garlicky parmesan dressing?

    • Spaghetti Western would be an excellent theme for a place – they should change the name back to that for their brand refresh. While I am also not super excited about the typical small bites/craft cocktail/massive upcharge trend for new places I will gladly welcome almost any change that happens to this place (except another nail salon…please no more nail salons. anywhere.)

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