A few weeks ago I noted Boundary Road, coming to 414 H St, NE, was starting to look good. Last week I was lucky enough to chat with owners Karlos Leopold and Brad Walker (and much of the team) as well as get a peek of the space. It was great to see that construction on the inside was much further along than I thought. It’s also much bigger than I thought at nearly 2,000 square feet (probably seating around 80-100 people). You can sorta tell from a picture I’ll post below but there will be a phenomenal bar, lots of reclaimed wood, and even some awesome lighting from Corehaus Designs.
Chef Brad Walker was kind enough to share a bit of his background:
I started working in the restaurant business when I was 15 at a crab shack/Greek restaurant in Bel Air, MD. I worked mostly in front of the house positions through college and after. My first job in the area was with Ragtime in Arlington, where my current business partner and I met. I attended L’Academie de Cuisine in Gaithersburg in 2006. For my externship, I was with the opening staff at Central, Michel Richard. After 9 months with Central, I was hired as a cook at Proof, before being promoted to Sous Chef. I spent a little more than a year with Haidar Karoum before I moved over to Cashion’s Eat Place with Chef John Manolatos. After a few years, I left Cashion’s in a short-lived attempt to help an unnamed company open a few new places. After bouncing around the local restaurant scene, I landed with Chef Fabio Trabocchi at Fiola as a cook shortly after they opened. I have been working towards Boundary Road for many years, with some of the best chefs in DC. I’m excited for the opportunity to cook for my new neighbors on H street and the city at large.
And here’s a look at their opening day menu:
While there will be a serious focus on food – drinks will not be neglected. There will be 8 beers on tap and 12 or so in bottles. Karlos describes it as a combination between an American Bistro and Beer Tavern.
They are hoping for a mid-January opening.
I’ve said it before and I’m sure I’ll say it again – this looks like another huge score for H Street.