PoP Pho Patrol: Blackbyrd to be Renamed and become a Vietnamese Restaurant and Pho house at 14th and U Street, NW

by Prince Of Petworth October 17, 2012 at 11:23 pm 38 Comments

2005 14th St, NW

Last month we learned that Marvin had expanded into the second floor of Blackbyrd located at 2005 14th St, NW just north of U Street. Turns out much bigger changes are in store for the first floor of Blackbyrd (which opened back in July 2011.) Blackbyrd is going to change names and become a Vietnamese Restaurant and Pho house headed by Executive Chef James Claudio and his Vietnamese grandmother, Lap Claudio.

The Claudios are currently finalizing the menu but you can “expect steaming bowls of pho, (Bun) pork over vermicelli, Bahn Mi and hand made spring rolls”. Additionally they will serve Tiki cocktails, created by Brendan Murphy, who will headline the beverage program. While the new restaurant is aiming to have a grand opening November 5 you can get a sneak peek of the new look over the next 2 weekends.

  • Will be nice to have (hopefully) a decent Vietnamese option, including pho in the neighborhood.

  • Anonymous

    PLEASE name it Pho U!

    • monkeyrotica

      Speaking of which, any news on Spike’s self-service pho eatery, “Go Pho Yourself?”

      • Or his homage to the brisket loving Vietnamese community in South Texas, “Pho-Q”

        • Or the combination Vietnamese/Stand-up Comedy joint, Pho Knee.

          Though a real name may win: Pho King, in Alexandria/Del Ray.

          • washdsc

            Pho Kim Long in San Jose. There’s your winner.

      • Anonymous

        Or Snoop Dog’s Vietnamese noodle soup jont, “Pho Shizzle.”

    • Tq

      Pho U gets my vote. Great name. I also thought U Sushi should have been called U-shi.

      • indc

        Wouldn’t Pho Queue roll off the tongue a little easier? (Maybe this could go on Q Street somewhere)

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  • Boom

    Blackbyrd turning into a Pho restaurant? Swagger jacking at its finest, someone get ahold of Stephen A Crockett Jr asap…

    • man, in my day people used to have to get drafted to the ‘nam to get a decent bowl of pho. nowadays all these hipsters think of bahn mi as just another fast food option. we need to keep this real, y’all….

      • Anonymous

        The year was 1968. We were on recon in a steaming Mekong delta. An overheated private removed his flack jacket, revealing a T-shirt with an ironed-on sporting the MAD slogan “Up with Mini-skirts!”. Well, we all had a good laugh, even though I didn’t quite understand it. But our momentary lapse of concentration allowed “Charlie” to get the drop on us. I spent the next three years in a POW camp, forced to subsist on a thin stew made of fish, vegetables, prawns, coconut milk, and four kinds of rice. I came close to madness trying to find it here in the States, but they just can’t get the spices right!

        -Principal Skinner

  • I certainly hope the keep the bartenders around. These guys always made a great gin martini.

  • That sucks. The staff at Blackbyrd are great — friendly, efficient, and they mix a mean drink. Plus their Oyster Happy Hour was a real deal. *sigh*

    Hey Hilton Brothers, any chance of resurrecting Oyster HH at Chez Billy?

    • Anonymous

      I don’t fully agree. I thought that the drinks were quite good, but Blackbyrd wasn’t anywhere close to a bargain.

      • Overall I agree: not a bargain. But $1 oysters during HH? If you know of somewhere cheaper please post (for real, I’d love to know), ’cause that’s a steal.

        Also, would love to see the bar staff come up to Chez Billy… I love CB, but the drink service to tables is woefully slow and they could use some of the Blackbyrd folks up there.

        • Clyde’s and I think some of their other restaurants has 50% off raw bar during happy hour, which works out to be around a dollar an oyster. They also do late happy hour from 11-1, which is great at times.

        • PJ Clarke’s has $1 oysters during HH (4-7pm, I think) and 50 cents after midnight.

        • Chris

          Pearl Dive and Hanks both do an oyster happy hour.

    • Management

      It’s really funny that you say that about the oyster HH. We are going to take the equipment up to Chez Billy and set up an oyster raw bar in the den (small room adjacent to the downstairs bar) and pick up the $1 oyster happy hour. Give us a couple weeks to work out the details.

      • Wow… I liked Blackbyrd, of course, but we live only three blocks from Chez Billy. Thanks for sharing the great news!

      • chickadee

        I guess that means I’ll be a regular soon…

      • SO pumped for this!! Please keep PoP updated about this!!!!!

  • DC Noodle, which is remodeling right now, also has pho. I guess there will be a “pho down” at that intersection?

    The new development at that corner is going to be insane:

  • Anonymous

    If the Bahn mis are half as amazing as Dickson, this is going to be bad ass.

    • Dammit, now I want a Dickson banh mi. Those things are incredible.

      Also, points to the Hilton Brothers manager who popped on to answer a question!

  • Anonymous

    it’s “Banh Mi” not “Bahn Mi”

  • BBoss

    That’s too bad. I loved the music and food at Blackbyrd, and did I mention I loved the music? I don’t go out often anymore, but Blackbyrd had become the perfect reason to shut down the laptop at a decent hour on a Friday after a long week. Marvin just gets too crazy crowded for how tired I usually am. Oh well . . .

  • Anonymous

    I am really sad. I always enjoyed going to Blackbyrd. Oyster HH was a great deal and I like the bar much better than the super small Pearl Dive.

    I don’t even like Vietnamese food–so i guess I won’t going back to this locaton. ‘*sigh*.

    I like the person who said that the oyster HH should be moved to Chez Billy. I think that would be a good use of the upstairs bar.

  • Neal – Som Records

    Great news!

  • Anonymous

    If the Hiltons can charge $9 for a pint of Carlsberg will a bowl of pho be $25? I’d rather go up to Pho 14.

    • Or Pho Viet.

      • Little Saigon

        I agree, the Pho will be overpriced. No go for me.

  • Anonymous

    great because blackbyrd’s current concept sucked.

  • Anonymous

    Fine with me, hope they will deliver – to Petworth? They can keep opening pho places along 14th until they get it just right. I wish Nam Viet delivered, their #31 and crispy rolls are delicious…

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  • nate

    soul-pho. i’ll bring the 45s.


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