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Southeast Asian Restaurant Coming to 1401 S St, NW Opening this Summer, Will be called Doi Moi

by Prince Of Petworth — February 19, 2013 at 11:23 pm 27 Comments


14th and S Street, NW

From a press release:

Chef Haidar Karoum and restaurateur Mark Kuller, the team behind Proof and Estadio, announce today that construction has begun on their forthcoming restaurant, Doi Moi, at 1800 14th Street NW. Doi Moi will offer regional cuisine of Vietnam and Thailand, inspired by the dishes found at street stands, stalls, and storefronts in the great cities of these food-obsessed nations.

The restaurant space, approximately 5,000 square feet, spans two buildings — one new, one historic. The ground level space in the new building will include a large open kitchen featuring a custom Jade cooking suite, a quartz kitchen counter, tumbled marble floors, and a dining room with oversized bay windows and custom crafted bench seating.

The remainder of the restaurant is housed on the ground and lower levels of the historic four-story building on the Northwest corner of 14th and S streets that will also be the entry point for the new 125-unit District apartment complex. This building, constructed in 1909, most recently served as the headquarters of the Whitman-Walker clinic, and has been beautifully restored to its original Classic Revival style.

The ground level space will feature a dining room with a full glass facade, a large rectangular bar, wide plank oak floors, oversized leather booths, and a large, bordered, adjoining patio. The lower-level space will include a curated cocktail bar — dubbed “2 Birds 1 Stone” — as well as additional booth and lounge seating where patrons will be able to enjoy a scaled down version of the menu offered in the main dining rooms.

Doi Moi, which literally means “new change,” is typically used to denote renovation, renewal or reconstruction. It also is the term used to describe a series of “open door” economic and social policies introduced in Vietnam in 1986. According to Mr. Kuller, “The name was chosen because it embodies many elements of this project — the progressing renewal and reconstruction of 14th Street, the renovation of this beautiful historic building, the open door nature of great hospitality, and the new change that captures my personal and continuing transition from corporate tax attorney to restaurateur.”

Justin Guthrie, currently the General Manager at Estadio, will assume that position at Doi Moi while Adam Bernbach, Bar Manager for Proof and Estadio, will expand his role to include this new project, and will be based at 2 Birds 1 Stone.

Griz Dwight of Grizform Design, the DC-based architect responsible for Proof and Estadio, is designing the space. Potomac Construction Services of Bethesda, Maryland is serving as general contractor, as they did on Proof and Estadio. A summer 2013 opening is anticipated.

  • How is a “curated cocktail bar” different from a “regular cocktail bar?” Because if it involves sexy lab interns, nerd glasses, and formaldehyde shots, I’m all in.

    • Anonymous

      The difference is $3 a glass

  • Anonymous

    I hardly recognize this corner.

  • Anonymous
  • kc

    Since they have already foisted their overpriced pours on us in water glasses — for cava, really?! — what fresh abomination shall we expect from this place? Plastic Dixie cups… “because that’s what they drink out of in Thailand”?

  • Steer clear of any place that spends 5 of the 7 paragraph press release talking about the architecture and the construction, rather than the food or drink.

    • WREinDC

      I’ll second that. It seems that the quality of food is second to the restaurant design for many of these new places on 14th street.

      • WalbridgeGuy

        Well, it’s a press release about the construction beginning, so I don’t think it’s unusual that they focus on the construction. If this were the release for the opening of the restaurant you may have a point, but that’s not what this is.

  • Maybe we could give the place a chance before ripping it apart? Estadio, while yes a little pricey, is delicious (with great service) and I love going there for special occasions.

    • monkeyrotica

      Maybe if they spent less space talking about what the tabletops are made of and more time on what they actually plan to serve ON them…

      • Then what? everyone spends their time griping about how fresh the ingredients will be and joking about if they’re really just going to open a packet of ramen and serve it for $20… I’m just saying, this is typical PoP, complaining about something before it can even open its doors. sheesh!

        • AP

          +1

    • Partially disagree. Food is indeed good, but I’ve had service problems each times I’ve gone — both for lunch and dinner. Proof on the other hand? All good, every time.

  • Anonymous

    I hope the food is good (and not another Hanoi House… ewww).

  • Anonymous

    Southeast Asian street food for Estadio/Proof prices…makes sense…

  • How many VA frat douches will mispronounce the name as “do me”?

    • Anonymous

      How do you pronounce it?

  • I’m excited for any business to take the risk of opening up in DC right now. I’m more excited about the bakery at 14th and T though 🙂

  • Spike is already planning a pale imitation called No Doi.

  • Is 2 Birds 1 Stone anything like 2 Girls 1 Cup?

    • kc

      More like All Hat, No Cattle.

  • Sara

    the name begs to be mispronounced

  • Jay

    I just want to know when will the District apartments finally announce pricing and move-in dates…once I move in, then I can enjoy my Asian dinner downstairs!;)

  • Rebecca

    I thought there was going to be a Ted’s Bulletin here- are they not coming anymore, or are they going somewhere else?

  • Mk

    Haters. Haters. Haters stop hating.

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