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New Oyster Bar, Eat The Rich, Coming to Shaw

by Prince Of Petworth March 10, 2013 at 11:11 pm 33 Comments

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1841 7th Street, NW

A couple weeks ago we saw the location of Derek’s Brown Mockingbird Hill – 1843 7th Street, NW. Now comes even more news for the construction on the 1800 block of 7th St, NW. Right next door to Mockingbird Hill will be a new oyster bar called Eat The Rich. A liquor license posted out front says:

“Bar focusing on Farm Raised Chesapeake Oysters, local beer, and mixed drinks. Seating Capacity is 67, with a total Occupancy Load of 67.”

I’m not really a big fan of the name but a “Bar focusing on Farm Raised Chesapeake Oysters, local beer, and mixed drinks” sounds awesome. Stay tuned.

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  • Anon

    “Eat the rich”? Play on words because oysters have pearls?


  • poopoo

    hush! be soylent!

  • csuspect

    Name must come from the Motorhead song “Eat the Rich” which is a big plus in my book! Here’s the Eat the Rich video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h45WnW0ASFY

    • Anon X

      For real? Why must it come from Motorhead?

      “Eat the Rich” is a very common idiom and it indicates the idea that if the poor get too poor, the rich will suffer too. Its first use is widely attributed to be by Rousseau who reportedly said at some point “when the people shall have nothing more to eat, they will eat the rich”.

      Or… it could be a reference to a motorhead song, or… even Aerosmith…

  • Anonymous

    I’ve seen a few reference to farm-raised oysters lately. I grew up among oyster beds on Puget Sound, and I have no idea how you would get “wild” oysters commercially. They are raised in beds and harvested by oystermen. Who would buy a single oyster plucked off a rock somewhere? So I guess “farm-raised” doesn’t seem like a real bonus point. More a commercial fact of life.

    • anon


    • Ugh. The oysters are SO much better when they’ve been hand-plucked by teenage Japanese pearl divers. I don’t bother eating them anywhere else. It’s the “wooder.”


    • KenyonDweller

      Not to mention that Chesapeake oysters aren’t all that good. Cold water oysters are more flavorful, such as the one that come from Puget Sound, BC, and Maine.

  • Anonymous

    I think they should open a Dean Martin-themed restaurant that specializes in eels and call it “That’s a Moray.”

  • I think Mockingbird Hill is a terrible name, too, for the type of food they’re serving. Sounds more like a “gastropub” (hate that term but…) or a bar with great burgers and homey food. Not sherry and ham.

    Alas, ham and oysters…not much for the hebrew folks in the area with them, but I’m glad any business is opening!

    • Anonymous

      As a vegetarian who lives around the corner, I’m still waiting for an announcement of something that I can eat. I’ve always wondered about the business models of places like this (and Mockingbird Hill) that are so specialized. If you have one person in the group that doesn’t eat that particular food (or even just isn’t in the mood for it that day), the whole group doesn’t go. Seems like it could really limit your appeal.

      • And yet steakhouses continue to open at an alarming rate.

        • Anonymous

          Most decent steakhouses have vegetarian options. Seafood places, less so.

        • anon 10:11

          While most steakhouses are far from a vegetarian’s ideal place, they at least have sides that can be put together as a veggie plate. And for non steak lovers, they generally have a fish or two. My point is that a ham place or an oyster place really doesn’t even have the kind of variety that most groups, veggie or otherwise, are looking for.

          • So you’d rather have the oyster place put together a mediocre vegetarian option rather than focus on the thing they do best? Because that’s pretty much been my experience with places that throw together some veg option as an afterthought. The reason vegetarian places don’t serve steak is because that isn’t what they’re in business for.

          • Anonymous

            That just means MORE ham and oysters for ME!!!

        • Mmmmm…. Steak…..

      • Anonymous

        Yeah, just one thoughtful vegetarian entree on a menu can make a huge difference.

        • Agree, we’re a (mostly) vegetarian couple – I think even one veggie dish isn’t enough because it means my husband and I have to eat the same thing – super boring. I wonder if the people opening up places like this realize the large number of vegetarians in the area? Table in Shaw seems to have a couple options. But a place that has a couple veggie options and then food for everyone else is the BEST because you can go with other people and not feel left out.

          In terms of specialized places doing well, you can’t even get in to Pearl Dive many nights (walked by Sat night and it was packed), so something must be going right for them at least.

          • Anonymous

            I was really surprised that 90% of pearl dive’s menu has pig in it.

        • …Meridian Pint is a place that mixes veggie options and food for everyone else exceptionally well.

          • Anonymous

            They do everything right.

      • Caleb

        I get your interest in wanting to have more veggie options, it must really get boring eating the same things when you go out.

        With that said, from a business model, more people eat oysters/seafood than there are vegetarians. As someone mentioned earlier. There are always long waits at the oysters joins around town. Hank’s has several locations and seem to be booming.

        • I don’t disagree, but being a one trick pony limits a LOT of people. Be them ones who don’t eat pork or shellfish or those who are vegetarian. You’d think they’d want to have a few options to encourage more people to try them out. I always figured one of the reasons the Hanks on 17th Street was busy because most of the other restaurants in the area weren’t very good.

          • Shaw neighbor

            Maybe y’all should wait to critize the menus until you actually see the menus. I don’t have any inside info here, I suspect Eat the Rich with have something other than oysters and Mockingbirk Hill will have something other than ham.

          • Caleb

            You’re def. not wrong that there is a serious lack of decent food on 17th, but it’s really not that far from 14th or Conn. Ave where there are good options. It’s really only 3 blocks from Pearl Dive and if they continue to do well that close to one another there clearly is a market desire for a lot of seafood.

            Maybe it’s the New Yorker in me, but this is the east coast so it isn’t surprising that the desire for good seafood is high….I had my first oyster probably before I could say my ABC’s. I remember for a time, you had to head to Maryland to get decent seafood, now there are plenty of options without having to head north.

  • It’s more the concepts than the specific places we are discussing.

    • Anonymous

      yeah, its just talking about stuff, not criticism.

  • pdubJ

    Is the irony intentional? Another fancy DC specialist eatery in a recently/still-poor neighborhood, and they call it “eat the rich?”

  • Anonymous

    “Eat The Raw” would be a more appropriate name.

  • Anonymous

    so basically this will be a bootleg HANKS. Nothing can be better than HANKS


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