Lots More Info (including photos of the interior) on New Restaurant, Silo, Coming to Mt. Vernon Square “Shortly After Christmas”

by Prince Of Petworth December 12, 2013 at 11:30 am 10 Comments

917 5th Street, NW

From a press release:

“In the works for more than a year, Silo restaurant hopes to open its doors to DC’s Mt. Vernon Square neighborhood shortly after Christmas. The restaurant’s name represents its raw and industrial interior as well as the fresh ingredients and grains used in its cuisine. It will accommodate 20 people at the bar and 50 people in the dining room.

PHOTO CREDIT: Reza Mohaddes for SILO

Created, designed and built by first-time restaurateur Reza Akhavan, who become known in DC’s restaurant community during his tenure as Manager of The Front Page, and then as the Opening GM of Shaw’s Tavern. Working alongside Akhavan as Restaurant Manager will be Charlotte Devilliers, most recently with Northside Social Coffee Shop and Wine Bar. Silo’s kitchen will be helmed by Executive Chef George Vetsch. From 2009-2013, Chef Vetsch was Executive Chef (American Classic cuisine) at C.F. Folks. During his tenure there, the restaurant was awarded the 2013 James Beard Award, Classic American Restaurant and the 2013 RAMMY Award, Casual Restaurant of the Year.

Excited to be back in the kitchen of a brand new restaurant just as it starts out, Swiss-born, and trained in French cuisine, Chef Vetsch has designed Silo’s menu on Contemporary American cuisine with a Swiss/French twist that pays homage to his heritage.

Some of his dishes to look forward to include:

§ Kohlrabi Soup with Appenzeller Cheese Fondue and Fennel Oil
§ Mussel’s Gratinée in a Vermouth Leek Sauce
§ Fried Pumpkin Purses with Eggplant Tomato Mousse and Garlic sautéed Spinach on Cauliflower Sauce
§ Potato crusted Branzino on sautéed Spinach with Tomato-Olive-Caper Concasse in a Fennel Soubise

PHOTO CREDIT: Reza Mohaddes for SILO


Silo is located in DC’s Mt. Vernon Square neighborhood on 5th St NW, between K St. and Massachusetts Ave NW. 919 5th St. NW

Hours upon Opening will be:

Tuesday-Thursday, Sunday: 5pm – 10pm (kitchen), 5pm – 1am (bar)
Friday and Saturday: 5pm – 11pm (kitchen), 5pm – 2am (bar)
Closed Mondays.”

  • DMVist

    Oh that looks super noisy and loud in there!

  • Becky

    I’d love for this to happen, but I don’t hold out tons of hope for its long-term success when I hear that this is affiliated with the opening GM of Shaw’s Tavern and their whole fiasco of serving liquor without a license and being forced to close/sell shortly after opening (….as well as someone from Northside Social which due to tax issues in its previous iteration as Murky Coffee also had to shut down/reopen).

  • tonyr

    Why does this place, as well as Ivy and Coney and the laundromat on 7th (soon to be coffee shop) etc. still have for lease signs on them, when they’ve all been leased already?

    • Nathan

      Oh, if you only knew what that sign used to read…”Fun Fair Video” ( :

  • Anonymous

    Food sounds good

    • h st ll

      Really good. Yum.

  • pru

    “Appenzeller cheese fondue” mmmm, noone should even try to make a fondue without Appenzeller and Beaufort. I love aged Appenzeler.
    Love that half the example dishes are vegetarian. Maybe we’ll venture down there, even though getting a sitter is such a drag we tend to stick to our neighborhood places.

  • Nathan

    A very nice step up from its previous tenants (adult porn peep-booth token theater, Pee-Wee Herman style). Oh if those walls (and floor) could talk.


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