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“Sakerum, a new sushi bar, Asian-Latin restaurant and cocktail lounge” opening in former Mova spot at 14th and W

by Prince Of Petworth February 24, 2016 at 3:50 pm 17 Comments


From a press release:

“Sakerum, a new sushi bar, Asian-Latin restaurant and cocktail lounge, will open just blocks away from the intersection of 14th and U Street (2204 14th St NW) this spring. Owner Stephanos Andreou’s vision for the two-story, 3,300-square-foot resto-lounge is based on the Japanese concept of the izakaya, a warm, welcoming gastropub, tinged with the flair of a Latin lounge.

The first floor will house Sakerum’s colorful sushi bar, led by chef Khan Gayabazar, formerly of Fujimar and Maté. The second floor boasts a retractable, glass rooftop, which will accommodate up to 90 guests. Sakerum’s menu of sushi and Latin-inspired Asian dishes will offer an exciting blend of flavors and cultures based on innovative recipes.

Mixologist Gina Chersevani, of Union Market’s Buffalo & Bergen, is responsible for Sakerum’s beverage program, which will produce fresh sugar cane on-site for cocktails and drink flights. Chersevani’s cocktail menu will perfectly complement Chef Gayabazar’s fare, and guests will enjoy both in an environment that is upscale and warm.

The design team at Swatchroom has invoked a sleek, modern aesthetic inspired by both cultures. The eatery’s interior highlights textiles from both worlds, including whimsical art, found objects and custom wall murals. Because the Sakerum concept celebrates two of the most iconic spirits representing both regions — sake and rum — the elements of the restaurant’s namesake are used in the polished rice and sugarcane motifs found in the logo, created by The General Design Co.

“D.C. is primed for a restaurant and bar like Sakerum, which brings together two incredibly vibrant cultures under one roof,” says owner Andreou. “We want our guests to always feel like they’re getting the best of both worlds, from a culinary and cultural standpoint.”

Andreou’s partner and fiancee Constandina Economides is no stranger to the district’s dining scene. Granddaughter of the late Ulysses G. Blackie, Economides’ family was behind legendary D.C. dining institution, Blackie’s House of Beef.

Sakerum is an izakaya-style sushi bar, Asian-Latin restaurant and cocktail lounge, slated to open in D.C.’s highly-developed 14th Street neighborhood in Spring 2016.”

2204 14th
2204 14th Street, NW

  • shmoo

    mixologist… what a horrible, lame word for bartender.

    that is all.

  • Philippe Lecheval

    Sounds too much like sacrum.

    • Anonamom

      I thought the EXACT same thing.

    • Mark

      Can’t be a coincidence.

  • J Street


  • petworther

    When will restaurant owners learn that 99% of PR firms write press releases with negative value? You are literally paying someone to make you sound stupid. Write something yourself that sounds like a normal person, have a friend or two vet it, and blast it out.

  • chasscott

    Wow! I guess that mixologist has a green thumb to be able to produce sugar cane on=site, right there in the bar! Will they have photos of the indoor cane fields or is this a rare special container-cultivated artisanal sugar cane harvested by hand by blind nuns? Or maybe it’s micro-sugar cane.

  • Gina Chersevani

    We will be making fresh sugarcane cocktails, no we are not farming sugarcane on the roof in DC. That is a typo…

  • IDontGetIt

    I guess they gave up on it ever becoming a bear bar again.

  • timmyp2353

    I hope this Asian/Latin bar can compete with the Nigerian/Icelandic bar coming soon.

  • alpinepaq

    Yay, another hopelessly over-reaching concept. Sushi! Izakaya! Asian! Latin! Gastropub! Lounge! Restaurant! Jesus H Christ. Pick one, do it well, end of story.

  • [rrrrr]

    Don’t really care about the pretense, but if they have a nice all weather rooftop and solid sushi I’ll be happy to have it in the neighborhood.

  • Admoron

    Geez, so much negativity. I think it sounds good – it’s got great people involved in it and it’s a good space and it’s creative. I’m excited to check it out this spring.

  • Schmooky

    Popviller’s visceral contempt for any new establishment that isn’t an authentic and budget-friendly neighborhood eatery and/or dive never ceases to amaze me. What do you guys want, the entire city to be filled with taco shops and bars that all resemble The Saloon? I welcome this addition to the area because it diversifies the options available. To the guy who is proclaiming, almost gleefully, that this place won’t be successful: what about Masa 14? Very similar concept and offerings, and it’s doing absolutely fine. Jeez, the spite is real.

    • Lerner

      Yes, but Masa 14 serves bad food at laughably high prices. The fact that they’re doing well is an indictment of this city’s food culture. It’s not a model to encourage!

    • alpinepaq

      You posit a wonderful false choice here. In my experience, places that try to be six things at once, whether it is approaches to food (Izakaya and sushi) or focus (restaurant vs. lounge), typically do none well. I don’t care if they look like a saloon or whatever.

    • J street

      Yes, there is a strong demand for authentic and budget-friendly. I couldn’t have said it better myself!


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