One Dope Deck – Takoda Opens Friday on Florida Ave

by Prince Of Petworth March 10, 2016 at 10:39 am 14 Comments

715 Florida Ave, NW

It’s been fun watching this one go up – check out how it turned out. Quick refresher:

“Opening Date: March 11, 2016

Hours of Operation: Dinner: Monday through Saturday, from 5 PM to 11 PM; Sunday, from 5 PM to 11 PM

Bar Hours: Monday through Thursday, from 5 PM to 12 AM; Friday, from 5 PM to 3 AM; Saturday, from 12 PM to 3 AM; Sunday, from 12 PM to 11 PM

Late Night Menu: Friday and Saturday, from 11 PM to 1 AM

Brunch: Saturday and Sunday, from 11 AM to 5 PM

Menu Description: The menu at TAKODA will offer creative takes on American classics with an emphasis on what’s local and in season. Featured small plates include Rosemary Parmesan Tots, Brisket Sliders, and four types of wings – including Chef’s specialty PB&J BBQ Wings. Salads not to be missed include Grilled Romaine Caesar and Cranberry Kale. Entrée standouts include Americana staples such as Chicken & Sweet Potato Waffle, and the Pan-Seared Salmon Cakes. To end the meal on a sweet note, a collection of house made desserts will also be available including Molten Chocolate S’mores and Fried Oreos.

Beverage List: TAKODA will offer 24+ American draft beers including local favorites such as DC Brau, perennial favorites such as Bell’s Brewery, Inc., and a variety of seasonal options. Prices range from $6 to $10. An extensive whiskey collection of 50+ American whiskies will also be available including Bulleit Bourbon, Knob Creek Bourbon Whiskey, Jefferson’s Reserve Bourbon and a monthly rare acquisition. Prices for whiskies range from $7 to $35.

Capacity: The 1920’s-era brick structure, originally a Federal Life Insurance building, spans two levels. The main dining room will be situated on the second floor and will accommodate 40 guests seated with 20 additional seats at the bar. The year-round rooftop beer garden will accommodate 40-seated guests with 20 additional seats at the bar. Both rooms will be available for full or partial buyouts, and can accommodate up to 120 seated, or 240 for a standing reception.

Design: Edit Lab at Streetsense was tapped to design the space. The design scheme will offer a classic-industrial look showcasing the building’s original brick walls and wood ceiling beams. Booths and crushed velvet drapes surround a solid oak bar in the main room, set against the original brick walls of the 1922 building. A decorative tile inset in the wood flooring draws the focus to the central drink rails where patrons can enjoy the large tap lineup and whiskey selection.

The roof deck, accented with hanging and potted plants around an island bar, will overlook Florida Avenue and feature a canopy and operable windows. These removable windows will allow for year-round eating and drinking with an outdoor feel.

On both floors, the unusually broad building dimensions allow patrons to have spacious room to socialize, while retaining the graceful proportions of the historic insurance building.”

It kinda reminds me of Roofer’s Union where you walk upstairs to the 2nd floor (I believe 1st floor is still for lease) for the main dining room:



Lots more photos after the jump.






2nd stairs to the year round roof deck:


looking west to U Street








  • NH Ave Hiker

    Looks cool. Any bar with a good whiskey and draught beer selection is good for me.

    • Anon

      Agree that it looks pretty neat, but I have a feeling it’s about to go from zero to full-bro real quick.

      • NH Ave Hiker

        I almost added that to my comment…not a huge fan of the U-street area myself haha

      • Dreew33

        Agreed, this place will get the Brixton bro spillover. The line to get inside will now shift over to this place.

  • ST21

    Wow. This turned out even better than I thought it would. Another nice addition to U Street. Good stuff.

  • divebar311

    Nice. The upstairs bar looks exactly like Roofer’s Union’s. Brixton (which Edit Lab also designed) will now have a strong rooftop competitor! I think the deck will also look down into Town’s (awesome) patio.

  • Ace

    How is that pizza place with the huge unused parking lot still in business? Seems like a waste of prime real estate.

    • Anon

      I take it you haven’t been around those parts on the weekends? Because the short answer is “by selling a lot of pizza”.

    • John M

      There is usually a line of people out the door after 8 pm on weekends getting their drunk pizza on. I talked to the owner a few times and she mentioned that they only need to stay open ~3 nights a week to stay in the black.

  • B’dale Res

    That will be an awesome place to get a good view of the one dude that likes to dance by his car while looking at himself in the passenger side mirror… I hope he never leaves the area…truly awesome!

  • palisades

    no happy hour?

  • pstreet202

    I moved out of that area almost 10 years ago. It looks like that’s where the old Tropicana eatery was?


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