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T minus One Hour and Fifteen Minutes till Homestead Opens

by Prince Of Petworth June 23, 2016 at 3:45 pm 29 Comments

3911 Georgia Avenue, NW – my photo from 2013 to the left, Homestead’s today to the right

Petworth busting into to the Shaw action…

From a press release:

“The team behind The Blaguard – the beloved neighborhood bar in Adams Morgan – will officially open its new restaurant, Homestead, Thursday, June 23, 2016 in the heart of Petworth at 3911 Georgia Avenue NW. The menu – developed by Executive Chef Marty Anklam – will focus on chef-inspired comfort foods in family-style portions, seasonal cocktails, and local, responsibly sourced ingredients. Homestead’s opening marks the first solo restaurant venture from Nic Makris, co-owner of The Blaguard, as well as the return of Chef Anklam to his hometown roots.

The team of locals – who first met during grade school and have remained friends ever since – hope Homestead will become a mainstay for Petworth neighbors, District dwellers and visitors alike. “DC always has and will be our home and we want Homestead to reflect that,” said owner Nic Makris. “It’s a place where people can gather with their friends time after time because we’re here to take care of them. The food and drink you eat should be as good as the company you keep.”

In the spirit of true home-style cooking, Homestead will rely on its relationships with high-quality purveyors such as Roseda Farms (MD, VA, PA) and Copper Penny Farms (MD) to offer diners a menu focused on fresh produce, meat, and game. Menu highlights include Lamb Bacon BLT Sliders ($9); Catfish Nuggets with cajun sauce ($8); and Slow Roasted Prime Rib with Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes and Vegetable Mélange ($40), in addition to Dry Aged Braised Short Ribs and Homestead’s Roseda Farms Meatloaf, both served family style with three side dish choices ($70). Homestead’s bar program will tout a dozen rotating beers on tap. In addition to beer, the drafts will include numerous ciders, wines and house-made cocktails.

The 4,000 square-foot restaurant will accommodate 175 diners across three levels: A main floor dining room and bar; second-level mezzanine and outdoor patio accessible by its own street-level entrance; and a third-level bar featuring its own outdoor patio. An extra 70 seats will be available on the two, upper-level outdoor patios during warm weather months, in addition to plans for a rooftop garden from which Chef Anklam plans to grow the kitchen’s own supply of fresh herbs and vegetables. In addition, Homestead – which was built as a residential row house in 1922 – features woodwork refurbished from the original building and reclaimed artwork from local DC sources such as Bistro Francais, Community Forklift, Cochrans Lumber and even a Park View row home throughout the space.

Homestead will accept reservations for dinner by phone at 202-627-2371. The restaurant’s opening hours will be 5 p.m. to 12 a.m. from Sunday to Thursday, and 5 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. Brunch service will begin on July 1.”

  • LittleBluePenguin

    !!!! I’ll be at the bar, in case anyone is looking for me :)

    • textdoc

      Ha! I might see you there (despite my objections to the building’s terrible new facade).

      • LittleBluePenguin

        hehe! Yay!

      • Can I join you guys?
        Againm textdoc, this is another thing we don’t agree on. I like the facade. I think the horizontal and varied width railings make it more modern.
        I do hate the painted name on them though.

        • LittleBluePenguin

          YES! Join us! I’ll probably be there around 6:30ish. And yes, I like the facade too but not the painted-on name.

        • textdoc

          At least we agreed on the painted name. It looks like it was painted by a high-schooler!

          • A

            The signage is awful. The script, the color. I mean, it’s doesn’t fit at all.

        • Park View

          I am assuming based on the care and attention to detail the developers and design team devoted to every other element of this project the painted on sign is temporary. Perhaps the permanent one didn’t arrive in time for opening? Still, though, they could have put a little effort in…

          • french streeter

            I watched him paint that sign over a period of about a week, so I assume it is permanent. I really hate the façade.

        • That painted name reminds me of a frat house. What an awful design decision.

          • LittleBluePenguin

            yeah, it’s not great, especially because everything else is SO. NICE and beautiful!

      • Anonymous

        On the plus side, they didn’t call it Takoma Park. So there’s that.

  • JustCurious

    So excited for this, but I can I just say that signage is embarrassing. It’s a typographic crime. Thank you for opening something like this in Petworth. New signage may help the rest of the city take us seriously. Just 2 cents from a designer in the hood.

    • bll

      It reminds me of when the kids at Sidwell use cups to spell out words on their fence.

  • Marty

    just curious – is the house to the right (south, I think) an occupied residence?

    • Anon

      Google says it houses more businesses – including a chiropractor and a real estate office.

  • C.

    Refurbished wood? check. Bar program? check. Responsibly sourced ingredients? check. Family-style portions? check. Seasonal cocktails? check. Excited for all these new bars and restaurants, but to all the owners out there, spare us from the 2016 DC restaurant press release. It was novel and sorta funny for a while, now it’s cringe-worthy. Just pour us some house-made cocktails.

    • These press releases aren’t really for you. They’re for “the press”. They blast these things out to everyone who writes for WaPo, City Paper, Eater, DCist, etc, etc…so that they have material to pull from when emailing out previews to their readers.

  • P-worthArch

    The signage IS terrible, from another designer from Petworth. I like the facade and think they did they did a good job with the “pop-up” compared to any other one I have seen around. But that BLUE! I thought it was maybe painter’s tape at first…it is SO UGLY. However, super excited to have another place in the neighborhood, the menu looks great…we will probably spend a lot of time there!

  • jesse

    I am probably lowbrow but any restaurant that has an Executive Chef at I won’t eat at. You can tell that it will have smaller portions, be overpriced, and will try to be trendy. No thanks.

    • Garrett


  • Guillermo Brown

    I love how they spelled the name on the fence like that. Very unique and beautiful

    • PV LLC

      Huh? How else would one spell Homestead?

  • timmyp2353

    I stopped in for a beer on my way home. So early that the pre dinner meeting was going on around me which was a little weird. The place is AWESOME!!! It’s huge and it has 3 outside decks. Looks like 2 are for dining and one is a bar. Everything they did inside is amazing. Don’t let the bad sign fool you. This will easily be the best bar in Petworth (not including Reynolds and Looking glass since they are in Parkview).

    • Reynolds isn’t great because it’s “nice”, it’s great because it’s priced reasonable and has a great happy hour. How does Homestead compare in those regards?

      • timmyp2353

        Hard to tell so far. The happy hour had not been rolled out yet. My guess is there’s no way it competes with Reynolds nor Looking glass when it comes to value. The interior is much nicer but I don’t think they are going for the dive thing like the other two. It’s somewhere between Reynolds and Chez Billy I’d say. Seems like it’ll be a comfortable place to drink and have gatherings. Hopefully a place to watch a game once in a while too.

      • Skeeter

        I would also like to chime in and say those two bars are also great because of the clientele, vibe and staff.

  • Rog

    I went to one of the soft openings and it exceeded my high hopes and expectations. Beautifully designed inside. The food is great and the beer program is on point. Exactly what Petworth needs. Who has been to the place at 14th and Colorado? Is it pretty good?


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