Tyber Creek Wine Bar & Kitchen coming this Spring to the former Rustik space in Bloomingdale

by Prince Of Petworth January 16, 2017 at 10:45 am 37 Comments

84 T Street, NW (1st and T St just off Rhode Island Ave)

Back in late November we learned of the sudden and sad closing of Rustik, one of Blooomingdale’s pioneering restaurants. Now we know who’s taking over the space – Tyber Creek Wine Bar & Kitchen!

  • Meh

    As a neighbor I am disappointed. We have bars in this neighborhood and I enjoy frequenting them but I would like some variety. I wish a restaurant was replacing Rustik. Hopefully the wine bar will have food and be open for brunch on weekends (early like Rustik!)

    • & Kitchen…

      • Still meh :)

        Yeah I noticed that but it could mean a lot of things… To be more clear I hope it is the sort of place where the food itself is a reason to go (as opposed to something to snack on while you drink).

  • KellyKapowski

    Welcome to the neighborhood!! I’m excited. I hope this place keeps Rustik’s cozy neighborhood vibe (and prices!). And remains family friendly, I hope selfishly ;)

    Can’t wait!

  • Michael

    Can’t wait! Bloomingdale definitely needs a wine bar in the neighborhood and this seems like the perfect opportunity!

  • ET

    So are they going to pick up the crowds now that that Bijou place closed?

  • Just A Guy

    Why would anyone go to a wine bar across the street from the Red Hen, which has one of the best wine programs in DC? The food had better be outstanding (which it is at the Red Hen).

    • KellyKapowski

      I agree that it’s going to be tough to compete, especially now that the Red Hen crowds are a little more reasonable and it’s not crazy to go grab a seat at the bar. I’m hoping it’s slightly more laid back and affordable.

    • yawper

      Red Hen is only open 5pm+, even on weekends. Walking in and finding a spot to sit is unlikely, even at the bar. Red Hen has no outdoor space. While excellent, it can cost a small fortune. I can think of a lot of ways they could differentiate from Red Hen.

      • AP


        • Fritzadelphia

          Agreed. Red Hen is awesome, but I’m not sure they will be direct competitors. In fact, Tyber Creek might end up benefiting from people who want to get a drink while they wait for a table at Red Hen. In any event, I’m happy to have something moving in, although I, like others, was a fan of Rustik.

    • MadMax

      Presumably because there are more than 50 wines in the world.

  • Becca

    I wonder if it’s the same owners as the Tyber Creek in Charlotte, NC

    • Rukasu
      • Truxtoner

        Why does that Wikipedia page assume now? I’d say because they are spelling it Tyber and not Tiber, that would actually support that it is related to the similarly spelled business in NC.

      • Truxtoner

        But, the two owners referenced are both DC folks, so doubt it is related to the NC establishment.

  • TG

    I am showing my age but in the early ’90’s there was a bar named Tyber Creek in what became the George’s Hotel on Capitol Hill. They had yard glasses. Here is hoping they bring yard glasses back to Tyber Creek.

    • Ward One Resident

      Ha! You beat me to it! Some friends and I (we’re all old) were just reminiscing about old DC bars and Tyber Creek came up. Good times.

  • Julia Vipsania

    My kingdom for the restaurant and/or bar that brings back big bowls of popcorn. That was such a nice treat at Rustik. Can you find that anywhere else in DC?

    • Harry’s Fan

      Harry’s at the Harrington Hotel. :)

    • KellyKapowski

      Jackpot in Chinatown

      • Yep

        Lyman’s 14th st Columbia heights/petworth

    • Tsar of Truxton

      Chaplin in Shaw

    • CatieCat

      kingfisher on 14th street

    • MadMax

      Kingfisher has popcorn, but it’s a pretty awful bar. My wife wrote about how bad it was and they actually threatened her with a lawsuit.

      • ontarioroader

        First I’ve heard anything bad about the place. Details? I worked with one of the owners years ago, and back then he went out of his way to treat people right.

        • CHSC

          Yeah, I’d be curious too. Have only had great experiences at Kingfisher so far.

          • JDAVA

            Kingfisher is perfectly fine. Staff is super nice and the space is pretty interesting. I wish they had some draft beers but I can’t imagine a complaint like that would earn the threat of litigation.

  • I miss Rustik

    I’m glad something is opening up here, but I miss Rustik :( I hope this place keeps the cozy neighborhood feel that Rustik had and that it has some beers on tap in addition to the wine. While I’m at it, I hope they keep a nitro tap like Rustik had and make some nice pizzas too :)

    • Tom

      I miss Rustik so much

  • LeDroit Resident

    It’s amazing how many people here are always talking longingly about Rustik, but it was usually empty

    • Love you but..

      Exactly – ir used to be really good but not last few years. Th new owners have a lot of work to do – that subterranean kitchen that flooded with sewage several times has to be reworked! :-/

    • Tsar of Truxton

      Rustik was plain bad. I don’t get the love other than for the space. Anyone who misses Rustik should walk around the corner to Bacio, which is much better and has a charming space as well.

      • Bloomy

        I loved their food actually (i ate the gluten free pizza and salads…), but always felt like I was in some kind of dance club or gay bar when lights turned on at 2am. Color scheme was off…

    • Tom

      The emptiness was a big reason why I enjoyed Rustik so much. I didn’t eat there all too often, but it was nice to go down for a drink or two.

  • Michael Pierce

    I wish them success, but to anyone with a shred of knowledge on DC history, the name does not have positive connotations. First of all, they’ve spelled Tiber wrong, and second, Tiber Creek was an open sewer and source of Malaria-carrying mosquitoes.


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