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The Hilton Bros. are bringing the Crimson Diner and Whiskey Bar to the Pod Hotel in Chinatown

by Prince Of Petworth April 7, 2017 at 10:25 am 6 Comments


Say what you will about the Hilton brothers but they are not lazy. Next up – Crimson Diner + Whiskey Bar. I had a chance to take a quick peek and while it wasn’t photo ready it’s pretty big news for Chinatown! There are actually three separate parts. In the basement there will be the Whiskey Bar (and moonshine!?!!) and it is huge. There will be a massive bar and total occupancy for maybe around 500. Stay tuned for many more details on that front including a menu but they should open around June.

On the first floor will be the Diner. It’s a bit smaller but should fit around 150. You can expect biscuit sandwiches (ex Buttermilk fried chicken, spicy honey, bread & butter pickles, Duke’s mayo, sesame seed bun), breakfast all day, shrimp and grits and other southern inspired fare. The menu will be completely different from the Whiskey Bar downstairs. The Diner should open in early May. Also in the Diner space up front will be a coffee bar. They’ll open at 6am and the Diner will be open from 7am-2am. The space is being designed by the same folks who designed Maketto.

Finally upstairs there is a roof deck. And while the name hasn’t been finalized you can expect to sup on some oysters and charcuterie with your drinks.

Updates on all three fronts as opening dates are firmed up and more details are released.

627 H Street, NW

  • n3

    Sounds great. If there’s going to be corporate development in Chinatown, at least it’s a locally owned restaurant group with good taste.

    • Leeran


  • Anonymous

    Now this is what Slim’s Diner should have done!

  • Wondering

    so when that sign says 2016, is that the date they registered as an LLC or got their business license? or did they actually serve folks (the public) sometime back in 2016?

    • Anon

      You’re asking all the important questions.

  • Michael Pierce

    A biscuit sandwich on a sesame seed bun? That’s a lot of carbs but damn! Sign me up!


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