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Tyber Creek Wine Bar and Kitchen opens in former Rustik space Thursday!

by Prince Of Petworth April 27, 2017 at 10:10 am 38 Comments

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

Thanks to the owners for sending a quick update on Rustik’s replacement in Bloomingdale – Tyber Creek Wine Bar and Kitchen:

“We will be opening next Thursday, May 4th at 5:00pm – our typical hours will be Monday – Friday 5:00 pm to close and Saturday & Sunday 11:00am to close. But our first weekend we will be Thursday – Saturday 5:00pm to close and Sunday 11:00am – close.

We are really excited to be part of the Bloomingdale community and hope to provide a comfortable neighborhood restaurant with wood fired food, a curated wine program and seasonal beers & cocktails. Our Chef, Kerry Tate, has developed an innovative but approachable menu with dishes such as roast half chicken over bread salad, wood oven mussels in tomato fennel broth and a lamb flatbread topped with arugula salad- to name a few of my favorites.”



  • Truxton Thomas

    Sounds promising! More of my salads should be made of bread.

  • Anon

    Sounds good, but what’s up with that bar photo? It just looks extremely sterile.

  • Anon

    Truxton Inn is also supposedly opening on Tuesday. Two new spots in one week is exciting!

  • Michael

    Can’t wait for this awesome edition to Bloomingdale!!

  • Skeptical

    Just trying to piggyback off of the people who get quoted a 3-hr wait at the Red Hen. Smart strategy, but it’s going to have to be very very good to stay open more than a year.

    • Anon X

      Cool analysis, bro. I assume you’ve done the market research to back that up from your arm chair?

      • Skeptical

        LOL at “market research”. The Red Hen is constantly busy and turns people away every night. These people often end up going to Bacio, Crisp, El Camino or, previously Rustik. They sacrifice quality for the ability to walk in and eat immediately. Tyber Creek will just be one of these release valves and never an actual destination. Sorry bro.

        • Anon

          “Tyber Creek will just be one of these release valves and never an actual destination.”
          I’m curious why you think that this is the case even though the place hasn’t even opened yet. I mean, it will definitely be a release valve due to its proximity, but I’m not sure why you are disparaging so quickly.

          • Agreed – obviously it’s not Rustik – but it certainly seems to have potential.

        • Nathan

          Or you know, they’re hungry for a pizza, chicken sandwich, or tacos rather than Italian. But sure.

          • Skeptical

            And that’s why they went into the Red Hen first?

          • Nathan

            Well, according to you, these release valves are never an actual destination..

        • KellyKapowski

          Do you not live in Bloomingdale or near it? There are tons of people in the surrounding neighborhoods and we don’t all try to go to Red Hen for dinner every night.

          You might be right this isn’t a “destination” restaurant on par with Red Hen but honestly, how many neighborhood restaurants are? Bacio, Crisp, and El Camino are awesome neighborhood spots and as a Bloomingdale resident I have eaten at each of them more times than Red Hen (not that I don’t love Red Hen it’s just not realistic to go there every time you want to grab a quick dinner nearby).

          • bdale homie

            +1. I have been to Crisp and Baccio numerous times and not once did I think about going to Red Hen on any of those occasions.

        • Reality

          Please. I live in Bloomingdale and purposely avoid Red Hen and go to the others first. Nice assumptions thought.

  • KellyKapowski

    Does anyone know if they kept the Rustik brick oven?

    It is a little sterile looking, hopefully it’s cozier in person. I loved Rustik’s vibe but never loved their food, would love to see this place capture the same vibe!

    • Anon

      Oven remains.

      • Elkhaert

        I’m guessing that is why they are “wood-fired” everything.

    • Bdylan89

      When you say sterile I think if a hospital…haha. How are you drawing that impressions, because its black, white and metallic finishings? I guess there are worse things that could be said prior to a restaurant opening. I hope this place does well because I said several years ago that I hoped something else opened up in place or Rustik. While don’t which anyone to go out of business the prime space seemed under utilized to me with bad food and a lackluster/dated ambiance inside. Guess time will tell.

      • KellyKapowski

        Well I was agreeing with a poster above who said it first, but, it might just be the picture quality. Or maybe the metal bar? I’m not sure, maybe I need to see it in person. I’m definitely rooting for this place! It’s a great spot with the best patio in Bloomingdale so I will be checking it out soon.

        • Anon

          Agree on the patio and the new exterior color – both look great!

      • Anon

        “sterile” in the sense of cold, uninviting – look at the grey concrete bar topped with unornamented globes. Perhaps it’s just a poor iPhone photo, but that bar doesn’t exactly engender welcoming warmth.

  • LCinDC

    Anyone know if they will also allow dogs on the patio?

    • Anon

      Per another write-up, yes, dogs will be allowed on the patio.

      • I love dogs and kids

        Until a dog bites a kid and then, NO DOG OR KIDS AFTER 8 PM!

      • LCinDC


  • Excited Neighbor

    I think it looks great – cool design and super exciting for the neighborhood. When you want a nice meal but don’t want to pay Red Hen prices (or eat a burger or pizza). Welcome Tyber Creek, I’m glad you’re here!

    -Bloomingdale Neighbor

    • Rachael M.

      I eat at Red Hen probably a few times a month…there’s not a three hour wait at the bar on a weekdays. Also enjoy meals at Crisp, BS, and El Camino. I don’t really get the heckling from the cheap seats before it opens. So, you’re telling me my neighborhood is getting a wine bar I DON’T have to wait behind a crowd to get served? Yeah, I’m pretty good with that.

      My guess is this will fill quickly with it’s own set of regulars. I’ll be there.

      • Anon

        Unrelated, but did you catch that time they closed down the restaurant for some private event selling/marketing (presumably) fancy bath tubs? That was pretty bizarre…

    • Bloomy


  • LMFB

    Can’t wait to try them out! Welcome to the neighborhood!

  • new

    I am looking forward to checking this place out. How far we have come from the days when Rustik opened. At that point there was a clamor in the neighborhood for ANYTHING. I miss how excited people used to get for new places and how forgiving people were as a place got its feet under them.

  • Elkhaert

    I hate pretty much everything about this, though I am willing to admit at least 50% of that is resentment over losing Rustik.
    …but the other 50% is how sterile and soulless this feels to me. It’s like if Kristen Stewart was a wine bar.

    • Elkhaert

      That said, I am going to try and not be a grumpy old man who hates change and give them a shot.

  • Reality

    I loved Rustik. One complaint I had was that it would get a little TOO dark, but it looks like there’s now brighter lighting and floors. Excited for this!

    • Elkhaert

      I’ll agree Rustik was a bit dark at times, but I think they went overboard the other direction. It would be like if you said the iced tea could use a bit more sugar and they started serving hummingbird food in response.

  • Not Skeptical

    If you are upset another restaurant is opening in our neighborhood, please eat at home. Or move. We will enjoy Tyber Creek without you. This place sounds like a welcome addition to the neighborhood. We need more options. And it’s different. And that patio looks great! Maybe we should judge by the atmosphere, food and service.

  • bloomingdalegirl

    As a Bloomingdale resident, I can assure you that all of us do not only go to Red Hen. It’s a great place, but there are so many wonderful restaurants, cafes, bars in Bloomingdale and nearby neighborhoods (Boundary Stone, Thai Xing, Big Bear, Baccio, etc.). I wish them well! P.S. For what it’s worth, I like the atmosphere. The layout somewhat reminds me of Sally’s Middle Name in H St, NE, which is simply amazing!


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