Washington, DC

1101 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE rendering courtesy Emilie’s

Ed. Note: My boy, Barred in DC, tipped me to this on Friday and was pretty much spot on. Here are all the details from a press release:

“We are pleased to announce that critically acclaimed Chef Kevin Tien will be opening a new restaurant, Emilie’s, in the heart of Capitol Hill. The 3,313 square-foot restaurant will be located at Penn Eleven, the redevelopment of the former Frager’s Hardware store, and is slated to open spring 2019.

“Two years ago, we opened Himitsu,” remarked Tien. “Taking my passion for Japanese cuisine, but pushing the envelope and getting our guests out of their comfort zones was exciting. I’m looking forward to writing the next chapter and sharing my passion with the community on a larger scale and a different service style.”

Emilie’s daily-changing menu will focus on seasonally inspired and local ingredients and will include large plates and a small a la carte menu.

Guests can anticipate the focus of their dining experience to be further elevated with various small plates circulating the room on carts. This style of “tableside” dining facilitates Tien’s mission to promote and support the local community of producers, farmers, and ranchers. The rotating carts will also give guests the opportunity to try different dishes and be adventurous as Tien’s team gets creative in the kitchen.

“I couldn’t be more excited to work with Kevin and his vision to create a restaurant designed for creating a moment with friends and family around shared plates,” said Sam Shoja, co-owner and partner. “We look forward to being part of the community for years to come.”

In addition to Shoja, restaurant veteran Arris Noble will also be bringing his extensive knowledge and experience and will be partnering with Tien on Emilie’s. The restaurant will be open for lunch and dinner service and will seat approximately 100 guests inside the dining room and at the bar.

The restaurant, located at 1101 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE, Washington, DC., will boast approximately 70 dining and 30 bar seats.”


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