14th and R Street, NW
From a press release:
“Jane Jane, a cocktail bar co-owned and operated by friends and Washington, D.C. hospitality veterans Jean Paul (J.P.) Sabatier, Ralph Brabham and Drew Porterfield will open this fall in the mission-driven mixed-use development Liz, located at 1705 14th St NW.
Sabatier, who was recognized as one of Zagat’s “30 under 30,” will helm the bar and oversee the cocktail program. His experience spans many years with front and back of house positions at Rappahannock Oyster Bar, Maydan, Compass Rose, and Knightsbridge Restaurant Group. Brabham and Porterfield are North Carolina natives who together own the popular Shaw restaurants Beau Thai and BKK Cookshop. Brabham, an attorney who has been in the hospitality industry for the last ten years with Porterfield, who is also the gallery director at the Long View Gallery in Shaw will run operations of Jane Jane as co-owners. The three friends were inspired to open Jane Jane after the success of the Southern-inspired pop-up ‘Dot’s Spot,’ which they hosted on the patio of BKK Cookshop in 2017. Their desire to create a place that serves well-crafted classic cocktails, Southern-inspired snacks, with welcoming, inclusive hospitality were the driving factors behind the decision to open Jane Jane.
Brabham’s mother, whose nickname is “Jane Jane” and is always ready with a tray of hors d’oeuvres and gracious hospitality was the inspiration behind the name. The cocktail menu will focus heavily on classics such as the Boulevardier–a favorite of Brabham’s, which Sabatier introduced to him years ago. The residents at Liz can currently order cocktails from Jane Jane, with plans to roll out delivery to a wider area of customers as well as pop-ups maintaining social distancing guidelines in the near future leading up to the opening.
“We were inspired to create a space that would evoke warmth and comfort. A place where you could have a pre-dinner cocktail or imbibe all night with close friends,” said Sabatier.
The space at Liz felt like a natural fit for the three friends, who all identify as LGBTQ, and feel strongly about the mission of Liz to create an ongoing stream of financial support to help ensure sustainability for Whitman-Walker’s important work in the city they all call home. Currently, they’re working with their colleagues at Edit Lab at Streetsense to ensure that the space will be properly designed and outfitted to keep guests and employees safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as brainstorming additional modes of service to be able to serve as many guests as possible in light of social distancing measures.
The space, designed by Edit Lab at Streetsense, will incorporate warm woods and bold colors in encompassing paints and tiles to keep the 30-seat cocktail bar fun and bright during the day and cozy at night. A wrapped leather bar makes for a welcoming place to stop in for a drink and bite while the tucked away booths beyond fringed cutouts make for the perfect spots for groups to enjoy the evening. With large original windows in the historic building, and outdoor seating, Jane Jane hopes to create an eye catching and unique gathering place staple in the neighborhood for years to come.”
1705 14th St NW looking north
1705 14th St NW looking south