Crazy Aunt Helen’s opens tomorrow (Wednesday) on Barracks Row

713 8th Street, SE formerly home to Finn McCool’s/Molly Malone’s

From a press release:

“Crazy Aunt Helen’s is bringing American Comfort Food prepared with locally sourced, seasonal ingredients (and love) to the Barracks Row section of Capitol Hill. This is the first solo project from DC restaurant vet Shane Mayson, who aims for a homey, eclectic vibe with Southern flair. Miss Pixie Windsor of 14th Street’s home furnishings store Miss Pixie’s designed the restaurant, complete with vibrant colors, repurposed materials and mix and match plates and funky coffee mugs. The two story restaurant seats 76 on the first floor, including 26 at the bar, as well as 53 seats upstairs. The outdoor patio can accommodate 12, with an additional 12 seats in the Streetery.

Crazy Aunt Helen’s menu is under the direction of Mykie Moll was most recently the Executive Chef of Pom Pom. A DC native, he also had cooking stints at Doi Moi, Mintwood Place and Shaw Bijou. Moll wants the dining experience at Crazy Aunt He- len’s to feel like you are eating at your grandmother’s house, where love and care is put into every dish. His menu will include his takes on classics, including Bega’s Brisket, a version of his grandmother’s traditional Jewish style brisket, with horseradish aioli, demi, mashed potatoes and carrot vichy, as well as house cured corned beef for Reuben Sandwiches and Corned Beef Hash. In addition to comfort food, Moll’s dishes also reflect seasonal ingredients, found in the Garden of Peaches Salad with Grilled Peach, Tomato, Mozzarella, Basil and White Balsamic Reduction. Moll also plans on including an array of vegan options to the menu, but with the same comfort flair, in- cluding a vegan “Crab” Cake with smoked asparagus, redskin potatoes and vegan hol- landaise and “Steak” with mushroom medley, fingerling smash and toum.

Mayson has tapped Jo-Jo Valenzuela, local food and beverage consultant and chef/ owner of The Game Sports Pub and Tiki on 18th to build out the cocktail program. Mayson tasked Valenzuela to create a cocktail list inspired in part by classic favorites found in an old lady’s candy dish. With that inspiration in mind, he created the Crazy Aunt Helen’s Lemon Drop with Civic Vodka, honey, lemon juice and citric sugar rim and the Kiss My Sassafras with Macchu Pisco, Don Ciccio Cerasum Aperitivo, Embitterment Sassafras Bitters, orange peel and mint. Valenzuela put together the beverage pro- gram using as many local spirits as possible. The Rooty Old Fashioned with Filibuster

Bourbon, Embitterment Aromatic bitters, Cane Sweet Potato Syrup and lemon peels is an example of a local cocktail representing the area: Embitterment Bitters is from DC, Cane Syrup is from MD, and Filibuster from VA. For the beer list, Mayson’s turned to friend Thor Cheston of Right Proper Brewing Company to put together a list of well thought out local varieties, which in addition to beer include seltzer, cider and mead. A Prosecco, white wine and rosé will be available on tap as well.

ABOUT CRAZY AUNT HELEN’S: Crazy Aunt Helen’s is located at 713 8th Street SE, Washington, DC in the Barracks Row section of Capitol Hill. The website is and the phone number is 202.750.8140. Crazy Aunt Helen’s will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. In the future, different entertainment themed nights will be offered upstairs.

Opening hours:
Wednesday through Monday 7 am – 9 pm”

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