Neighborhood Eats: Hanoi House, New Matchbox Opening, Goodbye Red Palace

by Rebecca Cooper

Hanoi House

Thanksgiving might have caused a brief lull in restaurant news last week, but the scene is back in full swing this week with openings, closings and new restaurant galore.

Opening: Hanoi House, the new Vietnamese restaurant from Marvin/American Ice/et. al owners the Hilton brothers, opened its doors at 14th and U streets NW on Tuesday. The loungy, softly-lit restaurant took over the former Blackbyrd Warehouse bar and features Vietnamese classics including pho, banh mi and more. They’re open on weekdays for dinner and Saturday and Sunday for lunch and dinner.

Matchbox in Logan Circle will open its doors on Friday at 1901 14th Street NW, making it the local pizza restaurant’s fifth DC area location. They’ll serve up their signature pizzas, sliders for dinner on weekdays and brunch/lunch and dinner on Saturdays and Sundays. Next up for Matchbox: a location in the Mosaic District in Merrifield, Va.

Fast casual burrito joint Boloco opens today downtown at 1028 19th Street NW and they’re giving away free burritos to celebrate — something Washingtonian staffers are pretty excited about, apparently. The Boston-based chain makes “globally-inspired” burritos, stuffing them with Asian, southern and even Indian-inspired fare.

Bardo Brewpub rendering.

Opening…eventually: More news on the Bardo/Dr. Dremo’s revival front: owners Andrew and Bill Stewart have gotten a liquor license and a lot of the funding to begin work on the massive Bardo Brewpub, in Northeast DC. The restaurant and bar is still trying to raise $150,000 more on indiegogo to fund its planned self-serve beer tap operation, but plans are to begin construction on the site in December. The brewing equipment from the former Bardo in Arlington has come out of storage and will be installed in a new building made out of shipping containers. The site will also include more than 500 seats outside and room for cornhole, fire pits and other outdoor fun.

Beuchert’s Saloon will open in January on Capitol Hill, bringing back to 613 Pennsylvania Avenue SE a long-ago closed tavern that’s rumored to have served as a speakeasy during Prohibition. Chef Andrew Markert, most recently the chef de cuisine at PS7’s in Chinatown, will serve a “farm American” menu including dishes such as squash hash with candied onions and pickled peanuts, a bananas foster “twinkie” and roast chicken with bacon butter and brussels sprouts.

Tenleytown is getting another dining option in the coming months in the form of Fork & Spade, a family restaurant from the owners of the food truck of the same name. The farm-to-table restaurant at 4619 41st Street NW (next to the Dancing Crab) will include seating for 150 inside, and judging from the huge sidewalk area surrounding it, ample outdoor seating. At the food truck, which has been up and running since September, chefs Alex Bous and Renee Straus have been serving “Americana with a twist,” including fish tacos with sriracha sauce, a “French dog” — hot dog on a French toast bun — and more.

The bar at Kinkead’s. Courtesy of Kinkead’s.

Union Market has signed with a chef who will open the market’s first full-service restaurant at 1309 5th Street NE, market owner Edens announced just before Thanksgiving. John Mooney, who previously worked at Raku and Red Sage and now owns Bell, Book & Candle in New York, will open a contemporary American restaurant with a farm-to-table menu on the western end of the building sometime this spring. Most of the ingredients that Mooney plans to use will come from market vendors and the market’s eventual rooftop garden.

Closing: Red Palace, which represented two of the earliest entrants onto H Street NE during its recent retail boom, will close its doors at 1210 H Street NE the end of the year, as Washington City Paper first reported. The bar and concert venue began as two bars, Red & Black and Palace of Wonders, which merged and reopened as Red Palace in 2010. They plan to go out with a bang with a last show and burlesque party, according to City Paper — appropriate since their final day of operation is Dec. 31.

And in case you missed it in the Thanksgiving shuffle, Foggy Bottom standby Kinkead’s will close for good Dec. 22. The seafood restaurant and American brasserie has been at 2000 Pennsylvania Avenue NW for the past two decades; and owner Bob Kinkead told Washingtonian last week that lease negotiations were a factor in his decision to close. Kinkead said he may open up another restaurant in that same location, however.

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