1789, the culinary centerpiece of Clyde’s Restaurant Group restaurant collection, reopens next week in Georgetown after a long absence during the COVID-19 crisis. Newly appointed executive chef Kyoo Eom plans to bring back brunch for the first time in decades.
The DC Fixture, tucked away in a historic townhouse (1226, 36th Street NW) since 1962, plans to open three of its quaint fireplaces-filled dining rooms for dinner on Friday, November 6. After that, it will open from Wednesday to Sunday. Some tables have been removed to maintain social distancing, so to get the most out of business, Sunday brunch will join the mix starting November 15. The Tombs, the stone siblings bar and brunch popular with Georgetown students, is temporarily closed.
Eom’s à la carte menu at 1789 includes elegant presentations of wagyu tartare, sherry-glazed eggplant, roast duck, monkfish and rack of lamb. His white tablecloth restaurant experience includes cooking at renowned 2941 in Falls Church and a stint with celebrity French chef Daniel Boulud in New York City. He recently served as the first chef at Kimpton’s Dirty Habit, sending Rice Krispy crusted French toast with coffee butter and orders of truffle fries to diners and tourists alike in Chinatown.
Pastry chef Shari Maciejewski, a former Inn at Little Washington alumnus, also joined the 1789 team this spring after a short stint at the Liberty Brewery in Georgetown. She stayed busy while waiting for the 1789 reopening, hosting a Saturday pop-up at her bakery with personalized cakes, pies and boxes of seasonal baking to take away.
1789 grew three years ago with the addition of its adjacent Club Room, upscale bar and lounge that expects to welcome drinkers again later this year.
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