Washington Business Journal: Owners of Mission To Open New Restaurant and Bar on U Street

Rebecca Cooper

One of U Street NW’s best rooftops will soon get yet another new life, this time as a modern American restaurant and bar from the owners of Mission in Dupont Circle.
The restaurant, which has yet to be named, will open by the end of May at 1336 U St. NW, which for several years was home to Tabaq Bistro and was also New Town Kitchen and Bar for several months last year.

The spot comes from Reed Landry and Fritz Brogan, who own Mission Mexican restaurant in Dupont Circle and are both owners of Mason Inn in Glover Park and Chinese Disco in Georgetown.
The restaurant will have a menu of “scratch-made, approachable” American food from chef David McGuirk, who most recently worked at Matchbox and before that at Town Hall in Glover Park.

They’re in the process of doing mostly cosmetic renovations to the space, Landry said.

“Fritz and I have wanted to be on U Street for quite a while, and we finally found a space that encompasses everything we wanted: multiple dining areas, four bars, a few private events spaces, a beautiful rooftop,” Landry said.

Landry and Brogan saw U Street as a draw because it’s “ground zero for nightlife” in the District, he said. So what does that mean for the spots where they got their start, in what used to be a D.C. nightlife hub? They have no plans to close Chinese Disco or Mason Inn, he said, but their focus for new spots is definitely east.

“People who used to go out in Georgetown every weekend have changed their tune to where they’re going out at night and looking for restaurants and nightlife,” Landry said. “As far as where we have our sights set in the future, it’s definitely in the U Street area and possibly even further.”

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Washington Post: Mason Inn, Mission owners to take over former Tabaq Bistro space

Holley Simmons

The grandiose space on U Street that formerly housed Tabaq Bistro — and, for a brief moment, New Town Kitchen & Bar — has itself new tenants.

The property, at 1336 U St., has four spacious stories plus a glass rooftop with a retractable roof and a 360-degree view of D.C.

“One of the reasons we love the space is that it has so many cool nooks and crannies and party areas,” Brogan says. “And the view speaks for itself.”

There will be a bar on each level and the duo expect to host DJs and install TVs to cater to sports fans.

The American-skewing menu will be overseen by chef David McGuirk, formerly of Town Hall and Matchbox restaurants.

The unnamed project marks the fourth restaurant from Brogan and Landry, who also own Mason Inn and Chinese Disco in Georgetown, as well as Mission taqueria in Dupont Circle.

Renovations are expected to begin in early April, with a projected opening in early summer.