Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Raven and St. Ex owners opening bar, Lyman's, next to Red Derby

Looks like the Red Derby is getting a neighbor. The Washingtonian reported a bit ago that the owner of the Raven Grill in Mt. Pleasant, Merid Admassu, Jessica Kleinmann from Cafe Saint Ex, and another owner, Kevin Perone, will be opening a new place called Lyman's at 3720 14th Street NW, which is next to the Derby.

PoP reports he saw a liquor license hearing notice in the place today. You can see the photo I snapped of it below, there's going to be room for 70 people, plus 20 people in a heated, retractable-roof patio with an indoor-ourdoot bar, and live music and DJs. The license application amusingly specifies no nude dancing, however.  Dang.

The Washingtonian's article gives more on the spot, which the owners say will have no theme, unlike a lot of spots opening lately. Perone tells them he wants to have old school music like soul, doo-wop and classic country, plus at least 2 pinball tables. Perone is from Vermont and likes Long Trail Ale, so expect that, plus family heirlooms from Kleinmann. They'll have snacks of some kind from a convection oven, maybe personal pizzas, and Perone wants everyone to have popcorn. And their liquor license application says they want to open at 10 am, which to me means they'll be serving brunch.

They're aiming for a January or February opening and their liquor license hearing is Dec. 17. I hope it goes through with flying colors!

I have to say, this sounds pretty awesome. I love the Red Derby and this sounds like a nice complement, another laid-back place to have a conversation or pass some time playing pinball.

And what with Mad Momos opening just down the street south of Spring, this little area is getting to be a destination.


2 comments:

Anonymous said...

The owner of raven is the money man.and a bartender from saint ex no owners from saint ex.the two people trying to open have little bar experience this sounds like epic fail.Also why would they open right next to red derby? lmao

koki said...

The owner of raven is the money man.and a bartender from saint ex no owners from saint ex.the two people trying to open have little bar experience this sounds like epic fail.Also why would they open right next to red derby? lmao