Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Lyman's bar next to the Red Derby looking at July opening date

If you live in northern Columbia Heights, you'll soon have more options for eating and drinking. Lyman's, a new bar coming to 3720 14th Street NW, right next to the Red Derby, is looking at July for an opening date, according to ANC commish Rickey Williams, who spoke to the owner. The building used to be Premium Laundromat.

The place has good lineage -- Raven Grill owner Merid Admassu and Jessica Kleinman from Cafe Saint Ex are co-owners, as well as a third, Kevin Perone. I like both the Raven and Saint Ex, so that's a good sign. 

From previous posts, I understand that there will be room for 70 people, plus a heated, retractable-roofed patio with room for another 20 folks, plus occasional live music and DJs.

Inside, it sounds like they're going for a relaxed, neighborhood bar -- old music like soul, doo-wop and classic country, at least 2 pinball tables, snacks like popcorn and small pizzas, and an eclectic decor. Their liquor license application includes a 10am opening time, which sounds like they'd want to have brunch of some kind, too.

I expect to have more details soon, too. But I'm looking forward to this spot!


  1. As long as they don't plan on serving tator tots. I'm so sick of that particular hipster menu item.

  2. StanislausBabalisticMay 21, 2013 at 2:48 PM

    Who doesn't like tater tots?!?! Have you no soul?

  3. Like 'em. Sick seeing them on menus. They don't belong on a real restaurant menu.

  4. And what, pray tell, *does* belong on a real restaurant menu? Pork belly small plates? A kale salad? Truffle mac and cheese?

    I'm assuming you have no issues with a restaurant serving french fries, so why would tater tots be offensive? I, for one, wish MORE places would put low-cost staples like tater tots on their menus, if only because I'm sick of every place opening up and feeling like it needs to be locally sourced, high-end, small-plate comfort food. Give me tater tots, nachos, wings and burgers any day.


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