Tuesday, October 8, 2013

The Heights closing briefly for revamp: new chef, new food and drink menu, new look

 The Heights, the American restaurant at 3115 14th Street NW, is closing on Oct. 27 for a few days to relaunch on Friday, Nov 1. They're also having a celebration on the 27th with 50% off everything, plus a garden party with half off beer and wine on Nov. 2 and 3. The menu will have more local food and new cocktails too.

See below for the full press release. I've always liked The Heights and am curious to try the new place! Sounds like the patio will remain about the same, which is great. What do you think? Sad to see the old stuff go?

UPDATE: I got a bit more info from them on their big indoor space: "It will remain an open layout as it is now, but it will divided in a way that creates a more intimate experience. For example, one change is there will be a row of booths down the center of that room, which will break up the space a bit more."

The Grand Re-Opening Happy Hour on Nov. 1st Follows A 50% Off Closing Sale on Oct. 27th

WASHINGTON, D.C. – October 7, 2013 – David Winer, Principal of EatWell DC LLC, announces the complete refresh of The Heights, the American eatery in Columbia Heights. The neighborhood staple will have an updated look to accompany a new menu created by the recently-appointed Head Chef, Kerry Tate. The Heights will close Sunday, October 27 and offer an all-day Everything Must Go half-off sale. The dining-room and bar will undergo a renovation before reopening five days later on Friday, November 1 at 5:00 p.m. with Happy Hour offered all night at the bar and in the new lounge area. The weekend celebration will follow with a “Beer & Wine Garden Party,” featuring half price beer and wine on the patio, from 2:00 p.m. until close on Saturday and Sunday, November 2 and 3. The changes will offer a warmer and more intimate feel for guests, with a refreshed and more diverse menu.

“The decision to revamp is an exciting one,” says principal Winer, “Neighborhoods are changing overnight, and with so many new restaurants and options in D.C., we wanted to take this opportunity to refresh our dining room and bar, as well as reinterpret the menu and beverage program. Every aspect of The Heights will be executed at a higher level, because we know our guests and neighbors are ready for a more diverse offering.”

The Heights’ changes follow the hire of Head Chef Kerry Tate, who is incorporating new local offerings into the menu, with an emphasis on produce sourced directly from EatWell DC’s EatWell Natural Farm in La Plata, MD. With over 20 years of culinary experience, he was most recently the Lead Chef at Slate Wine Bar, but came to The Heights to develop and evolve the menu to a higher level. A sampling of new menu items include French Fried Oysters with jicama kimchi and a meyer lemon tartare sauce, and Maple Brined Pork Tenderloin, served in a cider-dijon pan sauce with roasted sweet potatoes and apples.

In addition to the menu, the entire beverage program has been updated by Master Mixologist Lisa Weatherhold and The Heights’ Head Bartender Keith Vient, with an emphasis on hand-made cocktails and mixers, unique beers, and an entirely new wine program. Aesthetically, The Heights’ fresh look will offer a more comfortable bar and lounge area as well as more intimate seating and lighting.

These changes will all be offered following a “Closing Sale” where Everything Must Go! All day on October 27, all menu and beverage items will be offered at 50 percent off. The Heights will reopen on the evening of November 1 at 5:00 p.m. and reveal the new offerings with an all-night Happy Hour at the bar and in the new lounge area. The celebration will continue all weekend with a “Beer & Wine Garden Party” on the 80-seat patio. The event takes place from 2:00 p.m. until close on Saturday, November 2 and Sunday, November 3, featuring half price beer and wine.

For news, photos and events follow The Heights on Facebook and Twitter (@HeightsDC).

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About The Heights
The Heights, located in Washington, D.C.'s Columbia Heights neighborhood, offers eclectic American staples with an emphasis on locally sourced, fresh ingredients and craft beer and cocktails. Part of the EatWell DC restaurant group, The Heights features seasonal produce from the EatWell Natural Farm in La Plata, Maryland. With an 80-seat patio overlooking 14th Street and the lovely park at Kenyon, The Heights provides a comfortable, inviting setting in the heart of one of DC's most historic and diverse neighborhoods.
Location: 3115 14th St. NW, Washington, DC, 20010
Phone: 202-797-7227 Website: http://www.theheightsdc.com/
Hours: Monday- Tuesday, 11:30am-10:30pm; Wednesday - Thursday, 11:30am-11:00pm; Friday, 11:30am-11:30pm; Saturday, 9:00am-11:30pm; Sunday, 9:00am-10:30pm


  1. i.e. Higher prices

  2. does anything must go refer to their light fixtures and furniture? i would love to purchase those.

  3. I'm really disappointed. The new menu offerings do not appeal to me at all. It had been one of my most favorite places to eat. I'm really disappointed to hear about this.

  4. Got this response about the fixtures: "Furniture is being sold (please note the bar stools have already been sold). The lighting is staying - we'll be adding to what we already have.
    If anyone is interested in purchasing the furniture, they can contact Tony Oquendo at toquendo@eatwelldc.com"

  5. Why change a good thing? There are staples on the menu that we have been enjoying for years - chicken kabobs, skirt steak, chicken wings and buffalo shrimp (the sauce is soooo good). I hope that they keep the good staples on the menu at least. This is (hopefully not "was") our favorite neighborhood restaurant. I will give it a try in November of course and report back.


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