A few weeks ago I wrote about Homestead, the new bar and restaurant coming next to Qualia Coffee from some folks who are affiliated with the Blaguard, the Adams Morgan bar. I had a chance to ask them some questions and learn more.
Owner Nic Makris gave me the rundown and said they don't have a timetable for opening but hoping to open in a month or two.
It'll be a neighborhood bar and grill with American food, game and locally-sourced cheese and charcuterie, plus lots of locals ciders on tap. They'll grow herbs in a roof garden and will try to use as much local, organic seasonal produce as possible. Chef Marty Anklam seems to have pretty wide culinary interests and tweeted about testing catfish nuggets for Homestead, which sounds pretty interesting.
The space itself is pretty large, with about 80 seats inside and 80 more outside on multiple patios and decks on both floors. The second floor will be more of a bar with an indoor and outdoor bar area and back deck, and could be a good event space. They'll show sports and other things on the second floor's TVs, while the first floor is more focused on food, with a large chef table looking into the kitchen, which is pretty interesting. To me that sounds kind of like Meridian Pint's basement which has more of a bar vibe versus the main floor which is more restaurant-y.
I'm looking forward to checking them out. Their website is up but is still under construction, and you can also follow them on Twitter and Instagram.