Great news! The Hilltop, the long anticipated bar and restaurant on Sherman, posted on their Facebook that they're opening Nov. 11. My neighbor was walking by the other day and spoke to someone there who said the same thing, so that's good!
The spot, from Kaleabe Getaneh and Sam Jahanbeen, alums of the Saloon on U Street, will have American food and a lot of beer, especially German -- which is similar to the the Saloon, a laid bake place with lots of Belgian beers (and some Germans too.) The chef is Angel Franco, formerly of Minibar and Erik Bruner-Yang's restaurants like Maketto, which is an awesome sign. They've been posting on their Facebook that they're getting their beer and wine list together.
Based on their Facebook, the food looks pretty tasty too: roasted brussels sprouts, burrata and more.
The space is two floors plus a front patio area and I'm excited to check it out. Last we heard, they'll have about 80 seats total. It looks great inside too, based on the pictures from FB.
The spot has been in the works for a long time, at least since 2013 -- but that's not uncommon in our city thanks to permit delays from various government agencies.
I'm a big fan of the Saloon, which is a relaxed, friendly place, and Kaleabe is a super nice guy.
I'll post more once I hear back from them.
Here's a few more shots from Facebook: