Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Update on the old Social space: "The Getaway," with 70s racing theme, now open

You may remember Social, the bar and restaurant at 14th and Meridian which closed in mysterious circumstances a few months ago. They're gone, but the new tenant is called The Getaway, a 1970s Hollywood-themed place: i.e. Steven McQueen and Paul Newman. They had their soft opening on May 27 and they opened yesterday. Here's their website and their Facebook.

PoP reported the first floor is supposed to be more like a neighborhood bar and the upstairs will be a modern diner. Good, because I always though the upstairs of Social had a strange vibe, more like a furniture showroom than a restaurant. There will also be brunch, which is sorely needed, although apparently not quite yet as it isn't on the menu. 

Rachel Tepper with the Feast has more: it's run by lawyer Jeremy Mintz, a lawyer and first-time restaurateur, and Alejandro Umrez, who used to manage the Black Squirrel in Adams Morgan and the now-closed Ceviche in Glover Park.

The menu (PDF) has a fair amount of seafood, small plates, lots of sliders, and entrees ranging from $17-$23, which seems a bit high for the location. They also have a number of $8 signature cocktails and beer from $4-$6, which I support strongly.

The outdoor area will have 50 seats, be open to 3 am on weekends, and have a daiquiri bar, but not sure if that's open yet. I'll check soon. There's also going to be an art exhibition space on the third floor. 

Has anyone been? What do you think?


  1. look forward to checking this out. I was at the art exhibition space upstairs last week, and it's fantastic. Lots more events to come. Check out The Dunes (host) on Facebook.

  2. Went there on Saturday night with some friends. They didn't have the street level patio open yet, but we were able to sit outside on their side patio which was nice and breezy. We tried almost all of their signature cocktails they were offering that night. Our favorites being the cucumber and cocunut water, the white grape and pisco, and the acai punch. Yummy! After all of those we were hungry so we ordered their calamari with fried zuccini and onions, ceviche (amazing), wings, shrimp bruschetta, and fried green tomato sliders. Everything was delicious! I'm so happy to have this place in the neighborhood! I look forward to trying their full menu. The waitress said that they would be offering it sometime this week.

  3. So much for another restaurant where it will cost me
    more than $20 a person to eat and drink. DC is NOT New York. And Columbia Heights is NOT Dupont/Georgetown.

  4. Well, I, for one, am very sorry that this restaurant is gone. Everything about it sounds wonderful. The menu...especially the vegetarian items and gourmet "comfort foods"...the drinks...a dog friendly patio...different floors for different eating exhibition space. To me, this is the perfect restaurant. Mr. Mintz, I hope you will offer another venue such as this for friendly dining and fun...with live music! Can't wait to see what you come up with next :D


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