Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Walters Sports Bar from Looking Glass, DC Reynolds folks opens on Friday


I'm excited for this. Walters, the new sports bar that's a joint effort from the DC Reynolds and Looking Glass Lounge folks, will be opening this Friday. I checked out the soft opening last night and really enjoyed it. We first heard about the idea in May, and I've been waiting for this every since.

The space isn't changed too much from the previous tenants, but does look and feel a lot better -- it really seems like a neighborhood bar rather than a weird club thing that doesn't quite know what it was, which is what the former occupants, Park View Patio and Blue Banana, felt like. They have draft beers, cocktails, and so far just bar food, but they'll plan to have more in the future like pulled pork, Frito pie, chicken sandwiches, vegetarian options and more. Right now they have Buaffalo wings, hot dogs, pretzels, jerky and potato salad.

For happy hour, they have $2 off wine, $4 beer and $3 Powers whiskey, plus a late night happy hour for 8-10pm.

They'll also have tons of sports packages, and some interesting family-friendly and parent-friendly features. The patio is still there, but it's a bit smaller than before, when it was enormous. It's still a good size though. DC Reynolds took over the other portion of it.

I neglected to take pictures of the interior, but it's nice, a bit darker but still well-lit, and has magnetic boards over the tables so you can spell funny stuff with magnetic letters.

The press release is below, and shots of the menu.

A new fan focused, family friendly sports bar and restaurant –Walters -- is opening soon on the Georgia Avenue corridor in Parkview.

Named after legendary Washington Senators Hall of Famer and local icon Walter Johnson, the bar and restaurant will have a sports themed look and feel, with a d├ęcor highlighting the prohibition era of baseball. Along with Walter Johnson memorabilia, the atmosphere will pay tribute to the Washington Senators including team photos and a classic image of Babe Ruth at Griffin Stadium. Walters will also pay homage to local area sports including Sammy Baugh and the early days of the Washington Redskins.

Walters is located at 3632 Georgia Avenue NW, just below New Hampshire Avenue and only steps from the Georgia Avenue Petworth Metro station. It sits between its two sister bars, DC Reynolds and Looking Glass Lounge. It is a joint partnership of the owners of these two neighborhood mainstays, who between them have a combined total of 100 years of bar and restaurant experience in the DC Metro area.

Washington being a transient town, Walters will have special features for fans wanting to follow their outoftown teams. One innovation will be regional, timezoned beer selection to cater to sports fans from different timezones wanting to enjoy the games with their hometown beers. A special “West Coast” happy hour will be held from 8-10 PM where beers made on the west Coast will be offered at discount prices.

A familyfriendly atmosphere is a major goal of Walters. It will have seating sections where parents are welcome to bring their kids to enjoy the game action with them. The kids menu, in addition to traditional ballpark hotdogs, will have healthy offerings, including gluten free chicken skewers and dehydrated fruit. Walters is also introducing innovative weekday afternoon “time to unwind” specials from 4-7 PM for parents who want to drop by with their kids after picking them up from school or

The menu will be based on classic stadium offerings but with creative and fresh additions. It will include the classic beef frank, with a wide variety of optional toppings, warmed pretzels with beer cheese, house made jerky, bags of crackerjacks, and frito pie. The menu will also include roasted and pulled pork and chicken sandwiches, baked chicken wings, and roasted vegetables along with other vegetarian and glutenfree choices.

Walters will be opening under a limited menu so we can pilot the cuisine with our customers to ensure the best choices. Walters will air comprehensive sports packages on 9 HD televisions, and plans to open for daytime sports events during the week, and on weekends for soccer fans.

There will be an outdoor back patio with beergarden style seating.

The managing partner of Walters, Ben Fiske, formerly managed sports bars Laughing Man Tavern downtown and Bedrock Billiards in Adams Morgan. Fiske said, “We hope to bring to Parkview and Petworth a friendly neighborhood bar that accommodates the evolving community, particularly families and kids, with the heart and soul of regional sports teams.”

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