Tuesday, April 15, 2008

British Inspired Restaurant Opening in Columbia Heights This Summer

Yes yes yes yes yes. STICKY TOFFEE PUDDING. And if their "late night snacks" mean chips and curry, I am never leaving the neighborhood.

Jamie Leeds of Hank's Oyster Bar is opening CommonWealth, “the people’s gastropub,” a chef-driven, British inspired restaurant with a public house atmosphere in the Highland Park residential building - 1400 Irving Street, NW.

From the press release:

The menu can best be described as British “modern classics.” Chef Leeds will lighten up traditional British fare with fresh local ingredients and modern cooking techniques. The menu will include Potted Shrimp, Scotch Eggs, Toad in a Hole, Fish and Chips, Bangers and Mash, Welsh Rarebit, Steak and Guinness Pie, Pork Pastie and
Sticky Toffee Pudding.

CommonWealth will be open for lunch, dinner and weekend brunch and will honor the British tradition of the “Sunday Roast” each week. The Roast is the British Sunday afternoon supper, featuring a selection of roasted meat with accompanying sides. Roasted meats, purchased locally whenever possible, such as leg of lamb, rabbit, pork, turkey, and chicken will be served family style.

The pub area will incorporate board games, such as checkers, backgammon, and chess and will be open between lunch and dinner and for late night snacks… British soccer will be showcased when games are shown in the United States.

CommonWealth will also feature an extensive beer list with a focus on American microbrews and top quality beers from the United Kingdom. The wine list will be international.

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