Young and Hungry

Former Shaw’s Tavern GM Opening Restaurant in Mount Vernon Triangle

Former Shaw's Tavern general manager Reza Akhavan has plans to open an upscale casual restaurant focused on local, seasonal ingredients at 917 5th St. NW this March.

Although a liquor license notice lists the restaurant's name as Success (as reported earlier by Prince of Petworth), Akhavan says that is not the name; he hasn't decided what to call the eatery yet. He also does not have a chef or menu worked out, but he says the food will have European and Mediterranean influences.

"I really want to focus on local farms and fresh ingredients and have a healthier menu," Akhavan tells Y&H. "Not because it's the trend, but because it's what I like."

Akhavan envisions a relatively small menu with half a dozen appetizers, five to six entrees, and some bar snacks. The price point for entrees will likely be between $17 and $25. There will also be 12 taps for beer plus wine and cocktails.

The 85-seat spot (including bar seating) will have a simple "industrial" interior design. Further down the line, Akhavan hopes to open a roof deck.

Photo via Google Maps

  • Guy

    "The price point for entrees will likely be between $17 and $25."

    Why so fancy and expensive? geez lower some prices in this town.

  • Dude

    Real estate prices are very high in the MVT, being that this is a small space and the volume cap for quality food preparation, they need to cater to the well-off people who live nearby. A downscale place would need to compete with the national chains, and that's extremely difficult in terms of branding and business systems.

  • OctaviusIII

    Isn't that going to be part of a big honkin' development over the next few years?

  • Chick

    This block is totally dead and dilapidated. This is excellent news for MVT.

  • Si Kailian

    5th & I project got downsized back to the big lot on the corner. I file that one under the believe it when I see it category...BUT. I'm so disappointed this article makes no mention of this restaurant site's former use! I'm thrilled a restaurant plan is in the works, sounds great but will they pay homage to fun fair video? 😉 ah the memories of that funky nasty place...good times.