Young and Hungry

Get a Sneak Peek of Paul Ruppert’s Petworth Bar at Hogo

Room 11 and The Passenger partner Paul Ruppert hasn't yet finalized a name for his new bar coming to the former Island Cafe space at 829 Upshur St. NW, but you'll nonetheless be able to get a first taste of it at Hogo this month.

Chef Makoto Hamamura, formerly a senior sous chef at CityZen, will prepare a menu of elevated bar food. The Hogo menu, which runs July 9-20, will feature dishes like a mini Spanish omelet, shrimp and waffle, and pork and grits. (Check out all the offerings below.) Hamamura, who grew up on the coast of Japan, has experience as a sushi chef, in Italian cuisine, and even as a butcher's apprentice in the French Alps. He spent six years at CityZen. Most recently, he has been chef at the Evermay estate in Georgetown.

Ruppert describes the Upshur bar as a "neighborhood hangout" with a "quality beverage program." He hopes to open it around Labor Day.


Fish Fritter, $8

(Salted Haddock and Potato with Red Pepper Aioli)

Mini Spanish Omelet, $8

(Homemade Fresh Chorizo and Manchego Cheese)

Fried Chicken Wings, $10

(Marinated in ginger, garlic, soy)

Pork 'n Grits, $9

(Crispy Pork Belly and Creamy Grits with Soft Boiled Egg)

Falafel Pita, $10

(Eggplant Chutney and  Kohlrabi Slaw with Tahini Sauce)

Shrimp & Waffle, $12

(Batter Fried Shrimp on a Belgian Waffle with Tomato Marmalade and Baja Sauce)

Fried Chicken Sausage Sandwich, $11.50

(Chawchaw Relish and Grain Mustard)

Stuffed Cabbage, $11.50

(Ground Pork , Rice, Cabbage Leaf, and Corn)

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  • Petworth dude

    Can't wait for this to open. I don't have anything bad to say about Domku and El Torogoz, but they don't exactly qualify as neighborhood hangouts. And although DC Reynolds and the Looking Glass are great, sometimes they are a bit of a hike away.