Young and Hungry

Restaurateur Xavier Cervera Opening American Bistro in Shaw

Longtime Capitol Hill restaurateur Xavier Cervera sold his nine restaurants, which included Hawk 'n' DoveThe Chesapeake Room, and Molly Malone's, earlier this year. Now, he's establishing roots in Shaw with a new American bistro.

A liquor license application for 1209-1213 10th St. NW lists the trade name for the restaurant as The American, although it's unclear if that will actually be the name of the restaurant. Despite the address listed, the restaurant will actually be located in Blagden Alley, between 9th and 10th streets. The notice also states that the restaurant will have 70 seats plus a summer garden with 75 seats.

Cervera has not yet returned Y&H's call for comment. Stay tuned for more details.

  • john doe

    t'will surely be middling

  • Kevin

    Gutsy. A "john doe" criticism of a place that hasn't even opened.

    Balls. Grow some and use your name.

  • MP

    Kevin - I am not John Do, but what does using a name matter when you can enter anything you want?

    Besides, if you have been to any of Xavier's (former) places, you would probably agree that 'middling' is actually giving him the benefit of the doubt.

  • Dave

    Eh, count me in as a fan for what Xavier does: some pretty basic, reasonably priced, low-pretention spots. Is he going to be a James Beard finalist anytime soon? No, but not every restauranteur in the District needs to be. Personally, I'd prefer one of his places opening near to me than something from Overhyped Isabella, where it's 100 db inside and the food doesn't match the wait times. Xavier's restaurants are good Tuesday evening food, and DC needs more places like that, IMO.

  • Doug

    Cervera=gutter morals & unworthy of success, skeevy creep to employees, shady business. Refuse his restaurants & BS. Get rid of this guy! IMHO

  • DaniRo

    Spend $ at his venues! Red Skins season-- takes young females to 'RS training camp' to entice them for uneventful sex.--cause problems with management & business. He needs money or he can not get woman people--help a loser out! who is in for happy hour?