Posts Tagged ‘Johnny Spero’

A Look at What Minibar’s Staff Eats for Family Meal

Diners aren’t the only ones who eat well at Minibar. The staff of José Andrés’ avant-garde restaurant get pretty extravagant when it comes to its own daily “family” meals. Typically, the kitchen’s four-person morning team, which gets in at 7 a.m., creates a menu for its peers while prepping for the evening dinner service. Every […]

Gin and Bear It: It’s Not So Easy Getting a Drink at D.C.’s Newest 1920s-Themed Bar

The wooden door that leads, eventually, to Harold Black, a new 1920s-style “speakeasy” above Acqua Al 2 in Eastern Market, is unmarked, and the inside reveals nothing but a long empty hall. I would have missed it if I didn’t know it was there. The hallway leads up a set of stairs, then down another […]

Reservation-Only “Speakeasy” Harold Black Will Open Tuesday

Y&H now has more details on Harold Black, the new "speakeasy" that Acqua Al 2's owners will open above their Eastern Market restaurant at 212 7th St. SE on Tuesday. Co-owner Ari Gejdenson tells Y&H that Harold Black is the name of his grandfather. "He was quite a Washingtonian, and he was a historian," Gejdenson says. […]

Sūna Location Revealed! (And It’s Opening This Week)

Komi alum Johnny Spero and Acqua Al 2 chef/owner Ari Gejdenson will officially open Sūna, a fine-dining restaurant that's "inspired by nature," on Wednesday. The team has managed to keep the restaurant's exact location under wraps for months, but now the secret is out: It's located at 214 7th St. SE, above Acqua Al 2. Spero, who's helming […]

Gut Reaction: The Smoked Duck Doesn’t Suck at Suna Pop-Up

This is not a formal review, but rather an off-the-cuff first-impressions-style riff on a brand-spankin' new D.C. restaurant. If this week's pop-up preview of the forthcoming, Latvian-titled Eastern Market eatery Suna (English translation: moss) is any indication, then diners can expect a very dimly lit, wine-centric parade of tiny three-bite portioned plates that isn't particularly […]

SŪNA Is Coming SŪNA-ish To Eastern Market

Toki Underground's Erik Bruner-Yang today dished up the previously secret location of his forthcoming eatery with partner Ari Gejdenson of Acqua Al 2 and chef Johnny Spero: "sŪna," he writes in an email, "will be in eastern market." The location makes sense: that's Gejdenson's turf. Tickets are still available for the upcoming eight-course $119-per-person pop-up […]

Last Night’s Leftovers: Three-Star Trattoria Edition

An early look at Boqueria, opening tonight [Washingtonian] Fiola gets three stars. [Post] The evolution (and various incarnations) of the "Strasburger" [DCist] Here's what D.C. Central Kitchen is doing for the District's food deserts. [Eatocracy] Take a look at what chef Johnny Spero is cooking for the upcoming SŪNA pop-up. [We Love DC] Another liquor […]

Toki Underground’s Erik Yang Previews His New Place at Living Social HQ

This just in: chefs Erik Bruner-Yang of Toki Underground and Ari Gejdenson of Acqua Al 2 are opening a new restaurant in D.C. called SŪNA. Described as serving "modern progressive cuisine" based on regional and seasonal ingredients and helmed by former Komi cook Johnny Spero, the combined three-chef effort is slated to later this year. "Ari […]