all photos: Stephanie Breijo
Back in June, when Mockingbird Hill, the sherry and ham temple opened in Shaw, we were pretty goddamn excited to learn that it was only 1/3 of the project Derek Brown and Angie Salame will be undertaking on 7th street. Now, a mere four months later, the part two of the puzzle arrives at 1829 7th street NW. A collaboration with Rappahannock River Oysters and named after a Motorhead song, Eat the Rich is a bar and restaurant built around the love of seafood and strong, seasonal drinking.
The rock’n’roll theme is clear throughout. Whether it is the SeaMonsters of Rock murals in the back (done by local artist and drummer Laura Harris, whose handiwork you’ve maybe seen adorn the walls of ShowTime as well) or the painting done and gifted to the restaurant by GWAR’s maestro Dave Brockie himself to chowderhead on the menu and some serious heavyness on the speakers, you know you’re in a place that doesn’t mess about.
The kitchen (which officially opens for dinner tomorrow, and for brunch starting next week) is manned by Julian Shapiro, who was previously in charge of artisanal charcuterie over at Range. The menu, which is separated into “RAW” and “HOT” categories, will utilize seafood from New Jersey to North Carolina and is brimming with dishes worth coming back over and over for; on top of the obvious oysters and clams, there will be squid, mackarel, albacore and herring, plus eel pies, rapa whelks and on the brunch menu hen eggs with oysters and toast tips and a Grand Chesapeake Boil which combines several kinds of seafood with garlic sausage, new potatoes, cauliflower, coddled eggs, grilled bread and a proper aioli.
The bar will serve oyster shooters too, a $1 of each will go to the Oyster Recovery Fund.
Speaking of the bar, obviously, the big talk of the drinking town will be the pitchers of cocktails. When we stopped by, two seasonal selections were on offer (each not batched, but made to order on site, like one big, fancy cocktail): a mezcal/appleshrub/hellfire bitters combination that was wonderfully rich and warming, and a bourbon/ginger/lemon selection which bright and open. Brown is, of course, known for his martinis too, so expect some Greenhat gins in those pitchers soon enough too. Nothing not to like (or fear, depending on how your night is going).
And yes, the third restaurant (sandwiched in between this one and Mockingbird hill) is en route as well. The theme: a southern style comfort food diner, with a twist. We can’t wait.