Surf’s up at Little Coco’s.
The team behind the Petworth eatery (and its sister restaurants El Chucho and Bar Charley) are just about ready to debut the neighborhood’s newest rooftop bar. Inspired by the beach bars and boardwalk restaurants of their youth, the aptly named Coco Beach was built by repurposing and covering Little Coco’s rooftop. Featuring aqua colored astroturf, plenty of pink flamingos, and an impressively powerful AC unit (seriously) I can see this being an ideal hangout for the dog days of summer.
Coco Beach is endearingly heavy on the kitsch – there’s a giant, impossible to miss paper mâché shark head that will probably dominate your social media feed for the next few months – as well as a life-size cut out of David Hasselhoff in a corner, just past the low-slung deck chairs. While there are plenty of tiki and tropical themed items, the focus of the menu isn’t to imitate an island destination; instead, restaurateurs Jackie Greenbaum and Gordon Banks are paying homage to the libations and culture of waterfront bars along the Shores of Maryland and New Jersey. Yes, there are fresh piña coladas, but you’ll also be able to sling back a couple of orange crushes while listening to Wavves. Even more enticing: Coco Beach plans on staffing their bar with some of their top bartenders and mixologists from their sister restaurants; both Banks and Greenbaum described it as working with their “dream team.”
The bar will also serve a separate limited menu out of the Little Coco’s kitchen, with a focus on beach grub and a rotating “specialty” main dish – starting off with a soft shell crab roll at the time of opening. One thing to note: the space is relatively small, and I imagine they’ll have to devise some kind of system to control occupancy. However, with a drink menu heavily focused on summery, refreshing drinks and frozen concoctions, as well as an affordable beer selection, I think plenty of people will happily wait for a chance to kick it on Coco Beach.