Photos By Armando Gallardo, Words By Brandon Wetherbee
Petworth has changed. In the three plus years it’s taken Homestead from acquiring a liquor license to openings its doors, Petworth has changed quite a bit.
Homestead is not replacing a restaurant or cafe or bar. Previous to Homestead, 3911 Georgia Ave NW was a home. The restaurant has done its best maintaining the look and feel of a home. The windows are reclaimed. The bar is made up of 3911’s former doors. Pretty much everything in the place that looks reclaimed is reclaimed.
It’s big, deceptively big. It’s technically two floors but it feels like four. There are three patio spaces, two in front, one large bar area in the back on the top floor. And none of it feels forced or rushed. It feels like a place that has had more than three years to build out a restaurant.
We should point out that Homestead is next door to Qualia Coffee. And the owners of Homestead and the owners of Qualia Coffee have a good relationship. And that’s important. And the staff of Homestead comes from places like Blaguard, The Pig and The Wonderland Ballroom. And the head chef lives in the neighborhood. In other words, this is a Petworth restaurant that’s a natural extension of the food and dining scene in D.C.
Homestead opens Thursday, June 23. They’ll be open 5 p.m. to 12 a.m. from Sunday to Thursday, 5 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. Brunch service will begin on July 1.
Homestead has been rumored and blurbed about since 2013. Without further adeau, here’s how it actually looks…