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Washington Business Journal: Meridian Pint Owners to Open Restaurant in Monroe Street Market

September 12, 2013

Published in the Washington Business Journal

The owner of beer-centric Meridian Pint and barbecue joint and bourbon bar Smoke & Barrel will open their third venture, a beer-centric, upscale casual restaurant in Brookland.

The still-unnamed restaurant will open in Monroe Street Market, a mixed-use development across from Catholic University of America that has steadily been adding retail tenants for the past few months. It will encompass 4,200 square feet in the Brookland Works building, which features apartments above and a line of artist studio and retail spaces along a ground-floor Arts Walk.

The concept sounds similar to that of owner John Andrade's other restaurants, with decor that features exposed brick and dark wood tones. Similar to Meridian Pint, the menu is expected to include "elevated pub standards" and "internationally inspired dishes" as well as a range of vegetarian and vegan options.

Monroe Street Market partner The Bozzuto Group finalized a lease with Barnes & Noble College for the Catholic University bookstore two weeks ago, and at the time, the project's developer said that the retail mix of the project would expand from there. A full-service, more upscale restaurant was part of that vision.

“The group’s creative vision mirrors our own and we are thrilled to welcome its contemporary, casual fine dining concept," Toby Bozzuto, president of the Bozzuto Group, said in a statement. "We look forward to the restaurant’s success in the Brookland neighborhood.”