The legendary address once roamed by Ben Bradlee and Kitty Graham no longer house the Washington Post, but they will soon host Washingtonians drinking post-work. CureCo, Neal Bodenheimer’s James Beard Award winning hospitality group announced plans to oversee the bar program at Dauphine’s, a new restaurant slated for the WaPo’s old D.C. digs at 1150 15th Street NW.
Dauphine’s, a New Orleans style eatery, is slated to anchor Midtown Center, Washington’s new $650 million development located on the newspaper’s previous digs. The establishment will be operated by Long Shot Hospitality, but the beverage side of things will fall under the purview of the team behind Cure and Cane & Table.
“It means a lot to us to play a part in how the New Orleans cocktail scene gets translated to other markets. We’re really excited to work with our pals at Long Shot Hospitality, and for Dauphine’s to have a list that features some New Orleans classics, and in keeping with Cure’s style, a few thoughtful, refined riffs on the classics,” said Bodenheimer. “The outdoor space is also going to allow us to be a bit more playful.”
Chef Kyle Bailey of The Salt Line will oversee the kitchen. His food offerings will include some classic NOLA cuisine along with a raw bar and an extensive charcuterie program.
The drinks program will fall to Cure’s Bar Director, Ryan Gannon. “I’m really looking forward to building upon people’s ideas of what the New Orleans drinking culture is,” Gannon told Neat Pour. “Being able to pull from both the laid back and buttoned up ends of the cocktail spectrum will be a great way to keep things interesting.”
The restaurant space, itself, will be designed by Grizform Design Architects and the General Design Company. “The team is channeling the spirit of New Orleans ‘grande dame’ restaurants, dispensing with tablecloths and evoking the tropical city’s warmth, color, and layered history in a clean, clear style befitting the contemporary glass setting,” according to a release. “A palette of rich greens and corals, graphic floor tiles, modern bistro seating, playful patterns, lush ferns, and strong references to New Orleans’ ubiquitous wrought iron.”
The 865,000 RSF Midtown Center is a marquis development in D.C. The SHoP Architects project is comprised of two curtainwall office towers connected by skywalks crossing over an exposed plaza. The large, LEED Gold certified complex will offer commercial, retail, and residential spaces.
D.C. is a burgeoning hotspot for cocktails. José Andrés minibar and barmini have been making waves in the swamp for a few years and last week, London’s Lyans Group announced plans to open a Washington outpost as well.