The name of the Neighborhood Restaurant Group’s new Barracks Row eatery/bar is a familiar one to many “foodies” inside the Beltway- EatBar- the same as the group’s popular Clarendon/Lyon Park eatery that garnered accolades from 2007 until closing in late 2014. This news comes from a recent liquor license trade name change that was approved (see page 17) on Wednesday.
Located in the old Kraze Burgers spot at 415 8th St. SE (between D & E streets, less than a block from the Eastern Market Metro stop), this 40-50 seat spot comes from the group well known for places like Red Apron, Churchkey, Iron Gate, and Bluejacket. Expect meat-focused dishes and a solid beer, wine, and cocktail list at EatBar, as detailed in this “exclusive” scoop (sorry Jessica Sidman) given to Tim Carman at at the Post in June 2015. According to Carman’s piece, Nathan Anda, the new point man for the Barracks Row project, helmed the original EatBar until 2008, so he appears to be returning to his roots with NRG.
The Post article said the unnamed spot would open later in 2015-obviously this didn’t happen-and a recent visit to this location didn’t reveal much obvious work being done. Currently, this block is home to some of the neighborhood’s more downscale establishments ( Popeye’s, Pizza Boli’s) as well as quite a bit of loitering, so it will be interesting to see how this will transform the block (an &Pizza is supposedly coming soon as well).