Shake-Up on Barracks Row – Say Hello to Finn McCool’s (Again) & Tio Javier

Molly Malone's has been renamed Finn McCool's
Molly Malone’s has been renamed Finn McCool’s
Pacifico Cantina is now Tio Javier
Pacifico Cantina is now Tio Javier

Visitors to Barracks Row will see some changes to a few of the eateries/bars on the 8th Street SE strip owned by Xavier Cervera’s group.  Molly Malone’s is now called Finn McCool’s, which was the name of the bar that previously occupied the space before Molly’s opened in 2009. Pacifico Cantina is now Tio Javier.

In addition, Chesapeake Room closed for renovations (a similar fate befell Lola’s earlier this year) [UPDATE-This reopened with name Ophelia’s Fish House]. Even Senart’s Oyster House changed its last part of its name to Grille Room (from Chop House). So far, these name changes, which are not surprising after Cervera recently took back control of these restaurants, have included new menus and more changes are forthcoming. However, Barred in DC has not seen any recent trade name change applications approved by the ABRA Board for these spots, so stay tuned on that issue [UPDATE-ABRA approved the bar name changes on 11/30]

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New menu at Finn McCool’s
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Barred in DC’s Hot Takes

A list of hot take opinions that Barred in DC actually holds, with varying levels of rational thinking or time spent considering the implications or impact on others. I’m guessing many will not be popular (particularly the last one). Subtweets are encouraged.

  1. Adams Morgan is the best neighborhood in DC 150 hours of the week.
  2. Brunch sucks.
  3. Visiting Georgetown feels like you’re on vacation.
  4. Dan Silverman is the man (I stole these list ideas from him).
  5. Calling someone the “man” is still cool.
  6. Comcast/Xfinity isn’t terrible.
  7. DC politics/neighborhood developments are infinitely more interesting than national politics.
  8. There are fun people and places to visit in the suburbs.
  9. Clarendon is nice.
  10. Retrocession > statehood.
  11. The DC Streetcar is/will be a success.
  12. 14th Street, Shaw, meh.
  13. It’s fun to be around DC tourists sometimes.
  14. Having a car in DC isn’t all that hard/expensive.
  15. Strict parking enforcement in DC is a good thing.
  16. NPR is terrible.
  17. Churchkey is an incredible place to drink beer and fall asleep of boredom.
  18. People who stand on the left side of the Metro escalator are fine.
  19. Barred in DC is an amazing blog/Twitter account.

Bardo River Brewery Approved – Kind Of, Sort Of

[UPDATE: Bardo is appealing order to DC courts, claiming that ABRA engaged in illegal ex parte communications with ANC and Nationals. See Bardawg’s comment below: https://barredindc.com/2016/10/06/bardo-river-brewery-approved-kind-of-sort-of/comment-page-1/#comment-57491]

Yesterday, ABRA issued an unusual preliminary decision regarding the proposed new Bardo brewery just south of Nationals Park. Basically, ABRA is allowing Bardo to operate a brewery on the Anacostia River site but says it can only serve customers on-premises if it agrees to close at 10p everyday of the week. If Bardo doesn’t accept this condition the Board basically says they’ll have a hearing and may deny the ability for Bardo to serve beer on-premises at any time. Concerns that plagued previous Bardo applications-noise, parking, and pedestrian safety-still remain.

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