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Posted at 12:10 PM ET, 07/18/2005

Opening Bars All Over the Map

By Fritz Hahn

I'm going to take a moment here to keep everyone up-to-date with the adventures of Joe Englert, the nightlife maven who owns a number of the city's best-known bars (including Capitol Lounge, Lucky Bar and the Big Hunt), opened -- and closed -- some legendary venues (State of the Union, Crowbar, the 15 Mins Club), and now has plans to open eight more.

Trusty's Full Serve, an automotive-themed drinking den, opened stealthily three weeks ago at 14th and Pennsylvania, and marks its arrival with a party on July 22. (You can read my full review of the place here.) The Argonaut, a classic-style pub at H Street and Maryland Avenue NE, is set to open by the end of the month. Over the next few months, Englert and his various business partners will launch the 18th Amendment, a prohibition-themed bar and pool hall that replaces the much-loved (by me) Zack's on Capitol Hill; Temperance, a sit-down restaurant near the Petworth Metro station; and Showbar, another H Street establishment that's expected to host vaudeville acts like sword-swallowers. Five more H Street venues will eventually follow.

Of course, when it comes to bars and restaurants, dates are never set in stone. Vegetate and Union Jack's pub were supposed to open months ago, but we're still waiting. (For what it's worth, we hear that Union Jack's will open the first or second week of August.)

-- Fritz

By Fritz Hahn  | July 18, 2005; 12:10 PM ET
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Any word on bars in Cleveland park, has the Bricks spot been sold and when will Atomic move into the Park Bench Pub spot?

Posted by: Cleveland Park | July 19, 2005 9:32 AM | Report abuse

There are rumors flying all over CP re: those spaces. Atomic hasn't yet signed the lease on their to-be-called Satellite Lounge. As for Bricks, I heard that the guys who own Willy & Reeds (sp?) are trying to get the space.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 19, 2005 1:02 PM | Report abuse

Actually, Bricks has been sold to the owners of Vida, and will be called C.P.'s Bar and Grill. It's going to be a Pizza/Italian restaurant, with the roof deck intact.

Posted by: Fritz | July 19, 2005 1:08 PM | Report abuse

I've been craving a bar on H St for years. YEAH!!!! Now, if he'll just open another one near Kenny's....

Posted by: dc tryst | July 19, 2005 1:24 PM | Report abuse

The Crow Bar was actually opened by Steve Zarpas, who was a partner at 15 Mins.

Posted by: Danno | July 29, 2005 9:09 AM | Report abuse

No--Crowbar was opened by Englert and Zarpas. In fact, the original Crowbar was a greasy biker bar in my hometown of New Kensington, Pa--and the biker's were much scarier than the d.c. variety.

Posted by: ljenglert | August 4, 2005 9:54 PM | Report abuse

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