Opening Bars All Over the Map
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.)
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