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Posted at 2:46 PM ET, 10/ 8/2010

New gastropub and restaurant to take over old Indebleu location

By Justin Rude

Fly Lounge owner Mick Dadlani is getting ready to open his second D.C. establishment, this one a dual-concept, sports-focused gastropub and upscale-casual restaurant. The two-for-one operation, which will be called Redline, will set up shop in the old Penn Quarter Indebleu location at 707 G St., across from the National Portrait Gallery. The 130-seat sportspub, which will feature table-side taps, 40 TVs and one 10-foot projection screen, will open in three to four weeks. The restaurant, which Dadlani describes as "American food with a French flair," will have 86 indoor seats and patio space for 25 more, and open in mid-December. Dadlani is tapping chef Fabrice Reymond, formerly of Hook, to head up the kitchens for both restaurants.

The whole space has been given a dramatic and modern redesign, emphasizing exposed brick and natural light. One element of Indeblue that has remained: the restaurant's large and relatively new kitchen. A brick pizza oven is one of the only additions to the arsenal.

With its proximity to Verizon Center, Redline is being positioned as a natural home-team watering hole for Capitals and Wizards fans. Dadlani even hopes to draw on relationships he has made through Fly Lounge to coax visits out of such Verizon Center stars as Alex Ovechkin and John Wall. But he is also quick to point out that when there isn't a game on, Redline will be about more than just sports: "It's going to be a great happy hour place and a neighborhood bar with some interesting events. We have a fashion show scheduled for February."

A hockey-centric sports bar that hosts fashion shows? I know of at least one visiting opponent who likes the sound of that.

-- Justin Rude

By Justin Rude  | October 8, 2010; 2:46 PM ET
Categories:  Restaurants  | Tags:  restaurant openings  
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