Monday, August 4, 2008

British Gastropub, CommonWealth, to open August 6th

The coolest neighborhood in DC is about to get a little cooler with the opening of CommonWealth, Chef Jamie Leeds' (of Hank's Oyster Bar) British style Gastropub in Columbia Heights.

With lunch and brunch scheduled to start later in the month, Leeds hopes to "transport guests to a lively, urban pub scene reminiscent of those found in London." While the beer list here is impressive, the food is the true highlight. From pub favorites like fish and chips, pot pies, and bangers and mash to more Americanized grub like a grass-fed burger and roast chicken.

Sunday evenings you'll find the "Sunday Roast", which features "a selection of roasted meat for the table served family style, paired with sides, such as leg of lamb, rabbit, pork, turkey, chicken-whatever is market fresh and available from local farmers", and will be around $20 per person.

In the spirit of the times, you'll see a very strong nod to local farmers, ensuring the top quality of the ingredients you'll be eating.

And of course the food isn't the only thing eco-friendly, Leeds worked hard "incorporating vintage wood paneling salvaged from barns, “tube” tile reminiscent of the London subways, concrete block walls, stained concrete floors and leather seating, creating a warm, rustic pub atmosphere."

You can see the whole menu here. It's a little more expensive than you'd normally find at your regular hang out, but this isn't your normal bar food. I'm guessing this gastropub is going to fit right in with the hip Columbia Heights crowd.

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