DC Capitol Square Bar & Grill offers an all-day menu in Hill East


Aside from a handful of takeouts, convenience stores, delis, and markets, the pocket of DC between the Anacostia River and Lincoln Park lacks a great place to sit down to enjoy every meal of the day.

This explains why the Northeast neighborhood seemed to be clamor thursdaySeptember 15 at the new DC Capitol Square Bar & Grill. The all-day cafe comes from Dr. Ogay Irono and Emmanuel Irono, an influential couple from Nigeria who also run a nearby non-profit serving very poor communities.

“Our goal here is to bring good food to a part of Capitol Hill that doesn’t have many healthy food options,” says Emmanuel Irono. “This restaurant gives us the opportunity to make precision food for a neighborhood we know and love.”

Seared salmon comes with a choice of orange or balsamic glaze.

The DC Capitol Square Bar & Grill is open daily for breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner seven days a week. Hours are Sunday-Thursday 8am-10pm and Friday-Saturday until 11 p.m. (1500 East Capitol Street NE).

American comfort tote menu offers a wide range of entrees, including New York strip and tenderloin, Maryland crab cakes, and racks of lamb. Vegan and vegetarian dishes include pickled root vegetables with mushrooms and a quinoa and cherry salad. Breakfast brings Benedict eggs, buttermilk pancakes and corned beef hash to the table.

The Ironos say they believe food has the ability to nurture and empower underserved communities. And they use their restaurant to hire Washingtonians, including those who grew up in the community.

That includes executive chef Damian Beckett, who grew up near RFK Stadium and got his start at Phillips Seafood. He went on to cook at Rusty Scupper in Baltimore, the Ritz Carlton in Tysons Corner and even served as head of the US Embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Butter Lobster Bisque Poached lobster ends with charred scallops.
DC Capitol Square Bar & Grill

Executive Chef Damian Beckett at the DC Capitol Square Bar & Grill.
DC Capitol Square Bar & Grill

“This is my neighborhood, and it deserves quality food,” he says.

In DC circles, the Ironos are best known as nonprofit leaders. Dr. Ogay Irono is President of the TIS Foundation, an organization that funds several public health, education, and social service programs in the United States and Nigeria.

The TIS Foundation is headquartered a few doors down from the DC Capitol Square Bar & Grill, and it says its mission to uplift people through service sparked the idea of ​​opening a restaurant. It took two years to renovate and complete the space.

“For years our offices were next to this closed and abandoned building around the corner. What we wanted to bring to this neighborhood is compassion through food,” she says.

The DC Capitol Square Bar & Grill lights up in shades of orange and blue.
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The space includes a dog-friendly front patio seating 40 and an indoor restaurant and bar seating 116, as well as an upstairs room available to hire for private dining.

The restaurant also caters to the family neighborhood of Hill East. A kids’ menu offers hearty pasta dishes, burgers and fries, chicken tenderloins, and grilled cheese sandwiches for $8.

DC’s Capitol Square Bar & Grill also adds a much-needed brunch and happy hour option east of Lincoln Park. The bar offers pineapple and mango mimosas and cocktails like a Hemingway daiquiri, pomegranate Moscow mule, Godiva chocolate martini, and passion fruit margarita.

The restaurant’s signature drink is a Caps Square Rum O’Range with rum, amaro, sweet vermouth, orange bitters and topped with an orange twist.

“We want this space to be a reflection and celebration of who we are but also of the community we know and love,” says Emmanuel Irono. “After all, this is the neighborhood where we gather with others.”

Those salivating for more restaurants in Hill East won’t have to wait too long. This fall, a critically acclaimed pizzeria Della Barba will open its doors, as well as two neighborhood bars and restaurants: Dupont’s beloved wing Irish Pub Duffy and Hill East Burger from the owners of Sloppy Mama’s and Republic Cantina.



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