A reminder that restaurants do actually open at addresses that don’t include the words 14th Street, Northwest: Scion, a popular comfort food and beer spot on P Street in Dupont Circle, debuted its 4,500-square-foot Silver Spring location on Wednesday. The bar and restaurant is currently doing dinner only, with plans for brunch and lunch starting in June and July. Also coming soon: NaiNai’s, an adjacent noodle and dumpling bar with beer, wine, and sake. Owner Joanne Liu says that should be up and running in June or July.
In addition to favorites such as the Scion burger (a ground Kobe and sirloin patty topped with smoked mozzarella, sautéed onions, fried pickles, and peach ketchup) and macaroni with five cheeses, the menu features some new items that will also likely show up at the Dupont location. Those include a vegetarian spring risotto (which seafood fans can order with seared scallops), rhubarb chicken, and duck gnocchi. Twelve rotating beer taps focus on craft brews such as Anderson Valley Summer Solstice, a California beer that’s currently in the mix. Scion also stocks between 60 and 75 beers by the bottle, according to Liu. A 5-to-7 happy hour features half off drafts. Follow the restaurant on Twitter for other deals—for instance, all-day discounts on beers like Detour Double India Pale Ale from Detour in Salt Lake City.
Liu says she chose Silver Spring because so many of her customers live in Dupont but work in Silver Spring, or vice versa. The lower property prices in the Maryland neighborhood meant she could secure enough space for the noodle bar, which will share bathrooms and a kitchen with Scion. The new restaurant is at 1200 East-West Highway.