Hudson Restaurant & Lounge’s Future: Less Restaurant, More Lounge

Alan Popovsky turns over ownership of the M Street spot to focus on his prez-taurants.

Details on the plans for Hudson will be announced soon. Photograph courtesy of Hudson Restaurant & Lounge.

Seems like Hudson Restaurant & Lounge is moving more towards the “& lounge” part of its name. Proprietor Alan Popovsky , who’s also behind Lincoln and the upcoming Teddy & the Bully Bar, tells us he’s turning Hudson over to a new owner, who will emphasize the nightlife element of the M Street spot. “We wanted to just focus on our presidential concepts,” says Popovsky.

While the deal isn’t wholly finalized, the incoming party told us the concept will be made public as early as next week.

Popovsky, a self-described “crack Presidential historian,” is driving hard to open the Roosevelt-themed restaurant and its many private rooms in time for inauguration weekend. The group is also going forward with a second Lincoln in Philadelphia, and is actively searching for a building on 14th Street for a JFK-and-Jackie-themed spot. As at the other prez-straunts, Maggie O’Neill will be in charge of the design.

“Our concept for that is to integrate a ’60s Mad Men theme, because that was very in vogue then,” says Popovsky.

Check back in with us as all of the above develop.

Food Editor

Anna Spiegel covers the dining and drinking scene in her native DC. Prior to joining Washingtonian in 2010, she attended the French Culinary Institute and Columbia University’s MFA program in New York, and held various cooking and writing positions in NYC and in St. John, US Virgin Islands.