Opening Alert: Silo, a Franco-Swiss-American Spot for Mt. Vernon Square

The 70-seat eatery is set to debut around Christmas.

Silo claims a tres (industrially) chic look. Photograph by Reza Mohaddes.

Washington has its fair share of French restaurants, but those with Swiss influence? Not as many (though we’re partial to the two Swiss Bakery locations in Virginia). Now comes more details on Silo, a 70-seat spot near Mt. Vernon Square set to open shortly after Christmas. The kitchen will be helmed by former C.F. Folks chef George Vetsch, most recently in the news for helming the stalwart luncheonette’s kitchen when it received James Beard’s America’s Classic Award (and then, of course, departing shortly after).

Vetsch has teamed up with first-time owner Reza Akhavan, who formerly managed the Front Page and Shaw’s Tavern. According to a release from the restaurant, the menu will comprise of “modern American” dishes with influences from Switzerland and France (Vetsch is Swiss-born and French-trained). Dishes include potato-crusted branzino with tomato and olives, kohlrabi soup with Appenzeller cheese fondue, and mussels gratinée with a vermouth-leek sauce. Stay tuned for the opening date. 

Silo. 919 5th St., NW; 202-309-0073. 

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.