Urbana Will Close for Renovations

A $600,000 revamp puts more focus on the bar.

Urbana's new $600,000 look will include doubled capacity in the bar and lounge. Photograph by David Phelps.

Urbana announced Tuesday that it will close on July 1 July 14 for renovations after eight years in Dupont Circle. The $600,000 project will double the capacity of its bar and lounge areas, which are slated to reopen in early late August.

The Kimpton Hotel hired GrizForm Design Architects for the revamp—the same folks behind the interiors of Doi Moi, Fiola, and more. Once the spot reopens, look for a double-sided bar with 28 more seats, an expanded lounge area, and a new Italian-coast-inspired look for the P Street patio. A private dining room will be relocated near the lobby.

Chef Ethan McKee also plans for menu changes, including a new cocktail program and emphasis on pastas and gluten-free items. Stay tuned for details closer to the opening.

Editor’s note: Story updated to reflect closing and re-opening dates.

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.