Urbana Reopens With a New Design and Italian Menu

Here’s what a $600,000 revamp looks like.

Urbana reopens with a fresh look and Italian menu. Photographs by Scott Suchman

After a $600,000 renovation, Urbana reopens Thursday in the Kimpton Hotel Palomar with a fresh look and a new Italian menu from chef Ethan McKee

The bar (and its happy hour) have always been draws for the Dupont crowd, so you’ll find more space to sip. GrizForm, the firm behind the revamp, doubled the size of the bar and lounge space, outfitting it with more high-top seating, leather stools for perching, and design elements recalling an art deco cityscape. Happy hour returns from 4 to 7 Monday through Saturday, with offers such as $5 wines and beers, $1 oysters, $7 Aperol spritzes, $8 pizzas, and more. The weekend session will vary slightly, focusing more on barman Lee Carrell’s collection of  Italian spirits, amari, and cocktails. 

The new Italian menu boasts brick-oven chicken, pork-cheek mezzaluna, and whole roasted fish.

The new dinner menu emphasizes house-made pastas—pork-cheek mezzaluna with truffles, tagliatelle with lobster mushrooms—most of which can be ordered gluten-free (ditto with the pizzas). Grazers will find a generous section of antipasti and crudos, while more panini are offered at lunch. For brunch: the return of $17 bottomless bellinis with fresh fruit purées.

Urbana. 2121 P St., NW; 202-956-6650. 

The redesign includes double the bar and lounge space, and an Art Deco ambience.


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.