‘For locals, by locals’ could be the tagline of Homestead, Petworth’s new neighborhood restaurant and bar. A team of native Washingtonians are behind the 175-seat space, which spreads out over three levels—and several outdoor spaces—in a nearly century-old converted row house. The venture opens Thursday.
Co-owners Nic Makris and Blaine King aren’t strangers to the neighborhood concept; the duo are also behind the Blaguard in Adams Morgan, a favorite among DC sports fans and locals looking for a low-key beer. Homestead is more ambitious when it comes to the design and food, though the vibe is casual. Original touches from the 1922 structure remain, though the two-year buildout involved substantial renovations.
Chef Marty Anklam‘s menu centers around homestyle cooking. The Arlington native started at Shirlington’s Bistro Bistro in high school before joining the (culinary) CIA, and working as a sous-chef at an upscale Colorado resort. The menu, served in the 70-seat mezzanine dining room for the opening, includes seasonal comforts like Roseda beef meatloaf, crab cakes, dry-aged short ribs, and vegetable risotto. A handful of entrees can be made into family-style meals for two-to-three guests, which include a shareable salad, a main like whole roasted chicken, and three sides. Given 20 minutes notice, the kitchen can pack the spread to-go.
A large draw for summer drinkers will be two outdoor patios with a total of 70 seats, plus more room to stand. Like the food menu, cocktails are meant to be wallet-friendly and accessible. Classic Manhattans and their ilk go for $10, while specialty drinks such as house juleps or pisco sours are priced at $12. A dozen beers are available by tap, plus ciders and wines.
Initially Homestead will be open for dinner and bar hours, with brunch coming soon.
Homestead. 3911 Georgia Ave., NW. Open for dinner 5 to 10, Sunday through Thursday; 5 to 11 on Friday and Saturday. Bar hours until 1:30 am on weekdays, 2:30 am on weekends.