The Shaw Bijou Opens November 1 with $185 Tickets

The Shaw Bijou's membership program has nearly 1,000 people on the wait-list. Photograph courtesy of The Shaw Bijou

The Shaw Bijou has finally set an opening date. Kwame Onwuachi of recent Top Chef fame will debut his first restaurant on November 1 with a $185 tasting menu—an ambitious early venture for the 26 year-old chef, whose resume includes stints at high-profile spots in New York like Eleven Madison Park and Per Se. The 32-seat dining room is housed in a former Shaw rowhouse—owned by Kelly Gorsuch of Immortal Beloved salon—and will also play home to a second-floor bar only accessible to paying members.

Reservations go online on August 29, and follow a ticketed system similar to the one at Aaron Silverman’s tasting room, Pineapple & Pearls—minus the all-inclusive price tag. Patrons purchase online passes to the restaurant, which cover the cost of the 17-course menu. Beverage pairings from sommelier David Blackburn and barman Benjamin Long, tax, and tip aren’t included. The members-only club will open later (date TBD) with additional fees.* 

The Shaw Bijou. 1544 Ninth St., NW. Open Tuesday through Saturday.

*This post has been updated from an earlier version.  

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.