Find Vintage Restaurant Pieces at This New Eastern Market Shop

The team behind Ghibellina and Acqua Al 2 open Found on the Hill this Saturday.

Discover vintage and secondhand pieces originally destined for restaurants at Found on the Hill. Photograph courtesy of Found on the Hill

Where in Washington can you find vintage whiskey crates alongside an original 1920’s copper coat rack? As of Saturday, the answer is Found on the Hill. Ari Gejdenson, the restauranteur behind Acqua Al 2, Ghibellina, and Denson Liquor Bar, created the shop of “found” items with Mindful Restaurant Group creative director, Marilyn Calza.

We had all this stuff we’ve been collecting for the restaurants,” says Gejdenson, who’s opening three new concepts in Ivy City’s Hecht Warehouse this fall. “You find these one-of-a-kind pieces, so you gotta get them. This allows us to continue to collect things without being concerned about where they’ll go.”

Shoppers can browse through a range of accent pieces and furniture. Splurges include original 1930’s Toledo chairs and restaurant exit signs from the 1920’s, alongside more wallet-friendly items such as secondhand light fixtures from Ghibellina and bar pendants from nearby Acqua Al 2. The shop is tiny—just 600 square feet—but manages to pack in plenty of unusual finds.

Found on the Hill. 323 Seventh St., SE; 202-670-0459. Open Saturday and Sunday, 11 am to 6 pm. Weekday hours (Wednesday through Sunday) coming in October.

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.