Spike Mendelsohn Will Close Bearnaise and Open a Taqueria in Its Place

The French restaurant will eventually relocate downtown.

Chef Spike Mendelsohn. Photograph by Chris Flynn.

Bearnaise, the French restaurant specializing in steak frites from Spike Mendelsohn‘s Sunnyside Group, will close on May 1. In its place, the chef plans to open a taqueria. It will be the group’s third fast-casual concept after We, The Pizza and Good Stuff Eatery.

“We try and serve what Americans love best in a hip atmosphere with fresh ingredients, and this will be no different,” Micheline Mendelsohn, Spike’s sister and business partner, says in an email.

This won’t be the end of Bearnaise either. Micheline says they will eventually reopen the restaurant in a downtown location that’s “more conducive to fine dining and parking” than its current location in Capitol Hill.

Stay tuned for additional details.

Jessica Sidman
Food Editor

Jessica Sidman covers the people and trends behind D.C.’s food and drink scene. Before joining Washingtonian in July 2016, she was Food Editor and Young & Hungry columnist at Washington City Paper. She is a Colorado native and University of Pennsylvania grad.