First Look: Penn Commons in Penn Quarter Set to Open Monday for Lunch and DinnerBy Rina Rapuano | July 31, 2014 By Rina Rapuano | July 31, 2014
Three years after Passion Food Hospitality closed its groundbreaking TenPenh at 10th and Pennsylvania, the restaurant group returns to Penn Quarter Monday with the opening of Penn Commons, an offshoot of District Commons in Foggy Bottom. The industrial-chic restaurant has 10 TVs in the bar area and a photo mural of presidents playing sports along the back wall, but it's not intended to come across as a traditional sports bar. Think sporty with a sophisticated twist — after all, most sports bars don't have Prosecco and Pinot Gris on tap or 13 cocktails to represent the original American colonies. (Not to mention the 40 beers on draft.)
The dining room, with retro touches like hickory planks and metal-caged light bulbs, seats 166, with 62 of those seats in the bar and lounge area. There's also a private dining room that accommodates 16 and has its own TV. Cement floors, walnut tabletops and leather banquettes also characterize the room, which features mostly neutral tones except for occasional bursts of red.
The restaurant will serve lunch weekdays from 11:30 AM-2:30 PM and dinner from 5-10 PM Monday through Wednesday and 5-11 PM Thursday through Saturday. The restaurant will be closed on Sundays for now but will eventually open that day, as well. Saturday and Sunday brunch will also be added down the line.
Scroll through the slideshow below to get more of an idea of what to expect when the restaurant opens next week.
700 Sixth St. NW; 202-905-2999