Coming Soon

Opening Soon: Eat the Rich Debuts Tomorrow

By Rina Rapuano  |  October 18, 2013

Eat the Rich, the much-anticipated oyster and drink den by DC cocktail superstar Derek Brown and Travis Croxton of Rappahannock River Oysters, opens tomorrow night in Shaw. Named for a Motorhead song, the relaxed spot is sort of an upscale version of a metal bar. We’re pretty sure there’s nowhere else that simultaneously pays homage to bands like Gwar (one of the bandmates painted a mural for the new restaurant) while serving refined dishes like seared scallops with a rutabaga purée, created by former Range charcuterie maven Julien Shapiro, who will head the kitchen.

Knowing Brown, the man behind such successful ventures as Mockingbird Hill two doors down, The Passenger and Columbia Room, as well as Croxton - part of the team that brought us the super successful Rappahannock Oyster Bar in Union Market - it’s a concept whose time has come.

Eat the Rich will be open 5 PM-1:30AM Monday-Thursday; 5 PM-2:30 AM Friday-Saturday; and 11:30 AM-11:30 PM Sundays (but not this Sunday).

1839 7th St., NW; 202-316-9396

  • The raw bar, placed toward the door at the front end of the bar, will shuck three Rappahannock River Oysters varieties that will generally be on hand: Rappahannocks, Stingrays and Olde Salts. Croxton's Olde Salt Clams from Chincoteague will also be available.

  • The bar will also serve four different oyster shooters, and $1 from each shooter will go toward saving the Chesapeake Bay oyster industry.

  • Bartenders will stir up a steady stream of seasonal cocktails in pitchers (priced around $18 to $42), as well as pouring glasses of prosecco and beers, such as the local 3 Stars Brewing Co. Peppercorn Saison.

  • Every night could feel like a cocktail party at Eat the Rich, thanks to these pitchers of spiked concoctions. But don’t worry if you can’t drink four servings in one go - they will also be available by the glass.

  • Current cocktails include the Buck Hunter - made of Belle Meade bourbon, housemade ginger soda, lemon juice and sasparilla bitters - and the Hollowed Apple - which features Fidencio mezcal, apple shrub, lime and habanero bitters.

  • This semi-private room features murals of skeletons inspired by Chessie, a Nessie-like creature that legend has it lurks in the Chesapeake Bay. The lights are encapsulated by oyster cages.

  • The menu, inspired by the Chesapeake Bay, will eventually include crab feasts in summer. Sunday brunch, which starts in a couple of weeks, will offer a Chesapeake fish boil for the table ($38), composed of seafood, garlic sausage, new potatoes, cauliflower, coddled eggs, grilled bread and aïoli.

  • Brown opened Mockingbird Hill, his Spanish ham and sherry bar, two doors down from Eat the Rich last June. He is currently brainstorming another concept that will inhabit the space in between.