I spoke with Sabrina Zahid who works for Twisted Horn, and she told me that work on the building has progressed pretty far. At this point, they're looking to open sometime in December. (Maybe we should have a meetup at the new bar for a holiday toast... anyone up for a pub crawl along Upshur next month?) ;)
The menu looks interesting, and pretty different than what you'll find at the other Upshur St restaurants. Sabrina forwarded me their press release on the opening:
The opening beverage list features unique drinks such as Scarlet Billows, Blackwell Rum, Camparno Anitca, Fresh Blood Orange Juice; Ghostwood Development, Jensen Old Tom Gin, Sapins Liqueur, Port, Salmiakki Dala Scandinavian Fernet, Whole Egg, Black Pepper Nutmeg; and Black Hat, Maker’s Mark Bourbon, Grapefruit Juice, Housemade Cinnamon & Clove Demerara Syrup, Angostura Bitters.
In addition, the menu will include classic cocktails as well as rotating beer and wine lists. Bartenders will serve up craft beers such as Day of the Dead Hefeweizen or Atlas Rowdy Rye and several varietals of wines will be available by the glass or bottle.
Guests are invited to snack on small bites to accompany their carefully crafted beverages. Jamie Leeds has designed a menu consisting of bar favorites and colorful tastes, such as Assorted Pickles, from their neighbors Gordy’s Pickle Jar; Crostini, choice of Pimento Cheese, French Onion, Spicy Carrot, Chopped Chicken Liver; Onigiri Japanese Rice Balls, choice of Pickled Vegetable, Tuna Tartar, Smoked Salmon, Ume Plum Paste; and a curated selection of Cheese & Charcuterie.
Sabrina said that Jamie Leeds, the owner of Hank's Oyster Bar and the new Twisted Horn, used to live in Petworth. "Jamie actually lived there for a number of years, so it feels a bit like coming home."
Here's the rest of their press release:
Restaurateur Jamie Leeds is thrilled to open The Twisted Horn in the Petworth neighborhood of D.C., which will be led by General Manager Megan Coyle of Hank’s Oyster Bar. The craft cocktail bar officially opens in December 2015, located at 819 Upshur Street, NW, 20011. The menu highlights seasonally driven cocktails made with local ingredients, house infusions and innovative combinations, in addition to a number of bar bites and locally sourced snacks.
Designers Lauren Winter and Brian Miller of Edit, in collaboration with Streetsense, have transformed the space from an abandoned church into a casual, inviting bar. The candlelit interior design and décor is edgy and industrial, while maintaining a neighborhood feel. The bar has 30 stools, with an additional 10 seats at high-top tables. There are also plans to house an outdoor patio with approximately 40 seats.
The Twisted Horn is a neighborhood bar featuring seasonally-driven craft cocktails, classic libations and bar bites. The Twisted Horn is open Sunday through Thursday from 5PM to 1AM, and Friday through Saturday from 5PM to 2AM.The bar is located at 819 Upshur Street NW, in the Petworth neighborhood of Washington, D.C. For more information please visit our website at http://www.twistedhorndc.com or follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @TwistedHornDC.