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Del Frisco's Grille to Open July 14 in Downtown DC
Del Frisco's Grille to Open July 14 in Downtown DC


From Anthony Hesselius: Experts predict Washington’s heat index will break records this summer.  This may be due in large part to the debut of Del Frisco’s Grille, a new restaurant and bar, set to debut downtown at 1201 Pennsylvania Avenue NW on Saturday, July 14.  Del Frisco’s Grille combines a comfortable and social atmosphere with exciting cuisine, an eclectic wine list, hand crafted cocktails and a warm sense of genuine hospitality.  Under the culinary direction of DC veteran, Executive Chef Rob Klink, The Grille will heat up DC’s dining scene as a promising new respite from the hustle and bustle of urban life and will serve as a destination for locals and visitors alike to Meat Up and Drink Up. 


Del Frisco’s Grille is the newest concept from Del Frisco’s Restaurant Group, known for the famed Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House and Sullivan’s Steakhouse.  The Grille will be a blend of American standards, remixed with creative flair and complemented with an impressive selection of wines and spirits, allowing the casual neighborhood diner to feel right at home next to a business meeting or an intimate dinner date.  The Grille opens its doors for lunch and dinner complete with a showcase indoor/outdoor bar and large patio perfect for al fresco dining any time of year.


“After nearly five years of searching for the perfect location, we are thrilled to finally to come to Washington, DC. This is such a dynamic city with an amazing culinary energy that just keeps growing – and the people really embrace and enjoy it,” said Mark Mednansky, CEO of Del Frisco’s Restaurant Group. “We are in such good company with so many great places to eat and have a drink. It feels great to be a part of the city at such an exciting time.”


The menu at Del Frisco’s Grille takes the classic bar and grill to new heights, using bold flavors, regional ingredients and local flair in many of its dishes.  Diners will find a selection that is both diverse and accessible with twists on modern comfort classics to savor or share with friends.  Both dinner and lunch menus feature selections of appetizers, innovative flatbreads, hearty salads, fresh selections from the sea, two-fisted sandwiches and “knife and fork” entrees, as well as renowned signature hand-cut prime steaks and shareable sides.


“The Grille definitely comes from steakhouse roots, but our menu is about variety, with a twist around every corner.  From our prime burgers to our fresh seafood dishes, the focus is on quality and flavor,” said Klink. “I’m especially excited to introduce DC to its new favorite crab cake.  After 20 years in the area, I have to say, there’s a new sheriff in town.”


The bar offers imaginative, memorable cocktails like the VIP and Apt. 5D.  On tap, guests are treated to a mix of local beers and some of The Grille’s signature shots, including the carefree Honey Badger, a blend of Tuaca and pineapple.  Not to be outshined, Del Frisco’s Grille’s wine selection is unlike any restaurant of its size.  With more than 400 selections, the list features a mix of old and new world wineries from top growing regions and many lesser-known vineyards.  Del Frisco’s Grille’s sommeliers are an added perk to diners, guiding guests to the perfect sip to complement their meal. 


The restaurant is designed by the Aria Group and embraces the past while keeping an eye to the future, creating a quintessential ‘Washingtonian’ space.  Guests will be greeted by a wall of wine – representing an inventory of nearly 5,000 bottles.  An energizing island bar set opposite accordion windows creates a transformative open-air space perfect for power lunches, happy hour networking or late night drinks and dinner with friends.  The 100-seat patio features shaded banquettes, cherry blossom trees and blue fescue grass.  Come winter, guests can cozy up to glass ensconced pyramid heaters and tableside fire jars.  The dining room is built with timeless white marble, etched glass artwork and raw metal fixtures to tell the story of this dynamic, cosmopolitan city.


General Manager Bridget Kelly said, “We can’t wait to show Washington what Del Frisco’s Grille is all about.  We have worked hard to create a space that is inviting; a menu that is above all else truly delicious, and we have assembled an outstanding staff that is ready to feed every man, in every sense of the word – our guests, the community and more.”


Del Frisco’s Grille will be open for lunch Monday through Friday from 11:30am to 3:00pm and for dinner from Monday through Thursday from 5-11pm, Friday and Saturday from 5pm-Midnight and on Sunday from 4-9:30pm.  The bar will remain open for extended hours each day - Monday through Friday from 11:30am-Midnight, Saturday from 4:00pm to 1:00am and Sunday from 4:00-11:00pm.


For more information visit Del Frisco’s Grille online at www.delfriscosgrille.com or call (202) 450-4686.  


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