Laura Hayes

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Smoked & Stacked will close up shop in Shaw on Dec. 21, according to Tin Shop Partner Peter Bayne. But he and his business partner Geoff Dawson will hold onto the storefront at 1239 9th St. NW, transforming it into a new concept in partnership with Events DC at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in early 2019.

“We’re shuffling the deck a little bit,” Bayne says. “It’s going to be something that the neighborhood will like and appreciate. There will still be sandwiches, and some pastrami in those sandwiches with the same recipe.”

That recipe was created by Chef Marjorie Meek-Bradley, who will no longer be a part of the restaurant. She’s currently the executive chef at St. Anselm. Meek-Bradley and her team ambitiously make the pastrami and milk bread in house.

Menu highlights have included the “New Yorker” with pastrami, fried egg, comte cheese, and hot pepper jelly as well as the “The Messy” with pastrami, rye, sauerkraut, comte cheese, and Thousand Island dressing.

Bayne says the transformation will include a new name, renovation of the space to feel more intimate, a more extensive menu, and new hours that focus on afternoon and evening service. Smoked & Stacked operated from mid-morning through 3 p.m. daily, missing out on a revenue stream from the dinner and bar-hopping crowd.

News of the closure leaked last night when a manager accidentally posted a premature notice of Smoked & Stacked’s closure on social media. The post was quickly deleted. Twitter user @barredindc was among the first to notice it, snapping a screenshot. Bayne wanted to be sure he could give proper notice to all employees before making the following amended announcement:

To our Smoked & Stacked Family and Friends,

Thank you for your consistent support and loyalty to our business. It has been a pleasure to serve the Shaw neighborhood and share our love for pastrami with you and our entire community. Unfortunately, we are sad to announce that the last day of service at Smoked & Stacked will be Friday, December 21st, 2018.

Though Smoked & Stacked will be missed dearly by our staff, customers, and community, Tin Shop in partnership with the Walter E. Washington Convention Center plan to introduce a new concept that will better serve the growing customer base in the Shaw neighborhood in early 2019. We are proud to be a part of the Shaw neighborhood and even more excited to bring a new concept that will feature delectable bites and drinks. Although Smoked & Stacked will be closing, keep your eyes and noses open for our one-of-a-kind pastrami to be featured both here and around the city.

We genuinely appreciate your love and support over the years and hope to see you in the shop this week for some last bites.

Please have a joyful, safe and happy holiday season.

Sincerely,

Marjorie, Peter and Geoff

and

The Smoked & Stacked Team

Those who were devastated today may find comfort in knowing they’ll still be able to get pastrami, though it won’t be the star of the menu. Bayne knew they had to keep it on the menu. “We have the best damn pastrami.” 

Smoked & Stacked, 1239 9th St. NW; smokedandstacked.com