Laura Hayes
Laura Hayes

The Green Zone will open this fall where Rendezvous Lounge once stood in Adams Morgan (2226 18th St. NW). The founder of the Middle Eastern cocktail bar, Chris Hassaan Francke, finally inked a lease yesterday after operating as a roving pop-up for more than three years. In March, he announced he was ready to move ahead with a permanent location, revealing details about his bar.

The World Bank contractor who is half Iraqi has long wanted to make a full-time foray into the hospitality industry serving creative cocktails like a play on the classic Sazerac, dubbed the “Saz’Iraq,” that folds in rye, Arabian bitters, and a spritz of “Sharqtreuse,” which is Francke’s house-made answer to Chartreuse.

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But he’s probably better known for statement drinks like “Fuck ISIS Punch,” which evolved into “Fuck Trump Punch,” and, finally, “Richard Spencer Punch.”

When The Green Zone was launched in May 2014, Francke didn’t set out to draw political lines in the sand, but as he said in March, “Over the last few months it’s been unavoidable—everything that’s been going on is unconscionable and inexcusable.”

When his two-floor bar opens around November he’ll serve cocktails, beer, wine, non-alcoholic drinks, and a small selection of food such as hummus, falafel, chicken wings, and manakeesh—Lebanese flat bread sprinkled with za’atar.

The Green Zone, 2226 18th St. NW;