Laura Hayes

Chef Kwame Onwuachi announced today that his first solo restaurant, The Shaw Bijou, is making some major changes that will allow significantly more Washingtonians to try his food. Instead of charging $481 per person for dinner with wine pairings (or $185 for food only, before tax and gratuity), the bill will come to $95 for a seven-course tasting menu and welcome cocktail.

“We fostered an environment and restaurant that was not reasonable for all,” Onwuachi writes in a statement distributed this afternoon. He continues, “Humility creeps up on you when least expected, and the opening of this restaurant has taught us just that. This being our first restaurant, and for some a first business venture, we had a substantial amount of learning and adjusting to do. And we have, immensely.”

The new pricing will take effect Jan. 3. 

Earlier this month, the restaurant scrapped plans to have a private club bar on its second floor so that the entire space could be opened up to the public for bites and drinks. 

The Shaw Bijou,1544 9th St. NW; (202) 800-0640; theshawbijou.com