On Friday the first restaurant will open in Ivy City’s Hecht Warehouse. Ari’s Diner from Restaurateur Ari Gejdenson will serve all-day breakfast in the rapidly changing neighborhood.
Washingtonians know Gejdenson from Acqua al 2, Ghibellina, Denson Liquor Bar, Harold Black, and Sotto. But instead of one of his sultry cocktail dens, Ari’s Diner is light and bright and outfitted in green vinyl booths and a 16-seat counter.
There are diner menu staples like pancake stacks, French toast, burgers, and hot dogs but also some originals like the “DC Omelet” with half smoke, onion, cheddar, and mumbo sauce ($9). Could be the best thing ever. Or not.
One of the better deals is “Ari’s Diner Plate” ($12) that comes with two eggs any style, two pancakes, meat, potatoes, and toast.
For drinks, there are milkshakes and malts (boozy or not), floats, Bloody Mary cocktails, mimosas, wine, PBR, Jones Soda, juice, Compass Coffee, and tea.
The daytime-only diner will be open Tuesdays through Sundays from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Gejdenson will also open two other concepts in the Hecht Warehouse in 2017. One is a Mexican restaurant called La Puerta Verde and the other is a tavern called Dock FC that will show soccer games.
Ari’s Diner, 2003 Fenwick St. NE; (202) 290-1827; arisdiner.com