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When Dacha Beer Garden opened for the season this spring, the announcement that they had snagged a James Beard nominated new chef seemed a bit odd, given the menu is dominated by brats, pretzels, and wursts. But it makes sense now. Chef Quinten Frye will steer the kitchen at Dacha Supper Club launching Sept. 15 in the space above Dacha Market.
“It’s the moneymaker down there, and we get to play around with food again up here,” says Frye, who has cooked in Hawaii, Mexico, and Texas.
Frye’s globetrotting shows in his cooking. A sample menu includes grilled shishito peppers with bottarga butter and yuzu kosho; soft-shell crab with watermelon, heirloom tomatoes, and mint aioli; “rabbit-chetta” with baby corn, charred okra, and pasilla salsa; hanger steak with melted baby leeks and black garlic; and peach and goat cheese pots de creme.
Held Thursdays at 7 p.m., the online ticketed dinners cost $150 per person inclusive of tax, tip, and drink pairings (beer, wine, and cocktails). Longtime wine consultant Mariam ‘Raz’ Razavi will pick the wines. Co-owner Dmitri Chekaldin says the meals should have a dinner party feel because of their intimate size (16 people) and family-style dishes served at a communal table.
Chekaldin and his business partner, Ilya Alter, call the new space Dacha Loft. “This building came a long way—from being Chinese take-out and apartments to a high-end dining room,” Chekaldin says. It’s a looker thanks to cozy brick and works by Swedish-American local artist Anna U Davis.
Some of Davis’ displayed pieces are for sale, but there’s one that isn’t: a mixed media painting of Dacha’s buzzy beer garden that’s ripe for a game of “I Spy,” because Davis incorporated celebrities with local ties to the D.C. area like Goldie Hawn and Warren Buffett. Artists will rotate through the Dacha Loft space.
It’s possible a second supper club night could be added in the future, and the space can also be rented out for private events.
Dacha Supper Club, 1602 7th St. NW; (202) 350-9888; dachasupperclub.com