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Greg Kakaletris and Brittany Frick are working to open a seafood counter in D.C. called Albright Special, named after a type of fisherman’s knot. The restaurant is among four businesses that are seeking funding through equity crowdfunding platform EquityEats, and now, they’re hosting their first dinners open to the public.
On Feb. 15 and 16, Albright Special will takeover the bar at 2 Birds 1 Stone to serve a nine-course seafood-focused dinner. “We’re trying to emulate our whole counter vibe,” says Kakaletris, who used to work at 2 Birds 1 Stone as well as Doi Moi and Estadio. The menu will likely include a crudo, oysters, grilled octopus salad, crab cocktail, sardines with bread and butter, a chowder, and more. There will be two seatings—6 p.m. and 8:30—each day. Tickets are $47 per person and available at albrightspecial.com/rsvp. Beer and wine will be available separately.
Kakaletris and Frick, formerly Doi Moi chef de cuisine and Estadio pastry chef, took inspiration for Albright Special from a 100-plus-year-old restaurant in San Francisco called Swan Oyster Depot. “All the guys that are back behind the counter are taking your order and making your food and serving it to you,” Kakaletris previously explained to Y&H.
Albright Special is seeking $445,000 through EquityEats, and so far, it’s only 10 percent of the way there. The crowdfunding site has extended the deadline for how long the restaurants have to raise the money. EquityEats is also looking to open its own pop-up space this spring where its chefs and restaurateurs will be able to show off their concepts to investors and the public. If all goes according to plan, Albright Special may take up a residency there as well.
In the meantime, don’t forget that another EquityEats restaurant, Bluebird Bakery, is popping up at After Peacock Room on Jan. 25.
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