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Drafting Table, a gastropub soft-opening in Logan Circle next week, isn’t the only place restaurateur Aaron Gordon has coming to 14th Street NW.
The owner of TangySweet, Red Velvet Cupcakery, and Rabbit also plans to open a European-style cafe at the corner of 14th and R streets NW—just a block from Drafting Table. Gordon is still in the preliminary planning stages, but he envisions an espresso bar during the day and a casual spot for beer and wine with light bites in the evenings.
The cafe is tentatively called Bar di Bari—an homage to Bari, Italy, where Gordon’s family comes from. But Gordon makes a point to say that this will not be another Italian joint, although it may have a few Italian dishes. (The neighborhood is already being dubbed Really Little Italy, with at least eight Italian and pizza places scheduled to open.)
The less than 1,300 sq. ft. space will fit about 25 people inside, and Gordon hopes to have an outdoor cafe for about 50. If all goes as planned, the cafe will open next spring.
Photo by Jessica Sidman