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Zentan sushi chef Jason Zheng will be dishing out the sashimi and such at The Hamilton, the behemoth, four-bar, four-dining room live music venue in downtown D.C. that Clyde’s Restaurant Group aims to open in mid-December. Zheng previously worked at Blue Ribbon in New York—-a favorite of Tom Meyer, president of Clyde’s. “They were kind of the first people to put a sushi bar in a restaurant that’s kind of, you know, cool,” says Meyer, who calls Zheng “very talented” and “into the energy of the place.”
The Hamilton is planning to stay open 24 hours, with sushi served nightly until 2 a.m. “I don’t really expect it to be full of people on Tuesday at five o’clock in the morning,” Meyer says. “But how often have you been out at one o’clock and said, ‘Where can we get something to eat?’ And everybody’s like, ‘Oh, I don’t know. Everything’s closed.'”
Meyer expects peak late-night crowds between midnight and 2 a.m. “I have a feeling I’m going to be pleasantly surprised at the 24-hour thing,” he says. “If I do it for a year and it doesn’t work, I just stop doing it.”