Brothers, Derek(l.) and Tom Brown are Partners in  the Passenger.
Brothers, Derek(l.) and Tom Brown are Partners in the Passenger.

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Unlike what was reported over at Brand X, the Passenger plans to open to the public tomorrow in the former bar/cafe space at the Warehouse Theater on Seventh Street NW, even though some of the bar will not be complete.

Co-owner Derek Brown says that most of the space will be ready and that 90 percent of the wines will be available by 5 p.m. tomorrow, when the Passenger officially opens its doors.  The most prominent opening-day omission will be the “dining-car,” a sort of replica antique train car that will occupy the back part of the space. The dining car should be available by this weekend, says Brown, who’s opening the bar with his older brother, Tom Brown, and business partner Paul Ruppert.

The Columbia Room, the exclusive “cocktail club and laboratory” where Derek Brown will offer an omakase-like selection of drinks, will not be finished, either. It, in fact, will not be available until next year.

All in all, Derek Brown says the Passenger is about 70 percent complete, give or take a few percentage points.

“We’re just in the mood to swing the doors open and see how people like it,” Derek Brown tells Y&H. “I’ve made it happen with less.”

You can read through the opening-day beer and wine menus here.

Photo by Darrow Montgomery