More details on TEL’VEH

I attended Tuesday night’s ANC 6C ABL meeting to hear more about the TEL’VEH wine bar coming to 401 Mass. As we mentioned yesterday, the proposed business is affiliated with the ownership of Agora on 17th Street NW in Dupont Circle.

  • Concept is upscale wine bar with by the glass prices of $9 and up
  • Wine list will be similar in quality to Agora wine list but more expansive and strategically selected to pair with menu items.
  • Will have a full bar and an international beer selection. Will host wine and beer tastings.
  • Agora Executive Chef Ghasan Jarrouj will design the menu
  • Tel’veh will focus on sandwiches, salads, cheese and charcuterie as the retail space does not have appropriate level of venting for the grilled meats you’ll find at Agora
  • Tel’veh will be open for breakfast offering items such as muffins, scones, and Simits (turkish bagels)
  • Decor will aim for cozy european feel. Will offer a variety of seating including bar, sofas and tables
  • Tel’veh is not seeking an entertainment endorsement.
  • The lease Tel’veh signed with 401 Mass mandates that the outdoor patio seating close at 11pm. So the 2AM/3AM patio hours on the liquor license application should not be a concern.
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    Scott says

    I was very excited about the potential for a wine bar to open nearby, but prices STARTING at $9 per glass. We do not need that! We need some good, affordable neighborhood places to open.

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    @Scott – $9 a glass for non-happy hour is not exhorbitant. affordable depends largely on where one lives and the quality of the venue. although they do have bottle specials at $18/bottle for bottom rung wines, the cheapo Malbec at Clyde’s is $7.50 a glass. it’s not really going to go much lower unless you’re into Barefoot. (and there’s nothing wrong with that.)

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    cbr says

    I have to agree. Starting at $9 may not be “exorbitant” but it’s certainly not “affordable.” And it certainly sends a message to potential patrons. Far nicer establishments (Clyde’s is an overpriced, underwhelming chain and not a good example here) in this city do the right thing and offer $6+/wines — Tel’veh would do well to do the same.

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    FourthandEye says

    I’m not very knowledgeable about wine bars. But Room 11 in Columbia heights has one $6 wine by the glass in each category (red, white, sparkling) and the rest are pretty much $9 and up.

    Agora has a few $7 and $8 glasses and the rest are $9 and up. Their wine menu also has this note on the bottom: “Try a 1 ounce tease for $1 – a portion of the proceeds will go to a no-kill animal shelter. One teaser per wine please”