More on Sixth Engine
Tuesday night’s ANC 6C ABL Committee Meeting afforded me the opportunity to gather more details on the Sixth Engine restaurant/bar concept aiming to open in the firehouse space at 400 Mass.
- Ownership group currently owns and operates The Dubliner near Union Station and Town Hall in Glover Park
- Ownership was attracted to the character of the firehouse space and the residential population of the Mount Vernon Triangle
- Working closely with Mark Tennyson, curator of the DC Fire and EMS Museum, to secure artifacts to display including the original brass fire pole.
- The firehouse is the oldest surviving in the city. It was founded as Metropolitan Hook & Ladder #1 in 1855. In 1876 it was reclassified as Engine 6 and was in operation until the 1940’s when the engine company moved to 1300 New Jersey Ave.
- Sixth Engine will occupy the two story firehouse space plus the adjacent commercial condo
- Space is roughly ~7900 SF Total with 2000 SF on the second floor of the firehouse and the remainder on the ground level
- Main entrance will be in the commercial space next to the firehouse.
- Firehouse will host main dining area downstairs and a flexible space upstairs that will be used as an event space, overflow dining, and a bar as needs arise
- Seasonal Outdoor dining for 64 will occupy the brick patio in the front of the firehouse
- The venue will have an entrance on H Street as well, however this will simply access the kitchens and a long corridor to the front of the house.
- Ownership has contracted The Heiserman Group for architectural and design services
- American Bistro fare serving lunch on weekdays, brunch on weekends and dinner seven days per week
- Plans to position itself as mid-priced neighborhood restaurant and bar
- Lunch entrées will be priced from $8 to $19.
- Dinner appetizers and sandwiches will be priced from $7 to $16 while dinner entrées will be priced in $17-$27 range.
- Sixth Engine is not seeking an entertainment endorsement and therefore does not plan to host live music or DJs nor will they charge cover charges
- Hope to open in the March/April 2011 timeframe
The ownership group has recognized from the start that a restaurant in the ground floor of a residential building presents different challenges than it does in an office building. They have been proactive in engaging the residents of 400 Mass and first presented their concept to their building in April. Members of 400 Mass were present at last night’s ANC 6C ABL meeting including the condo president and a resident that would share a second floor wall with the upstairs bar. The condominium will support the restaurant’s bid for a liquor license if a voluntary agreement can be in place to set expectations in areas that the master building documents do not govern in detail – chiefly noise and venting of smells. In the meantime the protest process with ABRA will be initiated to give the ANC and residents a seat at the negotiating table until an agreement is resolved.
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