Texas de Brazil to 455 Mass

220px-Tdbrazil-logoWe hinted back in early March that Texas de Brazil was rumored to be the new tenant for the former Buddha Bar location at 455 Mass. Today the Washington Business Journal confirms that Texas de Brazil has executed a lease for the space.


Texas de Brazil is a Brazilian-American “churrascaria” or steakhouse that combines the cuisines of Southern Brazil with Texan style meats. Patrons instruct servers by turning a piece of paper green side up to get meat or turn it to the red side to no longer receive meat.

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Buddha Bar Online Auction

Buddha Bar at 455 Mass abruptly closed nearly two years ago. Much of kitchenware and decor, including the 12ft gold Buddha statue, has sat untouched since the former restaurant/lounge shuttered. This week Rasmus Auctioneers selling all of their stuff from the front of the house like the ornate chandeliers and dining chairs that created that “upscale oriental” ambiance. The kitchen equipment includes items ranging from rice warmers and wok pans to glassware, tea pots, and bar equipment. You can access the auction here.

People can go check everything out (and possibly contemplate how to get that giant Buddha out the door) Thursday from 12-4 at the Mass Ave location. The online auction starts to close Friday, March 14, 2014 at 2:07pm.


I did get a tip on email that Texas de Brazil may be in talks to sign a lease on this space. I have no idea how credible this is.

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Has Buddha Bar Closed?

Eater DC reports that Buddha Bar at 455 Mass may have abruptly closed for business permanently.

While I didn’t express this openly on the blog when Buddha Bar first opened I always had my doubts it was a good fit for the neighborhood. It wants to be a club but no other clubs are near by. The atmosphere was about dim lighting and DJ’s which was incompatible with the 180 seat patio and thus that generous outdoor space was left largely ignored. It may not happen overnight, but if Buddha Bar is done for business I think a better option will arrive and we’ll be better off for it.

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Buddha Bar Launches Sunday Night LGBT Series

Starting Sunday, January 30, 2011, Buddha Bar at 455 Mass will host weekly “Somewhere Over The Rainbow Sundays,” celebrating DC’s sophisticated LGBT community. Dance the night away to some of the hottest local and international DJs at the most fabulous Sunday night affair in town.

This weekly soiree will offer Buddha-Bar DC’s standard Happy Hour menu from 9 pm to 11 pm, including $6 Signature Cocktails, $5 wine by the glass, $5 mixed drinks, $3 domestic beers and $4 Dos Equis. The restaurant’s delicious dinner menu will also be extended until 12 am.

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ANC 6C June Agenda

Five Mount Vernon Triangle related items on ANC 6C agenda including two regarding Buddha Bar outdoor space

Advisory Neighborhood Commission 6C
Wednesday, June 9, 2010, 7 pm
Heritage Foundation, 214 Massachusetts Avenue N.E.

Call to order
Approval of agenda
Approval of May minutes
Treasurer’s report

  1. Approval of May Treasurer’s report

Brief community and commissioner announcements

  1. Light the Night Walk, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, October 16 event—Jewel Hanson
  2. Police Week Mall route, plan for May 14, 2011—Bryan Vorndran
  3. Board of Elections and Ethics, new voting machine demo—Kathy Fairley
  4. Commissioner Hamilton announcements

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Valet at Buddha Bar

Despite Buddha Bar not yet being fully open I saw that Unipark Valet was stationed outside their front entrance at 455 Massachusetts Ave NW this weekend. Valet customers parked in the right travel lane on Mass Ave while waiting for the attendant. This mid block bottleneck is sure to muck up Mass Ave westbound traffic and make travel more cumbersome for the DC Circulator bus. I do not know if this current setup is the management’s permanent plan but a valet station along the rear of the building on Eye Street would likely be a better location.

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BYT: Buddha Bar Preview

Brightest Young Things snagged an early preview of Buddha Bar. An array of great photos from Dakota Fine are in the posting.


It’s beautiful. It’s grand. It’s opulent and it’s comfortable. The scale of it is bigger than we’re used to in DC and it looks great. The staff are a mix of people from Little Buddha in Las Vegas and local hires. They’ve been training, working hard and have started doing the mock services that will get them ready for a May 10th opening.

For past coverage on Buddha Bar from this blog visit the Buddha Bar tag.

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