Silo, the newest restaurant to the MVT, opens today. A blend of contemporary American cuisine with a French & Swiss twist. We got a sneak peak last night at the soft opening.
The ambiance has a warm industrial feel, with exposed brick walls, reclaimed wood, and industrial fixtures. The only art work in the dining room are 3 black & white paintings by artist Ali Soltani, a good friend of Owner Reza Akhavan who painted them specifically for Silo.
Silo interior; raw industrial look (top), artwork (bottom)
The tables are adorned with tea lights and the cloth napkins are farm house style. Waitstaff all wear long striped aprons reminiscent of a french bistro, but their seemingly unofficial uniform of casual jeans and converse give the dining room a casual feel.
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One year ago we learned that Reza Akhavan, a former GM at Shaw’s Tavern, had plans to open a restaurant in the former Fun Fair Video space on 5th Street NW.
These last few weeks, as the opening approaches, we’ve learned the restaurant will be named Silo, to represent its raw and industrial interior as well as the fresh ingredients and grains used in its cuisine. It will accommodate 20 people at the bar and 50 people in the dining room. Working alongside Akhavan as Restaurant Manager will be Charlotte Devilliers, most recently with Northside Social Coffee Shop and Wine Bar. Silo’s kitchen will be helmed by Executive Chef George Vetsch From 2009-2013, Chef Vetsch was Executive Chef (American Classic cuisine) at C.F. Folks. During his tenure there, the restaurant was awarded the 2013 James Beard Award, Classic American Restaurant and the 2013 RAMMY Award, Casual Restaurant of the Year.
Silo interior; image by Reza Mohaddes via Lisa Amore PR
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Back in May we highlighted the gutting and exterior renovation to the former Fun Fair Video space at 917 5th Street NW. Recently a few readers (Jay, Tony) sent in tips about the former GM of Shaw’s Tavern (Reza Akhavan) applying for a liquor license at the space. The application states: “New full service restaurant focusing on local farm ingredients and organic and seasonal ingredients with full bar. Occasional live music. Occupancy load is 130.”
917 5th Street NW, former Fun Fair Video site
Young and Hungry reports that Akhavan “envisions a relatively small menu with half a dozen appetizers, five to six entrees, and some bar snacks. The price point for entrees will likely be between $17 and $25. There will also be 12 taps for beer plus wine and cocktails.”
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The infamous former Fun Fair Video property at 917 5th Street NW has been renovated to improve it’s ability to lure a retail tenant. The space offers 2500 SF with Loopnet suggesting the landlord is asking for $36/SF/Year.
Fun Fair building May 2012
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