The Gentleman Will Take a Chance from the brunch menu at Boundary Road
The announcement came yesterday that local restaurant Boundary Road (414 H Street NE) has permanently closed its doors. Boundary Road opened its doors in February of 2012 offering a seasonal menu in a casual bistro atmosphere. Not long after the restaurant hosted its first customers, Boundary Road got a Presidential nod as the Obamas sat down to dinner there.
Over the years Boundary Road has offered a creative and often changing menu to diners, along with thoughtfully put together beer, wine, and cocktail lists. They've hosted a series of events, including a late pop-up where you could sample a tasting menu from Sally's Middle Name (LINK PLAYS SOUND, 1420 H Street NE) before they opened, and a kitchen takeover by a Toki Underground (2nd floor 1234 H Street NE) chef serving up decidedly non-traditional tacos.
In late August Bar Elena will open in Boundary Road's old spot. Bar Elena comes to us from Karlos Leopold (an owner at Boundary Road), and Chef Adam Stein (a familiar sight along the corridor, with plenty of experience in its kitchens). Bar Elena will feature a New American menu, an expanded bar, and arcade games (including some nostalgic pinball machines). Those games will occupy a small space behind the dining area.
Leopold and Stein plan to keep the focus on craft cocktails and local beers, and to continue to use local and seasonal ingredients from area farms in the food they serve at Bar Elena. We can expect to see an increased focus on partnering with local brewers and distillers.
Chef Adam Stein is already a familiar face on H Street NE
According to Stein, “[t]he aim of the transition to Bar Elena is to focus on all of the strengths that
made Boundary Road successful, but with fresh updates that reflect a changing
neighborhood and city.”
Bar Elena's full menu will offer appetizers, salads, sandwiches, and shellfish, as well as large plates, with selections priced at $11-$26. A press release teases selection highlights such as Head-On Shrimp
Cocktail, Clam Chowder Poutine, and a Dry-Aged Beef Burger.
Anticipated hours are Monday through Saturday from 5:30 pm to 1 am and
Sunday from 11 am to 11 pm.